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#4435 of 4972 edmunds malibu info
Mar 17, 2005 (6:06 pm)
I just found edmunds forum. Thanks to all of the 2004 and 2005 Chevy Malibu owners who put out recall and TSB info on forum. I recently purchased a 2004 Malibu LS from my local Chevrolet dealer. It was a GM program car with 8,700 miles on it. Love the car. I have not had any problems with it sofar. Mileage is what was stated on window sticker 23 city / 32highway.I used the forum info to check to see my car was one that was recalled for the power steering and it was not. Also so the TSB regarding replacement headrests. I had them ordered today from the Chevy dealer. The headrest was more of a problem for my wife when she is the front deat passenger. Driver side doesn't seem to be a problem for me or her.
Mar 19, 2005 (4:01 pm)
Just took a 530 mile trip and averaged 34.6 mpg.
Darn good for a midsize V6.
Mar 20, 2005 (7:32 am)
milage I got on a 300 mile trip, that economy reading is very close.
#4439 of 4972 Re: mileage [bigdaddycoats]
Mar 21, 2005 (4:43 am)
I can get the same mileage with our LT but my wife is an admitted leadfoot. She drives the car through the week. So if I don't use a full tank on a trip but manage to wrangle a 34.6 - 35.x (not kidding, I've had it get to almost 36 once or twice. LOVE this car), she usually kills the mileage for the tank full in just a few days.
Edit: BTW, those numbers are purely DIC-indicated. Unlike what you guys posted about accuracy, I've found by manually calculating that the DIC is routinely off from anywhere around .5 - 2 mpg (and it's usually optimistic, hehe). The best tank full I've achieved after manually calculating was 33.1, and that was with a 34.6 DIC-indicated. Not that I'm complaining at all since this tank was all interstate, but at speeds between 75 and 85 mph (10 mph over the speed limit wherever I happened to be). Still outstanding, especially since I could probably have picked up at least another .5 just by following the speed limit.
Mar 21, 2005 (9:35 am)
Yeah, my message got yanked for posting a link. Been a while since I've posted, and I forgot the rules. Anyway, Malibu SS info can be found everywhere now. The most comprehensive I've found is on Autoweek's site under it's NY auto show coverage. The specifications link for the Maliub SS answered most questions I could think of.
Most disappointing is the mileage. The Sedan is rated at 18/25, the Maxx at 17/24. I guess the bigger engine, performance final drive ratio, hydraulic stearing, wider tires and perhaps even the chin spoiler all take their toll. It's a shame- I've got it on the brain that 28 mpg highway is about the lowest I'd accept in any future car purchase. It's too bad they don't offer optional final drive ratios like in the old V-8 rear drive days. I do alot of highway driving, and good mileage is important to me- probably more so than performance at this stage in my life. 10 years ago it'd have been a different story. 'Course, 10 years ago gas was a lot cheaper too.
I hope at least the 3 spoke stearing wheel makes it into the '06 non-SS Malibu's. The gauge bezels look nice too. In case GM is listening, I hope they put in an aux input to the front panel of the radio such as will be standard in the new Impala.
Hope also the Malibu's get the VVT 3.5 liter (rated at 210 h.p. in the '06 Impala). I doubt they will though, as more than likely Chevy will want to keep the performance gap between baseline and SS more distinct. I wish they'd get away from that kind of old-think marketing.
Seems like they've given up on the DOD idea with the V-6's. I imagine it's quite a bit more problematic to quell vibration when 3 out of 6 cylinders are operating vice 4 out of 8 (as in the 5.3 liter DOD V-8). Obviously Honda have done it in their Accord, Odyssey, and MDX etc. but they have incorporated some inovative techology such as hydraulic motor mounts (if I recall correctly) to tame the vibes.
Perhaps GM will prove my concerns to be baseless and they will in fact come out with all of this stuff. They do, after all, need to sell some cars.
So if you're listening, Chevrolet Marketing Director, my dream Malibu would come with the 3.5 liter complete with VVT and DOD technology. Additionally, I do prefer the restyle on the nose, though I'd leave the chrome bar on the trunk, as it integrates better with the rear lamps. I definately like the 3 spoke stearing wheel and the gauge cluster bezels. That's about it.
Mar 21, 2005 (11:42 am)
I saw the original link and didn't think I cared for the SS front ends. Just had another look over at Autoweek's site. All I can say (again), is WOW!
Amazing how much difference some relatively minor changes can make. I originally thought it would take at least getting rid of the current huge headlights to really spruce up the appearance of the Malibu front end, but those seem to be completely intact. And it still looks awesome!
BTW, I don't put too much credence in those mileage numbers yet. I saw that the 4200 Trailblazers are currently listing something like 13/17 city/highway EPA numbers on the stickers. I got 15-17 in city driving routinely with my 4200 equipped 2003 4x4 LT, and actually hit greater than 20 on three separate occasions of mostly highway driving. If I hadn't traded it in on a truck soon after, I have no doubt that I'd be hitting ~20 on nearly a weekly basis by now.
So I wouldn't be surprised to see the 3900 SS's to give a bit higher than listed (especially when my 3500 is hitting 33-35 highway right now, at least 2 mpg better than the sticker that was on the window when I bought it). At least when driven more conservatively.
Of course with that appearance, engine, and gearing maybe it'll be all but impossible to drive conservatively.
#4443 of 4972 Re: Malibu SS [ronbo10]
Mar 21, 2005 (9:02 pm)
The non-SS 2006 will likley get a new steering wheel as well but it isn't the 3 spoke one on SS.
Guess we will have to wait for a pic of it though.
Mar 22, 2005 (5:57 am)
My big fear with the SS is that it will be way over priced. If GM is smart, they will price it fairly and get them moving off the lots right away rather than having to offer $5000 cash on them 6 months later.