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Detail K2 4 Bike Rack Review - 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2017 Chevrolet Malibu we're going to be taking a look at the Detail K2 Four Bike Rack, part number K2BCR490. So we already have our bike mounted up, let's go ahead and talk about how it's going to attach. We're going to have two cradles at the top here, they're going to support the frame. Now the way we're going to take these off, is it's got these elastic bands. If we pull slightly to stretch it open we can take it off the knob on top, and we're going to have a velcro strap that we're going to have to undo. Then we can feed the strap out of the hook on the backside, and then we do the same thing over here. With the straps loose I'm going to go ahead and take off the bike so we can get a closer look at some of the details.



Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Malibu we're going to be taking a look at the Thule Hitching Post Pro 4 Bike Rack, part number TH934XTR. Now, we already have our bike securely mounted to our bike rack, and we're going to have three points of contact. Two on our top cross bar here, and one vertical support back here. Now, the way we're going to take this off is we just have some rubber straps, so we can go ahead and pull our straps off on the top. With all of them removed we can pull our bike off and set it aside. Now, these hold fast cradles as you can see, they have some grooves in there, and that's what's going to hold your bike securely. The one on the vertical support here, this is going to act as an anti-sway cradle, preventing any bike to bike contact.



Rhino Rack Road-Warrior Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, we're doing a test fit of the Rhino-Rack Road Warrior Roof Top Bike Carrier. That part number is RBC036. Now we already have our bike on our rack. We're first going to show you how we strap that down. Back here in the back, we have our ratcheting strap that you're going to see on most of your roof mounted bike racks. To release that, we're just going to push down and then lift up.



Rhino Rack MountainTrail Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, we're doing a test fit of the Rhino Rack Mountain Trail rooftop bike carrier, part number RBC035. Now, we already have our bike on our rack. We're first go over how that's strapped down. Here in the back, we have a ratcheting strap that you'll see on most of your roof mounted bike racks. To release that, we're just going to push on the black button and lift that out of place. Up at the front, we have a skewer for our fork mounts.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, we'll be doing a test fit of the ROLA TX-102 2 bike rack, part number 59400. See that we have the bike already on the rack hooked to the car. Lets show you a few features first. How the bike it held up, we have two straps up top and one strap to the side. Which our anti-sway strap. First, what we do is take off the straps up to, like so, then we take off the anti-sway strap, then we can remove our bike. Now, if you're loading your bike, you'll do the opposite way. Alrighty, let me set this to the side. Now, always remember to replace your straps so they don't get lost or damaged, so, we'll do that first. Like so. Alrighty.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Malibu we're doing a test fit of the Thule Vertex 4-bike rack, part number TH9029XT. See, we already have the bike on our bike rack and hooked to the vehicle. Let's show you a few features now. Right here on the holder on our bike, we have 3 straps. We have 2 up top and 1 to the side as our anti-sway strap. To unload, pull the straps up top first, then we pull our anti-sway strap. We need to take off our bike and set this to the side.



Rhino Rack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, we'll be doing a test fit of the Rhino Rack 4-bike rack, part number RBC044. You see that we have a bike on our rack, the rack hooked to the vehicle. Lets' show you a few features here. First feature I'd like to show you, is how the bike is held down, we have 3 straps: 2 on top, and one to the side which is our anti-sway strap. I take two off the top first, then our anti-sway strap, then we can remove our bike. Then if you're loading your bike, you just do the opposite way. The anti-sway strap on first, then the two straps on top. Please always remember, to replace your straps so they don't get damaged or lost, so let's do that first.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Malibu we will be doing a test fit of the Thule Road Way 2 Bike Rack, part number TH912XTR. You see that we have the bike on the rack and hooked to the car. Let's show a few features first. What we have here to hold down our bike, we have three straps, we have two up top, we have an anti sway strap on the side. To take it off, you take off the two straps on the top first, then the anti sway strap, then we can remove our bike. When loading your bike, please do it the opposite way, the anti sway first, then the two straps on top.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevy Malibu, we'll be doing a test fit on the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 Platform-Style 2-Bike Rack. That's part number SH12B. I've already got it loaded up on the Malibu just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it holds our bikes. I'd like to go into one of the best features about this bike rack, is it has the ability to tilt away with bikes loaded so we can gain access to our rear hatch. We'll come down here to this lever, go ahead and pull it towards you, fold it down, and then as promised, we can get access to our rear hatch to remove any cargo, gear, groceries, anything we might have with us on our trip. We've got plenty of room.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevy Malibu we'll be doing a test fit on the Yakima HoldUp Platform Style 2 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" hitches. That's part number Y02445. I'd like to go right in and show you one of the best features about this bike rack is it's ability to tilt away with all bikes loaded so we can gain better access to our rear hatch. Come down here to our red knob, go ahead and pull it out. Let it rest down. Then we can gain access to our rear hatch or trunk to remove any cargo, gear, groceries, anything we might have with us on our trip.



