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Chevrolet Malibu, Sedan
Nov 17, 2000 (12:24 am)
Don't the 1998/1999 Malibu's have such a place as aniazi described as well? and yes, the 1998/1999 Malibu's are equipped with automatic headlamps. Though it does not have a so-called "Automatic Light Control Dim-to-Park" that allows you to turn off headlamps at night when automatic lighting control mode is in effect--the headlamps stay on whenever the sensor senses the need to, whether you want it or not--which to my understanding is a new feature on the 2001 model.
malibu99: I agree that had Chevrolet put a nice, fairly-equipped LS at the autoshow, it would have attracted a lot of potential buyers. I don't get why Chevrolet would put a bare-to-bone Malibu over there, either. Did you get a chance to open the glove compartment in that Malibu at the show? Apart from the fact that it doesn't have a lock, it is also smaller and less convenient (comparing to the one in the 1998/1999 model) to use due to design.
#168 of 4972 chevymalibu98
Nov 17, 2000 (4:11 pm)
Yes I opened it and it's not as big or convenient as it used to be. Last night I opened mine and I think I figured out why they redesigned it. When you open the 97-99 glove box you can see the "guts" behind the dash like the fuse box and stuff. So I guess they covered that up and made a smaller glove box. But to be honest when I open my glove box I'm just throwing papers or something in there I couldn't care less if the fuse box is visible! Oh well. My arm rest doesn't have coin holders. Flip it open and tehre is nothing there but a storage compartment. Lift it up and there are CD holders.
Nov 17, 2000 (7:15 pm)
No, this does not bring memories. New models of Lada are shown, not existing when we emigrated from Russia.
And no, I never did ride the Chaika (it mean Gull in Russian). They were produced in very small numbers, for VIP official busness only - federal ministers, regional bigwigs, higher rank generals, etc. Except in Moscow, you could see them less often in Soviet Union, than RR in USA.
Or yes, in bigger cities it was possible to hire an used Chaika for a marriage ceremony. Like a limo in USA. But we did not. Nor our friends - at least, cannot remember. Would be ridiculous.
#171 of 4972 Auto show
Nov 17, 2000 (9:24 pm)
May be at the auto show Chevy people were trying to show that even base model is so much equipped like V6, auto etc. But even then I think it was a mistake. You have to put top of the line model if you want to attract people especially when others are also putting top of the line models.
#172 of 4972 malibu owners....
Nov 17, 2000 (10:36 pm)
Now that I have decided to purchase the 2001 malibu Ls is there anything that I should pay special attention to? Do any of u owners notice the wind noise on the car? How do u find the handling on the car? is there alot of body roll when turning? I had test drive but i haven been able to develop any opinions on this subject.? thanks. By the way has any of you attempt to put 10 disc changer in the car? if so what brand is compatiable with the stock deck!
#173 of 4972 Glove Compartment and CD Changer
Nov 17, 2000 (11:32 pm)
malibu99: Great observation! I could kind of understand if Chevrolet would remove the lock to reduce the cost, but just didn't get why they would change the design of the glove compartment. Now that you mentioned it, I think it is probably true that it was redesigned to cover up the fuse boxes and wires behind it. Because if you look at the design carefully, the cover of the glove compartment is now simply just a "cover" without sides, whereas in our Malibu's it is not just a cover but a "box"/the actual glove compartment, if you know what I mean. I do notice the fuse boxes and wires whenever I open mine, but they never bother me. In fact, the glove compartment in the 1998/1999 Malibuís is one of the best I've seen! On another note, I also noticed there was something different about the shifter, but couldn't tell what it was. After reading your post, I realized it looks different because the shifter knob only covers the top part. I also think the old design looks nicer/more luxurious.
imshyru: I myself looked into purchasing a disc changer a while ago and after visiting several mobile electronics stores and GM dealerships I have come to believe that the only CD-changer that is compatible with the stock deck is the Rockford Fosgate ones. However, they do not make 10-disc changers but 6- and 8-disc changers. The problem was that none of the local stores in my area carried it and the only way for me to get one was to mail-order it and get it installed at a local shop. I ended up not getting it simply because I did not have the time to go through all the trouble.
#174 of 4972 Glove Compartment
Nov 18, 2000 (12:50 am)
Yes, the huge glove box is one of the most convenient feature of my 98 Malibu. I keep a lot of belongings there - several cassettes, a disposable camera, a big tire pressure gauge, two or three pairs of glasses, etc.
Was disappointed with the tiny glove box of my new Regal, a bigger car generally.
But, in principle, I do not like the exposed electronics near the glove box. I am not sure, what are its functions, but potentially this is a safety item. Somebody could short the electronics, while pushing conductors in the glove box.
Nov 18, 2000 (6:56 am)
Actually I am planning to buy a 98 Malibu from a dealer.It's 98 with 43k.V6 auto.Dealer is asking 9985$ for this.Is it Ok?What are the things I should look?Also I am planning to take mechanical breakdown insurence from AAA.I am planning to use it 4 years around 50K more.If any body has any suggestion about any other car in 10000$ range.How much mile Maliby is expected to runs great?Any idea about resale valu?I would very much appreciate quick response.