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2003 Chevrolet Malibu - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

small car iamge Common problems of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu

665 problems have been reported for the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The following chart shows the 21 most common problems for 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system with 274 problems. The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (82 problems).

Table 1. Common problems of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu

small car iamge PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

In our research we use the PPMY index to compare the reliability of vehicles. The PPMY index of a certain model is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. The total sales of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu in the United States are 177,260 units [1]. If the total number of problems reported by Chevrolet Malibu owners in the last 15 years is 665, and the age of the vehicle is 15, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

      PPMY Index = 665 / 177,260 / 15 * 1000 = 0.25.

For more information, refer to this page: A study of reliability comparison across Chevrolet Malibu model year vehicles.

The following chart shows the number of problems reported during each of the service years since the debut of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu in 2003.

Table 2. PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

Service Year Number of Problems
  2003
2
  2004
45
  2005
31
  2006
26
  2007
54
  2008
38
  2009
27
  2010
48
  2011
45
  2012
46
  2013
61
  2014
113
  2015
52
  2016
21
  2017
18
  2018
2

small car iamge Compare the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu with Other Model Years

When making the decision between buying a new or used Chevrolet Malibu, the following table can be used to compare the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu with the Chevrolet Malibu from other model years. Note that the number of problems reported for the 2003 Malibu is 665 while the average number of problems reported for the 22 model years of the Chevrolet Malibu is 774.

Table 3. Compare the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu with other model years

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 Malibu
4
  2017 Malibu
23
  2016 Malibu
95
  2015 Malibu
64
  2014 Malibu
143
  2013 Malibu
518
  2012 Malibu
606
  2011 Malibu
831
  2010 Malibu
1,297
  2009 Malibu
1,281
  2008 Malibu
1,045
  2007 Malibu
1,054
  2006 Malibu
1,419
  2005 Malibu
1,529
  2004 Malibu
1,811
  2003 Malibu
665
  2002 Malibu
634
  2001 Malibu
794
  2000 Malibu
983
  1999 Malibu
801
  1998 Malibu
998
  1997 Malibu
448


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