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Old 09-23-2016, 12:07 AM   #15
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Actually, it worked quite well. I think it only works with the 1.5 liter engine, but after struggling with getting Blue Ox to fabricate a base plate, we were able to tow the Malibu without substantial difficulty (we have an automatic transmission in the Malibu). Indeed, at this point, we've towed the Malibu a total of about 230 miles.

It is a pain that you have to pull two different fuses (one of which is kind of hard to reach) in order to avoid running down the battery. Additionally, once those fuses are pulled, it doesn't seem like the doors can be locked, so you can't leave anything of value in the car while it's being towed (except that the braking mechanism is sitting on the floor of the car - we have an iRV braking system).

Having said that, the 2016 Malibu weights about 800 lbs. less than the 2015 model, and it seems to tolerate the towing quite well. It is a fairly long vehicle for a dinghy, but I've not had significant problems with it yet. Plus, believe it or not, it's the first American car I've purchased in over 30 years, and i am quite impressed with it.

Good luck.

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Old 09-23-2016, 04:33 AM   #16
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I went back to my dealer and found some LT models with and without the active shutters. I was just about to buy when I decided to take a look at the Ford Fusion. I ended up buying the Fusion. It road better and seemed more solid for the same money. I hadn't configured it for Dinghy tow yet and about two weeks ago my wife realized that our Jeep we traded was such a fun car and decided she wanted one again so we traded her car for a Jeep Unlimited Sahara package. Still the best car to Dinghy in my opinion.

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Old 09-23-2016, 06:57 AM   #17
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You can buy a fuse bypass or you can build one and hide the bypass switch under the edge of the dash, when I built my bypass I got a blown fuse took the plastic off soldered a wire to each blade ran the wire to the driver side with a fuse holder and fuse to a simple two way switch, cost was 5 or 6 dollars.

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Old 09-23-2016, 12:09 PM   #18
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This has been quite the learning experience for our local Chevy dealers. After receiving feedback from the iRV2 community, we asked the dealers to pop the hood on the car we test drove (which had the 1.5L engine) and take a look. Guess what?? NO SHUTTERS! They come that way, standard. Thank you to the iRV2 community for helping us get beyond the inexperience of our local dealers!
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I purchased a "GTC CT6100 Fuse Socket Connector Kit" from Amazon. Makes the construction of you own cutoff switch a breeze. Much less expensive than the ones being sold for retail. Just get this connector, some wire, a switch, and a fuse holder.
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There are 2 versions of Chevrolet Malibu.

Even as early as December 2015, we rented a 2016 Malibu from National Car Rental. I confirmed it by reading the VIN number of the car. The 10th digit was the letter "G" for model year 2016. However, it looked exactly like a 2015 and earlier style. It had the 2.5 engine with "auto-stop" engine for better mileage.

The newest style "completely redesigned" 2016 Malibu is also registered as a 2016 Malibu, but it's a completely different animal than the previous generation, and undoubtedly has a completely different chassis and frame to connect a base plate.

Malibu.....Malibu Limited.....2016 vs 2016......Arrrrrrgh!!!

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