"Ford has never asked for a government loan."
Technically they did ask, they just didn't take the money.
My wife bought this car December 07 for a LOL over 20k. 2.4 LS. Although I don't care much for GM, this car is so terrible, I won't add any biased comments, just the facts.
Brakes, trashy; always have to do pads and rotors.
Interior, a complete joke.
Here's a list of things that don't work.
1. Front door speakers.
2. Passenger side power window switch. Goes up, not down.
3. Passenger side door lock. Manual only.
4. Radio six jack.
5. Driver's side power lock switch.
6. Driver's side lock manual only.
7. Wheels air pressure monitor, none work.
8. Sometimes on the highway, the car won't go over 40 mph.
9. Both alarm key chains.
10. Head lights only last 3-6 months. Takes a couple hours to replace.
All in all, this car is a complete headache. Random lights and warnings on the dash all the time, from things like airbags to traction control. Will stay on for a few days, then go away.
The car has nice look, but overall the car is very disrespectful to consumers.
Worst 500 bucks a month ever.
Everyone I know who owns a 2008-2012 Malibu is wild about it. GM vehicles generally tend to be some of the most reliable vehicles made. Our current GM vehicle is ten years old and has over 110,000 miles on it. It has never had any repairs. Even the brake pads are the originals.
And government loan guarantees to car companies are always a win-win situation for taxpayers and consumers. Chrysler repaid its loans of the 80's with interest, plus it generated ten times the loan amount in new tax revenues and new jobs. GM has done even better, repaying the loans and generating thousands of new jobs and billions in new tax revenue. Just the savings in unemployment benefits generated by GM opening new plants and hiring thousands more workers was enough to more than make up for the loans. If we hadn't helped out GM, we'd be in the midst of a full-blown depression.
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