chevy malibu or vw jetta

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chevy malibu or vw jetta

  1. chevy malibu LT

    16 vote(s)
    25.4%
  2. volkswagen jetta

    41 vote(s)
    65.1%
  3. other (type it in)

    6 vote(s)
    9.5%
  1. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    which one?

    feel free to post comments with pros and cons.
     
  2. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    No brainer here. Jetta TDI. MotorWeek's car of the year. It is an amazing car!
     
  3. Reventon macrumors 6502

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    Of the two, I'd also go for the Jetta. Especially the TDI, it's a very good car
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I don't think the Malibu is a worthy competitor to the Jetta. I wanted to like it, but it's really just not. If you like the Jetta and want to look at worthy alternatives, you should probably look more to a Mazda3 at this point.... If you like the larger size of the Chevy, there are some better options out there in terms of vehicle dynamics. OTOH, if you are just looking at styling or basic creature comforts, then the Malibu might not be bad.
     
  5. tim100 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    not the tdi.
     
  6. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    You have something against diesel? Okay not my business, but the Jetta (gasoline) is still way better.
     
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    I'd probably say the Malibu, since you can probably find a few more deals on it than the Jetta.

    The Jetta has the better interior, but the Malibu isn't a bad car these days even though the price sucks compared to the Impala which most of the time gives you a boost in size for basically the same price after rebates and dealer incentives.
     
  8. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    Malibu. Better reliability...But don't take my word for it: Malibu/Jetta reliability ratings.
     
  9. echeck macrumors 68000

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    Definitely the Jetta.

    My wife has a Passat and we both love it. Between the car itself and the quality of service that we have received from our local VW dealer, I think we're going to be VW people for a long time. :)
     
  10. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Jetta, friend has one and it was a great car.
     
  11. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    I have a Jetta and I'd probably get the Malibu. It's got bigger interior and probably better gas mileage than the Jetta. I've been disappointed with the average 22 mpg with the Jetta.
     
  12. senseless macrumors 68000

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  13. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    Code:
    if (wifeBeater) 
    {
         buyMalibu();
    }
    else
    {   
         buyJetta();
    }
     
  14. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    POTD!!!

    Oh and Jetta but I think you're thinking Impala.
     
  15. 63dot macrumors 603

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    I was thinking Jetta first, but almost put in another car. The Mazda 3, as mentioned before, is good.
     
  16. kellen macrumors 68020

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    Both new? Or used? Prices?

    If both new I would guess the malibu would be cheaper. If new and money not an issue, I would say jetta, it has a warranty. But if used, I would go with the Malibu. I have heard only good things about them from people.
     
  17. Reventon macrumors 6502

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    What about a Honda Civic or a Fit? The Mazda 3 is a very good car as well. The Ford Fiesta is nice too. The reviews I'm hearing about it are good.
     
  18. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Neither. I only buy used, if you're asking for what to buy.
     
  19. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    The Fiesta's what I quite want this year (personally, I wouldn't consider the Civic or Fit because of their driving dynamics), but it's quite a bit smaller than a Malibu and a little smaller than a Jetta.
     
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  21. sycho macrumors 6502a

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    As an owner of a '01 Jetta, with a VR6, I would highly suggest the Jetta. The interior is the thing the wow'd me on the VWs I looked at, always seems a few classes about everything else in the price range. My only suggestion is to say away from the Triptronic automatics, but they only come in the 2.5 with auto. Every other engine get the amazing DSG if you want an automatic.
     
  22. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    Tim100, what exactly is it that you want out of a car?

    Jettas have some of the worst reliability ratings on most, of not all of the major consumer reliability reporting groups. Something to think about.
     
  23. leomac08 macrumors 68020

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    well, since your going to buy a german car, let it be w/ style.

    Audi A3 or the super high performance vehicle Audi S3.

    starting at a price i cannot afford right now!:D
     

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