| Didn't you add to the lower GM numbers, when you dumped your 2003 Malibu
| LS after 7 months of ownership? :) Just kidding.
Not yet. According to the CarMax web site, as of Tuesday this week, it was
still sitting on the Laurel, Maryland lot waiting to be purchased. :-) It's
the dark green Malibu LS with sunroof ($14,599). They have quite a few 2003
GM's for sale actually, which is a little surprising. It was very well
cared for, Mobil-1 oil changes, etc. Been to some interesting
places...Montecello, Montpelier, Gettysburg, Philadelphia, Eastern Shore of
Maryland. All of the quality problems, water / body seal leaks, etc.
(except the noisy front struts are still a issue) have been fixed.
Eccept for a couple of Fords I owned in the 1970's, in 30+ years of car
buying, I've never kept any car since for less than 7 years (average 11
years) and, except for a 16-year-old Dodge Dakota 4x4 I donated to the high
school auto shop class, have never gotten rid of a car for
quality/engineering or for problem reasons even then...usually selling them
to friends since they all were still running great. I guess the 8 months
for this one kills my average, huh!?! But, I'm not bitter, there is a cost
to education! :-) In this case, about $7K....nearly a year of in-state
tuition at UMD (daughter just graduated last year, so I'm free from the
cost, I thought!).
| I know how you feel...I'm regretting getting my GM car in February.
You gave GM two chances...more than they will get from me for a while. I
think the engine replacement in your 2000 model would have sealed it for me
though. I admire you trying to stick with them...I wish it had worked out
better for you. One would think that at least some of the Malibu's are
okay...there sure are a lot of them out on the roads!