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Base Key Features & Specs

Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23-24 City / 32-34 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • Engine, ECOTEC 2.2L DOHC, 16-valve, 4-cylinder, MFI (145 HP [108.1 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 155 lb.-ft. [209.2 N-m] @ 4000 rpm)
  • Transmission, 4-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive, includes electronic range selector
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, maintenance free, includes rundown protection
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent
  • Tires, P205/65R15, touring, blackwall
  • Wheels, 15" (38.1 cm) steel, includes wheel cover
  • Steering, electric power steering (EPS) with infinite assist for low and high speed maneuvers
  • Brakes, 4-wheel disc
  • Fuel capacity, approximate, gallon (liter) 16 (62)

Exterior Features

  • Fascias, front and rear, body-color
  • Moldings, bodyside, Black
  • Moldings, rocker, Black
  • Headlamps, halogen, composite, includes crysalline-like lenses and automatic exterior lamp control
  • Daytime running lamps
  • Mirrors, outside rearview, power, black
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light tinted
  • Wipers, variable intermittent, speed-sensitive, front
  • Door handles, body-color

Interior Features

  • Seats, front Cloth bucket, includes reclining seatback and adjustable head restraints
  • Seat, front passenger, flat-folding
  • Seat adjuster, manual, driver 2-way
  • Seat adjuster, power, vertical height, driver only
  • Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding seatback
  • Console, floor, includes floor shifter, integral armrest and storage compartment
  • Cupholders, dual front and rear
  • Steering wheel, 4-spoke
  • Steering column, tilt/telescoping
  • Instrumentation, analog, includes speedometer, temperature, fuel, tachometer and PRNDL
  • Door locks, power programmable, includes lockout protection and delayed locking
  • Windows, power, includes passenger lockout
  • Trunk release, remote
  • Theft-deterrent system, PASS-Key III Plus
  • Air conditioning, front manual
  • Defogger, rear-window, electric
  • Sound system, ETR AM/FM stereo with CD player, includes seek-and-scan, digital clock, outside temperature display, trip odometer, Driver Information Center, warning messages, programmable menu functions and 4-speakers
  • Power outlets, auxiliary, 1 front and 1 inside center console
  • Mirror, inside rearview, manual day/night
  • Visors, vanity mirrors, driver and front passenger, covered
  • Assist handles, rear outboard passenger

Safety Features

  • Air bags, frontal, driver and right front passenger, dual stage, driver and right front passenger (Always use safety belts and proper child restraints, even with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the Owners Manual for more safety information.)
  • Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions, includes front seat pretensioners
  • LATCH system, (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) for child safety seats
  • Daytime running lamps

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Reviews

215 Reviews
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Love How Smooth My Malibu Drives!

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base

I bought my Chevy Malibu from a private owner because it was a 2004 model & only had 44,200 miles on the odometer! The individual who owned it previously obviously took good care of the car. It was so clean inside that it looked nearly brand new! I have had a couple of minor issues since purchasing the vehicle. About 2-3 weeks after buying the car, I had a friend in the passenger seat & she noticed that the liver responsible for sliding the seat back wouldn't work. We tried to work with it & fix it, but it seems to be irreparably stuck. In my opinion, it's not a big issue. However, approximately 6 months into having the car, I rolled my drivers side window halfway down, but when I tried to roll it back up, the motor (motor responsible for the window function) made a horrible noise & it simply would not roll back up. A few days later I had a friend look at the window for me & he managed to get it rolled all the way back up. I haven't had the money to fix it, so I've decided to just leave it alone, rather than risk it getting stuck halfway down again. All of the other windows & the A/C work perfectly, so I'm not in a big rush to fix it to be honest.

