My current car an 06 malibu 2LT is my first Chevy and first Malibu. I have to say its a decent car, better improvements over my Grand Am I had, but I have to say I'm a little dissapointed in the cost of ownership. At about 52,000miles it needed new struts. They made clunking noises and I guess you could say the steering wasn't accurate. I was shocked how much the struts were. I guess my LT has an active handling system and each strut came to $185. If it were just my Grand Am it would only be maybe $90. But wow. Recently I'm due for a tranny fluid exchange. I know the Dexron VI is new and semi synthetic but $9 a quart? It would cost me $230 for a fluid exhange and thats not a flush either which would require a couple more quarts. I hope The cost of these items slightly improve in the future and the malibu will more budget friendly. Other than that I have been pretty happy with it.