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2009 Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

Engine (0%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (35%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (24%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (34%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (3%)

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (40%)

$1000 - $2499 (20%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (40%)

< $100 (0%)

Chart based on 5 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

29380 mi Driver side lumbar support pump inlet hose broken. Replaced under warranty. 
37820 mi

C $69
Left rear wheel bearing speed sensor broken - magnet missing of hub. Replaced wheel bearing and cleared code (C0045). It was discounted to $69 under a good will warranty since it was barely out of warranty. 
39680 mi

C $417
Right rear wheel bearing speed sensor broken - magnet missing of hub. Replaced wheel bearing and cleared code (C0050). 
57200 mi Right side axle seal on the transmission was leaking. Repaired under warranty. 

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

75000 mi

US $350

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

4000 mi This car has had problems after the first week we owned it. Have taken it back to the dealer many times. They have gotten the Engineers out to try to find the problem they don't know what is wrong they just keep replacing componets. 
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. This car was a lemon all kinds of parts were changed gm finally replaced the car after we got a lawyer on their but. junk will never buy a malibu. 
23000 mi Leak, torque converter seal. Dealer replaced and repaired torque converter seal. 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

1000 mi Electrical short smell emanates from engine compartment. Dealer acknowledges odor but attributes to "new" car smell. Suggested that chemicals on metal components will burn off by 1000 miles. 
7000 mi Wiring harness. passenger air bag would not engage if someone was sitting in passenger seat. Recalled. 
10000 mi Rear cupholder spring retaining hinge popped out. Cup holder has two retaining plastic ends that it swivels from. They remounted it without the hinge. 
14000 mi Air bag warning light indicated servicing 
19000 mi Rear cup holder hinge defective. Left rear shock 
20000 mi air bag sensor light Chrome plating on interior door handle was defective. Handle trim sharp to the touch. 
21000 mi Air bag sensors needed to be replaced. 
38000 mi Key remote: battery holder post broken off 
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 
10000 mi Airbag warning light came on, notifying us that the airbag may not work in an accident. The dealer replaced a sensor located under the driver's seat 
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 
74000 mi

US $110
Onstar communication module failed. Update: later fixed itself. 
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. 
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. 
21700 mi Had a rattle in the R/F suspension since new. Dealer I purchased the car from refused to address this problem. Klick/Lewis Chev. properly repaired the problem today.Steering rack and right front strut. 
43000 mi passenger low beam bulb burnt. bulb was replaced and the low beam 10a fuse(fuse #() 
48300 mi paint was peeling from front bumper. bumper was repaired 
57000 mi Cracked exhaust manifold 
60000 mi Changed headlight harness 
68700 mi Ac Compresor plug was replaced 
80000 mi

US $120
left link kit was broken. Both were replaced 
92000 mi

US $70
Transmission coolling line needed replacement 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-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. 
28000 mi Continue to have vibration. Dealer thought it was due to bad tires after force balancing. So two tires replaced. Dealer said they have 3 other cars with same issue, so now waiting on GM rep to assist hopefully within the next week or so. 
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. 
41000 mi Air bag warning service lamp came on Saturday, took to dealer. Determined connector issue on side air bags. Could not repair same day, so took back Monday. Took 3 hours to rework connectors under a TSB. So far, so good. 
50000 mi Had loud humming noise coming from left front wheel. Turned out to be bad outer hub bearing. Dealer at first tried to charge me for repair; but I challanged it and was covered under warranty. 
52000 mi Continue to have vibration that starts 52MPH. Had been doing better since dealer replaced tires about 6 months ago. But vibration started back after tires were rotated. But dealer now can't find source of vibration. About like it was before. 
58000 mi Left Front Hub Bearing made noise. 
66000 mi One of the emissions sensors went bad. Can't recall which one. 
81000 mi

US $360
I bought new tires and shop found drivers-side ball joint (part of lower control arm assembly) had significant play. So with leaving town, I had to have it replaced at the tire store and not take it back to the dealer. 
86000 mi Vibration around 55 mph never permanently fixed. 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic RWD

32000 mi

US $150
transmission fluid cooler lines between transaxle and radiator leaked and needed to be replaced. 
35000 mi

US $26
speaker in driver door stopped working. ordered replacement speaker and installed. 

