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2000-2011 Chevrolet Malibu



  • triedntrutriedntru Posts: 73
    But I think the test they did on Dateline didn't have much to do with safety.

    If you want a bumper to survive impact, get a rubbermaid bumper, or a solid steel-core bumper that will deliver maximum whiplash per minimum impact. To heck with crumple zones! They cost money!

    I thought it was kind of amusing that they accused the one car (can't remember which) of cheating, because of strategically placed foam padding under the bumper. How is that cheating? The car company adapted their design to the nature of the test.It was totally wrong that the testers removed the padding and changed the location of impact on just that one car. Maybe it was the test that was flawed and insufficient rather than the bumpers.

    Anyways, I consider safety over the little things. To me, Onstar is an incredibly important safety feature that makes the Malibu stand out.

    I'd feel more comfortable in my Malibu knowing Onstar detected air bag deployment and help was on the way rather than bleed to death in a Toyota.

  • deminindeminin Posts: 214
    I put about as much faith in most of these "crash test reports", as I do in Consumer Reports ratings. Personally, I've always felt that it is more important to drive in a manner so as to avoid accidents, than it is to worry about the cars surviveability. Heck, if I wanted to drive something that could withstand bumper damage, I'd go get an old pickup and strap a pair of railroad ties on its front and rear.
  • 37453745 Posts: 152
    My Ecotec powered 2004 Malibu is great. It has adequate power. My car is fitted with disc brakes all round. Best of all, I get 36.8 mpg on the highway! The Ecotec engine never ceases to amaze me.
  • It took me several rear-ends to finally realize that Bu's brakes aren't matching its lively engine. Oh, well!
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 9,393
    Those bumper tests are obviously faulty. The Acura TSX could not possibly have bumpers as weak as the Chevy, since everyone on the Internet knows that all Honda products are perfect in every way. I suspect the next test will show the Acura sustaining zero damage, while the Chevy's damage shoots up to $8000 to compensate... ;-)

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • Acura charges more for labor, which explains an exhorbitant cost to repair its bumper
  • tomcat630tomcat630 Posts: 854
    Impala/Malibu incentives are not as high as other cars in GM's line. When GM cars sell poorly it's "see they are dying", when they do sell, it's "well they need rebates".

    What excuse do they have for Nissan and Mitsubishi's rebates? Also, Toyota has local incentive programs.
  • triedntrutriedntru Posts: 73
    Well, we finally got some serious rain here in KC, enough for me to really try out the wipers on the 04 LS. The setting for the intermittent wipers really are speed-sensitive!

    I was driving down a main street at a pretty good pace, and I noticed that my wipers were sorta keeping pace with the music on the radio. As I started to slow down for the stoplight, they didn't move when I was expecting them to. That's when I realized they were adjusting to the speed of the vehicle.

    I really wish they would have explained that better in the manual. My wife was a little irked because I kept over-accelerating afterwards so that I could play with the wipers.

    Is that a feature on other vehicles? This is a first for me, but I like it a lot -- no constant fiddling with the wiper controls. Now, it's just fiddling with the gas pedal!

  • Any word on whether GM's new design chief will change the Bu's front and steering wheel? BTW, exactly the same wheel is on Chevy Equinox, and it looks just as odd and out of place there as well. And the yellow bowtie in the middle of the steering wheel...they didn't name that color YELLow for nothing - it just YELLS at you. Blue would have been much nicer. Thank you for listening to the customer's concerns :-)
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Consumers' Most Wanted Vehicles for 2004 Survey is posted and ready for your input!
  • taft4taft4 Posts: 57
    I was getting close to negotiating the purchase of a Malibu LT having looked it over very carefully and reading all the brochures. This morning in talking to the sales lady I asked her to point out where the curtain air bags deployed from. She told me that the airbags were not out yet and they did not anticipate getting Malibus in with them until near the end of the year. Nowhere in the literature I received on this car did GM indicate anything other then that the cars had this equipment NOW. I immediately lost interest in the car.
  • triedntrutriedntru Posts: 73
    She was totally wrong. My 04 LS has the curtain airbags, and I'm pretty sure that it is standard on the LT.

    Look where the headliner meets the b-pillar (that's the pillar nearest the headrest) and there should be something stenciled in the plastic. I can't remember exactly what it says, but it's something like "airbag."

    They have always been an option on LS, and I'm pretty sure they are standard on the LT.
  • taft4taft4 Posts: 57

    This was a large dealership I went to today and you are correct that the curtain airbags are standard on the LT. However, the saleslady told me that no curtain airbags are available at this time on any 2004 Malibu because the factory hasn't started installing them, and won't do so until near the end of the year. Are you sure your car has them? It is interesting that this seems to conflict with your experience and before I go back to the dealership I thought I would check back with you.
  • taft4taft4 Posts: 57

    After posting my last message I went to this dealer's online site, checked his inventory of Malibu LT's and found that they posted the MSRP sticker for each car. I clicked on a couple of them and they all showed that the car had curtain airbags so it is obvious that I ended up with a saleslady that doesn't know anything about her product. I suppose that is par for the course. Sorry to have inconvenienced you.

