• (3.4) 19 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $306–$4,362
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 26
  • Engine: 170-hp, 3.1-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2000 Chevrolet Malibu

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Vehicle Overview
The front-wheel-drive Malibu is Chevrolet's No. 2 passenger car in sales behind the Cavalier, and will take on more responsibility as the brand's only midsize entry. The Lumina, a larger midsize sedan, will be in production at least until the end of the calendar year 2000. A V-6 engine becomes standard as Malibu's most notable change this year.

Oldsmobile formerly offered a version of this car as the Cutlass, but it was dropped at the end of the 1999 model year.

A new grille and badging give the front a fresh appearance, and the LS model gains new 15-inch aluminum wheels, but otherwise this is the same middle-of-the-road design that debuted in 1997. Available only in four-door styling, the Malibu is 190 inches bumper to bumper, an inch or so longer than the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, two of its key rivals.

Bucket seats are standard and a front bench is not available. Malibu's spacious rear seat has more legroom than the Lumina. The split rear seatback folds to expand the trunk's already generous 17-cubic-foot capacity, and the trunk has a wide, low opening for easy loading.

Standard features include air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, a stereo radio and a theft-deterrent system.

Under the Hood
A 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine, formerly standard in the base Malibu, is gone. A 3.1-liter V-6 with 170 horsepower and a four-speed automatic transmission are now standard on the base and LS models. Anti-lock brakes, a feature that is optional on several competitors, are standard on both Malibu models.

Short on thrills and frills but long on practicality and value, Malibu offers acceptable performance, ample space and a lot of features for a reasonable amount of money.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

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Chevy really messed up when they made this one.

by M.S.L. from Newcastle, California on December 4, 2017

Normally I probably would have enjoyed this car but the Chevy Malibu from 1998- 2005 where notorious for overheating due to poor craftsmanship with the overflow reservoir and their cooling system fail... Read Full Review

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There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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