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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by ModemJunki

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Reviewed: 2008 Chevrolet Malibu

4dr Sedan 169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Why the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu?

Ride smoothness

The ride on rough surfaces is well controlled and very smooth for the class of vehicle the Malibu fits in.

Fuel economy

With the 4 cylinder 4 speed, fuel economy is very competitive.

Safety & braking

The brakes are predictable and consistent in stop and go traffic.

Rear seat room & comfort

The rear legroom and seat comfort are suitable for two adults on extended trips.

Why Not the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu?

Exterior styling

The styling is consistent with current trends, with high door sills and a high rear deck limiting visibility.

Handling

The price paid for the smooth ride is lack of steering feedback, and the stock tires on the base LS model may also contribute to tramlining and wander. While competent in urgent maneuvers, the suspension setup does not suit driving in a spirited manner.

Brand reputation & image

The overall reputation of the parent brand is poor, affecting resale value.

Insurance cost

Insurance is average for the class, depreciation due to the parent brand is staggering.

Dealer practices

Like many dealerships, the practice of hard upselling maintenance services not called for seems predatory and dishonest. This is not unique to any brand, however. Buyer beware!

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