Its a reliable vehicle.
I bought my 01 malibu used with 160k+ miles and its in surprisingly good shape. Im the 3rd or 4th owner and almost everything works and the engine runs great. One of the motors for the driver's seat went out so its stuck in one position. My only worry is electrical, the blinkers don't always work. Overall im very happy with my purchase and i will drive it as long as i can. I am very easy on cars and maintain them so i expect to put another 100k miles on it at least
My first car, it's decent but a lot of issues.
I got it handed down to me from my mom 5 years go, she bought it 8 years ago but it didn't have any issues and was a good car until it got around to me. I tried my best to keep up on it but so many things just kept breaking on it because of the mileage. I've had to replace struts 3 times, CV axles, rack and pinion, sway bars and steering rack. All the underneath components are complete garbage. Don't even get me started on the never-ending overheating issue. It's got the not-so-great 3.1 V6. I've replaced the thermostat, cooling fans and the coolant tank. Yet to this day it eats up a full tank of coolant within 2 days of putting the xxxx in. Because of this the heat works about 20% of the time and it gets really hot unless you're driving down the road. The interior is possibly the ugliest i've ever seen other than the wood grain on the dash which I really like. Despite the mechanical nightmares I actually really like this car. It's the LS package so it's got all the features possible. Power windows, seats, mirrors, door locks and OnStar. On the outside it's got the rare 5 spoke painted rims which they only made specifically for the 2001 model. Black pinstriping and the lowered side skirts and bumpers. The paint is in good shape, with the exception of a couple chips and a little rust it still shines up like new. It's very comfortable to drive though, the suspension floats when you're going down the road and the car feels huge from the inside. The horsepower is decent too, gets up to speed but hesitates a lot because of the horrible 4th gear overdrive which kicks in going a minimum of 30mph at times if you're just trying to cruise slow. Overall I would recommend this car.. but only for a second vehicle or a Sunday driver. It is a solid tank and will run forever however it is inevitable to run into countless issues with front end parts and the engine overheating. (The intake manifold is the most common issue with this). I would recommend buying it, regular service is a must though.
My first car; I love it.
I recently turned 16 and this was purchased as my first car for only $800. It was the original owners primary car for over ten years and had recently been fixed up in preparation for the sale. Keep this in mind, when reading the rest of the review. Despite my particular car's interior being a little cracked, I quite enjoy design, layout, and space in the car. The space in the trunk is amazing, plenty of room for groceries and the like. While I haven't driven it much, the few times I have, it was very smooth and easy. The front windshield is large and the turning feels nice. I may be alone in this, but I actually really like the way it looks. I am looking forward to fixing the old thing up and pro-longing its life a bit.