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Chevrolet Malibu Adds a Four-Cylinder LTZ

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Like the Nissan Altima and Honda Accord and Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion...and...well, like a bunch of other family sedans, the big new Chevrolet Malibu is getting a four-cylinder option on its ritziest model.

The newly dubbed Chevrolet Malibu LTZ will get the 169-horsepower, 2.4-liter version of GM's Ecotec four-cylinder engine. In the Malibu, the engine's teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission that works with it to endow the big family four-door with a 22/32 mpg fuel economy rating. Also appearing on the LTZ version are 17-inch Chrometec wheels and a single chrome exhaust outlet, for carspotters everywhere.

GM's already released pricing on the new model, too. The 2008 Malibu LTZ will sticker at $26,985 including destination charge. The fancy two-tone interior treatment can be had on the four-cylinder LTZ, and heated seats are standard. So are OnStar Turn-by-Turn navigation, XM Satellite Radio and an eight-speaker audio system.
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  1. $27k. Are they kidding? April Fool's was a few weeks ago.

    Hopefully there will be an LT package with the 4cyl and 16in alloys hitting under $21k.

    Chevy sure knows how to put the screws on their only hit. With that kind of pricing, they sure start putting a VW badge on the grille.
     
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  2. We just need a four cylinders with a 5 or 6 manual speeds. When will they understand that ! We all have something else more important to pay each month than a car !
     
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  3. Welcome to the new CAFE world America
     
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  4. No navi option on this car. No camera. No Bluetooth (till next MY at least) and a crap premium stereo.

    I'll stick with the 4 banger Altima.
     
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  5. The Malibu has been available with a 4 cyl since it's inception - on the LS and LT models - and can be had for as little as $21k fairly well equiped. The LTZ is the top of the line model (akin to Honda's EX), and is loaded. A Honda EX _without_ NAV costs more (the Onstar Turn-by-Turn, while not as "pretty", is a hell of a lot more idiot proof). The main difference between the LT 4 and the LTZ 4 (besides a lot of amenites) is the 6 speed tranny (the LS and LT 4's make use with a 4 speed tranny). As such, the LTZ 4 cyc gets the same gas mileage as the Malibu Hybird (and 2 more than the LT 4). SO, what's there to complain about? GM finally 'gets it', and clearly few here do.
     
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  6. Tom:

    It is a huge mistake to think that just because the Honda costs more in "first price", it is the most expensive.

    You need to at a minimum include the far higher resale price of the Honda, and its monumental reliability.

    In addition, Dealers sell the Malibu at a higher actual price than they sell the far bigger and v6 engined Chevy Impala!
     
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  7. Onstar is a joke. Look at the retention rates after the free pass is up. Turn by turn? That is so 2001! GM is the last to offer Bluetooth in fear of losing Onstar business. The Malibu also has those chiclet sized steering wheel switch buttons that need infant sized fingers to be used.
     
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  8. Ed;

    It's absolutely fine to look at first price. That is what people will be making payments on. And if they can get some incentives or some reduction on the asking price, it can go down even more. Wouldn't you expect a car that cost you less, to sell for less when its older?
    And the Malibu is a very nice car, much nicer than the Camry or Accord.
     
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  9. My bad. The initial blog article made it sound like this was the first time a 4cyl was plunked in the new 'bu.

    I just like the looks, minus the chrome wheels, on the road and in pics. That won't be enough to persude me though.

    Message to designers and bean counters everywhere: 4 cylinder, low pressure turbo, manual transmission, rear wheel drive. Get it? probably not.
     
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  10. jc Says:
    April 23rd, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Ed;

    It’s absolutely WRONG to look at first price. Read my post again. EVEN if you never, ever RESALE your vehicle, you SHOULD take into account the RELIABILTY indices (BOTH the failure index AND the cost index, AND also the FUEL EFFICIENCY ACTUALLY observed, NOT the EPA numbers alone.) If you do, even without the huge resale penalty, the Rival of the Honda will have FAR greater frequency and total cost of repairs (as shoen by 100,000 of data supplied by REAL Owners, not surveys of a few hundred asked fuzzy questions), and the ACTUAL fuel efficiency of the Honda is legendary, my Accord coupe 1990 5-speed was listed 31 highway, but I got ROUTINELY 32-37 at speeds well above the speed limit. And had full records of these data too.

    IN ADDITION, if you worry about the monthly payments (I would never agree to them myself), you can LEASE a High-resale value car and get amuch smaller lease payment, taking advantage of the high resale value of a high quality, high reliability and high MPG and safety vehicle as a HONDA.

    It is no coincidence that 7 year old Hondas are just as expensive as 7 year old JAGUARS with more than twice the original price.
     
