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Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#579 of 775 Re: Chevy Malibu lifeline??? [malexbu]
Dec 17, 2008 (12:33 pm)
most dealerships are independent franchises...so they will still
be around to service cars...
For how long?
Some five years ago, there were three GMC/Pontiac/Buick dealerships in
the ten-miles' zone around where I live. Now? Zero.
this my exact point of what is the problem...why does there need to be 3 of the same dealerships within 10 miles of one another....GM has over 7K dealerships, Toyota less than 2k if Im not mistaken....perhaps less.....
Five years ago, I owned and valued a Pontiac Bonneville -- but I would
not buy a Pontiac or Buick at any discount these days. The issue is
not so much a quality -- but where would I service it?
Again....too many models, too many frames that arent making $$ or are duplicates of others...GMC is Chevy rebadged....Buick....sells well overseas but not here, stay wtih the Cadillac line...Pontiac...make it the rear wheel drive niche muscle division
the small ones will close, the larger urban ones will
Doesn't look like it's the case with Pontiac/Buicks, does it? All
other things equal, the lower a make's dealers density, the lower the
brand's attraction. And things are by far not equal, not to GM's
advantage. When did you last see a person dreaming of purchasing a
Agree,,,get rid of the Buick in the US...keep it an overseas model
Chevy seems to be the only GM's brand with a meaningful chance of
survival -- but I am not quite sure it will, either. No matter how
much I love my current two Bu's, had I had to buy another car now, I
doubt it would be anything American. To hell with my GM Card points,
to hell with the discounts -- I have zero confidence that potential
problems would be resolved in acceptable time and in a reasonable
distance from home. (I am saying this as a delighted customer of
three Chevy dealerships around now -- but one of these dealerships
also bought a GMC/Pontiac/Buick business just three years ago... Took
them about a year to shut it down -- no demand.)
I beleive GM will survive in some form....I just bought an 09 Cadillac CTS in Sept, but will have to slim down....Cadillac, Chevy, Pontiac and Saturn maybe?
the union has a choice here....take the concessions and not wait until
2010 when they kick in anyway.....
Oh, no, they don't. Not anymore. GM cars have to be given out for
next to nothing in order to be taken en masse. This is not going to
happen for various reasons, so the union will have to find another
place to make their choices at. Ah, if only they fought for quality
when it mattered, how much happier we all would be these days...
wil be interesting to see what the UAW does under restructing of the auto companies if it occurs..
#580 of 775 Re: Chevy Malibu lifeline??? [pao]
Dec 20, 2008 (7:59 am)
Chevy, Cadillac, GMC and Buick will survive. Good-bye Saturn, Pontiac and Saab.
I am sure if you buy any GM car and GM survives , you will be able to get service at any GM dealership. I could take my Olds Aurora to any Chevrolet dealer and get it services after Olds closed. It was actually kind of nice because the nearest Olds dealer was another 5 miles away.
#581 of 775 Re: Chevy Malibu lifeline??? [guss]
Dec 20, 2008 (4:29 pm)
Chevy, Cadillac, GMC and Buick will survive.
That seems to be the most widespread opinion these days, and I can see
a model or two in almost each one of the brands above -- a model that
can give the brand at least a small chance of survival, e.g. Malibu
and Silverado for Chevy. But Buick? Which Buick model makes that
make a candidate for survival? Or you think it can be a winner in,
say, China, without a single model being at least slightly ahead of
Good-bye Saturn, Pontiac and Saab.
Pontiac, on the other hand, has Vibe, G6, G8 and Solstice, which are,
at least, interesting.
#582 of 775 Re: Chevy Malibu lifeline??? [malexbu]
Dec 20, 2008 (8:35 pm)
I would love to see Pontiac make it here over Buick. But, as you said , Buick is big in China. I don't think any of the Chinese model are sold here, so why can't GM just do what Datsun\Nissan do and just change Buicks name to Pontiac in China.
I think even if Pontiac goes away the G8 and Solstice will be transferred over to Chevy. I heard GM was selling it's stake in the joint venture with Toyota. So the Vibe will be discontinued.
#583 of 775 09 Malibu LS base + side moldings + mats
Dec 24, 2008 (11:06 pm)
Is $18500 OTD a good price for a new 09 Malibu LS base + side moldings + mats? MSRP is $21650. It's in California with 7.75% sales tax. Thanks a lot!
#584 of 775 Re: 09 Malibu LS base + side moldings + mats [famus]
Dec 25, 2008 (4:50 am)
No! Anything beyond $17,250 OTD is too much. By the way, a good way to upgrade is to buy the base LS and install after market (Katzkin) leather. That's what we did and we are extremely satisfied with the result. It only cost $1,300 more for the two-tone cocoa/cashmere combo.
#585 of 775 Re: 09 Malibu LS base + side moldings + mats [bwia]
Dec 25, 2008 (11:36 am)
Thanks. But the three dealers I went to would not lower even to $18300 OTD. Some insisted on selling at over $19000 OTD. And that's the low LS model. How can I make a good deal? Now it will very near the end of the year, will I get a better price? Thanks.
#586 of 775 Re: 09 Malibu LS base + side moldings + mats [famus]
Dec 26, 2008 (7:18 am)
Just some food for thought. $18.5K OTD for a 2009 Base LS Malibu is pretty good. Comparing it to other base midsize sedans, that is a really good price. I bought a Accord LX automatc (base) for $20K OTD less then a year ago. Resale value is another factor to consider. How long will you keep the car?
The new Malibu has held its value better then previous Malibu's, if you check on kbb. On the other hand, I have seen used 2008 Malibu LT1 and LT2 going for $18.5K OTD with about 10-15K miles on them. Something to consider. If you plan on keeping the car for a long time (over 5 years), I say go for the deal.
Regardless, the Malibu is a very nice car.
Dec 26, 2008 (2:34 pm)
Looking at an LT2, 6 cyl, sunroof for 22,400+TTL. What do you think?
#588 of 775 Re: LT2 Price [szilber]
Dec 27, 2008 (11:03 am)
I just purchased a black 2009 LTZ 6 cyl with sunroof for 22,600+TTL. Additionally I was able to use 3,117. of GM credit card $ and a 6,000 trade for a net cash cost of 13,483 + sales tax of 1,776.75. Very professional people at Conte in Freeport LI