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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Transmission Problems

109 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. 10 of these members (9.2%) have reported transmission repairs for their car. A total of 15 transmission repairs to 2009 Chevrolet Malibus--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Percentage of 2009 Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

Chart based on 142 repairs.
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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   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

42700 mi   transmission control module 
70000 US $3000 transmission failed. replaced with a manufacturedrnrebuild. 
807   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 
29000   Shuddering with transmission. 
30000   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! 
27500   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. 

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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   The right front driveshaft bearing backed most of the way out of its seat and was leaking. 
48700   right driveshaft seal backing out again 
49700 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   Repaired leaking front axel shaft output seal 

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