I was told I was buying it under bluebook its now worth less than 1/2 and its 4 years old. Began having problems with lights, engine speed lost on freeway and expensive repairs every year. Not worth it, I am told these are rental cars. I will stick with Honda or Subaru, something reliable. I will never buy a GM again.
Bought the Malibu new. Wife wanted an auto (4 speed), but not a six. Last one on the lot. Offered $18,900 total drive out and the dealer took it. Have put 47,000 miles on it with few problems. Only regular maintenance (tires, oil. air filter). Glad it has the timing chain and not a belt. Had to have the emergency brake replaced under warranty. Per dealer, emergency brake warning chime only works when going forward (not in reverse).
Drives really well. Feels more solid than the Camry it replaced, although I can't be sure it will hold up as long.
Cup holders are too small, too close together. Very annoying. Can't get two large cups in center and tall cups won't fit in door cup holder. Back seat has no center arm rest. Would like to have a lock on trunk release and glove box.
This car looks pretty nice on the outside, but that's about it. It sits WAY too low. The drivers seat is like a cockpit. There is no comfortable driving position if you put up the seat higher, you just hit into the steering wheel, and it sits very very low inside of the vehicle. It is loaded with blind spots; the car is very hard to get a good view out of. Obviously not meant for someone taller than 5 foot. The seat itself is also hard as a rock. Back seats are very cramped. Everything inside is a junky plastic. I think I will be sticking with my 1991 Ford Country Squire.
Sirius XM radio, nice looking exterior
Less cheap interior, raise it up off the ground a bit, make the seats more comfortable and higher up
My wife and I bought this car two years ago with only 21k on it.
Drove it and loved it initially, then the car started to have issues.
Since we have owned it (now over 2 years), we have had it in the shop 6 times; 5 of those dealing with the passenger air bag system and 1 to replace the final drive in the transmission.
3 out of the 5 times have been for the wiring harness/connectors.
We just had it in last month for the airbag and guess what, yesterday we had the light come back on.
Poor design that GM won't recognize as being a major problem.
Thank goodness for extended warranty, but still costs us $100 a pop for deductible.
Won't buy another GM car again.
That's for sure!
Exterior styling and driving capability
Airbag issues resolved
Cut down on the chrome inside the cabin
Reduce the size of the posts inside to limit blind spots
wife loved it but is easily impressed.
i've driven this car for 1 year now and bought it after describing the testdrive as "adequate" to her and the salesman.
when i feel different, i will change my review.
we bought it from dealer near end of 3 year warranty and the first issue to fix was excess wind noise due to thin metal and windows.
it was heaviest in its class so seemed safer against larger vehicles, but feels paper thin.
closing doors sounds tinny.
poor mileage way never ever coming close to ratings is biggest issue with it.
stereo bass seems a bit muffled until high volumes where it actually starts to sound good due to some built-in cascading loudness feature.
every cup holder in the car is largely dysfunctional and cumbersome i.e. only 1 is unusable.
my top 2 complaints (also common):
A. fuel economy is way under fuel rating
my 09 malibu never reaches it and is consistently 15% under - my fullsize chrysler V6 gets better hwy miles
B. front bumper too low scrapes on parking lot curb/stops and driveways
Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan 2009
1. Front bumper too low to the ground.
2. Raise front a bit - hits curbs.
3.Front end too low - scrapes when going into some driveways and parking in most spaces with a curb.
Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan 2010
4. The front bumper is too low & scrapes