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The Chevrolet Malibu from 2008 to 2012 represented a pivotal moment in the midsize sedan market. It underwent a complete redesign, shedding its previous conservative image for a more modern and sophisticated appearance. The exterior featured clean lines and a bold front grille, giving it a contemporary edge. The interior was significantly upgraded with improved materials, spacious seating, and a user-friendly infotainment system. This generation also prioritized safety, earning top marks in crash tests and introducing advanced features like stability control and side-curtain airbags as standard. The Malibu’s handling and ride quality were commendable, providing a comfortable and composed driving experience. While various engines were available, including four-cylinders and V6s, the emphasis was on fuel efficiency, making it a competitive choice in the midsize sedan segment. The 2008-2012 Chevrolet Malibu represented a successful blend of style, safety, and practicality, making it a strong contender in its class.



Chevrolet Malibu specifications, engine oil capacity, spark plug gap, safety rating, fuel consumption, transmission, and light bulb sizes.

Engine 2.4L 4-Cylinder DOHC

  • Recommended Oil Viscosity: 5W-30
  • Oil certification: DEXOS-1
  • Drain plug torque: 18 ft-lbs
  • Oil capacity: 5.0 Quarts

Spark Plug Gap

  • 2.4L 4-Cylinder: 0.044”

Engine 3.6L 6-Cylinder DOHC

  • Recommended Oil Viscosity: 5W-30
  • Oil certification: DEXOS-1
  • Drain plug torque: 18 ft-lbs
  • Oil capacity: 6.0 Quarts

Spark Plug Gap

  • 3.6L 6-Cylinder: 0.044”


  • Capacity: 16.3 gal (61.7 L)


  • Type: 50/50 mixture of clean, drinkable water and use only DEX-COOL Coolant
  • Capacity: 
  • 2.4L L4 Engine: 7.5 qt (7.1L)
  • 3.6L V6 Engines: 9.9 qt (9.4 L)

Transmission Fluid

  • Capacity: 
  • 2.4L L4 Engine with 6— Speed Automatic Transmission (RPO MH8)—(Drain and Refill): 5.3 qt (5.0 L)
  • 3.6L V6 Engine with 6— Speed Automatic Transmission (RPO MH2)—(Drain and Refill): 6.3 qt ( 6.0 L)

Hydraulic Brake System

  • Type: DOT 3 Hydraulic Brake Fluid (GM Part No. 88862806, in Canada 88862807).

Windshield Washer

  • Type: Optikleen® Washer Solvent.

Hydraulic Power Steering System (if equipped)

  • Type: GM Power Steering Fluid (GM Part No. 89021184, in Canada 89021186).

Automatic Transmission

  • Type: DEXRON®-VI Automatic Transmission Fluid.

Key Lock Cylinders

  • Type: Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube (GM Part No. 12346241, in Canada 10953474).

Hood Latch Assembly, Secondary Latch, Pivots, Spring Anchor, and Release Pawl

  • Type: Lubriplate Lubricant Aerosol (GM Part No. 12346293, in Canada 992723) or lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI #2, Category LB or GC-LB.

Weatherstrip Conditioning

  • Type: Weatherstrip Lubricant (GM Part No. 3634770, in Canada 10953518) or Dielectric Silicone Grease (GM Part No. 12345579, in Canada 992887).



Safety Ratings



Front Lights

  • Daytime Running Light Bulb:
    • 3157-SCK
    • 4157NAKLCP
  • Front Fog Light Bulb: H11LL
  • Front Sidemarker Light Bulb: 168
  • Front Turn Signal Light Bulb:
    • 3157-SCK
    • 4157NAKLCP
  • High Beam Headlight Bulb: H9-65W
  • Low Beam Headlight Bulb: H11LL

Rear Lights

  • Back Up Light Bulb: 921
  • Brake Light Bulb:
    • 3157-SCK
    •  3157K
    • L1230R-4C
  • Center High Mount Stop Light Bulb: LED
  • License Plate Light Bulb: 168
  • Parking Light Bulb:
    • 3157-SCK
    •  4157NAKLCP
  • Rear Sidemarker Light Bulb: 194
  • Rear Turn Signal Light Bulb:
    • 3157-SCK
    • 3157K
    •  L1230R-4C
  • Tail Light Bulb:
    • 3157-SCK
    •  3157K
    •  L1230R-4C

Interior Lights

  • Dome Light Bulb: 561
  • Glove Box Light Bulb: 194
  • Map Light Bulb: 2825L
  • Trunk Light Bulb: 211-2
  • Vanity Mirror Light Bulb: 7065