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2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu



  • martianmartian Posts: 220
    I have a 2007 Saturn Aura XR-I figured I'd get a faster response here!
    Anyway, how hard is it to change the sparkplugs? Is there a good site that shows how to do it?
    I belive the change interval is 100K miles-this seems way too long.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    service interval can be checked in the owners 04 Malibu Maxx goes to 100k before plug should have platinum OEM plugs on the Aura so should be the same interval change, be sure to replace them with another platinum tipped plug far as how easy....not sure....the malibu is fairly easy....but takes some maneuvering to get to them all.......
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    There are platinum and double platinum.
    The double have both electrodes with platinum and I believe you need the double platinum to go 100K. Best to just go with OEM plug.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    edited May 2010
    Has anyone out there found good replacement wipers for the 08-10 Malibus. I bought some Armour All brand and they were horrible - very loud. I ended up with OEM replacements from my Chevy dealer which work great but they were a whopping $70.

    The new style wipers are great except many of the ones in the stores don't fit so the brands are limited.
  • gmfornow3gmfornow3 Posts: 17
    A good replacement is Anco Countor, but they are not much cheaper, about $50 a pair; item C-21-BB and C-24-BB. Mine seem to need replacing every 9-12 months.
  • gmfornow3gmfornow3 Posts: 17
    I hade a minor steering squeak noise looked into at the dealer under warranty at 30,000 miles. This noise seemed to be coming from the steering wheel during low speed turning, inside the car. They replaced the steering gear/rack and aligned the front end at no charge. That fixed the squeak.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Where can you buy them?
  • gmfornow3gmfornow3 Posts: 17
    O'Reilly Auto Parts has them.
  • ohgeezohgeez Posts: 12
    Great car and no problems after 18,000 miles. Love checking out those crappy 3, 5 series and A4, A6 little cars.
  • bwiabwia Boston Posts: 1,907
    edited September 2010
    Just as we started having problems with the electric power steering in our 2008 Malibu about three weeks ago we received a recall notice from GM. On Monday it died and the car was rendered undriveable.

    So for three days they've been working on replacing the electric motor. First, they did not have the part on hand, and now, the fix is such a big job they have to remove the console. I asked the service manager if they had the proper tools to do the job. He said yes and promises there will be no squeaks and rattles when the job is done.

    Up this point the Malibu was bullet proof and we bragged about its quality and reliability incessantly. Now, I am not quite so sure. Nonetheless, I hope they extend the warranty on this new electric motor because I would hate to have to replace it in two years time down the road.

    With the rash of problems involving the electric power steering in the Cobalt and now the Malibu I hope GM reverts back to the hydraulic power steering set-up.
  • sidewinderzsidewinderz Posts: 49
    edited September 2010
    Sorry to hear about your electric power steering going bad :(
    I also received the recall notice but no issues with the power steering unit..... yet .
    I do have issues with that Steering Clunk on my 2008 as mentioned a few postings ago. My bumper to bumper warranty expires next May , So ,I'll bring it in before it expires . I have 19k on it .
    They already had to replace the front exhaust manafold which contains a front Cat converter (POOR ACCELERATION, CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON),. .Mine is a 4 cyl engine So far , no more issues there . See my past posting regarding that.
    What elso could go wrong :confuse:
    Hope you get your Bu back ASAP
  • I have had a problem with my 08 Malibu steering as well, it goes haywire from time tom time. You said there was a recall? I never saw a notice and can't find one on line. Did it come from your dealer or direct from Chevy?
  • sidewinderzsidewinderz Posts: 49
    edited September 2010
    Maybe "Recall" is not the proper word to use in this case.
    I did receive a letter directly from Chev/GM stating. ".........some 2008 model year Chev Malibu vehicles equipped with electric power steering may have a condition where there is a loss of power steering assist caused by electrical input signals within the steering column assembly.If the power steering assist is lost, a chime will be heard and the driver info center will display a "Power Steering " warning message. On some vehicles, the Service Vehicle Soon Light will also illuminate ..........ect "
    "General Motors is providing owners with additional protection for the loss of power steerling assist caused by electrical input signals within the steering column assembly
    If this condition occurs on your 2008 Chev Malibu within 10 years of the date your vehicles was originally placed in service of 100,000 whichever occurs first , the condition will be repaired for you at NO CHARGE......ect "
    I guess you can call Chev Customer Service Center at 800-630-2438 to see if your VIN number is included
  • I had the same "recall" letter and called Chevy who said some messages went out in error and mine was not covered by the electric power stearing problem.

