This year's Malibu gains a standard electronic stability system and other safety features. They come on periodically, stay on for the duration of the drive, and then don't come on for a while. I was surprised that after the first 30 minutes or so behind the wheel, my foot was a little fatigued from braking. Choosing among them largely comes down to nitpicking, splitting hairs and personal preference. Chevy has tuned the Malibu to ride smoothly over rough surfaces and glide over smooth ones. The is known for its nimble handling.
Test drivers said the base four-cylinder engine was underpowered, but the available V6 had more gusto. One addition is the availability of the 2. While investigating that, they see a loose timing chain which may have indirectly caused shavings on other metal parts. Over the years, it's one thing after another. All Malibu models are four-door sedans with front-wheel drive. The Malibu's interior is more stylish than the Camry's, and of similar quality, but I'd still call the Accord the segment leader when it comes to the quality of the material. Was told that it could fail tomorrow or go another 100,000 miles.
The car door electric locks don't work the way they should. The rear is perhaps the only humdrum angle, with taillights that seem a bit gawky as they stab inward. I bought this car new and had to much trouble with this car. What Owners Think The few owners that have submitted reviews have yet to find fault with the 2009 Malibu. For once, Chevy seems to have built a new model that competes with the best in the marketplace, rather than just another average entry. Creating a sporty cockpit-like feel, a dual-pod dash wraps around both front seats, dividing them with a center console that contains storage units.
But the Malibu's most popular engine is an economical 169-horsepower, 2. While hardly packing in the driving excitement, the 2009 Malibu does impress owners with its acceleration power and smooth maneuverability, though the inline-four engine naturally pales in comparison to the V6's performance during passing maneuvers at highway speeds. This part failed which caused car to be undrivable. The cabin is nicely designed, attractive, and everything is easy to operate, though there are some hard plastics that detract from an otherwise first-rate interior. The rear seats fold down easily, which expands the cargo area.
The recall began on July 17, 2014. With only 34,340 miles on car that was well taken care of the transmission went. With only 34,340 miles on car that was well taken care of the transmission went. Had car towed back to same repair facility. There was some torque steer present in the V-6 when accelerating hard. .
Turned the air on and put in drive to drive off and car killed. Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions includes front seat. Two engines motivate the Malibu: an economical 2. Took car this time back to dealership for 2nd opinion. Standard electronic stability control is also a plus. This vehicle looks great for a 2009.
Left in Drive, the six-speed automatic runs through the gears smoothly and precisely. This car has done me well for around 70k miles, and I assume it will continue to do so for years to come. Bulletin 14117 covers model year 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura built from February 1, 2008, through February 28, 2008. MotherProof is a fan of the center console's ability to stow a purse. The dash features a temperature readout and tachometer. What haven't they learned in 75-90 years of making power steering hoses, that they can't make them without leaking! 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. Stability control is standard across the line for 2009.
Both cloth and leather interiors can be had in two tones with a variety of color combinations. The easy instrument layout and overall ergonomics also earn praise. Four-cylinder and hybrid Malibus have electric-assisted power steering, while the V-6 has hydraulic steering. It just gets bigger from here. Over the years, it's one thing after another. It read there was a problem with an under inflated front tire.
While braking is linear, you'll need to use more pressure than you'll expect to slow things down. They were by far the sportiest of the available packages I tested. The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a pretty responsible car—but it's also fun to drive. If the tabs were to fracture and separate, the shift lever and the actual position of the transmission gear may not match. Edmunds slams Chevrolet for not offering a screen-based navigation system in the Malibu, calling it a mistake. The 2009 Malibu gets some new equipment.
This is my second Mailibu. In short, we think the Chevy Malibu stands up well when held against the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord gold standards. Recommending cylinder head rebuild or complete engine replacement. The new Malibu has far better interior materials than that past generation, and it's a step above the Saturn Aura sedan, with which it shares a platform. The car handles well and has a competent powertrain, along with a very quiet, spacious and well-trimmed cabin. Safety The Malibu comes with six standard airbags, including front-seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags for both rows. 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.