2008 Chevrolet Malibu
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I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS CAR!!!

by from Fairfield, CA on February 18, 2011

I was driving a rather unimpressive Chrysler Sebring which circumstances forced me to buy at the time before buying my new Malibu. From the moment, I first seen this car I knew I wanted it. Once I tes...
I was driving a rather unimpressive Chrysler Sebring which circumstances forced me to buy at the time before buying my new Malibu. From the moment, I first seen this car I knew I wanted it. Once I test drove it, I was sold. It is super smooth everywhere, nice quiet ride, great stereo system, and the fuel economy deserves an honorable mention though it could be better. The 2008 4 cylinder model gets about 2-3 less MPG than all the later models, then again I hear that the newer 4 cylinders are weak so that could be why. I have tinted the windows, added chrome door handles, and changed the basic LS wheels which were very dull plastic covers. The only complaint that I have about this car is that there needs to be much more technology in it or at least a space to add a nav system. Other than that this car is going to be mine for a while! I'd put this against an import any day!!
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BEST ALL AROUND CAR I HAVE EVER HAD !!

by from EAST AURORA, NEW YORK on July 29, 2010

I HAVE A 2008 2LT MALIBU. I HAVE HAD MANY CARS IN MY 59 YEARS, AND I MUST SAY THIS CAR IS THE BEST. I DRIVE MAINLY CITY DRIVING AND THIS MORNING WHEN I CHECKED IT WAS AVERAGING 25.3 MPG. IT IS QUIET, ...
I HAVE A 2008 2LT MALIBU. I HAVE HAD MANY CARS IN MY 59 YEARS, AND I MUST SAY THIS CAR IS THE BEST. I DRIVE MAINLY CITY DRIVING AND THIS MORNING WHEN I CHECKED IT WAS AVERAGING 25.3 MPG. IT IS QUIET, SMOOTH , AND EVEN GREAT IN THE WINTER. MY PARENTS ARE COMFORTABLE IN THE BACK SEAT, AND WE ENJOY ALL THE FEATURES INCLUDUNG THE TURN BY TURN NAVIGATION WHICH IS EASY AND WORKS BETTER THAN MY PORTABLE NAV. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WOULD BUY A FOREIGN CAR OVER THIS. { I HAVE HAD A FEW JAPANESE CARS IN THE PAST,AND WOULD RATE THIS BETTER OVERALL } THANK YOU CHEVY FOR SURPASSING THOSE OTHER GUYS!
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Kind of dumb for GM...

by from WA on April 16, 2008

This car isn't as good as the 2008 Honda Accord I test drove. The Honda has WAY better interior, better resale, a better reputation for hardly breaking down and running forever, and Honda has a better...
This car isn't as good as the 2008 Honda Accord I test drove. The Honda has WAY better interior, better resale, a better reputation for hardly breaking down and running forever, and Honda has a better ride. Plus, people have figured out ways to disconnect OnStar if someone were to steal the car. It has been back to the shop a couple of times for the alternator acting funny, and the Check Engine light keeps coming on and GM said there is nothing wrong with that...LOL So I really think GM didn't make the best car... My car is fully loaded w/the V6. Should've bought the Accord...
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2008 malibu ls review

by from ocean,nj on July 9, 2008

i purchased my 08 malibu about 4 months ago. i got my ls in gold with the brown and gold interior. 4cyl auto. no sunroof. standard audio. personally i wasnt taking a colbolt. im 6 foot 2 and have a de...
i purchased my 08 malibu about 4 months ago. i got my ls in gold with the brown and gold interior. 4cyl auto. no sunroof. standard audio. personally i wasnt taking a colbolt. im 6 foot 2 and have a decent amount of room. car doesnt accelerate very quickly off the line but takes off after second gear (only 4 gears, weird?) i get 23 mpg hw. ride is very smooth but the suspension is far from sporty. could use bigger brakes. standard audio tuned correctly has a great sound. interior scratchs easy but cleans up nicly with a wet rag. climate control woulda been nice, ac is either cold or warm. trunk is big. it is a really nice car. my only complaints are the brakes and power. if you care about fuel econemy get the hybrid, cause the 4cyl is slow for the mpg. i do believe you get bigger brakes on the lt. unless u cant spare the extra loot get the lt1
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Love Driving Hate the Reliability

