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Old 03-02-2012, 11:54 AM   #1
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Good afternoon Ladies and Gents,

My wife and I are looking to Purchase a new vehicle in the next month or so. We've driven the Malibu, the Fusion, and the 200 and we are now looking for real world owners opinions. I have joined forums for each of the (3) cars listed above in an attempt to get some real world feedback from owners.

Please let me know your likes and dislikes on your Malibu. I have a father-in-law who owns one, but he is so pro GM that if the car was a pile of aids, he'd never admit it. I'm looking to hear from owners who are not biased toward one brand or another. My wife and I currently own a Ford and a Jeep, and being that we're from Detroit, we stick with the big 3. But, out of those 3, we buy what we like. I hope to chat with some people that share the same view we do and offer honest opinions about there Malibu.

I'm looking forward to hearing your comments.

Thank you in advance,

Chris

EDIT: I should add that the Malibu we are looking at is a 4 CYL 1LT

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Old 03-02-2012, 12:01 PM   #2
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i have 2011 good so far i like mine
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:15 PM   #3
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i have 2011 good so far i like mine
Thanks Chevytaz. I should add that the Malibu we are looking at would be a 1LT just like yours.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:33 PM   #4
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thats kool
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:01 PM   #5
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I like my car. Just make sure you get the V6. Well worth the little extra money.
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Moved to buying and leasing...
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:45 PM   #7
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I like my car. Just make sure you get the V6. Well worth the little extra money.
Care to explain? I've driven both the 4 and the 6, and the 4 has ample power for daily driving. So I'll save the 1000+ dollars and get the 4 unless someone can sway ne with mechanical issues or something
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I4 is dog slow, the V6 gets nearly the same mileage and has much better passing power. It also is a smoother running powertrain and you get a better power steering set-up with the V6.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:04 PM   #9
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I agree, get the V6. It just makes the car so much more dynamic and enjoyable to drive.

For the record, I love my V6 Malibu. I recently had the opportunity to drive a friend's I4/A6 Bu and it just wasn't nearly as engaging of a drive, in my opinion.
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:12 AM   #10
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What kind of driving do you project over the life of the car? Mostly highway, mostly local or mixed? I use mine to commute 15 miles RT and getting over 40 MPH usually attracts drivers of Crown Vic's or Chargers along with a donation to the local coffers. So, the 4 is fine for my driving. If the commute were along highways instead of secondary roads, I'd have looked toward the 6.

If you have a Hertz Local Edition (or similar) nearby, talk to the manager to see if they can set you up with renting one of your choices for a weekend. Think of it as an extended test drive without the sales hype.
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