Chevrolet Malibu - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported a total of 17,702 problems for their cars built in the 22 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Chevrolet Malibu. The 2004 Chevrolet Malibu cars have the most problems reported (1,820 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Chevrolet Malibu

  Common problems of Chevrolet Malibu

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Chevrolet Malibu cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's steering (4,372 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (3,019 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Chevrolet Malibu

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Steering
4,372
  Electrical System
3,019
  Service Brakes
1,638
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,450
  Exterior Lighting
1,282
  Air Bag
731
  Electronic Stability Control
715
  Power Train
713
  Equipment
688
  Vehicle Speed Control
508
   
  Seats
402
  Other Fuel System
402
  Suspension
299
  Visibility
235
  Gasoline Fuel System
223
  Structure
217
  Tire
208
  Seat Belt
173
  Wheel
128
  Latches/locks/linkage
100
  Unknown Or Other
77
  Air Brake
67
  Traction Control System
40
  Child Seat
7
  Parking Brake
6
  Interior Lighting
2

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Chevrolet Malibu of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Malibu model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Chevrolet Malibu model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Malibu Model Years

Malibu
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2017 53182,7361    
0.29
  2016 152237,4262    
0.32
  2015 91209,9183    
0.14
  2014 158156,0864    
0.25
  2013 563211,3575    
0.53
  2012 679225,8016    
0.50
  2011 883211,0557    
0.60
  2010 1,407183,7848    
0.96
  2009 1,366176,8169    
0.86
  2008 1,079155,43310    
0.69
  2007 1,088129,23411    
0.77
  2006 1,457177,26212    
0.68
  2005 1,556212,40013    
0.56
  2004 1,820132,40314    
0.98
  2003 669177,26015    
0.25
  2002 641144,94716    
0.28
  2001 798186,78417    
0.25
  2000 987215,59418    
0.25

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Chevrolet Malibu is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 Malibu
6
  2017 Malibu
21
  2016 Malibu
35
  2015 Malibu
24
  2014 Malibu
56
  2013 Malibu
65
  2012 Malibu
50
  2011 Malibu
38
  2010 Malibu
80
  2009 Malibu
40
  2008 Malibu
38
  2007 Malibu
30
  2006 Malibu
36
  2005 Malibu
44
  2004 Malibu
197
  2003 Malibu
26
  2002 Malibu
18
  2001 Malibu
37
  2000 Malibu
104
  1999 Malibu
69
  1998 Malibu
119
  1997 Malibu
45


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