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2009 Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

Engine (21%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (13%)

Other (7%)

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (43%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (43%)

< $100 (14%)

Chart based on 7 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

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

42700 mi transmission control module 
70000 mi

US $3000
transmission failed. replaced with a manufactured rebuild. 
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. 
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! 
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. 

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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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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Transmission Problems

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