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Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

Engine (22%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (23%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (6%)

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Chevrolet Malibu suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (12%)

$500 - $999 (24%)

$100 - $499 (48%)

< $100 (12%)

Chart based on 130 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

33000 mi Intermediate steering shaft replaced under warranty 

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu

Engine not specified

26000 mi struts were making a load rattle. they put new ones in but did not replace the bearing plates. they still rattled. took back they put new bearing plates in 

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

91000 mi

US $105
The right front wheel bearing was noisy. I replaced it myself 
64000 mi

US $720
Both front hubs/bearings had to be replaced. Thought it was early, they blamed it on the salt used in our area. 
58000 mi Front end rattles and clunks. GM dealer says that's normal. 
20000 mi Noisy right front wheel bearing. Dealer replaced bearing under warranty. 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
58000 mi Left Front Hub Bearing made noise. 
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. 
93000 mi Vibration around 55 mph never permanently fixed. 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

80000 mi

US $120
left link kit was broken. Both were replaced 
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. 
10540 mi Clunk in front end. Replaced right front strut and strut mount. Also replaced intermediate steering shaft. 
62000 mi

US $800
Rattle from the suspension at low speeds. Rear trailing arm bushings failed 
19000 mi Left rear shock 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

80600 mi

C $1500
noise in suspension, tie-rod ends, changing also rear shocks 
92780 mi rear suspension change 

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu

Engine not specified

75000 mi Knocking noise in front end which has been there since the beginning. Took it into 2 different dealers and there's nothing they can do. They can't figure out what's causing the noise, so we just live with it. It's worse in the morning. 

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

162000 mi

US $400
Both tie-rods and stabilizing bar replaced 
52000 mi Driver side front wheel bearing. Replaced under warrantee. 
41700 mi Growling noise from front transaxle area. Replaced both front wheel hubs for bad bearings. 
47000 mi Steering shudders when turning slowly left and right 
72000 mi power steering pump seal leaking. 
24000 mi

US $47
Getting clunking noise when turning or on rough roads. Dealer replaced ISS helped but did not fix problem. Vibration between 45-55 MPH. Dealer could not replicate.  
23560 mi Apparently issue was on the "link kit" on right (passenger side) of vehicle. Replaced under warranty 
10000 mi Vibration/shudder felt in suspension/drivetrain while driving. Seems to be a mechanical resonance. 
63300 mi Humming noise from R front tire. Bad Hub Bearing 
66000 mi

US $200
Vibration in steering at highway speeds 

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

19220 mi Left wheel bearing went bad 
47740 mi wheel bearing failure wheel bearing - third one 
175260 mi

C $780
tie rod replaced rear shocks replaced 
27500 mi Clunking noise from front end, both front stabilizer bars were replaced. 
50000 mi

US $400
Going over any bumps caused a LOUD squeaking sound from the front end. Rather than fix the problem, the dealer only lubed it. It is likely to return after a few miles and a few rainfalls. 
50250 mi It was so loud that at low speeds in neighborhoods, everyone turned and looked at the car. Dealer said squeak was coming from front sway bushing. All they did was grease it. 
35000 mi Suspension bushings replaced 
6200 mi Right front Idler arm worn/damaged . 
29140 mi Steering Gear Box not working . New Gear Box installed . 
34100 mi New Tie-Rod needed left front . 
63300 mi "power steering" appeared in driver info display on dashboard. Dealer performed diagnostics and found torque sensor voltage not incrementing and replaced torque sensor. Repair covered by extended warranty on this issue. 
88500 mi

US $120
Wheel bearing went out. Cost $125 for the part, but did it myself in about 3 hours. 
81300 mi

US $175
sway bar end links 

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

16000 mi front cradle was rubbing against body 
95000 mi

US $125
replaced wheel hub assy. 
100000 mi

US $60
Replaced sway bar links 
149000 mi

US $500
New shocks and struts. Mostly preventive. Weak but no total failure. 
129760 mi

C $400
Bearings making grinding sound. Front right hub replaced. 
68820 mi loose front end item rattles/klunks against body/frame. struts, strut mounts, and iis replaced, but problem since purchase date as yet not fixed, even after formal letters to GM canada and a dozen visits to GM service to fix issue. 
13000 mi Front strut mounts and bearings were replaced under a TSB. I have driven the car only about 50 miles since repair but it seems to have fixed the noise problem. 
23000 mi Noise in steering column like something catching on turns. Some module replaced with the comment that this was not common failure but not entirely unusual. That is, they had the part in stock. 

