RangerVT

Up Close and Personal with the All-New 2008 Malibu

96 posts in this topic

Hey guys,

We just got in our first 2008 Malibu last night so this morning after it was all cleaned up, I took some photos in the showroom. Enjoy! I'll post more if you want different angles, features, etc. We brought in our first Malibu with the LTZ package and every option that was available at the time of order!

MSRP: $28,340

post-3072-1194095388_thumb.jpg

post-3072-1194095414_thumb.jpg

post-3072-1194095435_thumb.jpg

post-3072-1194095452_thumb.jpg

post-3072-1194095474_thumb.jpg

post-3072-1194095489_thumb.jpg

post-3072-1194095531_thumb.jpg

post-3072-1194095571_thumb.jpg

post-3072-1194095630_thumb.jpg

Also, I attended the Ride & Drive for the 2008 Malibu with a head-to-head run against the Camry, Sonata, & Fusion. I'll write more about that later. Short Overview: We finally have a vehicle that can and will compete!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree. We finally have a contender. If the only beef the usual suspects can come up with is the lack of available DVD nav, this vehicle will be a hit. I just took the LS for an extended tour. Even at 3/4 throttle, there is very little noise intrusion into the cabin - and that is the 2.4! They have even managed to disguise that crappy nylon material. Everything in this car looks like more $$$.

I know the usual suspects don't like the electric steering in the base model, but I am a fan of it. Once you are used to it, you will find the normal hydraulic steering very heavy. I would opt for an uplevel stereo, though.

This is a good looking car. It also has a lot bigger 'look' to it than its real size would indicate. It has none of the odd-looking angles that the Camry does.

It's funny, both with '04 Malibu and the '00 Impala I had to warm up to their looks, but with this Malibu it has been love at first sight.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like the front, sides, and interior quite a bit. The back I'm still getting used to - it's not terrible, it's just not wonderful.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great pics. I love the two tone brown/tan interior. I agree with PCS in that I don't think it goes well with the red interior. I think next year, they should offer more two tone interior options and a single tone interior option for the LTZ model. The black/brick is not for everyone, and there should be another offering for buyers who do not like the black/brick or the cocoa/cashmere. I think a nice black/gray or a black/morocco brown would be some nice offerings.

Great work on the pics.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great pics. I love the two tone brown/tan interior. I agree with PCS in that I don't think it goes well with the red interior. I think next year, they should offer more two tone interior options and a single tone interior option for the LTZ model. The black/brick is not for everyone, and there should be another offering for buyers who do not like the black/brick or the cocoa/cashmere. I think a nice black/gray or a black/morocco brown would be some nice offerings.

Great work on the pics.

Or Black/body color? Run the trim through paint with the body, have matching interior trim...

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I made a silly joke on the Edmunds thread :blush:, but I'm thinking the Malibu looks right. I hope quality and fit&finish will be consistently above avearge, because if they are GM might have an anti-Camry winner here.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

post-3072-1194095414_thumb.jpg

What is that red car behind the Malibu? Is that three Corvettes in one showroom?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice pictures. I do agree with the other comments about interior color combinations. I built an LTZ model online. You had a choice of the Brick/Black combo (I don't really care for the Brick color) or Cocoa/Cashmere combo (I don't really care for the tan/brown interior or fake wood appliques). I wish they had a Charcoal/Slate combo with the metallic look trim of the Brick/Black combo for the LTZ model.

Otherwise, this is one nice looking Chevy. This is the first sedan that Chevy has produced in a long while that I would actually consider owning.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the pictures. It looks great. Our local sales people are want the 1LT & 2LT ordered in bulk. They all fell in love with it and think they will sell like hotcakes.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What is that red car behind the Malibu? Is that three Corvettes in one showroom?

