CMF Veteran Member
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Beverly Hills, Florida
Re: Paddle shifters for 1.5L Turbo LT vs Premier
The Malibu's did away with paddle shifters in 2013 when they went to the new body style mid-2013. Since then, it has only been a "+" and "-" input on the center console shifter.
Additionally, in 2016, they went from the user controlled gear shift (which would let you force upshift and choose the gear you want) to a "gear limit" system, which essentially only lets you choose the max gear the car will go into... for example, if your doing 20 and shift it to 5th, the car is still going to stay in 3rd (but it will have access all the way until 5th)
If you sat in a Premier and felt buttons on the back of the steering wheel, those are for audio, they switch the favorites and volume.
As far as adding actual paddles like you are talking about, it would be very in-depth. You would need to retrofit the paddles, then you would have to create and install momentary relays, then you would have to take the live wire from that relay and use it to replace the wire that will be coming off the center console shift buttons. It would be tough.
My Malibu Family:
- 2016 Malibu Premier 2.0T - Trifecta Tuned, 4% Tint - all windows, 6000k HIDs, Debadged, Metallic Black painted emblems
- 2013 Malibu LTZ - 5% Tint - all windows, K&N Air Intake system, all Interior/Exterior bulbs switched to LED, Tinted taillights
- 2008 Malibu LTZ - 20", 8k/3k HIDS, Exhaust, Cold Air Intake, 8% Tint
Old Truck: 2011 F150 Twin Turbo
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