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#2875 of 4972 Malibu resale value
Nov 09, 2003 (7:05 pm)
....My understanding was that GM was going to continue making the 2003 Malibu as the "Chevrolet Classic" to be used for car rental fleet purposes in order to firm up the resale value of the current 04 Malibu as a used vehicle down the road similar to the Accord and Camry.....as we all know Camrys and Accords have fantastic resale after a few years.. Saturday I was at a Car rental lot (similar to Hertz etc) and they had 4 brand new 2004 Malibu LS models available....isn't that defeating the purpose of the Chevrolet Classic......does anyone know?
Nov 10, 2003 (5:29 am)
wpbharry : 40% after 2 years sounds like the old Malibu. If they are saying that about the new one, then they are simply copying last year's data for this year's book.
charts : Can't stop anyone from buying a Malibu to rent. I'm sure GM fleet services will be pushing the Classic. My buddy from Winnipeg was in town and got a Lexus rental. Who would have thought Lexus sold to rental fleets?
Nov 10, 2003 (7:54 am)
Alpha, They need to redesign the Camry ASAP. The only people who buy that car seem to be retired people. No offence, but the Camry is a Japanese Buick in my eyes. No the Malibu is not much better, but the Maxx version should be a big seller for young families.
Wpbharry, I think you should buy a Grand Prix. The deals seem pretty good now and you will enjoy the sportier ride. Have you tested a GT2?
Nov 10, 2003 (8:39 am)
Thats your opinion and thats fine. The Camry has strong reliability and resale value, scores well in comparison tests in both Consumer Reports and Car and Driver, offers innovative features for the class (think: NAV, Side Airbags and Curtains, VSC..) etc, very good crash scores, a good fuel efficiency and very impressive engines. If its not for you its, not for you, but it isnt in NEED of a redesign. That said, as per Toyota's 5 year cycle, it will be FRESHENED for the 2005 MY and redesigned for 2007, at which point the Malibu will be in its fourth model year of SEVEN.
PS- A Camry SE V6 will outrun a Grand Prix GT2, and comparably equppied, it will cost less, look better, and depreciate more slowly.
Nov 10, 2003 (9:18 am)
Where do you get your information that the new 'Bu will have a seven year design cycle?
I've seen nothing like that out of GM.
To the contrary, in most GM press releases concerning the billions it is spending to update its factories (and the new 'Bu is made in a completely updated factory), GM stresses the flexibilty will allow it to quickly change its models.
#2881 of 4972 past history
Nov 10, 2003 (9:56 am)
Just using the previous generations of the two cars discussed: Malibu, introduced for 1997, redesigned for 2004. Grand Prix, redesigned for 1997, again, redesigned for 2004. That would 7 model years for each of those vehicles, prior to its redesign. And that seems to be on the short end for GM.....
#2882 of 4972 Hello everyone...just bot '03..should I expect brake problems
Nov 10, 2003 (10:13 am)
Hello everyone...I'm new to this board...have read several posts and it looks like you folks are very knowledgeable. Hope you can help.
My wife and I live in NW Ontario and just purchased an '03 with around 23,000 mi. as a second car. Got a good price on it. My research was limited to CR which didn't have a lot of good things to say about the Bu but recommended it as "reliability" was improved to AVERAGE. Wish I had discovered this board before I bot. After about a week am pleased with it (except for wind noise and a fan which is very loud and seems to shake the gas pedal when on 4 and 5). Otherwise everything works and it rides and handles well.
It appears that the Malibu has been plaqued with brake problems in the past. I am wondering if Chevy has done anything recently (on the '02-'03's) to rectify whatever the problems were with Malibu brakes and have the brakes been improved? Or is it the same old brake system on the '03's as previous years and should I be expecting brake problems anytime soon?
I appreciate any replies to my post. This topic has probably been discussed but I can't yet find so if you can point me in the direction of those posts I would appreciate that too. Thanks very much.
Nov 10, 2003 (10:16 am)
Welcome everfeb - while you are waiting for replies, try the "Search This Discussion" box on the page bar. I think you'll find that very helpful.
Nov 10, 2003 (10:25 am)
Actually I have to agree with dan165, the average age of a Camry driver has to be around 60. I also disagree that the Camry looks better than the GP, it's not even close in my eye. I'll give you the depreciation nod but given what you pay for a V6 Camry, you could buy a supercharged GTP Grand Prix so the 0-60 speed advantage is gonzo.
Hey, nothing wrong with the Camry, it's a very sensible buy. It's just not an enthusiast's dream by any stretch of the imagination.
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