Lido is putting one over on you, you chump from fly over country. I think they are good vehicles. I owned a 1983 Malibu in 1984 and had to replace the starter, but they are terrific cars. Hardly in order to save weight, huh? Note that this car had the F-41 suspension upgrade which was probably not typical during this time era on V6 cars. This power is transmitted to the wheels by means of a 3 speed manual gearbox.
I knew that Malibu sales dropped off in 1980 due to the second energy crisis and the recession that it led to; the recession caused a lot of people to postpone buying a new car, and those that did gravitated towards smaller, more fuel-efficient models. The ad I remember showed the W116, since the W114 was already gone. I wrongly assumed the police package deleted them. Handles very well, stops on a dime and rides very smoothly. When I was small, I remember our neighbors had a Malibu Classic wagon of this vintage — silver metallic with a burgundy maroon interior. But the 250 was smoother and quieter.
But I had never realized that the decline in Malibu sales was almost entirely in the coupe and wagon, with the sedan holding up fairly well. The care they showed allow us to ponder such silly questions so many years later. I was 10 and i thought the Nova was so much cooler and faster than that Malibu. It features an aluminum center section, packed with a 4. But the Nova was a longer car than the Malibu, so things were a bit fuzzy then. I do remember them test driving several A-bodies. The stated kerb weight is 1418 kg.
It managed to make it through the 1983 model year before being discontinued. Meanwhile the G-body coupes Monte Carlo, etc. The mild abrasive in the paste would strip off the oxidation. Probably one of the worst ways to save a few bucks and a few pounds of weight. Those Any Brand Corporation tail lights, roof line and of course the fixed rear windows kill it for me.
The valve train is finished off with a set of Jesel shaft-mounted rocker arms with a 1. The Granada would have been a much worse drive, but it would have felt more special. We have been a lot of places and done a lot of things with it. The Nova, Granada and Fairmont as well as the Chrysler F-bodies and M-bodies were all using designs that had been conceived as compacts, even if some of them ended up being marketed as midsizes, while the Malibu similar in size to most of the models just mentioned, aside from the Fairmont had been designed from the ground up as a midsize. The reason that the windows on the rear doors were fixed and unmoving is due to the fact the back doors are much smaller then the front doors to allow the driver and front passenger to enter and exit in comfort. It was similar to the front vent windows that some Fords still used and many of the older cars.
One full of tools and electronic test equipment, the other full of Demerol samples! This car will last a long time with minor maintenance. Not a bad badge of honor for a wallflower. Rearend Out back is a Quick Performance 9-inch rear end. Value was a selling point. And of course, Chevy had the Nova too, which price-wise right with the Fairmont.
I sold it because the body was in really bad shape. The custom eight-inch torque converter stalls to 6,000 rpm on the line. Don't Know Review Date: 11th October, 2006 Model year 1981 Year of manufacture 1981 First year of ownership 2005 Most recent year of ownership 2005 Engine and transmission 350 c. Yes Review Date: 3rd August, 2004 Faults: I had to replace the 3. Pontiac actually pulled the trigger on this in 1982, before deciding they had gone too far and bringing back a B-body for 1983. Marine blue, with blue interior.
The re-style was a step backward. The late 1970s and early 1980s were marked by a rapidly changing car market, brought about by economic turmoil, with wildly fluctuating oil prices and interest rates. The V8 cars were better, if not exactly stoplight drag terrors. Ironically, three decades later, the sedans appear to be the rarest-seen of all three body styles. And, yes, I am on the third headliner. The Malibu just looks awkwardly proportioned.
That car drove like a dream, was super quiet on the highway, was really comfortable and the larger V6 felt like a V8 was under hood. In addition the way both sides of the panels and trunk lines on both cars, both slanted at almost the same angle. The wagon faced similar troubles, with Malibu wagon sales dropping by 50% between 1980 and 1981. The Granada was noticeably slower. I do like the styling of these cars though, both pre- and post-facelift. Some folks primary concern about a car is getting from one place to another in comfort, not impress others.