• Nov 14, 2007
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The media is giving the new Chevy Malibu more love than any midsize product donning the bow tie has gotten in years. As it turns out, there are a few people in the market for a new car that are just as excited. Maximum Bob Lutz was nice enough to share on his FastLane Blog a story about how much one man likes the new Malibu, and he's going through great lengths to get one in his garage. The guy in question hadn't given a GM product the time of day since 1979, but the new Malibu looked so good to him that he was willing to purchase one from a dealer friend in California. Since he lives in Michigan, he plans on flying out to pick up his new ride and then driving it nearly 3,000 miles back to his home.The part of the story that undoubtedly has Mr. Lutz the most giddy is the fact that the gentleman in question is currently driving a Lexus LS and had been driving several Mercedes prior to his that. We certainly liked the Malibu during our short time with the vehicle, but if we were to purchase one for ourselves, we'd likely wait until one was available a little closer to home.

[Source: FastLane Blog]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I looked inside of my neighbor's Lexus and was horrified to see PLASTIC inside there. Reading Autoblog, I thought GM was the only car maker using plastic. Nope, Lexus had PLASTIC inside their car too.

      Oh the shame, the shame, the shame.

      Really folks, what are they supposed to use on the interior that will withstand below zero tempratures AND 120+ degree temps, last for 7-10 years, be easy to clean off when your drunk friend pukes on the dash (or your kid spills his frosty on the dash)? Leather? hmm, clean the frosty off and repair the cracks after a few years of being in the sun.

      Get a grip folks, they all use plastic because it works for the application.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My past GM experience will still lead me to go more for the Lexus LS. Heck I would consider a 2009 Hyundai Sonata over this car.

      Currently the press is trying to hype this car, just like the PT Cruiser, VW Beetle, Plymouth Prowler...etc. Eventually the hype will wear off. After the hype is done it should go back to "Who needs a Malibu? O want a Lexus LS"

      Oh and again need I stress "Resale Value" when trading the car in for another car. The Malibu, like most domestics, after 6-7 years will be worth far less than the Lexus LS, no matter how well GM built the car or how many quadrillions of miles you have on it with no problems.
        • 7 Years Ago
        In 6-7 years you will lose more than the entire cost of a Malibu on the Lexus LS. You could set it on fire and still come out ahead.

        Percentage-wise, compared to what you paid (not MSRP), good domestics do pretty well on resale. Bad ones do very poorly (just like bad imports).
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually the residual has been raised 10 points over previous models. This has not been raised by GM but by independants.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks alright. Personally, the Fusion front looks better to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My question is why is the President of GM driving a Lexus LS and then tells us to buy his product. I think I would be more convinced if he was driving one of his own products. Oh I know he is doing "Product RESEARCH"
      • 7 Years Ago
      this car is so ugly. the front looks cheap. the interior styling sucks. chevy and lexus are in a totally diff league.. anw the IS-F is meant to compete with the M3.. not with some cheap chevy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yea, and yo mama gave birth to an idiot, and it ain't yo sistah.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Among GM's many problems is brand awareness for their Pontiac division. For example the Saturn Sky sells well but the Pontiac Solstice doesn't. Pontiac used to be GM's performance division but because of neglect and poor product choices the brand is not viewed by the public as anything special anymore. Test drive the Malibu and the G6 and buy the one that gives you the most value. I have not driven the new Malibu but have driven the older version and a G6, between those two the G6 wins hands down. The old Malibu was a car that never should have been sold to the public. It was ugly, full of plastic, and drove poorly. I think GM's media blitz is due to them wanting the public to forget how "forgetable" the last version of the Malibu was.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The solstice probably doesn't sell because it scored the lowest of any vehicle on this year's reliability ratings.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Being that I'm now a GM fanboy (as I LOOOOOOVE my new 2008 CTS after trying all other competitors and waiting for it), I can't believe someone would drop from an LS to a 'Bu...seriously, no one show this guy a CTS because he'll cry to death after downgrading from an LS to a 'Bu instead of a CTS...then again, if he could afford those cars mentioned, he can buy a CTS and a 'Bu for the price of his previous vehicles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car looks awesome and sporty, I'm definitely thinking about buying one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      OK sure I will admit the new Malibu is nicer than the old one but the rest of this is just hot air.

      Rob
        • 7 Years Ago
        I've been shopping for a new car and have recently driven the Camry and the Malibu. My conclusion is the 2008 Malibu has it all over the Camry. It is quieter, handles better, looks better, has neat innovations such as more knee space for rear passengers, bigger trunk space, better warranty, more power and the list goes on. I've check the quality reviews for the 2007 Camry at Yahoo.com and have found them to be horrendous.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Umm... no, the new Malibu is not RWD. The next gen. might be, but this one is definetely not. Please try again.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Camry does 0-60 in 6.5, not 5.8.
        • 7 Years Ago
        6.5 sec is plenty fast. The 1984 Corvette did 0-60 in 6.6 seconds.

        People are insane nowadays.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What does a shootout between 3 cars NOT in the same market segment as the Malibu have to do with this article?

      Are you an idiot?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would never buy a Chevy because of the big silly looking gold emblem on the hoods. It makes me think of a rapper's big gold chain hanging off my grandfather's neck...
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