2008 Chevrolet Malibu Overview

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Overview

My parents owned a Malibu back in the late 1970s, and my best friend used to say the name "Malibu" sounded like some kind of cow. She wouldn't say that today about the upcoming 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, which has been totally redesigned to seriously compete with once-bigger rivals like the Camry and Accord. Sharing a platform with the Pontiac G6, the new profile is sleeker, with a swept-back windshield and headlamps and the new signature dual grilles that sit atop each other with a strip of steel body in between. The interior is much more upscale, with a dual-pod dashboard that wraps around and the option of two-tone cloth seats. Other additions include a sunroof option that is now 70% larger than the 2007 version.

The midsize sedan grows in size as well, with three inches added to the overall length and six inches to the wheelbase, making it the largest sedan in its class. Legroom now ranks with that of its more popular competitors. The three trim offerings remain the same -- base LS, LT, and LTZ, but the engines have been revamped. The base engine is now a 2.4-liter Ecotec I4 that boosts 20 hp to hit 164 hp with a choice of 4-speed or 6-speed auto tran. The new optional engine is a 252-hp, 3.6-liter DOHC V6 (that's a 35-hp improvement over last year), mated to the 6-speed automatic. All trims come with ABS brakes, traction control, dual front airbags and new side airbags. Stability control is included on the LT and LTZ.

Set to come out in October is a hybrid version of the 2.4 Ecotec, available in the LS trim. This is the first hybrid in a Malibu, and it features regenerative braking and engine shutdown at stops (without sacrificing operation of certain features, such as air conditioning). It's paired with a 36-volt motor and supposedly will get 24/32 mpg. It looks like the 2008 Malibu might finally give its Japanese rivals a run for their money, offering a much better looking and outfitted car to drivers who still want to buy American.

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    Has Anyone Ever Had The Blower For The Heater Turn On When The Engine Is Of...

    I was sitting in my 2008 Malibu today with the engine off and the keys out of the ignition when suddenly the heater turned on. I started the car and then shut it off again and the blower stopped.

    5 views with 1 answer (last answer 6 days ago)

    Fan Still Runs After Engine Is Shut Off.

    I HAVE A 2008 MALIBU LTZ AND FOR THE PAST 2 WEEKS WHEN I SHUT OFF THE ENGINE I GET OUT OF THE CAR AND THE FAN IS STILL RUNNING. IT SHUTS OFF AFTER ABOUT 5 MINS. COULD THIS BE ELECTRICAL?

    20 views with 5 answers (last answer about a week ago)

    Why Do My Car Shakes And Won't Let Me Go Over 60 Until I Let Go My Gas

    Around 40 mph it drive fine then going pass 40 mph around 60 mph its started to shake n won't let me go until I let go the gas couple time... please help me is it my spark plug

    8 views with 3 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)

    Installed A Fuel Pump On My 2008 Chevy Malibu Ltz 3.6 And Still Wont Start

    5 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 weeks ago)

    Engine Power Reduced

    What exactly does it mean when your car reads engine power reduced

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