Swagman Trailhead Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today, on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, we're going to be test fitting this Swagman Trail Head 2-Bike Hang Style Rack for 1 1/4" and 2" hitches, part number S63360. Now, on this bike rack, it's secured down in three locations. We've got straps right here, then we've got two more straps over here. We've got one on top here and then one down here on the down tube that serves as our anti-sway strap to help prevent the bike swinging too far the other way and making contact with the other bike or the vehicle. Now, in order to remove the bike, just pull on these straps and you can remove it and set it off to the side. With the bike out of the way, let's take a measurement to see what the total distance added to the vehicle is. It looks like the total distance added to the vehicle is about 23 inches and, on this bike rack, it has a feature where you can fold these arms down. In order to do so, you simply pull the inaudible 00:01:22 clip out, lift right up here, and then you can rotate it down and replace it in the other hole that's on the bracket. Now, with the arms folded down, let's take that measurement again to see what the total distance added is.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu we're doing a test fit for the Thule T2 Pro Platform Style 2 Bike Rack. That part number is TH9035. We already have our bike secured down, our first way to show you how we do that. Before that, we're going to show you a quick feature. This is our tilting feature. We can do this with our bike attached.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, we're doing a test fit of the Yakima Light Rider Hanging Style Tilting 2 Bike Rack. That part number is Y02472. Now we already have our bike secured down. First, we're going to show you how we do that. We got 2 cradles in place with 3 straps. 2 on our frame and 1 as our anti-sway at the back.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu we're doing a test fit of the Thule Vertex Hanging Style 4 Bike Rack. That part number is TH9029XT. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We've got 2 cradles in place with 3 straps, 2 on our frame and one as our anti-sway strap in the back. I'm going to start by releasing those first.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Raceway Pro Trunk Mount 2 Bike Rack. That part number is TH9001PRO. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We got 2 cradles in place with 3 straps. 2 on our frame and 1 as our anti-sway strap in the back.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu we'll be doing a test fit of the Thule Roadway Hanging Style 2 Bike Rack. That part number is TH912XTR. We already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We've got two cradles in place with three straps. Two on our frame ans one as our anti-sway strap.



Thule Passage Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, we're doing a test-it of the Thule Passage Truss Mount Two Bike Rack. That part number is TH910XT. We already have our bike secured down so we are first going to show you how we secure it in place. We've got two cradles on the top with three straps, two on the top portion of our frame and one is our anti-sway strap in the back. I'm going to start by removing those. Then we can pull our bike off our rack and we can set it off to the side.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on my 2014 Chevrolet Malibu we're doing a test fit of the Swagman Trailhead Hanging Style 4 bike rack. That product number is S63380. Now we already have our bike secured down, so the first thing we're going to do is show you how we do that. We've got two cradles in place with four straps altogether, three over the top portion of our frame here, and one as our anti-sway in the back. We're going to start by pulling down and lifting up to release those. We can pull our bike off of our rack and set it off to the side. With that out of the way, we can start off with some measurements here. First it's going to be overall what we're adding to our vehicle.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, we're doing a test fit of the Rola TX-102 hanging style 2 bike rack. That part number is 59400. We already have our bike secure down, so we're first going to show you how we do that. We've got 2 cradles in place with 3 straps, 2 on our frame and 1 as our anti sway strap in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up to release those. Then we'll be able to pull our bike off and set it off to the side.



Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, we're going to be test-fitting the Thule Hitching Post Pro. This is a folding and tilting 4-Bike Rack. It's been designed for use in 1 1/4" and 2" hitches. Its part number is TH934XTR. To begin the test fit, we're going to slide the shank of the rack into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll slide it in until our threaded hole lines up with our hitch pin hole, then use our anti-rattle bolt and thread that in.



Rhino Rack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu we're going to be test fitting the Rhino Rack folding and tilting 4-bike rack. This has been designed for use with 1-1/4" or 2" hitches. Its part number is RBC044. To begin the test fit we need to slide the shank of the rack into the receiver tube of our hitch. We slide it far enough so the threaded hole lines up with our hitch pinhole. We'll then take our anti-rattle bolt and thread that in.



Yakima FrontLoader Roof Bike Rack Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu we're going to be test fitting the Yakima FrontLoader, a wheel-mount roof bike rack, with part number Y02103. With our Rhino-Rack 2500 series roof rack already on the Malibu, we'll begin our test fit by placing our bike rack directly onto the cross bars. At the front we'll bring the clamp around the bar. We should have two tabs on the front side of our load bar and one tab on the rear. We'll then tighten the black T-handle to secure it to our rack. With our front secure we can move to the rear. Here we're going to loosen the black T-handle, remove the T-bolt from the slot in the lower portion of our clamp, bring our clamp around our bar, reinsert the T-bolt into the lower portion of our clamp, and tighten down the black T-handle until it's secure. With the rack secure to our vehicle it's now time to load our bike. We'll begin by undoing our rear wheel strap and extending our front wheel cradle all the way out.



Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Rack Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu we're going to be test fitting the Yakima ForkLift, a fork mount roof bike rack with part number Y02098. With our Rhino Rack 2500 Series Roof Rack already installed on the Malibu, we'll begin our test fit by placing our bike rack directly onto our crossbars. Here at the front we're going to remove the skewer, slide back the black plastic cover, and loosen the t-handle located here. We'll then remove the t-bolt from the lower half of the clamp, bring the clamp around our load bar, reinsert the t-bolt, and tighten down the black t-handle until the front of the rack is secured to our bars. We'll then slide forward the black cover and replace our skewer. With our front secure we'll move to the rear and again we're going to loosen the black t-bolt, remove the t-bolt from the lower half of the clamp, bring the clamp around our bar, reinsert the t-bolt in the appropriate slot, and tighten it with the black t-handle. With our rack secured to our vehicle it's now time to load our bike. We'll first undo our rear wheel strap and make sure that our front skewer is loose and open.



Thule Sprint Fork Mount Bike Rack Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu we're going to be test fitting the Thule Sprint, a fork mount roof bike rack with part number TH528. With our Thule Rapid Traverse roof rack system already installed on the Malibu, we'll begin our test fit by placing our bike rack directly onto our load bars. Here at the front we'll bring the black rubber coated metal strap around the underside of our load bar and fit it back into the head of the carrier. We can then turn the small black lever to tighten it in place. We found that initially it's better to have it straight to get the slack out and then turn it at a 90 degree angle to get some good torque on it. With the front secure we'll now move to the rear. Again, we'll bring the black rubber coated metal strap around the underside of our load bar, fit it back into the foot of the carrier, and then use the black lever to tighten it down. With our rack secured to our vehicle, it's now time to load our bike. We'll begin by undoing our rear wheel strap and loosening our front skewer by turning the knob on the front.



Thule Helium Aero Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, were going to be test fitting the Thule Helium Aero, a tilting two bike rack for 1-1/4 and 2 inch hitches, part number TH9042. To begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the bike rack into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this, we want to hold out on the attached pin. Well allow the attached pin to fall into the pin hole. Well then tighten the black knob to engage our anti-rattle device and further secure our rack to our vehicle. In this position, well have about 13 inches worth of ground clearance here at the rear of the rack, and about 10 inches worth of ground clearance at the base of our shank.





