"I bought a 2001 new and my wife has used it the way wives use cars. Hauling kids, girlscouts, groceries, it's even been used on vacations. Only a few minor problems in 95000 miles. The A/C switch went out twice, and the brakes needed replacing every 30000 miles. We're sending it to college with my son and looking at a 2008 Malibu as a replacement. Dependable car at a decent price."