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Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback, Sedan
#124 of 471 Re: 2004 Average MPG [gohtraw]
Mar 27, 2007 (9:22 am)
It's kinda funny, how many of us like the pushrod engine and it's simplicity, sound, power. Over in the Chevrolet Malibu vs. Toyota Camry vs. Honda Accord discussion, the Japanese fans have to continually talk about them as antiquated, noisy, old technology, etc. The fuel economy on a Malibu beats an Accord or Camry, not bad for "antiquated"
They work well, they're simple, they get fantastic gas mileage, cheap to fix, very reliable, quiet. I guess all they can say bad about them is that they are an old design, which is true but not necessarily bad. Come on over, put in your two cents.
#125 of 471 Re: 2004 Average MPG [shadow5599]
Mar 28, 2007 (1:17 pm)
The new Corvette has pushrods and it is a world beater.
#126 of 471 Poor MPG
Jul 03, 2007 (2:01 pm)
Maybe someone can help me. I own a 2007 Malibu Maxx LT V6, it has 4,000 miles on it and has had one oil change. I understand the car may still be breaking in but up to this point the best I have seen the car get is 19.9 mpg. The mileage is usually between 17-19mpg, this is a pretty even mix of around town and high way with maybe slightly more around town. It seems most people I talk to or read about get much better mileage than I do. On a recent 160 mile trip at 70-75 the whole way I averaged about 21.3. I have used the computer on the car and calculated trip mileage/gallons used, the results are usually identical. Is there something I can do? I have contacted the dealer and they seem puzzled/unwilling to help.
#127 of 471 Re: Poor MPG [ssan]
Jul 04, 2007 (8:09 am)
On the long trip, lightly loaded you should get around 30 MPG with a Maxx. Not sure what the problem is, but the dealer should know what mileage the 07 Maxx should get.
Are you saying they won't even look at it. Call GM customer service, the # is in your owners manual. I bet they will get someone to check it out.
#128 of 471 2005 Chevy Malibu 2.2 liter genericar MPG
Jul 19, 2007 (7:56 am)
I just had to post this, and stir the pot... I test drove a corolla, before I bought my 2005 Malibu. The 2003 Corolla, at the same price as the 2005 Chevy (go figure), was cramped and small... I also know people aren't getting the EPA MPG of 38 out of them (more like 33-35 MPG)...
Anyway, Happily, I am getting as-advertised MPG outta my Malibu. I get 33.5 to 34.6 MPG average for my commute. My average speed of 50 MPH (yep nearly all highway). Here is the interesting part... I live about 1100 feet higher than I work... So I get like 38-40 MPG going to work, and significantly less coming back.
I guess I could consistently see 35-36 MPG outta this car if I had a flat road commute... But I am not complaining, this car is bigger, more comfortable, and has more standard options than the Toyota Corolla. Overall I am very happy.
Oh, and for those who are also talking about it... I do have an occasional clunk in my steering, mostly in-parking lot steering. Hope mine isn't going.
#129 of 471 Re: 2005 Chevy Malibu 2.2 liter genericar MPG [shnool]
Jul 19, 2007 (8:05 am)
Go to your dealer, there is TSB 06-02-32-007 B dated 05-21-07 to lube the intermediate shaft and check for other rattles. 2004-2007 Malibu and Maxx
#130 of 471 Re: 2005 Chevy Malibu 2.2 liter genericar MPG [shnool]
Jul 19, 2007 (9:21 am)
Let's hear how many repairs are needed after 200k miles (which in all probability the Corolla would not need).
Other than reliability I completely agree with the fact that the Malibu is much more comfortable to drive every day and due to the size and weight, safer too!
#131 of 471 Re: 2005 Chevy Malibu 2.2 liter genericar MPG [pulgo]
Jul 20, 2007 (5:38 am)
04, 3.5L V-6 Maxx LT about to turn 100K should do it this weekend.....for reliability, nothing more than normal wear and tear items..wipers, tires, oil changes...did follow prescribed maintenance..and did go beyond changing out all fluids at 95K.....so very happy with reliability so far...
#132 of 471 Re: 2005 Chevy Malibu 2.2 liter genericar MPG [pao]
Jul 20, 2007 (7:07 am)
I believe you.
I had a 91 Chevrolet Caprice go to 280K miles with nothing more than excellent maintenance.
But that is not the typical outcome.
Based on everything I read and hear, the average Honda or Toyota is by far more durable and has less mechanical problems than the average Ford or GM (after a couple hundred thousand miles).
There is always someone with a different opinion or experience and I respect that.
#133 of 471 Re: 2005 Chevy Malibu 2.2 liter genericar MPG [pulgo]
Jul 20, 2007 (7:37 am)
I can't imagine anyone driving the same car for 200K, unless a salesman.
My limit has been 120K, too much new technology to let go by after 8-9 years, things are moving very fast these days.