I bought my 2004 Chevrolet Classic (Malibu, renamed) in mid 2007. I was very familiar with the car since I had been in auto sales for many years. I had always gotten favorable reviews from my Malibu customers in the past. I was replacing a car, and for the price of this one, it was an obvious choice.
The Classic has a lot of interior room. There is plenty of leg room, even in the rear seat, for a family of four, including my 6 foot tall 16 year old. There is also ample head room in front and rear.
Though my car doesn't have a lot of the options that newer models have, it is adequately equipped. It has power windows, power locks, keyless entry and a CD player, which needs to be replaced.
I am very happy with the gas mileage I achieve, typically 27 to 29 miles to the gallon. With gas prices still on the rise, this is a very important attribute for most consumers. This Classic is equipped with a 4 cylinder engine, which for commuter traffic is great. It has enough power to get in and out of traffic, while still giving me good gas mileage.
The car itself is pleasant to look at. There are no dramatic squared off ends, but it simply flows from front to back. The only changes I would make to the appearance would be to add a spoiler and to change the color, which is a dark maroon. If the upgraded wheels are available, then I would opt for those too, just to make the outside more appealing. Inside, everything is well placed for the driver to reach. The cup holders are decent, not great, and the conole in the center arm rest is plenty large enough.
Up till now, I haven't had any problems with reliability, and hopefully that will continue to be the case. I know people in the past have had brake problems with some of the older models of the Malibu, but it seems that those problems have been taken care of.
Overall, I would say that I'm very pleased with the 2004 Chevrolet Classic.