Got this car in '07 with 20,000 miles. Besides replacing the head gasket this car has been relatively problem free. It had piston slap since 80,000 miles but it never seemed to do anything besides make noise. It lasted until last fall when at 205,000 some things finally started breaking. I could still get 32 mpg highway driving at 200,000 miles. The common AC problem can easily be fixed if you search it on Youtube. Once I got rid of this malibu I went I got an '02. Overall I'm satisfied with vehicle it did its job.
The radio continues to play for 10 minutes after the car is shut off. It is very convenient for when you're picking someone up.
I wished the fold down rear seats would have standard. Perhaps a steering column shift would have be nice.
Our Malibu has just been recalled there are so many problems with this car. The key can practically be pulled out while driving. While closing windows accidentally put the Malibu key in our 99' Blazer and it fit in it wouldn't turn but the door chime came on a quality key wouldn't even fit in. we recently had a blown head gasket and it needed a new engine the ac doesn't work well our familys 02 malibu was left in drive and the key came out and the battery died the key should not turn when a car is in drive it wa so scary I dont want to even ride in the car we typically drive our Tribeca everywhere.
None GM should give up.
GM should give up and buy back every ones cars and through them away
We bought this car in 2004 to replace our Chevy venture the car had about 20,000 miles ours has the sunroof and rear spoiler it is dark blue and has the awful Chevy pattern on the seat. the trunk doesn't align right and always leaks and rattles the suspension is bad. the rear seat is very cramped. the sunroof is very loud when fully open but we normally just keep it on vent mode. the abs light is on i don't think it works anymore. at 290,000 we got back in after pumping gas the car wouldn't start the head gasket was blown needed a new engine which we did. the air conditioning also doesn't work well on 1 2 5 fan settings only 3 4 ???? our vehicle was just included in the Chevy recalls of 2014
The Sunroof is a decent size. The head rest don't intrude but don't tilt. the car has electronic demons the car randomly beeps when you lock it occasionally it doesn't lock anymore when it goes out of park the interior door locks don't work sometimes. The car doesn't have many cup holders or storage. The V6 is surprisingly quick and doesn't sound bad. The car has 50/50 weight distribution making it feel agile and secure around corners
Improved build quality our family member has a 2006 Volkswagen Passat 3.6 4Motion Luxury that feels like a tank. Our grandma has a 02 Malibu its hood peeled very expensive repair.
Worst first car ever!, I got the Malibu 2001 on 2003, the breaks went bad, then the ac randomly tuned off, then the AC didn’t work, then the ABS went wrong, then the wheels covers did a squeaky sound on the road... then the RPM stayed at 3,000 randomly, the tail lights filled with water every time it rains, the car got foggy on cold weather when the defroster went on. The steering wheel started to disintegrate on my hands… the car lasted 5 years with me… I switched to Nissan Rouge on 2008, and now I own other Nissan, a Murano
Stereo with speed sensability. Ride. Seats. Automatic lights.
All the car, plastics, performance, steering weel, engine, suspension, wheels covers, breaks, tail lights,
We purchased an 01 Malibu after our escort broke (really broke, like exhaust in the cab/no rear suspension, started if you were lucky). This were fine at first but it's been nothing but problems.
The AC will turn off on its own (the light will blink) and you have to change air speeds to get it back, the theft system caused it to not start one day (and its a known issue and they won't disable it), the brakes behave as if the ABS is ALWAYS ON, it stalls on speed bumps, it's killed 2 brand new batteries, and more often then not the keyfob will not work.
We originally were going to buy a jetta but the dealer said that one wasn't working and showed us the malibu. I should have walked out.
The CD player was nice.. until it broke
Fix the electrical issues, fix the alarm system, and don't but this car.