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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Problems and Repair Histories

58 TrueDelta members own a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. 22 of these members (37.9%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 74 repairs to 2010 Chevrolet Malibus--an average of 1.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2010 Chevrolet Malibu problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2010 Chevrolet Malibu problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2010 Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

11% of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu repairs were to the engine, 11% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 12% to the suspension, 39% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 15% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 74 repairs.

2010 Chevrolet Malibu repair cost distribution

Of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 33% cost less than $100, 33% between $100 and $499, 17% between $500 and $999, and 17% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 6 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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Repair costs are in local units.

2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

Chevrolet Malibu in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 1000    
2000 0 trans line broke,faulty clamp. 
 
Chevrolet Malibu in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2009 0    
5000 0 on-star stopped working. Parts have been ordered. 
6000 0 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. 
6000 0 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. 
17000 0 the steering rack was replaced due to bushings/gears wearing out at the point that the steering shaft and front rack are joined. 
 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

Chevrolet Malibu in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 0    
10000 0 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 
28000 0 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 
50000 140 replaced front brake pads 
69000  
Chevrolet Malibu in Idaho, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 1000    
4000 0 Wind noise left drivers window. 
13000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Power window switch working intermittently. Dealer could not resolve. 
0 Power door locks firing on own. VDR installed in vehicle Rattle coming from headliner over rear seats. Replaced grommet and re-inserted. 
0 Power door locks firing on own. Dealer found torn water proof grommet in door and replaced. 
0 Power door lock no longer works. Replaced door lock switch 
10540 0 Clunk in front end. Replaced right front strut and strut mount. Also replaced intermediate steering shaft. 
18600  
Chevrolet Malibu in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2010 0    
2000 0 plastic body panel behind right rear wheel loose. Dealer replaced original fasteners with oversize fasteners. Reattached....now tight. 
3000 0 "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 Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2010 2000    
8000 0 Faulty wiring harness connector causing false indiction of problems with air bag system or trunk lid open. Part ordered and replaced. Problem solved. 
11000 0 Manufacturer upgrade to automatic transmission software installed. 
47000  
Chevrolet Malibu in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2009 1000    
1000 0 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. 
7000 0 Wiring harness. passenger air bag would not engage if someone was sitting in passenger seat. Recalled. 
10000 0 Rear cupholder spring retaining hinge popped out. Cup holder has two retaining plastic ends that it swivels from. They remounted it without the hinge. 
14000 0 Air bag warning light indicated servicing 
19000 0 Rear cup holder hinge defective. Left rear shock 
20000 0 air bag sensor light Chrome plating on interior door handle was defective. Handle trim sharp to the touch. 
21000 0 Air bag sensors needed to be replaced. 
38000 0 Key remote: battery holder post broken off 
54000  
Chevrolet Malibu in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2010 0    
0 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. 
 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2010 1000    
5000 0 Squeaking problem in the driver door related to seatbelt retraction system 
33000 0 Service Airbag light was on, needed to change electrical connectors as part of recall 

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