Welcome to 2012, where all cars have crappy visibility. I thought the Malibu I rented wasn't half bad actually.
What is it with GM making all their cars have tiny side windows, huge pillars and a windshield that is so swept back it actually distorts your view to the outside? My parents banged up their Leaf and I got to drive the loaner Chevy. Feels like it might have some power when you first take off but if you mash the pedal, nothing much happens. Getting 20mpg average it says. Seats are this annoying suede that you stick to and makes it difficult to move around to say, look at something in the back seat. Just a terrible car to drive.
Most people renting just want the room and a decent power/economy compromise for a low rental price.
The rental companies want low cost to buy and maintain rental cars.
The Malibu is fine.
I had a relatively low spec four banger Malibu rental two years ago and thought it was actually a nice car other than the crappy cruise control, but it did return good fuel economy.
I drove a Malibu rental about a year ago. When I was backing into my driveway and looked out the window all I could see was sky, had to look out the side of the window to see anything behind me. Seats were comfortable. Lol when it starts to really pour rain out of no where it is not a good time to figure out how the wipers work. I'm not used to driving new cars so took me a few minutes to figure out all the settings. It kind of floats when taking corners a little too hard. Trunk was big enough for my bicycle and some bags. As technologically dated as my Trans Am is I still prefer to drive it over the Malibu. The Malibu had air conditioning, was comfortable, and got great mileage, which is all I really care about when traveling 100+ miles. I would have taken a compact, but they were all taken so I had to get that or a Jeep Liberty.
My sister has a fully loaded 2010 model. It pretty nice inside for a GM product. Roomy, nice materials I mean they are not Audio quality by any means, but big step in the right drection.
Originally Posted by rconn14:
The fact that someone invented a system that saves you the struggle of turning your head to check your blind spot, yet there is no dash-light that says "get your ass out of the left lane you cell phone wielding ****"
I rented a Malibu LS and found it comfortable and competent for putting around rural western Missouri. Not the least bit sporty but a very adequate car for the class, easily got 30mpg highway, and was fine even with the base 4-speed auto. Much better than GM's previous mid-size sedans. I like the rear 3/4 view a lot, too.
I realize it doesn't fit the high standards of MkII owners, though.
?" It's an opportunity to possibly gain a potential customer in the future, especially if they don't already own your brand.
sure makes crap!" If they walk away with that impression, they not only won't be likely to buy one, but they might even discourage friends from buying one (e.g.: "oh yeah I rented a what a turd.").
my wife has a 2LT 2010, all the options, sun roof, heated seats, leather, etc. It's a very nice car. Super reliable (no issues in the first 40k miles), gets a consistent 30mpg average, seems plenty torquey to drive around town, and the 6 speed is pretty good. for a 23k out the door car, it was a great deal. its easily as nice inside as any other car in its class. its also very quiet to cruise in...quieter inside than an audi a6 of the same year.
i feel your argument is invalid, or you just got a beat to **** rental car.
I had one as a loaner from Enterprise. It had about 3k miles on it but cant remember which trim except that it had a moonroof which was odd for a rental. I just remember the lousy sounding 4cyl trying to accelerate. The sound made me cringe sort of like how scratching a chalkboard would.
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Nobody ever exaggerates on the internet.
But seriously.. when I hear people severely bash a normal and acceptable rental car to the extent the OP did, I have to assume the person complaining was looking for things to complain about.
Either that, or their brain can't adjust to slightly different things in a short period of time.
So the interior just being different makes it a bad place for them to be.
And let's look at the facts:
The Malibu is normal four banger form beat the Camry and almost beat the Accord in the 2008 comparison.
I had one and almost took it to the auto-cross (my RX8 was waiting for coil pack)... because it was quite easy for me to hustle around corners. (shrug)
Last edited by BRealistic; 05-20-2012 at 09:01 PM.
Speaks to the benefit of getting a car in a potential buyer's hands...
Now back to bashing on the Malibu and its pointy elbows...
Some things never change, long ago when I worked for Budget both FoMoCo and The General left a bad taste in my mouth. If Walmart was in the business of designing Great Value cars, that's what I was driving then. Especially the Escort, Lynx and dreaded Cavilers.
And whats funny is when this car came out, everyone here seemed to be quite impressed with the improvement GM made with this. I remember some saying it was actually a great car for its purpose.