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Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

Engine (21%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (23%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

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.
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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 

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

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. 
15000 mi 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

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. 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Hatch

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

26000 mi Steering tie rods replaced. Second time. 
33000 mi Steering rod. Again. 

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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 Hatch

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

65000 mi Clunking in steering column 
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. 
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. 
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. 

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Chevrolet Malibu Suspension Problems

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