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2008 Malibu at the Georgian College Autoshow

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Ted took more pics, but his computer is down, so I uploaded whatever I have from my camera.

Overall, impressions, well let's just put it that GM can do allot better than this. It feels allot like the Aura. Interior plastics feel cheap, disappointed. With all the time GM had to improve the flaws the Aura had, it feels like they have done nothing. We sat in this car first at the show, so we got to compare. The new Accord, the Camry, even the Magentis, yes the KIA MAGENTIS feels like a car with higher quality than this. I know you guys hate hearing this, especially on a GM fan msg site, however this car is not the promise of "gotta have cars" Lutz is praising about. So much for Lutz's promise of quality, the guy's gotta retire, an American Reolution? Yeah, maybe in 1998.

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Saw the 2008 Malibu.

Nice white/gray interior.

Omissions:

1. No overhead grab handles for any seat.

2. Rear seat cupholders made to spill every drink.

3. NO REAR SEAT CENTER ARMREST (Are you kidding me?)

4. No manual driver's seat height adjustment.

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The cut-lines, Duke! The cut-lines!

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I think that interior colour is definetly not nice-looking...

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That does look like a base version. Many have said the upper versions & ones in another color but grey look nicer. Comments about the camry having a crappy interior in base version grey have been made as well.

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The panels look misaligned around the center stack....and there's so many cut-lines in that area.

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Just confirming my beliefs that after sitting in the Aura, the Malibu's interior wasn't going to be anything special either. The plastics look similar and that gray color scheme is terrible. Are they purposely trying to evoke feelings of the current Malibu with that interior?

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I had the same impression when I checked it out on the weekend too. Just another Aura. I'm sick of the same old steering wheel, sick of the standard radio/hvac controls, below average plastics, and the bland colour scheme didn't help much.

It was a preproduction LS model with a 3.5L engine.

The other thing that stuck out in my mind was "damn these rear doors are huge!".

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The other thing that stuck out in my mind was "damn these rear doors are huge!".

... and yet the back seats weren't all that comfortable and roomy. It feels like you're sitting "on" them instead of "in" them.

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... and yet the back seats weren't all that comfortable and roomy. It feels like you're sitting "on" them instead of "in" them.

To me it felt like I was sitting on a sponge.

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The Malibu's interior looks quite disappointing here. Almost like it should be in the Cobalt instead of the Malibu. The design is not bad, but it lacks cohesiveness and looks cobbled together.

The exterior still looks very good, however, and I see no reason why it won't do better than the current one. It should sell on exterior looks alone to some people, like the old Altima did.

GM's last chance to win over midsize buyers is the EPII sedans. It all starts with the 2010 LaCrosse in early '09. If that car is not best in class, we might as well give up.

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Good looking from the front. Poor from the rear. Interior is nicely styled, but the materials are only so-so. Seats were not that comfortable. Many ugly cutlines, and overall, it feels very basic. For those worried about a lack of rub strips for the doors, this car had them.

Hopefully it looks better in non grey on grey (and maybe leather seating will help alot). :scratchchin:

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Looks great from that angle!

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That's a very cool perspective TED...I am jealous of your camera :P

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(and maybe leather seating will help alot). :scratchchin:

Not really. The leather is very thin and cheap-feeling, especially compared to the Accord's. I'm betting my hopes on the 2LT's UltraLux alcantara.

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I actually think the interior looks alright. I really like this two-tone. However, the center stack isn't as good as it could be and the door panels look very plain and cheap. There are also too many cut lines. The IP is awesome, though. I'm not a fan of hard plastic on the back of the seats because, IMO, it scratches/scuffs too easily.

It looks great from the front: modern and sporty. The rear end is a disaster.

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GM's last chance to win over midsize buyers is the EPII sedans. It all starts with the 2010 LaCrosse in early '09. If that car is not best in class, we might as well give up.

sadly, we've been hearing these comments for decades. how many more years do we have to hear the same old crap?

it all starts 2years from now? are you kidding me?

let's face it. GM will never win over midsize car buyers. never. best they can hope to do is slow down the erosion and hope like hell gas drops back to $2/gallon so people will move to larger cars (Zeta.)

we can also hope that they come forward with the NY Auto Show triplets to capitalize on that $5/gal gas that is right around the corner. casue the Aveo can't do it alone.

