2003 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1 from North America
I am generally happy with the car considering the price
I have had 4 wheel bearing failures, requiring the replacement of the complete hub, at a cost of approximately $275.00 each.
The fuel pump malfunctioned and was replaced at a cost of approximately $875.00.
The engine is somewhat noisy, sounds like a piston slap, which is disappointing. The engine has not been abused.
Original tires were replaced at 85,000 km. Brakes were replaced/repaired as required... more often than I would have anticipated.
The car is comfortable on the highway, seats are adequate. The 3.1 engine has sufficient power for highway travel, including passing. It is nimble enough for in-town driving as well.
It has been a reasonably satisfactory vehicle for all around driving. I am in my 60's and not a "hot rodder", but I do spend a great deal of time in my vehicle and do expect a level of performance. Having driven mostly bigger cars, I find the Malibu has enough of a "big car feel" to satisfy my requirements.
Although not unusual in the industry, I find it appalling that one should have to pay $600.00 for a fuel pump, and $150.00 for a wheel bearing. I can recall the days when we paid $25-$35 for either one of those parts, plus the same amount for installation.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th June, 2006