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Chevrolet Malibu Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • mazda6dudemazda6dude Posts: 283
    Thanks for the feedback. Got points and information. So far the lowest quote I have got for a 2008 Chevy Malibu LT1 has been $18840 including destination and TTL. It sounded like a good price. I will go test drive it this weekend and see if I like it. I really like the styling interior and exterior. Lets see how it drives.
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    That sounds like a very good price for a typical 1LT. It all just depends on what the relation is to the invoice of any specific car with whatever options it has, then go from there.

    Take a drive and see what you think. We love ours, and you should be impressed as most least those who don't stick to talking about compact Mazda's or other imports as completely above and beyond such a supposedly lowly Chevy ;) For what it's worth, this is the first car (and we've had many) that got a steady stream of comments and questions about it everyday for the first couple of months, has led people who saw it to buy one themselves, etc.

    The Malibu 1LT is the most popular package, and the most common, as dealers will tell you--the cloth seated 4-cyl combo being a biggie in mid-size sedans.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 382
    still have to drive the Hyundai Sonata Ltd and that will end my test drives of the sedan vehicles.

    You should definitely consider the Sonata. The thing is the Sonata won't have the handling and ride of the Malibu LTZ. It will probably have the feel of a luxury car not the sportier feel of the LTZ. I've been considering a Sonata, Malibu 2LT, & Fusion SEL as a possible replacement of my 2003 Sonata Lx in the next year. Very tough decision as I think all three are great. I just saw the 09 Sonata Limited a couple of weeks ago on the Dealer Lot. Fantastic looking both outside and inside. I haven't driven it yet but I might. Dealer's Internet Sales Guy quoted me the following: Limited V6 w/o Nav Msrp $26,400, would sell it for 24,303 (Total Invoice including destination $24,670) and with the $2000 total Rebates which include current owners the bottom line would be 22,303 plus Tax & Title. I have discounts on any Ford or GM product through my company as well, which makes the decision more difficult. I could get a loaded Fusion about $1000 lower than the Sonata with my X-Plan and the $2500 rebates that I qualify for in my local Market.
  • jimi4jimi4 Posts: 1
    While I agree with your post I find the Malibu gauges are a lot more pleasant to look at especially comparing to the G6 which has Pontiac orange as a theme.
    The Impala is a better deal for the money but once again the gauges look like GM has not learned their lesson and reused the same garbage they have been using since the 80's.

    While I find the interior of Malibu the best of the bunch I feel that the Honda Accord EX appears to have the Malibu beat in the seamless engine/transmission interaction. GM should have priced the Malibu lower than they did too, in my opinion, because if I am going to be spending close to $30k I seriously need to know that the car is going to last. I know this to be the case with Honda but only hope this to be the case with Chevy.

    The Sonata is a smart buy which appears to have been priced by a smart execs at Hyundai!
    OK I can get a 6 cylinder Sonata for how much?
    I have heard good things about these cars, the price is quite a few thousand less than the Malibu or Accord so maybe I would take a chance and buy one.
    The pricing shows some intellect on top of Hyundai which is in start contrast to so other car companies.
    It could be my imagination but I would almost swear that the execs at Hyundai dissected an Accord while designing the Sonata.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    the only problem I have with Hyundai and their other brand KIA, is there frequent scheduled and costly maintenance to maintain that wonderful 5-100k warranty....depending on the vehicle, and your dealership.....oil changes with the dealership, tune at 60K, timing belt 40-60K, differential and transmission flush every 30K......I havent checked into the Sonata recently....but you might want to check on the cost of scheduled and required maintanence as well....
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    I think that was made up. I never heard of timing belts changes being required every 40K miles or being required to have oil changed only at the dealership to maintain a factory warranty.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    better read the recommended scheduled maintenace....I had a KIA that had a 60K interval for the timing belt replacement..... Hyundai may be different......the dealership specifically told me that if the scheduled maintenance was not done or properly documented...meaning I didnt have all receipts for materials and labor...that warranty work could be denied.....

    just a small piece of advice...check the owners manual for maintenance intervals, and ask the service department........if you are looking at a Hyundai......
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 382
    Not to keep this thread off topic (Malibu), but take a look at the ratings for reliability by Consumer Reports for a 2003 Sonata. For a 5 year old Vehicle 5 of 8 areas are excellent and the other 3 are Very Good the second best rating. One thing you are getting with the Sonata now is it's great reliability.
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  • tsgraysontsgrayson Posts: 9
    Black Granite Metallic LTZ
    4 cyl with 6 speed auto
    Rear Power
    Sun Roof
    MSRP 28,100
    Supplier 26,600
    -1000 Conquest
  • What are "supplier" and "Conquest"? Does that price include destination, fees, etc.? Good to see the LTZ can now be had with the 4-banger.
  • tsgraysontsgrayson Posts: 9
    It includes destination and fees...

