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Old 10-22-2010, 10:33 AM   #1
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Default Did you know they sold a "Chevrolet Classic" in 2004 and 2005???

They sold the 19972003 Chevrolet Malibu into 20042005 as the Chevrolet Classic.... The 'Classic' Came only as a 4 cylinder and only for 2004 and 2005, while the 97-03 never came with a 4 cylinder.

The 04+ Malibu's were the first 'boxier' style (6th generation) and came in 4 cyl, and 2 different V-6's

Needless to say, when I picked up brake pads for a 2004 Malibu 4 cylinder, we were given the wrong parts, went back to find they were the same pads as the 97-03 style...

Autozone identifies the car as a Chevrolet Malibu with the trim level 'classic', Advanced Identified the car as a "Chevrolet Classic"

Why the hell did Chevrolet sell 2 different kinds of Malibu's in 2004 and 2005...? Surplus body's? wtf?
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yes. it was supposed to be for corporate lease cars, etc. originally i think they werent even planning on offering to the public.
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1997-2003 Chevrolet Malibu, and 2004-2005 Chevrolet Classic:



2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu, and 2008 Chevrolet Classic:

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yes. it was supposed to be for corporate lease cars, etc. originally i think they werent even planning on offering to the public.
Makes finding parts a huge pain in the ass if you don't know this little detail
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i owned a 2000 for about a year. had the 3.1 was a decent little car.. just felt so cheap, even tho i had all the options like leather, roof and alloys.
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GM redesigned the Malibu for the 2004 model year. This new 6th Generation Malibu based on the GM Epsilon platform was given the name Malibu, whereas the older N-Body 5th Generation Malibu was renamed to the Malibu Classic. The Classic was only available with the 2.2L 4 cylinder Ecotec engine (L61) for 2004 through the end of its production run, and furthermore, was only available as a rental car or to taxi-cab companies. The last year the 5th Generation Malibu was manufactured was 2006 when GM discontinued the body style
they also did a silverado classic in 07.. Probably just had alot of extra parts laying around.. ,lol
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Hey guys, I think I found out why GM needed government money.
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Ran into this issue before, it wasn't fun going back and forth for parts.
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They kept the older malibus going in 2005? while putting out the new malibu, hence the classic. And just like Jeremy said, same with silverados... Go chevy for epic smartness
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DID THE SAME THING A FEW YEARS AGO WITH THE FORD F-150.. THEY CALLED IT THE HERITAGE SERIES.
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DID THE SAME THING A FEW YEARS AGO WITH THE FORD F-150.. THEY CALLED IT THE HERITAGE SERIES.
"The new F-150 was Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year for 1997.[10] The grille was updated in 1999 with minor interior updates as well. The SuperCrew was added to the lineup in 2001. Ford manufactured a limited run of "Heritage Edition" F-150s of this body style in 2004 (as 2004 model years) to finish out production. This truck, with an updated grille, is still available in Mexico as a less-expensive alternative to the current trucks."

This makes sense,

But to keep the whole model going for 2 years as a separate vehicle Vs. just finishing out the production run.
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they likely did it to produce a new model to keep their cars fresh, while still fulfilling contractual agreements with a parts or labor union.... remember, unions are what destroyed the american automobile... GM was just in it deeper than ford
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Makes finding parts a huge pain in the ass if you don't know this little detail
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dude.. this asshole came into AZ and told me he had a malibu.. and the classics have different front rotors.. he had the nerve to get MAD AT ME because he didnt know if he had a classic or not and said it didnt matter..

what a fucking tool
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dude.. this asshole came into AZ and told me he had a malibu.. and the classics have different front rotors.. he had the nerve to get MAD AT ME because he didnt know if he had a classic or not and said it didnt matter..

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