2007 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.5 from North America
The left front hub bearing assembly went bad at 32000. It started as a low pitched hum and gradually got louder. This was repaired under warranty.
During very cold weather, a rattle develops near the corner of the dash and the windshield. I just shove a rag in the corner to keep it quiet.
Otherwise so far so good. No problems.
I noticed it frequently down shifted on hills using 87 octane, so I switched to 89 octane 10% ethanol... same price and that issue disappeared.
The car is quiet except for road noise creeping in from the trunk.
I get 32 mpg on the highway on long trips at 65 to 70 mph. Just 25 mpg back and forth from work... mostly highway.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th March, 2010
3rd Dec 2011, 05:59
I am the originator of this post. Now 50k on the ODO and still no problems. It was time for set of new tires. The old set was making noises like partial tread separation at highway speed. So I went for a set of Tiger Paws from Uniroyal, and the car is quiet again like it was when it was new.
No new rattles... just the one in the corner of the windshield when it is very cold, and no mechanical problems. The engine and tranny are quiet and smooth. So I am very pleased.
I love kicking it down at 55 mph and passing when I come up on some clown on the two-lane. The car readily accelerates to 80 mph to get the job done. I would always recommend the V-6 on the 2007 model vs the 4 cylinder for that reason.