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For mid size family sedan in very base form , I really dont think this looks bad at all . The 2008 Accords are on lots here now , and just based on looks alone , I would be at the chevy dealer . I basically think the new Accord looks like it should have a Hyundai badge . As far as the interior , Honda looks like it had a slight notch in material usage ....but the dash design looked nowhere near as good in person as it did in the pictures . All the different planes and angles were quite a turn off .

Cobine the Honda interior materials with the chevys interior design , and IMO ...that would best in class . Chevy is killing themselves with that cheap looking silver paint . They use a coating in other models that look like real brushed aluminum ...as do alot of other manufacturers , why skip out here ? Its the smallest of details like that , that go a LONG way .

The front and side profiles of the Malibu look really good ....especially the side profile .

Oddly the midlevel 2LT interior will probably be the best looking imo . I would hands down take Alcantara over leather

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sadly, we've been hearing these comments for decades. how many more years do we have to hear the same old crap?

it all starts 2years from now? are you kidding me?

let's face it. GM will never win over midsize car buyers. never. best they can hope to do is slow down the erosion and hope like hell gas drops back to $2/gallon so people will move to larger cars (Zeta.)

we can also hope that they come forward with the NY Auto Show triplets to capitalize on that $5/gal gas that is right around the corner. casue the Aveo can't do it alone.

The next phase of midsize sedans will have unique instrumentation and interiors. The short lived black-tie affair will be a thing of the past.

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The exterior is nothing to write home about but it is not ugly. But, this interior is craptastic!!!!

The lowly Sonata doesn't have as many cut lines and the door panel screams Rubbermaid!!!

What the hell was GM thinking? Okay, I have a prediction.

Car & Driver, Motor Trend & Road & Track will do the best of the mid-size cars and the Malibu will not be in the top 5.

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Is the silver car in the pictures an LS or LT? Also, does anyone know which wheels these are ( 16, 17, or 18 inch) ? If this is an LS I am impressed with these wheel options. I am starting to like the back end more and more. I like the family resembalance to the Vette. I just started as a salesman at a Chevy Cadillac dealership and everyone is so excited to get these 08's in and the hideous 07's out of here!!!!!!

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Is the silver car in the pictures an LS or LT? Also, does anyone know which wheels these are ( 16, 17, or 18 inch) ? If this is an LS I am impressed with these wheel options. I am starting to like the back end more and more. I like the family resembalance to the Vette. I just started as a salesman at a Chevy Cadillac dealership and everyone is so excited to get these 08's in and the hideous 07's out of here!!!!!!

This Malibu is an LS (meaning bare bones base). Im not sure about the wheels. Chevy.com says that the LS has standard "16-inch fascia spoke painted Sterling Silver" wheels.

The wheels on this car appear to be 1LT spec. So "17-inch fascia spoke wheels with bright chrome trim".

I just noticed this. The car at the show was lacking the chrome strip that runs below the doors. Hmm.

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the interior design is alright.

looks like the materials on this base version might be cheap looking.

but look at a base camry and even a new 2008 base accord and you get some nasty looking cloth and dark gray plastic too. the enterprise guy picked me up in a mazda 6 in light gray interior a few months ago that i seriously wanted to puke and poke my eyes out it was so terrible. This is bound to be an improvement.

Look at how many people bought the last gen altima when it had the horrific interior to start.

we'll see how this takes. even with the interior cost cutting I think the overall design can win some fans. It will be perceived as a big improvement overall and that's what counts. Its a fresh enough look and the v6 is credible and the price is good. Back it with a 5/100 powertrain and i think this car will launch ok.

The Aura's interior is not the best but I think in most trims and stuff it comes off as decent.

I am surprised GM just doesn't get the whole plastic quality thing yet though. The cost cutters still rule over there I guess.

A simple change in plastic spec/quality and texture/graining/gloss level and jazzing up the radio and climate controls would do a lot to bring up the overall AURA of this interior.

I'm surprised no one has whined about NAV and bluetooth yet like they do incessantly on GMI.

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Although that Malibu is a preproduction 2008 Chevy Malibu, I think the interior looks decent in that trim. The instrument panel looks nice and elegant and the controls are very well laid out. Now although it's a preproduction model I think the dash has good quality, especially in this picture.

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m251/ii...w%202007/22.jpg

The dash's grain texture looks of good quality. I'm sure the production Chevy Malibu's interior quality will be much better.

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