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu

Engine not specified

46000 mi Check engine light came on intermitantly. Took to dealership and they diagnosed a shorted intake solenoid. Replaced cam solenoid. No cost to me. Covered by powertrain warrenty. Less than 3 hours to repair. 
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

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

27500 mi Clunking noise from front end, both front stabilizer bars were replaced. 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. 
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. 
71000 mi Transmission began to shift abruptly. 
78300 mi

US $1500
Transmission required rebuild 
31000 mi ESC/traction warning lights flashing. Dealer could not replicate while at dealer. The warning lights are still flashing. 
42700 mi transmission control module 
44000 mi body control module 
55700 mi check engine light on 
57300 mi fuel injector problems 
70000 mi

US $3000
transmission failed. replaced with a manufactured rebuild. 
75000 mi

US $130
starter motor 
81300 mi

US $175
sway bar end links 
95000 mi

US $500
Control arms 
15000 mi One of the key fobs had an electrical short. 
24000 mi Output speed sensor was replaced. Car would shift hard when accelerating. The car was losing track of the speed and the transmission didn't know how to act. 
29000 mi Shuddering with transmission. 
29000 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 shiftable automatic FWD

3000 mi Transmission does not shift properly. 
16000 mi OnStar module is faulty 
18000 mi OnStar module that gives directions was not working correctly. 
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. 
3000 mi Alarm/lock light appeared on dash board after braking lightly to slow in traffic. Nothing else came on or ran differently, but I went straight to the dealer and no codes, etc. showed up, GM Tech had no ideas, so it was just turned off/on to reset. 

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic RWD

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. The right rear door lock actuator failed and was replaced, not under warranty. 
53000 mi

US $161
Driver's seat collapsed due to seat bottom perimeter frame only having a few tack welds rather than fully welded. Took to a body shop that welded the frame successfully 
45000 mi Replaced leaking front axle shaft output seal. Took two days due to dealer not having the proper tools. 

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic RWD

72700 mi Shifting oddly. Ran diagnostics and looked for service bulletins. Did not reflash, but it is ok. 
75000 mi

US $280
Windshield wiper transmission was replaced. 

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu

Engine not specified

81000 mi

US $225
Shift link cable broken. This part was also changed in 2014 by Auto Nation as part of a recall. 

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

138000 mi

US $350
153800 mi

US $325
Replace the o-2 sensors 
188000 mi

US $2300
Transmission rebuilt 

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

201-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

112000 mi

US $200
Bad RF wheel bearing 
54000 mi

US $4000
Had no foward gears, only reverse 
75000 mi

US $800
Rear shock absorbers were leaking... replaced both .. 

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Hatch

201-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

18000 mi

US $60
Passenger window control switch not working 
34000 mi

US $200
power door lock and power side mirrors not working replaced the switches for both 
51000 mi

US $10
power window switches and power rear view mirror switches 
68300 mi

US $400
replaced half shafts replaced rack & pinion steering 
85000 mi replaced inner & outer passenger tie rods replaced sway bars on both sides front lower control arm with ball joints replaced on passenger side 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

98000 mi Power Steering failed and all lights went off on dash after dealer had performed a power steering repair. After 2000 miles repair appeared effective but it took 3 trips to get it done. Am unimpressed by the electronic steering in Malibu 
129300 mi

US $1400
R and R first to second shift solenoid and second to third shift solenoid. 
130000 mi

US $374
Remote auto start did not work because of dead electric component in hood latch assembly. Once replaced,, the auto start worked fine. 
42160 mi

C $200
*Replaced stock exhaust system with Magnaflow 16760 from G6 
45260 mi

C $60
*The hood prop was dangerous in high wind conditions. The prop was replaced with a strut-type setup from redline racing using a kit. 
54560 mi

C $100
Leaking rear seal on the drivers rear caliper necessitated a caliper replacement. 
61380 mi

C $45
replaced faulty evap canister purge valve 
76880 mi

C $150
Amber bulb fixture in headlight assembly started to melt and scorched the assemblies. New assemblies and led amber bulbs purchased and installed.  Problem returned - headlight assembly daytime running light amber lenses caught fire. Replaced bulbs with gm 13502232 and new knock off lenses. Found GM TSB 06-08-42-004B. Also affects HHRs. 
98620 mi The mass air flow sensor needed cleaning with some contact cleaner 
101060 mi

C $60
Replaced upstream oxygen sensors with new Bosch stuff at 150K and replaced serpentine belt with Gates micro groove 
104160 mi

C $35
Replaced both upstream oxygen sensors and the mass air flow sensor - mileage improve a LOT *d replace the MAF sensor 
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 
112580 mi

