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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Consumer Reviews

4.5
Average based on 34 reviews
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Best Value for the Money

by from Moosup, Connecticut on September 26, 2011

We purchased this car to make long distance trips to visit our grand daughter. This car is very comfortable for the 9 to 10 hour drive. The four cylinder and six speed automatic have consistently deli...
We purchased this car to make long distance trips to visit our grand daughter. This car is very comfortable for the 9 to 10 hour drive. The four cylinder and six speed automatic have consistently delivered excellent gas mileage, with average mixed driving of 27 MPG, on long trips south we average 35 to 37 MPG and actually hit 40 MPG during ideal night time conditions in flat areas south of the Mason-Dixon line. The car now has 41,000 miles and has never be in the shop except for oil changes and routine maintenance. GM got it right with this car and I'd buy another when the time comes.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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True review

by from Cedar Rapids, IA on August 10, 2012

I bought my 2009 malibu 3 years ago and generally love the car, however, one major point of dissapointment is the handling in the snow. I live in Iowa and drive 45 highway miles round trip every day t...
I bought my 2009 malibu 3 years ago and generally love the car, however, one major point of dissapointment is the handling in the snow. I live in Iowa and drive 45 highway miles round trip every day to work. This car is terrible handling in snow, even just a little snow or rain. I've bought new tires (which are 17 inch tires and very expensive, something I didn't think about when I purchased the car) and the new tires didn't make a bit of difference. If you don't drive in snow much, this car is great and I love most everything else about it. But I'm looking to trade because I'm tired of not getting around in the winter. Also, gas mileage at the time was rated 28-33 MPG however I have never broke 27 MPG.
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Malibu ready for the SS version

by from Santa Fe, NM on April 9, 2010

This is the best Malibu GM has produced since the late 60's". Performance, Styling and Reliability are just the beginning of the story. I have over 36000 miles on my 2009 and have enjoyed every mile. ...
This is the best Malibu GM has produced since the late 60's". Performance, Styling and Reliability are just the beginning of the story. I have over 36000 miles on my 2009 and have enjoyed every mile. Comfort level is great on long or short trips and so is the Performance. Great gas mileage and power when you need it for passing. Handles like a sports car and I would recommend GM bring back the SS version just for the fun of it. The six speed automatic is vary responsive and can only imagine what a six speed standard would do. I would highly recommend this car to my family and friends.
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Excellent family car

by from Phila, PA on June 8, 2010

Bought new (LTZ, 6 cylinder, black - black / red int), has approximately 15,000 miles on it - mainly from short distance city driving, etc. The styling is elegant but not old and still sporty at the ...
Bought new (LTZ, 6 cylinder, black - black / red int), has approximately 15,000 miles on it - mainly from short distance city driving, etc. The styling is elegant but not old and still sporty at the same time. Gas mileage is decent. The hands free is great, but refuses to work with my phone (junk verizon phone.) Rear visibility is ok, not anything to be overly concerned about. My one TRUE complaint... there should be some sort of locking gas cap or cover offered with the car. Aside from that... I LOVE this car.
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Great Car for a good price

by from Flint, MI on September 25, 2010

I bought my Malibu a couple months ago after trading in my 2005 Trailblazaer. I have 3 children and wanted something better on gas because I drive quite a bit everyday. Although, my Malibu doesn't hav...
I bought my Malibu a couple months ago after trading in my 2005 Trailblazaer. I have 3 children and wanted something better on gas because I drive quite a bit everyday. Although, my Malibu doesn't have the cargo space that my TB did, it is still very roomy. The rear seat is a bit cramped for 3 kids, of which 2 are in car seats, but it drives very smoothly and I really love the overall appearance of my car. So far so good.
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MPG NO WHERE NEAR ESTIMATES

