Someone told me that the body side moldings ($150 option) are supposed to prevent door dings. I hadn't thought about that and thought they were purely for looks. If that's the case why aren't they offered on the LTZ as an option?
Not sure why it's not offered as an option, my friend's 08 (Malcious Mischief Malibu) didn't have them on when it got to the dealer and the dealer installed them. They will protect from small dings but if someone swing anything hard enough into the dorr it will still leave a dent at the contact point.