2000 Chevrolet Malibu consumer reviews

$16,535 starting MSRP
side view of 2000 Malibu Chevrolet
66% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior design 3.9
  • Performance 3.6
  • Value for the money 3.9
  • Exterior styling 3.8
  • Reliability 3.7
Explore the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu
4.3

No problems until 350,000 miles

The problem with overheating is usually due to having more water than antifreeze in the system. (Antifreeze is also a Coolant.) A quick fix for this is turning on the AC, which makes the 2nd cooling fan start up. We are an older couple with no automotive experience but have managed to diagnose and perform all necessary repairs (except harmonic balancer) ourselves by using the Hayne's Manual. We are pushing 400k miles (original motor & transmission) and have only recently found it struggling to climb mountains. This is in spite of the many delayed maintenance procedures, only about 3 or 4 actual tune-ups, traveling 1000s of miles while seriously overloaded, and quite often pushing it beyond the intended limits in every way (and in the harsh environments of TX & AZ). I used the single star rating to inform those looking for potential problems by reading bad reviews. This car is amazing as long as it hasn't been worked on by mechanics who think they know it all.

4.7

Extraordinary Reliability

I bought this car when I was attending college. It now has about 250,000 miles on It and everything still works. Air is cold, it passes smog check year after year. It is by far the most reliable car I have ever owned.

5.0

Best dealership in Menasha

This car met all my needs it’s a nice clean car that gets me to point A to point B with no problems I’ve owed this car for about a year and a half and it still runs amazing. Best choice I made.

4.6

My very first car

It’s a nice car it’s like any other car if you take care of it ,the car will run always good also very good car for a big sound system

3.4

A Decent car for College or first job

Bought the car with 84K on the dial, one owner bought the car in Jan 2015. I have put a lot into this car mainly axles, brakes, and changed all of the cooling components minus the thermostat. Car has 140K now, delivered pizza and full time student for 3 years, left me on the road sometimes too because of cooling issues but day in and day out it starts and gets me where i need to go.

3.1

Chevy really messed up when they made this one.

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 failed bad. Causing a lot of overheating and eventually warping the heads and or gasket. I was constantly replacing parts thinking I finally fixed the problem only to find myself stranded, again. Carrying gallons of water not even bothering with coolant anymore because it would get hot and just dump it. At times if you looked in the rearview you could see water spraying out from underneath the car and shooting behind me. Gas mileage was excellent and it had a good get up and go when needed if it wasnt hot. Why they didnt recall the particular years that where effected I cant understand. But if you were to look up recalls on Chevy Malibus you would be amazed it even made it out on the market. I've since then learned a lot and can thank Chevy for that but wont buy a Chevy anything EVER again!

3.6

Simple car

The Malibu was very basic with roll windows and manual locks. Drove smooth and was good for commute to college.

5.0

Most reliable car I've ever owned

I think it's a excellent vehicle, it is not to expensive because it's older. But that doesn't mean it's a bad car, it always gets me from point a to point b no problem.

4.7

best car ever

we have had this car for 16 year and is the best car for a family of 4. The car had not broken down the car is still running to this day. and i would recommend this car to everyone.

4.7

Best car I've ever had.

This car met all of my needs. It is easy for parts. Lots of aftermarket custom parts. Drives very well. Runs really quiet. Easy to fix. Parts cost is reasonable. Very comfortable on short and long trips. Very roomy. Lots of trunk space.