About Chevrolet Malibu
Appearing under the background that the Beetles ranged on the market, Chevrolet Malibu was produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's automobile Chevrolet Division from 1964 to 1983 and again resumed to being produced since 1997 as a mid-size car. Originally introduced as a trim level of the Chevrolet Chevelle, Malibu became its own model line in 1978. Competing against the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata, Malibu won North American Car of the Year in 2008 and now is in its ninth generation.
The eighth-generation Chevrolet Malibu was produced from October 2011 to 2016 in North America and debuted in 2012. It came in four trim levels: LS, LT, LTZ and Eco and LT had three sublevels (1LT, 2LT and 3LT). During this generation, Malibu was powered by engines ranging from 2.0 L turbo I4 rated at 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque to 3.0 L V6 producing 260 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque. And engines sent power through 6-speed automatic transmissions to front wheels. The current Malibu is a 5-passenger sedan that comes in four trim levels: L, LS, T and Premier. Now, Malibu gets power from a 1.5 L turbo I4 rated at 163 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, a 2.0 L turbo I4 producing 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and a 1.8 L hybrid I4 generating 182 hp and 277 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent through 6-speed and 8-speed automatic transmissions.
Chevrolet Malibu Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Boasting sharp handling, a solid, buttoned-down ride quality and a quiet cabin, Chevy Malibu is a strong choice for family sedan shoppers. But just as the famous saying says, preparation is the key to win. Thus, please pay more attention to the common problems on Malibu:
First, not unexpectedly, engine failure again ranks first among all other problems on Chevrolet Malibu. But in view of the consequence of it could result, you had better learn about how to diagnose and solve it correctly according to the symptoms provided experienced Malibu drivers. Firs of all, when the engine starts to fail, it would give out whining noises, then you may find leaking coolant and oil, excessive smelly exhaust; then gradually, engine performance reduces dramatically so that it would misfire, stall or even suffer from starting issues and all these could get worse if the cooling system also fails. Once you notice a decrease in power, acceleration and fuel economy and a lit Check Engine Light, you should inspect if the Malibu fuel pump, spark plug, water pump, exhaust pipe, air filter, radiator, and fuel injector immediately.
Second, suspension failure also becomes a headache for Chevrolet Malibu drivers as it often happens after they realize as most of them did not attach enough importance to it and mistaken it as the main culprit of uncomfortable and unsteady driving trip. In fact, apart from intense car vibration, clunking or rattling sounds from beneath the vehicle, abnormal tire wear and tilting vehicle, often the poor handling resulted from above symptoms and loose steering is worse. Therefore, please make sure the Malibu steering knuckle, trailing arm, strut bearing, shock and strut mount, wheel bearing, and coil springs are often in right order.
Apart from above mentioned common problems on Chevy Malibu, I hope you have already realized the significance of routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts in your Malibu. As some auto parts in the vehicle are very critical but vulnerable meantime due to fragile materials and harsh working conditions, therefore, performing routine maintenance on these parts are important to create a safe and comfortable driving environment. In the Malibu, seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, wheel cover, wiper arm, headlight, door lock, cabin air filter, door handle and some electrical parts such as ABS control module, instrument cluster, speedometer, cruise control switch, window motor and so on should be on routine maintenance list.
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