    Incidentally, the other day I stopped by another dealership to see a Malibu and immediately knew I was in trouble because as I got out of my car a salesman rushed up to tell me they were dealing and had the best deals in town, that was before I even had a chance to tell him what I was interested in looking at. I told him the Malibu as he waltzed me into the show room hovering so close to me that I thought he was going to ask me to dance. I then asked him if he had any LT's in stock with both a passenger and driver power seat and he assured me that he would be glad to get one for me, "at the best deal in town." I knew power passenger seats were not available, told him so, and hurried out of that place as quickly as I could. There are some awful sales people working in these dealerships.
  • 37453745 Posts: 152
    They are indeed fitting head curtain side airbags to all models of 2004 Malibu's. My base Ecotec Malibu has them fitted. Disc brakes all round are now standard on base models.
  • tafkasrptafkasrp Posts: 5
    Anyone else noticed that the "Customer Cash Back" rebate is up to $1750?
  • andy71andy71 Posts: 96
    I just finished reading the mid size sedan comparo on Edmunds. The Malibu finished 7th out of a 10 car lineup, not very promising. Some of the other reviews I have read also places this car in the middle of the pack. Although no doubt the new Malibu is an improvement over its "Rent a Car" predeseccor, Chevy still has some ways to go until they can truly claim it as a solid alternative to Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. The selling price of the Malibu is likely to be thousands of dollars less than the Camry or Accord.
  • 37453745 Posts: 152
    The car grows on you. I was also skeptical when I first got mine. However, I wouldn't change it for anything else now. I don't believe in snap reviews and use my own judgment when buying a car. So far my gut feeling about a car has never been wrong.
  • 2004 Bu is thousands less than Camcords. Thus, it is not reallty competing directly against them, just like Camcords aren't competing with BMW 3, Acura TL, etc
  • tgp1810tgp1810 Posts: 112
    This past weekend while driving around, I counted 17 different Malibu's on the road. Its popularity is really picking up here in the metro Detroit area. I personally like the exterior styling. I also think of this: when the Cadillac CTS came out - no one liked the styling and it was heavily criticized, but like the CTS it seems that more people are warming up to the design of the Malibu.
  • 37453745 Posts: 152
    Both the 2004 6 cyl. and 4 cyl. Malibu got a "very good" score in the latest Consumer Reports magazine. The Ecotec engine which powers mine has been around for some time now and seems to be pretty reliable. The engine is quite a potent wee beastie with very good fuel consumption. I get 36.8mpg on the freeway which is not to be sneazed at. At 70mph the engine revs are about 2200rpm. Also, with dual counter balance shafts there is no engine vibration and the ride is really very smooth.

    We'll see what the long term reliability is but I know the engine is very tough because the same base engine has been blown to produce 1000hp. This is not for drag racing but for speed records so the power must be sustained for some time.
  • taft4taft4 Posts: 57
    A local dealer ran an add showing all the Malibu's he had in stock with their MSRP and the price he was asking. I looked at the LT prices and none of them were less then $3000. off. The higher the MSRP on his cars, the greater the discount with the top at about $3500. off.

    When I looked at an LT (sedan) the other day I sat in the back seat and noticed the back of the seat was not very soft. I assume that because it folds down they didn't put very much padding in it to keep it slim, and so riding in that seat for much of a distance could be very uncomfortable.
  • tomcat630tomcat630 Posts: 854
    I am seeing more of them on the streets here in NE IL.

    So far this year, combined sales of the 2004 Malibu and Classic are above 2003 Malibu alone. So, they must be getting added and more desirable retail orders.
  • andy71andy71 Posts: 96
    Detroit is very patriotic when it comes to cars. My uncle and aunt won't let me park my 1999 Corolla in their driveway. So I won't be surprised if it sells well there. I actually got a chance to drive a new Malibu and I can say I was pleasantly surprised. A colleague of mine leased the Bu and wanted my opinion about the car. The acceleration from a dead stop actually felt slightly more responsive than my 2004 Camry SE V6 which I think has a more powerful engine. The OHV engine is almost as smooth and quiet as my Camry. The thing I don't like about the Camry is the drive by wire gas pedal. The acceleration although quick has a sort of artificial disconnected feel to it.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    I drove the new Malibu here in So Cal. I am in sales and log about 150 miles a day in different directions, so I am always looking at my next car. I was impressed with the Ecotex 4cyl. which is the way I am leaning with gas prices and everything. But what I don't understand is the comment that the Malibu is "thousands less" than Camrys and Accords. You can buy a Camry LE with power windows, automatic,air,4cyl, etc. all day long out here for $16,800. The best price I can get on a Malibu that is stickered at $20,250.00 is $17,000.00 So the Malibu competes against these cars. There are tons of Accords and Camrys out here. The truth of the matter is I see very few new Malibus. I think in order to sell these cars in California they need to be much more aggressive on rebates. The $1,750.00 is not going to cut. That is the current rebate here. And we won't even mention RESALE!!!!!
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    LA is a very competitive market, where I usually go to buy a car (from San Francisco). Yeah, there are advertised specials all the time for sub $17,000 Camry's, with air con and auto.

    I was interested in the Malibu at one time, but Chevy is blowing it on the pricing.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    I heard the 2005 is going to be bumped to 2.4 liters and up to 170 horsepower. Any confirmation?
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    The Malibu is WAY OVERPRICED to compete with Camry and Accord. You can buy a Camry for less, an Accord for slightly more. Don't forget, we are talking about the Southern Calif. car market. Hey Chevrolet! I want to buy a Malibu-but it has to be competitive. How about another rebate....A CALIFORNIA SPECIAL????
  • Chrysler had problems selling Pacifica precisely because the price was too high, so they dropped it.

    It the new Bu doesn't sell well, GM would increase incentives. But if it sells well, why say no to the money coming your way?
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    Don't misunderstand me, In Southern California I have seen very few new Malibus on the road. The old style ("classic") is all over the place. And I can tell the people driving them are not all tourist driving rental units. While I have not seen any sold numbers for the So. Cal area, based on my journey all over the place, I would have to conclude this redesign is not selling well. I believe it's the price. There are new Camrys and Accords all over the place! I think the old style with "incentives" sold very well. After all, the old Malibu had a V6 motor while the competition had 4's.
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