    Uncle Dewey
  • Thanks, appreciate the input. I've been mostly pleased with my Malibu. I drive 40K per year, it's very comfortable but some recent issues concern me. The steering being one and then a problem with power door locks not working properly. I've seen complaints on line about that issue as well.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    edited September 2010
    Still zero problems with my 2008 LT2 V6, its 2 years old now. Car runs perfect.

    I am still amazed (after a week in a Fusion rental especially) how quiet and rattle free the cabin is on the Malibu. Very happy with my car, I would buy again in a heartbeat.
  • I rented both I4 Malibu and Fusion (latest models). Fusion is quieter and feels more solid than Malibu. Electric steering in Fusion is better than in Malibu. Seats in Fusion are also better. Cabin materials are of higher quality. Fusion simply feels like more modern and more upscale car from driver's seat. Engine in Fusion was so quiet at low RPMs that I initially thought that it is an hybrid and runs on electric motor and even looked under hood to discover that it was actually base I4 engine. But Malibu is more fun to drive because you seat lower and it is smaller in size and therefore more agile that Fusion. It actually felt more like compact with extended wheelbase than midsize sedan.
  • I have 09 Malibu LT2 w/ I4. I test drove a Fusion, dealer demo car. I've driven five equivalent to my Malibu from rental when mine was in shop. (Saturn & Malibu).
    The Fusion was not leather & I don't remember if electric seats, but it did seem to sit lower. What turned me away was the quality of the seat. I could almost feel the springs in it. Terrible seat for a vehicle with such few miles. Like a 400# ape had driven it on railroad ties. The rentals I drove were crap as far as I'm concerned. Lower models without electric seats and abused. All of them had dents, dings, & banged wheels. Vehicles they likely could not rent at the airport anymore. I was not in any of them long enough to get a full impression. Certainly it was not encouraging as to what mine might be in 30K. The cloth seats were not much better than the Fusion, rather soft. But I did learn that the Malibu with manual seats sits a couple of inches lower than electric. Obvious because the switches at the bottom of the mirror partially obstruct vision with electric seats when they are all the way down. Apparently the electric mechanism is not able to fully collapse.
    So if you need head room, you might want manual seats, if you are set on a Malibu. It is almost as if electric seats was an after thought of basic vehicle design.

    However, this Malibu seat, the suede, is quite firm with plenty of cushioning and seems to have it in the right places. I do miss the second back adjust, higher than lumbar, and wish it was electric.
    This is off subject from power steering, but thought it appropriate to Fusion comments.
    And I did not realize the Fusion was EPS. The handling of my Malibu is so terrible I can not accurately assess the EPS other than to say I know it has a serious problem, safety issue. But it is so intermittant it would take replacing every component and a prayer that I did not get a bad component in the fix. Handling may not be connected to EPS issue.
  • My transmission seems hyperactive and always changing gears. I get a bit of "rubber banding" at 35 - 40 mph. It's fine on the highway but terrible for in town driving. The dealer had to replace the traction control module at 16,000 miles which involved dropping the tranny but the problem persists and they always say that everything checks out OK. Anybody else having same experience or have any advice?
  • I bought my Malibu a few months ago, and the salesman led me to believe it would be easy to get nicer hub caps. Well, he was new to Chevy, and I should have checked this out first. My Malibu's basic styling is nice. But it's boring looking. I wanted the pretty red color, but I could not find a used one in red, anywhere. My Malibu is white, and needs pizzazz. I was told by the parts department the other day that Chevy does not make any other hubcap for the 16 inch wheel size for the Malibu. Do any of you have an LS and have you gotten after market hubcaps or done anything. Also, I was thinking of getting blue stripes. But I've not seen any Malibus with stripes. I want it very tasteful, and want it to add the car's looks. Does anyone have any ideas for dressing up my Malibu? Thanks.
  • I have seen Malibus with door guards whcih I suppose would help.

