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Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Car Leasing, Sedan, Wagon
#79 of 208 Re: Thank You Car Man - My Lease Price [g6leaser]
Apr 07, 2008 (8:00 am)
I guess I didn't pull that $370 a month range I quoted with no money down number out of my hat. Don't get me wrong as I said I have been leasing nothing but Chevys since 1990, and the car 2004 LS Malibu V6 great engine by the way real smooth good power and pretty quiet, I turned it in for the Accord EXP with a $1,000 down $260.00 36 mth, 12,000 miles a year one of the main reasons was the lease cost, and some quality issues. But Paying $370 for a Malibu 4cyl no way, I would have rather put down $3,000 for a BMW, or a Caddy for that kind of monthly cost.
When the 04 came out it was touted in the same way, however as you will see over time probably within the first 6 months to a year you will find the gas mileage will not match the sticker city mpg numbers and it wont get better as the car breaks in the city stop and go, rattles window, control arm squeaks, center arm rest and dash board clicking and squeaks that no dealer ever seems to find except your self. To most Bu owners keep a pocket recorder handy in the car you will need it. Mileage in the 04 I was getting 14 to 16 mpg sticker stated 23 mpg and the highway stated 32 however, I was getting up to 37mpg on a straight run that is almost better than any 4cyl on the market.You also probably haven't noticed it yet but the steering is kind of numb in reaction time that is.
Well Good luck with the new BU it is an outstanding looking car in and out and if it weren't for the past issues and gas mileage I would have loved to have gotten another one, I was just dissapointed and the leasing cost didn't help.
#80 of 208 Re: Chevy Malibu VS. Saturn Aura [jaxs1]
Apr 07, 2008 (8:27 am)
Again when you are leasing who cares about rates, if you can lease a car with hardly any thing down and get real low monthly payments you have met your objective who wants to pay apartment rent money for a car, your not buying the car car.
It does matter if you are buying it out right because you wouldn't want to be paying a hefty finance charge that will cost you more than the car is actually worth.
And here is a tip to any one if you do buy a car buy do it with with a home equity loan (if you can) you can claim the finance charge points on your taxes.
#81 of 208 Re: Chevy Malibu VS. Saturn Aura [40yearfan]
Apr 07, 2008 (5:41 pm)
The Malibu looks nice and you don't see them around much yet because of the level of sales. There is a shortage because of a production limitations, not demand. The demand is nowhere near the demand for Camrys or Accords or the dealers would never have any on their lots with the slow rate of current deliveries.
Of course demand is still much better than last year's plain-Jane model, but it isn't that incredible of a demand as people would like to say.
#82 of 208 Re: Chevy Malibu VS. Saturn Aura [jaxs1]
Apr 07, 2008 (6:00 pm)
GM's truck and SUV sales were down 22 percent in March while its car sales fell 14 percent. New vehicles like the Chevrolet Malibu were a bright spot, with sales up 17 percent, but sales of Chevrolet pickups were down 25 percent while sales of GM's gas-guzzling Hummer brand were down 29 percent. GM's sales were down 11 percent for the first quarter.
Sales of the Malibu were up 17% in March while sales for all GM products were down by 19%. And this is in a very bad auto market where all auto manufacturers posted sales losses.
Considering the market conditions, I'd say the demand for the Malibu is pretty good.
EDIT: Just found another interesting article about the Malibu and how GM is doing with it:
#83 of 208 Re: Chevy Malibu VS. Saturn Aura [40yearfan]
Apr 07, 2008 (8:47 pm)
Yes, sales are better than the old Malibu by 17%, but it isn't going to overtake the Camry for best selling car in the US anytime soon. Can they even sell 50% of the Camry's volume?
You see less Malibu's sitting on the lots than Camrys because they are building alot less Malibu's, not because they are selling more Malibus than Toyota sells Camrys.
#84 of 208 Re: Chevy Malibu VS. Saturn Aura [jaxs1]
Apr 08, 2008 (7:43 am)
How did this degenerate into Toyotas and Hondas versus Malibus? The last time I looked, this was a forum to discuss the Malibu. Doesn't Edmunds also have forums to discuss these other models?
It's obvious that GM is trying to overcome it's old perception and that they have come up with a vehicle at least as good as if not better than anything the foreign manufactures have.
A lot of us Americans take great pride in our accomplishments and are willing to spend the extra few bucks it takes to make sure we keep jobs here in America and that the money we spend goes to American firms who pay taxes here and create jobs here.
So in answer to your question, I really don't care what Toyota or Honda does. If I want to read about them, I'll go to the appropriate site in this forum to discuss them.
#85 of 208 Re: Chevy Malibu VS. Saturn Aura [40yearfan]
Apr 08, 2008 (11:45 am)
The point is about the Malibu and the fact that sales are not as spectacular as the poster was trying to say. Any shortage is a direct result of low levels of production and shipping, not some massive volume of sales.
#86 of 208 Re: Chevy Malibu VS. Saturn Aura [40yearfan]
Apr 08, 2008 (12:27 pm)
You know, I really like the new Malibu, especially the dash layout.
However, I ultimately purchased an Altima, for 2 reasons...1- the Malibu simply didn't offer the options I wanted (ie., on-screen NAV system, Bluetooth, etc.), and 2- I also have tried to buy American when possible, but I have been "snake-bit" so many times by GM products and dealer services in the past that I decided to look elsewhere. This time my decision was made easy, simply due to the "options" availability.
You bring up an excellent point, however...Just what is American nowadays?
I traded an 05 Aveo (Korean made) for a Nissan Altima (made in Mississippi, I think). Hondas are made in Ohio, BMW's in South Carolina, and many traditional US cars are substantially, if not entirely made in Canada, Australia (Holden) and Mexico.
Not to mention that all dealers and service employees are American, regardless of brand...
Very confusing, don't you think???
#87 of 208 Re: Chevy Malibu VS. Saturn Aura [jaxs1]
Apr 08, 2008 (2:11 pm)
There isn't a car maker out there who wouldn't give their eye teeth to have a 17% increase in sales today. Most of they have a double digit negative in sales. If Gm didn't have that increase in sales, Malibus would be available and at a cheaper rate.
You are entitled to your opinion. I disagree with you.
#88 of 208 Re: Chevy Malibu VS. Saturn Aura [busiris]
Apr 08, 2008 (2:20 pm)
Not really confusing. American car companies with their headquarters in the US keep their profits in this country. Foreign companies such as BMW, Nissan, Honda, etc. send their profits back to their countries of origin.
American companies pay taxes on their profits in America. Foreign companies pay a small import fee for their vehicles.
America has a huge imbalance of imports compared to exports and it is a serious drain on our economy.
Now one guy buying an American made car instead of a foreign car isn't going to solve this problem, but it's a start.