Chevrolet Malibu Bike Rack Questions

  • For lighter duty vehicles like your 2017 Chevy Malibu we only have 1-1/4 inch hitches available like the Draw Tite part # 36592 which is a fit. Only the heavier duty vehicles like trucks and SUVs will have 2 inch hitches available. There are plenty of bike racks that fit this hitch size that are very stable. I really like the Saris Freedom Superclamp part # SA4025F. This is a lightweight platform rack (which is normally an unheard of combo). That means it'll be easy to install...
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  • The Yakima FullBack # Y02634, which is a confirmed fit for your 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, has a distance of 12 inches between the arms (outside cradle to outside cradle). Depending on whether you have a step-through frame or not, you might be able to carry your women's frame-style bike. The reason I use the word might is because when you carry a bike on a hanging style bike rack you want your bike to be as level as possible for better ground clearance. So you might be able to...
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  • Whether or not a bike will make contact with a vehicle depends on several factors. It depends on the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole back to the rear most part of the vehicle. And it depends on how long the shank of the bike carrier is as well as the width of the bike. Since I don't know which hitch you are having installed it is hard to say how far it is from the pin hole to the rear bumper. But on the Swagman XC bike carrier # S64650 it measures 10-1/2 inches...
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  • The Thule # TH9001PRO is the upgraded version of the Raceway 2-bike trunk-mount rack. The XT model has been discontinued, but the primary difference was the location of the locks. The XT model locked the release handles for the mounting cables, but left the levers exposed and easily tampered with. The PRO model features a locking cover that makes the release levers inaccessible for greater security. The PRO model does come with a price increase, but I've got to tell you that...
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  • The Thule # TH9001PRO is the newest version of their popular Raceway 2-bike trunk-mount rack. The now-discontinued XT version # TH9001XT differed in the location of its included locks. Now on the PRO version these included locks are much more easily accessed as they are now built in to the main housing as shown in the linked photo and review video. The Raceway PRO has locks for both the rack itself AND for your 2 loaded bikes, installs easily with its four coated steel cables...
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  • If I personally had to choose between the two, I'd go with the Thule # TH9006XT Gateway. I actually prefer the looks of the # SA805 Saris Bones, but I don't care for the way that the weight of the bikes and the rack rest on feet that small. Spreading the weight over a larger area like the Archway does lessens the chances that the vehicle will be damaged, and makes the whole unit more stable. Both rack manufacturer offers a limited lifetime warranty, so you really can't go wrong...
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  • The Thule Gateway XT 2-Bike Rack, # TH9006XT, does not come equipped with a way to lock the bikes to the carrier or the carrier to the vehicle. These products are sold separately. For this we offer the Thule Cable Lock, # TH538XT, to lock your bikes to the carrier and the Thule Passive Security Strap, # TH533, to secure the carrier to the vehicle. Simply loop the cable around your carrier and close the puck end in your locked trunk or rear hatch so your carrier cannot be removed.
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  • If you like the Thule T2, but you aren't thrilled with the weight and size, I recommend looking at the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 bike racks. The Sherpa 2.0 is available in gray, # SH12G, pearl, # SH12P, and black, # SH12B. These bike racks weigh almost 20 lbs less than the T2 at 32 lbs and they are smaller in size. When folded, the T2 Pro measures 55" wide x 34" tall and the Sherpa 2.0 measures 42-1/4" wide x 27-3/4" tall (see photo). Kuat is a premium brand that competes with Thule when...
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  • Swagman does not recommend using their G10 on the rear of a motorhome because the folding mechanism that allows the rack to fold up against the rear of the tow vehicle simply is not strong enough to deal with the additional jarring experienced when a rack is installed at the rear of a motor home or fifth wheel. The Pro Series Q Slot Bike Rack, part # PS63134 is our best selling rack that would work great on your motorhome. This rack is highly rated by our customers, and is...
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  • Getting a 3-bike carrier for 2 bikes is a great idea. Many customers do that for the very reason you mentioned. You place more room between the bikes and that is always a good thing. The Thule Raceway PRO, part # TH9002PRO is a nice bike carrier that has anti-sway cradles that hold the bikes secure at 3 points. The FitDial makes it very easy to mount the bike rack to your 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. This bike rack has 4 retractable steel cables to secure it to the vehicle versus...
