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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

Chevrolet's Malibu has already established itself as good, comfortable, and reliable transportation for a family that's concerned about low initial cost and low running costs. The newly redesigned 2008 Malibu adds more design flair, more driving excitement, and more standard convenience and safety features--including electronic stability control on most models and side-curtain and front-seat air bags for the entire model line. The base LT, priced below $20,000 including destination, ranks as an especially strong value, and the Hybrid model is also one of the most affordable vehicles with a sophisticated gasoline-electric powertrain.

What's new for 2008?

The Chevy Malibu is all-new for 2008, with a completely new look, more advanced powertrains, and a new fuel-stingy Hybrid model joining the lineup. With more than three inches of additional length and a wheelbase that's about six inches longer, the new Malibu has a roomier interior and also, due to its revised proportions, a smoother driving experience, according to Chevrolet.

Model Strengths

  • More style-conscious design
  • low initial cost
  • comfortable ride
  • affordable Hybrid model
  • fuel efficiency (four-cylinder and Hybrid).

Model Review

The new 2008 Chevrolet Malibu comes in three different trim levels, LS, LT, and LTZ. Each model is powered by a standard 169-horsepower, 2.4L four-cylinder engine, but a 252-horsepower, 3.6L V6 with variable valve timing is optional on LT and LTZ models. Four-cylinder LS and LT models get a four-speed automatic transmission, while the six-cylinder comes with a new six-speed automatic. With the four-cylinder engine, the Malibu has respectable fuel-efficiency ratings of 22 city, 30 highway.

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MEMPHIS - The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu is the most important car being launched in North America this year. It has the potential of reinvigorating Chevrolet in the mid-size car market. And to summarize our first driving impression of it in one word, we found the Malibu impressive.

We concentrated on the four cylinder model because this is the meat of the mid-size car market. At 169 horsepower and 160-pounds-feet of torque; the Malibu's 2.4-liter four cylinder engine had plenty of pep. It was quiet and its four-speed automatic transmission was smooth. (A six speed gearbox will join the mix later this year). Finally, there's a domestically produced four cylinder engine that runs as smoothly as a V6.

For those who want more oomph, the Malibu can be equipped with a 3.2-liter V6 that makes 252 horsepower and 251 pounds-feet of torque. It can be mated to a six-speed automatic. What's more, there is also a hybrid Malibu that has a four cylinder engine and it makes 164 horsepower and 159 pounds-feet of torque.

The Malibu is a family sedan and as such there were a couple of characteristics the suited its use well. The car had electric power steering. We sensed a little disconnect from the road but if you're driving it extensively on a daily base that disconnect equates into ease of steering and that means less stress.

Its seats were great. There was plenty of lumbar support and the side bolsters kept us solidly planted in the seat. What's more, the seats had thick cushions and backs. Our test vehicle had a cloth interior that was nicely done. The polymers were textured and pleasing to the touch. The Malibu offers several combinations of two-toned interiors. The interior also had ambient lighting.

This Malibu was a good bit bigger than the model it replaced. Its wheel base was six inches longer and the overall length of the car had been increased by three inches. This gave the 2008 Malibu a solid stable feel on the road, more head and leg room in the rear seat and ample cargo space that was expandable when the rear seat backs were folded.

We were very pleased with the Malibu's suspension. It gave the cars' ride substance. But it was relaxing to drive. After 65 miles of two-lane roads, we didn't' feel like we'd driven that far or that much. We had no road fatigue.

But before anybody will drive this car they have to want to get in it. And design is where the Malibu excels. It looks as though it costs twice as much as its $20,000 base price. It had a long hood, short deck lid and wheels at the corners. Clean side body panels give it a sleek, slender look and they made the 2008 Malibu look low and long.

The Malibu sports the new face of Chevy which is a split grille with chrome surround and a bar between the two that houses its bow tie badge.

The new Malibu has also picked up a few styling cues from the Corvette, like its sheared off rump. And it has Chevy's signature dual round tail lamps and a dual cockpit, another hallmark of the Corvette.

The car can be equipped with 16, 17 or 18-inch wheels, a 210 watt audio system, satellite radio, tire pressure monitoring system and OnStar with turn-by-turn navigation. For cold or really hot days, the Malibu has remote start. It also has rear window shades and adjustable pedals.

Prices range from $19,995 to about $28,500 for a fully loaded 2008 Malibu which is on sale now.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/100,000 Miles

Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2014.

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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