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

Best Car ever owned

I bought this with a real bad prior Kia experience and expected very low everthing. I got very high everthing...120K miles, 35 MPG at 75 MPH and no problems. None. Seven oils chnages, three sets of tires, no Problems. Incredible value for the money. I am buying a new one in the spring when this is paid off. BTW I am keeping it.



Love it! Great on gas and very comfy! Can't wait to drive it in the winter time. I would recomment this car to anyone


Minimal maint and repair, and great MPG

Right front wheel assembly repair only. No transmission issues whatsoever. Brakes last 150,000 miles, tune-up at same mileage. This car just runs and runs. Consistently get 33 mpg, and in the summer, on up to 35 or 36 mpg.


06 malibu LT V6

bought the car new in 2006, have 42000 miles on it and still love the car. Average 25 mpg in town driving and have gotten as high as 39 on long freeway trips, Car is comfortable and Quiet. Great Car


Extra features well worth it!

We purchased a 2006 Malibu LTZ and love the extra features, i.e., heated seats, remote start, adjustable gas & break pedals and the safety of OnStar. We have been very pleased with the Malibu's performance and handling. It's wonderful to heat or cool you car while you are finishing dessert in a restaurant or ready to go at quitting time!


Dave 52552

We bought our 2006 Malibu LT a couple of weeks ago and we are very pleased with everything about it so far. It is very confortable, it performs very well, the handling is excellent, the exterior styling is very good, the interior design is very well thought out, the features are excellent, and so far it has been very reliable.


OK car, but is costing me in repairs

I've had this 06 Malibu LS (base trim) for 2 years, it has 46,000 km on it. Yes fuel economy, yes interior space and all around visibility, yes European-inspired styling. But problems started on day 2! First, check engine light. The dealer said it was a known software problem; they installed new software. Next, a clunking noise from the front. The dealer said it was a joint in the steering column. They "pumped grease into the joint" and the problem disappeared. A while later, I am starting to hear the same noise. Next, passenger's visor's mirror cover started falling down. The dealer said it was a known problem, visor replaced. Electronic clock resets at random; the dealer doesn't know why. Stereo locks in one station and there is no way to switch to another. Then releases at random after some time. Turn signal (safety issue!) would not turn on at an intersection. I pulled over, shut down the car and restarted - signal worked again; dealer had no comment. Windshield sprayer would not work for some time; dealer had no idea why. Then started working again. Air conditioner turns on against my will when blower is directed at the windshield and would not turn off, no matter what. This car has no reading lights, you have to turn on the dome light to see anything around the front. I would really wait for these bugs to be worked out before considering buying a Malibu (this one is leased). Make your own judgment.


As good as the imports

We just purchased a used 2006 Malibu LT V6. So far we love it, the first tank of gas we got 27 mpg in mixed driving, 3 mpg better than the 1998 I4 Malibu we traded in. The car looks great very attractive design, the build quality is as good as Hondas and Toyotas that friends have. The engine is smooth and quiet, the ride is very controled and comfortable. I like the interior design very much, I do think the seat fabric isn't very attractive but does look better in person than it does in pictures. Between the tilt and telescopic steering wheel and height adjustable seat anyone should be able to find a comfortable position. The interior is very spacious, more so than the previous Malibu and the newest Malibu. The electric steering has a little numb but very effortless. I really like the inovations, the electric steering, the drive by wire throttle, a truly modern car. It has a lot of nice comfort touches, the automatic headlights, the remote start, auto locking doors, exterior lighting on door unlock. So many nice touches it's almost on par with my Buick Rendezvous CXL. All told we love this car and highly recommend it.


Good car for the money

My 2006 Malibu LS 2.4 L, 4 cyl was a dealer advertised special and I got it brand new for a very good price. It has 44K miles now. I use this car for my daily commute to work (15 miles each way) and my wife takes it for shopping and drop kids to games,etc. I get an average 29 miles/gallon; yes I drive carefully like a gentleman. Once I took the car for a 400 mile trip and I got 35 mile average on the highway. Car had one problem with in this 44K, the steering gear needed to replace. This car has an electronic steering gear instead of the mechanical steering pump. But for the money I spent to buy this car, it is still worth it even if I had to change the steering gear. It is medium size car and much heavier than other 4 cyl cars.


no bang but LOTS of bucks

had the car 23 months and have already had to put new front struts, roters all the way around, other piddly little things wrong, and now they say i need a new rack-in-pinion!!!! of course nothing was under warranty and it keeps nickel and diming me to death.... time to trade for a real car. going BACK to Toyota!!