C $10
Needed to clean the pcv line with seafoam to correct a cold idle hunting issue. 
130200 mi

C $50
passenger side axle seal leaked fixed - replaced seal and sleeve on the 4t45e 
138880 mi

C $80
Replaced spark plugs and wires 

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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. 
84000 mi

US $88
Car ran really bad. Shop reflashed computer. Car runs OK. 
98000 mi

US $690
*dupe Car is junk. 
99000 mi

US $573
New struts installed. 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Hatch

200-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

60000 mi

US $16
Replace remote fob from Ebay and dealer programmed for free. 
75000 mi

US $40
Replaced turn signal bulb 
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. 
123000 mi

US $200
Replaced both tie rod ends and passenger control arm. Should have been $700 but did the work myself. 
130000 mi

US $15
Replaced oil filter extension gasket. This was allowing an oil leak over the oil filter 

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

58280 mi Replaced intermediate shaft to fix clunk in steering. 
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. 
79760 mi Ignition switch replaced 
88000 mi Leaky transmission pan gasket. 
197700 mi

US $200
Left rear brake caliper replacment Power steering EPS issue recall recall, brake lights malfunction transmission shift cable fracture recall 
104000 mi

US $57
Center High Mounted Stop Lamp burned out. The entire unit needs to be replaced, including lens, circuit board with 5 LEDs, and plastic housing with gasket attached. 
106000 mi

US $140
Check Engine Light was illuminated due to error code indicating failing thermostat. Thermostat was stuck open. Replaced thermostat. Check Engine Light also stored EGR error code. EGR valve was replaced about a year ago and was tested and found to be working. Cleaned EGR system and valve and reinstalled. No further codes found. 
115000 mi Check Engine Light gave EGR Insufficient Flow code. Tested all components to be working. Removed throttle body and thoroughly clean all passages per TSB. 
131000 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. 

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Hatch

200-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

92000 mi

US $397
Roaring noise over 35 mph in front of car. Replaced left front wheel bearing with new Timken hub assembly. Cost was half labor, half part. 
94300 mi

US $146
Car would lose power, engine light came on with codes P2101, P0120, P0220, P1516, P2135. Decided problem was throttle body. Dealer wanted $300 for part. Bought ACDelco Part 217-2295 on Amazon.com for $146. Installed new part. Problem solved 
99000 mi

US $5
Replaced failed engine coolant temperature sensor. Preventive maintenance was replacement of water pump, thermostat, engine drive belt, coolant, radiator hoses. 
115000 mi

US $232
Broken left rear spring, worn rear shocks. Replaced rear springs, shocks. 
119300 mi

US $225
Replaced both failing CV axles. 
123000 mi

US $200
Replaced front left and right lower control arms. Cost included $145 for both control arms and $55 for an alignment. 
126000 mi Malibu Recall 14152 trans shift cable, replaced rack and pinion, set front toe, spec policy 14327 
131700 mi

US $90
Rust hole in muffler 
136000 mi

US $100
Rusted out exhaust flex pipe 
137000 mi

US $53
CarMD code: O2 sensor Bank 1 [rear cylinders] Sensor 1 [upstream of converter]. Replaced both upstream O2 sensors with Denso 234-4668 purchased on Amazon. 
60000 mi

US $142
Transmission shifting problem, solved by adding transmission fluid and possibly resetting shift points. 
84000 mi Steering Universal Joint, not repaired, told "There's a TSB on this - see your dealer" 
87000 mi

US $645
Noise, shaking from Steering column, steering assembly replaced 
100000 mi

US $150
brake cylinder replaced during a regular pad/rotor change at 97000 
113000 mi

US $100
Exhaust, replaced muffler 
120000 mi

US $530
Replaced right front bearing Replaced both front tie rods 
142000 mi

US $340
Replaced right front tire rod 
154000 mi

US $584
leaking right rear caliper required replacement 
167000 mi

US $330
Replaced inner and upper right front tie rods, along with 4 new tires. Inner rod worn, upper rod frozen in place and had to be cut in order to remove inner tie rod. *dupe replaced upper and inner right front tire rods. Inner rod worn, upper rod frozen in place and had to be cut in order to remove inner tire rod 
179000 mi

US $195
Replaced leaking transmission pan gasket, filter, and transmission flush 
228000 mi

US $200
Alternator completely failed. 
228000 mi

US $500
Radiator had hole in the bottom. 

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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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