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Chevrolet Malibu

1982 Chevrolet Malibu

1982 Chevrolet Malibu sedan
The 1982 Chevrolet Malibu, including this sedan,
featured a new front end with a crosshatch
grille pattern and quad rectangular headlights.

The 1982 Chevrolet Malibu became little more than a blip on Chevy's production charts during 1982, with the new front-drive Celebrity undoubtedly stealing some of its sales.

Model choices for the 1982 Chevrolet Malibu were trimmed from fourteen to four, which didn't help either. The base Malibus and all the coupes were dropped. That left just Classic sedans and wagons with either V-6 or V-8 power.

Nevertheless, the 1982 Chevrolet Malibu sported a new Chevrolet Caprice-like frontal appearance, with a crosshatch grille flanked by quad rectangular headlights.

Bigger news was under the hood in the form of not one but two diesel engine options. The 85-horsepower 4.3-liter (262-cubic-inch) V-6 diesel was also available in the Celebrity. The 105-horsepower 5.7-liter (350-cubic-inch) V-8 was also offered in Chevy's full-size cars.

Though mileage with the diesels was commendable, they were expensive options (the V-8 added $825 to the sedan's $8,137 base price), and both would eventually amass dismal repair records.

Gasoline-engine choices were unchanged, except Chevy's 229-cubic-inch (3.8-liter) V-6 was now standard in California-bound carsl, replacing Buick's 231-cubic-inch V-6 in the Golden State.

1982 Chevrolet Malibu wagon
The 1982 Chevrolet Malibu series included
only sedans and this wagon.

1982 Chevrolet Malibu Facts
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built

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