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#2 of 1510 Re: 2008 Malibu [carguytx]
Nov 11, 2006 (12:02 pm)
It looks like the new civic , long curved lines with a short truck lid/ 07 camry or mercedes m500 sedan. It's lost it's bold body feel. Very long roof line like dodge is using in there vehicles. Someone a GM'S design department is copying the import design pattern. Too bad
#3 of 1510 2008 malibu
Nov 13, 2006 (9:04 am)
It looks very much like the new saturn aura. Same 3.6 v-6 DOHC engine, wheel base 114inch, body lines. Aren't they built in the same plant at Fairfax Kansas city. They are going to use a six speed transmission matched with 255 hp they are using in the cadillac cts. Finally something very competitive to do battle with the accord and camry.
Only a four year run on the certain Malibu before GM has redesigned the car, that has to be a record. Finally GM is trying to keep up with current with consumer demands for their cars instead of just hammering out of date cars like the previous Malibu. I'm truly amazed at GM's effort to stay updated with current automotive trends .
#4 of 1510 Re: 2008 malibu [rvoth]
Nov 13, 2006 (8:35 pm)
The 3.6 sounds like an optional high-power engine. I wonder what the gas mileage will be like and if the standard engine will be be so inadequate (crude 4 cylinder with 4-speed automatic etc.) that you feel compelled to upgrade to the 3.6?
#5 of 1510 Re: 2008 malibu [jaxs1]
Nov 13, 2006 (10:29 pm)
If they put in the echotec 4 cylinder it's not a crude engine. However they need to add the 6-speed automatic to really make it efficient. Due to the limited availability of the 6-speed, I'm sure the 4-speed will be the base tranny for at least a few years. I hope i'm wrong. I can't wait to see interior photo's of this new car.
#6 of 1510 Re: 2008 malibu [jaxs1]
Nov 14, 2006 (7:09 pm)
On GM site it posts the CTS cadillac 3.6 liter with the six speed trans gets 21 city,36 hwy and 26 combined. Compared with 07 malibu gets 26/42/31 combined MPG. So they are giving up mileage for horsepower. Mileage is very similar to the 3.9 liter v-6 in the SS Malibu.
#7 of 1510 Re: 2008 malibu [rvoth]
Nov 14, 2006 (7:16 pm)
Unless that's Canadian mileage, it doesn't make sense.
The Saturn Aura gets pretty mediocre mileage with that same drive train. Worse than an Impala with standard engine and 4-speed automatic.
You shouldn't need to be forced to take the 4 cylinder 2008 Malibu if you want over 30 MPG highway on regular gas and US calibrated gallons when an Impala does better than that.
#8 of 1510 Re: 2008 malibu [jaxs1]
Nov 15, 2006 (9:01 pm)
Yes that's Canadian mileage from GM CANADA website.
Oh ya , us Canadians get better mpg because an Imperial gallon is 4.54 liters compared to 3.79 liter for an American gallon. So i go farther on a gallon of fuel.
A 4 cylinder 2008 malibu would be a dog on power, gutless.Yes the 3.6 liter burns regular gas not premium! Check out what Honda 4 cylinder and V-6 engines get for mileage about the same as the 3.6 liter GM.
Nov 21, 2006 (11:10 am)
GM has released a shot of the new Malibu's interior ahead of the NAIAS next month.
#10 of 1510 Re: The Interior [groovypippin]
Nov 21, 2006 (9:13 pm)
Looks OK. The photo is a bad angle and not in a color most people are going to get (tan or gray).