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2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu



  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,001
    How many times have you had your vehicle to the dealer for this? Can you please email me your VIN?
    GM Customer Service
  • malexbumalexbu Posts: 169

    Thanks for thinking about trying! When you have data collected, please post it
    here -- I am very interested, and we may learn something new.

    The engine cylinders: 4 in sedans (140 HP), 6 in Maxx (205 HP). Remember, this is the
    Malibu generation one before yours, so the engines are not identical to the one you

    (My Malibus are German Opels, rebranded for the American market; yours is not -- a
    uniquely American design, as far as I understand.)

    Both engines are adequate for me -- I usually travel in the left lanes on the

    Maxx doesn't have an outstanding MPG, but had the power one can surely feel. On the
    4-cyl car MPG, see my posting #336 (38.2 [Re: 37.37)) at the Edmunds forum "Chevrolet
    Malibu MPG-Real World Numbers".

    From reading the Malibu forums at, I've concluded that the current
    generation of Malibu has a noticeably lower MPG than the previous ("my") generation.
    Your words, "To date, I have only be able to get 27 MPG on the highway." are
    in line with that.

    My V6 XLE Camry gets easily 30 MPG, and on a long trip I have hit 34 MPG. I
    sacrificed performance for MPG on the Malibu. My Camry can run rings around the
    Malibu and still give me 30 MPG.

    From what you have said so far, I do feel that your Camry is superior to this
    generation of Malibus (which doesn't make me happy).

    After what I just learned from you, I suspect that I wouldn't be inclined to buy a
    2008+ Malibu :-(

    I like the Malibu in terms of style and handling, but I DO NOT THINK their
    technology comes close to a Toyota or Honda! ---- What ever happened to American

    It's been outsourced, the engineers let go, new grads can't find jobs etc. There
    will be more of it, get ready.

    I have tried different brands of fuel and different octanes, and the results
    are the same --- 27MPG

    I monitor MPG very carefully, calculating it after each fillup. I 've come to
    believe that the brand doesn't matter at all: on the same highway (but different
    stretches) I was getting a higher MPG from the VA-local brand Sheetz than from the
    first tier Shell.

    I can only suggest that you watch your MPG on the DIC, and don't accelerate hard;
    compute the MPG by the fuel purchases after each fillup and work out MPG-increasing
    habits (this does matter).

    Looking forward to your data on the air pressure, and perhaps on the MPG dynamics --
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi Christina:

    I see that GM does monitor this forum. From the positing that you sent to (88alfa), I see that you have an interest in his transmission problem. You are requesting his Vin Number.

    I also have an issue with a new 2010 Chevrolet LTZ Malibu dealing with a loss of air on all four tires. ------ In order to feel safe driving this vehicle, I am contemplating purchasing four new Michelin tires. ------- The is a major expense on my part in order to feel safe in a new vehicle. ---- (I should not have to make this purchase!) ----- The "track record" of Goodyear tires is dismal at best! ---- Is GM also interested in my problem? ------ Best regards. ------ Dwayne :shades: :confuse: ;) :)
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,001
    Have you taken your vehicle in to your local dealer of choice for this issue?
    GM Customer Sevice
  • When I first read your message, I thought, that's the same problem I have on my 2008 Malibu LTZ with about 8,000 miles. I took a copy of your message to the dealer and after the mechanic had inspected he said I had the same problem--they found a gear failure was causing the problem. It too took all day to replace and adjust the "tow" of my front wheels. I also met someone in the Safeway parking lot who asked how I liked my Malibu. He had a 2005 Malibu and in the conversation said the only problem he'd had was having to have the electric steering unit replaced.

    My warranty is up in August 2011 and the dealer rep said my repair was warranted for one year or 12,000 miles. GM has had a problem with the electric steering for a very long time so I'm extremely concerned that the electric steering had to be replaced with only 8,000 miles. It may be time to by a new car from a GM competitor.

