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2000-2011 Chevrolet Malibu



  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100
    Hi, what's the GM card? I am just starting to look at domestic cars, after falling in love w/a Camry LE V6. But I have long legs, and the Camry doesn't have deep seat pans for thigh support. I am hoping that the Chevy Malibu does! Since I am looking for every way to save money on my '05 car, I would love to find out about the GM card. Thanks, I'll probably be asking other newbie questions, but I'll try looking over old posts first. i have concerns about vibration from adjustable pedals (I heard that vibration is a problem somewhere) and about this electric steering.

    Thanks so much!
  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100
    GM has a deal where they will let you take the car for a whole WEEKEND. they do a credit check to make sure you buy the car first. info in 09/04 Money Magazine.
  • 37453745 Posts: 152
    Ok, pricewise it compares but not performance wise. I misunderstood you. In any case the 4cyl. Malibue is still better if you can get it for the same price as a Civic.

    The V6 Malibu gets better mileage than the 4cyl. in mixed driving ie, city and highway, whereas the 4cyl. gets better mileage on the highway.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    GM card is a credit card (Mastercard) issued by some bank (Household?), but co-branded with GM. You use the card as any other credit card. You receive 5% back toward purchase of most of GM cars (not Saturn and Saab usually), subject to time limit (7 years) and limit for any specific model.

    Even small charges count. E.g. during the year you are spending $3000 on groceries, $2000 on gas, $1000 on phone and Internet. $6000 total, or $300 toward your new GM car if you charge everything on GM card. In 5 years it will be $1500 of free money. Even before accounting for big purchases, like computer, furniture, or car repair.

    Not all merchants accept credit cards, but you will be surprised how many do. I am charging visits to doctors and dentists and auto insurance on the card, but cannot charge life insurance. Charging cable, and Internet, but not electricity. Local phone, but not long distance (my provider accepts card payments, but it takes too much time). Parking, but not haircut. Chinese restaurants, but not McDonald.
  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100
    I just happened upon your post, and I just got so dissappointed. I have long legs, and also find little thigh support in cars. I was thinking about the Chevy Malibu, after givig up on the Camry. Consumer reports lets you search on "thigh support." I haven't tried the Malibu yet.
    But after your post, I am really dissappointed! I don't know what to expect, now! :(
    You aren't the only one with this need. Although I am a 5'8" woman, my legs go up about 3" taller than my 6' husband. I notice that your posting was almost a year ago. What did you decide on getting? Thanks, J
  • I haven't seen that article, but that's basically what I just did this past weekend when I traded in my '03 Trailblazer for an '04 Silverado Z-71 ext. cab pickup. I went looking on Saturday, but by the time we were ready to talk numbers, most of the financial institutions were closed for the weekend. So I drove the truck on the dealership's gas all weekend, then returned Monday to work out the paperwork and complete the deal. We did sign a tentative agreement for financing, but it turned out that we're not eligible for membership at the credit union the dealership was looking at. We ended up with an even better rate through GMAC when all was said and done. (Note that the truck had 5 miles on it when we took it out for a test drive Saturday, and over 200 when we returned to finish the deal on Monday- if the dealership hadn't come to agreeable terms, they'd have been out of money for the fuel as well as having taken a practically undriven vehicle and run up what amounts to demo car mileage on it, while my own trade-in sat in a parking space. Not a bad deal for me at all :D).

    As far as the Malibu goes, it's great that so many people are getting the deals they are, but it really is going to kill resale / trade value on the cars. Not that this matters to me, as I plan to hang on to our '04 LT sedan for at least four years. (Would've kept the TB longer than that, but we've discovered that the lack of a pickup bed is a fairly big shortcoming for our family in this stage of life..).
  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100
    Hi, I am on the board to learn about Malibus. I have driven or sat in many of the imports. I like the sear up and down, sounds like your method. I have yet to see a front headrest that can't be reversed. Usually there's a button you push to raise and lower the headrest. Simply work with that till you lift the headrest off, turn it around, and put it back on. Works great! Hope you are still checking the boards, as this is an older message.
  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100
    Can you give me info on the loyalty discount??? I own a Chevy, and my husband owns a Toyota. I read about loyalty discounts in a great book by James Bragg. I was able to get Toyota to give us a $500 discount, in writing, good for one year. That's when I thought I would be buying a Camry. The Camry did't work out in the end, and I was wondering if Chevy gave a loyalty discount. About how much is it, and how did you get it? Who do I contact to get it?
  • Resale value won't be a problem if you keep your car for 10+ years. Modern cars will last at least that long without giving you major reliability problems. And if you like to drive a new car every 4-5 years, then you'd pay for it one way or another
  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100
    I was researching the Chevy Malibu in Consumer Reports, and decided to compare the braking and accleration against the Accord and Camry. I was very happily surprised! I have the results from the 2004 Malibu base model, the 2003 Accord Ex, and the 2002 Camry LE. All 4-cylinder; but it looks like the Malibu is 2.2L and the others are 2.4. Acceleration was only seconds slower by the Malibu. But, there's a slightly shorter braking distance by the Malibu than the 2 other cars! I don't know if the statistics on the 2004 models of Camry and Accord are better now, but it looks like Chevy can be proud! I hope the long term reliability is good!! :)
  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100
    Hi all,
    I was looking thru my choices for a Malibu in Edmunds. I decided on a LS 1SB because I really wanted the head curtain airbags (after seeing insurance crash test results), and the 6-way power driver seat that Edmunds listed as options.
         Just for fun, and to check Edmund's MSRP, I then went to "build your own" on the Chevy site. When looking at the 1SB, it shows a spoiler there. I do NOT want a spoiler. And I don't want to pay for a premium stereo.
         So I tried to build a 1SA and add the options, but when it came to try to find dealer stock in my area dealerS, it came up with the 1SB package. I guess that's the closet thing.
         Also, I didn't see anything anywhere about the 6-way power driver seat. This is really important to me, as I have back pain and need to adjust the seat properly.
         I haven't been to any lots yet, as I have been using this week of having back pain as a time to research. I called GM customer service and they said I don't have to have the spoiler, but how are the cars coming on the lots? And what about my beloved 6-way power driver's seat? Thanks
  • cofl02cofl02 Posts: 2
    Dear mr_bots,
    Did anyone tell you how to remove the front headrests? I have tried and tried to remove the headrests in my 1997 Malibu sedan and cannot get them out. There is no lever, button or notch to depress. There is only a plastic cover at the base of the steel rod that the headrest is mounted on.

