If your are buying be aware of the
following item I had to replace. Theft
alarm-$350, when out at 40,000 miles.
will not allow you to start car.Rotors-
replaced 2 timms. Air conditioner
control block-replaced at 35000 miles
and 60000 miles-cost was $250 for the
2nd. Water leak on intake manifold-
cost $573, this was the 150,ooo mile
non replacement antifreeze chevy was
proud of. Alternator-cost $241.
My wife wanted an Camry but when we
priced up all the options that we
wanted it was much more expensive than
a comparably equipped Malibu LS. The
Camry that fit into the price range of
our Malibu had roll down windows and a
4-cylinder engine. I don't care how
refined it is 133 horsepower is not
enough to move a 3,000 pound sedan.
The Malibu has a V-6 standard which is
powerful enough to move this mid-size
sedan. We have just over 120,000 miles
on it and have only had to have normal
routine maintence and the dealer
service has been excellent and i will
keep going back to Chevrolet's.
I like the MPG that it gets. We always
take it on trips.
I love power and could just imagine
the 3800 S/C V-6. This car would fly.
Lighter than Regal's, Grand Prix's and
Impala's with the same power.
I liked my Malibu. I was excited to
get it. BUT...The first year I had it
it had a computer malfunction. There
have been a series of small things
since. AC switch erratic, had to
replace the alternator. Belt pully
went bad. But now. Now the engine
(V6) is shot! Losing coolant at an
alarming rate. Needs intake gaskets!
This car only has 77K miles! Sorry
GM, I'm out on your vehicles. My 98
Pontiac Montana (3.4L) is doing the
same thing. It's in the shop now.
I've had each of the problems everyone
else had. Quickly worn brakes (x2),
failed alternator, failed battery,
failed tensioner, failed water pump,
leaking intake gasket, failed a.c.
switch, broken glove compartment
latch, steering wheel finish worn off,
cheap interior quality, erratic a.b.s.
light and the list goes on.
I admit it is a comfortable car with
plenty of interior room and a copious
This car is an engineering failure.
The lack of dealer support to recify
the problems is the real
disappointment. I won't make this
mistake again. I guess G.M. is more
concerned about S.U.V's.
I purchased my Chevy Malibu as a
pre-owned vehicle with 33,000 miles on
it already. I now have put just under
100,000 miles on it giving it a total of
129,000 miles. It continues to handle
extremely well, even though I have not
replaced struts or shocks. The engine
still has plenty of zip; and my only
significant repair has been tensioner
Quite frankly I am astonished at the
quality of this vehicle. This is one of
the few cars I have owned where I have
never doubted whether I made the right
choice or not
Handles like race car.
Avg. 27 MPG!
Tilt steering wheel more stable.
Trunk is enormous!
Back seat leg room and comfort compare
to much larger vehicles!
Front seats need structural improvement.
Odometer is difficult to read in daytime.