As a long time GM owner,(11 to date),I
was looking for a reliable, four-
door "familymobile". Based upon Motor
Trend "Car of the Year" status and use
of a drive-train with a solid history
I bought the first model year of the
resurected Malibu nameplate. BIG
mistake! Eleven dealer visits during
warranty for various finish and
mechanical items. The following items
replaced OUT of warranty: Head gaskets
(twice), ignition switch, A/C control
head, ball joints & bushings. Nine
sets of front brake pads and six
rotors in 80,000 miles. It's time for
a new car, but, sadly, this time it
will be an import.
Power management system, (no dead
batteries). Very roomy for it's size,
more trunk room than my brother-in-
Bring quality, reliability up to par
with Toyota and Honda, (see J.D.
Powers reports if you need details).