The recall began on July 17, 2014. The ride is quiet and comfortable, with just the slightest bit of road and wind noise seeping in, and wind buffeting is rare. While the Malibu may not have the nearly silent ride of a Toyota Camry, nor the high-quality interior of a Honda Accord, it does offer an enjoyable driving experience — with either a four- or six-cylinder engine — and a lot of value in a striking package. I took the four-cylinder, six-cylinder and hybrid models through hundreds of miles of twisty roads and straight highways, and all three handled flawlessly, exhibiting little body roll. The brake pads don't last long.
During its testing of Chevrolet's newest mid-size sedan, drivers reported the OnStar system wouldn't function at first; once it did, those drivers were left unimpressed by OnStar's turn-by-turn navigation, saying it's a lacklustre substitute for map-based navigation systems. Reviewers commend the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu for safety. This car has done me well for around 70k miles, and I assume it will continue to do so for years to come. Exterior Car shoppers often decide on a car before sitting in or driving it. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 Chevrolet , 1-800-762-2737 Pontiac , 1-800-553-6000 Saturn.
The car door electric locks don't work the way they should. Two engines motivate the Malibu: an economical 2. They were by far the sportiest of the available packages I tested. While it certainly will impress Camry owners, the Accord and Nissan Altima V-6s are more athletic performers. To see what other details are different for 2009, click , or check out a of the two model years. A chrome frame surrounds the license plate, which adds a bit of flash to an otherwise dull surface. There are also numerous different tires fitted on various Malibus, and ConsumerGuide says they can significantly affect road noise.
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a pretty responsible car—but it's also fun to drive. It was quite unpleasant, and in one instance was harder to wrangle than I had anticipated. Bulletin 14118 covers model year 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura built from October 1, 2007, through January 31, 2008. While the Malibu may not have the nearly silent ride of a Toyota Camry, nor the high-quality interior of a Honda Accord, it does offer an enjoyable driving experience — with either a four- or six-cylinder engine — and a lot of value in a striking package. The Malibu offers fairly benign driving dynamics according to most reviewers. For a base 4-cylinder engine, I'm surprised how well it performs. Bulletin 14117 covers model year 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura built from February 1, 2008, through February 28, 2008.
The darker of the two metal finishes is subtle on its own or with the darker wood trim, but the silver-hued one looks tacky and is especially off-putting when mixed with the lighter wood. As of this publication, no crash tests have been performed on the Malibu. A smushed, two-panel grille is divided by a solid bar that features the trademark Chevy bowtie, and the grille is bordered by large, angled headlights. There are plenty of compliments on the Malibu's interior. At the top of the Malibu line, an optional 3. Consequence If the tabs were to fracture and separate, the shift lever and the actual position of the transmission gear may not match.
Front seats are some of the comfiest in the segment, and the backseat is quite roomy, too. Over the years, it's one thing after another. The affected steering shafts may have a yoke that inadequately supports the u-joint bearing resulting in a premature failure. After testing the 169-horsepower engine back-to-back with the 252-hp V-6, I can see why. Left in Drive, the six-speed automatic runs through the gears smoothly and precisely.
Other countermeasures, including a tighter firewall, acoustic glass and insulation, lined wheel wells further aids in interior serenity, Edmunds notes. I bought this car new and had to. Features Chevrolet has added the types of comfort features most midsize-sedan buyers want. With only 34,340 miles on car that was well taken care of the transmission went. On the comfort front, Chevrolet has made a concerted effort to free the Malibu of noise and vibration, going as far to install specialized engine mounts to prevent engine vibrations from entering the passenger cabin.
The two-tone leather seats are striking in tan and dark brown, but are a bit jarring in red and black. Household electrical outlets can be found in the rear seating area. In that setup, drivers use steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles to change gears. Bulletin 14116 covers model year 2004-2006 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx, 2005-2006 Pontiac G6 and 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura built from March 1, 2008, through June 27, 2008. Inside, the Malibu's modern, two-tone interior evokes some design elements from the '50s and '60s, putting it in a class above. Dual arches outline the top of the dash and curve outward to the doors.