Love the car, but have had better
By johntesh71 on
2001 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)
Bought this car in early 2011 for 1000 bucks with 148,000 miles on it.....once I dropped a couple hundred into it was like a gift from the heavens. Car drives very well, excellent gas mileage about 23 combined, very dependable, torquey V6 engine. Has a very boring interior design and the exterior started losing paint and rusting very badly after only 2 months of driving. The engine then melted through both intake manifold gaskets and sprang a very bad leak, The alternator blew and the fuel line began leaking. Luckily a few days in my garage and alot of tears and sweat she ran like a dream again. Recommend as a great first car or just as a daily driver.
The 3100 SFI V6 engine, very torquey for such a small engine, Very stylistic sedan design.
Realistically, could use a more powerful V6 or at the very least a more fuel efficient base option 4 cylinder engine, and also this severe problem with melting intake manifold gaskets. An maybe a performance version.