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Chevrolet Malibu - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported a total of 16,499 problems for their cars built in the 21 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 (1,796 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 Malibu
13
  2016 Malibu
64
  2015 Malibu
56
  2014 Malibu
128
  2013 Malibu
481
  2012 Malibu
541
  2011 Malibu
765
  2010 Malibu
1,213
  2009 Malibu
1,219
  2008 Malibu
1,019
  2007 Malibu
1,012
  2006 Malibu
1,392
  2005 Malibu
1,491
  2004 Malibu
1,796
  2003 Malibu
662
  2002 Malibu
631
  2001 Malibu
789
  2000 Malibu
983
  1999 Malibu
798
  1998 Malibu
998
  1997 Malibu
448

  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 (4,017 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (2,861 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Chevrolet Malibu

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Steering
4,017
  Electrical System
2,861
  Service Brakes
1,592
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,355
  Exterior Lighting
1,199
  Air Bag
683
  Power Train
657
  Equipment
615
  Electronic Stability Control
593
  Vehicle Speed Control
469
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  Seats
382
  Other Fuel System
363
  Suspension
295
  Gasoline Fuel System
222
  Visibility
211
  Tire
208
  Structure
199
  Seat Belt
164
  Wheel
118
  Latches/locks/linkage
99
  Unknown Or Other
77
  Air Brake
67
  Traction Control System
38
  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
  2016 64237,4261    
0.27
  2015 56209,9182    
0.13
  2014 128156,0863    
0.27
  2013 481211,3574    
0.57
  2012 541225,8015    
0.48
  2011 765211,0556    
0.60
  2010 1,213183,7847    
0.94
  2009 1,219176,8168    
0.86
  2008 1,019155,4339    
0.73
  2007 1,012129,23410    
0.78
  2006 1,392177,26211    
0.71
  2005 1,491212,40012    
0.58
  2004 1,796132,40313    
1.04
  2003 662177,26014    
0.27
  2002 631144,94715    
0.29
  2001 789186,78416    
0.26
  2000 983215,59417    
0.27

  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
  2017 Malibu
13
  2016 Malibu
28
  2015 Malibu
21
  2014 Malibu
56
  2013 Malibu
65
  2012 Malibu
50
  2011 Malibu
38
  2010 Malibu
74
  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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