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2003 Chevrolet Malibu

2003 Chevrolet Malibu

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Great Value

by from Chicago, IL on November 3, 2012

I bought this car new over 9 years ago and continue to be pleased with it's value and performance now at 110,00 miles. I faithfully have had preventative maintenance done to the car and only have had ...
I bought this car new over 9 years ago and continue to be pleased with it's value and performance now at 110,00 miles. I faithfully have had preventative maintenance done to the car and only have had trouble with the fuel pump and anti-lock brake wiring. The car has never been garaged and the paint still looks great (I do wax it a couple of times a year) but is showing rust bubbles around the gas filler which I notice on other similar vintage malibus. Gas mileage is what I expect for a V-6 4-speed automatic (22 mpg mostly city driving and 28 mpg on the highway). I have had no engine, transmission, or suspension issues with the car. Rear seat room is much better than other mid-size cars I've owned. It handles well in snowy conditions. The windshield wipers are hard to clean when they freeze up with ice as you have to lift to hood up to fully access them. In winter the hood release freezes up at times also. Maybe the right lubricant would fix that. Heat and AC work well. It is a comfortable car even on long highway trips. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a used one that has been properly maintained.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Great Car

by from Greece ny on April 17, 2012

I recently bought a 2003 Malibu from a local dealer the car is great only had 87,000 miles on it now and yet it still runs and drives like its brand new also not a spec of rust on it the body is great...
I recently bought a 2003 Malibu from a local dealer the car is great only had 87,000 miles on it now and yet it still runs and drives like its brand new also not a spec of rust on it the body is great also a very reliable car mechanically I haven't had any problems so far I like the 3.1 v6 it has plenty of get up and go and horsepower when you want to pass someone really quick Overall I give this car a 4.5 out of 5 and would recommend buying one for yourself.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Buy American?

by from San Jose on August 25, 2009

My Chevy has been very dependable except for a gasket that cost me $500. I bought it new and have had it for 6 years. The gasket is the # 1 problem issue with this car says my mechanic and what I have...
My Chevy has been very dependable except for a gasket that cost me $500. I bought it new and have had it for 6 years. The gasket is the # 1 problem issue with this car says my mechanic and what I have seen online. It has been highly reliable minus this one issue. It does not handle as well as the comparable accord but costs a few thousand less, but still does handle well. It's styling is adequate with the newer 2004 model being a very nice upgrade. Certainly better then many other American made cars and a REAL value, or should I say maybe the BEST value when you are buying a 4-6 year old used vehicle.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Last American Car I'll Ever Own

by from Dallas, TX on March 8, 2009

We've owned the Chevy Malibu since February 2003. It's never failed to disappoint. The air conditioner has been repaired five times in six years (each time because it won't stay in the recirculate - c...
We've owned the Chevy Malibu since February 2003. It's never failed to disappoint. The air conditioner has been repaired five times in six years (each time because it won't stay in the recirculate - colder - mode for more than a few minutes). Might not be an issue in Fargo, but August in Dallas makes a cold a/c a necessity, not an option. A final repair occurred last year that seems to have finally resolved it, and GM (or our dealer) paid for it out of warranty, but it should have never gotten to that point to begin with. It's an ongoing, known issue (Google Malibu a/c problem for some ideas). Before you consider buying this hunk of junk, Google "Malibu coolant leak" to read the warnings around the GM-mandated coolant and problems they have. This car has convinced me to never buy Chevy again.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Best riding car I have ever owned

by from Cincinnati, Ohio on March 29, 2009

Bought my 2003 Chevy Malibu from a lease. The power from the V-6 engine is great. Great Handling. Have driven this car across the country several times - with absolutely no problems. I can understand ...
Bought my 2003 Chevy Malibu from a lease. The power from the V-6 engine is great. Great Handling. Have driven this car across the country several times - with absolutely no problems. I can understand how this car was voted best car of the year recently. I think Malibu is the best car GM makes. (I also had a Chevy Lumina that was really good as well).
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Best car ever!

by from Sparks, NV on December 25, 2008

This by far is the best car i've ever had. I also own a 2003 Honda Accord and i have had to swap out the engine on that thing many times. This malibu, Very reliable, very confortable, great handling! ...
This by far is the best car i've ever had. I also own a 2003 Honda Accord and i have had to swap out the engine on that thing many times. This malibu, Very reliable, very confortable, great handling! I bought it n 03 and just recently, it suffered its real big problem, It was just the alternator and a cable connected to the alternator that went bad. 2 hours in the mechanics and it was back to normal. Very supprised. It handles great even on snow. Its only a FWD car but it handles like a AWD car. Even on street tires! Speakers sound identical to those expensive Bose speakers. Friends at my school are very jealous that i have this malibu. Another excellent Chevy car!
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Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Most problematic car I've owned

by from Pontiac, MI on January 19, 2007

I grew up with all GM vehicles. I have owned 3 Chevy vehicles in my lifetime. This by far is the worst! I purchased the Malibu new in 2003 and have taken it in every year for some problem. Begin...
I grew up with all GM vehicles. I have owned 3 Chevy vehicles in my lifetime. This by far is the worst! I purchased the Malibu new in 2003 and have taken it in every year for some problem. Beginning with the brakes: after only 25,000 miles, the front brakes had to be replaced (2004). Then a few months later, the rear brakes(2005). Then in 2005/2006 the starter was replaced TWICE. Just recently (Jan. 2007) the fuel pump went out on my car. I had to get a new one which was NOT under warranty. I am NOT a happy camper with this vehicle. I would NOT recommend it to my worst enemy.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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Basic and Affordable

by from West Virginia on May 30, 2007

I bought my Malibu used as a first car. Me, my neighbor, and sister all have one and the 1 and 2 on the temp. controls dont work and the brakes are horrible. But, it goes pretty quick, and was very ve...
I bought my Malibu used as a first car. Me, my neighbor, and sister all have one and the 1 and 2 on the temp. controls dont work and the brakes are horrible. But, it goes pretty quick, and was very very affordable. It is simple, but gets the job done and does have alot of room. I do wish that a sunroof would have been standard on the LS model. I have also noticed that many i see on the road always have tailights burnt out./?
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Real Value, though a bit bland

by from San Jose on January 29, 2007

Solid except for need for installation of a new dash board (under warranty). It has a slight rattling noise ever since. Very reliable otherwise and the best value I could find dollar for dollar, which...
Solid except for need for installation of a new dash board (under warranty). It has a slight rattling noise ever since. Very reliable otherwise and the best value I could find dollar for dollar, which I have never stated concerning a Chevy vehicle.
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Does recommend this car

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Surprised me!

by from Boston, MA on August 18, 2006

I need a new car quickly. My Malibu was in the right place at the right time. For a little car, it sure has a lot of kick. V6 engine probably explains that! I find that it handles amazingly well. ...
I need a new car quickly. My Malibu was in the right place at the right time. For a little car, it sure has a lot of kick. V6 engine probably explains that! I find that it handles amazingly well. Not a lot of bells and whistles for the interior, but I really like it.
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Does recommend this car

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