Last post on Apr 18, 2013 at 6:29 PM
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#18 of 98 Re: New Camry Vs New Malibu [djm2]
Sep 16, 2011 (6:25 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 98 Maintenance is important.
Sep 17, 2011 (8:30 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 98 Re: Maintenance is important. [benrey23]
Sep 18, 2011 (5:08 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 98 Re: 2013 Chevy Malibu [dispencer2]
Sep 26, 2011 (11:19 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 98 Re: Maintenance is important. [malexbu]
by kirstie_h HOST
Sep 26, 2011 (11:33 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 98 Re: Maintenance is important. [kirstie_h]
Sep 26, 2011 (7:00 pm)
Has anybody tested the 2013 Malibu?
#24 of 98 Re: New Camry Vs New Malibu [djm2]
Nov 03, 2011 (6:14 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!
#26 of 98 Re: First Drive 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco [bwia]
Dec 22, 2011 (10:52 pm)
What's positive in this report, ending with "from where we sit, it wasn't worth it"?
An overpriced, over-engineered car with an untested power plant, compensating odd gizmos and an abysmal fuel economy.
What's positive there, then?
#27 of 98 Looks nice but...(yawn)
Dec 23, 2011 (10:19 am)
I like what I've seen of the 2013 Malibu, but then I liked the '08-'12 version, too. Except for the so-called "Camaro" taillights and a slightly boxier front end, this new 'Bu doesn't look much different from the previous one.
The bigger problem I have with it is the dimensional changes: Shorter, with less legroom, but wider? What's with that? It seems that they're designing the car for shorter and , uh...wider people. And with the Cruze offering decent accomodations at least up front, plus a larger trunk, why push the Malibu down in size? I don't get it.