2006 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2 4 cylinder from North America


Great car!


I just purchased this car used. It was a lease. One owner previously. I hope this car will do me okay. I previously had a 1989 Chevy Corsica, which I retired a few weeks ago...

I believe if you take care of your car, maintain it regularly, it will last. Each car will have problems somewhat somewhere sometime. Nothing is perfect.

I liked the style of the car, I test drove the Impala, way too huge for me, Cobalt, I did not like the battery in the trunk idea. The 2006 Chevy Malibu, for my price budget at this time in my life is a good deal I think. I like how it fits, it is almost like my Corsica, the gas mileage is great! 2.2 4 cylinder she is peppy. Hopefully she will have a great life in her..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2010

27th Mar 2010, 11:48

In follow up to the car I bought above, I guess we can't avoid rust on any vehicle... but 4 years old is not too bad.

The lower Grille Trim is cracked. I noticed on the car lot, and then when I took it home, I saved the pics from the car lot, and then took pics with the car at home and then circled the spot and let the dealer know, hopefully he can replace for free..

I like the car so far, a big difference from my 1998 Chevy Corsica, much lighter to drive, lots of features...

Knock on wood...

2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LTZ V6 from North America


I would absolutely buy another one


The steering linkage coupler needed replacement at 55,00 km, which was done promptly and under warranty.

The right turn signal indicator light doesn't always turn off.

General Comments:

This is an excellent practical, versatile and comfortable vehicle. Minor improvements could include more padding on the elbow rests and a little less noise on the highway.

The Maxx (hatchback) version has been discontinued, which is disappointing given its tremendous cargo capacity and efficiency combined with decent looks. Hatchbacks are the preferred trim line in Europe, but North American marketing has pushed bulkier and less efficient but more profitable SUV's.

My previous vehicle, a Toyota Prius was good, but the seat was torture after 10 minutes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2009

2006 Chevrolet Malibu LT V6 LX9 3.5 V6 201 HP from North America


I wish I bought it earlier


I went to a car wash at -20 Celcius then left the car not running for about a week in extreme cold. When I wanted to refill the antifreeze (windshield washer) I pushed the trunk handle and the cord broke, the lock was completely frozen. They replaced it as it was under warranty, it did not take too long and now it works like new!

General Comments:

My first car was a Chevy Cavalier 2003, which was very good despite the fact it was an older technology. I decided to switch for a bigger car and really loved the Malibu's look with the new grille (available in 2006 and 2007), and I wanted more power. I bought a Malibu LT with the V6 engine. First, I would have to recommend to those who are looking for a used Malibu that they should make sure they get at least the LT trim, as the LS uses black plastic on some places on the car and it kills the look. With the LT, you get painted mirrors, no plastic, 16" aluminum wheels, and block heater (in Canada) and a better radio (no OnStar or XM though). I got the "Sports" option, which upgraded my aluminum wheels to an nicer model and a not too flashy spoiler, which improves the look of the trunk.

First thing I was afraid of was the gas consumption. Well, on the highway during the summer, I get a better mileage than my 2.2 litre Cavalier, I get 6.8 litres/100 km (about 34.5 miles per gallon in the US). At 65 MPH the engine runs at 1100 RPM, just like idle, so you could probably get an even better mileage. Unfortunately, in the city it's drinks twice as much... Also, the V6 improves the security as it is much easier to pass on the highway for example. I was surprised that my insurance costs me less than the Cavalier with the Malibu.

For security, it lacks side airbags (option) but I got the Sherlock engraving, and it uses the PassLock III+ so that it's hard for someone to steal it. The bad thing about it is that a new key will cost you some serious bucks, I bought a blank on eBay and programmed it myself, for about $20, all I needed was someone to cut it and I saved money. Also, the radio cannot be stolen as it will only work in your car.

The way the car handles is impressive for a mid-size car, I think it's even better than the Cavalier, which was much smaller. It sticks on the road and is not really affected by strong winds.

Honestly, I absolutely love this car and I think I will keep it for a little while (I want to save to get that new Camaro!). There is nothing I have to say against it, quality is much better than the Camry (and its numerous recalls) if I compare with those around me, and it's a fun car to drive. I give it an A+!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2008

18th Jun 2008, 17:20

I'd like to correct something, for the 1100 RPM it's not 65 MPH but 70 KM/H.

I usually go to 115 KM/H (around 72 MPH) and the engine runs at 2100-2200 RPM.