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Pros: controls on steering, comfortable leather seats, performance, mileage
Cons: windshield seems smaller than my camry. Washed out dash during certain time of day, nonlocking gas cap, difficult to judge distance when backing. deck trunk to high
Advice: I enjoy the car. Go for it.Handles very well and excellent performance. Have a rattle under the driver side dash. 6 cd does not work correctly. The odometer washes out in sunlight. What to do? I've not heard others complain about it or having a problem with it. So far I've enjoyed the car, but several annoying little things keep cropping up. I'll take it in soon to have some of these things corrected.
Pros: Powerfull engine and more standard features
Cons: the body style
Advice: greate carit drives really well compared to the old body style and the old 3.1 L v6 engine. it has more pick up and excelent handling.
Cons: Malibu Maxx needs a rear windshield wiper
Advice: Give a Malibu serious considerationWe bought a 2004 Malibu maxx LS V6 several months ago for my wife. She has owned Japanese cars since 1990. She rates this car as the best car she has ever owned. The power from the V6 will put a smile on any 'speed freaks face'! However driven at sensible speeds this is an economical car, we average 28.7 MPG, (mostly highway mileage). Quallity of build and is as good as any Japanese car and handles better. We are so pleased with this car that I have traded my eclipse in for a second Malibu, this time a sedan with the 2.2 liter engine. At first I thought the 2.2 liter engine might be a bit under powered and struggle going up the hills we have around here. This is not the case the 2.2 liter models have adequate power for most situations and returns good fuel economy. (33.6 mpg). Let me assure you I drive in quite a spirited manner. Finally I recommend you take a good hard look at this car. This is one American car that Americans can be proud of. This is coming from a Scotsman who has owned and driven cars manufactured by the worlds leading motor manufacturers
Pros: High Quality feel of interior, feels like a cross between an Asian/German brand
Cons: 6 Speaker Stereo System provides ample power, but should offer a Bose option with 8 Speakers
Advice: From what is on the market now, quality is way above others such as the Alero or Grand AM, Fuel Economy for a V-6 is better than some 4 cylinder modelsEngine- Very powerful, quiet, feel economy above average for a V-6. Fit and Finish- Some of the best quility for a first year model. Tight body over rough roads or Train tracks, No squeeks or rattles yet. Driver Information Center functional. Air Conditioning- 6 Vents Cold and Very Powerful. Overall qualtiy is way above average. Consumers that are considering a foreign make, you will buy the Malibu LT for the features, quality and price...
Cons: power roof NOT utilitarian - no tape deck or compass - computer panel glare
Advice: eliminate power roofcar performs well. computer panel impossible to read in the daytime--glare. Power steering went out at 9K. With all the gadgets standard, it lacks compass. AND tape deck.
Pros: I like the handling.
Cons: Nothing I can think of. Maybe a little plain on the outside. I'm 69 and a little plain.
Advice: Definitely check it out.The car I owned before was getting to be one I hated to drive. This Malibu has made me wanting to go. It was driven on a 1,400 to 1,500 mile trip starting with 350 miles on it. The overall mileage for the first 1,700+ miles was 29+. The 3.5 V6 did real well in the mountains. It is the quietest, vibration free engine I have ever had. I looked for a car my wife would like to drive. She is about 5'2'. She is able to handle it well. It also fits larger people well, with the adjustable brake and gas peddles.
Pros: Smooth ride
Cons: Front Passenger seat comfort
Advice: Defintely worth consideringSmooth performance from the V-6 and nice handling. This LS is the quietest car I've ever owned, much quieter than the '00 Intrigue that I traded. The driver's seat is quite comfortable but the front passenger seat can be a little rough on the lower back. Rear leg room is surprisingly ample but the fold-down rear cup holder is rather cheap. I like the Driver Information Center and the mid-grade sound system is pretty impressive. 31.5 mpg on my first highway trip (mostly 70 mph). The remote starter is cool!