Bought my Malibu with 19K miles on it. I now have 58K on it. I bought Malibu as I always wanted to try an American car. I have not been disappointed. In last 4 yrs I never had any maintenance job on this car. I have driven to places like Green Bay from Chicago with heavy snow but the car has done very well. With outside temp of -40 F, the car starts in 1-2 try. I was amazed by it. I don't know about other GM cars but I would surely recommend Malibu to anyone who wants a midsize.
Fuel economy, smooth drive with cruise control, good road grasp on slippery roads (rain/snow), excellent power steering.
2005 model looks are dull. Subsequent Malibu looks are very good. Interior color combination could have been better.