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Apr 20, 2003 (12:02 am)
Thanks for the info. you are right about the quality of teh 626 and galant. I test drove all the cars today and they were no good. So I have dropped the mitsubishi galant, 626 & taurus from my shortlist.
So only the maxima and malibu are left to decide between! Like you said the malibu has reliability problems. If i buy the malibu from Hertz that can give a good warranty, would that help. test drove both today and the malibu was better than I expected but the seat was a little uncomfortable. could have just been the one i drove. With the price at 10K for a malibu 2002 miles and 15.5K for maxSE 02, my mind says malibu cause its much cheaper. but my heart says maxima! So i'm still in a dilemma!
FYI:This is a message I just posted on the maxima discussion list:
I've been following your discussion forum for a while and wanted to ask you guys for some help.
I'm getting out of college this Spring and looking for a car. I have shortlisted my choices to 2 cars:
Chevy Malibu 2002 25K miles for 10K
Nissan Max SE 2002 25K miles for about 16K
While, price is certainly a big factor to me as I'm just getting out of college and also I don't really need a maxima type of car right now. But I can get the maxima through financing if the deal is good and if it'll be a better and more economical car in the long run. I wanted to know what you guys thought about it as most of you own maximas. Also, would you know anything about the difference in insurance rates for the 2 cars. I'm thinking that the maxima will have a much higher premium.
Please let me know what you guys think being firsthand owners. I have shortlisted to these 2 cars using help from discussion forums, and i'd really appreciate information. Thanks!
#1572 of 4972 Reply to #1571 deciding3
Apr 20, 2003 (7:36 am)
Depends on several things.
If you want the car for a long time, the Maxima would be a better choice for reliability. Even though the cost is $5,500 more now, that would disappear in say 10 years.
However, if you only keep it for 3 to 6 years I believe you will come our ahead with the Malibu by at least $3,000 to 4,000.
That said, you should also consider the feel of the cars. The Malibu ride, handling and power is, in my opinion, the best for the money in it's class. We drove the Accord, Camry and Maxima, and for the $ we took the Malibu. We love the ride, feel it is better that the other three. The Accord is the only one with better handling.
Now, this also assumes you are looking at a LS Malibu. We did not like the seats or fabric in the base Malibu. Interior is also better in the LS, and you get antilock brakes. Antilock is standard in the Maxima, and the interior is better than a NON-LS Malibu. I would take the Malibu if it is an LS, the Maxima if the Malibu is not an LS.
For at least 4 years, the only problem you may have with the Malibu is the brake rotors. But those are cheap to replace.
Apr 21, 2003 (5:17 am)
For a person your age, insurance premiums could be a real consideration. Check with your insurance company, and they can give you a comparision quote. The Malibu insurance is quite reasonable in most cases. We traded the wifes little 93 Escort wagon for a 03 Malibu LS a few months ago, and the difference in insurance was only about $10/month thru State Farm. The Maxima is a great car, but probably will cost much more on insurance. For $5,000 difference, if you are on a budjet, the Malibu would probably be the wiser choice. If you are buying from Hertz, ask to see the cars maintainace records/history, and you might even want to have an independent garage inspect the car before you buy. A few dollars spent to have a good machanic check the car out could save you lots of grief later on with a used car.
#1574 of 4972 Maxima/Malibu
Apr 21, 2003 (6:43 am)
Deciding3, been watching you trying to make a decision between the two cars. $5000 can buy lots of brake pads and rotors on a Malibu. It really isn't any more problematic than any other car if it is taken care of. You could need an intake manifold gasket down the road but possibly not. Transmission is a strong point on this car and though not as quick as the maxima, it has plenty of power for an inexpensive car. Insurance price over the long run needs to be considered. Stainless exhaust means no replacement for many years if ever on the malibu. Over all the parts are very inexpensive. Might not be a better car for the money out there than the bu. Tapping 80,000 on my 99 and spend $34 on brake pads. Total, finito, thats all for repairs. Waiting for the 2004 Epsilon to come out for a test drive. Just be sure to check the maintenance record from Hertz... bet it's been well taken care of. Good luck..
#1575 of 4972 I'll be looking for a bu this summer
Apr 21, 2003 (7:14 pm)
Hi folks. My wife's car is a 99 Lumina LTZ, and my car is an Impala. Obvious Chevy bias. This fall my wife's Lumina lease expires and I suggested we get her a Malibu. I have a dealer/friend who finds me a car as I describe.
I've started reading a few pages on this discussion and have learned a bit about the Malibus. Any advice on year models to go for or stay away from?
Apr 22, 2003 (5:40 am)
Hi y'all....my '02 Bu calls for 5W30 oil in the manual and on the oil filler cap. I noticed that the place that does my oil changes (every 3200-3500 mi.) uses 10W30....do you think that's a problem? Why the lower weight if the normal 10W is OK ??? Would it affect the engine, or mileage? Any help is much appreciated...
#1577 of 4972 Oil viscosity
Apr 22, 2003 (7:09 am)
credman41, the reason for the light weight oil (5w30) is primarily for fuel mileage numbers. The lighter the oil the better the fuel economy. Looks good on paper and for EPA #'s. That plus easier starting in the winter in New England and other cold climates. That's the good part. The bad part is excess wear over the life of the engine. The mechanics that rebuild engines tell me they would never use a 5w30 in their own cars. The crankshaft bearings (plain bearings) take a beating with the light oils. I am sure there are some high mileage engines out there that used the recommended light oil but overall a 10w30 used year round in every climate hot or cold will give you better performance over the life of the engine.
Apr 23, 2003 (11:25 am)
thanks buguy....doesn't appear that 10W30 will harm the engine, so I'm pretty sure I'll keep putting it in. As far as I'm concerned, the 1 or 2 mpg difference isn't worth the potential harm to the engine. I'd rather it lasted longer with the heavier oil.....
#1579 of 4972 Lower control arm problems
Apr 23, 2003 (3:55 pm)
Hi folks. My 98 LS with 81K has developed an increasingly louder squeak in right front wheel area when going at low speed and over bumpy road. Downright embarassing with guests in the car! Took to dealer who informs me both lower control arms need replacing (but the left side doesn't squeak!) for a mere $800. Says that it is not a safety issue, and if I can live with the noise I can save the $800. Can anyone enlighten me why I need to have both arms replaced, and is $800 too much to pay? Thanks for your collective wisdom!
Apr 24, 2003 (1:25 am)
Drive a Hyundai before you buy anything. What have you got to lose. Just about $3000 and 2 years worth of warranty. I have a 2001 Elantra and it is the finest car I have owned. I have been buying new cars for 32 years and have had chryslers, chevys, fords, american motors, dodge, olds and buicks. For $3000 less than a cavalier you get a 5 yr/60,000mi bumper to bumper and a 10 yr, 100,000 mi drivetrain warranty. It is quieter than the american cars and better riding, The engine is smoother and more poweful. I know some of you elitists won't drive a korean car. Bad for you. Try it , you'll like it.