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The current generation of the Chevrolet Malibu has been on sale for approximately three years now and for the 2019 model year, it has undergone an expected mid-cycle refresh.

The changes included in the refresh are limited to just minor exterior and transmission tweaks.

The 1.5-liter standard four-cylinder is now mated to a new CVT instead of the previous six-speed automatic transmission. Also, the front grille is now a little larger with revised headlights. Out back, updated taillights and a revised bumper design follow and a new RS trim has been introduced. The hybrid remains unchanged.

“Sophisticated, refined and efficient, the Malibu is a minor interior upgrade away from being a potentially overwhelming threat to the stalwarts of the family sedan world. As it stands now, they better still watch their backs – the Malibu is coming,” said AutoGuide.com in a full review of the sedan back when this generation was first introduced.
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Before deciding on a Malibu I was considering a car that used a CVT but when searching the web I had trouble finding anyone who had good things to say about it.
 

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Before deciding on a Malibu I was considering a car that used a CVT but when searching the web I had trouble finding anyone who had good things to say about it.
Personally I am one of those who would not own a vehicle with a CVT.

To get a real transmission in a Malibu now, you are forced into the Premier trim level.

I cannot find fault with 6 speed automatic in the 2017 1.5 LT that is my wife's daily driver. It functions seamlessly, shifts perfectly and makes me sad that it was dumped for the cheaper, most likely less durable CVT.

I am glad that we got our Malibu when we did! This is also the reason that I have a 2019 Equinox instead of a Malibu as my DD.
 

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I probably miss a lot of posts but I have not seen a single owner of a 2019 Malibu on the forum. They have been on my local dealer lot for 2 months.
 

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Did they upgrade materials to soft-touch in the 2019? My 2017 Premier is full of hard plastics.

It's not the design of the interior that's the problem in this car, it's the materials choices and crummy graining in the interior that gripe me and for 2019 the color choices on top of that. The materials look low-grade, the graining makes it look like that (along with not pairing black plastics with the tan leather). Now they deleted the saddle/tan leather for basically an off-white, so you can have boring, ugly or rental-grade cheap colors, your choice. Genius. Deleting the tan was plain idiotic, it was a great looking color (which should have been paired with black, not with that gray/tan/rental-car color).

The option packages are also more obnoxious now, you're forced to take options with items you do not want to get what you do want more often now. In my case, I didn't want 19" rims and was able to get the '17 Premier exactly as I wanted it. To get the same thing now I'm forced to get 19" rims, and they even split the 2 safety/convenience packages into 3 packages.

What are these people thinking??? They're actively driving customers away with obnoxious pricing/option packages in a market that's dropping. What a groovy way to run the business.

At least with the Cruze they've made the option packaging and pricing a lot more attractive (just in time to basically kill the car). GM product planning and marketing at it's finest!
 

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The option packages are also more obnoxious now, you're forced to take options with items you do not want to get what you do want more often now. In my case, I didn't want 19" rims and was able to get the '17 Premier exactly as I wanted it. To get the same thing now I'm forced to get 19" rims, and they even split the 2 safety/convenience packages into 3 packages.

What are these people thinking??? They're actively driving customers away with obnoxious pricing/option packages in a market that's dropping. What a groovy way to run the business.

At least with the Cruze they've made the option packaging and pricing a lot more attractive (just in time to basically kill the car). GM product planning and marketing at it's finest!
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I agree with the inability to build a Malibu that you want without packages and trim levels that aren't necessarily desirable.

Think of how many more Malibu's would be sold if for instance you could pair a LT Redline package with a 2.0 engine and a real transmission; not a CVT. Maybe even leather in the same Redline package.

There is a market for sedans if in fact they could be configured with options/packages that meet the needs/desires of the consumer.

What car guy or gal wouldn't be interested in a more sporty Chevy Malibu without all of the frills, but has a bigger more powerful engine, nice wheels, and handled decently. Why is there no 2.0 engine option in any trim level other than the Premier? And don't get me started on the CVT topic.

To me it appears GM/Chevy is sabotaging their Malibu/sedan sales by the way they are marketed.


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I agree with the inability to build a Malibu that you want without packages and trim levels that aren't necessarily desirable.

