2004 chevy malibu

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i've been looking at a few cars that i might want to buy, including the malibu.

only problem, is a suprising amount of the pictures in ads for the malibu do NOT match the body style of what appears on autos.msn.com and automotive.com.

link to msn:
http://autos.msn.com/research/vip/Spec_Glance.aspx?modelid=10896&trimid=-1& src=VIP&tab=2&sub=0

link to automotive

links to a few malibu's for sale
http://www.automotive.com/2004/65/chevrolet/malibu/base/north-carolina/roan oke-rapids/13031323/32/index.html?filter=postalCode%7c27613%7c&index=0
http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp?tracktype=usedcc&searchType=22&paI d=131519603&pageNumber=0&numResultsPerPage=50&largeNumResultsPerPage=0&sort order=descending&sortfield=PRICE+descending&certifiedOnly=false&recnum=6&le adExists=true&criteria=K-%7CE-ANY%7CM-_9_%7CB-11000%7CA-10000%7CH-%7CD-_92_ %7CN-N%7CR-75%7CI-1%7CP-PRICE+descending%7CQ-descending%7CY-_2004_%7CX-popu lar%7CZ-27613&aff=msn

now, as you can see, the body styles do not match. (but i have found some that DO match, so either there was a change made mid-year, or alot of people are confused)

can anyone here tell me IF it was just that the body style changed, and if so, why?

the only other thing i can think of is that they had a different body style for the base model and the ls/lt models. but that doesnt seem very logical.

thanks for any help in advance.

posted by  pik_d

it's been two days, so hopefully this is fair game for a bump.

anyone who can answer me?

posted by  pik_d

i think 2004 was a facelift year for the malibu
they also came out with the malibu maxx (station wagon style)
97-2003 saw little changes

posted by  osborste

yea, but look at the 3rd and 4th link (as long as they are active), they claim to be 2004, but look like the 2003 and older models.

and its not just 2, i've seen quite a few instances like this. the very 1st time, i figured some guy was commiting fraud or somthing... but then i saw it 5-10 more times. :screwy:

posted by  pik_d

just to let you know if you haven't figured it out yet-- yes the body styles were changed mid year. There are older body style 2004 and the new body style. They should have just called the older ones 2003 and 1/2's but they didn't. I work at a dealership as a used car tech. It through me off the first time I had to service the older 04' but there you have it.

posted by  greeze_monkey

thanks for clearing that up, i still hadnt gotten a real answer.

though im gonna be getting a VW gti instead. :mrgreen:

posted by  pik_d

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