The 2008 redesign was sorely needed. It was quite unpleasant, and in one instance was harder to wrangle than I had anticipated. It is nightmare of a vehicle but it's. On the comfort front, Chevrolet has made a concerted effort to free the Malibu of noise and vibration, going as far to install specialized engine mounts to prevent engine vibrations from entering the passenger cabin. With only 34,340 miles on car that was well taken care of the transmission went. Edmunds reports the sedan's ride will please passengers. Bulletin 14117 covers model year 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura built from February 1, 2008, through February 28, 2008.
Owners were instructed to not bring their vehicles for repair until January 2013. After testing the 169-horsepower engine back-to-back with the 252-hp V-6, I can see why. Although the new Malibu is still built off the same platform as the 2004 version, the body and the interior are completely new. MotherProof is a fan of the center console's ability to stow a purse. Send David an Hide full review. With only 34,340 miles on car that was well taken care of the transmission went. All offer a substantial, planted feel.
The ride is quiet and comfortable, with just the slightest bit of road and wind noise seeping in, and wind buffeting is rare. 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. I was surprised that after the first 30 minutes or so behind the wheel, my foot was a little fatigued from braking. The manufacturer distributed an Interim letter to customers on July 14, 2014. To see what other details are different for 2009, click , or check out a of the two model years. The rear seats fold down easily, which expands the cargo area.
Both cloth and leather interiors can be had in two tones with a variety of color combinations. The exterior styling is modern, distinctive, and more European than anything else in a Chevy showroom. While the Malibu may not have the nearly silent ride of a Toyota Camry, nor the high-quality interior of a Honda Accord, it does offer an enjoyable driving experience — with either a four- or six-cylinder engine — and a lot of value in a striking package. During its testing of Chevrolet's newest mid-size sedan, drivers reported the OnStar system wouldn't function at first; once it did, those drivers were left unimpressed by OnStar's turn-by-turn navigation, saying it's a lacklustre substitute for map-based navigation systems. OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan Includes Automatic Crash. The Chevrolet Malibu's wheelbase, lengthened as part of the redesign last year, provides for good legroom front and rear while also easing ingress and egress, says Cars.
To see what other details are different for 2009, click , or check out a of the two model years. Inside, the Malibu's modern, two-tone interior evokes some design elements from the '50s and '60s, putting it in a class above. The rear is perhaps the only humdrum angle, with taillights that seem a bit gawky as they stab inward. Recall Date 2014-07-21 Description Dorman Products, Inc. Remedy Dorman will notify owners, and dealers will refund the purchase price or replace the steering shafts, free of charge.
Exterior Car shoppers often decide on a car before sitting in or driving it. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 Chevrolet , 1-800-762-2737 Pontiac , 1-800-553-6000 Saturn. For 2009, the revamped OnStar—offered on a trial bases for one year—include Bluetooth features like navigation remain intact. Performance from the four-cylinder is good enough, but you may prefer the V-6 for more responsive, sportier driving. Chevy has tuned the Malibu to ride smoothly over rough surfaces and glide over smooth ones. Features Chevrolet has added the types of comfort features most midsize-sedan buyers want. For a base 4-cylinder engine, I'm surprised how well it performs.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System does not apply to spare tire. However, it might take some time for die-hard import buyers to be convinced that the Malibu is serious competition to the Accord, Altima, and Camry. On these vehicles, the tabs on the transmission shift cable end may fracture and separate. OnStar, 1-year of Directions and Connections plan. The car door electric locks don't work the way they should. The recall began on August 18, 2014.
Left in Drive, the six-speed automatic runs through the gears smoothly and precisely. While it certainly will impress Camry owners, the Accord and Nissan Altima V-6s are more athletic performers. Stability control is standard across the line for 2009. Over the years, it's one thing after another. Although leather is optional, the base fabric seats feel expensive and look durable.
This car has done me well for around 70k miles, and I assume it will continue to do so for years to come. This vehicle looks great for a 2009. The four-cylinder model can feel a bit underpowered when asked to move the heavy Malibu with any gusto. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 Chevrolet , 1-800-762-2737 Pontiac , 1-800-553-6000 Saturn. The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a pretty responsible car—but it's also fun to drive.