Re: Looking to buy Malibu 2008-2012
I am sure you can find a nice used car for that price. You can find a lot of the common problems with these cars on here, but that doesn't mean every one of them has the same issue. Mine has been very reliable with 74,000 miles on it now, but some aren't as lucky. Both the 2.4L 4 cyl and the 3.6L v6 are reliable engines and are very close, from comparisons on here, in gas mileage. So, if you are looking for more power the v6 would be the way to go, but the 4 cyl is not a bad choice either. The 2008 models seem to have a lot more problems when compared to newer ones, so personal opinion there is to go for 2009 and up.
As far as differences between the 2LT and the LTZ, off the top of my head, is the LTZ has different taillights(LED), leather interior, 18" aluminum wheels, and automatic climate control. The 2LT has suede inserts with leather trimmed seats, 18" aluminum wheels (different style) and chromtec wheels(plastic chrome covered wheels), manual climate control, and regular incandescent bulb taillights. I am pretty sure there is more, but that is all I can think of right now. Both trim levels are nice it just depends on what options you want. I am pretty sure there were only minor differences between years. You can't really go wrong either way. Good luck on your search!
09' Malibu LTZ with brick leather interior
4 cyl w/6 speed auto
Silver Ice Metallic paint
Mods: PTM bow ties, grill, washer nozzles, and fog light trim
-MTX600XD, 2 12" Infinity Kappa Perfect 12.1, 4 gauge stinger wire, Pioneer 7800MP CD player
-5000K HID headlights and 3000K fog lights
-White LED's in the switches and handles
-Blacklight overhead console LED's
-Painted and polished factory aluminum wheels
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