7th Generation (2008—2012) Malibu Problems

This generations ranks 80th out of 85 Chevrolet generations in reliability and should be avoided if possible. Owners have the most complaints about the interior (19%), transmission (12%), and the engine (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Stopped Working 25 complaints at an average of 98,367 miles in the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu.
  2. Power Door Locks Failed 42 complaints at an average of 219,713 miles in the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu.
  3. Transmission Went Out 15 complaints at an average of 83,558 miles in the 2009 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 2010 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2012 67 3 791 20.78
2011 125 3 792 37.92
2010 166 3 773 53.35
2009 197 6 736 30.64
2008 184 5 724 31.23

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