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Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback, Sedan
#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.
#134 of 471 Re: 2005 Chevy Malibu 2.2 liter genericar MPG [gonogo]
Jul 20, 2007 (8:27 am)
Well, I drive 30k miles per year and it is very expensive to buy a new car every 4 years.
I keep my cars for about 8 to 10 years and my personal experience with Japanese cars has been better than with American cars.
Based only on my personal experience, the American cars I have had required replacing alternators, water pumps, starters, etc. before reaching 200k miles. Some of them cost several thousands dollars in repairs to poor quality engine gaskets, weak brakes, leaky axles, etc.
All of this despite meticulous maintenance!
None of my Japanese cars needed anything other than routine maintenance.
My latest car I just sold after 6 years, a 2001 Echo did not even need a light bulb to be replaced. Only 1 set of brakes, 1 set of belts and routine fluid changes.
For me, buying the wrong car could mean several thousand dollars in additional expenses.
Of course someone that keeps his car for maybe 4 or 5 years and less than 100k miles this whole matter would be of little concern.
Before purchasing my present 2007 Sentra y also considered a 4 cylinder Malibu. I test drove one and I liked the ride. But I also talked to my mechanic friend with 30 years experience at a GM dealership and based upon his advice and my own experience decided against the Malibu.
I am sure that there must be quite a lot of GM owners out there with a different opinion and I respect that.
#135 of 471 Re: 2005 Chevy Malibu 2.2 liter genericar MPG [pulgo]
Jul 21, 2007 (8:16 am)
Well here is the truth. When you pay people not working, a so called a job bank. Pay retired people a large check and pay there health care, little is left to produce a good reliable car.
The bean counters cut corners every way they can to make up for the expensive overhead. The Japanese donít have that burden, so they can produce a good car.
I buy GM because I always have, they are easy to work on and parts are not that expensive. I have heard the Japanese parts are very high, but I donít think you would know that, you donít buy any.
Until they straighten out this inequality, it will stay the same.
#136 of 471 Re: 2005 Chevy Malibu 2.2 liter genericar MPG [gonogo]
Jul 21, 2007 (6:43 pm)
Well, I do own a GM. It's a 98 Chevrolet K1500 with about 100k miles. I agree with you. Parts are inexpensive and I can do all the service work myself.
I hope the next 100k are as uneventful as the first 100k.
So far the only 2 unexpected things to gom wrong were a serpentine belt tensioner that disintegrated 50 feet away from a MIDAS and a rear axle leak that I fixed in my garage.
I refuse to buy a Japanese truck simply because they are very expensive.
But I sure like the new Toyota Tundra (only $ 41,000 plus tax).
#137 of 471 Does Malibu have an instant MPG readng?
Aug 06, 2007 (9:24 am)
If not the current model, how about the coming 08?
Somehow, I remember one of the Chevys I have rented has such a feature, maybe it's Impala.