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2010 Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

Engine (12%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (37%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (13%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 95 repairs.
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2010 Chevrolet Malibu repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (14%)

$500 - $999 (14%)

$100 - $499 (57%)

< $100 (14%)

Chart based on 14 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

252-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in New York, United States
Dec 2009 - Nov 2012
Sep 2010

5000 mi
on-star stopped working. Parts have been ordered. 
Oct 2010

6000 mi
On-star would intermittently stop working. Unable to replicate issue. Car was into dealer three times, no parts were ordered, issue hasn't occurred since. 
Dec 2010

6000 mi
On-star stopped working. Rear-view mirror/on-star buttons replaced. Wiring from on-star module to mirror replaced, wiring from antenna to on-star module replaced. Connectors for all on-star wiring replaced. 
Jun 2012

17000 mi
the steering rack was replaced due to bushings/gears wearing out at the point that the steering shaft and front rack are joined. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Kentucky, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2014
Jul 2011

22000 mi

US $32
Vibration beginning at 42MPH. After unsuccessful rebalance of tires, dealer believed issue was warped left front axle. Replaced axle. Wife drove car from dealer to trip to Texas, so I have not validated that problem is fixed. 
Sep 2011

28000 mi
Continue to have vibration. Dealer thought it was due to bad tires after force balancing. So two tires replaced. Dealer said they have 3 other cars with same issue, so now waiting on GM rep to assist hopefully within the next week or so. 
Oct 2011

31000 mi

US $100
I continue to have vibration problems, so decided to replace rotors to see if replacing the rotors elimated the vibration. It seems to help some, but vibration is still unacceptable. 
Dec 2011

35000 mi
The dealer, working with the technical folks at GM, replaced the drive axles/reprogrammed transmission. Vibration better, but not perfect. The dealer replaced the tires with Michelin's. The vibration is gone. Now minor xmission shift issue. 
Apr 2012

41000 mi
Air bag warning service lamp came on Saturday, took to dealer. Determined connector issue on side air bags. Could not repair same day, so took back Monday. Took 3 hours to rework connectors under a TSB. So far, so good. 
Aug 2012

50000 mi
Had loud humming noise coming from left front wheel. Turned out to be bad outer hub bearing. Dealer at first tried to charge me for repair; but I challanged it and was covered under warranty. 
Sep 2012

52000 mi
Continue to have vibration that starts 52MPH. Had been doing better since dealer replaced tires about 6 months ago. But vibration started back after tires were rotated. But dealer now can't find source of vibration. About like it was before. 
Dec 2012

58000 mi
Left Front Hub Bearing made noise. 
Mar 2013

66000 mi
One of the emissions sensors went bad. Can't recall which one. 
Dec 2013

81000 mi

US $360
I bought new tires and shop found drivers-side ball joint (part of lower control arm assembly) had significant play. So with leaving town, I had to have it replaced at the tire store and not take it back to the dealer. 
Jun 2014

86000 mi
Vibration around 55 mph never permanently fixed. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Michigan, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2013
Jan 2013

44000 mi

US $35
Right rear tire was continually losing air at a slow pace until it was about 5 psi lower. Was told by the dealer that the leak was at the rim. Sanded down, resealed the original tire on it. Now fine. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Illinois, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

2000 mi
trans line broke,faulty clamp. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2010 - Sep 2013
Mar 2012

44640 mi
Key fob not working, dealer replaced no charge under warranty 
Jun 2012

50220 mi
AC not working properly, controls working intermittently. Dealer diagnosed as AC control module, part out of stock before long weekend, had to return five days later for a 3 hour repair. key fob not working again 
Dec 2012

62000 mi
a valve in the exhaust system was faulty, dealer replaced. No charge covered under extended warranty. 
Jul 2013

77500 mi
engine light came on, diagnosed by dealer as needing a new catalytic converter 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2013 - Sep 2013
Aug 2013

69440 mi
window in right rear stopped working properly, Many trips back to same dealer to repair unsuccessfully new pads installed incorrectly by dealer, 3 trips back still have problem chrome finish on interior door handle peeling off leaving a sharp edge that caused cut on child's finger. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Puerto Rico
Mar 2013 - Mar 2016
Apr 2013

