2003 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1 from North America
Nice, modest family car
Brake rotors warp every 8000-10000 miles.
Power sunroof motor periodically stops while opening. I just have to hit the switch again to finish opening it.
ABS light comes on periodically, and ABS is disabled while the light is on. Turning the car off and re-starting it will reset the ABS.
Blower motor resistor went bad, but I replaced it myself for about $25. Don't try it yourself if you have fat fingers, and you will need 1/4" drive sockets, extension, and u-joint.
In cold weather (less than 10 degrees), there is a slight knocking sound in the engine with moderate-hard acceleration, but it completely goes away when it's not so cold.
Other than the few items listed above, this has been a good car for daily commuting and family use. There have been NO mechanical failures that have left the car inoperable. Only "nuisance" issues.
The Malibu is large enough and solid enough to feel safe in, yet small enough to be reasonably economical.
The interior is roomy, as is the trunk.
The heater is a bit weak for MN winters, but it's tolerable.
This car is quite smooth and comfortable on the road, and pretty quiet.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th December, 2007