Used 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan


$2,995 - $3,422
2002 Chevrolet Malibu

2002 Highlights

Only minor changes are added to Chevrolet's midsize sedan. Floor mats and an AM/FM CD stereo are now standard on all models. Three new colors have been added along with newly styled 15-inch cast-aluminum wheels.


Pros

  • Comfortable and roomy interior, speedy acceleration, contemporary styling, ultra-low price despite high feature content.

Cons

  • No traction control, refinement is exchanged for low payments.

Used 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan for Sale

Chevrolet Malibu 2002 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A) Light Driftwood Metallic Neutral121,941 miles
Used 2002Chevrolet MalibuBase
List:$2,995
Est.Loan: $62/mo
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Chevrolet Malibu 2002 LS 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A) Dark Tropic Teal Metallic Gray113,882 miles
Used 2002Chevrolet MalibuLS
List:$3,422
Est.Loan: $70/mo
Faulkner Chevrolet
94.3 mi away
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Dealer Notes

Excellent Condition. CD Player, Alloy Wheels, PREFERRED EQUIPMENT GROUP, Non-Smoker vehicle, Clean Carfax. SEE MORE!KEY FEATURES INCLUDE: CD Player. Keyless Entry, Remote Trunk Release, Child Safety Locks, Bucket Seats, 4-Wheel ABS.OPTION PACKAGES: PREFERRED EQUIPMENT GROUP base vehicle. Chevrolet LS with Dark Tropic Teal Metallic exterior and Gray interior features a V6 Cylinder Engine with 170 HP at 5200 RPM*. Non-Smoker vehicle, Clean Carfax.VEHICLE REVIEWS: 4 Star Driver Front Crash Rating. 3 Star Driver Side Crash Rating.EXCELLENT SAFETY FOR YOUR FAMILY: Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Great Gas Mileage: 29 MPG Hwy.MORE ABOUT US: FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1932, SUPPORTING LOCAL FAMILIES AND CHARITIES, OUR GOAL IS TO FIND YOU THE RIGHT VEHICLE AND MAKE IT AFFORDABLE. Ask us about our FAULKNER CHEVROLET REWARDS PROGRAM, where you are a winner just by purchasing a vehicle! Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.

Chevrolet Malibu 2002 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A) 101,029 miles
Used 2002Chevrolet MalibuBase
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Chevy's non-descript Malibu is one of the best cars General Motors makes. Roomy, quick and loaded with features for a low price, it's tough to go wrong with the too-often overlooked Malibu.

vehicle overview

Chevrolet is trying to claw its way back from mediocrity with cars that provide not only solid performance and good looks, but manage to do so with a low price, to boot. The Malibu is a perfect example of this philosophy, with good looks, a strong V6 and a sticker price that undercuts its foreign competition by hundreds of dollars.

Two models are available: Base and LS. Both Malibus feature a torquey 3.1-liter 3100 V6 engine, making 170 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque running through a standard four-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes four-wheel antilock brakes, a four-wheel independent suspension, battery rundown protection, theft deterrent system, tachometer, air-conditioning, tilt steering wheel and a remote trunk release. Step up to LS trim, and you leave the showroom in a fully loaded car that includes aluminum wheels, foglights, remote keyless entry, power driver seat, power windows and door locks, cruise control, uplevel stereo and a trunk cargo net.

This Chevy goes, slows and turns corners well enough to be entertaining. Thoughtful interior design elements include a handy, albeit shallow, left-handed cupholder, backlighting for major controls and switches throughout the interior, and heating and air conditioning ducts located on the A-pillar to help direct airflow to rear-seat passengers. Also notable is the retro-style, dash-mounted ignition switch, eliminating the need to crane your neck around to find the key slot.

Malibu has safety concerns covered, as well. Dual airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes and child-safe rear door locks are standard. According to Chevrolet, side-impact door beams exceed federal standards for protection, though federal side-impact crash tests indicate that occupants may actually be rather vulnerable in this car. Maintaining the Malibu is easy with platinum-tipped spark plugs that last up to 100,000 miles, engine coolant designed to last 5 years or 150,000 miles, and transmission fluid that never has to be changed or checked.

Our list of gripes is short. The fake wood in the LS is out of place in a car like this. And why can buyers get traction control on the Cavalier but not the Malibu? The latest list of improvements doesn't address our concerns, so we'll have to wait another year to see if our wish list ever gets fulfilled.

