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#12 of 29 Re: 2008 Malibu remote start issue [southpaw412]
Oct 09, 2008 (12:13 pm)
Hey southpaw, so yeah I brought the car back to the dealership, they heard the noise and said they didn't know what it was. They (Best Chevy, Hingham, MA) showed me a memo from GM regarding 2008 Malibu's and remote start issues. The memo said, like your posting, that the torque converter bolts could be either missing or stripped. The dealership assured me the bolts were not stripped and the TC looked fine. Ironically, the morning I took the vehicle back to the dealership I found a 2 inch bolt on the engine block. All this, needless to say does not give me a warm and tingly feeling about buying this vehicle. They said, they believe the noise to be nornal....like I said, it's like a vibration noise that goes away as soon as I put the key in the ignition. So, thats where I am. I have a new car, which I haven't even made my first payment on and it makes a noise when the remote starter is engaged. Sorry to babble on, if anyone is interested in seeing the memo from GM, just let me know and I can forward it on....maybe it could help someone out.
#13 of 29 Re: 2008 Malibu remote start issue [08malibu]
Jan 19, 2009 (12:52 pm)
I know it has been a little while since anyone has posted here but i would be interested in seeing the bulletin. I have a 08 LTZ and also notice a weird noise when the remote start is on. The noise goes away just like yours when key is turned on. I do not have any problems with cold start rather then the power steering fluid whinning but that is because it is -50 here when that happens. But know other cold start problems and i think i have probably one of the coldest areas malibu seels in.
#14 of 29 Re: 2008 Malibu remote start issue [bubby_wubby]
Feb 03, 2009 (2:43 pm)
I would also like to see the bullentin from gm.
#15 of 29 2008 Extended Warranty
Sep 14, 2009 (3:07 am)
#16 of 29 2008 Extended Warranty
Jun 12, 2008 (3:52 am)
Does buying an extended warranty make economic sense considering the purported quality improvement in the 2008 Malibu?
We just received an "invitation" to purchase a GM Protection plan that would extend the basic manufacturers' warranty.
Here are the details of the two plans they offered although other terms are available online at http://www.gmpponline.com
5 Years/100,000 miles:
$1,390 with $200 deductible
$1,550 with $100 deductible
$1,730 with $0 deductible
5 Years/75,000 miles
$990 with $200 deductible
$1,140 with $100 deductible
$1,350 with $0 deductible
To scare you into buying these plans they show the representative costs for typical repairs:
Air conditioning compressor................$1,198
Sunroof module /assembly..................$1,214
Steering column assembly...................$ 927
Since we intend to drive the car for at least 7 years there is a strong argument for purchasing the warranty.
What do you boardies think. Should we buy the GM warranty or should we pass at this time?
#17 of 29 Re: 2008 Extended Warranty [bwia]
Jun 12, 2008 (6:48 am)
its nothing more than an insurance policy...you are betting you will need it and the company is betting you will not use it....shop around and you will find better deals on the GMPP plan as well....google it and you will be amazed at the number of GM dealers that will sell you the same plan at a much reduced rate that you see in your ad.
with the current warranty on the drive train......the rest of the mechanics is what you are betting will fail..the other consideration is how long do you intend to keep the car and how much you drive mileage wise
#18 of 29 Re: 2008 Extended Warranty [pao]
Jun 13, 2008 (5:14 am)
Basically I agree with you that a warranty is essentially an insurance policy. So one should insure against risk he is unwilling or unable to tolerate. The amount one is willing to pay for that insurance depends on the 'real' risk and not the perceived risk so that's where quality and reliability issues come in.
Most everyone agrees that the 2008 Malibu's quality is significantly better than the prior model(s) but the compressor in our new Malibu failed upon first use. The dealership said the unit was defective and replaced it under warranty. Therefore, this experience leaves me less confident and more likely to buy the warranty even though I know it is not likely to payoff economically. I read somewhere online that for every $1,000 spent to purchase a warranty only $250 is recovered in claims. That's a high price to pay for peace of mind though....which reminds me of the old Fram TV commercial, pay me now or pay me later.
#19 of 29 Re: 2008 Extended Warranty [bwia]
Jun 13, 2008 (5:39 am)
This link takes you to the Black Pontiac Cadillac extended warranty page. They will sell GMPP warranties at substantial discounts. I got this from post #2218 in the Extended Warranties thread on the Smart Shopper board. It's easy to follow; 08 Malibu is a Class B; go to Class B Table and choose what works for you.
When I went through finance, the guy tried to sell me a non-GM extended warranty for $1700. After I had a great laugh, he then quoted me the GMPP extended warranty (72 months, 60,000 miles) for $1270. That's when I pulled out the full print out from the Black Pontiac site, and said this discounted price is the price I'm willing to pay, or I'll just get it through them. He agreed to match it.
So, I ended up with an extended the warranty on my 08 Malibu to 6 years, 60K miles, NO deductible for $835 through my selling dealer. I think you can contact Black Pontiac directly and add the extended warranty after the sale depending upon how old a vehicle is and what the mileage is. Definitely worth looking at.
Hope this helps you--using the Edmunds automotive forums saved me $435!
#20 of 29 Re: 2008 Extended Warranty [bwia]
Jun 16, 2008 (6:08 pm)
I have purchased several GMPP Major Guard plans with $0 deductible from Blacks Pontiac. I do it for peace of mind, since I keep my cars for 6-7 years and you never know what can go wrong. If car is kept overnight for a warranty repair or it will take more than 2 hrs to complete a covered repair, the GMPP covers the cost of a rental car (if your dealer does not have loaner cars). This is good if you have to go to work and can't take time off to get your car fixed. You also get roadside assistance until the GMPP expires. If you sell the car before the GMPP expires, the time left on the GMPP can be transferred to new owner. A good selling point.
I just fill out the form, printed it out and mail it to Blacks with a check. They usually give you another $50 dollars off of the discounted price at the bottom of the form. They charge a processing fee if you pay by credit card.
The other thing dealers try to tell you is that you have to purchase right away or else the price is more. You can purchase a GMPP plan any time during the 3 yr/36k mi basic warranty. The price does go up after 12 mo/12k miles. Then after 12 mo, the price increases again at 24k.
Also, the clock starts ticking on the GMPP on the date and mileage you purchase it. So to get the best value, it pays to wait until just before 12 mo or 12k miles to purchase it at the new car prices. You basically then get an extra year/12k miles of coverage for the same price , which you would not get if you purchase it at the same time you purchased the vehicle. When you fill out the form for Blacks you just tell them your current months and miles since new. They use honor system and don't check what you put on the form.
Blacks usually sets their prices once a year in October. So if you purchase from them after October, the price may be higher. Another thing to consider when timing your purchase.
For the two plans your dealer quoted, the Black's price from their cost sheet is
For 5/100/$0, $1155, a savings of $575. For 5/75/$0, $825, a savings of $525. You save another $50 if they give that discount on the form.
Good Luck with your car, no matter what you decide to do regarding a GMPP.
I have an 06 Malibu Maxx.
#21 of 29 Re: 2008 Extended Warranty [sgr5516]
Jul 03, 2008 (8:53 am)
One other thing about buying from Black's or another of the discount GMPP dealers. In many cases if you purchase out of state, you do not pay sales tax. Example, in Tennessee I pay 9.25% sales tax on the purchase even if the dealer matches the price. So, buying locally a $1000 GMPP would cost me $1092.50 with the added tax. If I bought it from an out of state dealer that does not charge sales tax it would cost me $1000. IIRC Black's is in Penn.