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Chevrolet Malibu Desired changes and gripes
1) The test dummy obviously did not have to get in or out of the vehicle on his own. a)Move the door pillar back a couple of inches. I'm only 5'8". b)Use a real tilt that moves the steering wheel up out of the way.
2)Change the dash vents so I can point them above my head where the cold air will fall on me and not blow in my face.
3)Make the steering wheel a couple of inches larger in diameter for comfort.
4)Place the speedometer so that it can be seen without being blocked by steering wheel when it is located at best comfort position.
5)Suede seems to get hot after riding on it for awhile. I'd prefer real leather.
6)When you move up from the base wheel/tire, I'd expect a better tire. Firestone FR710 does not seem to be best tire for this car. Often has too much road noise. Properly inflated, they ride a bit hard. I think handling and response would improve with a better tire, but it is not bad. I haven't driven in rain yet, so I can not comment on standing water or wet roads yet.
7)I just noticed the weights attached to the wheel. These are not the balance weights you would normally see attached to the rim, but on the inner side of the wheel. I am not sure if they are there to balance the wheel or the tire, or how they are even attached. If they are there to balance the wheel, I can only hope GM did not accept that kind of quality standard for other parts. If they are there to balance the tire, then these tires should have been rejected. There are massive amounts of weights. My experience has been that with new quality tires, they may not even have to add any weight to balance them.
8)Some padding on the door armrest would be nice. This texture surface molded plastic is like sandpaper. And it appears that it may not be solid color, only dyed on the surface. I see a few places where white seems to be showing through.
9)Add duct for rear seat. It would help with overall cool down of interior and comfort.