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

53940 mi

C $600
One side of the 'wishbone' suspension was loose, requiring a replacement installed. I consider this to be a routine repair, but I'm reporting it anyway on this. 
58280 mi

C $450
Right front wheel bearing was grinding and had to be replaced. 

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

38000 mi Rack & pinion replacement, under warranty 
51000 mi

US $1500
Steering column replacement, 20k miles after a rack and pinion.  
64300 mi

US $1500
New struts 
30700 mi Squeaking/creaking noise when steering wheel turned. The problem diagnosed as a defective sector gear and the part was ordered. Sector gear was replaced. Noise is gone. 
28000 mi Noise in steering intermittently...Dealer replaced internediate steering shaft 
68000 mi

US $400
balljoint and tie rods  
84000 mi right front hub assy  
104000 mi

US $200
tie rod ends 
131000 mi

US $900
right front hub noise, and warning messages, replaced RF hub assy and ABS wiring harness 
100000 mi

US $150
Right rear hub replaced 
46000 mi

US $69
replaced outer steering collum. 

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

53320 mi

C $100
Front struts top towers. Bearings seized causing the coil springs to retain the steering movement. 
54560 mi

C $1000
Left front Wheel bearing, and lower suspension arm joint 
54960 mi L/H lower A-arm ball joint + bearing 
135000 mi

US $300
Tie-rod Needed replacement 
51460 mi Both driver and passenger lower ball joints had slight play. Both were recommended for repair, and as a result was repaired under extended warranty. Estimated cost would have been $1385 had I not been covered under extended warranty. 
56580 mi

C $1100
Driver side strut mount bearing was seizing. Loud clunks could be heard as I was steering both left or right. Since the old struts had to be removed anyway, I decided to install all new springs, struts too. No quick strut avaialable... 
71300 mi

C $1650
Replaced both front control arms and replaced both rear sway bars. The ball joints in the front were loose, and the bushings in the back were cracked. GM basically requires replacement of the whole control arm and sway bar kit. 
89900 mi

C $700
The steering column and rack were chattering causing clicking when turning. The steering column was replaced. 
133940 mi

C $280
Rear shocks getting noisy. Auto shop replaced both rear shocks. 
20000 mi Knocking/banging coming from front end when making a turn. Replaced Intermediate steering shaft. 
22000 mi Steering wheel oscillating from side to side without touching steering wheel. Car would also lurch uncommanded from side to side while driving. Replaced power steering motor. 
15000 mi Power steering was out and car rumbled when it was driven. 
30000 mi Clunk sound when straightening wheel after right hand turn. Also occasional clunk sound when accelerating from a stop. Replaced intermediate steering column under warranty. 
40000 mi Steering "Clunk." There is a TSB re; this. Steering mid-shaft was replaced. Parts were in stock. One hour, in and out. Drives like new now. Very pleased with the Malibu and the Dealer Service. 
30000 mi Steering component needed lubrication. I've had regular service, OLF, every 3-4000 miles. Don't know why lubricant failed in this case. 

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

33000 mi Clunging sound when turning and moving over irregular pavement 
47700 mi Droning sound that increased with speed, corrected by replacing rear hub bearing. covered by drive train warrenty 

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu

Engine not specified

55000 mi

US $850
Motor mounts and arms replaced 

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

217-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

83000 mi

US $250
Outer tie rod ends need replacement. Sway bar broken. Vehicle still usable if broken linkage is removed because it drags along the ground. Dealer recommended replacement of steering column to replace a defective steering position sensor, and replacement of intermediate steering shaft to eliminate a slight clink felt during turning. 
83000 mi

US $470
Replace front swaybar. Oil change. 
89000 mi

US $380
Replaced front struts. 

