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2000-2011 Chevrolet Malibu



  • wpbharrywpbharry Posts: 399
    Sleep? What sleep? Actually crashed at 10 last night, but I'm used to 5-6 hours of sleep with the World Series (tonite just might do it, and yes, an offer has been made for the Marlins' new stadium in central Palm Beach County), so I'm ready to rip, and even without coffee. Might need a short nap mid-morning, but.....

    VERY surprised that no one posted about Survivor this week. If you're not a fan, yes, the new Malibu ad was in the mix, as expected. Now, the interesting thing is, after the tribes merge in a few weeks, and they have the inevitable "luxury competition" for a vehicle, which will it be? Can just see Jeff getting stuck in the sand in a new Malibu LT. No, think they'll save the Malibu for the "Reunion Survivor" series that starts right after the Super Bowl (hopefully we'll be in that too, by the way), and that'd be a Maxx. This time I think it'll be one of those GMC Envoy XUVs with the sliding rear roof (what a great idea), with Jeff driving on the beach with something big in back. Speaking of big, watch Rupert win it (oh, thank God it's not a Bu LT!! The UltraLux would never handle that).

  • wpbharry, it looks gray underneath. I do not see any signs of rust. My car is also white.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    CR currently recommends the 2003 Malibu so as long as quality / reliability continues to be average-good, I don't see that changing.
  • wpbharrywpbharry Posts: 399
    Go for it. We both lucked out color wise.

    I'm in shock, and thank God it's a Sat. nite, with time change.
  • wpbharry, so are you saying just to use touch up paint?
  • wpbharrywpbharry Posts: 399
    But don't have the caffeine shakes when you do it. "Word from the wise". Less is best.
  • I do not like the concept of them removing all the paint on the front quarter panel. I think that this would mean that they would have to take the panel off. I know that sometimes when they do this, you can have other issues later like rattels, misalignment and possible paint mismatch.

    I just hope that after touch up paint, that it does not rust underneath or continue to crack underneath. I would think that this would stop it.

    What if I use touch up paint and the problem comes back. Will the warranty cover it?
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    As I posted a while ago, we had some serious scratches (with dents) on our redfire LS too. The area is white colored, I don't know if this means very deep? Harry, help me on this if you can. I was going to have it repainted too, but now that I think about what mazdaprofour said, I could end up with other problems if they don't do it right. My scratches are too big for touch-up and our color is hard to match too. I'm not sure what I'll do, probably just live with it though this winter and see what happens rustwise. The midwest winter can be very rough, maybe this wouldn't be a good idea...
  • wpbharrywpbharry Posts: 399
    Maz (what's your real name; bud name needs to change); I don't think the 3/36 will cover paint issues. Just do it when you're not shaky - less is best.

    tamu, I'm jealous. Didn't offer that color when I bought. Assume you've got neutral leather. Nice. Try the plan above, but be VERY careful.

  • wpbharrywpbharry Posts: 399
    Sorry. My attention span lapsed a touch. If what you're seeing is greyish white, that's the primer, and you're good to go. Do the touch-up bit, using my prior advice.

  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    Thanks Harry for the quick response. We do have the neutral interior (cloth), very pleasing to the eye indeed. The area is almost pure white color without any hint of grey. I'll double check. With the scratch being as big as 3'X2', I'm really afraid to make a mess with the touch-up...Well, I'll see...
  • I think I will just use touch up paint. Will it rust under after using touch up paint?
  • bporter1bporter1 Posts: 229
    I am new to this discussion, but I had a 94 GMC
    Sonoma that had some minor chips and a large chip oout of the paint. I used the touch up paint, with pretty good results. You really had to look close to see the smaller ones, but the body did not rust out in the 5 years I owned it.

