I've had many of the problems mentioned
here - break wear, blower not working on
1 or 2, etc. My dealership would NOT
fix the brake problem under warranty.
They said it was due to 'normal wear and
tear', though I only had 30,000 miles on
it - probably 90% highway driving. Even
in 2000 everyone knew it was a design
issue, but they refused to cover it - so
it cost me $250.
The workmanship is pretty bad. The
cover keeps coming off the control panel
in the driver's armrest, the trunk liner
ripped away from the trunk, and the
cargo net hooks ripped out of the liner.
The gas tank is smaller than advertised
- they claim it's 15-gal, but it's more
like 12.5-13 gal.
It's not a horrible car - besides the
brakes, it just has lots of little
issues. Go to Midas or CarX to get the
lifetime brakes - it costs a little more
($350), but you get lifetime
No major problems, but the Malibu has
been disappointing - I am not going to
buy another one. Since GM does not
honor the warranty on this car, I will
probably not buy another GM product either.