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#317 of 1514 Hybrid Comparison
Jul 11, 2007 (4:54 pm)
Just checked out the Toyota Camry fuel estimates at http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/calculatorSelectEngine.jsp?year=2007&make=Toyota&model=Camry%20Hybrid
Seems the current sticker says 40/38 city/highway. It looks like it will change to 33/34 for 2008. It still means that the Camry holds a big advantage in city driving. I would guess the Malibu will still fall short about 5 to 6 MPG. If it's priced aggressively (and I think we know Chevy needs to do that to make an impact and convert some - can I get an "AMEN" - of those "CamCord" folks) that should cover the difference in MPG. Plus I'm sure there will be some kind of tax credit too. So if it's priced a couple thou cheaper and there's a thou tax break that means you'd have to drive well over 100,000 to recoup the 3K difference in price.
Me, I think I'll forego the mileage savings and go with the 3.6L 6 speed with paddle shifters. Drove the Aura and loved the ride.
#318 of 1514 2008 Malibu Production to begin.....
Jul 25, 2007 (3:18 pm)
on October 15th. I spoke with Chad in their customer service center and he informed me that once production begins on October 15th we can expect to see the new Malibu in showrooms within the next 4 to 8 weeks (I guess it depends on how far you are from the plant in Kansas).
That's not really the news I was looking for, as I was hoping the car would be in showrooms by September or so. I am thinking of the Malibu or the Saturn Aura but I like the styling of the Malibu a bit better, not to mention I'm thinking it will be better equipped in the LTZ model (as compared to the Aura XR model) but I don't know that for sure.
How do others feel about not being able to test drive this car until November or December of this year?
#319 of 1514 Re: 2008 Malibu Production to begin..... [noles200]
Jul 25, 2007 (6:35 pm)
I'm especially interested in the Malibu hybrid, and I know I've been disappointed that my local Saturn dealer has not been able to get (or keep) an Aura Green Line on their lot for me to test drive. My fear is that for whatever reason GM isn't producing enough hybrids to meet demand, which could mean a delay in getting the Malibu hybrid on the road.
Still, I heard at one point it would be early 2008 before the Malibu would be available, so any time before then is better than later...but I have my doubts about the availability of the hybrid at the outset.
#320 of 1514 Re: 2008 Malibu Production to begin..... [noles200]
Jul 26, 2007 (5:00 am)
I too was hoping to get int his car before November. I'm looking to buy a new car in the next few months with a baby due in October. I'm looking for a sedan to replace my Mustang, and the pictures of the new Malibu look great. Unfortunately, I don't know if I can wait long enough to get one. I can probably hold out until November to buy my new car, but I'll need one before the Thanksgiving road trip to show off the new baby to the families.
I might just end up in the Aura XR with the Morocco leather. I would have no complaints about that, but it would have been nice to also try the Malibu.
#321 of 1514 Re: 2008 Malibu Production to begin..... [cowbell]
Jul 26, 2007 (5:53 am)
It might cost you a few hundred over a couple of months, but rent a sedan on a as needed basis until the new Malibu shows up.
#322 of 1514 Re: 2008 Malibu Production to begin..... [jkinzel]
Jul 26, 2007 (9:11 am)
That's a very good point; we've made it a habit of renting cars we might consider buying when we take a vacation/road trip, and you'd be surprised how a car you think you'd like ends up being one you'd hate if you had to drive it on a regular basis.
My wife always regretted not buying a Toyota Highlander when she got her Accord; this spring break we tried to rent an Equinox for the trip, but they didn't have one available, but they did have a Highlander, so I got it to see what it was like. Granted we may just not be SUV people, and the Highlander may be great relative to other cars in that class, but we came away VERY happy that we had not bought one of these when we were thinking about it. I can carry far more stuff in the trunk of my Impala than you could even think of carrying in the back of most SUVs, I still don't get why they're so popular. We've found minivans are great on the highway and for big groups, but they're not much fun for navigating in more congested areas, so we keep coming back to sedans.
Granted the new Malibu won't be available as a rental, but certainly the current Impala might be available (I don't know if Saturns would be out there or not). Might be worth looking at a more base-model Impala as a rental, so you can have that experience to compare to what you end up buying (since the Impala is a little larger than the Malibu, you might find it more appealing in dealing with infant seats and the gear that goes along with them).
#323 of 1514 Re: 2008 Malibu Production to begin..... [cowbell]
Aug 01, 2007 (12:09 pm)
I know someone who works at the fairfax plant. She said that they are making the 2008 Malibu fleet cars right now. She said right now the plan is to have the 2008 models in the showrooms by October. I am thinking about ordering one. If I do, I can give her the order # and she will let me know the day it comes down the line!
#324 of 1514 Re: 2008 Malibu Production to begin..... [lisa71]
Aug 01, 2007 (6:57 pm)
I ordered my 2000 Impala, and somewhere on Edmunds I found a toll-free number for Chevrolet that you could call and check the status of your order. I don't remember a lot of details, but as I recall it was significant when they actually assigned my car a VIN number, and I know I called several times to check the status, and learned when the car was built (March 14) as well as when it would ship/deliver (which only took a couple of weeks).
I had a very positive experience ordering my Impala, and would certainly recommend it to anyone who is pretty particular about what they want, and who can stand the suspense to wait 6-8 weeks to take delivery of the car. It'll probably take longer to have one built at the beginning of the production cycle than it would a few months into things though.
#325 of 1514 Re: 2008 Malibu Production to begin..... [lisa71]
Aug 01, 2007 (7:24 pm)
I am thinking about ordering one.
What state are you located in? Can you order one yet? I haven't seen any pricing listed yet. I think I'd love to order one too, if I know I could get one in October.
#326 of 1514 Re: 2008 Malibu Production to begin..... [noles200]
Aug 01, 2007 (8:35 pm)
Why order one without at least sitting in and test driving one on the lot first?
There are not going to be waiting lists for Malibus.