Thanks for the link Miracle, but I had to re-enter all the vehicle data.
Interesting info on the filter page, it shows that the 08 malibu has up with 6 engine choices, all the way up to a 3.9l.
One dissapointing listing though, it says that the fuel filter is non-servicable. I wonder if that means it doesn't exit or if a special dealer tool is needed to get at it. Maybe the sock on the internal tank pump is all it has.
I bet the 6 listings for the 08 Malibu include the engine lineup for the 'Classic' models too. There are three for the new model, and only the 3.6l is really all new, though I believe the four cylinder has had some revisions?
Fuel filter- bet on it being the in-tank variety. The 07 Avalanches were the same. For that matter, I believe somewhere around 04 or 05, most GM full sized SUVs and trucks went that way.
And GM stopped putting air filters in most newer models too- too many customers getting frustrated or confused I guess. It's something I'd like, but one of those 'invisible' things they can leave off to save a few pennies or so for every car they build (like glove box lights, underhood lights, keylocks on the passenger door and trunk).