Yeah, I orginally wanted black but the salesman said he had a 2011 that was black (I never had a flat black car before) and when I asked him if it was as much a pain as everyone said, he said, "YES!"
So I'm glad I got the black interior and a nice dark color outside. I just didn't want silver or that tan metallic color or white. I still think the car looks great in the darker colors including black.
I had a BGM - black granite metallic - '09 and it wasn't a chore at all to keep it looking nice. I didn't do anything special to it at all and everyone at work kept telling me how nice it looked all the time.
I now have an RJT - red jewel tintcoat - '11 and same story. They tell me how nice it always looks and I don't do anything special to it. Heck, I even take through the touch-type drive thru car washes! Once a year I do the clay bar, scratch remover, swirl remover, and wax. Turns out looking like new for a week or two and then back to "normal", and everyone at work just marvels, saying I must work real hard to keep it that way. They don't believe me when I tell them I really don't do anything special.
'11 LTZ, born Aug 2010, Fairfax, KS
V6/A6, Red Jewel Tintcoat / Cocoa-Cashmere, Sunroof
Mods: WeatherTech mats, CHMSL Pulser
Yea sorry I wasn't specific the color I ended up with is the carbon black metallic my last 08 malibu was also the same color. I love the color but wanted something a little different but when I saw the new malibu in the same color it looked just as good if not better than my older so I went with it. Had it buffed and waxed once so far and it's really not bad to keep clean at all and when it's clean it looks damn good lol
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