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#238 of 1514 Re: typical cost-cutting [emunson]
Feb 15, 2007 (6:37 am)
sorry about your experience and its obvious you are here because you have an axe to grind with Chevy. No offense to your brother but I have a hard time believing ANYONE in 2007 thinks "all" cars have problems and we should get used to it. You fail to mention that some people (many people) have good experiences with their GM products. To say that GM owners are too uneducated to realize that they could be driving something better is insulting and arrogant. For the record I have had some problems with my GM car and I'm not happy about it. That said, I wouldnt swear off GM cars for two reasons: a)There have been reliable GM cars owned by members of my family and b) I dont believe that buying foreign is a guarantee of no problems. Sorry but I had neighbors with a Cressida and Avalon and both had issues. Just heard about a friend's '03 Infiniti that wouldnt start. There are other stories as well.
As for being upside down, that will happen when you dont put money down. It seems to be that buying an import makes a lot more sense if you plan to buy with no cash. My '02 Olds is paid off and worth about $7300 as a trade and $8300 on the market per kbb. In this area I have seen similar cars listed for close to $10k. I paid about $21k for it 5+ years ago. That's not quite what I would call upside down.
GM's residuals are better today than they were in 2001 and I would be in a better position with a new GM car than I am in with my current car. If your only concern is how much your car will be worth at trade it than by all means dont get the Malibu or anyting else domestic. Personally, I care more about styling, price and performance than resale value since I will be living with the car for 5 or 6 years.
Feb 15, 2007 (8:27 am)
...the title of the discussion states "2008 Chevy Malibu", but somehow the talk is turning to domestics vs. imports. Let me point you to Automotive News & Views where I'm sure you can find a topic to accommodate those comments.
Thanks for your cooperation!
#240 of 1514 The 2008 rear suspension
Feb 15, 2007 (8:50 pm)
Does anyone know if the 2008 Malibu uses Hydraulic rear suspension bushings?
That would go a long way towards ridding the "bu of its current rear end quiver over bumps.
#241 of 1514 Re: The 2008 rear suspension [kurtamaxxxguy]
Feb 15, 2007 (10:24 pm)
The reviews I've seen of the Saturn Aura's driving characteristics have been quite good. Since it's the same platform as the new Malibu, you would think it would have the same or very similar suspensions. I don't remember anything in the press release about bushings.
#242 of 1514 Re: typical cost-cutting [emunson]
Feb 16, 2007 (12:36 pm)
Never had anything go wrong? Nonsense. We were not born yesterday.
#243 of 1514 Saw the 2008
Feb 19, 2007 (5:46 pm)
Went to the Canadian Int'l Auto Show this past weekend and got a chance to see the 08 Bu. I was disappointed that I could not sit inside but not surprised I guess. Otherwise the car is very nice to look at and if it drives like the Aura and has an interior even close to the Aura, GM has a winner. My guess is, both of these qualities will be present.
If I can get a 3.6L 2008 for substantially less than an Aura I will probably buy one. I like the Aura XR a lot but the C$31K price tag here in Canada is a little steep. If I can get the Malibu for ~ C$28K, it will be a very attractive buy.
#244 of 1514 Re: Saw the 2008 [vanman1]
Feb 19, 2007 (6:43 pm)
Don't suppose you could tell if the back seat had an armrest or not?
i also agree .. if the 3.6L can come in at a better price (and a decent financing rate) than the Aura XR i will be tempted. the XR is hideously expensive in Canada
#245 of 1514 Re: Saw the 2008 [mrdisco33]
Feb 19, 2007 (8:31 pm)
It was probably a preprodution mule that was 100% accurate to what will be released anyway. Probably one reason they don't want people sitting in it.
#246 of 1514 Re: Saw the 2008 [mrdisco33]
Feb 20, 2007 (8:00 am)
No armrest. I have noticed that GM doesnt put armrests in vehicles that have separate cupholders in the rear. It seems like GM sees armrests as a place to stick cupholders and little more.
#247 of 1514 Re: Saw the 2008 
Feb 20, 2007 (6:47 pm)
My Sable has armrest in the back but nobody uses it, I think people do not care about armrests. Yes it has cup-holders separate from armrest.