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I honestly can't stand the looks of the Malibu. Even on the inside, the instrument cluster seems like it's tilted like this --> / , and is pretty small.

Interesting that they are upselling too...hmmm.

I'm just going to sit here and wait until GM comes out with the 2.0T Cruze within the next couple years (hopefully):

 

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I like the Malibu until that front. I still don't like that.

I'd take the new Cruzen. Between the new engine and weight loss, it's a strong little motor for a small car. Well, enough for me anyway.

Have they figured out the 2.0T piston issue yet?
 

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Have they figured out the 2.0T piston issue yet?
After a little searching, if the 2.0 (LTG engine) issue was "piston damage due to engine misfire", then it would appear as if they did. See below.

Subject: 14591 - Piston Damage Due To Engine Misfire

Models: 2013 Cadillac ATS

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

Equipped with 2.0L 4 Cylinder Engine (LTG)

THIS PROGRAM IS IN EFFECT UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2016.

Condition

Certain 2013 model year Cadillac ATS and Chevrolet Malibu model vehicles equipped with a 2.0L 4

Cylinder Engine (LTG) may have a condition in which piston damage could occur due to an engine

pre-ignition condition. If this condition occurs, the vehicle may perform poorly and oil

Consumption

could increase. A warning light may illuminate indicating an engine misfire. If this

repair is not completed before multiple pre-ignition events occur, the piston may be damaged and

the engine may need to be rebuilt or replaced.

Correction

Dealers are to reprogram the Engine Control Module (ECM) with a revised spark control

calibration, install spark plugs with a colder heat range (required with the new calibration) and

place an update to the spark plug part number information located in the "Maintenance

Replacement Parts" found in Section 11 of the Owner Manual. GM will mall the Owner Manual

supplement to customers of record.

Vehicles Involved

All involved vehicles are Identified by Vehicle Identification Number on the Investigate Vehicle

History screen In GM Global Warranty Management system. Dealership service personnel should

always check this site to confirm vehicle involvement prior to beginning any required inspections

and/or repairs. It is important to routinely use this tool to verify eligibility because not all similar

vehicles may be involved regardless of description or option content.

For dealers with involved vehicles, a listing with involved vehicles containing the complete vehicle

identification number, customer name, and address information has been prepared and will be

provided to US and Canadian dealers through the GM GlobalConnect Recall Reports, or sent

directly to export dealers. Dealers will not have a report available if they have no involved

vehicles currently assigned.

The listing may contain customer names and addresses obtained from Motor Vehicle Registration

Records. The use of such motor vehicle registration data for any purpose other than follow-up

necessary to complete this program is a violation of law in several states/provinces/countries.

Accordingly, you are urged to limit the use of this report to the follow-up necessary to complete

this program.

Parts Information

Parts required to complete this program are to be obtained from General Motors Customer Care

and Aftersales (GMCCA). Please refer to

your

"involved vehicles listing" before ordering parts.

Normal orders should be placed on a DRO = Daily Replenishment Order. In an emergency

situation, parts should be ordered on a CSO = Customer Special Order
 

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Eh. I think it was more than just that year, and also included the Regal and several years of ATS. I've heard piston failures and engine rebuilds are actually quite common. Don't know if it was solved for the 2015-2017 model years, or the less powerful versions of the 2.0 like in the Malibu, or not.
 

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Eh. I think it was more than just that year, and also included the Regal and several years of ATS. I've heard piston failures and engine rebuilds are actually quite common. Don't know if it was solved for the 2015-2017 model years, or the less powerful versions of the 2.0 like in the Malibu, or not.
That was the only "solid" info I found regarding the pistons. Other thing I found was regarding a faulty connecting rod bearing. That affected 2013-2014 Malibu, Impala, Regal, ATS, and CTS with a 2.0T or the 2.5NA. People do seem to still be talking about it on Regal, ATS, and Malibu websites (regarding piston failure). Also, it would appear that GM is fixing these under powertrain warranty with "beefier pistons".
 
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