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Hey all,

I've been interested in buying a Gen 7 Malibu for awhile. Just wondering if anyone would like to share anything useful about their experience owning one. Engine / Transmission reliability, reliability in general, design flaws, or things that commonly go bad, things to look out for.

Got my eye on a 2011 LS with 160,000 miles.

Thanks!

Pete
 

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You'll probably get a few predicable replies: a few owners will have minimal problems and like it. A person or two will express their never ending problems because they watch for these threads and dive in. Better way: scroll through the gen7 problems and general sections and see what pops up routinely, rarely, or never. Then keep in mind there are still thousands of gen7 cars on the road and the ratio of problems is small compared to the whole. What matters more is the specific car you get - how was it cared for, what has it been through, how was it stored. Good luck!
 

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If you don't mind EPS (electric/electronic power steering), then any will do. If not, then only the 3.6L V6 has hydraulic PS.

Otherwise, they're pretty much the same cars when you don't take into account the engine.

My 2011 just crossed into 159,ooo miles. I hope it has many, many more to go!
 

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My suggestion look at all the gen 7 problems. Just to give you an example: to change a headlight bulb you need to take off the whole front end. ( I think that is rediculous., but some people don’t mind )
Last time it cost me 300.00 for a 17 dollar light bulb . To me it’s a bad design. Do yourself a favor DO YOUR HOMEWORK. When these cars work they are great. But the electric problems because of corrosion can drive you totally nuts. Pay attention to the fretting corrosion thread. Again DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Good luck.
 

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I have a 2012 Malibu LT with 194,000 miles on it. 4 cylinder, 6 speed auto. Bought it used from Hertz Car Sales with 31,000 miles on it in January 2014.
What I've run into;
  • Electric Power Steering repaired under warranty in 2016. Replaced Position Sensor earlier this year myself. Borrowed a Snap-on Zeus to calibrate.
  • Headlights. PITA. Discovered some bad connectors, fixed those and have not had a recurring headlight burnout problem. Got pretty good at taking everything apart, but yeah, whichever engineer came up with that design should be relegated to the Mobile Malibu Headlight Replacement Team.
  • Cracked Exhaust Manifold. Pretty common, not a bad job. August 2021. Did both O2 Sensors while I was in there.
  • VVT Intake & Exhaust Sensors. August 2021. Code P0013 & P0014. Plugs were pretty fouled up, so those got replaced.
  • Higher than usual oil consumption when my daughter used it back and forth to work, 10 mile round trip, and other short trips. I used it in May and June of this year for my 70 mile round trip commute, mostly highway, and did not see the oil consumption. My younger daughter is now using it for similar around town and some highway use and the oil consumption is back. One quart every 1,000miles. Not bad for 194,000 miles!. I've seen a couple of YouTube videos that describe a blockage in a vent in the head that can cause oil use. Not sure if that's the issue I have.
Usual wear & tear items.
  • Front wheel bearings in January 2022 @ 185,000
  • Shocks/Struts. Spring 2019.
  • Brakes
  • Tires. Been using Firestone. Currently have the Champion Fuel Fighters. Super quiet ride and definitely better gas mileage than my 2010 Malibu LT2 with Firestone FR710's. Previously ran a set of Firestone Affinity tires.
Side note, 3 weeks ago I picked up a 2010 Malibu LT2 with 18,600 original one owner miles on it. I knew what I was getting into so it was a pretty easy decision.
 

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Hey all,

I've been interested in buying a Gen 7 Malibu for awhile. Just wondering if anyone would like to share anything useful about their experience owning one. Engine / Transmission reliability, reliability in general, design flaws, or things that commonly go bad, things to look out for.

Got my eye on a 2011 LS with 160,000 miles.

Thanks!

Pete
I've had mine for about 8 yrs its a2012 lt and I hate the suspension feels like I'm driving a ford escort from the eighties all kinds noises other than that I love the car
 

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It's all about prior care and maintenance. I bought my old '09 2.4 LS at 75k miles in '12. Took it to 220k miles and sold it running fine.
In that time only failures, not normal wear items like brakes, were front hubs, a MAF sensor, steering angle sensor (GM warranty covered it), and an EVAP purge valve.
In my care only full synth. oils/fluids changed by the OLM and the severe duty schedule. Less than 5% of owners maintain their vehicles like I do.
A 160k mile car better be super clean and cheap in my book.
 

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Hi there!
I bought my Bu in June and the biggest takeaway is this ,
Make sure to check the engine with the beauty cover OFF. Check for leaks and everything else in between,(Cables , any noises when the car is on , steering function , any hose leaks etc) try to drive for a couple of miles on it from the dealership, what good about these Chevy's is it doesn't take long for it to find something wrong if they just reset the ECU. Also try to get the history for it , even if they arent as reliable as they used to be , at least its something to go off by and figure out if there's anything major you got to worry about later. Also replace all fluids when you do get it. Itll save any head ache you might have later one with cooling or lubing. That being said if everything checks out then youll have a sweet ride for years to come. I hope it works out!
 
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