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#935 of 1514 Timing Belt or Chain
May 13, 2008 (1:59 pm)
Does the 2008 chevy malibu LT1 have a timing belt or timing chain? Thanks.
#936 of 1514 Re: Timing Belt or Chain [mazda6dude]
May 14, 2008 (6:37 pm)
ALL Malibu drivetrains use a timing chain--2.4L and 3.6L.
Actually, ALL GM vehicles and their engines use a chain except for the new Saturn Astra (engine is a slightly different iteration, as it's a Euro vehicle) and the Chevy Aveo, also a foreign based vehicle. All else, chains, and no change interval.
#937 of 1514 Re: Press Request [KarenS]
May 14, 2008 (7:13 pm)
I always owned a GM car . Before the 08 Malibu was announced , I was looking at the Hyunda Elantra or Sonata . However after finding the following site www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/hyundai.htm
I decided not to purchase either one . Looks like they don't really want to back their warranty . I'll probably get the LS before the end of the month .
Just my 2 cents
#938 of 1514 NVH & Quality Differences Between LS, LT, LTZ
May 14, 2008 (10:56 pm)
It seems GM has put lots of 'quality' into even their lowest LS level 08 Malibu. Which makes the LS seem like a very nice basic car - what I need. Can anyone comment on the noise/vibration/harshness & 'quality' differences between the 08 LS and 08 LT-2LT-LTZ? I've read the spec differences & test drove, but is there any less quality in the LS design/construction that I might notice in the longer term - like less insulation, lower quality seats, less of anything?
#939 of 1514 Re: Timing Belt or Chain [beach15]
May 15, 2008 (6:09 am)
Thanks for the info.
#940 of 1514 Re: NVH & Quality Differences Between LS, LT, LTZ [kingdomsa]
May 15, 2008 (7:41 am)
No, there's ZERO difference in NVH between the trim levels. The only difference are wheels & tires, with the LS (at least until '09) using steel wheels and 16" Uniroyal tires. So, if anything, in that regard, it has the most cushion in ride due to the extra sidewall.
But otherwise, all the glass, all the insulation, the suspension tuning, etc. is identical across all the models. Only the features and trim details separate them.
#941 of 1514 Slow Sales
May 17, 2008 (9:17 am)
Yesterday I dropped by a local Chevy dealer and the place was drab an uninviting, nothing close to those snazzy and upscale Nissan, Honda, and Toyota showrooms.
Is it no wonder there were no customers? Only two salesmen twiddling their thumbs and a mile long parking lot with trucks and SUVs but only 3 Malibus (one LS and two LTs).
The saleman informed me that sales are extremely slow with high gas prices and and slow(ing) economy. He said the Malibu was selling well but have already exhausted their build quota for the 2008s. He said that they expect the 2009 to begin arriving in August.
If the situation is as bad at other Chevy dealers, then GM will have yet another bad year.
#942 of 1514 Re: Slow Sales [bwia]
May 17, 2008 (3:04 pm)
Obviously each dealer experience is unique to the locality. Around here the Honda dealer is impossible to deal with, selling only to those members of the cult who are willing to accept whatever is offered. The Toyota and Nissan dealers are similar but to a lesser extent. I have noted a much more welcoming experience at the Chevy stores. The pickups and SUVs are stacking up like cordwood everywhere. I cannot imagine Toyota is selling many Sequoias and doubt if Nissan is selling many Titans.
#943 of 1514 Malibu Sales Trailing Badly Behind Camry and Accord
Jun 04, 2008 (5:40 am)
Despite the soft economy new mid-size car sales were up for May and for the year-to-date. The table below from the Wall Street Journal is from the Top 20 vehicles current month's sales.
Make/May 08 Sales/% Change from May 07/YTD 2008 Sales/% Change from 2007 YTD
From the above it is clear that the Camry and Accord sales more than 3 times that of the Malibu. With such low volume sales it does not appear that GMs $100 million advertising campaign for Malibu is working effectively.
The figures above include Hybrid sales for the Accord and Camry. By the way, neither the Sonata nor the Altima made it in the top 20.
#944 of 1514 2008 Malibu
Jun 04, 2008 (10:59 am)
I recently had a 2008 Malibu as a rental for 3 weeks while my car was in the body shop due to a recent vehicular mishap. These are my observations, for what they are worth. Good-looking car inside and out. Drives and rides well. Head room okay without moonroof ( I am 6' 3") with front set leg room marginal for my long legs. The back set leg room is quite limited, as it seems to be with most cars now making it difficult for tall families to be fuel conserving even if they want to. My biggest surprise was the mileage. I am usually pretty good at getting reasonable mileage. On my 2005 4 cyl. Altima, which I gave to my 6' 5" son to take to college, I averaged around 27 mpg combined highway and city and could get between 29 aand 30 on an all highway trip. However, over three weeks in the Malibu with several tanks of gas
and mostly highway driving I could get no better than 24 mpg. Also the 4 cyl. Malibu seemed anemic when accelerating compared to the 4 cyl Accords, Camrys, and Altimas I have driven, all of which got considerably better mileage. I thought about getting a Malibu, but that is unacceptable mileage for a 4 cyl in my opinion.