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#125 of 275 New car owner advice
Oct 29, 2005 (6:11 am)
I just received full ownership of a 2000 chevy malibu, and never fully owning a car before (it was always taken care of by my parents) I need advice on maintanance - it needs to be serviced, but I hate walking into a car repair shop and being a clue-less female. What types of things should I ask them to look at specifically, and conversely, what are "unneccessary" things they may "suggest" I give them permission to do to my car?
#126 of 275 Re: New car owner advice [sonichka4]
Nov 01, 2005 (4:10 am)
how many miles on the car now..when was it serviced last...regular oil changes?....air filter changes....etc....look in the owners manual to see what the major services are and what is done........usually 30 60 90K....some are 25 50 75 100K miles.....
#127 of 275 Ethanol Question?
Nov 05, 2005 (10:55 am)
Hello! I was jsut curious if anyone knows how the 05 Maxx LS likes ethanol gas? My former car - a 03 Grand Prix GTP hated it. I would get about 3mpg loss using ethanol in the pontiac. Does anyone know if the Maxx has any problems with ethanol? THank you in advance!
#128 of 275 Re: Ethanol Question? [mybooo]
Nov 05, 2005 (11:44 am)
It depends on what you mean by ethanol. Likely you mean E85 (85% ethanol). That type of fuel is NOT recommended by GM to be used in any vehicle not designated as being E85 compatible. Informational TSB #05-06-04-035. "Can cause driveability issues, service engine soon indicators as well as increased fuel system corrosion"
All other gasoline engines are designed to run on fuel that contains no more than 10% ethanol.
There are a few vehicles out there that run on E85. The new Impala has an engine option that is E85 compatible. It does reduce fuel economy pretty drastically as you indicated (less energy in fuel).
#129 of 275 Re: Ethanol Question? [e2helper]
Nov 05, 2005 (11:52 am)
Thanks for the quick reply! I should have clarified, I meant 10% ethanol. In Iowa, it is getting harder to find non ethanol gas. At least most stations still have 87 unleaded 9non ethanol). My GTP required premium, so it was real hard to find non ethanol. The ethanol gas is usually about 5-10 cents per gallon cheaper in the 89 octane over the 87 non ethanol. I was just wondering if I would loose some mpg using the ethanol. I do like being able to get gas at any staion now, and have been averaging 25 mpg for mixed driving (60% city/40% hwy).
#130 of 275 Interior Cleaning Question?
Nov 06, 2005 (12:48 pm)
Just a quick question. What do you all use to clean the interior (dash/inside door panels, etc)? In my old car, I used Armor All Wipes. Our Maxx LS has alot of plastic on the inside, and I would like the "clean look" over a slippery/shiney look. Any ideas? Thanks!
#131 of 275 Re: Mainenance schedules and costs [pao]
Nov 06, 2005 (8:50 pm)
Generally agree about watching out for dealer rip-off's, when I had a Hyundai Elantra I got a 30,000 service at a tire dealer for under $40. The dealer wanted about $300 and dinged me for $700 on the 60,000 full blown service with timing belt change. Like the low maintenance ohv engine, should be a lot simpler to maintain than the Hyundai.
I think the GM oil life indicator is very sophisticated. People who insist on changing oil at 3K are doing themselves no favor as extending service intervals results in more wear as per this study:
"Testing with partially stressed oil, which contained some wear debris, produced less wear than testing with clean oil. This finding was unexpected and initially confusing (further inquiry suggested that the result was not so surprising, as many oil chemistries require time and temperature to enhance their effectiveness). Although based on limited data, the finding could be significant, and verification should be pursued. If the finding is verified, the mechanisms should be determined, and ramifications with respect to oil change intervals, filter involvement, and additive packages should be considered. A similar finding for diesel engines could have even greater significance, since the topics of extended oil drain and, in some cases heavy exhaust gas recirculation are of major interest. Although the conditioning run altered the oil, it did not stress or render it unusable (as noted, there is indication that it was tribologically improved). As such, the impact of testing with significantly stressed oil was not measured and remains a future objective."
#132 of 275 Re: Mainenance schedules and costs [csandste]
Nov 07, 2005 (8:53 am)
More wear? I meant "less wear"....
#133 of 275 Where is the Oil Drain Plug on a 2003?
Nov 14, 2005 (5:05 am)
So I've changed oil on some older cars before, nothing really to it - but it's always been obvious where the drain plug is. On my 2003 Malibu, it's not. There is a bolt right under the engine that is a good candidate, but it's not connected to anything that looks like an oil pan. I'm afraid it's the transmission. There is also a bolt next to the oil filter, but if I pull that one oil will pour all over the frame. The only description I could find said "behind the passenger side" but there isn't anything obvious there either. Plus, the book store was out of repair manuals and the mechanic I asked told me "if you can't find the plug, maybe you shouldn't change your oil". Thanks. Can anyone direct me to a picture of what the oil pan or drain plug is supposed to look like?
#134 of 275 Re: Where is the Oil Drain Plug on a 2003? [rhkaloge]
Nov 14, 2005 (5:38 am)
I don't have any first-hand knowledge but from info I could find (drawing from service manual) I can say it ISN'T any bolt near the oil filter.
In fact it looks to be on the other side of engine (and low) but I can't be any more specific than that without having changed oil on one myself.