    What a shame. Uncle Dewey
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi Christina:

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for responding to my posting. ---- Please be assured that it is GREATLY appreciated. ----- The response to your question is YES! ----- I have an OUTSTANDING DEALER, both in terms of sales and service, and I DO NOT want to jeopardize my relationship with my dealer. ----This is not the dealer's fault. ---- Simply put, the quality of the Goodyear tire is not on the same level of the rest of the vehicle. ---- Before I purchased this vehicle, I search all the name plates, (foreign and domestic.) ---- I could have purchased a Honda, Hyundai, Ford or a Toyota. ---- I chose a Chevrolet because I liked the quality of the vehicle. ----- When I purchased this vehicle, I did not want the Goodyear tires, because I had a bad experience with them on a new vehicle in 1995 on the highway at 60mph. ----- But I was talked into keeping them. ----- On the test drive the vehicle seemed to drive and handle "ok," so I took the chance, and took delivery with the stock tires. ------ I choose to service my vehicle at the selling dealer every 2,500 miles. (oil and filters are cheap, ---- engines are expensive.) ---- This additional service means that my tire pressure is being monitored, and set more often than those customers who service their vehicle according to the book at 5,000 mile intervals. ----- The selling dealer DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY to offer me a "trade in" and / or an "exchange" for Michelin tires. ---- The tires do not hold air over time! ----- If you take the time to research these tires on the "net," you will see additional problems associated with these tires. ---- If I choose to replace these tires with original equipment Michelin tires it will cost me $222.00 for each tire. That translates into $888.00 for a set of four tires. ---- My vehicle now has 8,000 + miles. ---- My vehicle is used mostly on the highway. ---- The best mileage I have every seen with this vehicle is 27mpg. ----- I have used different brands of fuel and different octanes. ---- The results are the same. ----- (The advertised mileage is between 30 to 33mpg.) ---- Tire construction has a lot to do with mileage. ---- If a tire does not roll freely, the mileage of the vehicle will suffer. ---- My major concern is my safety, and the safety of others who come in contact with my vehicle. ---- My second vehicle is a 2007 XLE V6 Toyota Camry with 62,000 + miles & a 6 speed automatic trans. On a road trip, I can easily get 30 mpg, and at times this can go up to 34 mpg. (This vehicle has original equipment type Michelin tires.) ------ The Malibu has a four cylinder engine, and a 6 speed automatic trans. ---- This vehicle should at least equal the mileage of the Camry. (If it doesn't, --- than what was the purpose of buying a 4 over a 6? I sacrificed performance by purchasing a 4 to get milage. ---- Now I do not get the mileage and I do have the performance. ----- The Camry will "snap your head back" when accelerating onto the highway, and I can easily get 30 mpg at 60 mph. ----- I believe that the lack of mileage is directly connected to the quality of the stock tires. ---- The dealer has been outstanding, and I will not identify the dealer on this open forum. ----- I will only identify the dealer if 'something positive" is going to happen with regards to this issue, and I will only do this either by phone or a private E-mail. ----- Short of that, I will make my own decision in terms of keeping these tires. (NOTE: ---- I have a 6 years extended warranty, and a prepaid oil and filter service contract, so I want to maintain a professional relationship with the dealer. ------ In addition, this issue is NOT the fault of the dealer. ---- This is a manufacturer's issue, so as such, I DO NOT WANT TO GET INTO AN ADVERSARIAL POSITION WITH THE SELLING DEALER! ) ----- The dealer cannot offer me a trade in on the stock tires. --- This would have to come from GM! ---- Personally I like the vehicle. ------ Before the tire issue raised its ugly head, I was considering purchasing another GM vehicle, possibly a Buick Regal with a turbo. ----- Best regards. Thanks again for your time and concern. ----- Dwayne :shades: :confuse: ;) :)
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    the electronic assist steering issues were a common problem with the 04-07 Malibus.....but they GM seems to have corrected it in MY 08 and beyond....I have an 04 Maxx LT..with over 177K on it...and have no steering column problems at all.....I have had no major mechanical issues with it and it will be 7 years old next month...
  • I hope you are correct. Mine is a 2008 LTZ Malibu--so it is 2 1/2 years old with about 8,000 miles and the electric steering had to be replaced. My confidence level is not very good--would be nice if the GM rep butted in and give us some assurance, but....

    Uncle Dewey
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi POA:

    Kindly describe the symptoms of the "steering problem" on the Malibu LTZ vehicle. ------- Sometimes, when I stop to back into a parking space, the steering wheel becomes "stiff," until I start to move in reverse. Then it frees up, and acts in a normal fashion! ---- Does this resemble the symptoms that you have experienced? ------------ Best regards. ------------ Dwayne :shades: ;) :)
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,001
    Has the problem been resolved? I look forward to your response.
    GM Customer Service
  • uncledewey1uncledewey1 Posts: 25
    edited February 2011
    Hi Christina,

    The squeak is gone ever since the dealer replaced the internal steering gear. I was told the repair would be warranted for one year. What concerns me is I only had around 8,000 miles, plus I spoke with the owner of a 2005 Malibu who had the same problem. It seems GM has a weak link in the way the steering mechanism is made and GM has known about the problem before the "completely" redesigned Malibu in 2008. Since my vehicle's warranty will expire in August I'm concerned about having to replace the steering gear again at my expense which seems like it would be very expensive since they needed the vehicle the entire day.

