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2000-2011 Chevrolet Malibu

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  • venus537venus537 Posts: 1,443
    actually i still don't think the malibu is in the same league with the accord/passat/camry. and since GM is trying to win over folks like me with this car my opinion counts for something. and the best the new malibu could manage was mid-pack in edmund's latest family sedan comparison test. i will admit the malibu maxx has some desirable features for a family car.

    if some rich fat cat really doesn't care about cars than of course the malibu is a possibility, but to actually prefer one over a nice passat on the basis of engineering is something i personally can not comprehend.

    and the malibu isn't the great value you think it is. go to intellichoice.com for their figuring of actual ownership costs.

    knowing how to fix a car is entirely different than knowing how to engineer one. but so what. are you going to tell me that mechanics prefer domestic cars now? some of them make good money, especially the ones who fix the expensive imports. good job security for the european mechanics.
  • mr_botsmr_bots Posts: 225
    Not to discredit intellichoice or anything, but I've found domestics to be cheaper and easier to maintain, GM has the Oil-life system, 100k spark plugs, 150k coolant, and fill for life transmission fluid where imports have a set schedule for oil changes, 50 or 30k spark plugs, and 30-50k coolant. Also the task of actually changing the oil is simpler, imports like hiding the oil filter in a remote location where its hard to get to, or around things to drip on, the several GM vehicles I've owned have had the oil filters right in the center, easy to find, easy to get to. I do know that the depreciation on a Malibu will be higher because Hondas are "in" right now, but I don't really mind depreciation because I intend to own my Malibu for many years, and despite GM's reliability ratings, I have yet to encounter anything more then a worn out A/C compressor on an 8 year old S10. Also, after many years and miles things will wear out and break(yes, even in your beloved Camrys and Accords) and parts for a domestic vehicle are far less costly then imports. And as far as Camrys and Accords actually being better than a Malibu I can't say, I believe it is a matter of personal taste, but I know two people that currently have Camry's and can't believe I got a V6, XM radio, remote start, side curtain airbags, the trip computer, power pedals, and power driver seat for less then they paid for their I4 with pretty much no options other then keyless entry.
  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    Here's a bedtime story for all the import lovers.

    This engine powers my Malibu and is the basis for the Saab 9-3

    http://www.ny-jbodies.org/forum/library/ecotec/ImportFighter.htm
  • motownusamotownusa Posts: 836
    Wow, you got all that for the price of a 4 banger Camry. The typical transaction price of a 4 cylinder Camry LE in my part of the country ( Southeastern Va) is about 18.5 to 19k OTD price which includes a $1000 rebate. Is that what you paid for your loaded Malibu? That is a very good deal indeed. Congragulations!!!
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    "actually i still don't think the malibu is in the same league with the accord/passat/camry."

    You're certainly entitled to your opinion. The accord is pretty cool. The camry? Can't see myself driving one. I may be boring and practical, but not that lack of personality.

    "and the best the new malibu could manage was mid-pack in edmund's latest family sedan comparison test."

    I take what pretentious car journalists have to say with a ton of salt. Being academic myself, I know how theoretical, up-in-the-air, and full of themsleves people can be. At the end of the day, it's how YOU like the car. Who cares most of the stuff they complain about anyway? Well, maybe a real car guy like you do :) And even if you could feel the 5% more ride harshness, you gotta ask yourself "is this worth paying 7 grand more for?".

    "if some rich fat cat really doesn't care about cars than of course the malibu is a possibility, but to actually prefer one over a nice passat on the basis of engineering is something i personally can not comprehend."

    Again, people have different criteria. The Passat's pathetically small size alone will completely turn me off, don't get me started on the ridiculously high price tag (30K? give me a break!).

    " the malibu isn't the great value you think it is. go to intellichoice.com for their figuring of actual ownership costs."

    Screw the "true cost to own". I intend to keep in past 5 years. And my true cost to own will be gas, insurance, maintainance and repairs. I change my own oil which cost me less than $40 a year. We're now onto our 3rd year with or Malibu, it still runs like new. Our insurance cost is $280 (full coverage) for 6 months. We got above 30 mpg on the highway. Did I mention we paid almost 10K less than a comparable accord? BTW the real world selling prices of domestic and import are not that far off.

    "knowing how to fix a car is entirely different than knowing how to engineer one. "

    Who said that? I was merely saying people who know how to fix cars REALLY know cars. Didn't mean my janitor can design a car better.
  • dan165dan165 Posts: 653
    Saw an ad for the Pontiac G6 last night during the Olympics.

    People not happy with the Malibu styling should take note. The G6 is a beautiful car.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hey 7937 - since this is a dedicated discussion on the Malibu, why not post that link in our High End Luxury Marques discussion? It would be topical there and that discussion needs some new life. :)
  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    Done! heh heh heh
  • btrflybtrfly Posts: 18
    I can allegedly buy this and think it's an unbelievable price?! DO u all agree? Any recent major complaints about this car? Let me know ASAP cuz I think I need to get back to the dealer very soon:) Thanks
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    amazing: do it.
  • dan165dan165 Posts: 653
    Sounds like a scam, but if you can do it, buy. The Malibu is a nice car!
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,431
    Buy it for $12k.
  • mr_botsmr_bots Posts: 225
    I have an 04 Malibu LS with 2500 miles. First there is a rattle in the passenger seat when no one is in it, has anyone else experienced this and is there a known fix? Also, when accelerating hard when the tach reaches about 5000 it starts to sound like the accessory belt is squeaking, is this normal or am I the only one experiencing this too?
  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    If it's true then grab it!! You won't get a better 4cyl. for that price. The Ecotec engine has been around for some 4 years and there are no known problems. It's very robust and well designed. I get 38mpg on the freeway with mine.

