I bought a chevy malibu classic 2005 with 70000Miles for $5000 and i still havent had any problems im the 5Th owner according to the carfax and now i've put 12000miles not alot because i just drive to school everyday
I had this car from 2007 until recently (Sept 2012) when I was involved in a car accident. It gets good gas mileage for a larger car and doesn't require a lot of extra costs. I drove around 18,00 miles a year for work and experienced no issues. We only purchased new tires when needed and oil changes. The week before my accident we had to replace one headlight but that was it as far as repair costs go. It was a safe car as well, it took the damage in the accident, not me! I will miss this car. Overall, yes, I would reccomend this car. Is it fancy? No, but it is reliable, safe, and pretty decent gas milage.
I haven't had any problem with any break down. I have preformed all maintenance required. I have no complaints. I have to sell because I can't drive anymore due to health reasons. The vehicle has never been in an accident no mechanical problem.
My wife and son drive this car. The carpeting is too short on both sides, tacky. After 55000 miles I've had to change the master cylinder, rotors once pads twice and one caliper. One of the sway bars is broken. The anti-theft system malfunctioned and cost $450 to repair. I hate this car. After the sway bar is fixed, its up for sale. It is fun to drive.
Driving an average of 1200mi/wk, I require reliability and economy. Highway average always 30-38. This car starts every day, and I feel confident driving it daily w/o the distraction of 'issues'. OEM tires (Eagles) are superb still with over 80k on them. Brakes are average. Body integrity above average, but with odd paint peel on rear bumper!? At 25k, sway bar bushing went. Recently (81k) I replaced fr wheel bearing (sealed unit, $375), struts ($325), and a few misc items. Now the rear power window doesn't work (hardly used!). Interior design is awkward and tight. Interior road noise level is bearly acceptable at highway speeds. Car tends to labor up hills, has acceptable acceleration otherwise. Handling is very good.