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A reliable car if maintained properly by Devin (Buffalo, NY) on 09/01/2011. Trim: 2003 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: color, size, power, speakers, comfort, good MPG at 20 city, 29 highway, placement of the ignition cylinder
Cons: transmission shifter rod is a bit high, braking isnt the best, steering feels a bit tight but i may have bad parts, my A/C is out, some lighting for the A/C and temperature dials are out but can be replaced
Overall review: I bought mine back in March with 104,560 on it. it had problems when i first bought it because the previous owners (i'm the third) didnt do s*** with it, so it needed over $1500 worth of work. i like the design of it, especially where GM put the ignition cylinder, which is right near the dashboard, and not on the side of the steering column. the only dislike about this car is the braking. i realized that in warmer temperatures, more braking force is needed, and in colder temperatures, not as much. my guess is that it's a braking pedal arm issue. i have also heard claims that Malibus are prone to going through brakes, but i have yet to experience that. it's a very reliable car and is well worth owning. if you want to spend less on a reliable car, get a Malibu, no matter what year. i will most likely get another one in the future because i enjoy owning one.
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