    Uncle Dewey
  • sidewinderzsidewinderz Posts: 49
    edited September 2010
    My 2008 Malibu LS came with pinstrips.I believe the dealer put it on.
    My exterior car color is Sandsone Metallic . The pinstrips are dark brown.
    I also have body side molding (factory)
    Anyway ,I had an 1996 all white Sunfire . I added black/red combo pinstrips and black door guards .It really added some pizzazz to an all white car . ;)
  • I purchased set of 20" rims and tires. I purchased chrome door handle covers, chrome door pillars and tinted the windows. I have a chrome grill I have yet to install but all around my 08 8:24:31 AM looks very sweet. People ask me what kind of car it is cause the look changed so much. Cosmetics do go a long way. They now have body kits if you really want to change the look.
  • What size were your original rims? My car has 16 inch so that really limits me. I can't afford to buy new rims, though. I had thought of buying the other grill, but I heard here in Florida where we have love bugs that they would get between the two grills, along with other bugs and it would be a big mess. If If my current size is 16 inches, I'm not sure if that's the wheel size or what? But the other models of Malibu currently being made have 17 they told me, so I can't use anything else currently made for Malibu. They said I could check and see what else might be made by Chevy for other models, as after market may not fit due to the way they are mounted.
  • What things are in the body kits? Are all the things you bought meant for a Malibu or after market?
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 6,239
    Wouldn't these work?

    Chrome Malibu Wheel Covers

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • It's time to replace my wipers on my 08 Malibu LS
    I wanted to see if anyone has updated info about the correct ones that will fit properly.
    I went to Pep Boys. In their book they list the 2008 Malibu BUT they just don't look right. Are there confirmed brand names/ part numbers that I can pick up locally .... other than from my Chev dealer in NJ ?
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 879
    There are a few aftermarket blades for them, google and you will find some. Another forum listed a few, don't have the link right now.
  • sidewinderzsidewinderz Posts: 49
    edited December 2010
    Another forum mentioned •Rain-X Latitude- Version -2
    Went back to Pep Boys , they only had the Rain-X Latitude, though they look very good regarding wiper construction . Another one in ANCO .
    I'll check their websites for installation instuctions . I hate those adapters LOL.
    I'll keep checking... maybe ordering online
    Don't want to spend $70 from a Chev dealer .Thanks
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 712
    Hi All:

    I need some help from the Malibu Owners. ----- One of my two vehicles is a New 2010 Chevrolet LTZ Malibu with a 4 cylinder engine, and a 6 speed automatic transmission. ----- My other vehicle is a 2007 XLE V6 Toyota Camry with a 6 speed automatic transmission. --- On a long highway trip, I can get between 30 & 33 miles per gallon with the Camry, but I can only get 27 MPG with the Malibu. ---- The Camry has Michelin Tires, and the Malibu has Goodyear Eagle tires. ----- Recently, I have been noticing that the tires on the Malibu loose air. The vehicle is serviced every 2,500 miles, and the tire pressure is set at 30psi, and at the end of the month I have 28psi on all four tires. ----- (This could be the reason for the lower mileage.) ----- I also have been noticing that there has been a lot posted on the poor quality of the Goodyear tires. ----- QUESTION: ---- has anyone had any experience with the Goodyear tires on a Chevrolet Malibu? ------ Best regards. ---------------- Dwayne :shades: ;) :) :confuse:
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