2004 Chevrolet Malibu Standard 2.2 4 cylinder from North America


So far, so good


Not a thing. I haven't had any problems with the Malibu yet.

General Comments:

I traded in my 2003 Accord LX (It was very unreliable...yes, I said unreliable) on a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu in January of this year. I do not regret doing so, either. My Malibu has been a very reliable car with some thoughtful features and gets good gas mileage. It is the base model. It's not a speed demon with the 4 cylinder, but it is adequate for my needs. It will still get out of it's own way without a lot of trouble. I especially like my fold down front seat. I am remodeling a room in my house, & it's a great feature for hauling planks of wood, drywall, and anything else it can swallow. this car rides a lot better than my Accord did, as well. much smoother. Chevrolet gets 2 thumbs up from me for the new Malibu!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2004

28th Jul 2004, 21:19

Why do you find it hard to believe that somebody had a Honda Accord that was unreliable? It's not impossible, you know. Check out some of the 2003 Accord reviews on this website. While they are reliable for the most part, not everybody has had good luck with a Honda. Your sarcastic comment is not funny, either. That crap about Honda owners being brainwashed lemmings is posted all over the place on this site. It is possible that someone can have an American car this day in age, and actually have good luck with it. By the way, I am not the original poster. Just someone that is tired of people that act like nothing or everything goes wrong with a car just because of it's name.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5 from North America


Good Car for the money!


It started with a steering problem when I first drove it home.

I have had a relay switch replaced for the temperature-gauge.

Thirdly, due to the steering problem, the steering column has been replaced.

Fourth, my key-less entry remotes will not work intermittently.

Lastly, the check engine cap light came on with no fault of the cap.

General Comments:

Upon my first test drive, I truly preferred this vehicle over its competitors: Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and even the lower end Chevy, such as Cavalier.

The handling is great and superb around corners.

The power is wonderful for the size of the car and the class it is in.

This is an under-rated vehicle by Chevy.

Even with the problems I have had, I would still recommend because I understand every so often cars come with problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2004

23rd Jul 2004, 20:28

As a fellow 04 Malibu owner, you should know that the NHTSA is conducting a probe into this car for steering failures. Mine failed at 8500 miles and is going out again at 11,500. Please go to www.nhtsa.gov to research this.

26th May 2005, 23:05

Chevy, Pontiac and Oldsmobile aren't really competitors because they're all owned by GM.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5 V6 from North America


Extremely pleased with this one!


Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with this car in 25k miles.

General Comments:

I purchased my Malibu LS in November of 2003. I travel all over the country, so I needed a decent car. After hearing some good things about the all new malibu, I had to check one out. Went down to the lot, & test drove a sport red metallic LS model with a tan cloth interior. That did it. I had to have one right then & here. I got the price down to my liking, and made the deal. Since the purchase in November I have no problems to report. I've already done 8 oil changes on this car (I change oil every 3000 miles)! The front seat can also fold down along with the rear seats making the car very handy & versatile for hauling long objects, making the car a great work horse. I also love the heated seats, remote starter, & adjustable pedals. The V6 is a gas miser. I've literally reached 36 mpgs on the high way with this car at 70 mph. The 3.5 is a great combination of power (albeit that it's only 200 hp), torque, and fuel economy. The electric steering is nice, and the transmission shifts are extremely smooth, as well as the ride (But not "floaty" smooth, the car can still handle pretty well). This car has also received a lot of compliments from people that haven't seen one up close yet. I think Chevy has a winner on it's hands here! Completely different car from the Malibu it replaced. I hope to keep this car for a long time to come, and I don't see any reason why it won't hold up for the long haul. With all the features, quality, and versatility this car has to offer, I think Chevy will sell a lot of these.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2004

23rd Aug 2004, 18:40

Just an update to my review. I currently have roughly 32900 miles on my LS, and I am pleased to report that everything is still holding up fine. So far all of the maintenance has been routine on it. Will update further at a later time.