2008 Chevrolet Malibu: Worth looking into?

I currently have a 2000 Malibu LS with almost 152,000 miles on it and the original factory alternator. Had a couple of minor instrumentation problems early on which were fixed with warranty, but other than that just routine maintenance (i.e., tuneups, oil changes, routine visual inspections, etc). Should I get a 2008 Malibu when it comes time to get another? I'm just wondering because my stepsister bought a 2001 Malibu at the same time I purchased my 2000 Malibu, and hers turned out to be a lemon (thousands upon thousands of dollars of repairs including alternator had to be changed out four different times). She had to sell her car at about 75,000 miles for parts because by then it was not driveable.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    i must admit, i fell in love with the 24K version when i saw it in a mall here. it looks so elegant and sporty inside, almost rivaling those big deutsche cars.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes definitely. The new Malibu is not the same car you have, it is ground up all new. I drove one and really liked it. I believe it also just got Car and Driver top 10 list. It also has the 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, which I don't think GM could afford to offer if the cars were having many problems.

  • 1 decade ago

    I am getting one for graduation.I test drove it reccently and it is FUN to drive! The engine is very responsive and the 4 cylynder feels more like a 6 and it has great options that come standard with the car like onstar and 4 disc ABS.

  • 1 decade ago

    This car is awesome. It's new from the ground up, and GM's reliability is through the roof on their new cars. It has great throttle response and looks sweet, I especially love the green-lit gauges. I would go for it. Car and Driver gave this car an excellent rating, and they're hard to please. It's a can't-miss!

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  • snvffy
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I suggest you look into Yahoo's Automobiles section for new cars. Try to decide what other makes and models are similar to your Malibu.

    Yahoo not only compares prices but more importantly, COST TO OWN for a period of 5 years. They factor in RESALE value in their calculation, which means how much value the car loses over time.

    I used this and bought a Toyota instead.

  • 1 decade ago

    YES! I just bought one this last weekend it is the LTZ version and I absolutely love this car! The best thing is the throttle response and the tapshifting with the six speed. If you want to know anything about this car feel free to ask.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The new Chevrolets are much more reliable than older models. Toyotas and Hondas are a safe bet as well. The Fusion has a weaker engine and interior is not as nice as the competition, and the new Sebring should not be recommended.

  • 1 decade ago

    well dont listen to that guy, my dad has always owned GM cars, and has never encountered any serious problems. i like the way the new Malibu looks, i think it looks very luxurious and sporty. id say go for it when its time to upgrade to a new car.

  • 1 decade ago

    I am warning you and everyone else not to buy ANY car from General Motors.

    general motors is struggling with legacy costs, a shrinking sales base, and negative cash flow...not to mention foregin competition from Honda & Toyota. So they brang out this new chevy aveo and lying about its MPG to boost sales. I know two people who have "lemoned" their aveos. It is also very difficult to do warranty work at Chevy, cause they try to blame everything on the customer, so you end up paying your car payment and paying for your own repairs, then you might as well stick with your used car.

    Try to avoid General Motors.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    GM is still not all that great on reliability and longevity. The Ford Fusion is a great car, and it seriously fun to drive. I'd stay away from toyota.....they seem to be having lots of transmission problems.

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