Has the classic gm tick to the engine, does not cause any problems, just takes getting used to if never heard it before. Seals in the door are failing, so wind hitting the car just right, lets the air into the car easily, only noticed during winter. Major coolant leaks, but I just add coolant every other week. Car is comfortable for my shorter height with the armrest and cup holder. I do not use the sunroof but it is a nice feature for the very rare occasion I do. Power adjustable seats are a nice feature that I haven't had in any other car previously.
Malibu: smooth riding, few repairs, leather seats, sunroof.
I bought my car in 2012 and I have not had any serious problems out of it. I had to get a new battery last year in 2017. I have not had to get any major repairs done at all. It is reliable, runs good. I wish I could afford to get the new Malibu's. It has a sunroof and leather seats. It is also good on gas. The labor is also reasonable. Friends always tell me cold the air-conditioner is in the summer and the heat is really hot in the winter. You cannot beat that. If you want your money worth in a car get yourself a Malibu.
It is not the prettiest vehicle but it is reliable and not to bad in the snow.
It is a 6 cylinder which is nice. It has some get up and go but decent on gas mileage. On average I get 26-29 mpg. I mostly drive country roads. It rides a little rough most likely due to age. Has decent legroom in back seat area. Trunk space is good size and the rear seats fold down. There is decent head room as well. There are 4 cup holders. Seats are not the most comfortable. Cost of maintenance is reasonable. Tires, wheel bearings, and brakes were not outrageously priced.
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Moderate Overlap FrontA
Driver-side Overlap FrontN/A
4-wheel anti-lock brake system *
Driver & front passenger airbags
Seat belts w/front adjustable guide loops
Rear child restraint top tether
Child security rear door locks
Daytime running lights *
* Optional Safety Feature
Safety Recalls (1)
Electrical SystemJul 3, 2014
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Jul 3, 2014
This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. General Motors LLC (GM) notified the agency on July 3, 2014, that they are recalling 6,729,742 model year 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo, 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu, 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero, 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue, 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am and 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles. In these models, the weight on the key ring and/or road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine.
If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will provide two replacement key rings and key cover on all ignition keys, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. GM's number for this recall is 14350.
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