by from Schoharie, NY on May 7, 2012

I have a 2008 fully loade Malibu LTZ with a V6. It is a super fun car to drive but I have had nothing but problems since the day I bought it. I bought it certified preowned with 43,000 miles on it. Wi...
I have a 2008 fully loade Malibu LTZ with a V6. It is a super fun car to drive but I have had nothing but problems since the day I bought it. I bought it certified preowned with 43,000 miles on it. Within the first year I have had the following replaced : Tie Rod, both front wheel bearings, steering shaft, tire pressure monitor and all four rotors and all four brakes. I now have owned it for about a year and a half and the door locks won't work on the drivers side the tire pressure monitor is gone on another tire and the tempreature of the engine is now acting up. Future models may be good but stay away from the 2008. Also it is horrible in the snow.
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only one complaint

by from east texas on February 16, 2011

appears to be the best car i have owned so far.but the engineers put harley davidson sized brakes on it! at 50k they were metal to metal, and we are old people who always get 100k out of brake pads.ot...
appears to be the best car i have owned so far.but the engineers put harley davidson sized brakes on it! at 50k they were metal to metal, and we are old people who always get 100k out of brake pads.other than that i havent spent a dime on it in 90k!
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Chevy Malibu is car to buy...

by from Stevensville, Michigan on May 11, 2010

After waiting 25 years to buy a new car... I am very happy with engineering and design of the new Chevy Malibu.... GM has made the changes to bring me back into the Chevy line I use to love so much. ...
After waiting 25 years to buy a new car... I am very happy with engineering and design of the new Chevy Malibu.... GM has made the changes to bring me back into the Chevy line I use to love so much. This family sports style car gives you the best of both world.... Congrats to GM and there engineers..... Artist2007
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Too Much engine for the car

by from Kentucky on March 29, 2012

Love the car's performance, V6-6 Speed. The front end is most appealing (Sporty) the back of the car looks like grandmas car. 23 MPG around town I am guessing I will get around 30 on the Highway. I wo...
Love the car's performance, V6-6 Speed. The front end is most appealing (Sporty) the back of the car looks like grandmas car. 23 MPG around town I am guessing I will get around 30 on the Highway. I would buy one again!!
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Great All Around Car!

by from Memphis, Missouri on June 11, 2009

I bought an 2008 Malibu LTZ with the 2.4L DOHC paired with the six speed automatic (with paddle shifters). The brick/ebony leather interior is very pretty and the blue lighting is amazing at night. Th...
I bought an 2008 Malibu LTZ with the 2.4L DOHC paired with the six speed automatic (with paddle shifters). The brick/ebony leather interior is very pretty and the blue lighting is amazing at night. The reason I gave the interior design only three stars on the rating is not because of the visual part which is great. There are several things that are not quite as quality as I expected, like the bulge just in front of the flip up compartment on the dash. I have a friend who has the exact same thing on an LT2, so I figure it wasn't just a freak coincidence. The four cylinder doesn't have a whole lot of extra power, but I never have had problems with passing expecialy in manual mode where you can keep the engine at high rpm. On the highway it's a very easy cruiser and runs in a staight line as easy as anything. It takes to the winding road surprisingly well. It doesn't feel heavy at all unless you want to go from 0-60, then you feel that horsepower to weight ratio take its toll. Overall it's a beautiful car and I think that the fuel milage rating is right in line, unlike some cars that are so optimistic it's unbelievable. So far no repairs larger than a flat tire, so I'm pleased with that! Good Job GM
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In a world where imports dominate, enter the Malib

by from California on February 15, 2009

Up until now I was a diehard Asian car buyer I wouldn?t dare buy an American car, because of all the dismal reputation that sounds them, but after having a few defect prone Toyotas and Hondas I opted ...
Up until now I was a diehard Asian car buyer I wouldn?t dare buy an American car, because of all the dismal reputation that sounds them, but after having a few defect prone Toyotas and Hondas I opted to try the new Malibu after reading reviews that regarding its high quality and value. In the fall of 2008 I purchased a new Malibu LT with the 2.4L Ecotech engine, and after a year of driving the car the Malibu has completely altered My perception I am more satisfied with my Malibu than I ever was with any of my pervious Japanese cars. The most notable feature on the new Malibu is the Onstar system that has come in handy time and time again, and I don?t think I would want another car with out this feature. The car is very fuel efficient and I average about 31mpg on my daily trips to work, and the motor doesn?t sacrifice power it always has ample horse on tap when they are needed. The car ride quality is superb and it feels like a high end luxury car, and the out side noise from the road is almost non existent. The highly stylized interior is very attractive and the two tone finish is very pleasing to the eye. The cockpit feel and all of the controls are very well laid out I feel like I am in a car that cost 5 times the price. Need less to say I could go on and on about how much a really love the my new Malibu, I could write a book on it. I just know that this car has made such a good impression on me that I have decided it might be time to BUY AMERICAN.
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