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The Most Common Chevrolet Malibu Symbols

These are the most common dashboard symbols that you will see in your Chevrolet Malibu. Click on one to see more information or scroll further down to see the link to the owner's manual where you can find even more symbols.

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About the Malibu

The first Chevrolet Malibu models that appeared back in the 1960s were based on the Chevelle.

They were higher-spec than their donor cars and were available in all sorts of body styles including a convertible.

It wasn't available as its own stand-alone model until 1978 when it replaced the Chevelle and saw a drastic redesign.

Not only was the car boxier than before but was considerably smaller and more fuel effecient in the process.

This was super important as the oil crisis that had just gripped the world during the 1970s sent the cost of motoring spiraling upwards.

The Malibu was discontinued in 1984 to make way for the Celebrity line, a front-wheel-drive model that was even more fuel-efficient.

It wasn't until 1997 that the Malibu nameplate would make a comeback on a new front-wheel-drive chassis.

You could find this same chassis at work under the Buick Skylark, Oldsmobile Achieva, and Pontiac Grand Am.

All of these models were fitted with a 4-speed automatic transmission that fed the power from either a 4-cylinder or V6 engine to the wheels.

This stayed relatively the same through to the next generation in 2004 until the seventh generation in 2008.

The 7th generation Malibu was offered with a wider range of engines and were all mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

A simply mild-hybrid version of this model was also on offer for one year but proved unpopular at this time.

In 2013 the eighth-generation Malibu came with a much better hybrid system that was part of an updated platform.

It now shared its chassis with the Buick Regal and the Opel Insignia - with a wide range of engines starting at 1.5-liters in displacement and ending with a 3-liter V6.

A ninth generation made its debut in 2016 and Chevrolet put even more research and resources into the hybrid technologies in this model.

The Malibu now sat on an updated version of the chassis that was in use under the larger Impala previously.

Engine options were now revised downwards in size but this was made up for with turbochargers and a 9-speed automatic transmission on offer.