"We bought this car new in 2003 for $14,500. The a/c control problem is annoying but easy to fix yourself - takes about an hour and requires no parts or special tools (research it online - contacts just need cleaned). OEM tires were cheap, drivers seat cushion has worn a bit, but no major problems. Quite a bargain for a basic midsize car with a V6 and decent gas mileage."
"Bought my '03 Malibu used with 48,000 miles on it. No problems with it until 82k when the fuel pump went out. After that had to replace the brakes and rotors, the vibration in the car felt like it was falling apart every time i stopped, also alignment was always falling off of center. Random electrical problems, such as the doors wont always unlock when the key is removed, and the horn won't always honk when locking the car. Everything was going good for a while until about 130k when the throttle started sticking around 2000 rpms at completely random times. Now with 155k and preventative maintenance done, the transmisson is slipping. Do not buy this model Malibu, the new ones are ok though with Chevys new warranty."
"2001 bought in Jan 2003, with 24,000 miles for $8500 plus $1100 for extended warranty. Replaced cheap Firestone tires at 34,000, replacement BFG tires at 78,000. Coolant leak in intake manifold repaired at 52,000 under warranty. Rotors turned and brake pads replaced at 78,000. Recent electrical problems were positive battery cable corrosion hidden by rubber boot at the terminal; cleaned and given clean bill of health - still have original battery after 7 years. It starts good, runs good, drives good and rides good. Complaint - it's just not an exciting car. (My wife has a Corvette which is exciting to drive.) We'll see how durable it is from this point (85k)."