2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Reviews & Problems
Reviews For Chevrolet Malibu
It needs a special type of oil filter and that makes an oil change a lot more expensive.
My complaints/dislikes about my vehicle would be primarily that the visor does not come down far enough to block sun. (The car I had before this one had a really good, well made visor & went down further.). I am short, so the majority of the time the visor doesn't help. I think this is the worse visor I have ever had in a car. The other complaint would be that I cannot adjust the chair up higher.(Again, I am short. The car I had previously did adjust). Another real bad thing is that I had a surprise added cost for an oil change, since it requires a special type of filter thing. I was not happy about that. That was a big financial hardship for me. I wish I had a car key beeper thing too. What I like, that it gets better mileage than the car I had before this one. It doesn't get wonderful mileage, but it is better than the previous car. I also like that I can go camping & the trunk is adequate for a tent etc, a bit cramped, but not superbad. I also like how it drives. It is an ok color too. This is the first car I have had that pops the trunk I think. That is nice at times.
It has been mostly dependable over the vast amount of time that I have owned it.
My car has some nice features like a very roomy backseat, a partially foldable backseat, a built in dvd player, built in xm radio, and I like the hatchback feature of the trunk. The car has served me well over the past 13 years and was my first vehicle as a teenager. However, over the past few years especially, it has started to have problems that are forcing me to consider a trade in. The transmission shift has partially gone out and needed to be replaced, one of the pull across shades in the back seat moonroof no longer pulls in and out but just hangs, the dvd player skips and only works sometimes, the cd player in the front ate a cd years ago and has not worked since, and most recently (and annoyingly) the wiring to the front passenger lights keeps overheating and has melted the internal plastic of the light casing, plus the light seating keeps bumping loose to the point where it has to be adjusted by hand and with stools most mornings before leaving to make sure it turns on.
2004 Chevy Malibu: a reliable find!
My 2004 Chevy Malibu has been a great car to get around in. I am a second year college student, so I wasn't too picky when it came to the type of car I drove. All I wanted was a car that ran nicely and didn't break down on the way from point A to point B. Disclaimer: my vehicle was a rebuild. It was totaled in an accident and then salvaged and rebuilt. Not all of the parts in my vehicle are the originals. My car has leather seats that have held up really well, but the door detailing and pleather along all doors has started to fall off. I am not sure if that has to do with the extreme change of temperature here in Wisconsin or the glue getting old. I have had to replace the turn signal light bulbs quite often, but that may be an problem exclusive to my vehicle. Other than its small quirks, this four door car has traveled far and gotten me everywhere I needed to be in a safe manner. What a great starter car!
The vehicle runs very well, starts up immediately, even in cold temperatures.
2004 Chevrolet Malibu is a good car if you take care of it by driving correctly and getting the required servicing for the vehicle such as oil changes. I use mid-grade or 89 octane in the vehicle since it has become high in mileage at ~ 149 000 miles currently. The vehicle has never required a tune up and starts up each time just fine. With most or many vehicles nowadays there is some repair that is needed eventually and I believe this car needed the front wheel bearing replaced and the key lock cylinder. The seats are fairly comfortable with a cloth covering and polyurethane foam inside which is standard for most mid-grade vehicles. With 149 000 miles on this vehicle it is almost unheard of but true is the fact that the ball joints and tie rods have not needed replacing and this could be attributed to the driver of the vehicle and manner of driving of the vehicle.
Great gas mileage and car.
The reliability of the car is very good. It now has 160 thousand miles on it. Only major issue is it had a few recalls on it about five years ago. Other than that the car has been good. The gas mileage of the car is also pretty good especially for an car that was made in 2004. It gets about 31 mpg and that is not a lot of highway mileage drive either. The comfort of the seats are also very good. It is a little small for a family car but will work well if the family is four or less. The one feature it does not have is am radio. I can only listen to FM radio or to a CD in the CD player. I am hoping this car will get to at least 200 thousand miles. I will drive this car until it stops running. This would be a great first car for a young driver. It is easy to drive with great gas mileage. Very comfortable to drive as well. This car is recommended for sure.
A 2003-2004 Chevy Malibu is not worth your time or $.
It's a wonderful car don't get me wrong. One thing about it that really set me off is that the CD player does not work. The windows don't work. The hood latch does not latch. Remote start is no longer working and we have no way of fixing it. I now have to put my key in the ignition, turn it over as if I was starting my car then go under the hood and touch a cable to the battery just to start the car. We have tried everything to get it going again but its not working at all! It will read locked on the radio screen if your surfing through the stations and it sounds as if there is a CD in the CD player but nothing is in there.
The best sporty car for the money!
My car is sporty. Drives close to the ground with heated leather seats and a sunroof. It is a very comfortable ride and you can be going fast without realizing it! The backseat also has two individual sunroofs although they do not open. The car is a hatchback and can fit an extreme amount of stuff for the size of the car. I do wish that the back window had a windshield wiper in it and that the car had a stick shift instead of being an automatic. I have had this car for a while and absolutely love it. I'll be hard pressed to find another car that matches it is features that I have grown so accustomed to having.
It's a nice blue color, low to the ground, has a good gas tank it fills up cheap.
My 2004 Chevy Malibu is an amazing car, my gas per gallon is about 25-30 so with $30 I fill it up, it runs smooth and it's always nice having a sunroof for those beautiful days, sometimes it does over heat and the car is somewhat loud but it gets me to point a and b and it fits five people easily, the trunk button doesn't work and the release is in the trunk, I locked my keys in my car and got stuck for a few weeks, so make sure you have at least 2 spare keys, it tells you when needing an oil change, and how many miles until empty, for a 2004 car its pretty well performed.
A great midsize car! It has great gas mileage.
I love my Malibu. It is great on gas, it has plenty of room, it is has automatic windows, it has a great stereo, it has a/c, the heater works really well, it has a button for the trunk, it has automatic window defroster, the from seats go back to give you plenty of room. All around it is a great car. Not too big, not too small. It is easy to park anywhere. I have had my car for over 10 years and it only has 86, 000 miles on it. Is in pretty good shape. It has a couple nicks here and there. I try to park it away from others so they do not hit it with there car door.
My car is very bouncing when you go a certain speed on the highway.
My car steering wheel sometimes locks up on me when I need to make turns or park. Also my fuel tank is shot. I will have a quarter tank and it will only last for five minutes. Another thing that happens is that I have to press the gas each time in order to start my car. My lock doors on the inside are shot as well since the car is so old. I went to home depot too, and I tried replacing my key, they said it would be $85 since my key has some kind of chip in it. All of these issues however I still love my car and its good with miles.