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Chevrolet Malibu Suspension Problems and Repair Histories

697 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Chevrolet Malibu. 134 of these members (19.2%) have reported suspension and steering repairs for their car. A total of 131 suspension and steering repairs to Chevrolet Malibus--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

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

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

Don't infer 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 Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

20% of the Chevrolet Malibu repairs were to the engine, 6% to the transmission, 10% to the brakes, 24% to the suspension, 27% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 11% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 556 repairs.

Chevrolet Malibu suspension and steering repair cost distribution

Of the Chevrolet Malibu suspension and steering repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 14% cost less than $100, 46% between $100 and $499, 22% between $500 and $999, 13% between $1000 and $2499, and 5% more than $2500.

Chart based on 107 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Chevrolet Malibu Suspension and Steering problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 13000    
16000 0 front cradle was rubbing against body 
 

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in Idaho, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2008 26000    
40000 0 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. 
57000  
Chevrolet Malibu in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 14000    
15000 0 Power steering was out and car rumbled when it was driven. 
 

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

Chevrolet Malibu in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 49000    
50000 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. 
 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Hatch

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

Chevrolet Malibu in Hawaii, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 25000    
26000 0 Steering tie rods replaced. Second time. 
33000 0 Steering rod. Again. 
 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Chevrolet in West Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 121000    
122000 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 Hatch

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

Chevrolet Malibu in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 64000    
65000 0 Clunking in steering column 
 
Chevrolet Malibu in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 141000    
142500 340 Replaced right front tire rod 
167000 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. 
 
Chevrolet Malibu in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Rack & pinion replaced, under warranty (noted before 36,000). Front end was making 'bump' noise when turning steering wheel. 
166 Front end again had 'bump' noise when turning steering wheel. Out of warranty, GM picked up about 50% of repair cost. 
97000 0 Front end clunking, started at 36k, repaired 4 times now with different parts, last repair at 92k. 
 
Chevrolet Malibu in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 46000    
49000 0 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. 
 

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