This car has been in my family for 4 years my mom had it from 08' to 11' I have been driving it since 2011. She got it with 59K on it. I got it with 92K on it, It now has 111K on it. Over the 4 years we have put $2000 into it with repairs and general up keep. The typical Malibu "problems" have happened to it like the Cat, turn signal, 4 way flashers. Have not had any brake problems yet I'm mainly thinking some people that have these are hard on their brakes that's why they keep spending on them.
The interior is amazingly cheap and uncomfortable. With the right tires the car does to excellent in the snow. Car lets you hear a ton of road noise.
The aftermarket radio/CD/MP3 player that the previous owner installed.
Chevrolet could have done way better. They really took they cheap way out with the 2002, the interior is poorly designed and put together. The tacky Chevrolet bow tie design on the seats is just ugly and shows dirt way too easily.