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Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback, Sedan
#309 of 471 Re: Definitive MPG for 2,942 mile trip [nickz71]
Apr 10, 2010 (6:07 pm)
Sounds like you did your homework on your MPG averages. As stated in an earlier post, I traded my 2006 Cadillac DTS in on a 2010 Malibu 2LT, and calculated up to 37 MPG on the highway, with cruise control set at 72 MPH. The three options I now wish I would have are the automatic climate control, leather seats, and odometer reading showing how many gallons of fuel used between fillups- all of which the LTZ has- I believe. Is this last option included in the LTZ? Chevy (GM) hit a homerun on this Malibu.
#310 of 471 Re: Definitive MPG for 2,942 mile trip [malexbu]
Apr 11, 2010 (1:29 pm)
I guess I have the high mileage maxx on the forum now....I know there are a few others over 100K now.....but most are beginning the trade in now......hoping for another two years with it and 200K.....needs tires and brakes now.....so another set gone....this will only be the third brake job....as Im getting about 50-60K between pads now.....and this will be my third set of tires....this last set only lasted me 32K (BFGs)....the michelins before made it over 65K...so back to them i go
#311 of 471 Re: Definitive MPG for 2,942 mile trip [pao]
Apr 11, 2010 (3:19 pm)
Interesting about the tires -- I've long wondered about the brand differences. These BFGs and the old Michelins -- were they rated for wear comparably? 32 and 65 Ks is way too much difference...
And for the brake pads: do you use the OEM Delcos or some other brand?
#312 of 471 Re: Definitive MPG for 2,942 mile trip [malexbu]
Apr 12, 2010 (5:26 am)
on the tires no comparison as I upgraded to an aftermarket 17 inch rim on my Maxx...michelins were the pilot sport A/S and the BFGs were g-force Supersport A/S as Im running a 225/45/17 tire... both sets were rated the same..I rotate at every oil change so that is about 5-7k and front end alignment check yearly......so dont know why the difference...
as for the brakes...not sure of the brand...as had them done at Merchants Tire and my local mechanic...believe they both used a NAPA supplied pad...meeting OEM specs
#313 of 471 MPG not quite as good
May 03, 2010 (1:25 am)
On about 2500 miles I got 30MPG. It would not have been that good except that I travelled through states that had lower speed limits such as Indianna. There are long stretches of 60 MPH going the length of the state. If I'd been running about 70 to 75 the whole trip I'd guess no better than 28MPG. I'd guess only about 500# of passenger and luggage. I did add air to tires on the way up after an overnight where temps dropped below freezing. By the time we got back home temps had dropped enough that I did not have to let any out. I ran BP regular and maybe one tank of Shell.
A few months later, still at over 50% oil life, I noted that when I passed 6K that engine seemed to start losing some pep and like maybe dropping a little on MPG for my local driving. My last fill was Chevron premium, wondering if that would make a difference. It does not seem to have effected performance but will know MPG at next fill. So I have to wonder if oil is losing some of its lubricity. I might change ahead of time and try synthetic.
#314 of 471 2010 malibu at 1300 miles
Jun 11, 2010 (8:38 am)
1LT with 4 cyl and 6 spd. Still new and not broken in. My mpg has been going up steadily since about 600 miles were on it. Last tank was a jump from 26.4 to 29.8. Used mostly for commute to work that is 6 miles city and 9 miles Interstate. Interstate is congested and narrows to two lanes in construction zone.
Tried to check mpg yesterday but gas pump didn't auto shut off and spilled gas out on ground.
Using DIC today, I got 25.0 avg mpg from my house to the on-ramp (11 mins). Then I reset it and it reached 41.0 mpg avg for the 9 miles on the interstate.
The total commute to work is 32.6 mpg. It was 25.4 mpg when I first got the car. A very unexpected increase in just 1300 miles.
Rounded off, DIC says I am getting the EPA hwy (33) on my 40% city driving commute. Warm weather, no a/c.
#315 of 471 Re: 2010 malibu at 1300 miles [dave8697]
Jun 11, 2010 (6:46 pm)
(1300 miles) Still new and not broken in.
How will you know when it's "broken in"? When do you expect that to
happen? (Doesn't your manual speak of 600 miles? Mine do...)
Tried to check mpg yesterday but gas pump didn't auto shut off and
spilled gas out on ground.
Relying on a DIC's reading is a mistake, in my opinion, unless you are
interested in a trend, not absolute numbers.
DIC says I am getting the EPA hwy (33) on my 40% city driving commute
Just don't trust it -- don't spill gas on the ground and make an
honest computation yourself
#316 of 471 LOW/BAD MPG ON 2009 MALIBU LTZ
Jun 14, 2010 (5:32 pm)
I PURCHASED A USED 2009 LTZ ON JANUARY 2 2010. THE VEHICLE HAD 17,400 MILES. THE VEHICLE ONLY AVERAGES ABOUT 15 TO 16 MPG HERE IN PITTSBURGH. ALSO, AT SPEEDS BETWEEN 15 AND 27 MPH, THE CAR WILL SEEM AS THOUGH IT SHIFTS INTO NEUTRAL FOR A INSTANT (VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME) AND THEN SEEM TO ADJUST BACK. I HAVE HAD THE CAR BACK AT THE DEALER TWICE AND THEY KEEP SAYING THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH IT. HAS ANYONE EXPERIENCE ANYTHING LIKE THIS. I AM REALLY DISAPPOINTED ABOUT THE MPG. THIS WAS ONE OF THE REASON I BOUGHT THE VEHICLE.
#317 of 471 Re: LOW/BAD MPG ON 2009 MALIBU LTZ [lemonmalibu]
Jun 15, 2010 (4:00 am)
do you have a 4 or 6 cyl?
#318 of 471 Re: LOW/BAD MPG ON 2009 MALIBU LTZ [lemonmalibu]
Jun 15, 2010 (7:59 am)
Did you have the service tech ride with you in the vehicle so they could feel the shifting problem? What engine do you have in the vehicle? Thank you,
Mariah GM Customer Service