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By arnej
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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Lots of Bang 4 the Buck! That's the Malibu! The V6 engine has lots of spunk! The transmission is smooth and responsive. Stopping is linear and seamless even without ABS. We love all the space-enough back seat space for 3 car seats side-by-side-by- side with trunk room for lots of gear. But the biggest reason we liked the Malibu is the epic value. Where else can you get a midsize car with a V6, auto transmission, cruise and CD player for under $250/month? You heard me right-under $250/month with no money down! That's with 0% GM financing and our $3,000 in GM credit card earnings, but even without that, it's worth every penny and more!


Favorite Features

We love the engine! It always has sufficient power, even loaded with people and gear! The radio gets great reception too. The 1 feature I wish I had gotten is the remote keyless entry.


Suggested Improvements

The driver's side door has a rattle once in a while, especially over rough pavement.


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By jon catlin
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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my 2002 chevrolet malibu is a pretty reliable car . it is very fuel eficent and has only had one break down so far .


Favorite Features

i like how the engine is quiet . the air condidoining is great . and the trunk is large.


Suggested Improvements

the car seems to not stand up to its warenty . the radio never works and the seat cloth is tearing.


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Fun to drive!
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By Douglas
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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Great car. Very dependable. Can't wait to see the new style this year!


Favorite Features

Very nimble with great pickup. Blows the doors off the foreign cars & Tauruses.


Suggested Improvements

Better interior speakers.


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Great style at a great price
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By ThreeMalones
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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We love our Malibu. Few cosmetic problems on delivery (scratches and interior grime) of which the dealer took care of right away. Awesome sound system; plenty of storage, and an oversized, "flat" trunk which looks huge. The fold down rear seats are very useful. The features and additions were very plentiful and affordable. We are VERY happy.


Favorite Features

Cup holder on left of steering; leather seats; sound system with RDS; safety features.


Suggested Improvements

Full size spare. Middle rear seat needs shoulder harness. Door / curtain airbags would make this car COMPLETE!


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best bang for the buck!!!!
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By joseph ciaccio
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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good pick up a firm ride


Favorite Features

auto lights and power everything


Suggested Improvements

beter bumber front and rear


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Mailbu worth the money
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By Shawn555
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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For a peppy fun to drive car under 20,000 test drive a chevy mailbu. My car is silent only when you blow the doors off civcs and other punk cars cant you hear the car make noise. Also the factory sound system is very simple to use while driving. The best part is the cup holder next to the steering wheel it has already come in handy many times.


Favorite Features

Cup holders, CD player


Suggested Improvements

styling needed to be updated and a 5 or 6 speed would have been nice


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Excellent car, especially for the $.
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By SJP
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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This is an excellent and impressive car for the money. Good power, and handling and ride as good as the Camry. Very quite, as good as the Camry except for a little noisier engine - at least when accelerating hard. Has just about everything one would want in this class of car. Very good stereo (we have the upgrade), comfortable seats (again, since ours is the LS, the seats are an upgrade over the base - do not like the seats in the base). Very roomy. The original Firestone Affinity tires are the only down side. I replaced them with Dumlap SP's. They improved the ride and handling, especially in the rain.


Favorite Features

Power, ride & handling, stereo, quiteness, luxury in a car of this price, fit & finish, and price.


Suggested Improvements

ABS brakes on the base - we have ABS on our LS. Traction control and side airbags would be nice. Factory Firestone tires are terrible. A wagon version.


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Automotive Bargain
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By Ray N
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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This is one of the few automotive bargains in today's market place. Good features at a relatively good price.


Favorite Features

Quiet


Suggested Improvements

Fold down rear seat should be standard.


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Happy with our Malibu
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By fadedave
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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Plain Jane? Yes. Built like a truck? Yes. Meets the needs of a family of four? Yes. The Malibu was our last 'throw-in" when we made our short list of mid size cars to test drive and after test driving the 'imports' we found this Chevy to more than meet what we wanted in price, build and performance.


Favorite Features

3.1 liter V6, solid transmission, price, price, price.


Suggested Improvements

Exterior body style looks like something out of the late 80's.


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Best Bang for Buck
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By afLt
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought my Malibu in November 02. It has ran great so far, but the gas milage isn't as great as I would like it to be. I have the base model with the remote keyless, aluminum wheels, and power widows, locks, etc. I love the color which is the new medium gray. Over all considering I paid 15,000 tax and all, I would say that I got a great car at a really great price.


Favorite Features

Keyless entry, cruise, power stuff, aluminum wheels, color, V6


Suggested Improvements

If you live in a place with lots of hills, it drinks gas.


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