Not worth the headache.
Things that have gone wrong:
Keeping in mind I bought the car used:
So far I have had to have the transmission rebuilt.
At the time of purchase the A/C did not operate unless on 3, 4 or 5 setting.
The rear right passenger window would not operate remotely had to replace wind-up mechanism/motor.
Front end of the car shook when accelerating at high speeds. Purchased new tires and front end alignment which seemed to help, but did not fix the problem.
The engine kept overheating. I replaced the thermostat which seemed to help, but after warming up, the temperature gauge stays at middle reading or higher. I turn off the AC when climbing steep grades to help avoid overheating.
I have taken this car on long trips each about 6,000 plus miles. The car has been a good cruising car with plenty of room for 5 people and luggage. Gas mileage averaged about 30 MPG on the highway which is comparable to other cars of this class.
Despite the transmission rebuild and other problems that I have encountered the Malibu LS has been a decent performer. The power train is strong and there when I needed it. It drives smoothly and holds strong on tight curves.
The LS model I have is either an upgraded version or obsolete since I haven't come across any that are identical to the one I own.
I purchased the car at what I thought was a decent price, but with all the repairs I have had done to the car I no doubt have paid twice as much as I should have. Definitely not worth the aggravation or expense. Probably would not buy Chevy again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 18th October, 2006