    See my post #4121 regarding this engine.
  • I'm an RV owner and I am presently flat towing and driving to work a 97 Saturn SL2. I'm about to trade it in and I'm interested in a Malibu. I've been reading and per Motorhome Magazine that it's ok to flat tow any 2001-04 Malibu behind my RV. Can anyone tell me if they have heard of any issues or problems with doing this (transmission, drivetrain, etc). I prefer the Malibu to another model Saturn since I also drive it to work, even if I have to sacrifice adding some curb weight to my towing.
  • I am currently looking to purchase a new car. I'm looking at 2004's and hoping to get a good deal on one. I have done a lot of research and have narrowed it down to 4. I want a car that is comfortable, safe, gets good gas mileage, powerful, quiet, looks nice, and drives well. I was hoping you all could give some much appreciated advice/feedback and if you have/had one of the cars listed below, how much you paid for it and likes/dislikes/problems! I have it narrowed down to:

    2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT2
    2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS
    2004 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE
    2004 Toyota Camry LE V6

    I have only driven the GT2. I plan on test driving the others very soon.

    Thanks!
    Kristen
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,431
    You have nowhere to go but up after the Pontiac. The new G6 might be much better though as it has the same platform as the Malibu.
  • Kristen

    You will most likely get the best deal on the Malibu or the Grand Prix. Personally, the Camry is kind of a boring car. The Altima is nice, but interior seems kind of cheap. The GP seems like a bigger car than the rest and I don't like the back seat design - no cup holders in the back either. My choice would be the Malibu - very nice car for the money. I have made some posts in the Malibu discussion about a couple of trips I have taken in my fathers Malibu. The only thing I really do not like is the power steering seems to light.

    Go drive all four and see which one you like the best. I imagine the final price will come out the best on the Malibu. Let us know. Good luck.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    I like the light steering in the Malibu, the only thing is when I get in my truck now I think the steering is broke, it feels very hard, but of course its not, it is standard hydraulic feel.
  • dan165dan165 Posts: 653
    Easy bud. I have a Grand Prix GT2 and it is an excellent car. ZERO problems after 10 months. Nice daily driver and lots of power, good looks and value.
  • I loved it! It drove smooth, handled well, was comfortable...everything. The steering is definitely a lot different! Especially compared to my 99 camaro. But I think it is something that I can get used to. I had a guy at a different dealership offer me a 2004 Med. Gray Metallic LS for an internet price of $15757 including the $4000 rebate. He said the list price was $22370. And that's before any dealing and my down payment! The only thing is it doesn't have a sunroof but he said he could have one put in. Has anyone ever heard of this or had it done? Is it a good idea or something to be weary of? I don't want them screwing up my car (if I decide to buy it)!

    Thanks!
    Kristen
  • If you really want a sunroof I would find one that already has it from the factory - much safer that way. It might be a better idea to take the 0% financing over the rebate. Work out the payments both ways and see which one comes out better. Do you qualify for any GM employee discount?
  • Well Dan, I think u were right...the manager kept saying one thing than another but the bottom line is, why can't they sell these cars even at $12k?? The car just feels rather cheap (not only price wise but interior) to me, and the little windows bug me. And what's with having to have everything power these days? SO much for customer options...I've just really been spoiled by my cavalier, believe it or not:)I also hope Chevy looks into their dealerships sales tactics because they leave A LOT to be desired. They wouldn't even let me take the car for an hour by myself!
    Thanks for everyone's input.
  • The same thing happened to me when I went to test drive the Malibu yesterday. They wouldn't let me drive it by myself, the salesman had to go with us. At pontiac they handed me the keys and slapped on a temp tag and let me go!

    Kristen
  • dan165dan165 Posts: 653
    Dealers from any company can be bad, not just Chevy. Worst dealer I ever went into was a VW dealer a few years ago. I literally ran out the door pulling out my hair.

    I don't think the Malibu is a cheap car. In fact, it's pretty nice compared to what else you can buy in the price range. It's a bit drab inside but it feels good and fit and finish is excellent. I like my GP better in terms of size and looks but I think the Malibu offers great value and quality over all.
  • The same thing happened to me when I went to test drive the Malibu yesterday. They wouldn't let me drive it by myself, the salesman had to go with us. At pontiac they handed me the keys and slapped on a temp tag and let me go!

    Kristen
  • A couple of more things. The remote start on the Bu is a real nice feature - esp. in winter. Insurance rates tend to be higher on imports - even if they are actually built in the U.S.
  • The same thing happened to me when I went to test drive the Malibu yesterday. They wouldn't let me drive it by myself, the salesman had to go with us. At pontiac they handed me the keys and slapped on a temp tag and let me go!

    Kristen
  • how the Malibu compares to the GT2 power wise. I know the Malibu has a 3.5L 200hp V6 and the GT2 has a 3.8L 200hp V6, but is there really that much difference?
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