It is a Vette. See the next picture and you will see the huge break discs and calipers.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What is that red car behind the Malibu? Is that three Corvettes in one showroom?

my good ness... you must be from some very very distant farm land...

i know my dealership usually had at least 2-5 corvettes at a time... or tried to... but if you noticed the window says "Corvette center"

also there are at least where i'm from just straight corvette dealers... in which they have 50 new ones, and 200 used ones... they are quite a place to be when it comes to corvettes

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hell, the nearest dealer to me usually has 3 Corvettes in the same color in the showroom. Lately its been 3 orange ones, two coupes and a vert.

The Malibu is a pretty big load of "meh." Pretty good interior, pretty bland exterior. Nothing overwhelming.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When we bought the HHR last July I saw a total 2 corvettes in 3-4 showrooms.

Edited by haypops
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The interior is flat-out nice... it'd be cool if there were a "Buick Brown" color for the exterior to match that interior. The exterior walks that line between conservative and adventurous, nicely tailored.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How many of the 'no-sales' will be attributed to the lack of available DVD nav?

Edited by longtooth
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Do all trim levels include the chrome accent ring 'round the license plate opening? I don't feel the back to be too bland, but sans some detail accents, i.e. the 'ring', it could be said to look like Britney or Lindsay photographed without their makeup.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice looking car, it has the metal grille that the CTS is still waiting for. Back is kind of so-so, but I don't mind it, interior does resemble the Aura a lot. It it still a bit like 80s-90s GM where the 2 cars are really similar, but they are just executing it a bit better now. They have too much overlap in this price range, the Malibu is the best GM car under $30,000, it should gobble up sales from the W-bodies like crazy.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

my good ness... you must be from some very very distant farm land...

i know my dealership usually had at least 2-5 corvettes at a time... or tried to... but if you noticed the window says "Corvette center"

also there are at least where i'm from just straight corvette dealers... in which they have 50 new ones, and 200 used ones... they are quite a place to be when it comes to corvettes

we got kevin whitaker chevy in greenville, he always has a lot of vettes, he collects them from what i hear. at the moment he has 11 on the lot 2 of em Z06's. back when the original ZR's were king he had 2 of em on the show room. black and a red one... dad was shopping for a Z28... i think he was lookin at the wrong z's although he could have gotten 3 camaros for one vette. that'll be the sure place to find the new ones when they come out around here.

back to subject, the local chevy place in anderson got in a blue ltz thursday... its parked in front of the show room. i slowed down to look at it but as soon as i came into view a dealer started makin their way to my truck. might go have a look at it today. trying my best to get the G parents to pick one of em up to replace their 97 bonne

Edited by cletus8269
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Anyone care to upload the pics to imageshack or PB? Clicking is tiring. :smilewide:

The chromed/silver grille looks out of place. A black one would work better.

And why is this in GM news?

Edited by ToniCipriani
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It interior looked OK until I saw the dorky looking Automatic shifter. Put in a manual, were not all geezers, or cell phone chatting imbeciles.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I saw one in person today. Pictures do not do this car justice. It is nice looking. Even the odd taillights look better in person.

Although I would still like to see Chevy offer a Charcoal/Slate interior combo in the LTZ trim level, I must admit that the Cocoa/Cashmere interior combo looks better in person than it does in pictures. I don't particularly like fake wood trim, but it's applied in a really nonintrusive way in the Malibu. The dealership only had one LT model, so I didn't get to see the LTZ Brick/Black combo in person yet.

Except for a couple of quirks (no available navigation, no rear center armrest, no grab handles), I don't see any reason why this car can't give the Accord or Camry some serious competition in the midsize sedan segment. Hopefully, the media blitz will attract some serious attention to this great, new vehicle. It deserves it.

Edited by cire
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This car looks hot, the brick/black interior combo would be better with this red. A darker red would be better with the coca interior. They are a sharp looking car, Toyota should be watching out!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Your content will need to be approved by a moderator

Guest
You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
Reply to this topic...

×   You have pasted content with formatting.   Remove formatting

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor