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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 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
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 ‘16 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.

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!



5.4L/100km = 52MPG.
 

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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.
My wife got a brand new 2017 Malibu for $17,000 USD a year ago including all taxes and extra 3 year full warranty. It was ~23,000 CAD. in Alberta. So I think now is the best time to go to the dealerships and try to catch best deals.
 

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I will second the idea of checking with dealers for a new or loaner vehicle 2018 Malibu. At year end, GM puts so much money on the hood that you can have a new car 3 year/36K bumper to bumper warranty car for not much more than a used car. Plus, your first two oil change/tire rotations are free. I bought my 2015 Malibu with 4K miles on it, traded it in for a 2017 Malibu with 22 miles on it after 22 months. My monthly cost of ownership was $135 a month between purchase price and trade-in value at the dealership. I wanted out since the 3 year factory warranty was expiring and I had read a lot about bad wheel bearings on the Generation 8 body occurring around 30 - 35K miles. Check Autotrader, they will give you a quick overview of what is current with 2018 Malibu availability and pricing. My 2015 Malibu averaged 24.7 MPG, the 2017 driving basically the same routes is averaging 29.6 mpg. I do 60% city driving. The dealer sold my 2015 Mailbu for only $3K less than I paid for the new 2017.
 

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Might I suggest a Chevy SS sedan with a manual transmission? People call it a Malibu all the time, so there's that. It has a Corvette engine and sounds like freedom incarnate, not much else matters.
 

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Might I suggest a Chevy SS sedan with a manual transmission? People call it a Malibu all the time, so there's that. It has a Corvette engine and sounds like freedom incarnate, not much else matters.
I don't get out much, but if I had your car...and heard those comments often...we may only be having this conversation if the JAIL allowed texting/email/Wi-FI etc...LOL..:wink:
 

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I don't get out much, but if I had your car...and heard those comments often...we may only be having this conversation if the JAIL allowed texting/email/Wi-FI etc...LOL..:wink:
It can be frustrating, but not unexpected. I found that normies use the names "Monte Carlo"," Impala", and "Malibu" pretty much interchangeably long before I bought a semi-secret car that CHEVY DIDN'T EVEN BOTHER NAMING so it is what it is. :grin:
 

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It can be frustrating, but not unexpected. I found that normies use the names "Monte Carlo"," Impala", and "Malibu" pretty much interchangeably long before I bought a semi-secret car that CHEVY DIDN'T EVEN BOTHER NAMING so it is what it is. <img src="http://www.chevymalibuforum.com/forums/images/ChevyMalibuForum_2016/smilies/tango_face_grin.png" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
Could be worse, they ask if it's a Lumina or call it a Lumina.
 

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Or a Cavalier or Vega . . .

But I digress.

I would love to own one, preferably automatic since they work pretty darn good, but if all I could find is a manual I'd take it and be plenty happy. Next would be dealing with the payments...
 
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