I had reserved a mid sized car and got to the Budget counter at the San
Jose airport and was given the choice of a Chevy Classic (what used to be
called the Malibu) and the new Malibu. I picked the new Malibu (I already
have driven a lot of the older Malibu cars with the 3100 V6). What a great
car! The 3.5 DOHC 24V engine is silky smooth and powerful. It has a lot
of convenience features (cupholders, trip computer, etc.). Plus, the car
is beautiful inside and out. The styling is great. The car puts out 200HP
and gets 30 mpg highway. The car is fun to drive, handles well, and has
lots of personality, esp. compared to the dull imports. It also had a
sport shifting feature on the side of the gearshift where you could shift
up/down easily. I put about 2000 miles on the car in 2 weeks, and it was a
wonderful experience. A lot of people commented on it. My sister-in-law
is Asian and only buys Hondas, but she drove the Malibu and realized it's
as good or better than her Accord. Now if only I can talk my wife into
selling her '99 Olds 88 and getting a Malibu.
I believe it's a standard OHV engine, although, according to what I read,
it is now equipped with "a push-rod first" - variable valve timing. I hope
GM spent as much time working on the manifold gaskets.
GM, and the industry in general, no longer plagued with a 'gasket' problem.
The manifold gasket 'problem' was not caused by anything GM did nor was GM
the only victim of substandard gaskets. Their gasket problems, from
manifold to head gaskets was common among ALL manufactures during the
several years after the feds outlaws asbestos. The government caused the
problem by not giving the gasket manufactures time to develop a replacement
Search Ford Motor Co vs. the gasket manufactures that led to the settlement
and extended warranties, for owners with the numerous gasket problems, for
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