Friday, October 28, 2011

"Top of the Class" - Limited Edition Malibu

This week's "Top of the Class" feature is a Chevy Malibu. I'm not really sure what year it is, but it's something within the last 10 or 12 years.

We all know how great the reliability record of the 2000s Malibu line is: does Dexcool corrosion or 40,000 mile wheel bearing life ring a bell to anyone out there?

But I think I could put up with the crappy reliability if my Malibu looked like this. Obviously GM put a lot of effort into the three-tone paint scheme featured here.

Seriously though, the roof and rear is blue- probably/hopefully the car's original color, while the door is green, and the entire front clip is gold! I would suspect this was hit in the driver front corner- and it was hit hard enough to necessitate replacing the entire front clip. This, my friends, is why Carfax/AutoCheck isn't a bad idea for a used car purchase, and neither is a paint gauge- just to verify the seller's story about a "minor hit in the front."

Thanks to Carlo from Columbus, OH for submitting this photo.

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