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

145-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

80000 mi Mechanic took wheels off for some reason and found $800 in suspension issues, including worn sway bar bushings. Did not elect to have work done; car drives fine. Dealer fishing for money. 
36000 mi Noise from front end turned out to be steering column that needed lube. 
70000 mi Sway bar support (driver's side) replaced under extended warranty to fix "clunk" in front end. 
72000 mi Clunk in front end when steering or weight shift during acceleration was caused by worn intermediate shaft.Part was replaced (had been greased once before) under extended warranty. 
80000 mi

US $108
New front struts installed under extended warranty. New stabilizer link (right side) installed under extended warranty. Four wheel alignment performed for $108. 
84000 mi Steering felt sloppy. Steering column had to be replaced along with associated replacement of airbag coil (clock spring). 
75640 mi

C $800
Clicking sound when turning. 

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Hatch

217-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

110960 mi Rear wheel bearing making noise. Removed and replaced. Cost of about $200 for part 
114540 mi previously replacedd rear shock absorbers leaking. Removed, returned to parts supplier under life time warranty, new ones obtained and installed 
118800 mi

C $360
bad seal in power steering pump, power steering fluid leaking onto belt. REplaced power steering pump. 2 hours shop time. fixed that day 
132680 mi Wheel bearing noise from front drivers side. Replaced wheel hub assembly. 

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

201-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

166000 mi

US $115
Passenger rear wheel bearing went bad. Very loud at speeds over 20 mph and dangerous shake over 60 mph. Replacement ordered online and self installed. 
50000 mi

US $780
When turning, the power steering message appears in the DIC. Steering locks up. Had to replace steering column - the 2005 model is covered under a Service Bulletin, but not the 2006 even though it is the exact same problem. 
43000 mi

US $250
klunking sound when turning from a stop, brought it in and was told it was a bad tie rod 
56000 mi

US $400
Clunk noise from front end. Turned out to be broken tie rod. 
59000 mi I had another clunking sound from the front end. Thought it could be another tie-rod issue, but the mechanic said they could not duplicate the problem. 
75000 mi

US $800
Rear shock absorbers were leaking... replaced both .. 
42000 mi

US $100
Replaced sensor in steering column causing buggy power steering; covered under extended warranty with $100 deductible. 
63000 mi

US $100
Power steering known defect repaired. Steering column replaced. 
96000 mi

US $1200
Could not mount new tires; discovered failed right front shock; replacement ball joint (RF) and replaced suspension components all around. 
101000 mi

US $200
Lashings replaced,bushings replaced, steering column lubricated. 
108000 mi Noticeable clunk when driving over broken surface; rear trailing arms broken; replaced. 
54560 mi Power steering system failed at intervals; needed to turn off car and on again. The problem was worse in summer, but it was showing daily lately. 
145000 mi

US $175
Replace front left wheel bearing 
160700 mi

US $60
Broken Rear Spring. 
167000 mi

US $254
Clunking should for rear suspension. replaced sway rear bar bushings 

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

144-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

111000 mi Took my car to complete repairs on 3 open recalls: steering column, transmission shift cable and brake light. Replacing the torque sensor solved the problem with the clunking noise from power steering at low speed. Done under recall, cost $0 
41000 mi There was a knocking noise from the steering column but the steering was otherwise working well. The shop added lube but this didn't help with the noise. They replaced the steering shaft. 
66300 mi

US $700
2 new tie rods + wheel alignment 

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Hatch

240-horsepower 3.9L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

79000 mi

US $350
Intermediate steering shaft replaced. Apparently a very common replacement on GM sedans.  
101000 mi

US $40
Left outer tie-rod end 

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Hatch

201-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

192000 mi

US $394
Ball-joint and sway-bar ends. 
43400 mi

C $1250
Both front struts were leaking and strut bearings were noisy. 
59560 mi

C $500
Ball joints 
70440 mi

C $600
Driver side wheel bearing was making humming noise. Replaced. 
13640 mi Front Right Strut needed tightening after it came loose, fixed under warranty 
25420 mi Car was making "clunk" sound when going over bumps, Cause of problem was a broken Intermediate Steering Shaft, Replaced Under Warranty. 
44020 mi

C $1300
Worn Intermediate Steering Shaft Leaking left front strut 
67000 mi When I traded it in, it had a problem with the steering. I don't remember what it was called. I just googled it, it was the intermediate shaft that would thud or clunk sometimes when turning the steering wheel. 
42000 mi slight thumping sound when steering at low speeds 
7000 mi

