2008 Chevrolet Malibu Chevrolet Malibu 2008

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

Engine (12%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (1%)

Brakes and Traction Control (13%)

Suspension and Steering (22%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (30%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (8%)

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (25%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (50%)

< $100 (8%)

Chart based on 12 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

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 
46000 mi

US $69
replaced outer steering collum. 
100000 mi

US $150
Right rear hub replaced 
123000 mi

US $125
Replace stabilizer links 
28000 mi Noise in steering intermittently...Dealer replaced internediate steering shaft 
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. 
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 

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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 
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. 
135000 mi

US $300
Tie-rod Needed replacement 
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. 
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. 
15000 mi Power steering was out and car rumbled when it was driven. 
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. 
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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