Chevrolet Malibu Chevrolet Malibu 2008

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Chevrolet Malibu Specs at TrueDelta: Powertrains and tires by trim level (2008)

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Specs - Exterior and Interior Dimensions

Body 4dr Sedan
Wheelbase 112.3 in
Length 191.8 in
Width 70.3 in
Height 57.1 in
Curb Weight 3450 lb.
Fuel Capacity 16.0 gal.
Headroom, Row 1 39.4 in
Shoulder Room, Row 1 55.9 in
Hip Room, Row 1 53.0 in
Legroom, Row 1 42.2 in
Headroom, Row 2 37.2 in
Shoulder Room, Row 2 53.9 in
Hip Room, Row 2 52.1 in
Legroom, Row 2 37.6 in
Total Legroom 79.8 in (over 2 rows)
Cargo Volume 15.1 ft3

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Seat Room and Comfort of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu

2008 Chevrolet Malibu Seat Room and Comfort: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 169-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The rear legroom and seat comfort are suitable for two adults on extended trips. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2008 4dr Sedan 169-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The Malibu seats have the comfort of a Lexus and the supportive nature of an Accord. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2008 4dr Sedan 169-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
during a six hour drive felt no fatigue see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2007 4dr Hatch 217-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Rear seat adjusts 7 inches, has recline feature and fold flat for additional storage. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2007 4dr Sedan 145-horsepower 2.2L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I'm 6'5" and my wife is 5'0" - we can both drive this car comfortably. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2008 Chevrolet Malibu Seat Room and Comfort: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan 169-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
After driving this car for a half hour, my back was in pain. How absolutely useless on a roadtrip. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2008 4dr Sedan 169-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The front passenger seat is like sitting in a hole. It can be difficult to get out of. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2008 4dr Sedan 252-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I tried the LS cloth, LT2 Ultralux, and LTZ leather seats...all of them were uncomfortable. Too little padding. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2008 4dr Sedan 252-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I like the seating for the front seats. it fits me very good. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
 

2008 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door Sedan Specs - Powertrains and Tire Sizes

Trim LS LT LTZ Hybrid
Standard Engine 2.4L I4
DOHC-4v
169 hp@6400
160 lb-ft@4500
2.4L I4
DOHC-4v
169 hp@6400
160 lb-ft@4500
3.6L V6
DOHC-4v
252 hp@6300
251 lb-ft@3200
2.4L I4 Hybrid
DOHC-4v
164 hp@6400
159 lb-ft@5000
Optional Engine(s)  3.6L V6
DOHC-4v
252 hp@6300
251 lb-ft@3200
2.4L I4
DOHC-4v
169 hp@6400
160 lb-ft@4500
 
Standard Transmission4-speed automatic4-speed automatic6-speed manually-shiftable automatic4-speed automatic
Optional Transmission(s) 6-speed manually-shiftable automatic  
Standard DrivetrainFWDFWDFWDFWD
Standard Tires215/60R16 tires225/50R17 tires225/50R18 tires215/60R16 tires
Optional Tires 225/50R18 tires215/55R17 tires 

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Powertrain of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu

2008 Chevrolet Malibu Powertrain: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan 169-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
4 cylinder 6-spd. auto moves in traffic like a small v8 of old, quiet, transmission is a wonderful thing see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2009 4dr Sedan 252-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The engine is smooth, refined, and powerful. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2009 4dr Sedan 252-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Power of V6, smoothness of V6, extra gears in A6 allow greater selectability see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2009 4dr Sedan 169-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
6 speed transmission, like paddle shifters for more driver involvement when I feel like it. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2008 4dr Sedan 252-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Top-tier GM 24 valve DOHC 3.6l V6 combined with 6 speed automatic transmission (including sporty paddle shifters on the steering wheel) has LOTS of torque across the range, excellent acceleration, yet ability to operate at low RPMs for high fuel economy. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2008 4dr Sedan 252-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
3.6 vvt eng/6 spd trans/tap shift trans see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2008 4dr Sedan 252-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Rated hp / torque numbers can be misleading- the car performs better than the power to weight would suggest. Yet, the gearing with the 6spd is set up well for allowing good fuel economy without discouraging spirited driving when called for. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2007 4dr Hatch 217-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Lots of passing power and good fuel economy. Transmision shifts very smoothly and does not hunt for gears when cruising. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2007 4dr Sedan 217-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The 2007 Malibu has stronger acceleration. Throttle response is smooth and instantaneous. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2008 Chevrolet Malibu Powertrain: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan 169-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The transmission can be slow to down shift; punch it and wait for the shift. Tends to downshift at highway speeds and forget to upshift. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2008 4dr Sedan 252-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
4-banger lacks power and seems to get consistently less than EPA ratings. The V6 engine is a beast but it has a widespread shuddering problem at ~1.5K RPM. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2007 4dr Sedan 145-horsepower 2.2L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Really fairly good for a 4 banger but it growls a bit when gaining speed. The shifts are noticeable mainly due to gear noise. (We compare it against our 99 V8 Buick which is faultless in this respect.) see full Chevrolet Malibu review
2007 4dr Sedan 145-horsepower 2.2L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The 2.2L 4cyl engine, while great for gas mileage, is underpowered for such a large car. It's fine once I'm at cruising speed; however, I wish it worked a little better accelerating. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
 

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu MSRP and Invoice Prices

Body Trim Base Price Invoice Destination
4dr Sedan LS 19,900 18,806 650
4dr Sedan LT 21,185 20,020 650
4dr Sedan LTZ 27,095 25,605 650
4dr Sedan Hybrid 23,895 22,581 650

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