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  • You can't go wrong with a solid performer like the Thule Archway # TH9010XT. This bike rack features a built in cable lock to deter bike theft and a passive security strap to deter theft of the rack itself. It also weighs less than 20 pounds and has upgraded cradles for the best in bike frame protection. I have linked a video review of this bike rack for you. I have also linked all the 3 bike carriers listed as a fit for your 2012 Chevy Malibu. If you will be carrying any bikes...
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  • The best trunk mounted bike rack on the market that has been confirmed to fit your 2012 Chevy Malibu is the Thule Raceway Bike Rack part # TH9001PRO. What makes this rack far superior to the others is the attachment system. It uses 4 retractable coated steel cables to attach to the vehicle rather than 6 nylon straps like other racks. This makes installation quick and easy and the cables also last longer. The cables store inside the rack so there are no loose straps ends...
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  • I checked out your Bones rack online, and the trunk lip hooks look to be similar to the hooks on all of the trunk mounted racks that we carry, so I imagine you would have trouble with any trunk mounted rack. I checked with Yakima, and the technical representative there said there should not be a problem, so it is most likely an issue with your individual vehicle, and not the rack. The Thule Helium Aero Aluminum 2 Bike Carrier, # TH9042, that you referred to would be a great...
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  • With only a 1/4 inch of clearance, I would look into another hitch mounted bike rack. The reason being that there is just so little room for error and there is an increased risk for damage to the bumper fascia when mounting the hitch bike rack. Also, when using an adapter or extender, the tongue weight capacity of your hitch is reduced by half. I would recommend going with the Rola Hitch Bike Rack, part # 59400, which has 10 inches of clearance from the center of the hitch...
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  • Yakima lock cylinders will only work with Yakima racks, so you will not be able to use them with the SportRack bike carrier, # SR4612. A similar rack is the Yakima Raptor Aero Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, # Y02093. Using Yakima Same Key System SKS Lock Cores, # Y07204, you will be able to lock the bike to the rack and the rack to the vehicle crossbars. I have included links to the installation details for the locks and bike rack for you.
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  • This Yakima HalfBack 2 Bike Trunk Mounted Rack, part # Y02636, would fit your 2010 Chevy Malibu 4 door sedan. The # Y02636 has a deep bow to the frame of it which gives it superior fit on vehicles that have spoilers. I attached installation instructions and a review video of this product below for you to check out. If you plan on hauling womens or alternative framed bicycles I would recommend getting a Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar, part # Y02531. I attached a review...
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  • Yes, the Hollywood Racks Express trunk mount bike rack # HRE3 is a fit for your 2010 Chevy Malibu. But only if it does not have a rear spoiler. If it does have a spoiler I recommend the Expedition, # HRF6-3. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would) then I recommend using bike adapter bar # 64005. This will allow you to carry those bikes more level and will provide better ground clearance....
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  • The Swagman Traveler XCS, part # S64664 is really a unique item in and of itself, and though there is not a part directly like it, there are a couple options that will emulate the effect. Depending on your tow dolly's setup, you can use the Curt Multipurpose Ball Mount, part # D210 or Curt Dual Receiver Tube adapter, part # D-192 . Both of these will reduce your total available tongue weight. The Multipurpose Ball Mount is going to limit your tongue weight to 750lbs, but...
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  • Either one of the bike racks you referenced, the Swagman XC # S64650 and XTC-2 # S64670, will work well for your wife's Trek Shift 2 bike. The wheelbase of the Shift 2 size 13.5 is just over 42 inches. This wheelbase is well within the wheelbase range of either bike rack. Additionally, in my research I found the wheels on the Shift 2 women's bike to be 2 inches wide. The wheel hoops of the XC will accommodate wheels up to 3-1/2 inches wide and the XTC-2's wheel hoops will...
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  • The SportRack Trunk Mounted 3 Bike Carrier, # SR3152, is designed to fit as many vehicles as possible but there is not a list of vehicles that it does fit, so I cannot say that for sure it will fit or not. However, this bike rack is a lot like the Thule Raceway, # TH9001PRO, and the Thule Passage, # TH910XT; both of which will fit your 2003 Chevy Malibu. So while it is likely that it will fit, I cannot say that it is a definite fit. The weight capacity for this rack is 105...
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