These cars are a tough sell. Even many who have bought the 2013 malibu eco, if you look on autotrader.com you will see hundreds of low mileage EOC'S already for sale by their owners.
After the powertrain warranty runs out, and if you keep the eco longer what does it cost to have the Ion battery replaced when it craps outs and needs replacement? Much like the chevy Volt. The battery in that is over $8,000, who is going to fork out $8,000 after 10 years of service when the car then is worth half the cost of a new battery. The car would be worth only scrap.
A lot of figuring out has to be done, but most people would rather drive and enjoy their cars instead of continually crunching numbers.
just my opinion......
I agree just like everyone else does that the 2013 Malibu isn't selling all that well, that is why they had to shut down it's production for a while.
I looked on Auto trader like you suggested and I see a total of two 2013 malibus for sale by private owner within a 500 mile radius of me. Both are Ecos and one is 202 miles away while the other is 579 miles away.
I then looked at all 2013 Chevys for sale by private ownerand I saw that there are 3 2013 Camaros for sale by private owner within 500 miles from me. 1 is 141 miles away, 1 is 145 miles away and 1 is 228 miles away.
Also 1 2013 Avalanche was for sale.
Using your logic the Malibu is selling better than the Camaro I guess.
I don't think I've seen one other 2013 Malibu on the road that I can remember.
I have no idea how much the battery costs in the ECO. I know there is a 8 year 100,000 mile warranty on the eassist components which includes the battery so I'm not worried personally. If the battery goes after that it should be less in price than it is now whatever the cost is.
The ECO is a less complicated machine than the VOLT so I would think the battery would be less expensive but I'm not sure. The Volt can run off the battery alone but the ECO doesn't have that powerful of a battery, it cannot run solely on the battery in the trunk. It uses the battery to give it a boost in power and to run the electronics while the car is shut off.
Where did you come up with the cost for the Volt battery by the way? Any sources for that cost? I have not seen an exact price just a few people's guesses.