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Define what "high mileage" is to you.

I have a 2009 Malibu 1FL (labled as LS) that now has 75,000 carefree, low-maintenance miles on it.

In the 2 years and all the miles, I had to bring it to the shop twice. Once for the turn signal switch that forgot to shut off after left turns, the other time for a problem that wasn't GM's fault. My son was clearing heavy snow off the car and cleaned one of the washer nozzles right off too.

The OE (Hankook Optima 725) tires went 73,000 miles, and I got the leasing company to replace them just before I bought the car. (It was my company car from 3 miles on.) It's almost ready for new brake pads.

That's it. No other issues.
 

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I've got about 66k I believe, on my 09 2lt
 

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I am at 65K on my 2.4L 4 cylinder. Although, I bought it with around 48K on it after it was a rental. All I have done is front brakes and one fuel injector, other than that the car has been great. Just got back from a trip involving many miles with no troubles. All I need to do now is get rid of the horrible goodyear tires.

I think there is someone else on here that rolled 100K on their 08', and has had minimal problems.
 

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I have almost 41K om my 2 year old Bu... Either seems to be breaking in or I am over the issues but, the breaks don't make noise anymore and the vibration @55 seems to have gone away with the last rotation, balance and alignment... Still have some bass related rattles but over all I am happy... especially since it is all but paid off now and I am getting 27-30 mpg with the 3.6...;0)
 

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38,000ish.
 

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I drive 30k miles a year. Have 64k on my 09 LS. No major problems, just changed the annoying squeel front brake pads, and put new tires on!
 

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Just a few miles from 97k on my 2009 LTZ. I've had one failed wheel hub assembly replaced that the same one is already growling again. Good thing it happened prior to 100k.
 

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33.1K miles on a 2009 LTZ currently. Only a few minor problems luckily.
 

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approaching 65k on my 09 LT, feels like it gettign stronger by the day, no issues. ::knock on wood::
 

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It is refreshing to see people posting about their trouble-free or only minor problem miles with a 7th gen Malibu... I was concerned after we bought ours, but have grown to enjoy it - amazing what a good quality leather cover over the steering wheel can do for one's perception of "quality." Only 39k so far with a couple minor pieces of interior that were covered under warranty for us...
 

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65k 2009 LTZ
Bought with 46k June 2012
Past Problems:New Tires, sunroof leak, door locks, rear speaker rattles, brakes and rotors, dead battery cells

Current problems: rattling noise coming from front end, weird humming noise coming form somewhere when I drive
 

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45k on my 2011 1LT, wife has 25k on her 2011 LT. So far both have been problem free!
 

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2009 LTZ @ 182k Miles

Casper_, the weird humming may be a wheel hub assembly. For me it sounds kind of like a groaning, can (barely) be felt in the pedal and sound like it's emanating from low in the firewall. I've noticed that it's usually most prominent at 45-50 MPH. You can usually get an idea of which hub it is when going around a curve. The outside wheels take more weight due to the vehicle rolling opposite the direction of your turn. This additional weight makes the failing hub groan more noticeably. Conversely, turning so the failing hub is on the inside will usually make the noise completely stop as weight is removed from that side... depending on the severity of the roll. Sorry if you already knew this. Hopefully it's useful to someone.
Basically, louder turning left = right hub, louder turning right = left hub.

Out of warranty cost for GM part... about $500, but as much as I drive that lifetime warranty is worth the cost.


I guess I should also update my other info.

:D 182k miles on a 2009 LTZ 3.6L bought new in August of '09. I've had the following non-consumable repairs done in that time:

-Two Front Passenger Wheel Hub Assembly (1 IW, 1 OOW)
-One Front Driver Wheel Hub Assembly (OOW)
-One bent wheel. More a problem with crap roads than manufacturing.

The Bluetooth/On-Star module isn't working at the moment, but I've not had time to check it. It may be something simple... dunno.

Other than that things are OK. It has the occasional squeak, I think I need to change the front strut mounts, and that crappy plastic wing-nut holding the spare tire down has broken.

A few of things to note:
- Headlights suck to change in this car. If you've not had to do so, be prepared. There are a couple of videos online about it, but I can make another if for some reason they're not available. It's not a simple done-in-ten-minutes job, but it's not impossible.

- Michelin HydroEdge are great on this car, but they're out of production. I'm breaking in a set of Michelin Defenders currently and so far I'm pleased with the performance. No snow or ice to speak of in the area yet. You'll probably have to order them since few stock the odd size (225/50/18 on the LTZ), but they're nice.

- Draw-Tite receiver hitches fit perfectly. You can't see the main cross-member of the assembly. Only the end of the receiver shows.

Three things this vehicle has taught me to check on my next purchase...
- Is it a common tire size? (Um, not on the LTZ)
- Are the headlights reasonable to install? (LOL)
- Does the passenger side wiper inhibit the driver's view? (On the '09 Malibu the passenger wiper stops in the middle of the driver's viewing area.)

Take care!
 
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