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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

105 TrueDelta members own a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. 21 of these members (20%) have reported transmission and drivetrain repairs for their car. A total of 13 transmission and drivetrain repairs to 2009 Chevrolet Malibus--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2009 Chevrolet Malibu problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2009 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 2009 Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

24% of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu repairs were to the engine, 11% to the transmission, 4% to the brakes, 18% to the suspension, 24% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 14% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 119 repairs.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2009 Chevrolet Malibu

Engine not specified

Chevrolet Malibu in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2011 45000    
63000 0 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

Chevrolet Malibu in Delaware, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 0    
3000 0 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. 
 
Chevrolet Malibu in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 2000    
3000 0 Transmission does not shift properly. 
 

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

Chevrolet Malibu in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2014 27000    
27500 0 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. 
28000  
Chevrolet Malibu in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 0    
29000 0 Shuddering with transmission. 
29000 0 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! 
Chevrolet Malibu in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2011 23000    
42700 0 transmission control module 
59000  

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 43000    
44700 0 Repaired leaking front axel shaft output seal 
51000  
Chevrolet Malibu in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2011 36000    
41000 0 Transmission seal (right) where drive shaft emerges was leaking 
48000 0 The right front driveshaft bearing backed most of the way out of its seat and was leaking. 
48700 0 right driveshaft seal backing out again 
49700 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. 
 

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