43000 mi
passenger low beam bulb burnt. bulb was replaced and the low beam 10a fuse(fuse #() 
Jul 2013

48300 mi
paint was peeling from front bumper. bumper was repaired 
Sep 2013

51000 mi
pads were replaced 
Jan 2014

57000 mi
Cracked exhaust manifold 
Mar 2014

60000 mi
Changed headlight harness 
Jul 2014

68700 mi
Ac Compresor plug was replaced 
Mar 2015

80000 mi

US $120
left link kit was broken. Both were replaced 
Mar 2016

92000 mi

US $70
Transmission coolling line needed replacement 
Chevrolet Malibu in Minnesota, United States
Mar 2010 - May 2010
Apr 2010 Clunking noise that seemed to emanate from rear was apparent when car hit certain bumps. Later diagnosed as a problem with sunroof that only sounded as though it were from the rear. Problem found to be sunroof assy somehow bumping against something else when car was driven over bumps. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Florida, United States
Jan 2012 - Sep 2016
Sep 2014

99000 mi

US $250
Replace windshield washer pump 
Chevrolet Malibu in Michigan, United States
Oct 2013 - Dec 2015
Apr 2015

94000 mi
Sunroof drain became detached and drained water into the passenger side a-pillar 
Chevrolet Malibu in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2012 - Sep 2016
May 2016

106000 mi

US $15
MAP sensor replacement 
Chevrolet Malibu in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2016 - Jun 2016
Feb 2016

98000 mi

US $175
Driver seat cracked frame 
Chevrolet Malibu in Arizona, United States
Apr 2015 - Apr 2015
Apr 2015

62000 mi

US $800
Rattle from the suspension at low speeds. Rear trailing arm bushings failed 
Chevrolet Malibu in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2010 - Jan 2011
Jul 2010

2000 mi
plastic body panel behind right rear wheel loose. Dealer replaced original fasteners with oversize fasteners. Reattached....now tight. 
Aug 2010

3000 mi
"service airbag" error message. Dealer diagnosed as needing a replacement part....not in stock. airbag problem apparently resolved after new part was installed. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Kansas, United States
Sep 2012 - Nov 2013
Oct 2012

17300 mi
Lost cruise control and warning lights flashing 
Jan 2013

23000 mi
2nd trip to repair loss of cruise control and warning messages about the traction control 
Chevrolet Malibu in Idaho, United States
Jun 2010 - Aug 2011
Dec 2010

4000 mi
Wind noise left drivers window. 
May 2011

13000 mi
Brake Master Cylinder had a leak. Car told me that there was low brake fluid. I took car into dealer and they found the problem. Ordered the part, gave me a loaner car for two days. No further problem 
Chevrolet Malibu in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2010 - Sep 2011
Apr 2010

620 mi
Power window switch working intermittently. Dealer could not resolve. 
May 2010

1240 mi
Power door locks firing on own. VDR installed in vehicle Rattle coming from headliner over rear seats. Replaced grommet and re-inserted. 
Jun 2010

2480 mi
Power door locks firing on own. Dealer found torn water proof grommet in door and replaced. 
Aug 2010

3720 mi
Power door lock no longer works. Replaced door lock switch 
Feb 2011

10540 mi
Clunk in front end. Replaced right front strut and strut mount. Also replaced intermediate steering shaft. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Virginia, United States
Jul 2010 - Oct 2015
Dec 2010

10000 mi
Airbag warning light came on, notifying us that the airbag may not work in an accident. The dealer replaced a sensor located under the driver's seat 
Dec 2011

28000 mi
noticed abrupt downshifting when coming to stops in car. No CE or other light on, but when took car for 25k service, asked dealer to look. They opened up and overhauled transmission--new clutch packs, TCM valve assembly, fluid 
Dec 2012

50000 mi

US $140
replaced front brake pads 
Mar 2014

74000 mi

US $110
Onstar communication module failed. Update: later fixed itself. 
Mar 2015

88000 mi
Loss of a couple forward gears and reverse gear on the 6-spd Daewoo automatic. Technician found fractured wave plate, broken gears metal shards and liquid was gray and fouled within the transmission. Entire rebuild was needed. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Texas, United States
Jan 2010 - Sep 2016
Jun 2010

8000 mi
Faulty wiring harness connector causing false indiction of problems with air bag system or trunk lid open. Part ordered and replaced. Problem solved. 
Jul 2010