- Brandy F

Chevrolet Malibu vehicle are great, dependable cars.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base

The Chevrolet Malibu 2004 vehicle are really dependable, smooth rides. These cars can take you safely and efficiently anywhere you need to go. As far as transporting other passengers, they are very safe and effective cars. As long as people keep the well-maintained, there should be no major issues. I absolutely adore this car! It fits my four children, and loads up all my grocery shopping bags nicely. The cars are very roomy, plenty of extra space for when you go shopping, or taking the kids out for a swim! Also, if you need to go on a road trip with your loved ones/friends make sure you always do the pre-inspection, such as tire checks, oil change updated, check brake, antifreeze fluids, etcetera, then once you check all the basic upkeeps of the car, you should be good to go! I really cherish this family car, there is nothing like owning a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu! I truly and sincerely recommend this card, you will not regret purchasing one!

- Jessica G

The Chevy Malibu is functional, people will find this make sufficient.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base

I have had a Chevy Malibu twice in my life. It is such a great and reliable car. Not only comfortable but spacious. It is a very practical car for someone who never knows their next course in life. My only issue I have had with my 2004 Chevy Malibu has been the anti-theft system. I had to disable it in order for me to be able to start my car daily and in a swift manner. I am sure it could be fixed, but from what I understand it is a pricey fix for a defect in this current make.

- Lee E

Our Mighty Chevy Malibu is awesome! We are so blessed to have him.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base

My wife and I been praying for a car and we got it today. It is a used car but we are so blessed because we don't need to borrow my moms car anymore. We got a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. We love the roof opening, the sits, the feature and everything, we love it. My wife is so excited to drive so soon but she does not have a driver's license yet hehe. This car is simple not a new model but we are satisfied about it. It's awesome!

- Dennis H

Chevy Classic: a good compact car

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base

I like the Chevrolet Classic, but there are some things I don't like as well. I like that it gets good gas mileage and that it has a large trunk. I dislike that it is so small because I have 2 growing boys. Our car has a problem with the blinker not working most of the time, so that is annoying. Otherwise we have not had any problems with the Chevy Classic, just do routine maintenance.

- Ashley H

A brown Chevrolet Malibu with a hatchback and sunroof.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base

It's a good vehicle with exceptional gas mileage and plenty of room for passengers. I live in a snowy environment and it does alright in the regard. It's been a reliable vehicle with minimum repairs, especially for an older car. It has a sunroof and a hatchback which are both nice features.

- Luke M

2004 Malibu general experiences.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base

Generally reliable for a Chevy but i'd still never trust one. Spacious and the inline 4 is reliable. Probably a good beater but I'd never buy one new because of others experiences. But if the price is right go for it. All in all you'd you'd probably be better served with a Toyota though.

- Tyler F

Good quality car made in kck.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base

Basic model car, has run exceptionally over the years. At 180,00 miles, still runs well. The only repairs are the basic, expected things that come with wear-&-tear and mileage. The only glitchy thing is with the air vent settings, other than that - smooth running car.

- Liz H

My Love bug to the moon!!

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base

My car is just really old and run down by the first owners. But it's a reliable vehicle. Gets me to where I need to go. It's also great on gas. Could use some Suspension Work but overall good vehicle to have.I kind of have a love hate relationship with my Chevy.

- Stephanie H

Great car, great gas mileage, lots of space.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base

It's a good car we bought it used and have has it for a year and it's falling apart but it still goes great and is roomy and comfortable, its stylish and safe I have kids and there is plenty of room for car seats, the gas mileage is great and the car lasts forever!

- Mariah F

2004 Chevy Malibu Review, highly recommend this car.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base

I haven't any major issues with this vehicle. It runs great, drives nice and smooth. I like that it is simple and easy to operate. It doesn't have any high tech gadgets to break or malfunction. I love this car and I would definitely recommend this car to others.

- Mandy G

my car in 250 words bro !!

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base

our car is old and the only reason we still drive it is because we can't afford a new car. But it's surprisingly holds up pretty well and I'm blessed to have transportation. it's high on mileage so idk really but I'm sure it was a great car. I like it I suppose

- lee K

A black beauty, a boat floating through the ocean of cars, smooth and reliable.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base

No problems, drives like a tank. I love Chevys and the Malibu is amazing. It rides so smooth, it reminds me of the old 70s versions. Nice and solid. Nice on gas and easy to fix at home. All the parts are kind of cheap and can be picked up at any auto store.

- Taylor R

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