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Old 02-13-2012, 07:35 AM   #1
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2008 Malibu Toad??

Hi Everyone, I am looking at a 2008 Malibu to use as a Toad. Test drove a 2003 Malibu a few years ago and found the seats extremely uncomfortable, but it was able to be towed 4 wheels down. I have done some research and was told the 4 speed Auto can be towed but the 6 speed Auto cannot? I tried the Malibu forum but got nothing there. The local GM dealer does not know? Has anyone had any experience with the 2008 and up Malibu as a toad? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:55 AM   #2
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I tow a 2007 Malibu 4 down with no problem. I have toad mine over 30k miles so far. Mine has a 3.5L engine and a 4 speed transmission. Check the owners manual in the 2008 and see what it says. Motorhome magazine does not mention a difference between the 4 or 6 speed transmission. I have to pull the "ignition Sensor" fuse. I put an inline fuse and a toggle switch to make it easier to "pull".
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I have a 2011 Malibu LTZ, 6 speed auto, and have no problem towing all four down. The manual suggests pulling a fuse and keeping the tow speed at 65 MPH or less.

I do not pull the fuse, just turn off the auto lights, radio and HVAC and have yet to have any battery problems. I do stay at or below 65 MPH. No issues at all.


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You can look up the Malibu models and transmissions on the Remco Towing website. In a nutshell it was the Malibus withe 6T70 6 speed and the 4T45E 4 speed are towable without mods, but the 4T65E 4 speed requires a lube pump. A I read the info in the Remco listing, the 4T65E is only used in the SS model with the 3.9L engine.

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Old 02-14-2012, 06:30 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone. There is no substitute for experience and now I have been reassured to go ahead and take the plunge into toadland. This is my first class A and with all the great people out there in iRV2 land it is going well. Can't wait for the weather/climate to reach travel temperatures. I have already planned how I am going to wire up a toggle switch for the appropriate fuse(s)
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:17 AM   #6
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Yes - it is towable 4 down. I bought a brand new 2008 2LT 4 cyl 4 speed auto and fitted it with the Blue Ox base plate - then proceeded to tow it for well over 25,000 miles.

I just last week traded it for a 2007 Honda Odyssey (which I will also tow 4 down) because the Malibu transmission begin to cause some issues and GM dealer just started throwing parts at it in hopes of fixing it - never did so I bailed out before it bellied up.

Just be aware that the last few years of GM cars are "throwaway" ones - built to last to the warranty and then it isn't nickel and dime ----- it is hundreds and hundreds...

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Here is a good place to buy base plates and diodes for your 08 Malibu.

Base Plates Tow Bars | etrailer.com

Tail Light Isolating Diodes (Qty 4) Hopkins Accessories and Parts 48955
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I installed Blue Ox on my Malibu - and it was virtually impossible to tell it was there.

I plan on installing the Blue Ox base plate on my Odyssey also - none other for me.

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