4th Generation (1979—1983) Malibu Problems

This generations ranks 2nd out of 85 Chevrolet generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (50%), fuel system (50%), and the We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Loss of Power When Accelerating 1 complaints at an average of 80,000 miles in the 1979 Chevrolet Malibu.
  2. Light Knocking Under the Hood 1 complaints at an average of 177,500 miles in the 1982 Chevrolet Malibu.

What Malibu Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Chevrolet model years.

Watch out for the 1979 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1983 0 3 0 0.0
1982 1 3 0 0.1
1981 0 3 0 0.0
1980 0 6 0 0.0
1979 1 6 0 0.32

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