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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by swartkar



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Reviewed: 2004 Chevrolet Malibu

4dr Hatch 200-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why Not the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu?

Reliability & durability

Steering & chassis parts fail every few thousand miles. Parts that should last over 200k miles needs replacement under 50K miles. Transmission got burned.

Materials & workmanship

Cheap plastics. Panels not fitting correctly. Interior has many rattles. Many buttons failed and had to be replaced.

Fuel economy

Less than manufacturers claim

Brand reputation & image

GM known for certain reliability issues on the Malibu.

Dealer practices

For some reason always unable to replicate a problem until you stick them the TSB in the hand describing the problem and fix.

This review was originally a two-car comparison review. Read the other half here.

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