Pros: "Basic sedan with lots of replacement parts."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We bought this in 2004 brand new. It takes a beating in the New England winters but hardly any rust over all. Put a new Catalytic Converter on at 145,000 miles due to a clog. Most maintence I do myself per the Manufactures suggestions. I have switched to all synthetic oils and fluids at 100,000 miles still runs the same. I have had very few issues with this car and I do love the style and minimal computer controls so I can buy OEM parts from Amazon and replace them myself. I must say for the money spent, over 12 years I have enjoyed more comfortable safe driving than I have spent on loan and repairs. I have made a few upgrades by pulling from the large amount of this model found in junk yards around my area. Power seat upgrade, replace rug, replace interior roof liner replacement warn parts like power window units all from Junk yard."
"I purchased this car new in 1997 and the car has been excellent. I keep up my maintenance and have had no problems with my engine and no leaks of course I have had to replace the water pump and timing once. The car is still running smoothly my biggest issue has been with the anti theft light blinking and if the battery dies the gas hand has to be reset. I am confident that the car will get over 300K miles. I want another vehicle but I don't want to stop driving my malibu which is my work vehicle because I also own a 2005 chevy trailblazer which is great also. My next vehicle will be another Malibu."
"Pushing toward 250,000 miles,with minimal problems. One repair job at any given time much cheaper than regular monthly payments on a new car. I get 23-25 mpg city, 31-32 mpg Interstate.
Hey< I have 4 wheels and a steering wheel, and I can do the same thing as most newer cars, with far less potential technological problems - do some of the work myself, use the best oil. I'm on limited income, and God just keeps me going!"
"Purchased the 2004 Chevy Classic used back in 2005 with about 35K miles on it. It was my primary driving to work car for 10 years and almost 200K more miles. I finally donated it to the Salvation Army after the timing chain tensioner failed again at 233625 miles. Over 10 years the sealed transmission was never touched, the fluid was never changed and I never had any transmission issues. The engine was still Ok but did start burning some oil after about 200K miles. Following are the issues that I had and have found to be common with this car:
1. The anti-theft ignition switch had to be replaced - a common malfunction cost $500 to fix.
2. Fuel pump had to be replaced -about $1000. Mostly labor.
3. AC switch shuts off on it's own, just a pain.
4. Timing chain tensioner failed- the first time at 200,060 miles. I had it fixed for about $1000 it sounded like a diesel engine for several weeks before it failed one day on startup. 2 years later it unexpectantly failed when starting again, that was its demise. It always started on the first try, the times it didn't, it had to be towed.
5. Power steering leak - a fairly minor issue for several years ongoing.
Overall, it was a good basic car, decent acceleration and a good line of sight, easy to find parts in a junkyard as they are all the same as the 1997-2003 malibus. Eventually, I had parts from 4 different years on my car."