I have a question about the Chevrolet Classic Fleet.
I just rented one of those from Budget (I believe it is a
year 2005), and I like very much the way they drive plus it
gives good gas mileage. I would consider buying one.
I researched online with the GM dealers but they don't have
it for 2006, why aren't they building them anymore?
Is there any problem with them? When I look for reviews it
takes me to the Malibus. ???
Thank you for anything on the subject.
It's the pre-2005 Malibu rebadged as a "Classic" for fleet-only service. I
don't think it's available for retail customers. If you like the Classic,
look for a used 2004 or earlier Malibu. Sort of dumb on GM's part. Some
people buy cars based on rental experience. Why create a vehicle that will
be used for rental service that a person can't buy if they should like it?!
The vehicle you know as the 2005 Chevrolet Classic was in 1997 through 2003
the Chevrolet Malibu. In 2004 it was renamed the "Classic" and designated
for fleet purchase only because Chevrolet introduced a new Malibu model.
They're decent enough vehicles. We have a 2000 model which has been
reliable. I can only speculate but they are probably being phased out
because fleet orders have dropped to the point where they're not
economically viable to make any more.
has had some of the usual GM nuisance issues (blower resistor, flakey
HVAC control, front wheel bearing, intake gaskets) but I've managed to
fix it myself each time without too much trouble. Parts prices are
reasonable (well, compared to some imports they are) and it has been
an enjoyable ride for the most part with decent performance & fuel
166,000 km and six salty Canadian winters later, it still looks &
drives pretty much like new. I know you work on them for a living.
Could your opinion of the older Malibu be jaded 'cause you only get to
see the problems?? (No flame intended, in my line of work we mostly
deal with 'problem' people & some of us develop a cynical opinion of
the whole human race as a result)
Al, you are probably right. The main thing I don't like about them is that
they seem to get real "loose" at about 80K klms and up. They are a
cheap car and it seems to show when they get a bit older.
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