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59k Chevy Malibus recalled for fire risks, faulty defrosters

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Chevrolet will be recalling 59,000 Malibu sedans in a pair of recalls, according to a report from Reuters. Around 15,000 cars are being recalled over concerns that a bad wiring harness could start a fire, while another 44,000 units need repairs for issues in the HVAC system.

The 15,000 Malibus being recalled over fire concerns are 2013 models fitted with the optional power front seats. According to a statement from Chevrolet, the wiring harness in the seats could fray against seat frames, which could lead to a fire. The span of time where affected cars were built isn’t entirely clear, but Chevy reports that there have been no reported injuries or crashes caused by the issue.

As for the remaining 44,000 models being recalled, it applies to 2014 Malibus, which have a defective defroster in the HVAC. Rather than causing fires like the seat issue, the defroster just might not work when called upon. While a minor issue, the ability to defog the windows is important for driver visibility.

The total distribution of affected models sees 57,605 cars being recalled in the US, 1,047 in Canada and 683 in Mexico. As of this writing, there’s been no word from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

59k Chevy Malibus recalled for fire risks, faulty defrosters originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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November 15th, 2013

Report: Chevrolet Malibu gets across-the-board price cuts, hopes to dig out of slump

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To say that things aren’t going well for the newly redesigned 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is a pretty sizable understatement. Reports have been swirling about the Malibu getting an emergency design refresh, less than a year after its introduction, as well as having its production at the Fairfax Assembly Plant halted twice already this year for excessive inventory. Now, Motor Trend is reporting that the midsize sedan will be receiving price drops across the board ranging from $300 on a number of models up to $770 on the 1LT trim; offsetting some of MSRP drop, though, the destination charge has increased from $760 to $810.

Without destination, the entry-level Malibu LS now starts at $21,995, which is still about $300 more than a Honda Accord and about $300 less than the segment’s top-selling Toyota Camry. This new pricing also drops the price of the Eco, 2LT and 3LT trims by $300. The LTZ trim has dropped by $415, meaning that the Malibu’s top dog now starts at just under $30,000, excluding destination.

Here are the new starting prices for all eight of the Malibu trim levels compared to the previous prices for the 2013 model year (including destination):

  • 1LS – $22,805 (previous price: $23,150)
  • 1LT – $23,995 (previous price: $24,765)
  • 2LT – $25,700 (previous price: $26,000)
  • 3LT – $27,410 (previous price: $27,710)
  • Eco 1SA – $25,795 (previous price: $26,095)
  • Eco 2SA – $27,405 (previous price: $27,705)
  • 1LTZ – $28,715 (previous price: $28,590)
  • 2LTZ – $30,510 (previous price: $30,925)

Chevrolet Malibu gets across-the-board price cuts, hopes to dig out of slump originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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February 11th, 2013

GM recalls 8,500 Chevrolet Malibu models for rear suspension glitch

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu - front three-quarter view, maroon

According to a letter from General Motors to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, flaws in the build process of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu have led to the recall of 8,519 cars. Units built between December 6, 2011 and January 15, 2013 may have been assembled with rear suspension cradles that had insufficient torque applied to certain bolts. That out-of-spec assembly could lead to issues ranging from slight noises to a loss of vehicle control.

The problem was first noticed in December of last year by a GM test fleet driver and eventually tracked back to the improperly torqued bolts on the suspension cradle assembled through July 2012 by a supplier located not too far from the Malibu’s Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly Plant. Since an official NHTSA recall notice has not been issued yet, it isn’t clear whether or not Detroit-built Malibus were the only ones affected (the 2013 Malibu is also built at GM’s Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kansas). Dealers will fix the problem by inspecting vehicles for proper torque specs, retightening if not within specs and, in some cases, perform a rear-wheel alignment.

GM recalls 8,500 Chevrolet Malibu models for rear suspension glitch originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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February 4th, 2013

The 2013 Chevy Malibu has a really nice ass [New Cars]

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We kinda sorta wish the shot that had leaked of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu had been the back end instead of the front end, because the mid-size has a seriously nice Camaro-esque ass. From the C-pillar back, this car just screams Chevelle. Take a look yourself by walking through the gallery of official press photos up top. More »

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April 18th, 2011

One more new Malibu for you [Spy Photos]

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Although the embargo on the 2013 Chevy Malibu doesn’t lift until Monday night’s Shanghai and pre-New York Auto Show web reveal, there’s more shots leaking out of the General’s sieve-like media site. The latest — of a blue ‘bu’s uninspiring smiling face — gets the Shanghai skyline in the background. Ooh, how pretty! More »

April 16th, 2011

This is the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu [Spy Photos]

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Yup, that’s the 2013 Chevy Malibu. And despite some initial level of excitement over the teaser image showing off the new ‘bu’s taillights, we’re now nonplussed by this leaked shot GM’s own media site accidentally dropped this past evening. More »

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April 14th, 2011
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