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#160 of 2171 Dramatic update
Jun 01, 2000 (3:48 am)
Well, I live in southeastern Texas, so the rear defrost is definitely a must in this humidity. Well, tonight I went to the Chevy dealership where I purchased my Cavalier alomst a year ago, and drove the 2000 Malibu. This model was the LS, with the spoiler, LOADED. This is definitely a fine piece of chevy. Drives great, quiet, powerful, Sandrift metallic color. Awesome. But of course, dealers try to hammer you on trade ins. I was attempting to trade the cavalier, but they would only offer 10000, and that is for a loaded 99 LS, with the 2.4! and that is only if I would have agreed to pay sticker, plus one of those stupid add on sealants. So i told them to knock the trade out of the picture, take the package off, and sell me the car at the same $26 dollars over invoice I paid for the cavalier. They said they would do it. But when I told them I wanted to do the smart buy, they claimed I could not get the $1250 rebate with smart buy. Are they full of S&%T, or serious. I am going to call GMAC and ask them in the morning. So needless to say, I didnt drive home in the new Malibu. I have two delimas, to get the Malibu without getting killed, and sell my Calvalier before the wife goes nuts. She loved the Malibu, and now im under pressure. HELP!
Jun 01, 2000 (1:36 pm)
I believe ( someone correct me if I am wrong here ) that you can use the rebate with the Smart Buy BUT you cannot take the low rate finance with it. In other words you can not get the rebate and the low financing, it either/or. However, sometimes you can negotiate. I got the rebate AND a low APR with a LEASE. I believe you can't get rebates with leases but the dealership was nice to do it since I told them thta I plan on keeping this car.
$10,000 trade in for the cavalier is kinda around the low end. Maybe 12,000 is ok. Why do you want to trade the Cavalier? Is it just to upgrade to a mid size? If there is nothing wrong with the Cavalier then they should offer you more. Either way you will end up with a nice car. Can't go wrong with the smooth V6 and the quietness of the Malibu. Good luck!
PS: They might have purposely left out the rear defroster since your car was for Texas but then again you have humidity.
#162 of 2171 AL Houtex...
Jun 01, 2000 (2:15 pm)
Sorry to say, but Cavaliers don't hold their value well. Plus, the car is really new, and you usually lose a LOT of money on one-year trades. You check out a place called CarMax. They offer high pay for good trades. I know they are in Miwaukee and Chicago, but not Texas I don't think.
Also, why not keep the Cavalier until next year? You will get a much better trade-in on it and reduce, if not eliminate all together, yor negative equity.
Jun 02, 2000 (3:55 am)
I was wondering . . . It looks like GM will not be infusing its small cars (Cavalier and Sunfire) program with much cash in the future . . . If GM were to take control of Daewoo, how many of you would still opt for the General Motors product . . . ie, a Daewoo?
Jun 02, 2000 (7:03 pm)
Actually, I think GM's next generation Cavalier/Sunfire will be built on the same frame as the next generation Saturns. You will see consolidation of platforms to cut costs. Makes cents, if you know what I mean.
Jun 17, 2000 (5:13 am)
Well, Ill update you on the car crisis. I put the cavalier in the paper, and never got one call on it. Ive been to 3 different car dealers, including a honda dealer. Well, the wife really wanted the Malibu, so we went in, and I ended up driving home a 2000 Malibu LS in the sandmist color. It is beautiful, but I have a few questions. The car now has 112 miles on it, and the brakes seem alot, how do I say this, Mushier, the pedal goes alot farther to the floor, and it doesnt stop as good as my 2000 grand am GT or the old cavalier. Is this normal? Also, the car is turned off, the lights turn off also, but when you turn it back on, only the headlights come back on, and you have to turn the fog lights on again every time, this goes the same for the A/C recirculate cycle. This sets me as strange. The real concern is the brakes though, ive never driven a car with brakes that require such a distance to produce action. By the way, I bit my lip and traded the cav. I had to go back and forth 4 times, and I only got 9K for the cav, but i got the malibu at invoice, and got a 4.5% apr. on a 36 mo smart buy, I put down 2500 and have $350 payments. Still got stuck because I was upside down. Oh well, Love the car.
Jun 17, 2000 (12:56 pm)
The mushy brakes are normal until they break in. YOu need to adjust them once by going to an empty parking lot and driving forward and making a sudden stop ( brake slamming). This will activate the self adjusters and the pedal should feel better.
When the car is turned OFF and turned ON again the running lights will remain OFF until the car is put in gear. At night all the lights come on except the fogs. The fogs are considered auxiliary lights so they are not part of the main lighting system so you need to turn them on separately. What you are seing is completely normal. Enjoy your Malibu, it will give you a lt of joy, great car indeed. Good luck!
#167 of 2171 American Cars
Jun 18, 2000 (8:30 am)
Read a magazine folks!!!
You guys made three horrible car mistakes
Jun 19, 2000 (2:38 am)
WELL I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START.FIRST OF ALL,DEANL2 IF THOSE ARE THE THREE HORRIBLE CAR
MISTAKES WHICH ONES ARE THE THREE BETTER CHOICES?
SECONDLY,MALIBU I CAN TELL U REALLY LIKE GM CARS
AND VOCUS REALLY DON'T.I ONE THE OTHER HAND AM
TRYING TO DECIDE ON A CAR.I ALWAYS NOTICED THE
CAVALIER JUST WASN'T CERTAIN.I JUST RENTED A SUNFIRE WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE WAY IT RIDES.I'M JUST TRYING TO DECIDE BETWEEN THE SUNFIRE OR CAVALIER.CAN ANYONE BESIDES VOCUS OR MALIBU HELP?
(JUST KIDDING).MAKING A DECISION HAS BEEN VERY
DIFFICULT FOR ME.THIS WILL BE MY THIRD CAR.I
PRESENTLY OWN A 93'FORD ESCORT WITH 84,000 MILES.
WITH ONLY MAKING WEAR AND TEAR REPAIRS TO CAR.I JUST WANT A CHANGE.NOT SURE IN THE DIRECTION.BY THE WAY VOCUS,MY GIRLFRIEND PURCHASED A BRAND NEW
99'MIRAGE LAST YEAR WITHIN A MONTH'S TIME HER BRAKES GAVE OUT ON HER HAD SHE HAD A BAD ACCIDENT.
I'M NOT COMPLETELY KNOCKING THE CAR ON JUST HER
EXPERIENCE BUT I BET SHE WILL.
#169 of 2171 99 Cavalier
Jun 19, 2000 (12:03 pm)
deanl2: That is an ignorant comment. No need for that.
brownsugar: I won't tell you the Cavalier is the greatest small car in the world, cause it's not. It is however very reliable and full of goodies normally found in more expensive car. Things like traction control, ABS, A/C ect. We have a leased 99 which we took over from a friend a few months ago. I have no real beefs with the car and for basic cheap transport, you won't go wrong.