Chevrolet Malibu Problems

Poor Ride/Handling Due to Worn Suspension Struts on Chevrolet Malibu

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

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Chevrolet Malibu Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 108,914 (52,000–223,000)
14 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
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There is a lot of noise coming from the driver front tire make it hard to drive because of concern of tire coming off took it to Chevy dealer it took three return trips to get it right. Now I find out it's the struts and that's another 900 plus to get fixed. There should be a recall on this particular part
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.
The car never rode well from the start but when I put top-of-the line Michelin tires on the car now rides much smoother.
Front struts making "coiled spring" noise - told it is front struts and they need to be replaced - $700. Already had CV joint boot replaced at $160 since they thought it was that too.
This happened about 70,000 miles. Driver side collapsed while I was driving! Ruined front tires, had both front struts assemblies replaced.
Replaced both lower control arms around 50k whcih seemed to help strange noises in cross-winds. Have also replaced 3 of the 4 wheel bearings with Timkens after noises. Seemingly out of the blue I had vibration at highway speeds around 150l mimicking an out-of-balance wheel. Seems unlikely as the weights are adhered to the ID of the rim. I cleaned the wheels carefully to make sure no debris were causing the imbalance. The lower ball joints appear to be OK and no shake side-to-side in the wheel. I have had a clunk from the right front corner area, after jacking up the car this appears to be the upper strut bearing which doesn't rotate on a single pivot point due to the geometry of the knuckle and ball joint below it.The upper strut bearing sort of rotates on a conical/skewed axis. Rotated the tires in an "X" pattern, and the problem persists. I feel that its not a tire issue. Planning to acquire two AC Delco complete strut asm from RockAuto, buy 2 new tires, and have an alignment done. The powertrain seems to be running well and I'm hoping to make it to 200k.
I just noticed that I can feel vibration under my feet in the front when I exceed 65mph on the Hwy. I can feel every bump. There's no noise. Maybe I just need allignment.
My vehicle was making a creaking noise. I was told by a vehicle repair shop that my struts were binding causing the noise and that they would need to be replaced.
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.
When driving front end seems shaky and makes for a rough ride. I previously owned a 2002 Malibu and I loved it so much that I searched for another one after someone pulled out in front of me and made me total it but to no avail, I couldn't find another one in my price range at that time. So I was super excited and confident that this one would be as good as my 2002 but I've had it less than a week and am having electrical issues and I took it to a shop the other day about the front end and was told I need new struts ( one is leaking) and one wheel bearing needs to be replaced. Sucks for me as I spent my very last dime on this ride and now will have to come up with money for repairs.
The electrical issues are puzzling, basically my boyfriend had to remove a fuse and leave it out in order for my gas & temp gauge and a/c to work while driving as every time we started the car otherwise, it would blow the fuse that powered them. It's crazy to me, but I'm wondering if this might be something other Malibu owners have experienced?
Front struts totally failed. It went from our noticing a problem to where our car bobbled its way down the road within two weeks. At the end it was unsafe to drive, but it took us the two weeks to get parts and fix it.
Aligned a good as it gets until you hit a bump and and when the tire loses traction it's a violent interaction between the tire and the road when it comes back down