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Chevrolet Malibu, Sedan
Nov 15, 2000 (12:23 am)
I bought 2001 LS couple of months ago. I love the car. I have more than 1500 miles. I was comparing it with accord. I was having so much in Malibu LS compare to Accord for less. Accord V6 is expensive and LX needs more power. Plus people also gets problem with accord too. I talk to chevy people too about rotors and they told me 2001 has new redesign rotors, suspension and tires. Plus lots of other good feature. Buy LS if buying malibu. I read about the coin holder in 2001 and day/night switch on the rear view mirror above. Yes it has coin holder and switch for day/night mirror plus map lights on the mirror too.
#148 of 4972 I noticed that...
Nov 15, 2000 (4:50 pm)
The 2001 malibu has the same exact radio unit as the Impala.
Nov 15, 2000 (9:56 pm)
They must have had the stripped down model at the show this past weekend. Perhaps the removed the coin holders. I notice that most of the cars had no knobs left. Kids steal them or break them off so I guess the Malibu at the show was not a good representation of teh car but atleast we know it's a great little car!
#150 of 4972 Malibu99
Nov 15, 2000 (10:08 pm)
When the all new "Sigma" Malibu debuts in '03 or '04, it would be great if GM drops the 3400 V-6 as standard fare in the car. What do you think?
#151 of 4972 3400 V-6 for Malibu
Nov 15, 2000 (11:32 pm)
Rented GrandAm with 3.4 v-6, when my Malibu was in body shop. The 3.4 is much better engine.
Currently the 3.1 have almost the same maximum power, but the torque curve of 3.4 is much better. Almost flat in the full everyday rpm range, 1800 to 4500 or so.
This translates in much faster acceleration. It is especially impressive on highways, up-hill. Malibu is crying for this engine.
Nov 16, 2000 (2:35 pm)
I hear GM is developing an all new engine for the the "Sigma" Malibu. It will be slightly "larger" than the 3.4 but slightly "smaller" than the 3.8. I've grown used to the 3.1 ( my Beretta had it ) but I think a 3.4 or the new engine should be even better. If I can find the link I'll post it or you can search through www.autonews.com.
It should also be larger than the current version. Can't wait!
#153 of 4972 Yurakm
Nov 16, 2000 (2:44 pm)
Have you had any further problems with the brakes on your Malibu? How's that Regal doing? Sweet ride eh?
#154 of 4972 Since...
Nov 16, 2000 (2:48 pm)
The Malibu shares the same platform with the Alero/Grand AM, GM should make the 3400 an option on the Malibu. How about a Malibu GT or Malibu OSV?
#155 of 4972 I have only driven
Nov 16, 2000 (2:49 pm)
The 3400 V-6 on the base Impala. In despite of the added weight, the 3400 has a very good torque curve and still moves this car with verve. I can only imagine how good this engine must be in the lighter N-cars.
Nov 16, 2000 (4:20 pm)
No future problems with brakes, it is 15k miles already after replacing the rotors. Frankly, it was not a real problem then - a couple hour work, if not less. I was only unhappy to pay, more than $400, and especially expecting this will be not the last time.
Replaced recently the worn-down original Firestone Affinity tires by Firestone Firehawk SH-30. Already 10 days. Like much the new tires.
The Regal is a wonderful car. Quiet power, very smooth ride, excellent visibility, very comfortable, and a lot of toys and convenients. Still like to drive my Malibu. Especially in city: very nimble car.
Concerning the weight: Malibu is not so much lighter, than Impala. Do not remember exactly, but something like 10% difference in weight.
Malibu is smaller than W-bodies, but not exactly a small car, just a smaller mid-size one. 3 inches difference in width and 10 inches shorter than Impala, the longest of W-bodies. 6 inches shorter than Regal, even less difference with GP.
The difference in width is noticeable, both inside and when driving in city. But I feel the extra length of Regal, only when parking in cramped garage.