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  1. 2.0T Premier Can I shift to Neutral with engine off ?

    Gen 9 General Discussion (Generation 9)
    I incorrectly referred to my ''trick' as "diagnostic mode". It's properly called "Service Only Mode". It's on pg. 227 in the 2017 manual, likely the same or close location for other years. Many such hidden gems are well documented in that good book. šŸ˜
  2. 2018 Malibu Premier spare tire

    Gen 9 Wheels, Tires, & Suspension
    Search eBay for a OEM spare kit. They show up sporadically, that's how I bought the kit for my Premier. I have the 18" rims on my 2017. Expect to pay around $350-400 from a dealer, around $150-250 off eBay but again, they sporadically show up so if be prepared to wait weeks/months to see one...
  3. Malibu Premier 2019 parking sensors

    Gen 9 General Discussion (Generation 9)
    Mine only do that when it's a parking lot stop/bumper or some other item that can be under the car's overhang while parking. The sensors can't "see" the bumper stops when it's below the car's overhang or while pulling into a parking space that has a sidewalk (or similar object) in front of it...
  4. Oem blind spot monitor install

    Gen 9 Do It Yourself Maintenance
    What DrivenDaily said. The system uses the ultrasound sensors in the rear bumper so you'd need those, a new rear bumper cover (to accommodate the sensors), new outside mirrors (due to the warning icon in them) and I'd think a software upgrade at a minimum. I'm not sure if a wiring harness or...
  5. 2.0T Premier Can I shift to Neutral with engine off ?

    Gen 9 General Discussion (Generation 9)
    I do it all the time to roll my car out of the garage to wash it. There is no 'trick' really. How I do it with my 2017 Premier: Do NOT put your foot on the brake but DO have the parking brake set Press "START" button for 5+ seconds to go into "diagnostic" mode (ie, what used to be RUN mode...
  6. Clock Issue 8" MyLink

    Gen 9 Problems/Service Issues/Troubleshooting
    I see the same thing with my 8" audio system in my 2017 Premier. One time I was right under a cell phone tower, car was in ACC mode. the clock was WAY off, 15 minutes slow. when I cranked the car the clock quickly updated to the proper time. I have the latest software in my car as of August...
  7. 2019 instrument cluster variations by country/region

    Gen 9 General Discussion (Generation 9)
    I assume you have a 2019 or 2020 model Premier. If so, read the manual. Many of the read-outs you desire are listed in the US/Canadian spec manual. Look under the sections for "Instruments and Controls" and next in the sub-heading for the Uplevel display. I No turbo boost or tranny temp...
  8. 2019 instrument cluster variations by country/region

    Gen 9 General Discussion (Generation 9)
    Mine is a 2017 Premier, no fancy digital gauge display was offered that year. In my 2017 the coolant temp, oil pressure and voltage are all via the center display and you have to scroll via the steering wheel buttons to get to the screen with those measurements. From what I can tell the...
  9. 2016 Broken Piston

    Gen 9 Problems/Service Issues/Troubleshooting
    Tell me if I'm wrong but did I read you correctly that GM talked to the warranty outfit, and since the warranty outfit denied the claim GM is refusing to assist? The damaged was done due to GM's design having that issue. Right now I'm trying hard to not write what I'm saying out loud.
  10. 2016 Broken Piston

    Gen 9 Problems/Service Issues/Troubleshooting
    Campb, GM's reply doesn't surprise me in the least. I've had them do that to me before on more than one occasion for what was a known crap design. The Hi-pressure fuel pump in my wife (now gone) 2010 Equinox was redesigned 4 times for the 2.4L I4 in that vehicle, it was recalled even in...
  11. 2016 Broken Piston

    Gen 9 Problems/Service Issues/Troubleshooting
    "Any damage resulting from pre-ignition or detonation, regardless of cause." Seriously? Is such a clause common in purchased auto warranties?
  12. Door Handle wrap coming off

    Gen 8 Do It Yourself Maintenance
    They're not the only maker with such issues. In a Mazda 3 I own the plastic wrap on the exterior door frames is coming off (Mazda doesn't pain/coat them like GM and Ford, it's glorified black plastic tape) and the silver paint on the interior door handles has rubbed off in places years ago...
  13. 2017 Premier Driver's Side Low Heat

    Gen 9 Problems/Service Issues/Troubleshooting
    Thanks for checking, as I assumed the issue in mine is a one-of situation. Short of GM sending a factory tech to troubleshoot it (which the have been resistant to do), it won't be fully repaired. I just live with it since the system does operate otherwise, it's not like I don't have heat or...
  14. 2017 Premier Driver's Side Low Heat

    Gen 9 Problems/Service Issues/Troubleshooting
    Glad to have been of some help. I hope you can help me with something, it's regarding the heating/vent/AC (HVAC) system in your Malibu. When the heater is running and the system gets thoroughly warmed up, if you switch the HVAC off can you hear the actuators in the dash still...
  15. Center console storage

    Gen 9 General Discussion (Generation 9)
    I stand corrected, "Limited" instead of "Classic". Brain f*rt on my part, blame it on old age. ;)
  16. How-To: Release rear seatback from inside cabin (to access and release trunk if necessary)

    Gen 9 How-To
    The only reason I can see for the latches in the trunk only is security. Lock the trunk and you can't open it if someone breaks into the passenger area. But now Campb gave the bad guys a way into a Malibu trunk easily. It's you're fault if there's a wave of Malibu breakins nationally. :p
  17. How-To: Release rear seatback from inside cabin (to access and release trunk if necessary)

    Gen 9 How-To
    I second D/D's comment, that's a huge help. I would still like to try the modification/addition either you or one of the other moderators posted about at least a year ago, using fishing line attached to the latch and a key ring on the other end, hidden in the child seat anchor cubbies.
  18. USB music

    Gen 9 Do It Yourself Maintenance
    Some USB sticks for some reason do not work with some systems. I've seen this happen in the past with electronic test equipment in the lab at work. If you want a large capacity USB stick that works AND and tolerates high temps (+140F) try the Samsung FIT line. I use one of their stubby USB...
  19. USB music

    Gen 9 Do It Yourself Maintenance
    I use the USB function daily. How to use it is in the owner's manual, or in engineering speak, RTFM. :) You access USB or Bluetooth streamed music from the media selection button in the 2017 when in audio mode. The newer systems should be the same, when you select audio/music mode select it...
  20. Infotainment 3 Playing lossless files from USB

    Gen 9 General Discussion (Generation 9)
    FLAC supported in this car? FAT CHANCE. The audio system in my Premier can't even handle gapless playback of MP3 files, something even my $40 Sandisk mp3 player can do. If the system can't handle that then FLAC is way too esoteric to ever be supported. Why WAV and not FLAC? Less signal...
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