11000 mi
Manufacturer upgrade to automatic transmission software installed. 
Chevrolet Malibu in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2009 - Mar 2015
Jan 2010

1000 mi
Electrical short smell emanates from engine compartment. Dealer acknowledges odor but attributes to "new" car smell. Suggested that chemicals on metal components will burn off by 1000 miles. 
Jul 2010

7000 mi
Wiring harness. passenger air bag would not engage if someone was sitting in passenger seat. Recalled. 
Oct 2010

10000 mi
Rear cupholder spring retaining hinge popped out. Cup holder has two retaining plastic ends that it swivels from. They remounted it without the hinge. 
Mar 2011

14000 mi
Air bag warning light indicated servicing 
Jul 2011

19000 mi
Rear cup holder hinge defective. Left rear shock 
Aug 2011

20000 mi
air bag sensor light Chrome plating on interior door handle was defective. Handle trim sharp to the touch. 
Sep 2011

21000 mi
Air bag sensors needed to be replaced. 
Sep 2012

38000 mi
Key remote: battery holder post broken off 
Apr 2014

65000 mi
At a resting position, checked engine light came. While depressing accelerator to 20-30 mph, tach rpm went to 5-6k. Car would bucked forward. Car was towed. 3-5 wave plate damaged tranny. 
Nov 2014

80000 mi
power train seal 
Chevrolet Malibu in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2012
Dec 2011

14000 mi
I had the right drive axle seal replaced, anyway that is what was on the RO. Now that same seal is leaking more now than before the repair. 
Jan 2012

16000 mi
Transmission Cooler lines leaking trans. fluid. Lines had to be replaced (2). Parts had to be ordered. 
Feb 2012

16500 mi
The dealer replaced both transmission cooler lines. Two days due to no parts. Had to send for them. 
Oct 2012

21700 mi
Had a rattle in the R/F suspension since new. Dealer I purchased the car from refused to address this problem. Klick/Lewis Chev. properly repaired the problem today.Steering rack and right front strut. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Massachusetts, United States
May 2010 - Dec 2015
Mar 2011

17000 mi
warning light on about airbag. dealer found loose connection and repaired 
Dec 2011

30000 mi
Bad Battery 
May 2013

56000 mi

US $500
Replace Front rotors, Pad for both front and rear 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in Texas, United States
May 2010 - Oct 2011
Jul 2010

5000 mi
Squeaking problem in the driver door related to seatbelt retraction system 
Oct 2011

33000 mi
Service Airbag light was on, needed to change electrical connectors as part of recall 
Chevrolet Malibu in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2013 - Sep 2016
Nov 2013

32000 mi

US $150
transmission fluid cooler lines between transaxle and radiator leaked and needed to be replaced. 
Aug 2014

35000 mi

US $26
speaker in driver door stopped working. ordered replacement speaker and installed. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Illinois, United States
Jan 2010 - Sep 2016
May 2013

17700 mi

US $48
Air bag light was going on. Needed to replace a sensor. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2010 - Jun 2013
Jun 2011

10540 mi
Replaced airbag module and connector under passenger seat. Also had airbag connector recall under drivers in the weeks previous to this repair. 
Sep 2011

12400 mi
Car would not run properly in driveway.Towed to dealer and mass airflow sensor (MAF)replaced 
Chevrolet Malibu in Ohio, United States
Apr 2010 - Dec 2012
Oct 2012

64700 mi

US $400
Fuel pump died, left me stranded at Home Depot. (not a bad place to kill time waiting on a tow truck) 
Nov 2012

66300 mi

US $1200
Check engine, fuel system 
Chevrolet Malibu in New York, United States
Aug 2013 - Sep 2015
May 2014

19000 mi

US $60
Replaced front pads with only 19,000 miles on them 
Oct 2014

24000 mi
Replace turn signal switch because would not automatically cancel upon completion of turn. Covered under warranty 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

164-horsepower 2.4L I4 Hybrid 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2014 - Aug 2015
Aug 2014

80600 mi

C $1500
noise in suspension, tie-rod ends, changing also rear shocks 
May 2015

92780 mi
rear suspension change problem with Hybrid 
Aug 2015

93000 mi
problem with Hybrid never repaired 

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