Still, the Malibu impresses us. It's one of the few domestic models that can go toe-to-toe with the imports on comfort and features, while beating them on price. Its mainstream styling doesn't scream American econobox, and its long list of standard features won't leave you wishing you had anted up for an Accord or a Camry. If you're in the market for modestly priced midsize four-door, Chevrolet's Malibu is one domestic sedan that deserves serious consideration.

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Features & Specs

4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)LS 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)
MPG2121
Seating55
Transmission4-speed automatic4-speed automatic
Fuelgasgas
Horsepower170 hp @ 5200 rpm170 hp @ 5200 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4/5
    Passenger4/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver3/5
    Passenger4/5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Rollover4/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    A
    Acceptable

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Definition of a "normal" car
The 2002 Malibu is extremely normal. It's practical, a bit faster than you might think, but its boring looks keep it in the "grandma car" category. Pros: -Practical size. Not to big on the outside, plenty of space on the inside. -Reluctantly fast. At first I thought I was driving a slow car since I got it from my grandmother, but it's actually pretty quick compared to these new eco-friendly 4-cylinder sedans with a million gears that won't let you touch 4,000rpm. If you coax it, it'll move. Cons: -Looks. It's not ugly, it's just boring. Silver lining: cops won't notice you. -Lots of little repairs. Annoying things like the indicator keeps clicking for no reason.
A 12 year review
I bought my Malibu in 2003 when the transmission in my old Grand Prix started to go. It was a rental previously, and I knew this going in. I will say though, despite it's faults, I have a hard time saying the car is complete junk, because my kids (ages 9-11) rode in it when they were babies. I will start with what I believe to be the minor faults, but they can cost: 1. 15 inch tires are getting hard to come by now, and being FWD, it eats up tires quick, if not rotated properly. 2. It only uses the front disc brakes for stopping, thus eats brake pads fast. The drums are only used for parking brake. That said, I will now go into the more expensive repairs I have had: 1. Fuel pump went out 5 years ago, driving down the road. 2. The starter has a safety switch, that will go bad in time, and require replacement, unless yu know how to bypass it, which I did. 3. The biggest....the head gaskets from the factory, are junk and a ticking time bomb. He manifold gaskets are plastic and will crack in time. You will start to lose oil and coolant once they do. I overheated the car 2 winters ago, causing the heads to warp, which required mill work, than changed the gaskets with Fel-Pro gaskets, use regular coolant, and since than, the car drives almost like new. It was a complete PITA to get the top half off and put back together. Just beware that if you have one, and are approaching 150k miles, you have a time bomb on your hands. I recommend flushing the cooling system, to help slow down erosion of the gaskets. Total time and money, we spent 4 days, and around $400 to fix. 4. The fan sensor, which turns the electric fan on and off, went bad, which caused my overheating problem. Would have cost $500 for a new one, but rigged a wire and toggle switch, and it now works. I just have to remember to shut it off, or I will have a dead battery. Interior: Not much, very basic, which I like. Over the years, the arm rest on the drivers door has developed a hole, a couple holes in the driver seat, and the headliner is starting to droop some. All in all, I would have to say that through it all, I should have considered more when buying a car, but I can't complain 100%, because after some work and money put in it, it still runs. Would I recommend it to anyone else? No, especially for anyone wanting a car that lasts a while. The only reason we put money into it, is because we couldn't afford to buy a new vehicle. After the first of the year, the Malibu will be retired to a local driving car only, and one used for a backup, as I will hopefully have a new vehicle.
What a waste of$
I find it comical how similar everyone's story's are. I have to laugh because this car has been a nightmare. The electronic issue is just ridiculous, no one should have to wait ten minutes to start their car because the car thinks someone's trying to steal it. I have only owned the car for a little over a yr & put nearly $3K into it. Fuel pump, gasket, water pump, coolant leak, brakes, catilitic convertor, spark plugs... you name it I've fixed it. I refuse to fix the electronic cylander or put new tires on it. Don't ever buy this car. I wouldn't even sell it to someone. I'm junking it.
Used 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan Overview

The Used 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan is offered in the following styles: 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A), and LS 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A).

What's a good price on a Used 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan?

Price comparisons for Used 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan trim styles:

  • The Used 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan Base is priced between $2,995 and $2,995 with odometer readings between 121941 and 121941 miles.
  • The Used 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan LS is priced between $3,422 and $3,422 with odometer readings between 113882 and 113882 miles.

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