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  11. I like this move.
    There are those of us that like fuel economy and luxury.
    They are usually not compatible in Detroit. That is why I
    have driven 4 cylinder Saabs for the last 14 years.
    Options and trims like this could get me to buy real American again
    (Saabs are currently pseudo American)
     
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  12. Ed;


    Yeah, let's compare used cars to new cars. GM has a 5yr powertrain warranty and a 3yr bumper to bumper, so repair costs for the first 3 years are pretty much nil. The posted MPG figures are the new EPA standards so the Malibu will probably get very close if not better than what's posted. You get an equal or better car at less cost than Accord or Camry, and yet you still find negatives. Even if the Accord got 2-3 MPG better fuel economy, it would probably take more than 10 years to make up the difference in price.
    Don't let your biases affect your arguments Ed. Why don't you go drive one and then post.
     
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  13. "jc Says:
    April 23rd, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Ed;

    Yeah, let’s compare used cars to new cars. GM has a 5yr powertrain warranty and a 3yr bumper to bumper, so repair costs for the first 3 years are pretty much nil. "

    Cars today last more than 15 years. 3 years and 5 years is nothing.

    "The posted MPG figures are the new EPA standards so the Malibu will probably get very close if not better than what’s posted."

    I don't doubt that, but they are very modest (the new EPA mpg figs), even if you get the HYBRID Malibu it only does 32 highway, which is LUDICROUSLY LOW, when any Non-hybrid car of same size can easily surpass that.

    "You get an equal or better car at less cost than Accord or Camry, and yet you still find negatives. "

    I like the styling of the new Malibu, esp. the exterior, but styling is just one component. Durability and Longevity is far more important to family sedans. That's why the ugly Camry sells 450,000 a year

    "Even if the Accord got 2-3 MPG better fuel economy, it would probably take more than 10 years to make up the difference in price."

    First of, the Accord is a far superior car in terms of size, it is now "LARGE" EPA category. It also looks great in Black and other colors, esp. the coupe. I speak NOT from biases, as my colleagues who ONLY buy so-called "American" cars, (most of which are made in mexico with a ton of non-american parts, while the Camry and the Accord are made in the USA with LOTS of US parts!).

    I speak from experience owning a pOntiac from new until it died 11 years later, a fuel efficient compact or subcompact with inferior everything else, and an excellent Honda Accord 5 speed coupe I had from 94 to today! No comparison, the Accord was far superior in every way.

    "Don’t let your biases affect your arguments Ed. Why don’t you go drive one and then post."

    I not only have driven, I have OWNED both GM and Honda products (and still own 2 hondas, one of which will soon be donated to charity at 18 years old). maybe YOU should be speaking from such DECADES of experience instead of the rather tiny amount of data you cite in your post!

    And my main car now is a 1998 BMW 740iL that I bought back in oct 05 for peanuts ($10,500!!), $ that today cannot buy you the crappiest fake Chevy Aveo (really a bankrupt Daewoo after it was bought by GM) or Kia.

    So my recommendation to everybody is, whatever your budget, $10,000 or $50,0000, you can always do far, far better by shortcircuiting the crooks at the Dealers, the Financing types etc, all of whom make a living at your expense, and always buy a used car from a private owner, hopefully one you know some things about, and for CASH.

    What can you buy used for $50k? An Aston Martin, or a late-year AMG Mercedes or 7 or 6 series BMW, or an old Rolls or Bentley. Even an old Ferrari (80s-90s).Got your appetite going yet?

    BTW, it was not the mid-priced segment that the Imports devastated the big 3. it was the LUXURY segment, where Ford and GM used to own 90% of it, and now they own less than 17%, with the rest being imports largely from GERMANY and lsecondarily from japan.
     
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  14. This new Malibu really challenges the conventional wisdom about mainstream cars. People who don't know any better will stick with the default Accord or Camry. The savvy shoppers will find the new Malibu, with the 100,000 mile warranty, 5-star safety, and better fuel economy than an Accord.

    Today's Accord is not the "legendary" 1990 Accord. The 1990 Accord was not burdened by modern safety features like, for instance, front and side airbags. Today nobody would buy a new car comparable to the 1990 Accord, and the laws don't allow it. The 2008 Accord is more like a full-size Buick than that compact car from nearly 20 years ago.
     
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  15. JJ,
    You took the words right out of my mouth:

    "The 2008 Accord is more like a full-size Buick than that compact car from nearly 20 years ago."

    20-25 years ago I was a Honda freak. They were economical, were well designed, and had an upscale feel. Unfortunately over the past 2 decades Hondas lost what made them special. Starting in the early 90's things went downhill as they became more mainstream and went after Mr. & Mrs. Middle America, and started to change the cars to cater to those tastes. I defected to Mazda and am now a happy owner of my 3rd.

    It's a cruel irony that Hondas have become more and more like old Buicks (or more accurately, Toyotas), while on the other hand some new Buicks, and Cadillacs, and now Chevys are starting to become appealing! And it's not just because I'm older....
     
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  16. Don't expect me ever to pay a premium for used cars especially non-domestics. The bar of quality and good specs by domestics is now even or over that of the Toyota, Honda, and Nissans. What's more, for luxury, Lexus sales have eroded significantly over the last year. The reason is domestics have features and low price over them. No, a purchase of the Malibu will hold it's value as good or better than all those Accords and Camrys. It represents the newest and best made car today. BTW I never see Legends today and old Hondas look really old, too, when I do see them.
     
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