2006 Chevrolet Malibu consumer reviews

$16,365 starting MSRP
side view of 2006 Malibu Chevrolet
93% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 3.9
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.5
Explore the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu

Reliable Car, Minor Issues

I've owned my Malibu for about 1.5 years, starting in 2015, and when I bought it the car already had 200,000 miles on it, aside from the engine, with only 100,000 miles on it. The engine was replaced due to failure. I have had no problems with anything other than the emergency brake, which gets jammed when engaged. Other than that, the car handles beautifully, and has had no other mechanical problems, and was sold to me at a low price of only 2,000$.


Nice Car

This is my second Chevy car in 24 years. My first one lasted me 24 years and was ready to die. I bought this car because it was great handling, liked the style, and was comfortable driving. I am still trying to figure out all the bells and whistles on the car, but the people that have ridden in the car love it and one friend is jealous of my car. I love the Malibu and really love the leg room in the back seat of the car. Two downfalls of this car is that the drivers side seatbelt doesn't have a stopper on the buckle, hate reaching to the floor for the buckle and the center console, even though it holds a lot, is a little to high.


155K miles, 35mpg with Michelin Tires-AWESOME!

Best car I have ever owned! Road noise, performance and responsiveness is MUCH improved with Michelin Tires...Goodyear/ Bridgestone tires were a BIG mistake GM!! This car will go 300K no doubt...I have only had to change the oil regularly, change the brakes every 50K, major maintenance every 50K after 100K...we are good to go!! VERY comfortable back seat keeps passengers as comfortable as those in the front...very comfortable cabin space! This car goes has EXCELLENT accelleration performance (even going uphill in the mountains).


Love it so much I bought it twice!

I absolutely ADORE my 2006 Malibu. I had one once before, but someone mixed antifreeze in the wrong part under the hood and caused a head gasket issue, so not Chevy's fault. Before that, it had 166k on it and rolled like a champ.After that, I bought the one I drive now, which is great too. Fast, great on gas, even when the gas prices go up I have no problem getting a half tank with like 15 dollars. No one talks about this much, but these cars have an awesome factory sound system. It sounds great! I would definitely recommend this car to anyone!


Will always be a chevy person

I've put 155k miles on my 2006 Malibu and the only thing I've had to do to it was replace the struts. This is the best vehicle I have ever owned. I would recommend this car to anyone!


malibu thoughts

Overall it has been a good car - very good gas mileage - no troubles other than I feel I had to replace the brakes too many times. I am not hard on a car, but, since owning this in the six years from buying it new I have had to replace brakes 3 times. In my opinion this is a weakness with the malibu (or maybe chevys period)


Love my Malibu

I am very happy with my purchase, the car is comfortable and reliable, has power and looks good. I would definately buy another Chevy my favorite brand, nothing like American engineering.


Not a bad used car

I bought my 2006 Malibu used in 2009. The car has been very reliable since I bought it. It has a peppy four cylinder engine that allows me to quickly pass cars. However, the interior quality is on the cheap side, and the fuel level sensor has gone bad which leaves the fuel gauge useless. The sensor problem is supposedly typical for 04-06 Malibus.





Safe, Reliable, Great Car

It's been an excellent car overall. Have 58K miles right now and the only problem I've ever had is some exhaust gasket that needed to be replaced for $50 (which included labor). This is actually my second Malibu. - had an '04 that was totalled before my '06. Both cars were identical, except the look of the steering wheel. I feel very safe in my Malibu after personally experiencing it during a serious crash that totaled my '04. I was hit from the rear and passenger side, but barely even felt the impacts. It does have kinda bland styling, especially the exterior, but it's not ugly either. It handles very well, even during North Dakota winters. The 3.5L V6 has more than enough power for merging and passing and gets as good of gas mileage as many 4 cylinders do. It has many features that weren't so common back then, like an oil life monitor, average fuel economy, exterior temperature display, etc. I also love the TAPShift manual shifting ability. I use it a lot during winter to downshift when going downhill and turning corners. The factory stereo is one of the best I've ever heard for a family sedan - although the rear speakers aren't the greatest. They sound a bit "spongy". I find that the smaller front door speakers actually have better sound. I do wish it has an Aux input jack, and replacing the factory stereo isn't cheap if you want to keep the DIC - which is used through the stereo. Just a side note... most of the bad reviews I've read are about the Maxx. Not sure why there'd be that big of a difference, but it is something I've noticed. I can't give it a perfect 5-star rating because no car is perfect, but it's definitely close.