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2004 Chevrolet Malibu

2004 Chevrolet Malibu

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$1,087 — $6,307 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
27-29 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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The Good

  • Fuel economy
  • Available adjustable pedals

The Bad

  • Pending further review

What to Know

about the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu
  • FWD layout
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Electric power steering
  • Fully independent suspension
  • Available remote starter

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet has redesigned its midsize, front-wheel-drive Malibu sedan for 2004 and moved it to GM’s Epsilon global platform, which promises a high degree of structural stiffness. According to Chevrolet, this helps the new sedan exhibit a European flair in ride and handling qualities. In addition to the four-door Malibu, an extended-length five-door Malibu Maxx hatchback will be available in the 2004 model year.

The previous Malibu was unabashedly conservative in style. It was powered by a 170-horsepower, 3.1-liter V-6 engine and a four-speed-automatic transmission. The Malibu debuted in 1997 and took the name of a well-known model from the automaker’s past. Despite its undramatic nature, Chevrolet’s mainstay bread-and-butter Malibu sedan accounted for substantial sales each year.

Buyers of the 2004 Malibu get a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 power. Three trim levels are available: base, LS and LT. All Malibus have variable-assist electric power steering and a fully independent suspension. Chevrolet offers a factory-installed remote starter that allows the driver to start the engine from up to 200 feet away; it’s said to be the first such feature in this vehicle segment. Production of the 2004 Malibu is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2003.

Exterior
The Malibu is the first Chevrolet model to display the company’s next-generation family look. The automaker calls it expressive styling, which blends corporate heritage with European influence and starts wi...

Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet has redesigned its midsize, front-wheel-drive Malibu sedan for 2004 and moved it to GM’s Epsilon global platform, which promises a high degree of structural stiffness. According to Chevrolet, this helps the new sedan exhibit a European flair in ride and handling qualities. In addition to the four-door Malibu, an extended-length five-door Malibu Maxx hatchback will be available in the 2004 model year.

The previous Malibu was unabashedly conservative in style. It was powered by a 170-horsepower, 3.1-liter V-6 engine and a four-speed-automatic transmission. The Malibu debuted in 1997 and took the name of a well-known model from the automaker’s past. Despite its undramatic nature, Chevrolet’s mainstay bread-and-butter Malibu sedan accounted for substantial sales each year.

Buyers of the 2004 Malibu get a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 power. Three trim levels are available: base, LS and LT. All Malibus have variable-assist electric power steering and a fully independent suspension. Chevrolet offers a factory-installed remote starter that allows the driver to start the engine from up to 200 feet away; it’s said to be the first such feature in this vehicle segment. Production of the 2004 Malibu is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2003.

Exterior
The Malibu is the first Chevrolet model to display the company’s next-generation family look. The automaker calls it expressive styling, which blends corporate heritage with European influence and starts with a chrome front bar and gold bowtie emblem. Other badging has been eliminated for a cleaner appearance.

Compared to its predecessor, the 2004 version has a slightly wider stance. Mounted on a 106.3-inch wheelbase, the Malibu is 188.3 inches long overall. Those dimensions are slightly smaller than the previous model and comparable to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, two of the Malibu’s foremost competitors. Its height and width have increased just a bit. Base and LS models ride 15-inch tires, and the LT gets 16-inchers. The LS model sports aluminum wheels.

Interior
Five occupants fit inside the Malibu, which has a fold-flat front passenger seat and a fold-down 60/40-split rear seat. Heated leather seats with Ultra Lux inserts are optional. The trunk holds 15.4 cubic feet of cargo.

A “personalized fit package” allows drivers of all sizes to tailor the position of the seat, steering wheel and pedals for their own comfort. The group includes a power driver’s seat height adjuster, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and adjustable brake and accelerator pedals. These pedals are standard in the LS and LT and optional in the base model. The headliners in the LS and LT sedans contain reading lights for front and rear passengers.

Four levels of radio equipment, including an XM Satellite Radio system, are available. A driver information center that is integrated into the radio display permits the personalization of electrical features and provides more than 15 warning messages. GM’s OnStar communication system is optional.

Under the Hood
Two engines are available in Malibu models. A 145-hp, 2.2-liter four-cylinder goes into the base model. A 3.5-liter V-6 that develops 200 hp and 220 pounds-feet of torque is optional in the base sedan and standard in the LS and LT models. Both engines drive a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard on the LS and LT and optional on the base model. Side curtain-type airbags that protect front and rear occupants are optional.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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37 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(3.8)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(3.7)
Comfort
(3.8)
Reliability
(3.9)
Value For The Money
(3.9)

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(4.0)

Good Overall, not in snow

by Pat from Westminster MD on January 31, 2021

I’ve driven this car for 3 years and it still lasts me, it’s just now starting to crap out a bit. Not too great in snow but it does have a traction control button and a low gear. The cars got a good ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great little car

by George from Hackensack,NJ on April 6, 2020

Handles great,lots of power (3.5 v-6) Just a great car.Good mileage.Auto start. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a good used car. Bought mine with 47,000 miles. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2004 Chevrolet Malibu currently has 9 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2004 Chevrolet Malibu has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Malibu received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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