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Chevrolet Malibu, Sedan
Sep 06, 2003 (10:43 am)
I know problems are going to arise on every car, but one with 63K miles, in my opinion, should not have cracked CV boots. And about a 2003 having alternator and manifold problems - It will happen. Chevrolet is using the same alternators and manifold design that it used in 1997, on the 2003 Malibus. (Holy cow, I'm starting to sound like regfootball; I guess I'm starting to see his point of view about GM products!)
Sep 06, 2003 (10:46 am)
he, he...sounds like my 626 Jeremy!!
#2036 of 4972 pictures of our 2004 malibu
Sep 06, 2003 (12:11 pm)
here is a link that will take you to some pics. we will have the car till mid november. so far so good. let me know if anyone has any questions or wants particular pics.
Sep 06, 2003 (2:47 pm)
thanks for the pictures snaab. I sure don't like the fabric pattern. I hope the grey cloth interior will make the "chess board" disappear a bit. I also get the feeling that the rear brake lights are only the lower part of the actual lens (one on each side). I don't like that either if it is the case. I like having 5 brake lights, not three.
BTW: I called the dopey dealer I visited this morning. He had the malibu LT locked in the paint shed (closed for the weekend), and could not get it out. I find it hard to believe that he is the only dealer to have one in this area. Even my UBS dealer did not have one. If any place was going to get the first one, I would think it would be my UBS dealer since they move LOTS and LOTS of cars annually in the DC area. Very strange indeed....
Sep 07, 2003 (5:56 am)
The chevy dealership i buy all my cars from has TWO new Malibu LT's. A Sport Red and Navy blue one. Very nice as far as I'm concerned. I'd love to trade in the 02 Malibu on a new one and be the VERY FIRST person around here to be driving one, but i doubt it happens. I was able to sit in the Blue one, the leather seats have improved alot in comfort from the 02 Body style. I love the way it looks front, back, interior.
Sep 08, 2003 (7:54 am)
I find it funny that everyone is posting on the Maxx page, when you are all talking about the sedan. Reg: I'll be the first to tell you that you are wrong when I sit in the sedan (8 ^ (l). The 6's leg room is not good at all; neither for front or rear passengers. Since I sat in a 6 and own a 626, I can say that my 1996 626 has better leg room than the 6. I can dangle my left leg and not hit the fire wall. I cannot do this in the 6. Despite Mazda posting the driver's leg room at 42.3, I have often found these numbers to be totally bogus. With the Bu having adjustable pedals and a posted leg room length of 41.9 inches, I expect I will find the Bu having MUCH better driver's and passenger's leg room than the 6. Only time will tell. If my dealer would just get one in, I'll drive it to my Mazda dealer and do a side by side comparison.
BENCH SEATS?? Come on people, look a bit closer at snaabs pictures will ya?: http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/amulay2003/vwp?.dir=/2004+Malibu- - - - &.dnm=111-1125_IMG.jpg&.view=t
#2040 of 4972 Just to Clear Up An Issue
Sep 08, 2003 (10:05 am)
The "thing" on the roof is not the antenna. The antenna is embedded in the rear window glass. The "thing" on the roof is the XM radio antenna, and if you don't have XM, you don't get the "thing". By the way, the On-Star satellite transceiver is in a strip at the center top of the windshield, so it no longer requires another "thing" on the roof, unlike on the current Impala, which has 2 "things" on the roof.
Sep 08, 2003 (11:17 am)
whew...thanks Harry. I too could not believe that an antenna would be on the front. It looks dumb. Since it is integrated in the back glass, will I have to drive around in my Maxx with the gate up just to get good reception? he, he, he
#2042 of 4972 Done For The Day
Sep 08, 2003 (11:41 am)
I'm gonna get sick if I keep this pace up.
More on the antenna bit. Most new cars introed since '99 (some earlier), have gone to a radio antenna in the rear window glass, since power antennas are unreliable and the fixed-type ones are too vulnerable to vandalism. Reception, reportedly, does suffer in non-major-metropolitan areas, in which case you might consider XM and get the "thing" on the roof.
For 2 reasons, GM switched to a "thing" on the roof for OnStar a year or 2 ago and away from the antenna attached to the outside of the rear window. That one could be unscrewed and stolen and in some cases, absent-minded owners who forgot to unscrew it before going through a car wash had to buy a new rear window (not fun). I believe the '04s are the first that have the windshield strip for OnStar.
My snooping around my Chevy dealer has paid off for something....
Sep 08, 2003 (12:50 pm)
The car I saw had the antenna on the roof (ugly, in my opinion), and it had OnStar but not XM shown on the window sticker.