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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
Apr 07, 2008 (7:19 pm)
I sat in a Malibu LTZ today. I'll make this quick-
I liked the interior. The gauges seemed a little small (just because I'm used to my larger ones probably, not a biggie). There were some cheap touches inside. The door covering the cupholders was flimsy, the moonroof cover didn't seem to set it place well, and a $29k car with no rear-seat armrest? My $19k 12 year old Honda has one! C'mon Chevy, get with it! Overall though, it was a good effort.
One problem? SIZE! The back seat of the Malibu was tighter on my legs than my 2006 Accord, which isn't a huge car in the first place. It had a claustrophobic feel all over, even though the front was plenty roomy.
I'm trying to be objective towards the Malibu, but I must admit it was difficult. I was at my local Chevy dealer (Premiere Chevrolet in Bessemer, AL) redeeming a "free oil change" coupon which I used on my old '96 Accord. Unfortunately, I spent two hours waiting on my car to be serviced, and while I was there, roaming the lot and checking out cars, NOT ONE EMPLOYEE spoke to me. In fact, the only friendly people there were the cashier in the service dept, and the service tech who brought my car around. They covered my driver's seat in grease, but the service tech managed to get it out (thank you Scott!).
I had forgotten how spoiled I am by two other dealers in my town (Serra Honda, and Town and Country Ford). Premiere Chevrolet simply sucks!
EDIT: On a side note, the dealership (a large one along the interstate) only had 4 Malibus; two LTZ V6s and two LT1s. They had probably 3 dozen Cobalts and 70 Silverados, however.
#9324 of 20239 Re: Test Drove Accord and Malibu Today [m6user]
Apr 07, 2008 (7:21 pm)
I quite agree with you!
The only point I was attempting to make was that is doesn't pay to underestimate what folks will do nowadays. And, don't underestimate folks intelligence...the under 18 crowd knows how they will be treated by the courts if apprehended (no jail time in most cases unless multiple court appearances/charges), so in a sense, our legal system actually encourages some of this behavior.
Whether accomplished and selective thieves or simple opportunists, the result is still the same. Stolen items and property damage that must be dealt with by the car owner...
Just another example of the sad state of affairs we have to deal with these days....
Personally, I liked the security system of the "6000SUX" car in the movie "Robocop"...20,000 volts !!!
#9325 of 20239 Re: Test Drove Accord and Malibu Today [busiris]
Apr 07, 2008 (8:41 pm)
I tried both AT&T and Sprint's nav and they used data plan bandwidth. I happened to have unlimited data already, so it only cost me an extra $9.99 unlimited at the time. Sprint's service was worse than AT&T's because it handled routing when the phone is in use in an extremely poor way.
Both were more hassle that using my Garmin and putting it away when not needed, so I canceled both. I managed to live with AT&T's Telenav for a few months and canceled Sprint Navigation after 2 days.
#9326 of 20239 Re: Test Drove Accord and Malibu Today [busiris]
Apr 08, 2008 (3:02 am)
Can you supply any info that contradicts this information? I would like to know, as my daughters may need to use this some day...
Depending on your exact plan, some airtime/data charges may apply. The only way to know for sure is to call verizon wireless and ask them.
#9327 of 20239 Re: Malibu LTZ V6 [thegraduate]
Apr 08, 2008 (3:05 am)
I'm trying to be objective towards the Malibu,
I was trying to be objective but I didn't like the base Malibu. The base Camry and Accord seems to be a better package overall.
#9328 of 20239 Re: Test Drove Accord and Malibu Today [pat]
Apr 08, 2008 (5:51 am)
In my area, they are breaking out windows of cars that have the telltale suction cup marks...
I guess I must spend all my time in low crime areas, because I sure don't give much thought to the possibility of someone smashing windows to steal whatever is in my car. Of course, my MODT navigation system is not of much value, most components of it were free.
MODT = maps on dead tree
#9329 of 20239 Re: Test Drove Accord and Malibu Today [busiris]
Apr 08, 2008 (7:36 am)
Know what you mean. Now if we can just get gravel trucks to cover their loads. I am having the glass company coming Thursday morning to replace my windshield on my Tundra due to a very large stone flying out of a bouncing gravel truck. I would have gotten a plate number but I was too busy trying to dodge other stones it was throwing off.
#9330 of 20239 VW Quad-Coupe
Apr 08, 2008 (7:58 am)
I guess VW is calling their new sedan the "quad-coupe" over here, rather then the Passat CC. I really do not understand this car. Is is supposed to be positioned to compete with the Maxima / Avalon crowd? With it offering VW's 2.0 Turbo with 200hp, it seems to be very under powered. I see it is rumored to also get the V6, which would make it a better competitor, however, I can see the price going well over $30K.
This just seems like a car that could steal sales away from their slow selling Passat. Can we say VW has an identity crisis?
Apr 08, 2008 (2:20 pm)
I'm sure that this questions has come up before but I'm going to ask it anyway.I have a couple of questions about resales values.
1. how are resale values calculated ?
2 How is it that the Fusion/Milan are better built than the Camry. But, the Camry still has a better resale value ?