US $1000
replace control arms, tie rods and bearings 
68300 mi

US $400
replaced rack & pinion steering 
85000 mi replaced inner & outer passenger tie rods replaced sway bars on both sides front lower control arm with ball joints replaced on passenger side 
35000 mi

US $600
Power steering fails at high RPM. Dealer installed new ignition coil and wiring harness. Also reflashed steering controller. 
54000 mi

US $650
Power steering failed. Dealer replaced steering column due to faulty sensors. 
57500 mi

US $521
replacd tie rods 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu

Engine not specified

57040 mi

C $1100
Lower control arms replaced, sway bar bushings are also in need of replacement. Tires replaced 
82000 mi the power steering motor was faulty and i was beyond the special coverage. yet the special coverage was issued before i purchased my vechile from a chevy dealer. in the process of having them correct the other issues related... 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

150000 mi

US $700
Tie Rod's broke, clunked when i steered left. 
98000 mi Power Steering failed and all lights went off on dash after dealer had performed a power steering repair. After 2000 miles repair appeared effective but it took 3 trips to get it done. Am unimpressed by the electronic steering in Malibu 
35578 mi Replaced steering gear assembly and replaced both lower control arms and bushings 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

145-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

72000 mi

US $1500
steering box, struts repair and replace 
99000 mi

US $573
New struts installed. 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Hatch

200-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

33000 mi Took to dealer for: 1. Brake shudder - Dealer turned the rear brake rotors under warranty which solved the problem. 2. Steering 'knocks' around corners and over bumps - Dealer lubed intermediate steering shaft and replaced steering column under warran 
66000 mi Front end was rattling. Both lower control arms replaced because of bad ball joints. Intermediate steering shaft also replaced. All repairs performed as goodwill warranty. 
89300 mi Steering column had a bad rattle - it was replaced by a service bulletin. 
137000 mi

US $1200
Replaced both front structs, strut mounts, strut bearings, front and rear stabilizer busings. 
157000 mi

US $257
Wheel bearing was making noise so I took it to the dealer. They replaced the rt-fry wheel bearing. 
35000 mi warranty repair on clunking steering box - known problem with this line - was not corrected, and dealer used the car for errands to the tune of 300 miles! 
118000 mi

US $850
Steering column and motor (all electric power steering). 
26000 mi Steering tie rods replaced. Second time. 
33000 mi Steering rod. Again. 
71500 mi Power steering light coming on at times. After a few months, received recall notice for power steering assist loss due to electrical input signals within the steering column assembly. Repaired @ no cost to me. 
123000 mi

US $200
Replaced both tie rod ends and passenger control arm. Should have been $700 but did the work myself. 
62000 mi "Power Steering" message appeared with chime. No apparent change in drivability. Steering shaft replaced according to GM Special Coverage Bulletin 10183 at no charge. 
65100 mi

C $330
Lower left control arm/ball joint 
75020 mi

C $750
Noisy front wheel bearing. Both front wheel bearings replaced at dealer suggestion. 
78120 mi

C $320
Control arm, right side 
85340 mi

C $125
Replacement of faulty aftermarket left lower control arm assy under warranty 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

122000 mi

US $600
Replace intermediate steering shaft 8-07, problem resurfaced 1-08, states known problem, repacked and advised should consider trading in, very noticable high speed vibration, common on Malibu. 

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

71000 mi

US $115
Knock / clunk from front-end steering at low speed (or even while parked). Dealer mis-diagnosed as bad ball-joint and inner-tie rod (it's the common intermediate steering shaft issue). Will do repair myself. Cost was for diagnostic fee. 
72000 mi

US $1000
Replace struts, shocks, lower control arms, sway bar links and bushings. Upgraded to lowering springs. 
94000 mi

US $400
Installed new springs, front & rear to replace lowering springs. New upper strut mounts (w/bearings), rear sway bar links and bushings. Alignment. Installed parts myself 
35000 mi Replaced Rack&Pinion Steering Assembly 
44000 mi Replaced Steering Column 
140000 mi The entire right side is a good 2 inches than the left. Haven't been able to get it fixed yet. 
58280 mi Replaced intermediate shaft to fix clunk in steering. 
47500 mi Frequent knocking noise while steering 
116560 mi

