2003 Chevrolet Malibu Consumer Review: honeymoon is over

2003 Chevrolet Malibu - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (3.1L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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honeymoon is over
By bordelon on


2003 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


Loved car until intake gasket leak, warped brake rotors, anti-theft sensor went out, 4 AC control plates, and now has a slight jerking when softly accelerating.
Bought used in 2004, am second owner.
Up to 98,000 miles.
Decent acceleration from stop if you press gas 3/4 way down.
For passing on interstate, floor it and it'll downshift.
Am doing mild hypermiling.
Average between 22 to 24 mpg in city.
Use cushion with opening for tailbone.
Seat bucket now painful to my tailbone.
Very little rust caused by rocks and parking lot car doors.

Best Features

When arm is on armrest, hand rest easily on shifter. Large trunk. Smooth on rough roads. Virtually invisible to cops and thieves. Smooth shifting transmission.

Worst Features

As soon as GM finds out about a quality problem, stop blaming the vehicle owner. Solve the problem, implement the solution on the production line, and make repairs to the problem as they're brought in at no cost to the customer. Better seat cushion material, better stereo/speakers, better trim material quality, better fit/finish on interior and exterior (looks like rear bumper wasn't finished being installed)
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