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#15 of 103 Re: 2013 Chevy Malibu [pao]
Aug 15, 2011 (12:30 pm)
You are absolutely correct in your assessment of this situation, and I agree with YOU 100%! ----- (I NEVER expected anyone from GM to respond to my concern about this 3.6 issue, --- because this would prove that such a condition exists with their vehicles.) -------- I personally enjoy driving my 2010 LTZ 4 cylinder Malibu now that the "surging issue has been eliminated," ----- BUT ----- I question the ethics of a manufacturer who would allow this condition to exist in the 2010 production line, when it originally surfaced in the 2009 production line of the SAME VEHICLE! ---- I would assume that GM would like to sell a number of units of both the 2013 Malibu, and the new Impala. ----- Logic would dictate, that "IF" there was a problem with a component of a vehicle, the manufacturer would correct that problem, and not make more of the same mistakes over and over again in a new production run! ------ QUESTION: ----- Is there any other problem with these vehicles that has not yet surfaced, that GM is currently aware of with the existing new vehicles? ----- I personally admire the looks of the GM line of vehicles. (Example; --- Buick Lacrosse, Malibu and Impala.) --- I want to purchase American name plate vehicles, BUT I want quality from the manufacturer of that vehicle. ---- I have no complaint with the way GM and my selling dealer solved the surging problem with my LTZ Malibu, BUT I would have like to have avoided the issue altogether! ---- Since the condition existed in the 2009, there is no reason why GM could not have solved the cause of this issue prior to the 2010 production run of the Malibu "IF" they cared about their customer base! ----- Are they any different than any other vehicle manufacturer? ---- "NO"! ----- Every manufacturer wants their vehicle out in the marketplace, and let the customer run back and forth to the dealer to work out the "BUGS!" ---- Let the paying customer be inconvenienced! ------ My 2010 LTZ Malibu came with original equipment GOODYEAR tires. I replaced them immediately with Michelin tires when I found that the Goodyear tires did not hold air. ----- (Goodyear tires for my Malibu retail for $98.00 each, while the equivalent original equipment Michelin tires retail for $205.00 each. Do you think there just might be a big difference in "tire quality" and "construction?" ---- I purchased the "Top of the Line Malibu" and it came with "bottom of the line tires!" ------ QUESTION: ----- As a vehicle customer, what is your life worth? To switch these tires it cost me $800.00 + dollars retail. GM could have given me a better grade of tire because they purchase on a wholesale basis. ------- Best regards to all! ----- Dwayne
#16 of 103 New Camry Vs New Malibu
Aug 29, 2011 (3:23 am)
The 2012 Camry was unveiled last week and Toyota played it safe by sticking to the same platform but with edgier lines, Avalon-style bumper and more interior space. Certainly not as nice as the Kia Optima or Hyundai Sonata but it looks nicer (inside and outside) than the 2013 Malibu. So, even before the Malibu is launched it is facing formidable competition from the new Camry (especially the SE and Hybrid 43 mpg city versions) not to mention the new Altima and Accord that will be released next year.
Hmmn! I was thinking perhaps GM should continue the current Malibu design but this time as a dressed-up Buick. With soft-touch materials inside, tech package, a new rear end and the Buick waterfall grill, that *formal* design would fit well in the Buick line up.
#17 of 103 Re: New Camry Vs New Malibu [bwia]
Aug 29, 2011 (5:15 pm)
I will be looking at both the New Camry and the New Malibu! --- I will only look at the XLE V6 Camry, while I will look at the 4 cylinder LTZ Malibu. I hope that the Malibu comes with the Turbo Option like the Buick Regal! ---- Since the dealer installed the new software in my 2010 LTZ 4cyl Malibu, the vehicle has operated very efficiently. I get the posted MPG, and it handles well on the road. ---- (It could use some more passing power, and that is why I would like the Turbo Option!) --- I think the new 4 cylinder Malibu will have dual exhaust. ------ (Now, it they could put in a "slight rumble" like a Ford Mustang in the exhaust, everything would be perfect!) ---- I find the Malibu to be a "sharp looking vehicle!" ----- Best regards! ------ Dwayne
#18 of 103 Re: New Camry Vs New Malibu [djm2]
Sep 16, 2011 (5:25 pm)
The reason why I bought a 2011 Malibu LT instead of the 2013 model is because of the shorter wheelbase and the "slight" decrease in head and leg room on the 2013. I haven't seen any dimentions for the new model so I can only go by car magazine comments. The new model looks very bland - much like a Camry with the same lines. The present model looks much more elegant.
