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Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.

Base Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
20 City / 29 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • Engine, 3.1L 3100 V6 SFI (170 HP [126.8 kW] @ 5200 rpm, 190 lb.-ft. [256.5 N-m] @ 4000 rpm)
  • Transmission, 4-speed automatic, electronically controlled w/overdrive
  • Axle, 3.05 ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, Delco maintenance free-inc: rundown protection
  • 4-wheel independent suspension system
  • Tires, P215/60R15, touring, blackwall
  • 15" steel wheels
  • Wheel covers, 15" (38.1 cm) bolt-on, full
  • Steering, power, rack-&-pinion
  • Brakes, front disc/rear drum
  • Fuel capacity, approximate, 14 gallon (53 liters)

Exterior Features

  • Fascias, front & rear, body-color
  • Moldings, rocker, Black
  • Grille, Gray-inc: bright bar
  • Headlamps, halogen, composite-inc: automatic exterior lamp control
  • Daytime running lamps
  • Mirrors, outside rearview, manual, Black
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light tinted
  • Wipers, intermittent, front
  • License plate bracket, front
  • Door handles, body-color

Interior Features

  • Seats, front Cloth bucket-inc: reclining seatback & adjustable head restraints
  • Console, floor-inc: floor shifter, integral armrest, lighted shift indicator & dual storage compartments
  • Floormats, carpeted, front & rear
  • Steering column, Tilt-Wheel, adjustable
  • Instrumentation, analog-inc: speedometer, temperature, fuel, tachometer & trip odometer
  • Door locks, power programmable-inc: lockout protection & delayed locking
  • Trunk release, power
  • Theft-deterrent system, PASSLock
  • Air conditioning, front manual
  • Heat ducts, rear seat
  • Defogger, rear-window, electric-inc: front & side window outlets, driver & front passenger
  • Sound system, ETR AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: seek-&-scan, digital clock & 4-speakers
  • Storage bin-inc: lighter, cupholder & ashtray
  • Power outlet, auxiliary, 12-volt
  • Visors, vanity mirrors, driver & front passenger, covered
  • Lighting, interior, dome, glovebox, trunk & under dash

Safety Features

  • Air bags, frontal, driver & right front passenger
  • Seat belts w/front adjustable guide loops
  • Tether anchors, rear, top & lower, for child safety seat, LATCH anchorage system
  • Daytime running lamps

Options & Packages

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Reviews

155 Reviews
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I like that when you start motor the headlights come on

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

had it for 6 years with no problems it gets me where I am going without breaking down. Keep oil check and burns little oil.gets 30 to 34 gallons a mile.sometimes it will lock itself.sometimes after you push button to open trunk you have to lift up on trunk to open it, it has power windows and locks. The radio works well. It does not have Bluetooth.the seats are very comfortable.

- carol L

Overall, a good and decent car to still be driving considering the age.

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

My vehicle functions well enough for an older make/model car. Some minor issues but still runs well nonetheless. The interior is still very clean and nice. The exterior could use some remodeling though. Some paint has been chipping off and maybe some light buffing would be useful. The headlights could also function better; brighter.

- Ashley R

Smooth and comfortable ride

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

I love the comfort of the Malibu. There has been a few electrical issues sometimes the blinkers do not work. There has been a recall on the ignition. It is a very smooth ride on long trips nice and roomy. The pick up when I take off is awesome. I would for sure buy another Malibu in the future.

- Angela E

My complaints are concerned about cosmetic issues.

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

No real complaints, just have some minor repairs due to its age. The sensor for the horn is fragile and easily damaged when turn signal arm needed to be replaced. I realize that antennas in the windshield are more expensive. I would have preferred antenna in the windshield vs. An external antenna.

- Billy H

Highly dependable and comfortable vehicle.

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

I paid $2000.00 for this vehicle in 2014. It is the best used vehicle that I have purchased. It rides smooth and has been reliable than I expected from a used vehicle. The interior was in very condition and has held up. The speakers and radio are sufficient. The engine is in excellent condition.

