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Sometimes, surprises are good things.
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By VB
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I was in the market for a mid-size sedan last summer, as my previous car had become unbearable uncomfortable - I'm 6'1, and I used to drive a Corolla. Now, my Malibu is nowhere near as good on city MPG (19 as opposed to 26), but it also has an engine twice the size and weighs 600lbs more. The highway is a different matter, though; I average 31MPG when I cruise at 70-75MPH in my Malibu. That is phenomenal for a big V6...my old Corolla got 37, but was pushed around by the wind. The power around town is good, though. I'd recommend it in a heartbeat for a student's first car, or anyone who wants some comfort.


Best Features

Sharp enough to pass for a Euro, highway MPG, power steering.


Worst Features

Relocate the trunk release, tint the window more, a standard 16/60R wheel setup would look sharper.


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Cheap!
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By Gbarclay
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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We bought car brand new and within a few months, the check engine light came on. It has been going on and off for the past 3 1/2 years. Car has been to dealer 6 times for problems with gas cap, problems with fuel sensors, and various other fuel- related issues. ABS light came on and went off for no apparent reason. Used to get 34 MPG, but since dealer has "fixed" my car 6 times, it now only gets 24 MPG. Interior fabric is cheap and stains extremely easily. CDs get stuck in the CD player. My last new car was a Lumina in 1994 and I loved it. Hate this Malibu. Trading it in.


Best Features

Steering is good and gas mileage decent. I do like the color and exterior styling. Trunk is roomy- plenty of room for groceries.


Worst Features

GM needs to take note of repeated requests for improved interior finishing quality.


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Still is Smooth
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By Shortyflow
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)


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I had bought this vehicle to become a pizza delivery driver. It was my first vehicle with 45,000 miles on it, it now has 76,000 . it runs good and it drives great. Brakes are all that I have had to do.


Best Features

I like the handling and the fact that it feels like a you know, big body. Recently put 5 point bucket seats in it. I tell you driving is the ish now


Worst Features

More style


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Love It, But Has Not Been Kind
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By Krista
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I love the power of the car and how comfortable it is to drive, but it has not been kind. The computer module went on the car just after the warranty expired. It fried the part of the car that charges the battery, my seat warmers, my visor light, and my trunk light. My 6 cd changer also broke at the same time. The dealership said the cd player had nothing to do with the module, and that it was just coincidence because the stereo still works. That cost me $800 just to stop my car from frying its electronice parts, not even to fix what was already fried. Now I just had to pay $500 for new brakes and the control arm ball joint. In my machanics words, "This car has not been kind."


Best Features

Well I loved how loaded my car was...however now since the terminator computer module, those features don't work! It is nice to drive and all the features were great, while they lasted.


Worst Features

I have read about others having trouble with the computer module. I wish they would make it a recall.


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Bought a Lemon
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By Lynn27
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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We've had this car for 3 years and 3 months (37,000 miles) and have had it in for service 18 times. Though all were under warranty, it meant time off work to take the car in, sitting for a couple of hours in dealership, or finding someone willing to drive us back and forth. This is the most unreliable car we've ever had. Service included: steering column replaced, (lost power on highway and I couldn't steer), fluid leaks from axles, new routers, stablizer bar, front end problems (Chevy is working on this they said), trunk release broke, strut mounts replaced, seat broke, new muffler, hazard button fell into dashboard, gas cap recall and more.


Best Features

Plenty of cup holders and amenities.


Worst Features

Fix the problems we had, and the driver's head rest makes it hard to see out back.


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