2010 Chevrolet Malibu Consumer Review: Somebody didn't hear about THA

2010 Chevrolet Malibu - Consumer Review

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LTZ Sedan (2.4L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)

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Somebody didn't hear about THAT
By R'Lene Mulkey on


2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)


Somebody said the Honda Accord has better resale. Somebody else said the Nissan has better technology and that the Ford Fusion is a FORD and more reliable. My Malibu has a 4 cyl 6 speed automatic transmission that feels supercharged, while it sips away at the gas with 33 mpg on the hwy. The body style, interior, and technological conveniences are absolutely beautiful! It is quiet, smooth, a lovely environment in which to drive. I am more than satisfied with this GM product, which was made in Kansas City, USA. Better than Honda, Nissan or Ford on the test drive, price, and economy to operate. Guess Somebody didn't hear about THAT!

Best Features

110 in back seat, usb port in front, sunshade rear window, the black metallic paint

Worst Features

a quick start guide
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By djm2
on 09/07/15 10:37 AM (PDT)

I own a 2010 four cylinder that I purchased new from a New Jersey dealership. I have an outstanding servicing Chevrolet Dealership! ---- My Malibu is the LTZ model, and it is a very sharp looking vehicle. I like the way the vehicle handles on the road. (I am in sales, so my vehicle is my office!) ---- I have two vehicles in my stable. One is an older 2007 Toyota Camry XLE V6 with over 100,000 + trouble free miles. ---- (This vehicle still gets 30+ mpg at 60mph on the interstate.) --- My second vehicle is the 2010 2.4 Malibu with 70,000 + miles, that has been plagued with; ---- front end / vibration issues, transmission shifting issues, windshield wiper / motor / transmission issues, front brake rotor issues, and radio issues. ---- In 2012, I was thinking about replacing the Camry with a Chevrolet Impala, but I decided to keep the Camry as a "back-up vehicle!" I made a very wise decision. The Malibu, as it gets older, is a disaster. Thank God I have an extended factory warranty on this piece of junk! I fully expect the transmission to "self-destruct" before the vehicle reaches the end of the warranty or 100,000 miles, which ever comes first! ---- I do not fault my servicing dealer. They do their very best to keep me on the road with their outstanding service department. ----- BUT, even the greatest service technicians cannot overcome "poor engineering quality!" --- The 6 speed transmission is a toy! It cannot handle the 2.4 engine. When traveling on the highway at 50 mph, and trying to pass another vehicle, the down shifting capabilities of the transmission are very crude! The gear ratios do not maximize the potential of the 2.4 engine. In the past, I owned a 2003 four cylinder Honda Accord, that could run rings around my Malibu! --- The 2010 Malibu suffers from a vibration in the front end that starts at 55mph and goes through 65mph! I have gone through numerous tires, road force balancing, and four wheel alignments, and the problem still exists. ---- (This issue is all over the "net!" Some Malibu vehicles do not have the issue, and some have the issue, so the question become, ---- "what is the difference between the two vehicles?" Not even the dealer can give me the answer to this question!) --- To be fair to Chevrolet, I am planning to test drive the new 2016 Chevrolet LTZ Malibu when it hits the showroom in December. --- I am going to take it out on the highway where my 2010 Malibu's front end vibrates at 55 to 65 mph. I am going to test the "downshifting capabilities of the 6 speed automatic transmission," and if it passes my "test drive," I will consider purchasing the "new and improved Malibu!" ---- If it does not pass my "test drive," I will purchase a 2016 Toyota 4 cylinder XLE Camry, and trade my Malibu. There is no reason why the engineers at GM cannot solve the problems with this vehicle. --- The vehicle is beautiful in terms of styling. The 2.4 engine is adequate, but the 6 speed transmission is a toy! It does not add quality to the vehicle. It make the vehicle appear to be of low quality. ---- So now you have heard the other side of the story! ---- Dwayne

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