To me it appears GM/Chevy is sabotaging their Malibu/sedan sales by the way they are marketed.
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I totally concur with this snippet; I got a wife and me looking right now to replace two cars...b/c of their marketing, they are pretty close to losing her allegiance...sorta sad...it was a "no brainier" to the CEO of GM that my wife was gonna replace her 2011 with another one...B/c of seeing my sunroof and remote start, she wanted it; but the delta for two options is exactly 9,335 dollars compared to the base; Now b/c of that, she is looking at alternatives...silly...I hope that every middle manager from GM reads this forum...if not...perhaps, they will be unemployed soon...for I am the average guy....got empirical data/grades to prove it...CPS
 

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Just because it's Christmas day...and hopefully the GM management team is reading this...let me repeat:

I got a wife and me looking right now to replace two cars...b/c of their marketing, they are pretty close to losing her allegiance...sorta sad...it was a "no brainier" to the CEO of GM that my wife was going to replace her 2011 with another one...B/c of seeing my sunroof and remote start, she wanted it; but the delta for two options is exactly 9,335 dollars compared to the base; Now b/c of that, she is looking at alternatives...silly...I hope that every middle manager from GM reads this forum...if not...perhaps, they will be unemployed soon...for I am the average guy....got empirical data/grades to prove it...CPS

Hopefully GM hears this post....CPS
 

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Just because it's Christmas day...and hopefully the GM management team is reading this...let me repeat:

I got a wife and me looking right now to replace two cars...b/c of their marketing, they are pretty close to losing her allegiance...sorta sad...it was a "no brainier" to the CEO of GM that my wife was going to replace her 2011 with another one...B/c of seeing my sunroof and remote start, she wanted it; but the delta for two options is exactly 9,335 dollars compared to the base; Now b/c of that, she is looking at alternatives...silly...I hope that every middle manager from GM reads this forum...if not...perhaps, they will be unemployed soon...for I am the average guy....got empirical data/grades to prove it...CPS

Hopefully GM hears this post....CPS
This is why my daily driver is not a new Malibu, but I did get a new Equinox.

I was able to get a 2.0 engine and a 9 speed trans in the LT trim level. I wasn't able to get this combination in a Malibu without getting the Premier trim level. I have the Silver Ice LT 2.0 FWD with the Redline package.

You cannot get the Redline package in a Malibu with the 2.0 engine; only the 1.5, which was a deal-breaker for me.

You can see how they sabotage their sales of sedans by the options and package games they play. I tried to build a Malibu various times; each option or package I wanted wasn't available with the next option I selected. I finally gave up trying.

It's not so much customers want SUV/crossovers instead of a sedan: It's that the manufacturer won't allow the customer to option their sedan as desired.

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This is why my daily driver is not a new Malibu, but I did get a new Equinox.
It's not so much customers want SUV/crossovers instead of a sedan: It's that the manufacturer won't allow the customer to option their sedan as desired. .
At this point, she is almost about to by a Korean made car (Test drove the newest Equinox - but loaded, in a semi loaded budget world); And I am looking at the torque specs of the Stinger for the first time ever...GM needs to pull their heads out of the proverbial...Bxxx...It just does not need to end like this...right? CPS
 

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**Apparently, I pissed off someone, and can't modify my own posts, nor start a new thread despite being a lifetime member here...sorry in advance if pissed off someone...but seriously, I used to be able to correct typos (On my own posts) within milliseconds of posting. (Obviously, I am assuming this resulted after my negativity in prior posts on page ONE).....

Now, I see this:
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**Apparently, I pissed off someone, and can't modify my own posts, nor start a new thread despite being a lifetime member here...sorry in advance if pissed off someone...but seriously, I used to be able to correct typos (On my own posts) within milliseconds of posting. (Obviously, I am assuming this resulted after my negativity in prior posts on page ONE).....

Now, I see this:
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Got your PM, checked and modified membership status, not sure if it will help. Also, I am not aware of anyone messing with your membership.
 

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Got your PM, checked and modified membership status, not sure if it will help. Also, I am not aware of anyone messing with your membership.
It's the same for mine too, as of right now. Probably just permissions need to be modified for the whole usergroup. It's been a while since I've been in the backend vBulletin admin panel but there should definitely be a section in there that allows you to see your usergroups and what they have access to in every forum on the board.

Now, I wanna chime in on this thread myself. So don't get me wrong, the 2.4 is a strong engine but I'm definitely going to get a V6 again once something happens to my baby, which I hope isn't for a very long time. The fact that the Malibu doesn't have a V6 option anymore is a deal-breaker for me and I will likely get an Impala again after this although I doubt it'll be a new one, but it'll be with a V6 nonetheless.