    Conquest is if you do not own a GM car
    Supplier is pricing that you can get through the military or a dealer
  • Thx. I'm very interested in the Malibu although I'm leaning towards an Accord. I need to test drive this new version of the Malibu (4 cyl./6 sp.) if I can find one.

    EDIT: I just checked Chevy's "Build It" site. The 4/6 package is there but I'm a bit put out that they charge the same for the 4 as they do the 6!! I suppose your savings come at the pump... :confuse:
  • "EDIT: I just checked Chevy's "Build It" site. The 4/6 package is there but I'm a bit put out that they charge the same for the 4 as they do the 6!! I suppose your savings come at the pump..."

    Apparently, the "Build It" site I visited was incorrect (it was NOT Chevy's official site, which still does not offer the Spring Special as an LTZ option). I just saw an LTZ with the "Spring Special" package priced at a $1075 deduction at my local dealer. For the particular car I saw, you were essentially trading the V6 for the Ecotec 4, a sunroof, and the rear power pkg. EPA was 23/32 (if I remember correctly) averaging 25MPG. Methinks this Malibu just jumped back into contention with the Accord EX-L (if I can fit with the sunroof)!

    BTW, the car was white with a cocoa/cashmere leather interior - a color combination not found on Chevy's official Build It site. Apparently we're beginning to see some new color combos.
  • tsgraysontsgrayson Posts: 9
    That is the one I am getting...spring special!
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  • kslupkslup Posts: 10
    hello all.. i am looking at two cars Chevy Malibu 2lt and the ltz.. big breaker believe it or not is the brick leather available with LTZ. LOVE it. what numbers should I expect???? :cry: , I am waiting to hear from 2 dealers in NY on both models. So far got a quote MP $390 w $1800 total out of pocket on a LTZ.

    looking forward to the replies!!
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    What terms are you looking at? A typical LTZ in the $26-28k range runs around $400'ish give or take on a 36, 12k lease. Not the lowest numbers as there are no lease incentives with such a hot car, but not horrific.

    Just make sure to deal on actual price in the first place, trying to get near or at invoice, and then from that price work with the lease numbers.
  • tepestepes Posts: 1
    Purchased a 4 Cyl. 2008 Malibu LTZ with sunroof, rear power package and adjustable power pedals for $24k before tax, tags and processing fee on July 31st. It came to $25600 out the door in Montgomery county - Maryland (6% tax).
  • cubsmancubsman Posts: 1
    Note: 2008 Prices will be much better and you should get a better deal...however I went with a 2009 so I didn't have as much negotiating power.

    First Visit Wed July 29....test drive and leave never discussing price
    Call to schedule 2nd test drive of LTZ this time on Thursday 30th....never show up..I no called no show....
    Manager calls me Fri July 31st (end of month, end of quarter and I believe end of fiscal year)....I tell him we are not going to buy a car today and after 15 minutes we hang up....
    I show up unannounced now at about 6pm and we test drive the LTZ

    MSRP = 27720
    First offer from them = 27720
    I offered 26200
    They come back with 27478...way to meet me half way
    So I tell them sorry guys...but that's not 26200....invoice is ~25600 so I know I'm giving them some profit with that....we walk out the door (and they let me)....keys in hand when the sales guy comes out to say by (i.e. stall) followed by another manager who starts chatting with us. I say 26200 again is my final and he says invoice is 26600....we argue because I know what it is and he goes to grab the invoice sheet.....Their invoice includes fees for advertising and also included the destination fee so I was right and so was he I guess....He offers "his" invoice price of 26600 and I accept figuring it's probably as good as I'm getting. We walk back in and I tell him....I won't do the deal if I don't get the incentive 6.9% financing...since my bank quoted me 7.5% I figured 6.9% was decent. They never tried to screw me on came out 6.9%

    I had no trade in. I bought NO extended warranty....NO car care kit for $500!!! and no gap insurance for $795 (reduced offer of $595)..figured thats a nice chunck of change for about $3000 of insurance...didn't make sense.

    Besided tax, title, etc...there was a $399 doc fee (after the fact I see it squeezed in there)......all in all I feel I did ok considering it was an 09.

    I think finally it was just below $28000 with everything. (3% state tax)
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