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Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback, Sedan
#134 of 470 Re: 2005 Chevy Malibu 2.2 liter genericar MPG [gonogo]
Jul 20, 2007 (9:27 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 470 Re: 2005 Chevy Malibu 2.2 liter genericar MPG [pulgo]
Jul 21, 2007 (9:16 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 470 Re: 2005 Chevy Malibu 2.2 liter genericar MPG [gonogo]
Jul 21, 2007 (7:43 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 470 Does Malibu have an instant MPG readng?
Aug 06, 2007 (10:24 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.
Aug 15, 2007 (12:46 pm)
My 2005 New style 4 cylinder Malibu I bought in November of 2004 now has over 53,000 miles. The car still performs like a champ, and I recently got 39.9 mpg on cruise at 70 mpg for about a 70 mile trip. Keep your hybrids, and rice burners - I got you beat: in price, fuel economy and more. The VOLT is what I want next - bring it to us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#139 of 470 Re: 39.9 MPG at 70 mph [clarencehollow]
Aug 15, 2007 (1:21 pm)
What is your real MPG over a full month or a year?
A 70 mile trip means very little. It does not tell what the average Malibu owner may achieve over a longer period of time.
#140 of 470 Re: 39.9 MPG at 70 mph [pulgo]
Aug 18, 2007 (12:39 am)
At the end of January 2006 I took delivery of a new Malibu sedan with the 4 cylinder engine. Since then I have driven over 15K and recorded every gallon of gas purchased. I drive a combination of city and highway miles and usually fill up when needing 10 or more gallons. So far I have averaged 29.96 MPG for 15,196 miles driven with a low of 23.4 MPG (winter) and a high of 40.1 MPG. The MPG has improved as the car has accumulated miles. I now seem to be getting 30 to 34 MPG on most fill-ups but cold weather (I live in Michigan) has a effect on MPG.
#141 of 470 Re: 39.9 MPG at 70 mph [gdubya2]
Aug 18, 2007 (11:18 am)
Yours is exactly the information needed by a prospective buyer. A tank or two are not really meaningful.
Thanks for posting.
#142 of 470 An overdue report
Sep 28, 2007 (5:38 pm)
First, a brief self-quote, from message #93 here:
,-- malexbu [ Jul 04, 2006 (9:53 pm) ] ---
| I just returned from a five-day round-trip. Here is what I've got:
| * Distance: 2741 miles
| * Avg. speed: 59 mph
| * Fuel used: 75.47 gallons
| * Fuel economy computer reading: 38.6 mpg
| * Fuel economy real: 36.32 mpg
| Was going through the terrible (North-) Eastern rains, pouring over
| the roads from MA to VA this past week. Was climbing the great Smoky
| Mountains in NC and TN -- mostly in the left-most driving lane, both
| in the mountains and on the roads with the posted speed limit of 70
| 2005 Malibu Base Sedan.
At the end of this August I had a similar trip -- only in my other
2005 Malibu Base Sedan. This time I was driving my child to the
college, going from Boston to Nashville with two passengers in and the
car loaded to the gills, and then back with one passenger and not much
stuff in. Since the load of the car was very different going in the
two directions, I accounted for them as two separate trips, resetting
DIC in the beginning of each one.
I also included driving in and around Nashville in the first trip.
Here are my results, with MPG shown by DIC and calculated as
Miles/Fuel in the two last columns of the following table:
Trip -- Miles -- Speed - Fuel -- DIC -- Real
MA-TN - 1202 --- 58 ---- 32.9 -- 37.3 - 36.52
TN-MA - 1142 --- 61 ---- 30.8 -- 38.6 - 37.05
The car was performing flawlessly and provided all the comfort the
family needed, with temperatures hovering in the 100 F vicinity in TN,
and handling the Appalachian roads easily. The primary speed limiting
factor was the fear of being pulled over by a cop, which almost
happened in TN.
#143 of 470 Re: An overdue report [malexbu]
Sep 29, 2007 (11:08 am)
I'm too lazy to look up the 'Bu base sedan. This is the 4 cylinder rather than the 3.5 six, right?
I was lamenting the demise of the 3.5 but rented an HHR last week and was pleased with the engine (sure I had the high output, but I sure wasn't going to put premium in it). Think things should be just fine with the new Bu and the four cylinder.