C $350
Gm had a recall on the electrical power steering, took it in. Even after the fix, car still losses its power steering sometimes. Very, very dangerous. 
45000 mi Noise in suspension when going over speed bumps. Mechanic could not find anything wrong, just lubed and tightened what he could. 
54300 mi

US $85
Power steering stopped working. Then was OK after re-starting the car. Mechanic could not find the problem. 
63300 mi replaced a sensor 
126000 mi

US $280
Left Front Wheel bearing crapped out slowly and noisily. Replacement from NAPA did not fit but only barely so it took about 2 hours to figure out what was going on. Finally got it sorted by end of day. Fine now Rear sway bar bushings have been shot for a year leading to major clunkage over bumps at low speed. $20 and two hours fixed it perfectly. Very satisfying. HORRIFIC clunking when turning the steering at low speeds. After years of replacing expensive steering parts, figured out that you just have to smear grease on the steering column spline every 6 months or so and it stops completely... 
124000 mi

US $575
Replaced passenger and driver lower control arms. Replaced 2 tires on front end. 

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

145-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

40000 mi

US $850
Electric power steering replaced. Called GM rep, but no recall for electric steering motor failure. 
62000 mi electric steering going and knuckle on steering also new tie-rod end 
101860 mi

C $850
Replaced stabilizer end links Replaced control arm and bushing assembly 

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Hatch

200-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

2000 mi power steering unit (electric) failed and was replaced 
12008 mi Installed new steering column - warranty Noise still heard in rear suspension - still unable to determine. 
25485 mi Car wanders on the road at highway speeds - unable to find problem. Pulsation/shaking in steering when braking - front and rear rotors turned down. Replace RH Inner tie rod end - warranty 
43396 mi

C $487
Howling noise in front end - Installed new RH front hub assembly. 
47558 mi

C $2020
Rattle in steering column - installed new steering column #3 !!! Install new LH & Rh front Ball Joint & Control Arm assemblies. 
32500 mi Lube intermediate steering shaft 
39513 mi Replace intermediate steering shaft. Clunking noise 
51000 mi Replace both front lower control arms 
58700 mi

US $1488
Replace intermediate steering shaft 
92000 mi

US $397
Roaring noise over 35 mph in front of car. Replaced left front wheel bearing with new Timken hub assembly. Cost was half labor, half part. 
115000 mi

US $232
Broken left rear spring, worn rear shocks. Replaced rear springs, shocks. 
123000 mi

US $200
Replaced front left and right lower control arms. Cost included $145 for both control arms and $55 for an alignment. 
126000 mi Malibu Recall 14152 trans shift cable, replaced rack and pinion, set front toe, spec policy 14327 
65000 mi Clunking in steering column 
122760 mi

C $250
Replaced wheel bearing 
130200 mi

C $300
Right front wheel bearing replaced. Indy mechanic has said similar year Malibus and Impala's go through wheel bearings frequently. 
84000 mi Steering Universal Joint, not repaired, told "There's a TSB on this - see your dealer" 
87500 mi

US $645
Replaced steering assembly 
120000 mi

US $530
Replaced right front bearing Replaced both front tie rods 
142000 mi

US $340
Replaced right front tire rod 
167000 mi

US $335
Replaced inner and upper right front tie rods, along with 4 new tires. Inner rod worn, upper rod frozen in place and had to be cut in order to remove inner tie rod. 
49000 mi When turning the steering wheel a clunk could be heard from the front end. The mechanic checked it out & found the intermediate shaft and both lower control arms were bad. They replaced all parts and the clunk went away. 
45000 mi Rack & pinion replaced, under warranty (noted before 36,000). Front end was making 'bump' noise when turning steering wheel. 
55000 mi

US $166
Front end again had 'bump' noise when turning steering wheel. Out of warranty, GM picked up about 50% of repair cost. 
97000 mi Front end clunking, started at 36k, repaired 4 times now with different parts, last repair at 92k. 

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 3.1L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

91000 mi

US $300
ABS light came on. Passenger side wheel hub found to be the culprit. Wheel hub replaced.  

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 3.1L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

75000 mi

US $400
Front Struts Replacement 

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