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Chevrolet Malibu, Sedan
Sep 27, 2003 (4:23 am)
I figure I will probably end up at the Mazda or Subaru owners party, but the old 2000 Chevy Impala LS just crossed the 135,000 mile threshold yesterday. What with trips to Branson and Orlando coming up in just the next two months, I sure wish the wagon/hatches I am interested in would come out soon. (Mazda, Subaru, perhaps Malibu) I could also end up taking a Ford 500 detour, but I figure that would take too long.
And there is that matter of tons of money available on my GM card. Perhaps THAT is what they meant by "The Road to Redemption!"
(For those who may have missed it, GM ran "We're sorry we screwed up in the past and we are better now" ads last summer. They were internally called "The Road to Redemption." About the dumbest marketing move I've seen in years. Slightly better than "The Mayor of Truckville." And not quite as dumb as "we'll be there.")
If the Malibu Maxx is reliable (we won't know), comfortable and I can get my Sirius radio to play well in that XM environment (sigh), I may very well end up in a Maxx. Somehow, I doubt it, but I may...
#2415 of 4972 Give me a break ..give me a break...brake me off
Sep 27, 2003 (4:48 am)
All right folks, I am a proud owner of a 2003 White malibu sedan (not LS). Here is my question. Are the breaks on this car suppose to be so
un-sensative? I had a toyota tacoma and just by tapping it, you would get whiplash and if so, how often do you have to replace these things? any other problems that you know about?
Sep 27, 2003 (4:57 am)
I don't understand why anyone would buy the new Malibu right now. These early models usually have a lot of bugs. Dealers will probably be advertising well equipped V6 powered Malibu LS's for around $16,000 this time next year.
Sep 27, 2003 (5:08 am)
You apparently haven't been following GM. The most recent GM launches have all been virtually bug free.
It's Honda in particular whose new models have had problems galore (see 03 Accord, for instance, and J D Power surveys prove it). Ford had tons of problems with its Focus as well.
And there will be no ads for V6 powered Malibus for 16k a year from now, unless the cars are used.
If there are, we will have a lot worse things to deal with than GM's problems.
Sep 27, 2003 (5:17 am)
Why would anyone pay $21,000 or more for these new V6 Malibus, when larger Impalas are selling for $17,000?
Sep 27, 2003 (5:22 am)
I own a larger Impala. The ONLY larger Impalas selling for that price are the strippers, not the LS that I own.
And that larger is better attitude is why good small cars (like the Ford Mondeo) usually fail here.
I am almost certain my next car will be smaller than my Impala. You see, I like large cars, I like small cars. And I don't buy stereotypes. I try before I buy.
Why would anyone with a closed mind about an issue post in what amounts to a site for those considering purchase of a model?
#2420 of 4972 Check Airline Flights
Sep 27, 2003 (5:34 am)
Jeez, you guys are off and running.
John, you need to come down in early Nov. to see the Maxx. The Impala will make it for another 4 or 5.
Someone we know and love is in a very bad mood today and I've had to deal with that "hissie fit". No, not even remotely geographically located.
And then (venus will love this), the entire state of FL is in "shock and awe" mode (Chevy, are you following this?). Football fan here, but not right now. Those scrappy Marlins (baseball), whom I'd written off months ago, make the headlines this AM with a 2" plug no less. "Marlins Clinch It". The playoffs, but hey, we're on a roll.
Just the start of a tumultuous year for FL. Super Bowl, here we come. Hanging chads once again, here we come.
I WANT my orange fusion metallic Maxx (or sedan if need be) NOW!!!!
1/3 of the way thru the report, but I now have another roadblock. Local Hyundai dealer has singled me out (sure you've all seen one of these) with a key. The key might just start an '04 Sonata LX V-6 and $10 grand in cash. My best friend, who drives a Hyundai (unfortunately), didn't receive a key. Just watch it work, and then what????
Over to the Chevy dealer we go. Place my order please.
Sep 27, 2003 (5:34 am)
Thanks for the review. I probably won't have time to try a test drive until November or so. Let's keep the reviews coming.
We are still waiting for the Cubs to clinch it. There might be some Florida/Chicago dueling that actually means something in the neat future.
Sep 27, 2003 (6:05 am)
well hopefully my brewers can win another game against the astros. but don't count on it though. all the cubs now have to do is win.
#2423 of 4972 We're Ignoring
Sep 27, 2003 (6:05 am)
Inadvertently, a request from a friend that is concerned about brakes. Guess I'll have to handle this one.
Sorry, mazdaprofour. Brakes ARE a prob on the old "classic" Malibu. Rear drums went at about 10K, still on the orig front rotors (but I know they're warped and living with it). Other than that, expect to have the intake manifold gaskets replaced around 45-60K miles, be careful of those awful Firestone Affinity's, and that's basically it. Not great, but you could do a LOT worse.