This car is for everyone!
I only have two small things that went wrong with the car.
First, the windshield had to be replaced twice due to debris hitting and instantly making a large crack, both times spreading from passenger side to driver's side. This was not a manufacturing problem, but rather just bad luck in cold weather.
The second thing that happened was the seatbelt light. This is the only actual manufacturing issue I have come across in the four months I have had it. Randomly, even when my seatbelt is buckled, the light comes on and you hear the "ding". It gets quite annoying. My seatbelt works fine, but it must be a sensor somewhere. It's just something I have to learn to ignore. I have not seen any recalls on seatbelt issues with the '05 Malibu.
Going from the '99 Geo Prizm, to the '05 Malibu was a HUGE jump. Having this car while living in a medium to high wealth neighborhood makes me feel like I fit in more. Besides that, this car is VERY comfortable and that is what everyone says when they come into my car. I drive very far from my home to work, to home to school and often, I drive 300 miles to Maine. My car was previously owned by a company that easily put on many miles. No major issues were reported. Driving in a high populated area with this car is also another positive thing. Getting on the highway with this car is simple, and you certainly don't have to "gun" it. This car just takes off and safely lets you on the highway.
Space is also another awesome thing about this car. If you are a person who likes to take long trips, and needs to bring a lot of things, this is a great car. Directed toward teenagers, this car is a great size for subwoofers and other speakers, and you still have room for your gym bag! This trunk is HUGE. If you are a middle aged man and you are a man of the mafia, forget the Cadillac! This car has LOTS of room.
Let's face it, the '05 Malibu is a car fit for everyone unless you are someone who doesn't like power, space, and comfort... hmm, if you're out there, you are most likely alone.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th February, 2008