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Your Basic V6 Front-wheel Drive Sedan; Don't Expect Much. — These cars are everywhere. This body style of Malibu is almost more common than Civics in my area. It'll stick corners about as good as any small sedan will, and the acceleration isn't shabby. I find it abnormally quiet, as to where you almost need the large, analog tachometer to know it's running. The styling isn't bad, but it is too common to be memorable. The interior works, but could use improvement.

Pros: Quick, well-styled, small on outside, nimble

Cons: too common, too quiet, small on inside, easily loses grip under acceleration

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This Is A Pretty Good Car,it Has Just Enough Good Looks And It Takes You Where You Need To Go. — The Chevy Malibu was made for economic purposes, not for looks. This body style first showed up in the line in 1997 and then later changed in 2004. It's a little box shaped, and it is a high-tail vehicle, but it's a car with just enough good looks for yourself to be able to drive in public without feeling embarrased. I and my mother have owned a 2003 Malibu for about three years and it's been doing pretty good...on account it was used when we got and it has over 100,000 miles on it. It has good acceleration,smooth ride, good sized passenger room,and a good sized trunk. We drive it to Greenville and Spartanburg almost every day and it does great except for the crazy drivers on the highway. I would recommend this car to a friend that's going to college, or a friend that would just use it for everyday errands because of it's good fuel economy,and it's quite safe. It does have a few Cons, but it will do.

Pros: Passenger Room,Cargo Room,Ride,Standard Anti-Lock Braking,Build Quality,Fuel Economy.

Cons: Steering Feel,Engine Noise(4-Cylinder)

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A Good Family Car — don't know what to say it has power when you want it good gas mileage if you don't

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The Car You Can Live With...for A While... —

Fine enough get and go for a 3000 lb. car. Turning radius is ridiculously bad, and cornering, consequently is equally awful. Braking is solid. Rear view is rather awkward as the default suspension sets the car at an incline, thereby making backing up an adventure. Due to the light weight, incline suspension, and overall average handling at best, the rear has a tendency to slip out, especially in bad weather. However, it's a solid car, one that's fine for families and young folks to learn on. It will keep you safe and haul your crap without complaint most of the time. Overall, it's a fine car...until it hits 80k miles. I ditched this car because everything changes after about 80k. It's everything that was wrong with GM. There are some design features I never understood, like why the defroster was made such that it only defrosted the center 60% of the windshield and let the edges ice up...but those you can get past. What you can't get past is losing your car once a month for the new thing that broke. It's a cheap and easy repair, almost always, but...it's getting repaired all the time. For a first car or a temporary car while you save up, it does its job. What it doesn't do is inspire confidence in much of anything, and that's why ultimately, it's not worth keeping very long.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Maintenance Costs/Labor, Price, Utility

Cons: Reliability in its higher miles, performance, fails to inspire fun or confidence

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu LS Review
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vs2003 Buick LeSabre Limited
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Handling Ranked 2003 Buick LeSabre Limited better.
"more comfortable"
Value Ranked 2003 Buick LeSabre Limited better.
"better quality"
2003 Chevrolet Malibu Review
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Nice basic car with a classic look, good ride for the money.
vs2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE1
2003 Chevrolet Malibu winning categories:
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Handling Ranked 2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 better.
"better suspension"
Value Ranked 2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 better.
"even though value may be the same you usually find them listed at better deals"
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Reviews From Other Years

2015 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews

All Around Great Vehicle By nbrotsch

Chevy did not do a great job with the redesign of the Malibu. Its a vehicle that is just there. Its not there to get everyone head turning. but you have a great powered vehicle with great gas mileage ... Read More

2014 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews

Great Mid Sized Car With Good Power And Excelent Gas Millage By chevy3359

I like that the car has automatic stop when I am stopped for awhile that really helps on the gas. I like that it has automatic start for the cold winters. I also like the 2 year worry free maintenance... Read More

Torque !!! By Rich

Very good looking car and great performance. Quick through the turns and fun on the highway. Not exactly a family car, who needs a baby with whiplash ?!? Hidden compartment really isnt hidden anymore ... Read More

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews

My Malibu By bobadams79

This is the 2nd Malibu I have owned and have had great luck with them. I would like a little bigger back seats and higher fuel. But, everyone wants higher gas mileage. The Malibu is a safe car as well... Read More

Great Color And Fuel Economy By bearball

just purchased. so far no issues as this was purchased for my son to get back and forth to work. his ride from trenton nj and back to home(south plainfield) as well as to bayonne nj a few times a week... Read More

2012 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews

Was Nice For A Year, Materials Started Wearing Excessively By Nick

I don't like that it's a Chevy, it's been the first Chevrolet I've owned and have had some problems with the electric power steering (seems to be very touchy) and chevrolet has been recalling too many... Read More

Malibu Great Commute And Family Car With Sporty Flare By GGB55

The looks and styling are great for this vehicle. Comfort is great for front seat passengers with the power seat options. Build fit and finish is excellent even with the abundance of plastics in the i... Read More

2011 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews

Simple Commuter Vehicle By tdv0991

This is a great car, and i think it looks very nice also. The interior is simple, and a little bland. The overall ride quality is great, very smooth on long trips and tons of cargo space. I would reco... Read More

Nice Car By Pat

Nice car, needs more trunk space. Power is great for passing and speeding up on interstate. Braking is great. I realy like this car. Wonderful on short trips. Longer trips is short on luggage space. W... Read More

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