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2000-2011 Chevrolet Malibu



  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    I dunno; I think fog lights are for looks only. I have them on my Vibe and don't think they do a darn thing in the fog.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Rear disc are standard on the LT / Maxx models and ABS is standard on all but base 04 Malibus.
  • Can anyone tell if these fog lights make any difference in the fog? Do they really shine further?
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 5,562
    "I just have to say that blocking the availability of fog lights as an option for cheaper models ought to be illegal."

    Making them available to motorists who leave them on all the time and/or use them as a substitute for headlights ought to be illegal.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    well, my dealer did not have a Malibu. Said it should be in next week. They are getting an LT, which means I can scope out the 6 cylinder engine. They said they also want to keep the car for a few days before selling it. I'll give my full report next week.
  • Well I'm still trying to dump the old hag. Just kidding. Well I'm kidding about the old hag part at least. Everywhere I go to trade it in either won't take a salvage vehicle as a trade or will only give like $100.00. I've decided that I'll just sell it on my own. I'm REALLY looking into getting a Jetta. That was the car I wanted first, but was unable to afford one. Judging by the prices of a used one, I'd rather put out the $$ for a new one. I thought about this hard and this is the decision I've came to:

       1. I'm going to college in a year and I can't have somebody elses problems on my hands. I'd also be getting a 50K warranty.

       2. If I'm gonna pay 15K for a 1 year old Jetta with 20K on the odo, I should just pay 16.5K for a new one. Then I know that it's been well taken care of and never abused.

       3. VWoA (Volkswagen of America) is advertising great APR deals right now, though the end of September: 1.9 percent for 48 or 60 months (I can't remember).

  • Well, first of all this is the Malibu forum.

    Second, you've been warned about VW reliability. I would trust a three year old Malibu of unknown origin over a new VW anyday.

    But that's just me.

    And I am no GM apologist. In fact, my next car may well be a Mazda.

    Last of all, I can't imagine college expenses AND a new car to pay for. Again, just me!
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    john: you're as crazy as 86. I think you are both in for trouble with your car selections. I'll stick with the Maxx.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    VWs are attractive but near bottom in reliability. My wife's friend's 01 Jetta is in the shop more than often. My buddy's 97 Jetta has been a disaster from day 1.

    I think I'd buy a Hyundia before I bought a VW right now.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 5,562
    The following design problems have been addressed in 2003 Golf/Jetta/Beetle models that affected earlier models:
    Window regulators
    Coilpacks (1.8 Turbo engine)
    Oil consumption (2.0L engine)
    Premature rear brake wear
    Premature tire wear

    If you're going to college, you'll probably run up the 4 year warranty limit before you rack up 50,000 miles.
  • Well last night I was putting on a new front end cover on the Bu. When I had the hood raised I noticed an oil leak out of the side of the block...a pretty bad one. It's either the valve cover gasket, head gasket, or intake manifold gasket. For my wallets sake, I hope it's the intake manifold gasket (GM will replace for free since I just had it done in February). Has anyone had their valve cover gasket or head gasket go? I'll have to stop by the shop sometime this week :(

    It's starting to cool off in the mornings and nights here (so much that there is frost on my windows in the morning) and that nasty clunk under the dash has come back. What causes that? I've heard people talk of it here before, but couldn't find it in previous posts. I think I remember hearing it was the struts, front control arm or strut mounts...I can't recall. Can you guys refresh my memory? Thanks!

    RE Johnclineii: I'm aware this is a Malibu board. I was simply stating that I'm dumping my Malibu and getting a Jetta, and listed the reasons. Many people have done it before, so I didn't see anything wrong with it. If you'd like me to stay strictly Malibu, I will. Sorry.

  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Do yourself a favor an get anything but a VW.
  • Johnclineii: As for a new car and college: I think I'll manage. I have two jobs now and go to school full time.
  • There is review

    So now I understand that new Malibus I tested were preproduction hand built. In production car fit and finish may be even better.

