The front struts may show signs of wear, or be excessively bouncy ride at freeway speeds. This may begin to occur at around 75,000 miles.
Car Problem Reports
Chevrolet Malibu Front Struts May Wear at 75,000 Miles
Chevrolet Malibu Problem
Average Mileage: 90,865 mi (59,325 mi - 167,000 mi)
Visitor, 2002 Chevrolet Malibu, 84,000 mi
I noticed a clicking noise in my front passenger side wheel. Took it to a shop and was told that my struts/strut mounts needed to be repaired. And i would also need a wheel alignment. Total price 575.00! I will take it tomorrow to be repaired, and see if that corrects the problem.
Visitor, 2009 Chevrolet Malibu, 59,325 mi
both front struts leaking fluid
Visitor, 2001 Chevrolet Malibu, 167,000 mi
Drivers side strut spring seperated off the strut base. Hasn't broken completely yet but unable to drive. New struts (ebay) $80 and a manly man who will work for beer. Free. Total cost $90 bucks.
Visitor, 1999 Chevrolet Malibu, 80,000 mi
My left front strut broke and I had to get both replaced. $800-something.