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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

 
 

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Chevrolet Malibu Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.1 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 170 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu

  • Chevy's non-descript Malibu is one of the best cars General Motors makes. Roomy and loaded with features, the often-overlooked and affordable Malibu is worth consideration.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Comfortable and roomy interior, low price, ample feature content.

  • Cons

    Poor expected resale value, not as refined as top-selling Japanese family sedans.

  • What's New for 2003

    The Malibu gets little in the way of upgrades for 2003. There are two new colors to choose from -- Summit White and Medium Gray Metallic…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (55 total reviews)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

One hell of a car

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Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

To Start off, I don't care about the negative comments foreign car fans have to say. The Chevy Malibu is an amazing car! I got my '03 in'04 as a first car and i'm happy i did. This car got me home EVERY time. Yes i've changed the Intake manifold gasket and fuel pump but like they say, take care of the car, car will take care of you. Just recently, I was coming down the mountain road covered in black ice. Going the 50 mile speed limit, the car hits the black ice and crashes, hitting the side wall. She still started right up and drove us down not to far to safety at a chain instal shoulder. She took all the damage which cost her her life. This car saved my life and the lives of my friends.




Not bad, not great

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Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

I've been driving my '03 Malibu LS (fully loaded) for about a year now. I purchased it used with only 26,000km on it! I really like the way the car rides. It's so quiet, even on the highway, and it soaks up bumps really well. The interior fit ad finish is ok, but nothing amazing. It's got nice pickup in the city, and really good passing power on the highway (I've passed with ease at 150 km/h on a steep hill. The worst drawback for me are fuel economy. I only get about 16 city and 22 hwy carefully, watching my driving habits, 15 & 19 driving normally. The other thing is that it feels cheap at times (ie some of the buttons/knobs). It's not too bad, but should be thought of as 'just a car'.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Oh, my.

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Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

I got this from my mother who purchased it new. I prefer a different brand, but had to keep her from driving. I'm having same problems as others. I've had to have the AC button fixed several times. You'd think that Chevy would offer some kind of rebate or recall to those of us who have to have it fixed since this is a problem with most of the '03s, but they don't. Once is bad, twice is inexcusable. I also have trouble with the brakes when it rains. Glad to know others are having the same problems. I thought it was just me.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 26
  • highway
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Full 2003 Chevrolet Malibu Review

What's New for 2003

The Malibu gets little in the way of upgrades for 2003. There are two new colors to choose from -- Summit White and Medium Gray Metallic -- and a new seat fabric on LS models. ABS brakes are now optional on base models, but remain standard on the LS.

Talk About The 2003 Malibu

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Discussions See all Started By

bryan200k
bryan200k
11-14-2007
I currently have a 2000 Malibu, and am looking to replace it with a new car sometime in the next several months. The salesman that I've bought my last two GM's from, called me Monday night to tell me...


shadow5599
shadow5599
05-09-2006
I owned a previous generation Malibu (2003) which was totalled off so I was forced to go car shopping. I test drove many, and mostly imports but in the end mainly based on factors such as reviews, cos...


mariorami
mariorami
06-06-2006
I'm buying a Chevy Malibu 2003 with 96.000 miles and I would like to know if the conditions and price the dealer is giving me are within the average to this kind of car....