GM's objective seems to be to create a cheaper Regal and the last thing I want - coming from a DeVille - is a "performance" suspension like the Regal (or the CTS). The car magazines all talk about how great the Regal "handles".
I've owned probably 40 automobiles and never had a problem with "handling". Every one of them followed the steering wheel and I can't understand the great emphasis from Consumer Reports to Motor Trend on "handling". I'm interested in ride and the Malibu has a comfortable ride. It isn't as insulated as my Cadillacs and doesn't feel as "substantial" but it will do until Cadillac sells its mid sized XTS. It also gets about 35 on the road at 65 (33 at 70) so gas mileage is ok. It should improve - I only have 2300 miles on it.
I don't consider Camry as a potential car. I don't like Toyota's covering up the serious oil sludge problem until it was sued. Dealer 'recommended" service on Toyotas is ridiculous and over priced. All I have to do with a Chevrolet is change the oil and some filters for 100,000 miles. The worst car I ever owned (thank God it was a second car) was a Tercel. It was a toss up as to whether the engine noise was higher than the road noise. For what I paid for it with virtually no options I could have bought a fully loaded Cavalier. I'll stick with GM thanks.
#19 of 103 Maintenance is important.
Sep 17, 2011 (7:30 pm)
As a Chevy Salesman I am tired of customers complaining about maintenance. Many of the issues on hear are do to poor customer maintenance. It is also funny how sites like this attract the people unhappy or ticked off. Happy customers have better things to do. However BMW,Toyota, Honda ect have been pushing maintanence that GM, Ford ect. used to avoid at dealers. Maintaining your car is very important in its reliabilty and performance.
#20 of 103 Re: Maintenance is important. [benrey23]
Sep 18, 2011 (4:08 pm)
To sound credible, can you tell us about a couple of real-life cases at your dealership, when the issues were due to "poor customer maintenance"?
Since this is a Malibu board, the cases better be about a 2004+ year Malibu, but if you can't quote such a case, a case involving any Chevy, model year 2004 or later, would be interesting to hear.
(To make it clear: I don't believe your claim and don't expect that you honor my request. If you do, I will appreciate it.)
#21 of 103 Re: 2013 Chevy Malibu [dispencer2]
Sep 26, 2011 (10:19 am)
I shouldn't knock the Camry. It is just like your refrigerator. It is an automotive appliance. People buy it because it is very dependable, rides well, gets good gas mileage and is fairly cheap. It isn't striking in design, the interior is old fashioned looking, it doesn't try to compete with whoever has the most sophisticated electronics and 12 speaker radios, and it isn't exciting to drive but neither was a 1951 Cadillac and lots of people bought them. In fact up until around 1955 there was no interest in any of the big three to build a car that did anything but haul six people around in soft comfort. Toyota has continued this marketing plan and Camry is one of the best selling cars in America if not THE best selling.
Obviously the glitzy cars built by the big three with all kinds of sophisticated electronics haven't outsold the Camry so I guess buyers aren't as impressed as the guys from Motor Trend, Car and Driver, etc.
#22 of 103 Re: Maintenance is important. [malexbu]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Sep 26, 2011 (10:33 am)
Before we get off track, let's remember that this discussion is intended for conversation about the upcoming 2013 Malibu. We have plenty of active discussions for conversation about previous model years. Thanks!
#23 of 103 Re: Maintenance is important. [kirstie_h]
Sep 26, 2011 (6:00 pm)
Has anybody tested the 2013 Malibu?
#24 of 103 Re: New Camry Vs New Malibu [djm2]
Nov 03, 2011 (5:14 pm)
HI ALL: -----------I am looking forward to seeing the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. It is going to have a 2.5 four cylinder engine.
Since the Chevrolet dealer up-dated the software in my 2010 - 4 cylinder Malibu is drives GREAT! ----- I easily get 30 mpg at 60 mph. ----- On a long road highway trip I get 33 mpg with 87 octane off brand fuel. ---- (I still service the engine every 2,500 miles at the dealer, and I use BG / MOA in the oil. ----- I also run a fuel additive to keep the injectors clean.)
I will probably trade my 2007 XLE V6 Camry in the Spring! ------- If the 2013 Malibu lives up to my expectations, I will purchase one! ----- If a Turbo is offered, it might be late in the production year, so as such, I my have to delay my purchase. -------- (I still have some time left on my extended warranty on the Camry!)
Best regards to all!