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#229 of 471 Re: Chevrolet Malibu Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [malexbu]
Oct 31, 2008 (10:19 am)
It sounds like it was measured by hand, during fillups. The "~" would mean "around" (as in, "not near my log, so can't post exact numbers"). Either way though, those numbers sound pretty spot on. The 2004 V6 LT sedan we had was the same way, with a best ever just over 38 mpg all highway, and routinely 32-35 ~90% highway mix of weekly work driving, and a worst city return of around 25 mpg.
The 3500 non-VVT was pretty frugal, and the much criticized EPS probably helped. Later model years limited the EPS to the 4 cylinder cars only, losing the slight efficiency bump it provided (word was, around 1 mpg gained for the electric power steering).
#230 of 471 2.4 with six-speed?
Nov 04, 2008 (7:12 pm)
I am very interested in real world highway mpg with the 2.4L with the six-speed transmission. I know it's rated at 33, but what kind of driving would you have to do to get that kind of mpg? I drive a lot of miles for my job, anywhere from 1500 to 2000 per month and a LOT of that is interstate driving. I like to drive slow, usually around 60mph, and in my current car, a 2006 Hyundai Accent, I get great mileage, over 36mpg lifetime.
Would I be setting myself up for a mpg disappointment consdiering a malibu? I'd be driving the malibu the same way, nice and slow on the highway, so I'm real interesed in how it would perform at a nice slow highway speed.
#231 of 471 Re: 2.4 with six-speed? [zornundo]
Nov 04, 2008 (7:46 pm)
I have not had a chance to take mine on the road. If you go back and read some of the previous entries, you'll see people who indicate that they are getting 30+ on the highway. I will tell you I get somewhere in the 23 - 26 range, usually about 24. That's with a commute that's about 75% highway and 25% suburban streets and some around-town driving. I'd be kidding if I said I wasn't disappointed. In all fairness, I drive 5 - 10 mph over the speed limit (pretty common around here) and I'm not gentle about how I use the car.
That said, there is much to recommend this car.
#232 of 471 Re: Chevrolet Malibu Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [jerrywimer]
Nov 17, 2008 (2:40 pm)
I know the VVT v6 was introduced in MY 2007......when did the Electronic Power Steering disappear for the 6cyl?
Looking at the revised EPA Numbers are as follows for the MAXX 3.6....
City / Hwy / Combined
04 19 / 28 / 22
05 20 / 28 / 23
06 20 / 28 / 23
07 18 / 28 / 21
Was the drop in 07 due to the VVT? The loss of EPS? Emissions? Other equipment (tires/transmission)? Why the gain from 04 to 05/06?
I'd like to find the sweet spot mileage wise. Where do you feel that would be?
Is there any strong argument why going for the 2007 with the VVT engine is worth it?
It's a lot easier finding extremely well equipped 04 and 05s then 06 and 07s, though I prefer the external styling of the newer ones as well the the updated interior colors.
Just FYI, SS fuel econ #s
#233 of 471 Re: Chevrolet Malibu Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [jaj1701]
Nov 19, 2008 (11:35 am)
Wow. Lots of questions. I was once pretty active on the, er, some other car enthusiasts forums, one of which is all about GM. I believe the Electric Power Steering went away for all V6 cars for the 2007 model year. That was the year that Chevrolet moved from the LX9 3.5l V6 (no VVT) to the LZ4 3.5l VVT V6 for the 2007 model year.
The EPS had some issues for the first two years, though I haven't heard any real complaints from owners with the four cylinders cars (all of which still have EPS). The only recurring comments are about the feel it provides (over boosted, underboosted, etc.).
As far as the fuel economy sweet spot- I have a bias, since I owned a 2004, but everything I've read seems to indicate that the fuel economy dropped with the VVT engine (and change to hydraulic steering), which pretty much lines up with your numbers between 04-06 and the 07 numbers. I seriously doubt the very small increase in power would be noticable (torque remained unchanged for the vvt / non-vvt engines, hp went from 200 to 217).
So if you don't mind the electric power steering's feel, I'd go with an 06 (newer), if you can find one in good enough condition. That said, the difference in fuel economy ratings is still pretty small across all four model years.
