2011 Chevrolet Malibu Consumer Review: From bad to worse to rotten

2011 Chevrolet Malibu - Consumer Review

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

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From bad to worse to rotten
By 2011nomore on


2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)


I had 3 Malibu's 2006, totaled by a drunk driver.

2006, totaled by a bus. Car accelerated into traffic. I reversed as my choice was a gasoline tanker and a bus.

2011 : This car from day one has been a lemon.
It is getting worse. I have 18 k on the car. I get 21 miles on open highway and 17 in city.
I have been told by GM to put 20 more thousand miles to loosen it up. Door on drivers side leaks and has "been" fixed only to leak worse. At 40 mph there is a dinging in the right rear. At 60 mhp under load the steering column shakes and rattles the whole car. If you let off the gas it quits. Dealer told me this is "normal".
Transmission fluid is dark brown..."normal" too.
UPDATE: 3 recalls:
Battery has been replace 3 times, due to a short in the "electrical" system. Antenna and grounding cable rotted off. Transmission kept surging. Taken to dealer via flatbed. After 38k miles. Dealer called and asked who put or changed trans fluid?
When I asked why? It is I gallon over capacity. The stress from cavitation has taken its toll. The shifter is sloppy and can bee put into reverse.
I met a service manager in the market. He told me that the car" has a long list of electrical issues, which would cost several thousand to fix."
His advice was to sell it.
I asked " to whom? "
JUNK,TRASH, Will never buy another GMC!

Best Features

Worst Features

  • Acceleration
  • Road holding
  • Braking
  • Shifting
  • Steering
  • Rear seats
  • Getting in out
  • Noise and vibration
  • Front seats
  • Ride comfort
  • Instrumentation
  • Quality of materials
  • Cargo storage
  • Logic of controls
  • Interior design
  • Repair frequency
  • Dealership support
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Electronics

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