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Worth the money
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By David Leptich
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2006 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought this car in July 2006 with 13,000 miles. I now have 87,000 miles and am looking at my first set of brakes and new tires. I have had some front end work done both under warranty and last year for tie rods. This car gets about 34 miles to the gallon on rural roads. The interior controls are well placed and good to use when driving. The seats are comfortable in the front and serviceable in the back. Trunk room is good and the rear seats fold down for extra cargo room. I paid $13,500 used and I am pleased with the car.


Favorite Features

34 mpg and good handling.


Suggested Improvements

The front end seems to need to much service for 87,000 miles.


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Like it a lot!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By jojodancer
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2006 Chevrolet Malibu SS 4dr Sedan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)


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Interior could use some spicing up, it handles very well, kinda BAD on gas averaging 19.5 mpg (city & highway)but I guess that comes with those SS badges. Very fun to drive! Did have some issues with the intake manifold gaskets, be sure to have them checked out b4 purchase or be SURE to get an extended warranty that covers gaskets and other small inside of the engine parts.


Favorite Features

exterior looks great, people love CHEVY SS's


Suggested Improvements

engine efficiency, more power and less gas, like every other car LOL


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well I wish I had a ...
2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By bw
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2006 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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Got 153,000 on this 06 Malibu beginning to have steering problems and other issues still owe so if can't resolve might see how safe in a high speed crash


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electiric power steering
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By David
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2006 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I just don't understand why the Malibu was built so cheap.I had to replace the I shaft twice and replace both inner tie rod end and bought at least three sets of tires. Why is that I bought the new Malibu because was tired of working on cars all the time, but guest what I still am. There is no reason for this. When my steering was going out I had to shut the car off to reset, unless I was driving down the road. This is a safety issue but the general motors will not recall this darn problem. Both I and my wife been fighting with gm but not response back to us. But I will turn this problem to nhsta. Some one needs to get this problem taken care of.


Suggested Improvements

Electric power steering who invented this problem


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It's A Sad Story
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Joan
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2006 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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Purchased this car in July of 2006 brand new.When I took it for a test drive I instantly fell in love.Little did I know what I was headed for. Turned into a full blown relationship with the dealership.I don't blame them.The service department is great!!! 9/06-Rustproofing was done. It's rusting. 1/07-Crankshaft was replaced. 11/07-Need new tires already. 10/08-Steering I-Shaft replaced, new rear brakes. 11/08-I-Shaft replaced again! 8/09-Replaced strut mounts, bearings and ball joints. 3/10-I-Shaft,ball joint,shaft kit and alignment.Tires are "Cupped" and need replacing due to road conditions. Bull, researched and found the problem is due to the struts and suspension.


Favorite Features

Love the driver seat. Feels like your driving in a Nascar.


Suggested Improvements

Stand by your product. Admit it's a defect with the vehicle and repair what should be repaired to avoid further problems at the consumers cost.


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Good car, but a pain
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By malibultx06
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2006 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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Well it does get 33 mpg, it is safe, runs great. Everyone fights to drive it the radio is good. The price was right, bought as a demo. Had a steering clunk had it fixed under warranty at 20k now at 48k having the same issue. The service notice is 06-02-32-007f. And if it hasn't happened to you just wait every Malibu owner has had the same issue and it cost $400.00 to fix and the service manger at my dealership said it last about 5k to 20k miles depending on driving habits.


Favorite Features

Lights, seats, radio, sunroof, heated seats, steering wheel controls.


Suggested Improvements

Steering Problems.


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excellent crash safety
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By carbanks1
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2006 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I had my chevy malibu for only 3 days when I was involved in a head on collision at highway speed. I was able to correct the skid almost completely before I realized the cruise was still set at 65mph. I tapped the brake to deactivate it, which caused the car to spin into the other lane of traffic. I was hit head on by another car with no injury at all whatsoever (I didn't even get whiplash). The airbags didn't go off, which was probably a good thing in my case. Although the car was totaled, I was safe.


Favorite Features

lumbar support on the seats, crash safety, good gas mileage


Suggested Improvements

car is very touchy and susceptible to slipping on ice compared to Buick. There should be a feature that deactivates cruise control in the case of an event like mine.


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HORRIBLE!!! STAY AWAY!!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By chevy55tool
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2006 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought this car for my wife with 25,000 miles on it. Within the first 3-6 months, the car began falling apart. We noticed that the entire front steering/suspension would dangerously shake when braking; The electric power steering now locks/unlocks at its own behest(EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!!!) which is a lawsuit waiting to happen; the front tires wear down at a ridiculous rate; the windshield/dashboard make a very annoying rattle when going b/w 45-65 mph, the CD player overheats; the sun visor wont stay upright; the dome light switch is very difficult to deal with; I love old classic chevys, but what a pile of dung for this day and age. Extremely disappointed.


Favorite Features

It's reprehensible that GM can legally put out a vehicle for mass production with such hazardous flaws such as the electric power steering problem (among others). It seems now, that the bottom line is all that matters, and "safety" is just selling pitch. Don't get me started on GM warranties!!!


Suggested Improvements

I would recommend all 2006 Malibu owners to keep all service records regarding the electric power steering problem and have them ready for any impending lawsuits should your steering fail someday cause fatalities on the road.


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Love this car!
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By Concord River
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2006 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)


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I'm happily surprised with the performance of my used Malibu. I bought it with about 60,000 miles last summer and have loved driving it since then. The only problem was a quarter fell into the seat belt clip and it was a little difficult to get out.


Favorite Features

Handling Mileage Spacious American feel inside Dashboard appearance. Color (green) of car. Many included features (LT model) So far, very reliable.


Suggested Improvements

Should offer a full hybrid or electric model.


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nice car
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By sj
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2006 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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For the money this has been a great car. Bought with 6K miles and only a few issues that so far the dealer took care of. Tires did wear quickly but that's not cars fault. Gas mileage is excellent. At 35K miles now, we'll see how the next 30K go... Had considered Camry but got a fully loaded 6 cyl for almost half the price..


Favorite Features

Gas mileage. V6 power. all the extras, heated seats, remote start, power seat, wheels, on and on


Suggested Improvements

Again for the price can't really think of any. Wouldn't buy new off lot with depreciation.


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