- Kim M

I have no review of a machine only to say,

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

I have no problems, only the upkeep has to be done when things break down you have to put it back together so it could do the proper performance. And if you can't do the upkeep on a constant basis, than I would say give the car away or sell it. A vehicle has to be taken care of constantly

- clifford R

I will never change this brand. I love it.

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

It is very nice my Chevy. It is quiet not noisy the engine, comfortable, it is very sensible, any problem it is appearing on screen and beeping. Do not spend to much gas. The radio it is working only for some of the noun am, FM. On the mirror has an emergency call in case of accidents.

- Symbol M

Malibu My first vehicle Won't be my last

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

My Chevrolet Malibu is a pre owned silver vehicle. With high mileage on the counter. It has a smaller size gas tank which mean more times I have to fill up. The radio and air conditioning don't work. The sides are rusted out. Other than that I have very much enjoyed my first vehicle.

- Rosetta E

My Chevy Malibu keeps on going.

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

My Malibu has been a great car, the only problem it has is the muffler, other than that it has only needed a new alternator, and we have done the breaks. It has traveled cross country from Kentucky to Washington state as well as many trips to mt. Rainer and is still going strong.

- Tanya E

Idk honestly I just hate it

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

I just need a better one it's old it needs so much and I don't have it and it stresses me out so bad just want to cry sometime and 250 is a lot of dang letters I need a better car BC I can't be a college student and try to fix my car but my parents don't have money for me a car

- Courtney B

Runs well. Has had a few issues over the years but every car will

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

I've had to replace the brakes once. Had to replace the steering column because of a blinker issue. Also had to replace the rear drivers side power window motor that burned out. Other than that it has run perfectly fine over the years. It has 160000 miles and still runs well

- Kevin S

The truck and car itself is a suitable size and gets good gas mileage.

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

The ignition switch only works if you turn it slow. Check engine light is always on. The Catalytic converter is constantly giving me trouble. The paint started bubbling up 6 months after we got the car. The seat adjusters break easily. And the window controls do not work.

- Elisa M

The tires are unusually hard for me to find.

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

I love my car but it is entirely too small for my son and my husband. It drives great if you keep it up to date but if you let one small thing slip it goes down. The air conditioning works great and the brakes seems to go out quicker. But oil needs to be changed a lot.

- Gabrielle B

One interesting thing about my vehicle is that she runs like a beauty..

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

It's great, and runs well, is really reliable for going long or short distances. Also is good for road tripping or hauling things around. Etc.. Horse food, hay bales, camping supplies. May not have a lot of room to move around but still pretty comfortable for 4 people

- Rachel S

My Chevrolet Malibu, I love this vehicle!

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

Love the spaciousness and comfort this vehicle provides. The performance itself is awesome, runs smoothly and efficiently. I also enjoy the size of the vehicle, it is not too small but not large either. Very easy to fit into smaller spaces and navigates effectively.

- Candice E

Reliable car, needs to be taken care of and get checked out more often.

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

In the past year, there have been many issues with the car. It has, for the most part, done its job of getting me places safely, but it's definitely approaching its end. Fixed brake pads, radiator hoses, new spark plugs, broken heater due to a stuck thermometer.

- Kaitlyn E

Nothing interesting about this car

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

My car was bought used so I can't say much based off the how the car itself is, due to not knowing how the people before took care of the car but it is reliable and comfortable. My burns oil and sometimes leaks antifreeze but that's the only problems I have.

- Rob B

2003 gray Chevrolet Malibu, drives well and the color is unique.

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

For a 2003 it's actually in pretty good condition. Drives well, has cruise control. Sometimes it has issues starting which is problem with a wire we have to occasionally jiggle if it won't start. The windows and locks are manual which is a drawback for me.

- Hannah B

Great Starter Car for Young People

2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

This vehicle is overall a great starter car. I haven't had too many troubles with it except a few replacement parts, oil changes, and tire changes. The inside of the car features a lovely interior with cloth. That makes it easy and enjoyable to ride in.

- Jasmin P

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