The 7th generation of the Malibu has a cumulative PainRank™ of 35.1. That can be compared against other Chevrolet generations. Shopping for a Chevrolet? You should avoid this generation like the plague that it is.
Owners of the 2008–2012 Malibu model years have sent in 716 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the interior (20%) followed by the transmission (12%) and the engine (11%).