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Cute, but glad I got the warranty
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By TheGirlWithTheMalibu
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I researched for about two months before purchasing my 2004 Chevy Malibu. I found the Malibu to be the best fit for me, a traveling college bound student. The car its self handles very well and I always have fun driving it. The fuel economy isn't the greatest, at 23 mpg, but not worth complaining about. Shortly after I bought it, I realized the windshield wiper fluid didn't work when the button was pushed and the seat didn't work. I'm having issues with it starting slowly. Although I'm not sure if this is do to the car, or the Cleveland cold weather. My sister got stuck in the passenger side because the door wouldn't open from the inside. Great car, but I'm glad I got the warranty.


Best Features

Handling, it's fun to drive. Look, it's an attractive car. It's pretty fuel efficient. It's quiet on the highway.


Worst Features

Honestly, it not starting up till the forth try is kind of scaring me. It's also got huge blind spots when I'm driving.


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By chucked
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought the car new in 2004, and have had very little trouble with it. Around 22,000 miles, i had to replace the brakes, tires, and Chevy took care of the tie rod ends (good on them, as it was abought 2 months out of warranty). Other than that, no real issues. Sometimes the alternator light comes on when I accelerate hard, but only for a second or two. Gas mileage is great, I put a K&N air filter in it and get regularly 35+ mpg on the highway, better than most 4 cylinders I have driven.


Best Features

Good mileage, power, comfortable.


Worst Features

real time fuel mileage, on occasion it takes a couple tries to get started


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Solid Car
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By Tom
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I purchased my 2004 Malibu after going for three months without any car following an accident which totaled by 2004 Cavalier. As luck would have it it put me in a great position to wind up with this Malibu. I had never really heard much about them until I found this one at a local dealer. After reading up on it I found that it sounded like it would be worth a look. I took it for a test drive and looked it over and found it was great. I have owned it for three weeks now and the car has been more than what I imagined it would be. Roomy, comfortable, with loads of features that I could only have dreamed about in my Cavalier (remote start, automatic lights, electric pedals and seats etc).


Best Features

Remote start, sound system, comfortable seats, attractive interior and exterior, loads of room.


Worst Features

Fully electric seat adjusters, not just height and lumbar, will someone please give me a glovebox that will fit a mini umbrella?, steering wheel spokes are a little awkwardly placed. Driver information center better suited to being in main console.


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Going on my 5th year of ownnership
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By proudboomerlady
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan LT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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Overall I have been happy with my purchase, the car is fun to drive and handles well. Not crazy about the dashboard, and the Onstar is worthless to me. I cancelled them after a 2 hour wait for a battery that died in 102* temps...Ride is pleasant but somewhat noisy on highways. Front and Rear seats are comfortable. Gas mileage is is great on interstates. I feel this car is excellent competition to the foreign manufactures. I now have a little over 50K miles and have not really had to use the extended warranty I paid for for the amount it cost me. Don't recommend buying it.


Best Features

Ride, gas mileage, comfort, all the bells and whistles it has. I use them all.


Worst Features

Better looking dashboard, radio display, CD player gets stuck sometimes.


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Great when it's working
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By Malibu is not bad
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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We bought a Malibu LS in 2004 and when it works it is great. We have gotten highway mileage anywhere from 35-38 mpg on several cross country trips, and it has nice acceleration when needed. We had to have the steering column replaced (under warranty) and the mechanic explained that this was a common design flaw in the '04 Malibu and that we were just fortunate that we weren't doing anything dangerous when the power steering went out. Other than that and a few other maintenance (under warranty) issues, we like our Malibu and if we were in the market for another sedan we would get another Malibu (but our family is outgrowing sedans).


Best Features

Highway fuel economy, power, comfort


Worst Features

The steering column was massively flawed and had to be replaced on many Malibus.


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