Sometimes I play around and build stuff and it's very frustrating because of the package games like another member mentioned. I personally don't like touchscreen radios and in order to get just the standard radio, you can only get the very base L package, otherwise everything else has the touchscreen in it. That's irritating! I wouldn't want just a base package as I do like the LTZ/Premier packages. I pretty much converted my '11 into an LTZ from a 1LT. It wasn't too bad since I already had some of the higher packages like a USB enabled radio and the rear power package. But most of this stuff isn't that hard to add in yourself, so I don't know why the dealer couldn't do it.

For the Gen 7, I think it's so ridiculous how many l4s there are for the 2LT package. If I was gonna spend more money on a package, I certainly wouldn't get a base engine with it. But then again I guess there are a lot of LTZs out there with the 2.4 as well. And I love how many dealers erroneously refer to the seats in the 2LT as "leather". It's not the true leather like in the LTZ but rather a suede which gives you the impression of leather but if you look at a lot of leather cleaners, it says NOT to use it on suede material.

But back to the 2019, another thing I don't really care for is the lack of color choices. In fact going back to the L discussion, I think only white and silver were available for the L, if you wanted any other color then you had to go to the LT package. I don't know if you could special order it through the dealer any other way or not. I can only imagine at one time you were able to go to the dealer and customize just about anything you wanted and as long as it was all mechanically compatible, they'd let you do that. Like the 1LT doesn't even have a V6 engine option at all on the Gen 7, which there's really no reason for it. That means if you want cloth seats (yep, I know of someone on this forum who prefers them), no V6 for you! Unless you'd rather do something like @DrivenDaily and change your leather out for cloth in your LTZ. :)

So yeah, when I built my Malibu, there were a ton of tweaks I had to do in order to get something I sorta wanted but there were other things that I just couldn't have. I guess it's just GMs way or upselling but then what happens when you want something from a lower end package?
 

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Got your PM, checked and modified membership status, not sure if it will help. Also, I am not aware of anyone messing with your membership.
Thanks sir; Normally 4 outta 5 times one will review their own post, see a needed comma, spell check etc...just rather weird that now I can not do that nor start my own thread...no big deal, except now I have to bother my wife to proof read my stuff...which started the whole Korean viewing argument to begin with...LOL...Carter
 

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Thanks sir; Normally 4 outta 5 times one will review their own post, see a needed comma, spell check etc...just rather weird that now I can not do that nor start my own thread...no big deal, except now I have to bother my wife to proof read my stuff...which started the whole Korean viewing argument to begin with...LOL...Carter
You're welcome, but has the issue been resolved?
 

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What car guy or gal wouldn't be interested in a more sporty Chevy Malibu without all of the frills, but has a bigger more powerful engine, nice wheels, and handled decently. Why is there no 2.0 engine option in any trim level other than the Premier?
They did in ‘16, the 2LT trim had the 2.0 and most of the fancy features except nav, parking assist, adaptive cruise, sunroof and leather seats. Or as I like to call it, (almost) just right.

Apparently I’m one of the only people that git one because they haven’t offered it since.

GM, I would have updated both my vehicles this year if you hadn’t actively uglied the hell out of the Silverado and not given me a non-Premier 2.0l in the Malibu. Now you’re killing off the Impala, my only hope at a sedan that can get out of its own way and have heated cloth seats.

Sorry but these are my last new GM vehicles unless something drastic changes. I think the Equinox is clunky as hell, so is the Traverse and whatever other SUV turds they keep saying we need. We don’t. And Buick is just fancy looking rehashes at twice the price, nonthanks. My dealership was great to me until my warranty was up and they realized I wasn’t buying anything in ‘19; now I’m just cattle like everyone else there. I’m off to small shops now for work.

I’ll keep the truck, I need something that can actually pull a trailer, but car wise, I’m shopping after the first of year at non GM dealerships. The Stinger is looking kinda nice right now.
 

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I’m in the same boat, ant start new threads, can’t edit mine. Something changed admin wise.
Just to make sure @DrivenDaily knows, you see the same lack of permissions in all sections of the forum? For example, in the gen9 problems section you still can't edit a previous post or create a thread? I ask because this section (Auto Industry/General Motors News) has always had more restrictive permissions for general registered users as autoguide wanted to be the sole new thread creator.
 
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