Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,738 - $5,132
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
145-200
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,738 - $5,132
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
145-200
Seats
5

Chevrolet Malibu Models & Trims

Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Reviews

3.97

293 Reviews

35% 34% 25% 5% 1%

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6 recalls since 09 for transmission, power steering, fuel pump, and brake light.

I was smitten with this car the first time I sat inside of it. From the outside, the body shape looks unique! Due to standing rainwater on the flat surface of the trunk ledge, the clear coat over the paint has bubbled and peeled into an unsightly blemish. The interior is deceivingly roomy, especially the back seat. My model has an immobile 'moonroof' over the backseat, but I get virtually no use from it in the front seat. I guess it helps the interior to be more well lit in daytime, but not enough to be appreciable. The seating is comfortable enough, but nothing special. My car has been extremely reliable and low maintenance despite slowly leaking oil for the past 5 years. During the first year or two of the leak, it survived a 1500 mile 3 day drive with no immediate or residual issue! However I am not sure it would survive this trek today. The axle periodically loosens and wobbles. Most importantly, there have been 2 recalls on my car since I bought it in 2009. One recall involved the body control module and brake apply sensor, causing the brake lights to malfunction, difficulty disengaging cruise control and in moving the gear shift out of park, as well as the disablement of crash avoidance features. The second recall concerned the potential loss of power steering. I have neglected to have either repair addressed and fortunately never experienced any issues, yet. I do feel my car is nearing the end of it is lifespan now, but overall I have been very satisfied with most all aspects.

- Nikki T

The Malibu makes is easy to drive & has all the features you want in a vehicle.

I am happy with my vehicle mostly. I have not had issues that were due to it being made poorly or where it needs constant maintenance outside of what is typically needed for vehicles. The features that mine has include a v6 engine that helps me get up to speed properly while merging onto the freeway. I have had issues with 4 cylinder vehicles. My car has awesome features including a moonroof, heated seats, easy to operate, cruise control. The only issues I am currently seeing is the interior fabric on the doors is falling off. A lot of damage occurred to the vehicle following a tornado. Therefore it is difficult to be sure if it is due to manufacturing issues. The auto start no longer works not sure if that is due to the sensor being broken or the hood latch being broken & not registering it being closed. The speakers are broken from broken glass getting into the speakers which the insurance company should have fixed these issue but, they didn't. Luckily having cataclysmic insurance covered most of the damage. I think they were trying to prevent it from being damaged beyond the value of the vehicle. With over 8, 500 worth of damage on a 10 vehicle it still is in working order. I would avoid getting the car in black it is too difficult for others to see it at night & has been hit at night due to others not seeing the vehicle.

- Ashley K

The highlight of my car is how well it drives and gets me where I need to be.

I really like my car and have found that it is very reliable. My car is great on gas and gets me where I need to be when I need to be there. I would love to upgrade to a newer model Malibu some day. My car had lasted me and is still lasting me. It has never had any problems on its own only from accidents. My car has 300,000 miles on it and it is still running very well. The engine and motor are all so very well built that it is very dependable for any age to drive. My parents really trusted this car or they would have not let me purchase it for my first car. I love Chevrolet and all of their vehicles they always prove to be the best out there. The interior of the car is very nice and is not getting tore up from the sun like other brand vehicles do. My car drives very smooth and is perfect to drive for long commutes or even long vacations because it is a very comfortable car to be in! I would pick my car over all other cars because of the dependability I have in my car. The size of my car is perfect for all the needs I have. It is 4 doors and allows for 5 passengers and it fits all 5 in a comfortable position.

- Hazel H

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Key Specs

Category Name: Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$3,738 - $4,939
$3,765 - $4,966

Horsepower

Horsepower
200 hp
200 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
3500 V6 SFI (200 HP [149.1 kW] @ 5400 rpm 220 lb.
3500 V6 SFI
3500 V6 SFI (200 HP [149.1 kW] @ 5400 rpm 220 lb.
3500 V6 SFI
Interior Features

Category Name: Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Category Name: Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.9 in.
41.9 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.9 in.
39.9 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
38.5 in.
38.5 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.6 in.
37.6 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.4 cu. ft.
15.4 cu. ft.

Category Name: Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control

Category Name: Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Exterior Features

Category Name: Accessories

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional

Category Name: Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 in.
106.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36 ft.
36 ft.

Length

Length
188.3 in.
188.3 in.

Width

Width
69.9 in.
69.9 in.
Mechanical Specs

Category Name: Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3315 .lbs
3297 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
200 hp
200 hp

Torque

Torque
220 ft. lbs.
220 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
100 .lbs
100 .lbs

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Category Name: Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
16 gal.
16 gal.

Combined

Combined
11 - 16 mpg
11 - 16 mpg

City

City
22 mpg
22 mpg

Highway

Highway
32 mpg
32 mpg
Safety Features

Category Name: Features

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Category Name: Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Optional

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Optional

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Optional

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety