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So my wife wants a newer Malibu and I’ve read a few things about some of the newer engines. Our current Malibu is a 2011 with the 2.4. It’s been a good car but has had a few issues. Timing chain and gears and power steering issue were the biggest issues. We are looking to buy from probably a 15-18 Malibu. Anything to stay away from? Years? Engines? Anything? I’ve read they’ve had issues with the 1.5L so was wanting a 2.0. Any feedback would be great. Thank you
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Hi, my wife has 2017 Malibu. powered by a 1.5 Litre Turbo engine. super good on gas. She is very happy. On highway only 56 miles/gallon. Only one thing is annoying Automatic engine Stop system. At every intersection on STOP sign engine stops. You can avoid it by not pressing a brake pedal too hard. I have 2013 Malibu with 2.4 Litre engine. Average is 30 miles/gallon.
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Hi, my wife has 2017 Malibu. powered by a 1.5 Litre Turbo engine. super good on gas. She is very happy. On highway only 56 miles/gallon. Only one thing is annoying Automatic engine Stop system. At every intersection on STOP sign engine stops. You can avoid it by not pressing a brake pedal too hard. I have 2013 Malibu with 2.4 Litre engine. Average is 30 miles/gallon.
Have your wife put it in "L", "shift" it to the highest gear, and then drive normally. No more Auto Start/Stop!
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So my wife wants a newer Malibu and Iíve read a few things about some of the newer engines. Our current Malibu is a 2011 with the 2.4. Itís been a good car but has had a few issues. Timing chain and gears and power steering issue were the biggest issues. We are looking to buy from probably a 15-18 Malibu. Anything to stay away from? Years? Engines? Anything? Iíve read theyíve had issues with the 1.5L so was wanting a 2.0. Any feedback would be great. Thank you
I've read a lot of good suggestions about the Malibu Hybrid. No turbo, great mileage, other special features as well...


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I think @Mantas' 56mpg highway is some typo, confusion, or translation error. The 1.5 can get a "best" in that area, even higher, but it is rare and not where any average will settle. Averages on the 1.5 for mixed highway/city tend to be 30-35. I average 33.

To the OP - If your consideration is for 15-18 model years I assume you mean used. I would look closely at the 2016 Malibu Limited (gen8 w/2.5L engine). You may find some great deals w/low mileage and you might prefer the non-turbo engine. In gen9 (2016-2019) I really like the Hybrid but finding one used is difficult. As for the 1.5 and 2.0, you need to drive each. Both get good gas mileage - the 1.5 averages just about 5 mpg higher based on owner and EPA estimates. For that 5mpg you also lose 2-3 gears and 25% hp/torque and gain the sometimes loathed Auto Stop.

If I was in the market for a used Malibu I would see what deals I can get on the soon to be discontinued Impala. I would then see if a Hybrid was within 200 miles with less than 25k. Then look closely at the 2016 Malibu Limited and 2016 Malibu 2.0T w/8-speed and compare. If I settled on that 2016 2.0T I would ask for service history and see if the 3rd brake light and shifter had been fixed. If not, I would want them fixed under warranty prior to sale.

Good luck with your purchase!
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I have the 2L turbo/ 9 speed (2017 Premier). While the mpg's aren't as good as the 1.5L they're not shabby. I routinely get 24mpg in the city, 35-36 mpg freeway (not computer measured, it's my measurements via the trip odometer and the gas station pump readings). The owner's manual does recommend running premium, so I usually run Shell premium, occasionally in the winter I run 50/50 premium/regular. The 2L is more refined than the 1.5L if that's worth anything to you, it's a quieter engine than the 1.5L, idle is nearly imperceptible and the power under foot is rather fun at times.

It really surprises me I get fuel economy in this big car that's better than my '05 Mazda 3, both city and freeway. My Malibu so far has easily beaten the EPA numbers.
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I have the 2L turbo/ 9 speed (2017 Premier). While the mpg's aren't as good as the 1.5L they're not shabby. I routinely get 24mpg in the city, 35-36 mpg freeway (not computer measured, it's my measurements via the trip odometer and the gas station pump readings). The owner's manual does recommend running premium, so I usually run Shell premium, occasionally in the winter I run 50/50 premium/regular. The 2L is more refined than the 1.5L if that's worth anything to you, it's a quieter engine than the 1.5L, idle is nearly imperceptible and the power under foot is rather fun at times.

It really surprises me I get fuel economy in this big car that's better than my '05 Mazda 3, both city and freeway. My Malibu so far has easily beaten the EPA numbers.
I have had the same experiences with my Ď16 2LT with the 2.0T and the 8 speed. In driving both varieties, the 2.0 and the 1.5, to me there is no comparison: the 2.0 is a nicer motor hands down. I would not own the car if it had a 1.5 in it.
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I appreciate all the feedback fellas. Yes we are looking at used or certified pre owned. I think we are leaning towards a 16. But we are not dead set on anything yet. She likes the earlier 16 body style better than the newer body 16’s. The 16’s I’ve looked at have the 2.5L. Hopefully the 2.5 doesn’t have the same issues as the earlier 2.4L. Also we are going to be staying around the $16k mark. Has anyone noticed the turbo motors having more blow by than the non turbos. I have heard that a catch can is a must on turbo engines. I have one on my Silverado and it is crazy what’s in the can sometimes. Keep the replies coming. I check the post daily just to see what you all are saying. Thanks again.

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Ok. I took a photo to improve my wife's Malibu mpg. Now it shows 5.4 L/100 km. If convert to Miles/gallon it should be approx. 52MPG. Now its winter time so it uses more fuel. But in summer time I had 5.0 L/100 km = 56MPG. Its not a hybrid. Just a tiny engine 1.5L with a turbo.
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I think @Mantas' 56mpg highway is some typo, confusion, or translation error. The 1.5 can get a "best" in that area, even higher, but it is rare and not where any average will settle. Averages on the 1.5 for mixed highway/city tend to be 30-35. I average 33.

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If I was in the market for a used Malibu I would see what deals I can get on the soon to be discontinued Impala. I would then see if a Hybrid was within 200 miles with less than 25k. Then look closely at the 2016 Malibu Limited and 2016 Malibu 2.0T w/8-speed and compare. If I settled on that 2016 2.0T I would ask for service history and see if the 3rd brake light and shifter had been fixed. If not, I would want them fixed under warranty prior to sale.

Good luck with your purchase!



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