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Chevrolet Malibu vs. Chevrolet Impala Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2014 Chevrolet Impala   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Impalas, 9.0 months of data per Impala, average 23500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2013 Chevrolet Malibu   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Malibus, 9.8 months of data per Malibu, average 29600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2012 Chevrolet Malibu   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Malibus, 9.1 months of data per Malibu, average 43400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2011 Chevrolet Malibu   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Malibus, 9.0 months of data per Malibu, average 56500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2010 Chevrolet Malibu   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Malibus, 8.7 months of data per Malibu, average 66900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Chevrolet Malibu 78
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Malibus, 8.7 months of data per Malibu, average 80800 miles

 

2008 Chevrolet Impala   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Impalas, 8.9 months of data per Impala, average 116300 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2008 Chevrolet Malibu   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Malibus, 9.0 months of data per Malibu, average 92200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2007 Chevrolet Impala / Monte Carlo   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Impala / Monte Carlos, 9.0 months of data per Impala / Monte Carlo, average 112700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Chevrolet Malibu   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Malibus, 8.6 months of data per Malibu, average 111700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2006 Chevrolet Impala / Monte Carlo   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Impala / Monte Carlos, 7.0 months of data per Impala / Monte Carlo, average 112700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2006 Chevrolet Malibu   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Malibus, 7.8 months of data per Malibu, average 125900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2005 Chevrolet Malibu   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Malibus, 10.7 months of data per Malibu, average 120200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2004 Chevrolet Impala / Monte Carlo   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Impala / Monte Carlos, 7.7 months of data per Impala / Monte Carlo, average 109500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2004 Chevrolet Malibu   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Malibus, 9.3 months of data per Malibu, average 123100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Chevrolet Impala / Monte Carlo   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Impala / Monte Carlos, 9.9 months of data per Impala / Monte Carlo, average 116800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Chevrolet Malibu vs. Chevrolet Impala Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Chevrolet Malibu

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Malibu Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
This has to be one of the BEST mid size cars on the market today. In the 16 months it has had ZERO problems... only trips to the dealer are for oil changes.... and a GREAT dealer that thinks and treats their customers as someone special. Steve Moore Chevy, Charlotte NC..... It has been a long time since my last GM product and what a plesant suprise this car is... does everything very well... good power and great mpg. I test drove the Camry, Accord, Fusion and Altima.... and the Chevy had more bang for the buck then any of them. The new GM is going in the right direction. Thanks.
2011 4dr Sedan 169-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
no real issues since 2008 release, owner satisfaction high
2009 4dr Sedan 169-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Based on other owners and surveys I have seen it is very reliable - I currently have 23,000 KM - has been perfect -
2009 4dr Sedan 169-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
7500 miles no problems, solid feel
2009 4dr Sedan 252-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The Malibu competes well with comparable cars from Honda, Toyota, and Hyundai without the bland looks. This is something GM should have done a while ago.
2007 4dr Sedan 145-horsepower 2.2L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Excellent simple design, ecotec 2.2 is well known european engine. Epsilon platform is widely spread through the world and one of GM best seller in the world.
2007 4dr Sedan 217-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
We have had no problems in the two years we have owned it.
2006 4dr Hatch 240-horsepower 3.9L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
This car is bulletproof. It has not yet been to the dealership, other than oil change. My wife is very hard on this car, yet it has been perfect!
Chevrolet Malibu Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan 169-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I did not have the sense that this car was well built, It felt like t would not hold up well over time.
2008 4dr Sedan 169-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Reliability and durability of new electric assisted steering is showing on forums. I had a rear left electric door lock intermittent misfunction which was fixed under warranty.
2005 4dr Sedan 145-horsepower 2.2L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Transmission solenoid failed at less than 85,000 miles. Cost a lot to fix. I had a Ford that ran 164,000 miles with only transmission maintenance. Front steering thumps when turned to the left. It goes away if you lube the steering shaft.
2005 4dr Hatch 200-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Front end steering problems that dealers in three states have been unable to permanantly correct despite replacing the steering rack and all suspension components. Twice. Also, the hatch-back pistons have failed and Chevy is unable to replace them.
2004 4dr Hatch 200-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Steering & chassis parts fail every few thousand miles. Parts that should last over 200k miles needs replacement under 50K miles. Transmission got burned.
2004 4dr Hatch 200-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Several problems: one was a bad weld in the left front quarter panel/fender. 2. Problem with electronic steering. 3. Seat broke and had to be replaced (all covered under warranty)
2002 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 3.1L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Lots of small problems with the electrical system common to the Malibu/Grand AM/Alero class. 3 HVAC control units failed. Turn signal switch. DEXcool + Intake manifold gasket issues.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet Impala Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan 211-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Quite solid. has a good reliability reputation (and my experience bears that out)
2007 4dr Sedan 211-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Rock solid, roomy, reliable. Chevy knows how to build a car. Affordable for a family on a budget, great gas mileage. This is teh 2nd Impala we have owned, and almost certainly there will be a third.
2006 4dr Sedan 242-horsepower 3.9L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
when you have to do 50km or a 1300km weektrip, you know you will come back!
2006 4dr Sedan 211-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
absolutely trouble free
2006 4dr Sedan 211-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Powertrain is excellent. Fuel economy surprisingly good.
2004 4dr Sedan 200-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Car was having oil leak into the radiator, major engine overhaul required.
2004 4dr Sedan 200-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Relatively minor problems.
2004 2dr Coupe supercharged 240hp 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Everything great car no problems
2004 4dr Sedan 180-horsepower 3.4L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
We bought this car used already had 110,000 miles now over 210,000 miles drive daily no mechanical problems other than a new transmission which was just replaced at 195,000.
Chevrolet Impala Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 211-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Had to replace wiper motor and body computer module in less than 2 years with no aid from dealer or Chevrolet. $1150 that could have been caused by using the windshield wipers in the winter time. De
2008 4dr Sedan 233-horsepower 3.9L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Thus far, have had problems with the gas cap (the P0455 fault), the speakers rattle, two of the four power door locks have failed, and the gas gauge has gone on the fritz.
2008 4dr Sedan 211-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Electrical component failures caused by poor body assembly and sealing. GM will not warranty BCM or under hood fuse panel that failed by "environmental conditions" (snow & Ice & rain) Poor engineering.
2008 4dr Sedan 233-horsepower 3.9L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
The above mentioned transmission problem has started when the car reached about 30,000 miles and 1 year old.
2007 4dr Sedan 211-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Car has been in more than twice a month for the last three years. Everything that can break has.
2007 4dr Sedan 233-horsepower 3.9L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
I have had 4 service items performed within the first 3 years of ownership. Unremarkable reliability.
2005 4dr Sedan 180-horsepower 3.4L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
We had a lot of little repairs. In 120K miles, 3 water pumps, power steering pump, cracked front cover, alternator, instrument cluster (speedometer, etc..), roof liner started sagging, A/C required a lot of maintenance, int trim coming off and much more.
2004 4dr Sedan 200-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Engine oil leaking into the coolant, required major overhaul of engine.
2002 4dr Sedan 200-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
I had the front rotors warp every 3 to 6 months. I had to replace them at my cost as GM would not warranty them. The rear have now warped too. Both front wheel bearings had to be replaced as well as the tie rod ends. All within 70,000 miles. Very poor.