I bought this car for my daughter in 2015, and I just started driving it myself this week. Might I say that she drove it HARD for those two years. It currently has 177,000 miles, and is running great. Good gas mileage. I haven't had any of the troubles that the other folks are talking about (yet). I do all of the maintenance on all of my cars, and so far have only had to tackle the typical stuff (rear struts, new tires, EGR purge valve, muffler, thermostat, etc). Gotta say the thermostat is a real bear to change on this car. Did so, and put in a slightly cooler one to hopefully avoid the intake manifold gasket problem. I am very happy with it.
This car was my first car and I wasn't able to get a full years use of it. The first 6 months were great until the check engine light came on. The car then started idling and I had to put out a few 100 bucks for that. Then my fuel system burst into flames, the latest was the abs light coming on and off. I've had to put way too much money into something I was guaranteed would last a long time. If you need a truly reliable car, don't get this. This car will get you from point A to point B and that's about all
Got this car in '07 with 20,000 miles. Besides replacing the head gasket this car has been relatively problem free. It had piston slap since 80,000 miles but it never seemed to do anything besides make noise. It lasted until last fall when at 205,000 some things finally started breaking. I could still get 32 mpg highway driving at 200,000 miles. The common AC problem can easily be fixed if you search it on Youtube. Once I got rid of this malibu I went I got an '02. Overall I'm satisfied with vehicle it did its job.
The radio continues to play for 10 minutes after the car is shut off. It is very convenient for when you're picking someone up.
I wished the fold down rear seats would have standard. Perhaps a steering column shift would have be nice.
Our Malibu has just been recalled there are so many problems with this car. The key can practically be pulled out while driving. While closing windows accidentally put the Malibu key in our 99' Blazer and it fit in it wouldn't turn but the door chime came on a quality key wouldn't even fit in. we recently had a blown head gasket and it needed a new engine the ac doesn't work well our familys 02 malibu was left in drive and the key came out and the battery died the key should not turn when a car is in drive it wa so scary I dont want to even ride in the car we typically drive our Tribeca everywhere.
None GM should give up.
GM should give up and buy back every ones cars and through them away
We bought this car in 2004 to replace our Chevy venture the car had about 20,000 miles ours has the sunroof and rear spoiler it is dark blue and has the awful Chevy pattern on the seat. the trunk doesn't align right and always leaks and rattles the suspension is bad. the rear seat is very cramped. the sunroof is very loud when fully open but we normally just keep it on vent mode. the abs light is on i don't think it works anymore. at 290,000 we got back in after pumping gas the car wouldn't start the head gasket was blown needed a new engine which we did. the air conditioning also doesn't work well on 1 2 5 fan settings only 3 4 ???? our vehicle was just included in the Chevy recalls of 2014
The Sunroof is a decent size. The head rest don't intrude but don't tilt. the car has electronic demons the car randomly beeps when you lock it occasionally it doesn't lock anymore when it goes out of park the interior door locks don't work sometimes. The car doesn't have many cup holders or storage. The V6 is surprisingly quick and doesn't sound bad. The car has 50/50 weight distribution making it feel agile and secure around corners
Improved build quality our family member has a 2006 Volkswagen Passat 3.6 4Motion Luxury that feels like a tank. Our grandma has a 02 Malibu its hood peeled very expensive repair.