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2013 Chevy Malibu



  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    edited December 2012
    "I hope Chevrolet can add a bit of rear seat legroom, freshen the front end, and find a few much needed mpgs. That and lower the price 10%. Then they'll sell."

    That's a very tall order. Adding significant rear seat legroom while using the same platform is nearly impossible without increasing the wheelbase.

    My guess is that we'll see heavy incentives on the '13 Malibu before too long, as inventory piles up. Of course that'll hurt profits. The new Malibu is probably not a bad car, but it's competing in a segment with a very low tolerance for shortcomings. Somebody should be held accountable at GM.
  • Yeah, you won't be seeing a lot more rear legroom but you could get an additional inch back there. And even one inch of legroom would likely require additional safety testing (both internal & gov't).

    The Malibu seems smaller inside than it really is. The high beltline, large console, and dark materials offer an impression of "compactness" that hurts it. That and it is near the bottom of the class in actual interior volume.

    Bob Lutz is primarily responsible for this car. Ed Whitacre pushed hard to get this model into dealerships asap. Both are gone.

    Despite some short-comings, this car would sell much better at a lower price point. Every 2013 Malibu I've seen appears to be 10% overpriced (to my eyes of course). That 10% can likely be negotiated down by a savvy consumer. Problem is most consumers will simply buy an Accord, Fusion, Camry, or Sonata rather than fight to get a better price.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    Since the family sedan segment is the most competitive in the industry, wouldn't you agree that a savvy consumer can usually get a "better price" on any of the Malibu's competitors?

    The real test of how competitive the '13 Malibu is, in addition to its market share, is how its residual value holds up. While it will take some time to know this, I would bet it will be well below the median for its class. If I'm right, the best deal on a '13 Malibu will be a used one. That could interest me because I rather like the car.
  • As soon as I read that the wheelbase was being changed on the 2013 Malibu I bought a new 2011. There is plenty of room in the back seat ,the trunk is good sized, and the car gets as much as 38 MPG on the road with the 4. So far I have 18,000 miles on an LT1 with the red tintcoat package and have had no warranty related problems. If I were going to buy a Malibu now I would buy a left over 2012. Even Motor Trend has panned the 2013.
  • dodgeman07dodgeman07 Posts: 573
    edited December 2012
    At this time, I would think so. Particularly if that buyer is interested in the "twins" from Hyundai/Kia or Chrysler/Dodge. Great deals are available right now for people looking at a Sonata, Optima, 200, or Avenger. It's a bit tougher with a Honda, Toyota, Ford, or Chevrolet. Some dismiss the 200 and Avenger as inferior. I don't because these cars represent good value, just not cutting edge technology or styling.

    Certainly a low mileage, used 2013 Malibu could be a good value. Resale value should be average for the class. That's taking it down 25% off sticker price after one year/12,000 miles. A 2.5L LT model that stickers for around $24,000 would be about $18,000 next year. That does sound much better to me too!
  • bryanbryan Posts: 217
    I have a 2013 Malibu, 2LT. Atlantis Blue with the cocoa/cashmere leather interior.

    My partner and I have four Malibus now; an '07 LS, an '08 2LT, an '10 2LT. Here's my take on each one:

    '07: Currently 60K miles on the clock. 4cyl with 4speed auto. Noisiest of the bunch to drive; no sunroof. Has routinely gotten the best mileage of them all, 37-38 highway. Rated at 30 IIRC. Cheapest interior, by far. Intermediate steering staff and both key fobs replaced under the extended warranty at 59K. Loosest steering feel of them all. Visually meh, inside and out.

    '08: Has 42K miles; 4 cyl with 4speed auto. Quietest (is that a word?) of the bunch; no sunroof. Routinely gets 33-34 MPG highway. Rated at 30. Tighter fitting interior than the '10. Very nice interior finish; not much similarity to the '07. Just much improved with ergonomics and quality. Intermediate steering staff replaced at 39K under extended warranty. When they are parked together in the driveway, you can really see how much GM/Chevy improved the styling. Car drives like it did new. Much improved from the '07. Very attractive car.

    '10: Has 23K miles; 4 cyl with 6speed auto. Almost as quiet as the '08; has a sunroof. Routinely get 34-36 mpg mighway. Rated at 33. Interior slightly tweaked from '08. Had the computer reflashed due to shifting issues. Made improvements but still hunts for gears at times. NO other issues. Car drives better than new due to computer reflash. Very attractive car.