    I went to a local dealer to look at the new Malibu,very nice but why can't GM use better cloth? It looks like it could be used in a cheap Korean car,not a 22K car. Honda and Toyota put better looking cloth seats in their cars! It is not just the Malibu either. Grand Prix, Rendezvous CX, and others have similar looking cloth seats.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    Well, they DID drastically improve the Grand Prix cloth seats. When the 04 first came out, the cloth seats had this weird pattern that looked like either a bad acid trip flashback or like the baby threw up!
  • wpbharrywpbharry Posts: 399
    As always. One of my pinch hitters. And yes, he rocks.

    Even let me say it, it's UglyCloth (TM, Reg). More horrific than in the GP.

  • wpbharrywpbharry Posts: 399
    The reason why I'm being funky about the new Bu is, as nearly the whole world knows, the leather seats in the LT (obviously you saw an LS) are the suede stuff. GM, I WANT real leather, please. And not the stuff in mine.

    Let's hope somebody's awake.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    I don't know why the cloth looks so bad in the 2004 LS Malibu, but so good in the Mercedes C230, VW Jetta's etc. Nothing wrong with the fabric in the Malibu, just the color and patterns.

    Believe it or not, the cloth in the LS is supposedly UPGRADED over the clothe in the Base model (the 2.2 version). Has anyone seen that cloth? Is it UglierCloth?

    I have so say that after driving a 2.0, 4 cylinder VW Golf down to LA this weekend (in the notoriously high revving stick shift version), I am strongly considering getting some good old fashioned low revving American iron. A low revving V6 would have been nice... Maybe it's time to rent an Impala or to see if I can find a 2004 to rent and take it on the road....
  • a black 04 Malibu LT on Saturday. The car had a msrp of $25025 and I believe that is loaded. Overall, it seems like a very good vehicle. The ride was very compliant and the 3.5 V6 very willing. Fit and finish seemed excellent and the seats were very comfortable. This car had the gray leather interior with aluminum accent trim - I like this better than the fake wood trim. I would say GM did a very good job with this car. Improvements could always be made like the cloth design pattern. Personally, I wish the front end would have had a different fascia more like the Opel Vectra. The only real complaint that I have is that the steering was to light at parking lots speeds, nicely weighted once moving but too much assist at low speeds. Maybe most people will think this is a good thing. My brother has an 03 Camry and in my opinion the new Bu is as good or better. I have not driven a new Accord so I can not make a fair comparison. I was quoted a lease price of under $300 (including tax,GMS pricing) for 36 months/12k per year with no money down. Seems like a very aggressive lease program.
  • motownusamotownusa Posts: 836
    "And I would say one more thing. We've been reading a lot about the deindustrialization of America, and about manufacturing jobs going offshore. And, while I don't want to wave the American flag and say it's your patriotic duty, etc., etc. But, I think all other things being equal, the American purchaser should ask himself or herself when they buy a vehicle, "What am I doing for the American economy here with my purchase?" That's all I'm saying. And Toyota will say, "Yeah, but the Camry is made in the United States." Well, yes it is and no it isn't. And most of their vehicle lineup is not. And even the Camry contains a very high percentage of Japanese engineering, Japanese parts, Japanese supplier components, and so forth. So, I think at some point we're going to have to decide whether we want an automobile industry or we don't. And I would never expect the consumer to buy an inferior vehicle just because it's American. But these vehicles are no longer inferior. I think we've taken the last of the excuses away."

    Do you sense a desperation in Bob Lutz's interview with Edmunds? I mean, I don't want to demean the Malibu or GM, but he shouldn't appeal to people's patriotism to force them to buy GM or any other American cars. The fact is the Big Three has been promising us for more than a decade that the quality gap is narrowing yet if you look at long term reliability you see that the Japanese still have an edge. I see lot more early 90s Accord and Camry than Taurus and Grand Prix
  • logic1logic1 Posts: 2,433
    Just realistic.

    The new Malibu is just that... new, from the ground up. Yet you have people like you comparing it to early 90s Grand Prixes. In the early 90s, the only mid 80s CamCords I saw around were rust buckets. Apparently, that did not stop people from noticing things changed.

    Seems this generation is less perceptive. So you resort to beating them on the head.
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