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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-20-2009, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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To Buy or Not To Buy: '08 Malibu Classic

Hey All,

This is my first post on the board. Let me first say it's great to find a very dedicated forum to a car I'm thinking of buying - it's a tremendous show of confidence. It's also been good to troll around and discover what current owners think of their vehicle.

Anyways, to my question...

I've been used car shopping for the past few weeks, and a relative has brought my attention to his workplace, who are trying to sell off their fleet of vehicles. In it, there are a number of Malibus: from what I gather, they are '07 Malibus and '08 Malibu Classics. I've been able to gather that the Classics are "fleet" versions (I think just like the '07? Same model, new year?). Unfortunately, I don't have access to see the vehicles, nor has my relative had the opportunity to drive them. I'm thinking about getting one, because the price is rather good, and I know they have been treated decently over the past couple years.

My questions are pretty general: Should I buy one? Is it worth the risk getting it sight-unseen? What is the difference between the '07 Malibu and '08 Classic "fleet" vehicles vs. standard retail versions? Do I still have the same interior amenities, i.e. radio control from steering wheel, aux port for ipod hookup on radio.

It'd be great to find someone who has an '08 Classic, but I haven't been able to find anyone yet. You guys are the experts, so any advice/information would be so very helpful!
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Re: To Buy or Not To Buy: '08 Malibu Classic

If you can afford it go to the new Malibu style. Much better car. I have an 08 LTZ with the 4 cylinder engine and 6 speed auto. Great car, gets good fuel mileage and is a fun car to drive.

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Re: To Buy or Not To Buy: '08 Malibu Classic

too risky to buy something you can not see and touch. I would not do it, doesnot matter how cheap it seems. You can loose all your money.
You can browse for their cars stock with similar model and find the ones with fleet record

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Re: To Buy or Not To Buy: '08 Malibu Classic

I'm pretty sure most but not all fleet models are 'Classics'. I got a former fleet vehicle ('09 1LT - new body style) but not a classic and be aware they generally won't come wired for OnStar.
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Re: To Buy or Not To Buy: '08 Malibu Classic

Chevrolet calls the old model a "Classic" when they still make them for a short time after the new model has come out. Has happened with the Malibu and Silverado too.

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