Nov 26, 2008 (4:57 pm)
I own the base 2007 Malibu (4 cyl). I just drove home or the holiday, I surprised to see I was averaging 37.5 miles to the gallon according to the electronic display. I was just under 700 miles before I had my first fill up! City driving is what I mostly do and I average about 24.5 miles to the gallon for it. I love this car!
#235 of 471 '08 Malibu LTZ 4 cylinder, 6 speed
Dec 23, 2008 (6:11 am)
Recently took delivery of an '08 Malibu LTZ 4 cylinder, 6 speed automatic (granite black with the dual-color interior). The car was a dealer demo with approximately 5,000 miles on it (should be through any 'break-in' phase). Obviously one of the biggest selling points was the EPA gas mileage, which was significantly better than my '06 Accord EX V6 (22/33 versus 20/29).
Driving conditions are as follows (and are, unfortunately, about as bad as can be reasonably expected). Daily commute of about 5-6 miles each way, city driving only, no posted speed limits over 25 mph. Stop signs and stop lights about every half mile for the first three miles or so and then more frequently after that. In addition, I live in Grand Rapids, MI, which has had temperatures around 10-15 degrees and several inches (at least) of snow since I got the car (I almost feel bad for the car...coming out of the nice, clean, dry showroom into this mess:)).
So far I have driven approximately 510 miles, which includes 260 straight highway miles (75 mph cruise) and 250 miles under the conditions described above. The DIC says that I am averaging about 22.7 mpg (which I think is a bit generous, given the fact that my second full tank is approximately 3/4 gone and my first fill up was 13.77 gallons). The instantaneous fuel economy while I was on the expressway was consistently above 30, usually in the 33 - 34 range. In the city, it is obviously much worse, and since I rarely get up to speed for more than 5 or 10 seconds, it is depressing to look at (usually 8-12 mpg). I am looking forward to a tank of pure city driving so that I can see how awful it really is, but I am thinking that it is somewhere in the 14 - 15 mpg range, which is truly depressing. I understand that it is mostly driving conditions, but I was still expecting much better. The Accord seemed to be around 17 - 18 mpg under similar circumstances, if I remember correctly.
Other than the city fuel economy, the car it self is the nicest that I have ever owned. Interior is great, ride is smooth, cabin is very, very quiet.
#236 of 471 Re: '08 Malibu LTZ 4 cylinder, 6 speed [pmaguran]
Dec 23, 2008 (6:48 pm)
As I've noted in previous posts, my car is almost exactly like yours (I have the cocoa/cashmere interior). I now have 8000 miles on the car and I have changed to synthetic oil. And, yet, my fuel mileage has not improved. I'm still hovering in the 22 - 25 mpg range. I've only taken it on the road once and I experienced a problem with the cruise control. After shifting down to go up a hill, it was not shifting back into 6th. So I traveled quite a way in 5th gear without realizing it. The dealership found the problem in the TCM and fixed it, but my mileage that trip was only 26 - 27 mpg. Needless to say, I am very disappointed in the mileage this car is returning. I've had V6's that have done that good. In fact, my Corvette does that good - or better. Weather permitting, I'll be taking it on the road again the weekend after Christmas. So we'll see how good (or bad) it does now that the problem is fixed. But I really did anticipate better.
The other real complaint I have is the 6 speed automatic. It is constantly hunting up and down and still never seems to be in the right gear. When I need to make a quick move in traffic, the car takes far too long to respond. It's as bad as any turbo lag I've ever experienced. I occasionally get so frustrated with it I resort to shifting manually and keeping it in a lower gear, to keep the RPMs in a more usable range. Even when in manual mode, it takes to long to shift. While the Malibu was in the shop, I recently drove an HHR with the 4 cyl and a 4 speed automatic. I found that transmission far more driveable. And there was hardly any difference in fuel mileage. That just shouldn't be. I would also note that the CVT in the Rogue, with the paddle shifters, shifts much more crisply and quickly.
I've noted a few other niggling things previously - like no dual zone climate control or the fact that the back seat does not fold flat. But, given the class of car, those are not major problems.
Other than that, you are right, it is a nice car. But I probably would not buy another one.
#238 of 471 2008 Malibu LS MPG
Mar 14, 2009 (9:12 am)
I'm looking at used 2008 Malibu LS 6cyl. at dealer, both have 25000 miles, anyone have any mileage #'s for this model, has auto trans.