Chevrolet Malibu - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported a total of 18,007 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 (1,828 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 Malibu
11
  2017 Malibu
67
  2016 Malibu
190
  2015 Malibu
110
  2014 Malibu
172
  2013 Malibu
605
  2012 Malibu
708
  2011 Malibu
906
  2010 Malibu
1,440
  2009 Malibu
1,391
  2008 Malibu
1,103
  2007 Malibu
1,093
  2006 Malibu
1,466
  2005 Malibu
1,572
  2004 Malibu
1,828
  2003 Malibu
670
  2002 Malibu
642
  2001 Malibu
798
  2000 Malibu
987
  1999 Malibu
801
  1998 Malibu
999
  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 (4,407 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (3,075 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Chevrolet Malibu

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Steering
4,407
  Electrical System
3,075
  Service Brakes
1,653
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,480
  Exterior Lighting
1,314
  Electronic Stability Control
747
  Air Bag
746
  Power Train
733
  Equipment
713
  Vehicle Speed Control
519
   
  Other Fuel System
410
  Seats
407
  Suspension
301
  Visibility
239
  Structure
225
  Gasoline Fuel System
223
  Tire
208
  Seat Belt
176
  Wheel
131
  Latches/locks/linkage
101
  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 67182,7361    
0.37
  2016 190237,4262    
0.40
  2015 110209,9183    
0.17
  2014 172156,0864    
0.28
  2013 605211,3575    
0.57
  2012 708225,8016    
0.52
  2011 906211,0557    
0.61
  2010 1,440183,7848    
0.98
  2009 1,391176,8169    
0.87
  2008 1,103155,43310    
0.71
  2007 1,093129,23411    
0.77
  2006 1,466177,26212    
0.69
  2005 1,572212,40013    
0.57
  2004 1,828132,40314    
0.99
  2003 670177,26015    
0.25
  2002 642144,94716    
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
10
  2017 Malibu
21
  2016 Malibu
37
  2015 Malibu
27
  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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