    I think the '08/'10 were vast improvements over the '07; now the '13 takes the Malibu to another level.

    I had an '08 CTS for 15 months (took over a pre-paid lease). That was an absolutely awesome car to drive; it had the 3.6 6 speed auto AWD. By far the best drivetrain of any car I have owned; lousiest stereo of any car I've had in many years. Would have purchased the car but the negotiated residual was way too high at lease end.

    '13: is stunning to my eyes, both inside and out. The driving dynamics are the closest to the CTS. I don't care about rear seat legroom, but do understand its importance to others.

    I believe GM/Chevy made a huge mistake with the launch of this car. The ECO version completely turned me off, since the new 2.5 4 cyl is 34 highway EPA rated versus 37 for the ECO. Plus, the ECO "stuff" took up way too much of the trunk. However, once I drove the non-ECO version, I ordered one to my color/equipment specs.

    I just retured from a 2400 miles road trip. I averaged almost 33 MPG at 70-74 MPH. Feels like a more expensive car; sounds like one too with the door "thunk". Controls are very different from the '08/'10, but very intuitive. I really like the MyLink touch screen; back-up camera; lane-departure warning device. Much more safety equipment. Love the hands-free phone usage. Better sound system than the CTS. Interior quality is enhanced; I like the self-rising trunk too. I would buy this car again.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055

    We always love to hear happy owner stories - thank you for your continued enthusiasm for the Malibu! We wish you many more happy miles!

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 1,744
    Interior quality is enhanced


    Can you expand on this? To me, both in pictures and in person, the '08-'12 interior seems more attractive than the '13. The overuse of fake woodgrain and the mishmash of different materials and textures turn me off the '13, along with the squared-off instrument binnacles and the round-top center stack. The earlier generation just seems far more integrated to my eye. But I would be interested in your perspective.

    2011 Buick Regal Turbo, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • bryanbryan Posts: 217
    edited January 2013
    I agree that the 08-12 interior was done quite well. I think the '13 is different yet similar in some regards, if that makes sense.

    The interior design is like the Camaro with its squared-off instrument binnacles, etc. I don't mind that at all. The woodgrain? Doesn't bother me; I've seen much worse on more expensive cars.

    I really like the improved look/feel of the dash and other materials. I like the light/dark contrast with the light-colored seats. The center stack makes sense to me given all the new goodies that come with the MyLink system.

    I like the feel of the new steering wheel and the shifter. The DIC is far improved and I like being able to scroll through and digitally display the speed, like the CTS did.

    The MyLink is intuitive; you can do so much through that screen or use the other controls for the stereo, climate control, etc. The hands-free phone linkage works very well.

    Better trunk ingress/egress. Quieter interior; improved door "thunk". I think the 08-12 is very attractive; the '13 even more so. Side profile especially.

    Is the car perfect? No. A couple of minor "complaints"--why no express up on the power windows? Can't seem to find the speed control volume option like I have on the other Malibus.

    I believe the '08 was such a vast improvement over the previous generation that some might be disappointed that the '13 may not seem to be such a leap compared to the outgoing model.

    I would suggest people drive this car before it is summarily dismissed. I know I'm glad I did. Hope this helps.
  • They did all that. It is called the 2008-12 Malibu. As soon as I read that GM was shortening the wheelbase 5" I immediately bought a 2011 which has plenty of rear seat leg room. The reason GM cheapened the Malibu -which is exactly what they did - was to allow the 2014 Impala to be the "big" Chevrolet. The Malibu actually was bigger inside than the 2006-13 Impala. Anyway the reaction from buyers at the local Chevy dealer is that buyers are unhappy with the car. I'm perfectly happy with my 2011 and it is far better than the new one. It was a good decision. If you can find a left over 12 buy it instead of the 13.
  • bryanbryan Posts: 217
    I disagree with "cheapening" the '13. It is clearly superior in quality to my 08 and 10, especially in interior quality and driving dynamics.

    Making the car "smaller" than the incoming new Impala makes some sense to me. Since I don't buy a car for rear seat room, that's just a non-issue to me. However, I can understand those for whom it is.

