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I thought I read that the plants shut down typically in July and retool for the next year model. So I'm wondering when would be the latest I could order a 08? Will the 09 come with a price increase? Will they change the color and interior options and standard features, or will the 08 basically carry forward into the 09?
 

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Just a feeling on my part, but I think the '08 will just roll into the '09 with no changes at all. With the economy the way it is, I doubt you'll see a price increase. They may offer a few different colors.
 

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08 will roll into 09 with minor interior changes they will start running production on 09 after summer shut down the 2 week in july there will be several ran in june and may for production line get use to the changes made these are minor changes when i get the info ill post it for everyone
 

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08 will roll into 09 with minor interior changes they will start running production on 09 after summer shut down the 2 week in july there will be several ran in june and may for production line get use to the changes made these are minor changes when i get the info ill post it for everyone
Do you work at the KC plant?

One change I wondered if they would make is to have a basic black interior on the LTZ. I thought the two tone was strange when I first saw pictures, but we both like it now. We better like it, We'll have the car for 10 years or more. :D
 

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for a while just tranfered to wentzville 300 miles east of fairfax where they make the vans still talk with all of my friends i bought one so i am very interested in the changes they make to see if ill be trading in for newer..
 

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Just a feeling on my part, but I think the '08 will just roll into the '09 with no changes at all. With the economy the way it is, I doubt you'll see a price increase. They may offer a few different colors.
Haven't they already announced that bluetooth and USB iPod ports are coming for 2009?
I only wonder if they will get them on time from the start or if they will be "late availability?"
 

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Haven't they already announced that bluetooth and USB iPod ports are coming for 2009?
I only wonder if they will get them on time from the start or if they will be "late availability?"
I haven't heard that, but it would surpise me that they would offer the bluetooth considering the way they're pushing the OnStar handsfree phone system.

Do you think there would be retrofit compatibility for either system?
 

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I'm plugging in my ipod for the first time today - wish me luck!
 

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I haven't heard that, but it would surpise me that they would offer the bluetooth considering the way they're pushing the OnStar handsfree phone system.

Do you think there would be retrofit compatibility for either system?
It will probably be too expensive to change retrofit it because I think it requires a new OnStar system, new stereo and additional steering wheel controls.

There are third party devices that can either be installed and wired to the car or portable ones that are simply clipped to the sun visor and recharged periodically. Look up BlueConnect, CigBlue, "BlueAnt Supertooth Light" and VRBT200V ($39 at Coscto).

I think the best device for the money is going to be this new version of the BlueAnt that comes out next month:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1oOIGCJj2w



Here is some information I found. It doesn't specifically mention the Malibu, but I read an article about the 2009 Chevy Cobalt that says the Cobalt will be the first GM sedan to offer bluetooth and USB, so I can't imagine the Malibu won't also get it for 2009.


From the February 2008 Tech Link issue:



Introduction to Bluetooth Technology



Bluetooth® technology will be available on most General Motors vehicles beginning in model year 2009 as either optional or standard equipment. The Bluetooth functionality will be accessed via the OnStar Module.

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that enables connectivity between multiple electronic devices (i.e. cellular phone and vehicle) using a 2.4 GHz radio spectrum that has a range of approximately 30 feet.

With Bluetooth technology, customers can experience hands-free calling as their Bluetooth capable cellular phones are wirelessly connected to the vehicle. It will allow customers to place and receive calls using the steering wheel controls and voice recognition. The vehicle audio system will allow listening to a call through the vehicle speakers and adjusting volume through steering wheel or radio controls.

Bluetooth Functionality in General Motors Vehicle

Bluetooth functionality requires steering wheel controls, but not all vehicles with steering wheel controls will have Bluetooth functionality. To utilize the vehicle’s Bluetooth system, a Bluetooth equipped cellular phone is required. Based on the cellular phone manufacturer’s implementation of Bluetooth, not all phones will support all functionality. Not all Bluetooth cellular phones are guaranteed to work with the vehicle’s Bluetooth system. Cellular phones will be tested for vehicle compatibility and a list will be provided via a website.

Pairing Bluetooth Cellular Phone to Vehicle

In order to work, the cellular phone must be paired to the vehicle. Up to five devices can be paired to the vehicle at one time, but only one can be connected at any given time. To pair a phone, the customer must know how to operate the Bluetooth functionality of their phone. The pairing process must be done only one time for each phone, unless that phone’s information is deleted. For safety reasons, the pairing process is disabled while the vehicle is moving.

Portability Benefits of Bluetooth

Once the Bluetooth cellular phone has been paired with the vehicle, it will automatically connect to the vehicle when the ignition is turned on.

With the General Motors Bluetooth technology, a phone conversation is maintained regardless of whether the owner is getting into or leaving the vehicle.

A cellular phone that is in use when getting into the vehicle will automatically switch to hands-free mode. And when exiting, the hands-free call automatically transfers to the phone so the call can continue on the cellular phone after exiting.

Features Supported by the General Motors Bluetooth Technology

- Make a call using digits, redial, or name tags (phone number saved to a nametag via voice recognition)

- Receive a call -- answer call, ignore call

- Call waiting

- Three-way calling -- initiated from the hands-free system

- Mute a call

- Send a number during a call – used when calling a menu-driven phone system

- Transfer a call – transfer call from vehicle to cellular phone and vice versa

- Voice pass-thru – allows access to the voice recognition commands on the cellular phone
http://www.leftlanenews.com/gm-to-offer-bluetooth-by-2009-model-year.html

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I'm plugging in my ipod for the first time today - wish me luck!
Good luck, but I'm sure you won't need it.

Here is some information I found. It doesn't specifically mention the Malibu, but I read an article about the 2009 Chevy Cobalt that says the Cobalt will be the first GM sedan to offer bluetooth and USB, so I can't imagine the Malibu won't also get it for 2009.
Thanks web, I appreciate the news. I'll be looking into the new item you mention. My wife gets far too many calls from the kids and we'd feel much safer with a suitable handsfree solution.
 

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Re: When are the 09's coming out

Production began June 16, 2008 - Expect to see them on lots by the first week of August. You can also place an order with the dealership.
 

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Re: When are the 09's coming out

Got a call from my dealer today. My '09 was picked for build. Didn't have a delivery date yet....but it's coming sooner than I thought!!
 

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Re: When are the 09's coming out

ne2i - You should be able to order now, and like BuckyFan said....You can order the LTZ with the 4 cyl 6 speed....All depends on what you are looking for. The configurations for this car are really quite astonding.
 

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ANy GM lurkers here - when will they start build 09's

Any GM folks or those in the know lurking out here? I just ordered an 09 LT2 in the new version of White.

When will they start building the 09 models.?

Thanks
Bill
 

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There were three Threads with the same topic. They have all been merged together.

The Search feature is your friend. ;):)
 

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There were three Threads with the same topic. They have all been merged together.

The Search feature is your friend. ;):)
Oops, sorry about that....

I see above that some have been told they started building on June 12 etc. My dealer took my order but said they were on break and wouldn't be building until this "break" was over.

Is there a summer vacation or something?
 
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