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The new Malibu seems to like these numbers, or at least combinations of them.

4 cyl, 4 speed. 4 cyl, 6 speed. 6 cyl, 6 speed. What's a guy to do?

Almost every review I've read about the 4 cylinder has some kind of negative comment about the 4 speed automatic, and I've read several that actually say to wait for the 6-speed in 2009. Of course, that would mean I would have to wait a bit longer to get mine... unless I wanted one of the spring 4 cylinder LTZ's, which probably is just a little bit of stretch for me financially. And, considering that 2008 4-speed models might be able to be had for a lower price once the 2009's start rolling in, that might be beneficial to me, as long as I'm not missing out on the updated transmission.

Anybody out there have any thoughts/comments/complaints about their 4 cylinder with 4 speed auto? Is it worth the wait (and probably extra cash) to have the 6-speed?



Then there is the issue of power. And what kind of drawbacks I will really notice with the 4 cylinder. My first vehicle had a 5.7L V8 Silverado and I'm driving an older Buick with a 3.3L V6 in it now... so, will it be a shock to all of a sudden only have a 4 cylinder pulling me around? I should specify that I'm not really primarily concerned with zip. Sure, I get a thrill from opening it up, and I enjoy doing so occasionally... but not so much with gas prices the way they are now.

I guess I'm just wondering if I'm going to be kicking myself if I get a 4cyl for better fuel economy and end up really missing that "extra something."



...Or maybe I should have just titled this thread: "Hey guys, should I get a 4 cylinder with a 4 speed or a 6 speed? Or should I just throw that out the window and get a V6?"

But that doesn't quite roll off the tongue...
 

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I have a 4 cyl with a 4 speed and really have no complaints. I got what I got because I definitely wanted a 4 cyl but I had to get a car when I did and probably missed the 6 speed by a month. I only have one vehicle and I had to have something before the inspection on my old car ran out because I wasn't going to do the work it needed to pass again. If I had more of a choice I probably would have got the 6 speed but I don't dislike the 4 speed.

My old car was a 6 cyl with a 4 speed and the Malibu seems to haul my ass around just as well and uses less fuel to do it. :D I'm pretty sure this 4 cyl has as much horsepower as my old 6 cyl did. I'd say it depends on how long you can wait and what you want to pay.
 

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I have a 4 cyl with a 4 speed and really have no complaints. I got what I got because I definitely wanted a 4 cyl but I had to get a car when I did and probably missed the 6 speed by a month. I only have one vehicle and I had to have something before the inspection on my old car ran out because I wasn't going to do the work it needed to pass again. If I had more of a choice I probably would have got the 6 speed but I don't dislike the 4 speed.

My old car was a 6 cyl with a 4 speed and the Malibu seems to haul my ass around just as well and uses less fuel to do it. :D I'm pretty sure this 4 cyl has as much horsepower as my old 6 cyl did. I'd say it depends on how long you can wait and what you want to pay.
Thanks, Schwartz. That is sort of the same boat I am in, although my car hasn't had any issues passing inspection (yet--knock on wood), it's just that it is starting to cost me more than it is worth in stupid little repairs, and I've decided to cut my losses. That being said, can I hold on until August or September rather than early July? We'll see.

I can't tell if it's just because of the 350ci I was used to in my truck, or if this engine is just really weak, but I feel like there are probably 4 cylinders out there that could easily outpower my current V6. Not to mention the gas-sucking aspect of a near "classic" car.
 

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The 4cyl with the 4spd takes a little getting use to drive. It's not geared correctly for the car. Once you learn to drive around the flat spots it's not bad.
 

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I drove the 4 and then the 6. While I would like the better fuel economy of the 4, I love the extra power on the highway that the 6 cylinder one has.
 
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