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First Car At 168,000 Miles...
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By Ethyn Dirmeyer
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Well, got my first car about a month ago. The Chevy Malibu LS. Got it used for a heck of a deal. Love the power this thing has got, and the interior design is AMAZING! The Radio is alright, ended up replacing every single speaker (4x6 and 6x9) for Rocksfords. The original speakers arent bad though, the bass isnt half bad but not any wear NEAR what you can get. I love the inside of this car. 2 Cigarette Lighters, Easy to open door panels. All i'm getting from now until i die is a Malibu (:


Best Features

Good Stereo System, 3.1L Engine, Power Steering handles well, 2 Cigarette lighters.


Worst Features

The Seats are uncomfortable a little over 2 hours of sitting.


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Great Car
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By alan1945
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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Purchased as a used rental car in 2004 with 15,000 miles. I now have 203,000 miles and change the oil at 5,000 intervals. Non maintenance repairs have only been a fuel pump, thermostat, and alternator. MPG is great. Consistently averages 30-32 highway at 70+ MPH and 26-28 city. Will easily go 55,000 to 60,000 miles on a set of tires. Nothing great to look at but the most reliable car I have owned, especially considering the price. Would like to get something newer but the thing just won't quit.


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No complaints
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By chevyok
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Going on 11th year since new. Fairly reliable car given normal maintenance. Beside the normal problems others have reported, such as sticky flasher, stuck A/C button, wrapped rotor, etc, I really cannot complaint too much. I did replace the water pump and thermostat, shocks all around 100K miles, the ABS sensors at 115K. Other than that, everything still works approaching 136K. My goal with this car is 250K miles, but will see when and if it can get there.


Best Features

Sporty looks, leather everything, sunroof, spoiler all around $15K when new.


Worst Features

Chevy just got to stop putting drum brakes in any car. Given the difference between disc brakes and drum brakes, I suspect the savings are negligible for GM.


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Great value...
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By elbarto247
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Purchased the car in 2004 with 9K miles. always taken care of the care by doing the maintenance myself. Car has had no major problems since i purchased. Just had my transmission oil and radiator flushed a replaced. Car still performs very well. Taken it on multiple trips a year and always average between 26-28 MPG. Have highly rated All season tires and always perform regular oil changes. Acceleration always begins to be a problem right before oil changes are necessary, but the car performs very well otherwise. Interior is differently not of high quality and things do brake but nothing a little lover and attention wont fix.


Best Features

Very Reliable as long as maintenance is done. Car is not forgiving if you missed its maintenance.


Worst Features

Seats are very uncomfortable and interior part brake often.


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honeymoon is over
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By bordelon
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Loved car until intake gasket leak, warped brake rotors, anti-theft sensor went out, 4 AC control plates, and now has a slight jerking when softly accelerating. Bought used in 2004, am second owner. Up to 98,000 miles. Decent acceleration from stop if you press gas 3/4 way down. For passing on interstate, floor it and it'll downshift. Am doing mild hypermiling. Average between 22 to 24 mpg in city. Use cushion with opening for tailbone. Seat bucket now painful to my tailbone. Very little rust caused by rocks and parking lot car doors.


Best Features

When arm is on armrest, hand rest easily on shifter. Large trunk. Smooth on rough roads. Virtually invisible to cops and thieves. Smooth shifting transmission.


Worst Features

As soon as GM finds out about a quality problem, stop blaming the vehicle owner. Solve the problem, implement the solution on the production line, and make repairs to the problem as they're brought in at no cost to the customer. Better seat cushion material, better stereo/speakers, better trim material quality, better fit/finish on interior and exterior (looks like rear bumper wasn't finished being installed)


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