Used 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic

2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic
MSRP Range
$17,935 - $20,320

Pros & Cons

  • Low price, comfortable ride, 3.5-liter V6 combines decent performance with fuel efficiency, lots of passenger and cargo space, high crash test scores.
  • Bland interior design and materials, mediocre steering and brakes, four-cylinder engine is weak for the midsize class, stability control not available, there's a better Malibu available.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Chevrolet has introduced a vastly different, vastly improved new Malibu -- this isn't it. The 2008 Chevy Malibu Classic lives on for fleets and those who inexplicably want last year's model.

Vehicle overview

Are you OK with buying last year's fashions if it means saving some cash versus this year's duds? Do you not care about the picture quality difference between VHS and DVD? If having the latest version of something isn't important to you, then the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic could be a good choice.

In Chevy vernacular, "Classic" equates to the previous generation of a particular model that is still sold to those -- especially fleets -- willing to buy an antiquated model for less money than the current version. And in this case, the Malibu Classic is the final year for the previous-generation Malibu that's been in production since 2004. A fully redesigned Malibu (sans "Classic") debuts for 2008 as well. Compared to the '07 Malibu, the 2008 Malibu Classic is available in LS and LT trim levels only -- there's no more luxurious LTZ trim or powerful SS. Although the Classic has a $1,400 lower base price than the all-new Malibu, it actually has a higher base price than last year's model, a difference explained by the addition of standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes.

Overall, this midsize sedan has the bases covered when it comes to providing what most buyers in this segment require -- affordability, a comfortable ride, respectable performance, a roomy cabin and excellent crash test scores. As a rep mobile or rental car, it's perfectly adequate. However, the all-new Chevy Malibu has been redesigned top to bottom and is substantially better than the car it replaces. The new 'Bu offers distinctive styling, improved road manners, more potent engines and a much-improved interior in terms of both design and quality. That's not even to mention all the other superior midsize family sedans. So, unless yesterday's fashions are your cup of tea, we'd keep this Classic in the closet.

Chevrolet Malibu Classic models

The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic is a four-door sedan available in LS and LT trim levels. Standard equipment on the LS includes 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, keyless entry, driver seat power height adjustment, a tilt-telescoping wheel, a trip computer and a four-speaker stereo with single-CD player. Optional on the LS is upgraded upholstery, lumbar adjustment for the driver seat, an upgraded six-speaker stereo and 16-inch steel wheels. All of these are standard on the LT (the wheels are alloy), which also adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. Satellite radio, a sunroof, remote engine start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, foglamps and chrome-clad wheels are among the options on the LT. Heated front seats and a six-way power driver seat are optional on all Malibu Classics.

2008 Highlights

Nothing. This is a quasi-renamed version of the previous-generation Chevy Malibu, aimed mostly at fleet buyers. Trim levels have been subtracted, and the only significant addition is standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes on every model.

Performance & mpg

The Chevy Malibu Classic LS comes standard with a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 145 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. Optional on the LS and standard on the LT is a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 219 hp and 219 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic is standard with both engines. Fuel economy for the 2008 four-cylinder is 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, while the V6 rates 19 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.


Four-wheel antilock disc brakes, traction control, front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are standard on each 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic. Stability control is not available. In government crash tests, this previous-generation Malibu scored five out of five stars in frontal protection, five stars for front seat side protection and four stars for rear seat side protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, this Malibu received the best score of "Good" for frontal-offset and side crash protection.


Power is adequate with the base four-cylinder, but most buyers will want to step up to the V6, as it offers plenty of spirited performance for around town and the highway, while providing fuel economy similar to that of the smaller mill. A softly tuned but composed suspension gives the Malibu Classic a smooth ride and predictable handling in the corners. Unfortunately, the car's electric steering provides too much power assist most of the time, lending it a very detached feel.


