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Welcome to the forums, and welcome to the 'Bu Crew man! I hope your ride serves you well!
Those blue interior lights look pretty sick. I almost considered making mine purple, but with as clumsy as I am, if I drop something in the dark I'd never be able to find it with that light color 😆 And I really like the idea of throwing on the retro Malibu emblem! I thought about doing the same on mine, but ended up just leaving the stock bowties and plasti-dipping them grey instead, lol.
Big bummer about your car getting hit so soon too. I had a Fedex truck scrape and dent the s**t out of my rear bumper at my old job, and had to get a whole new one (of course it happened the same day my dashcam arrived, but before I'd had a chance to install it), so I feel ya on how awful that is.

From the looks of your 'Bu I think its an LS (same as I've got!), judging by lack of the LT or LTZ badging on the trunk, lack of the chrome strip along the rocker panel moulding, and the mirror covers being matte black. If you're ever interested in updating those, it's decently easy to find parts at a junkyard. The mirror caps can be popped off pretty easy with a screw driver, and the rocker panel mouldings can be worked off somewhat easily too to be swapped. Just make sure you buy replacement clips in case you break any during the swap process. I made all those same upgrades on my car for $125 (replacement bumper included) off a guy parting out his 2012 on FB marketplace, so that might be a place to check if you're interested in those "upgrades." I'd also recommend looking to snag some LTZ tail light housings, as they look a little better than the big blocky stock red ones IMO.

Also, if you've got a drill at home, a 3M rubber eraser wheel is GREAT for getting that sticker gunk off without affecting the paint. I had some annoying dealership decals that were stuck on my tunk lid from the old folks that owned my car before me, and it took all of it off in seconds leaving nothing behind, with no marks in the paint. I definitely recommending grabbing one if you've got the tool to make use of it.
 

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thanks so much! i honestly never put much thought into it so I should've realized it's an LS lol, sucks I do not have a drill, I might back at home in Chicago so I'll check that out, and I'd totally do the lights but I only have my apartment parking lot to work on my car, and barely any tools, so taking off my bumper and everything seems excessive, especially cause I just learned how to do simple stuff like interior lights a few months ago. is there a different for the LT and LTZ mirror covers? or are both chrome or whatever they are.
Nah, no difference between the mirror caps on the two other trims. They're just painted to match the body color, as opposed to the LS that has flat black plastic. Totally don't blame you about hesitance for other mods either. I also have the same struggle of living in an apartment complex, so I know the struggle of not having space to do certain things. Just gotta make friends with someone who has parents with a driveway nearby, that's what I did ;)
 
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