Chevrolet Malibu - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported a total of 18,331 problems for their cars built in the 23 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 (1,837 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 (4,470 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (3,132 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Chevrolet Malibu

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Steering
4,470
  Electrical System
3,132
  Service Brakes
1,664
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,509
  Exterior Lighting
1,363
  Electronic Stability Control
772
  Air Bag
760
  Power Train
746
  Equipment
729
  Vehicle Speed Control
530
   
  Other Fuel System
419
  Seats
410
  Suspension
306
  Visibility
241
  Structure
232
  Gasoline Fuel System
223
  Tire
208
  Seat Belt
181
  Wheel
133
  Latches/locks/linkage
103
  Unknown Or Other
77
  Air Brake
67
  Traction Control System
41
  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 87182,7361    
0.48
  2016 218237,4262    
0.46
  2015 116209,9183    
0.18
  2014 179156,0864    
0.29
  2013 647211,3575    
0.61
  2012 755225,8016    
0.56
  2011 938211,0557    
0.63
  2010 1,465183,7848    
1.00
  2009 1,433176,8169    
0.90
  2008 1,116155,43310    
0.72
  2007 1,102129,23411    
0.78
  2006 1,491177,26212    
0.70
  2005 1,585212,40013    
0.57
  2004 1,837132,40314    
0.99
  2003 671177,26015    
0.25
  2002 643144,94716    
0.28
  2001 798186,78417    
0.25
  2000 989215,59418    
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
11
  2017 Malibu
22
  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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