    And he is right. New Malibu rides better than Camry. But Camry is intentionally geriatric anyway, like Buick.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Again, sounds like the Bu is pretty competitive.
  • Jeremy: Didn't mean that to come across THAT way! You did nothing wrong in my book. I just would hate to see you stuck in a low reliability car, especially one that might well be a stretch for you financially!
  • They do have a pretty impressive advertising campaign. Their TV ads are probably the most enjoyable of all automotive advertisement. However, good marketing does not make quality cars, it only sells cars, no matter the quality. So, if VW is indeed not worth the cash they are asking for it, then, perhaps, something else would be more appropriate for someone on a tight budget?
  • venus537venus537 Posts: 1,443
    VW's are problematic but are of very high quality outside of reliability and are very safe. their interiors are outstanding, the standard equipment (especially in safety) is impressive and they drive like a dream. puts the mailibu (well the current one anyway) to shame in those regards.

    the passat actually has average reliability in the latest CR ratings.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    As a CR junkie, the VW is one of two cars I do not see CR's perspective on. How can they rate the Passat as the best passenger sedan 2 years running over the Camry when it has "average reliability." Pardon the poor working man's opinion here, but if I'm gunna pay $25k + for a Passat, it better have more than just average reliability. Coupled with the fact that if you have a mechanical breakdown with the Passat, you are likely to cry in your beer when you see the repair cost for parts. The other CR mystery is the Focus. How can CR give it a "very good" rating, yet at the same time, not check it off as one of its recommended cars??? I'll admit that I have done well by CR's opinions over the years, keeping Toyotas in my driveway; I can only hope that when I buy the Maxx, I will not have purchased it too soon, having not waited for some consumer data to filter in. While I stand by CR's ratings overall, those two cars will remain a mystery to me. At this early stage, I'll have to rely on you all to steer me right when it comes to the new Malibu.
  • Does anyone have a thought on my oil leak I have on the right (driver's) side of my engine block? I wasn't able to make it to the shop today (obviously).
  • venus537venus537 Posts: 1,443
    for someone who follows CR i don't understand how you do not understand its procedures.

    first the ford focus. it's the highest rated small car in their road test. however if the car doesn't get at least an average reliability rating (completely separate from the road test) it will not be recommended. hence the ford focus doesn't get recommended because its reliability is below average.

    the passat. it's rated among the best along with the camry and accord in their road test for family cars. because it meets the threshold of having average reliability, it's recommended.

    you have a good point about price with the passat.
  • The Lienerts are usually very good in their reviews and this one is good except for the error about the "sohc" V6. Finally answered my question about the wood-no-wood interior trim.
  • rcf8000rcf8000 Posts: 619
    There's also the error about the Malibu V6 having more power than the Camry V6.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    This will come in very handy hauling 2 x 4's home from Home Depot. Too bad they don't offer a power lumber support which would make it even easier! It's spelled lumbar not lumber. Spell checking doesn't catch everything!
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    V6 Camry is rated at 192 hp, the article is accurate.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    Toyota made a mid year 2003 tweak to Camry and upped their advertised HP to 210. Not that these small variations in horsepower mean much in the real world. My 200 HP Taurus prvides plenty of reserve and I am sure the new Malibu V-6 will be adequate as well. These are not exotic cars and a few HP one way or the other is inconsequential.
  • Camry has better transmission than Taurus, so some people think that Camry has more power. Actually alot depends on how good is transmission. In new Malibu it seems to be good.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    I think you mite be rite on that. I think the Bu still has a torque advantage though. The 3.5L on a torque basis isn't much less than the Accord either.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    For 2004 models:
    The Camry 3.0L V6 in LE and XLE models is rated at 210hp and 220lb ft. MPG: 21/29

    The Camry 3.3L V6 in SE models is rated at 225hp and 240lb. ft. MPG 20/29

    What is the Malibus 3.5L rating? 220 or 225? Either way, the Camry is close or better.

  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    They have pushed up power for 04 also.

    I guess GM will have to pump it up a bit for 05. That said, as long as power is good and competitive, I don't think most people care, especially given the Malibu's better fuel economy.
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