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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 transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (10%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (12%)

$100 - $499 (47%)

< $100 (21%)

Chart based on 92 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

197-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

57200 mi Right side axle seal on the transmission was leaking. Repaired under warranty. 

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

4000 mi Had to replace the transmission at 4400 miles. Junk this car has had every module and electrical part replaced. This is the worst car I have ever bought GM will Buy this car back as a lemon. 
23000 mi Leak, torque converter seal. Dealer replaced and repaired torque converter seal. 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

2000 mi trans line broke,faulty clamp. 
22000 mi

US $32
Vibration beginning at 42MPH. After unsuccessful rebalance of tires, dealer believed issue was warped left front axle. Replaced axle. Wife drove car from dealer to trip to Texas, so I have not validated that problem is fixed. 
35000 mi The dealer, working with the technical folks at GM, replaced the drive axles/reprogrammed transmission. Vibration better, but not perfect. The dealer replaced the tires with Michelin's. The vibration is gone. Now minor xmission shift issue. 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

28000 mi noticed abrupt downshifting when coming to stops in car. No CE or other light on, but when took car for 25k service, asked dealer to look. They opened up and overhauled transmission--new clutch packs, TCM valve assembly, fluid 
88000 mi Loss of a couple forward gears and reverse gear on the 6-spd Daewoo automatic. Technician found fractured wave plate, broken gears metal shards and liquid was gray and fouled within the transmission. Entire rebuild was needed. 
65000 mi At a resting position, checked engine light came. While depressing accelerator to 20-30 mph, tach rpm went to 5-6k. Car would bucked forward. Car was towed. 3-5 wave plate damaged tranny. 
80000 mi power train seal 
92000 mi

US $70
Transmission coolling line needed replacement 
14000 mi I had the right drive axle seal replaced, anyway that is what was on the RO. Now that same seal is leaking more now than before the repair. 
16000 mi Transmission Cooler lines leaking trans. fluid. Lines had to be replaced (2). Parts had to be ordered. 
16500 mi The dealer replaced both transmission cooler lines. Two days due to no parts. Had to send for them. 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

32000 mi

US $150
transmission fluid cooler lines between transaxle and radiator leaked and needed to be replaced. 

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu

Engine not specified

63000 mi Complete transmission overahaul performed. No warning when the transmission failed on a busy city street. Able to return home in first gear but had to be towed to dealership because couldn't get the car to go in reverse. 

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

3000 mi Transmission does not shift properly. 
3000 mi Powertrain shudder and growling usually from 40-50 that often continues into a constant rumble and shake at, above, or below that speed. GM Engineers tested it, but nothing would occur for them, so a portable data recorder was installed to monitor. 

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

69000 mi

US $3400
Transmission was slipping in first and reverse. Transaxle replaced. Transmission was rebuilt by the dealer in January 2014 for known defect. Transmission wave plate fractured. 
71000 mi

US $114
The transmission was shifting abruptly and slipping when warm. Transmission reprogrammed and 1 quart of fluid added. 
74000 mi Transmission began to shift abruptly. 
807 mi I had to take in due to leaking seal on transmission, dropped off part was ordered and repaired, rental car provided for 2 days while being fixed, not sure of the cost,covered by warranty 
78300 mi

US $1500
Transmission required rebuild 
27500 mi When driving the car first thing in the morning, the engine RPMs would go up to 4k-5k before it would shift into 2nd gear. Transmission software was updated and reprogrammed which fixed the issue. 
42700 mi transmission control module 
70000 mi

US $3000
transmission failed. replaced with a manufactured rebuild. 
29000 mi Shuddering with transmission. 
30000 mi Previously they reflashed the transmission and engine control module to fix the stuttering around 40 mph. All they did was shift the shutter to 50 mph. At this point I assumed I had a lemon and got rid of it. Good riddance GM! 

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

41000 mi Transmission seal (right) where drive shaft emerges was leaking 
48000 mi The right front driveshaft bearing backed most of the way out of its seat and was leaking. 
48700 mi right driveshaft seal backing out again 
49700 mi

US $289
The dealer replaced the axle seal and stub shaft sleeve. Learned from GM that if use a tool that's not in spec the seal will back out. 
43000 mi Repaired leaking front axel shaft output seal 

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

58000 mi Transmission had to be completely rebuilt.. It was covered under the powertrain warranty. 

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

72700 mi Shifting oddly. Ran diagnostics and looked for service bulletins. Did not reflash, but it is ok. 

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

18000 mi shaft within steering column replaced--to cure clunk noise when turning 

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

188000 mi

US $2300
Transmission rebuilt 

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

54000 mi

US $4000
Had no foward gears, only reverse 
112000 mi

US $200
Bad RF wheel bearing 

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Hatch

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

34100 mi

C $380
Part replaced. 
68300 mi

US $400
replaced half shafts 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

129300 mi

US $1400
R and R first to second shift solenoid and second to third shift solenoid. 
110980 mi

C $28
2-3 shift solenoid replacement on the 4t45-e transaxle. Car lost 3rd and 4th gear. 
110980 mi

C $2500
Transmission completely failed - no gears in forward or reverse 
130200 mi

C $50
passenger side axle seal leaked fixed - replaced seal and sleeve on the 4t45e 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

82000 mi

US $2200
Automatic transmission stuck in second gear. Solenoid open circuit was the trouble code. Transmission removed and rebuilt. 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Hatch

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

83000 mi

US $3000
Transmission stop going forward. Only reverse worked. Transmission was rebuilt. Could have used a transmission fluid change a few miles ago. 

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

71300 mi

C $200
The right axle was leaking, I saw it wet but condition must have been there for months or even a year, might have been from hitting something. 
132000 mi Transmission shuddered and shifted hard between 1st-2nd gears and 3rd-4th gears. My theory is that initial damage was done when a dealer changed the trans fluid at 50K, didn't install the pan gasket correctly, resulting in a long term leak. 
88000 mi Leaky transmission pan gasket. 

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Hatch

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

179000 mi

US $195
Replaced leaking transmission pan gasket, filter, and transmission flush 
119300 mi

US $225
Replaced both failing CV axles. 
60000 mi

US $142
Transmission shifting problem, solved by adding transmission fluid and possibly resetting shift points. 

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 3.1L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

122000 mi

US $700
Left axle leaked oil and needed to be replaced 

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