Bought a fully loaded Malibu LS five years ago off the showroom floor. Have close to 100k on her and she's still running strong. Plenty of power with good gas mileage (27 hwy) she is a good looking car. Brakes, like most Chevy's, should have been bigger/better. Spend the money on premium rotors with a warrantee when the OE warps. The only other problem is the turn signal flash-dat is starting to fail. This car is a great family sedan and is still cool and safe enough for a first time driver.
Keyslot in dashboard is just like my '67 Firebird's. 3.1 V-6 gives plenty of power though the 108 mph governor can be annoying.
Bigger brakes. Chevy should have put disks on the rear instead of drums.