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#3642 of 4972 Chevrolet Malibu FLASHBACK!
Feb 06, 2004 (5:52 am)
I recently had to drive my employers 2003 Chevrolet Malibu LS sedan. The Malibu had only four-thousand miles on it, but driving it gave me flashbacks of an American sedan I owned years ago, a 1992 Plymouth Acclaim; plasticy & flimsy feeling interior, bouncy & jiggly ride, vague but constant "grinding" sensation in the drive-train, noisy & under-performing engine, and inconveniently placed controls (for example, the Malibuís HVAC controls become blocked by its ridiculously tall transmission shifter.) However, my 1992 Acclaim had more comfortable seats, rather than the low, flat, unsupportive slabs in this Chevrolet Malibu.
Driving the Chevrolet Malibu really helped me to appreciate the design, poise, and refinement of my own Honda Accord.
Feb 06, 2004 (6:02 am)
orbit9090 : Ya.. that's the old Malibu. Drive a new one and then come back.
bcmalibu99ls : Two guys here in the office have late model Escapes and they have had no real issues. I know the early ones have some problems but I think they have all been ironed out. if the deal is there, I might grab one.
#3644 of 4972 Brakes/pedal squeaking
Feb 06, 2004 (7:46 am)
I'm Bob in Richmond, VA. We have a 2001 silver Malibu LS we purchased new in June 2001. We currently have about 48,000 miles on it. Its been a pretty reliable car. Had to have the rotors replace just before warranty expired (no charge). Have had problems with front brakes making a squeaking sound when car is in gear and you press on the brake pedal. Squeaks even when you are at a full stop and you change pressure on the brake pedal without causing the car to move. Service dept said the caliper pins needed lubrication. Still occurs every now and then but not as much as before they were lubed.
Feb 06, 2004 (11:11 am)
Are you kiding or asking for trouble? It's funny how people have different opinions about people, I guess the same applied to cars. I honestly don't know what you were talking about. Well, it doesn't matter. Enjoy your Accord.
#3646 of 4972 Feb Problem of the Month
Feb 06, 2004 (8:22 pm)
Well, after racking up nearly 500 miles yesterday and today, the A/C is now kaput. Really kaput. Poor me, it was 83 today.
As you all know, last month it was brakes, big time. This is revenge for complaining about the new remote start likely burning out A/C compressors early in tropical climes. Bet it's the compressor.
So, I'll be racking up more GMPP expenses on Monday, so GM can raise the price of the Extended Warranty even further.
This car really IS a piece of junk, you know?
I posted a description of the exact problem in the new "Problems & Solutions" discussion, as appropriate.
I need a cot set up at my dealers.
Guess I'll see the Maxx sooner than I thought I would.
Feb 06, 2004 (8:26 pm)
Dave, impressed with the action. I hope you're also able to pass on the accolades as well. I've sat in more than my fair share of new sedans, since I'm at the dealers monthly (see prior post).
At this rate, it's gonna be hard to go Chevy again, regardless of how good the new ones are, sorry to say.
#3648 of 4972 First '04 Malibu Sighting
Feb 07, 2004 (11:10 am)
(this calls for a celebration; sure took long enough)
Yesterday, while shuttling associates up and down "killer 95" in SE FL, amidst all of the ugly new Camcords (they are every other car, especially this time of year with all of our northern visitors here. Rarely see a current-model Accord out-of-season, but we still have a ton of Camrys, though), as I approached the Ft. Lauderdale airport exit, I noticed a silver Bu, with spoiler, in the far right-hand lane, about to exit at the airport. Never got close enough to see what trim level it was, or equally interesting, WHAT was driving it.
I do have to say this: the current Camcords are UGLY compared to the Bu. BUT the Bu ain't pretty compared to the '04 Grand Prix. I was surprised how many of those are on the highways down here (possibly rentals, though the Bu might have been one too, seeing the airport vicinity).
I'm not on the highway all that often in normal day-to-day activities.
Feb 08, 2004 (7:19 am)
Yesterday, on PBS' "MotorWeek", they revealed the 2004 "Driver's Choice" awards, with the Malibu receiving "Best Family Sedan" for '04. Special mention was also made of the Maxx, for its versatility in this segment.
Feb 08, 2004 (2:36 pm)
My hands have more fingers than the number of new Malibu's I have seen on the road. And I live in Fairfax, Va close to Washington DC.
Chevyguy, are you kidding me. The Malibu is the most bland looking car I have ever seen. I know looks are subjective, but the Malibu is not going to win any beauty contest either. The only midsize cars that stand out are the Mazda6 and Nissan Altima.
Feb 08, 2004 (2:53 pm)
'05 Malibu on the way. Just learned in the G6 forum that production of the '05 begins on June 14. I'm in shock. Guess there are design changes that need to be worked in.
Hopefully, triedntru can fill us in. Maybe we can request, civilly, please, some favors?
Yikes, I didn't count on THAT.