by from Hudson Valley, NY on May 12, 2011

PROS: Intuitive dash controls and functionality with XM and OnStar standard on LS model (2009 model year) Impressive ride smoothness Nice exterior details Roomy cabin with plenty of storage for driver...
PROS: Intuitive dash controls and functionality with XM and OnStar standard on LS model (2009 model year) Impressive ride smoothness Nice exterior details Roomy cabin with plenty of storage for driver and passenger CONS: Actual average gas mileage WAY under estimated 25-32 mpg Vinyl pieces such as the door trim scratch and tear VERY easily (wife barely nicked car door panel with her nail and put a nice gash in the vinyl) Lacks agility; over-sized steering wheel makes handling awkward Small trunk opening (barely fits a medium suitcase) SUMMARY: Overall, the two main reasons I purchased this vehicle was (1) I received an excellent deal at the end of the year and (2) I had anticipated on receiving decent gas mileage considering it only had a 4-cylinder engine. Turns out gas mileage averaged only about 18 mpg during the winter and 21 mpg during the spring. Very disappointed in the gas mileage but since I only paid $11,500 for a 2009 LS with 27,500 miles I figured I would only lose money by trying to get rid of it now. Replaced air filter, flushed engine fluids, drive conservatively, don't use auto-start and use full-synthetic oil but still no change in mpg. Finally took it to a few dealers and even to a friend, ran codes and all they told me was that the engine is basically too small for the car. Some other issues with the blinker not canceling (apparently normal for all Chevy's), faulty blower motor (replaced under factory warranty) and exterior rattling from rocker panels are less significant but still make me wonder if the old saying is true, "you get what you pay for".
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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typical first year model car problems

by from fort worth, texas on February 5, 2013

I've had my 2009 Malibu 2LT v6 for about 6 months. It's been in the shop 4 times. All the door locks have gone out, seat frame broke(and I only weigh 200 lbs), AC went out, one of the radiator fans we...
I've had my 2009 Malibu 2LT v6 for about 6 months. It's been in the shop 4 times. All the door locks have gone out, seat frame broke(and I only weigh 200 lbs), AC went out, one of the radiator fans went out, the gas fill sensor went out which caused the car to not want to start after fill ups, the car has a constant squeak&rattle from the rear which I was told they may do a recall on but they dont exactly know how to fix it yet. It does have good power, smooth ride, handles nice, and I get compliments on the looks ALL the time, but opt for a year newer or so...maybe the bugs are all worked out on the 2010 and newer ones...maybe.
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Does not recommend this car

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Surprise Surprise

by from Baltimore, MD on April 28, 2012

I recently financed a preowned Malibu. I had no idea that I would love it so much. I needed a car that gets good gas mpg, and is comfortable. I am 6'6" and have trouble find automobiles that I can fit...
I recently financed a preowned Malibu. I had no idea that I would love it so much. I needed a car that gets good gas mpg, and is comfortable. I am 6'6" and have trouble find automobiles that I can fit in, and when I do the vehicle is usually not very good on gas. I was so surprised when I got this Malibu. It handles well and for a four cylinder its got some spunk. I am truly happy about this purchase . Its been awhile since I have had car I was proud to drive.
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Great CAR!

by from Florida on March 27, 2011

I bought this car and only had for a little over a year. Paid $20K for the fully loaded V6 LTZ, absolutely a beautiful car. I am in my late 20'sand didnt want the mundane look of the everyday sedan. I...
I bought this car and only had for a little over a year. Paid $20K for the fully loaded V6 LTZ, absolutely a beautiful car. I am in my late 20'sand didnt want the mundane look of the everyday sedan. I have to say that Chevy has really impressed me with this design. After 25K miles we sold it for $17K. It was the best car we have owned and I would love another one. Extremely comfortable, roomy, quality interior, very peppy sporty engine. I heard it was the same chasis as the cadillac and I wouldnt doubt it. Excellent safety features and crash test ratings!The only downsides that werent a big deal, but a drawback were: Passenger side mirror doesnt autodim at night, rear window has somewhat of a blindspot, the vanity mirrors werent great. The reason we got rid of it was we have 2 kids now and there is only room for 2 car seats in the back realistically. So we couldnt have any other passengers with us on trips. I recommended it to everyone, even got my mom to buy one. We miss you Malibu!
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nice ride, plenty power

by from Nashville, Tn on December 13, 2012

Car is tite in curves, very smooth and plenty power. Stylish, very nice on inside and very clean. Really good sound system and features.
Car is tite in curves, very smooth and plenty power. Stylish, very nice on inside and very clean. Really good sound system and features.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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