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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

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By alan1945
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan 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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Great value...
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By elbarto247
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


Favorite Features

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


Suggested Improvements

Seats are very uncomfortable and interior part brake often.


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honeymoon is over
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By bordelon
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


Favorite 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.


Suggested Improvements

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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Dont buy it
3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By kevpa1
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought the car under with 90,000 miles. At first the car has no problem and after a while it started making a clunking noise randomly and it feels like its about to break down any minute. I cant want to trade this car in.


Favorite Features

I like the V6 engine


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Stay Away From This Car!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By maria1101
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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Where do I begin...I bought this car used four years ago with 77k, it was my first car so you cant really be picky. After three months the problems began, head gasket, bad electrical wiring, brakes needed replaced every 6 months, rotors needed replaced once a year, the fuel pump needed replaced, also replaced the ignition and the body control module due to the fact they told me it would solve my problem of my car not starting while sitting in the sun...no mechanic could ever figure out what the problem was! Signals occasionally didn't work, sun visor fell off, seat recliner handle fell off. I took good care of this car, always kept it well maintained but this car did not take care of me!


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