2005 Chevrolet Malibu consumer reviews

$19,200 starting MSRP
side view of 2005 Malibu Chevrolet
84% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior 4.0
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 4.2
Explore the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu

Awesome car

The price i got for this car was really good. got for $4,200. i had it for 5 months and it hasnt let me down. Im glad i got this car.


I absolutely LOVE my Mali-Blue!

I was not a car-lover when I bought my Malibu, having driven 4 wheel drive vehicles for years. But with rising gas prices, it was more economical to park my gas guzzling SUV and look for a decent car. After several weeks of car shopping and test driving too-small and uncomfortable imports, I hopped into the Malibu and was immediately convinced that it was the car for me; it just clicked. I have been driving my 2005 Malibu for 4 years now and still love it as much as the day I bought it. It has the 4-cylinder engine, which makes decent gas mileage and has the pep needed to get going in traffic and pass up the slow lane. On a recent 1200 mile trip, it was making 50mpg at one point! Overall it makes between 32 and 38 on the highway, and I have noticed that paying for premium gas is definitely worth it in this car as it adds to the mpg. It is very comfortable to drive, handles great, and is very reliable. Nothing on this car in 4 years and 45,000 miles except tires, and regular maintenance, which adds immensely to the cost savings of driving a Malibu. The interior is comfortable and roomy enough for a tall person such as myself, even with the seat raised to it's highest position. The only thing I would change about this car is adding more storage space for cell phone, or other small items. I would highly recommend this car to anyone looking for a reliable, comfortable car without paying an arm and a leg. My next car will definitely be another Malibu!


Great Car

Where to start. These cars are great. The ride is so smooth. It handles smoothly. All of the features make the car what it is. It would be great for families, daily drivers, or any situation.


Remarkable Malibu

This is a truly remarkable car. I did not want to buy this car, but I needed a car and price was important. This one had only 9700 and change on it when I bought it, and it has almost 98000 now. The 2005's had a problem with the steering midshaft. The dealer replaced that for free at 38,000. The emergency brake cable snapped one day in a parking lot. That was a free repair, too. Other than that, tires, regular maintenance, and a tie rod end. And, a quirky problem with turn signal light bulb sockets that cropped up but was an easy fix. NOW THE GOOD STUFF. While this car is a bit dull to look at, its a blast to drive. POWERFUL V-6 gets a real 32-34 on the highway if you don't drive way fast. Just keep the tires properly inflated or the mileage drops, but only to around 28-30. And when you put the pedal down, it scoots. Mine has the sport shift automatic, with the gears controlled by a button at the driver's thumb. Boom, boom, boom through the gears. Smooth. And while some reviews have criticized the electric power steering, I have found it precise....this car is agile...far more than any other midsize I tried back when I bought it. I drive alot in my work and have really put this car through alot...snow, rain, fog, rough roads, and mile after mile it keeps on going. Once we got the early bugs ironed out it has been a lot of fun. The thing that does bug me a bit is that the hinges on the mirror covers on the sun visors both broke about 80-90 thousand miles. But, for the turn the key and go reliability and the POWER of that V-6 with great highway mileage, how can you go wrong. So, I can recommend this car...so long as you are willing to work out the bugs at the beginning, you'll have a blast.



I have never been a GM supporter, but this Malibu is by far one of the best vehicles I have ever owned in my 45 years of driving!!! It is reliable, hugely economical, comfortable and good to look at. I would recommend this car to anyone.


very good auto and a pleasant surprise

Fresh from Africa in 1979 to attend college. My first car was an American car. Then I got married to an American lady and she will not touch an American car with a 20 ft pole. So for 23 years of marriage, we drove, 3 Volkswagens, 2 Audis,a Volvo, Mercedes benz300sd, Fiat,2 Peugots and BMW. After a divorce I went back to an American car it was the Malibu LS from auto rental in Hawaii with 36,000 mile on it. The car has done very well. We drove on one of the 10 most dangerous road in the counrty, Saddle road in Big island of Hawaii, for 4 months we drove it 5 days a week doing 225 miles per day and now down to 300 miles per week, going from 80 plus degrees to at times 50 degree weather, thru volcanic vog, tropical rainfall, hot sun shines and very bumpy roads. This car is good, comfortable,reliable,good on expensive Hawaii gasoline and now we are about 90,000 miles with little problem. such as bad wheel cover that tends to loosing and jinggle with a little noise. Anti theft locked out twice and under wheel noise. But for the type of roads we traveled it has done well. and next year we are going for the 2007 model.


One Of The Best I've Owned

I owned a 2005 Chevy Malibu LT and loved it. My LT had the 1SB Luxury Package: Sunroof, Auto Start, Chrome Wheels, XM Radio, 6 Disk Changer, Sunroof Auto Dimming Mirror w/On Star, Homelink, Chrome Wheels. With the 3500-V6 Engine this car had pep. When I stepped on it I had to hang onto the wheel as the rear end would want to take off on her own. This was definatly an almost luxury car without the price. Had very little upkeep costs besides the oil and other regular maintenance. Heated seats, auto-start, traction control and with the addition of studded snow tires I kept warm and on the road, despite the steep hills I traversed during winter.



I've had this car for three years and it has 176,000 miles on it, and it still runs perfectly... im not even lying about the miles, this is probably the most reliable car i've owned.. i even have 1600 wheels and tires on it.. lol. BUY THIS CAR :)



I purchased my Malibu brand new in the summer of 2005, and it is one of the best cars I have ever owned the body style is a little plain but the car makes up for it in pure performance. The 2.2L Ecoctech engine is a god send among rising gas prices I was getting about 34mpg on long trips, and that little motor did not back down when you asked it to pick up the pace it always had enough power on tap for merging on the freeway. I never had any problems with the car what so ever Zero, the only up keep it required was regular oil changes and that is it. The interior of the car is high quality and the seats are very comfortable, I also love the feature that allows you to set the petals exactly where you want them. I owned my Malibu for 4years, the only reason I traded it in was to get one of the new 2008 Malibu?s witch I just had to have the new body styles are so sweet. Get a Malibu with the 2.2L 4cyclinder and you can?t go wrong.


Stealthy Bargain

As a car guy, I felt a bit goofy buying an ex-rental, plain black Malibu with a 4 cylinder and only cruise/locks/remote starter checked as options. But after driving it 130 miles a day for 3 years, I've been impressed with its build quality, economy (@ 35 mpg hwy. summer, 31 mpg winter) and overall competence. It's not a standout in any area, but is comfortable, quiet and lively enough that it is pleasant to live with on a daily basis. The grey seat fabric stains easily and I've had some minor hassles with faulty gas caps and a loose fuel line connection, but it has otherwise been as reliable as the sunrise and requires very little maintenance.