    There is no comparison in how the 08 and 10 drive versus the 13. The 13 is far superior in so many areas.
  • 9392393923 Posts: 1
    I could not agree more w/ the driving dynamics of this car. I have a basic model as a company car for a car w/ a msrp of 23K I could not believe how well this car handles and the quality of ride. I own a 2009 porsche 911 so I feel I have a good benchmark for quality. The Malibu is no 911 but the handling and ride of this car is very impressive. I would recommend having a test drive of this car and take it though the paces especially if you can take it on winding road to see just how well this car corners . I also own a 2007 Chevy Avalance w/ 217k miles w/ only a starter replacement and throttle body replacement @ $700 total costs. Still runs great w/ no rattles flexing or squeaks. . That being said I think Chevy has come a long way in quality and deserves a look.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    Glad to hear we are able to meet you expectations:-). I would love to hear more about your vehicle story:-) Can you send me a private message at "attn Crystal" in the subject line please? Thank You for being a GM customer!

    Crystal L. GM Customer
  • kz8901kz8901 Posts: 3
    :lemon: :mad: :sick:

    2013 Malibu, 7800 miles, Base Unit

    I just had my car returned to me after 3 and a half weeks at the dealer for them to tell me that the issue was the battery.
    They stated that every 28 minutes for the entire time they had the car is would draw 4 amps of power FROM the battery until it dies(This occurs when the car is off.), then has to be jumped. How could the battery be the issue when it dies because something else is drawing the power?!
    When this first occurred, I tried to turn the key in the ignition and "check engine" light illuminated and the Windshield wipers slowly wiped across the window (They were in the OFF position). They key also became stuck in the ignition cylinder. I could only move the key to ACC, ON, and CRANK. I could not get the key to the OFF to remove it.
    Today after getting the car back today I locked it with the FOB and the lights activated but the horn made no sound. I contacted the dealer back, having just left there two hours prior, and they advised me to pull the fuses. I found the fuses had popped so I had replaced them.
    The horn no longer sounds the same. It only sounds the high tone and not the dual tone.

    I pay $460 dollars a month for a car that is NOT in my possession. Clearly I should have bought a FORD!

    I am planning to contact my lawyer to initiate the lemon law.

    Anyone having similar issues/comments/concerns can contact me direct @

    Thank you for taking the time to read!
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    Hi kz8901,

    I've reached out to you through the email you've provided.

    Amber N.
    GM Customer Care
  • kz8901kz8901 Posts: 3
    I am sry , the email has not come through. Could you try to resend or post here.
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi all:
    Update on my vehicle purchase! ---- I decided NOT to trade my 2007 XLE Toyota Camry for a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. ----- I now have two vehicles. ---- My Camry and my 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The Malibu now has 44,000 miles, and I still service both vehicles every 2,500 miles. My Camry, (now off warranty), now has about 83,000 + miles. (It is now my "back up vehicle" for my business.) The Malibu is the primary vehicle. Both vehicles are outstanding in terms of operation & MPG. ----- I am NOT going to trade my Camry until it has at least 100,000 miles. ----- I was looking at the four cylinder Equinox, but GM is having a lot of problems with the four cylinder direct injection engine in the Equinox. (Engine Noise, Engine Stalling, Engine oil burning, Rough Idle). It is a different engine than the one in the Malibu! ---- Too bad for GM, because it is a nice vehicle, but GM dropped the ball big time on this engine! ---- The dealers do not seem to know how to solve the engine problems, and GM does not seem to care about the customer! ---- With this attitude on the part of GM, they are just giving the sales over to Toyota. ------ Just read the postings on this site! :shades: :sick: :confuse: :lemon: :)
  • We just purchased this car a few days ago and I must say I am not disappointed. I Love it. We traded in our Lincoln Navigator due to gas prices. Thought I would have a hard time going to a mid size car but it drives like a much more expensive car. So quiet and for a four cylinder I was pleasantly surprised at the power.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055

    I am happy to hear that you love your new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. If you ever have a question or concern about your GM vehicle, feel free to email us at

    Jennifer T.
    GM Customer Care
  • kz8901kz8901 Posts: 3
    I truely need someone to take a look at this vehicle,,, I have had multiple electrical errors ranging from faulty wiring to popping fuses. At one point my car was out of service for more than 3 weeks! It has been issue free for over a month, THANK GOD but a resolution had never been supplied, no explanation...
    '13 Malibu LS , bought new 6 months ago, 15,000 miles.
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