    If you have discovered the answer, please share it! Thanks,

  • mr_botsmr_bots Posts: 236
    I did figure out how to remove the headrest in my 04 Malibu, but I don't think that will help you much on your 97. Sorry I couldn't really be any help, but I wish you good luck.
  • How do you remove them??
  • mr_botsmr_bots Posts: 236
    Its actually very simple. There is a button on each one of the plastic bases, one is obvious and is used to lower the head rest, on the other base there is a button that looks like a plastic cover for something, but it is a button and when pushed they just slide right out.
  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100
    I want to make sure I understand you before deciding on a '04 (if possible) or '05 Malibu. The option for air bags is improved for '05? I want the side chest airbag for my Malibu, after seeing the NHTSA and IIHS concerns about side impact. (I hope I am not scaring any '04 owners).
         So if I pick the option for side airbags on the '05, will I get both? Thanks
  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100
    I saw the engine block heater as an option for the Malibu. What is that and is it better? It's $35.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    bh: check out the options here on Edmunds new car page. I believe the thorax side airbags are standard on the '05. As for the engine block heater, I'm guessing you would only want this if you are living in a severely cold climate. Today's engine oils are so thin, I'm not sure why anyone would need one any more.
  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100
    Thanks, maxx4me!
    I just wanted to make sure about the new airbags, so now I know I'd rather get the '05.
         The thing is, I am not sure how accurate Edmunds and Kelly websites are. They both list 6-way power driver seat as an LS 1SB option, and the GM "build your own site" doesn't list them as an option until you get to the LT style. Yes, I did recheck my selections, and so I don't know why the discrepancy.
  • Headrests are an important safety feature - they mitigate whiplash. Without a headrest, your neck may break, if you get rear-ended.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    I agree; and I think the Bu's headrests are perfectly placed. This is the first car I have ever owned where the headrests allow me to drive while resting my neck, and the first car where I felt my neck WOULD be protected from a rear end collision.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    It is a power cord that plugs into AC power and is used to heat up an heater element inserted in engine block to warm it up. I think for Canadian vehicles it is standard equipment but probably useful in some areas of U.S. as well.
  • mr_botsmr_bots Posts: 236
    Don't worry about me, I have my headrests in and in their proper position, I haven't driven with them out. I just learned how to take them out when I first got it, just checking everything out. I actually like their position, when resting your head your still looking straight ahead and still driving safely.
  • At least a few of us have found the extreme forward projection of the headrest to be a bit too far for comfort. When I sit in the seat, I like for my shoulders and whole back to be against the seatback, but with the headrest in our 'Bu, I can't rest my upper back in the seat. Instead, I find myself leaning forward just a bit, or else have a (literal) pain in the neck from compensating for the headrest angle.

    BTW, I've found that if I recline the seatback from the fully upright position, I can get it more comfortable, but I much prefer to have my seats sit upright, and not "gangsta-style" like some I see on the roads. ;o)

    (Maybe Chevy could offer adjustable tilt headrests, like the 2002 Trailblazers had, and then we could all get comfortable. Naaaaahhh. They've been too busy decontenting for that, and it would just cost them more money. They took that feature off the 03 and up TB's too. :o( ).
  • dan165dan165 Posts: 653
    I've noticed latley that there are tons of new Malibus on the road. Did sales really spike up in Aug/Sept?
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    me too. I'm seeing a TON of sedans in the DC area
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    why on earth would anyone NOT like their car during the first 90 days??? What on earth did they buy the car for in the first place?....because they felt sorry for the salesperson?? The Bu can take a bow in 5 years when it is at the top of the chart; not now.
  • dan165dan165 Posts: 653
    Oh ok, it must be bad news then huh?

    Give me a break!

    Being tops in apeal then toping it with the interior award just isn't good news for some I guess.
  • tra2883tra2883 Posts: 56
    If what you're saying is true, then it would be accurate for all makes & models, not just the Malibu, so there would be no purpose to this survey. The Malibu still beat out the Camry, Accord, Altima, etc... And that's worth mentioning.
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