    At any rate, thank you very much for your concern, Uncle Dewey
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi All:

    I just returned from a road trip with the Malibu. ---- The vehicle now has about 8,700 + miles. ----- I used 92 octane fuel on the trip, and I averaged 31.5 mpg at 60mph. ---- This is an improvement from 27mpg. ---- The air pressure in the tires is 31psi. ---- I cannot explain the jump in mileage, (from 27mpg to 31.5)! ---- The 92 octane fuel was purchased at "fast food road stops," so I cannot give you a brand name for the fuel! ----- Maybe the engine has broken in, and it is now more efficient! ---- The Malibu performed very well, (but not as good as my Camry V6 which also get easily 30mpg!) ---- I now feel much better about this vehicle. (At least I am getting the "miles per gallon!") ---- Maybe it is the premium fuel that did the trick??????? ----- Best regards. -------- Dwayne :shades: ;) :)
  • malexbumalexbu Posts: 169
    How do you know that you "averaged 31.5 mpg"?
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi Malexbu:

    Based on the "on-board computer display!" ------ Prior to this reading, the display was showing a maximum of 27mpg on all trips! ------ Dwayne :shades: ;) :)
  • sidewinderzsidewinderz Posts: 49
    edited February 2011
    with my 2008 4 cyl Malibu I was getting 30 mpg HWY DRIVING when I went from NJ to Va ,(reg octane ) . Average mpg for combo city / hwy driving , is approx 23 mpg... and My Trans is NOT six speed...., 4 speed . I will try a higher octane and see if it helps my MPG
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi Sidewunderz:

    I was getting 27mpg in the past, and on this last trip, I got 31.5 mpg at 60mph. ---- During the course of the trip, the computer on the vehicle went as high as 34mpg., as long as I was traveling in traffic at 55mph. ------ I think this is "ok" for this vehicle with a 4 cylinder, and a 6 speed trans. --------- (My 2007 automatic - 6 speed V6 Toyota Camry gets 30mpg at 60 mph without a problem & it has GREAT performance!) ---- The Malibu lacks "passing power" on the highway staring at 60mph. ------- A Honda four cylinder could pull away from this vehicle with ease! ---- But this vehicle is "ok, and I can live with it!" ------ This engine NEEDS A TURBO like the Buick Regal! ------- Dwayne. :shades: ;) :)
  • malexbumalexbu Posts: 169
    That's what I suspected. You shouldn't trust your "on-board computer display" (a.k.a. DIC). Unless there has been a dramatic improvement recently, it is very inaccurate. Buy fuel, record the distance, divide -- you may be surprised by the results. :-)
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    from what I read here does this mean you have never reset the DIC MPG display?...agree with another poster..I have found the DIC to be between 1.5 to 2 MPG off in the calculation....fill the a few hundred miles..then refill....divide miles by gallons will see a difference!
  • 2008 Malibu LT1, V6, 27,000 miles
    I really enjoy this car and find it very comfortable. I experienced the following issues, which are disappointing:

    Replace sway bar
    Replace brakes
    Replace steering shaft - replacement still has issues: grinding sound, click & resistance when turning right
    A couple of alignments - car wanders side to side
    Tires have slow leak

    Overall get 25mpg per DIC
    All repairs completed under warranty. Dealer has been great to work with.
    Plan to schedule dealer visit next week for unresolved issues.
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi Bohemia1:

    I will bet that the wandering problem, (from side to side), has a direct relationship to the tires. (I purchased a new 2010 Chevrolet LTZ 4 cylinder Malibu, and it came with Goodyear Eagle tires. ---- They are garbage! ---- They leak air! ---- They are an accident looking for a place to happen!) ---- I replaced Goodyear tires with Michelin tires, (AT MY OWN EXPENSE), and the vehicle operates totally different on both the dry pavement and in snow! ---- I no longer have an "air loss" problem! --- IF YOU HAVE GOODYEAR TIRES ON THIS VEHICLE, REPLACE THEM WITH MICHELIN TIRES! ------- Best regards. --------- Dwayne :shades: :shades:
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