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LS w/1FL Key Features & Specs

Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
17-22 City / 26-30 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • Engine, ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC, 16-valve, 4-cylinder MFI (169 hp [126.0 kW] @ 6400 rpm, 160 lb-ft of torque [216.0 N-m] @ 4500 rpm)
  • Transmission, 4-speed automatic electronically controlled with overdrive
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent
  • Steering, Electric Power Steering (EPS) assist

Exterior Features

  • Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) fascia spoke, painted Sterling Silver
  • Tires, P215/60R16 touring, blackwall
  • Tire, compact spare
  • Fascias, front and rear body-color
  • Moldings, body-color rocker
  • Window trim, bright, side
  • Grille, Black with chrome surround
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with crystalline-like lenses and automatic exterior lamp control
  • Repeater lamps, side-mounted
  • Tail lamps, incandescent
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, Black, manual-folding
  • Glass, acoustic, laminated front-side and windshield
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Wipers, front intermittent, variable, speed-sensitive
  • License plate bezel, chrome, rear
  • Door handles, body-color

Entertainment Features

  • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock and auxiliary input jack
  • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
  • XM Satellite Radio. With a wide variety of programming, XM has something to excite any driver. Whether you want to be entertained or informed, to laugh, think, or sing, XM has the perfect channel for you - coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality sound. 3 trial months - no obligation (Available in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately after 3 trial months. All fees and programming subject to change. Subscription subject to customer agreement. For more information, visit gm.xmradio.com.)

Interior Features

  • Seats, front bucket with Custom Cloth reclining seatbacks and adjustable outboard head restraints
  • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
  • Custom Cloth seat trim
  • Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding seatback
  • Seat adjuster, driver power vertical height
  • Seat adjuster, driver manual lumbar control
  • Console, floor with floor shifter, integral sliding armrest and dual storage compartment
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
  • Steering wheel, 3-spoke with mounted cruise controls
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III+
  • Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, engine temperature, fuel, tachometer and PRNDL
  • Driver Information Center, with driver customization, warning messages and vehicle information including outside temperature display, trip odometer and programmable menu functions
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down and rear passenger lockout
  • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection and delayed locking
  • Remote Keyless Entry, enhanced with remote start enable
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Trunk release, power, interior
  • Theft-deterrent alarm system, content theft alarm
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Cup holders, dual front and rear
  • Power outlets, 2 auxiliary
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, covered
  • Lighting, interior with front reading lights
  • Map pockets, driver and front passenger seatbacks

Safety Features

  • Traction control, all-speed (Requires (LE5) ECOTEC 2.4L engine.)
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • OnStar, 1-year of Directions and Connections plan. Includes the innovative easy to use Turn-by-Turn Navigation services which provide voice-guided directions (where available). Also includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands- Free Calling, AccidentAssist, Remote Horn and Lights, Information and Convenience Services, and Driving Directions (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Turn-by-Turn Navigation requires ABS and is not available in certain areas. Visit onstar.com or call 1-888-466-7827 for system limitations and details.)
  • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, and thorax side-impact, driver and front passenger, and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions, includes Passenger Sensing System (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions, includes front seat pretensioners
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • Trunk emergency release handle

2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Reviews

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Very reliable and affordable Chevrolet Malibu!

2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1FL

My vehicle is a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. It is a four cylinder with a sunroof and power windows. The trunk is very spacious and so is the back seat. One of the things I really love about my car is the way it drives. It is very easy to take on road trips and it is very reliable. The gas mileage is about twenty six miles to the gallon, highway miles. Also, the heated seats are a nice touch and I use this feature often in the winter time.

- Shay B

It is cheaply made and starts to fall apart after 5 years.

2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1FL

The interior is cheap plastic and the engine power is lacking. Most of the electronics in the car stop working. My power windows, certain speakers and car lighter all stop working. I have had to change my headlights 4 times in 3 years but never had to change a tail light. In order to change the headlight you basically have to take off the entire front end, so that is annoying.

- Jared A

Decent size, its overall comfortable and nice trunk space.

2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1FL

Gas mileage is ok but my check engine light came on and engine power reduced light came on and we've been trying to get it fixed. It's an issue with the computer. When we hook up the scanner it says the throttle body needs replaced and the gas pedal sensor needs replaced- we have changed both and it still continues to alert those issues.

- Brittany J

Interior was an eye catching and the color

2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1FL

It drives great! Fast. Love the interior and exterior. Not many problems with it except I had to get the dual fan and radiator repairs. The mechanic said the bearings went bad I.the fan m cased the fan to fall off the rotator and knock a hole in the refrigerator. Other than normal maintenance, that's the only problem I've had with it.

- Wanda B

Malibu: Simple but beautiful

2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1FL

Only problems experiences are that headlights go out frequently and require the front bumper to be removed to replace them. It has great performance even with many miles and is reliable and comfortable with a great look. Included are ceiling lights, an automatic sun/moon roof, radio, and moveable backseat for extra trunk room.

- Tori N

2008 Chevy Malibu. Still running strong after 150k miles!

2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1FL

I love my 08 Malibu. It's beyond spacious. There is so much room in the back even for those on the taller side. Trunk space is good. The power is slightly lacking, but as a family car it's no big deal. Mpg on the car is pretty good too. So far it's lasted me over 150k miles and still running strong. Passes smog with no issues

- Jordan T

The Malibu is a great mid size car.

2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1FL

I love my Malibu. The only problem I had was water in the back floor board. Took it to the dealer about three times before they fixed it. I have usually bought Impalas but went with the Malibu. It's very dependable. I have had no mechanical problems. I got the car new and would not hesitate on getting another one.

- Brenda W

Great affordable vehicle for growing families

2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1FL

the vehicle is very reliable. Good gas mileage. I live in a northern climate and it drives quite well in the snow. Haven't had any major repair issues. I would highly recommend this vehicle to any prospective buyer. It also holds its value very well I could sell this car right now and make a good return on it.

- Sean M

Chevy Malibu is the one for me!

2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1FL

The only problem I have had with my Malibu is that it's really difficult to install new headlights because you have to remove the front bumper. The Chevy Malibu is a very nice, reliable car to have. I've had it for almost 2 years and have had no problems driving it.

- Kara K

No matter how many times I've put it through hell. It is managed to survive it all.

2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1FL

The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu is a very smooth riding car. The front bumper is somewhat low to the ground so you may encounter a few parking scrape situations. Overall it is a great car. Not very much trunk space if spare tire is in place. Able to seat 5 people.

- Mark H

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