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2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu



  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    0% for 60 is on 2008's only. 2009's have 0.9% for 60 for people with good credit. If you don't, you will pay more. Just common sense.

    Check it..
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    I agree with you on the radio controls, they are on the wrong side and they are awkward. Drives me crazy but I am getting used to them slowly.

    I also think the heat dial in the middle needs a little grip. It was very cool here this morning and my finger slipped turning it to hot.

    Minor details, GM could make the changes with little cost I'm sure!
  • It's a fluke. Yours is the first report of any issue with the trans on these cars that I've read, other than some folks not liking the shift logic (hard downshifts, slow downshifts, etc.).
  • Interesting list of observations. I can't say I agree with them all, but at least with some of them. Be happy you get to see anything other than the gear selected when you're in manumatic mode, my 08 LTZ doesn't. I would rather have had the gear display be on a separate line (maybe above the regular DIC readout), and whatever you pick from the DIC display remain unchanged.
  • megzinmegzin Posts: 3
    After 7 months of comparing 08 models of Accords, Camry's and Passats, I never found myself completely happy with what I saw/researched. I came across this forum topic early last week and by the end of last week I bought my very own 08 LT2! I must say I LOVE the model and the inside is gorgeous and very comfortable. The only drawback I have is that I don't understand what half the buttons do on the dashboard, but then again that's what the car manual is for ;)

    When I came into work today I felt like I had just come back from the Spa since my back was still nice and toasty from the heated seats.

    Also, I know I could ask the guys at the hardware store, but I'm wondering if anyone here knows what's best for up-keeping the interior leather and suede?

    A big 'thanks!' to everyone who gave feedback about this car on edmunds. I really feel like I made the perfect choice in buying it. A huge smile appears on my face everytime I see it!
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Congrats and welcome to the group.

    I have an 2LT V6 and yes, the interior is amazing. I have the black with the maple trim and everyone who sees it says "wow". What exterior color did you get? Post a picture when you get a chance.

    I have no idea what to do with the suede either, I do try not to eat in the car as crumbs really show up on the black.
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    The suede isn't real suede, but basically the same or most like the Ultrasuede/Alcantra/etc. used on some furniture and in some other vehicles.

    For care, this was a good link made by a Malibu owner long ago:
    Ultrasuede Care

    Overall, the UltraLux in the Malibu is VERY durable and generally quite easy to clean up, even with a damp and dry rag for spotting. Otherwise, heavier stuff can be taken care of with light cleaning solutions.
  • I have a 2008 LT2. Here are few items I would like:

    Indicator to show when headlights are on or Daytime Running Lights are on.
    Shift Indicator that shows for both manual and automatic. For example M3 or A4.
    Bluetooth (available on the 2009?).
    Better displays. The displays look like an old dot matrix printer from the 1970's. Even inexpensive cell phones have better displays.
    Power outlet and mp3 connection in the console.
    Fewer blind spots

    Minor items I agree, but would improve a great car, in my opinion.
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    Not bad points, and always good to see what real owner's would suggest.

    As for one of the items, Bluetooth, 2009's do now have it and it is AWESOME. Before when people complained GM vehicles never had BT, I typically wrote it off as "big deal", but now that I have it I don't think I could give it up. Cell in my pocket, just get in and after a few seconds all is automatically synced, then I can call or be called and have a crystal clear conversation on my cell line through the car--somehow, it seems even a bit better than the Onstar phone often, as I've heard others mention, for clarity. It's just fantastic, and a shame it took the extra year to come out that it did.

    After 10 months, there's little my mother has commented on wishing were different in her '08 and I'm 7 days in my '09, so will probably take some time to think of anything myself. So far, so good, in the Malibu stylish, solid, silent, and luxurious way, and both of our 2LT's in 4-cyl and V6 form.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Blind spots are a function of the car's shape, could be better but I am used to it now.
  • bibo2bibo2 Posts: 9
    congrat to your new car! It happened the same to me. I was shopping for Accord and Camry but ended up buying Malibu 2008 2LT like yours. I have white exteriror/Gray interior. Like you, I find a little hard to maintain the suede as it color is gray and I have 2 kids. Love the bu so far!
  • Hi All,
    I made the deal for the LT2 Malibu I recently posted about. The story on the hail damage was that there were alot of cars, mainly Impalas at the storage yard in Fairfax Kansas that got hit. They were never delivered to the intended dealers. They all went straight to GM auction. A few Chevy dealers around here each have several Impalas. Anyway I love this car. I can't believe how quiet it is. The double laminated glass really does the job. I'm also really impressed with how peppy the 4 cyl. is. I got a good price on my 05 Malibu trade so I decided to do it. I'm very glad I did. Anyone out there on the fence about buying a new Malibu, I would recommend taking the jump. This car is nothing like the previous generation Malibu. You won't be disappointed.
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    deckdog...That's GREAT!

    They are fantastic, and one of the most telling things is exactly what you just found...go from an old one--a respectable car, in it's own way--with the same guts underneath, and it's just astounding how different the new one is. Mom is nearing 10k now on her 2LT 4-cyl and still not a complaint, and so far the same is true with my 2LT V6 after 500 miles.

    Hope it gives you many enjoyable, silent miles ;)
  • My 08 LS was recently rearended and my bumber was cracked slightly (2 inches in length). I got a check from their insurance company for 700$ to fix it, but I am unsure of whether I need to fix it. I am not planning on selling it in the future, so resale value isn't a factor. The important questions I have are:

    A) Will my warranty be voided if I don't fix it?

    B) Is it likely that this crack will allow water/snow/ice in and cause damage to the machinery?
  • I would bring it to a another body shop and get a second opinion . There might be hidden damage . Ask specific questions and make your decision based upon the body shop's answer .You must have brought the car to the insurance company's recommneded body shop in order to get the $700 check .
  • malexbumalexbu Posts: 169
    A) Will my warranty be voided if I don't fix it?

    Shouldn't be, as far as I understand,

    B) Is it likely that this crack will allow water/snow/ice in and cause
    damage to the machinery?

    What machinery is there under the bumper? :-)

    Here is what you should keep in mind, though:

    a. If you don't repair your bumper, the insurance company will reduce
    the appraised value of your car by the amount of the check you
    received, and should your car be totalled, you'll get the payment
    that amount less.

    b. Should your car be rear-ended again, you may have problems getting
    another compensation: how can you prove that the damage then is the
    damage from the new collision, not the old crack, perhaps increased
    in size?

    c. There should be certain absorbers under your bumper: they may be
    compromised as a result of the collision -- you can't know without
    inspecting them.

    Should you be rear-ended again at high speed, your car may not
    react as soundly as it would with pristine absorbers. This may
    prove important for the car's and your own bodies.

    Good luck making the right decision!
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    I would get it fixed. The crack could get worse.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Congrats on the new Malibu!

    The new Malibus are among the best of the best cars out there, no one will go wrong buying one. I researched the car extensively and I love my 2LT V6. Not one issue yet.
  • Does anyone know whether the chevy malibu V6 3.6 liter engine will be upgraded or will get the new direct injection 3.6L engine that has debuted in several of its CUV's, CTS and the new Camaro? Thanks.
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