The 2008 Malibu Classic's space-efficient cabin offers plenty of room all around for four adults and will easily accommodate five if your backseaters are children. The front seats are broad and comfortable, even on long trips, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and power-adjustable pedals ensure an ideal driving position. The design is bland, though, and materials quality is on the low end for the segment. By comparison, the snazzy, all-new Malibu makes this retread edition certainly look and feel like a "classic." Trunk capacity stands at a respectable 15.4 cubic feet and cargo capacity is optimized via the fold-flat front passenger seat and 60/40-split rear seat.


Overallundefined / 5

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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic.

5 star reviews: 60%
4 star reviews: 20%
3 star reviews: 20%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.4 stars based on 5 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • visibility
  • fuel efficiency
  • comfort
  • spaciousness
  • handling & steering
  • interior
  • road noise
  • maintenance & parts
  • seats
  • engine

Most helpful consumer reviews

4.625 out of 5 stars, Better than the Re-Designed 2008

A big suprise! Why? Because this car has more interior volume and better visibilty than the redesigned 2008 model. The front roof pillars in the 2008 block the driver's view. You also lose head and shoulder room in the new model. Lastly check out highway mpg, 32 in Classic, 30 in new model.

3.25 out of 5 stars, way too many problems

This car is fun to drive and Iv heard the LT is better but the LS I have had way too many problems.

4.5 out of 5 stars, Good solid car

I bought the car new and have put 10000 miles on it in a month. i live in Houston Texas and have not had any problems on the freeways. With ethanol blend gas I have got up to 38 mile to the gallon. The only thing I have had a problem with is the tire pressure sensor failing in one tire and having to go to the dealer for repair. The car has excellent visability and is very comfortable. I have spinal cord damage from a previous wreck and can drive for several hours with no discomfort thanks to the lumbar support and height adjustable driverseat. I was driving Toyota cars and since getting the Malibu i wont go back. I wish I had waited to get the new body type but I am very pleased so far.

4.75 out of 5 stars, Nice Car

Nice car few issues such as brakes have an 2004 classic bought an 2008 classic the v6 is powerful nice pick up and smooth ride. Fuel economy is very good almost the same as 4 cylinder.

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Features & Specs

LT 4dr Sedan features & specs
LT 4dr Sedan
3.5L 6cyl 4A
MPG 18 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
219 hp @ 5900 rpm

LS Fleet 4dr Sedan features & specs
LS Fleet 4dr Sedan
3.5L 6cyl 4A
MPG 18 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
219 hp @ 5900 rpm

LS Fleet 4dr Sedan features & specs
LS Fleet 4dr Sedan
2.2L 4cyl 4A
MPG 22 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
145 hp @ 5600 rpm

See all Used 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic features & specs


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front TestNot Tested

Is the Chevrolet Malibu Classic a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2008 Malibu Classic both on the road and at the track. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2008 Malibu Classic gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 5 reviews) You probably care about Chevrolet Malibu Classic fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Malibu Classic gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg to 25 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Malibu Classic has 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Malibu Classic. Learn more
Is the Chevrolet Malibu Classic reliable?
To determine whether the Chevrolet Malibu Classic is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Malibu Classic. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Malibu Classic's 4-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic is a good car. Our consumer reviews show that the 2008 Malibu Classic gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 5 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2008 Malibu Classic is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic?

The least-expensive 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic is the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic LS Fleet 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $17,935.

Other versions include:

  • LT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $20,320
  • LS Fleet 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $19,695
  • LS Fleet 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A) which starts at $17,935
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What are the different models of Chevrolet Malibu Classic?
If you're interested in the Chevrolet Malibu Classic, the next question is, which Malibu Classic model is right for you? Malibu Classic variants include LT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A), LS Fleet 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A), and LS Fleet 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A). For a full list of Malibu Classic models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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Used 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Overview

The Used 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic is offered in the following submodels: Malibu Classic Sedan. Available styles include LT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A), LS Fleet 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A), and LS Fleet 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A).

What do people think of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2008 Malibu Classic 4.4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2008 Malibu Classic.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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Our Review Process

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