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Chevrolet Malibu Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    "I'd say you could have bought a Honda Accord, Altima, or Mazda6 and been far ahead"

    Not everyone wants to buy an Accord. They have had their share of transmission problems as of late. Mazdas continue to have poor resale value. There are many Mazda 6's and also Mazda 3's on used car lots already. The 3's have had many reliability issues as well. Of all the cars you mentioned, none has the utility of the Maxx. Altimas are hitting the used car lots as "off rentals", these are good buys but it is affecting resale.
  • cwesleygcwesleyg Posts: 64
    I got my loaded LS that had MSRP of $26K for $19.6K... I'm content and in the process they paid off the loan on my gas guzzler... that was a 2002 something something that I owed $10K on...

    You guys can keep comparing our Chevy's to CamCords all you want. I think I got the best 5 passenger car for the money and I supported U.S. auto workers, working for a U.S. bottom line... Many of the foreign brand cars are tempting, but I do what right for my local and U.S economy. Plus I like the looks of my Maxx over all the cars mentioned... I would have liked a 5-6 speed gear box though...
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I'm not a buy American type. I get the best deal I can. I'm a free trader. My last car was an Elantra which I liked. The Maxx is simply one of the best cars I've driven. Two of my kids drive fifteen year old Camrys and driving a short way in an 04 Camry made me realize how much Japanese cars have slipped in comparison to American and Korean makers in the past decade.

    The mid-sized import comparison thread irks me. I strongly believe that the Maxx can compete with any of the cars out there, but it hasn't been invited to the party.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,341
    but it hasn't been invited to the party.

    It is pretty simple csandste.......It's lonely at the top. Toyota doesn't build anything like the Maxx. The Prius would be the closest design. Honda does build something close in design to the Maxx (Accord Wagon) but are afraid of exporting it to the US in fear of it cutting into their SUV profits. The Maxx simply stands alone in versatility. As a car, it does so much more than any other car out there. I bought an extended warranty to make sure it gets me through this pathetic SUV phase as gas creeps towards $4. Hopefully by the 120k mile mark, there will be a another car company who will be smart enough to build a car that is more than a grocery getter. GM certainly did this time around.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Actually there's the Mazda hatch and wagon. Somebody photochopped a Sonata wagon and the results were much improved over the sedan imho.

    If the comparison is sedans only then stick in the 'Bu sedan and all of the upcoming Ford triplets. There are good American cars out there. Defining anything as domestic or import is confusing in this world economy.
  • Isn't that the truth! An Impala is made in Canada, the Hyundai that is "made in the Alabama plant" shows that it is 72% Korean made. Hard to tell anymore.
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  • cwesleygcwesleyg Posts: 64
    Yeah, no hijacking threads.
  • Hi There:

    Can anyone tell me what GM conquest incentive is all about?
    My colleague at School told me she got an extra discount call "conquest incentive" on her Maxx purchase a few days ago because she traded a Honda Accord for this deal.
    If such an incentive exist, must I trade in a vehicle in order to receve it?

  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,341
    it exists, and all you have to do to get it is bring in your non-GM title/registration. You get to keep your car, don't worry. ;)
  • Hey Maxx4me or Marywilson: I am new to the forum and am about to snatch up the LS sedan - I absolutely cannot locate a reference for the conquest incentive and the dealers say it doesn't exist - can you please help? Also, if I am reading correctly, I can expect that the dealer will come down off of the GMS price by about $500- $1000 - is that right? Then, if the conquset exists, another $1000?
  • Hi dwcycle:

    According to GM's website, only Vibe has conquest incentive. Sorry, but Malibu is out of the question.
    I have asked my dealer to sell a Maxx at $500 below GMS price, but he said that is out of the question. However, he did stated that he would give me a higher than normal trade in for any vehicle I bring in for this purchase.

    I already own a Maxx LS with 1SB; it is a wonderful vehicle. No major complains. I get about 24miles/gallon combine, close to 30 on hwy travel---NYC to DC.
    My sister has a Toyota Camry, and that is the reason I had asked about conquest incentive. My colleague at school had correct information, but wrong car. I will have to drag my sister down to my local Chevy dealer to have her Camry appraised.

    Hope that help, and good luck.
  • Found a Chevrolet Malibu LS 2000 with great miles at a great approved for a loan, can't get to the car but need the loan when I do, can't get the loan until I know I have the car. The dealership won't hold the car, the bank won't give the money. Any suggestions, help!
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,341
    can''t get the loan because you don't have the car???? You need a new bank/CU, real fast. I'd also advise you against that Malibu. Surely there are better and more reliable used Japanese models out there for you to throw your hard earned money at. Please check your local library. The 2000 Malibu was riddled with problems (electrical, brakes, cooling, A/C), only fixed in the last year of that model (2003).
  • Surely there are better and more reliable used Japanese models out there for you to throw your hard earned money at

    First of all, chevy is more reliable than toyota, and has benn for about 2 years now. Its only then overall toyota with lexus vs ALL OF GM that the reliablility is different. Second of all, didn't the Malibu do much better in all the quality rankings as of late? This is a very reliable car with a bulletproof powertrain and 35mpg on the hyway.

    Also, i agree that the 2000 malibu is not like the 2004, but there are many 2004's out there you can get a killer deal on.
  • redmaxxredmaxx Posts: 627
    Historically, GM has trouble with reliability. I lemon lawed a 2003 Malibu for a myriad of problems. The 2004 though is a different story. GM has taken their time and while the 04 MY had its problems, they have worked out many if not all. There are no major powertrain issues, electrical issues, body issues, etc.
  • Maxx LS 1SB, $23,635 including heating seat and $625 destination fee. $18,641+tax and other fee. said $400 below GMEP. OTD will be around 20,500, I guess. I am asking for $1,000 below GMEP. Waiting for response.
  • jjpnycjjpnyc Posts: 2
    Just bought my first car via a dealer who was eager to get rid of his 2005's to make room for the '06s. The details are:

    Malibu Sedan LS
    MSRP $21,265 plus the sports appearance package & side-air bags package (1SB) which brought the total sticker price up to $24,180.

    Dealer originally offered a price of $22,245 without me even asking. Through several rounds of negotiation (all done via the phone), final price was $20,429 (16% off of sticker & $1,123 under Edmund's TVM pricing). Throw on top of this the $3,250 cash-back GM is offering on '05s and my GM Card points and I'm driving it off the lot just a shade above $15,100 plus tax.

    Looks like dealers are eager to get rid of their '05s NOW.
  • Don't you people ever read or ask question to a dealer? Don't take this the wrong way but with as much information that is out there, consumers are still in the clouds when it comes to buying a car.

    Delivery Fee? What are you having the vehicle delivered to your house? It's called the DESTINATION FEE and is included on every vehicle, GM, Ford Employee what have you. This deal is over - thank god.

    Per last post: You got the GM employee price plus possible some dealer cash, maybe up to $1000 late last month. Where did you get the $3250 in rebates? So you bought a $24,180 Malibu for a tad over $15K?

    I'll call you on this and say you are lying. Sorry - but my friend is a Chevy dealer and we looked, there was no programs like that. Where I live there are practically no Malibu's all sold out. Besides, a 2006 Malibu LS now lists for $17,998 and with rebate the car is yours for Under $15K, and that is with NO GM discount.

    Take TMV pricing with a grain of salt, as it's not very accurate, in some cases high, and others low and should be considered like a wild @ss guess.
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