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Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback, Sedan
#371 of 471 Re: Poor mileage? [bdyment]
Feb 19, 2011 (5:05 am)
I had Michelin HydroEdge tires placed on the Malibu. I am very happy with the results! ---- The Malibu now drives like a much heavier vehicle! ---- "Quality tires" do make a major difference. (NOTE: ---- A Ford Fusion comes with Michelin Tires. ------ QUESTION: ---- What does Ford know that GM does not know about tires!) ---- I will be looking for a NEW vehicle to replace my 2007 Camry in 2012. ---- I like the Impala, Malibu, Fusion & Camry. ---- (I might also look at a small four cylinder SUV in the GM & Toyota line of vehicles.) ----- The Toyota Dealer would have no problem removing the Bridgestone Tires, and replacing them with Michelin Tires as part of the deal, on the other hand, the Chevrolet Dealer might not be so cooperative! ----- This will be a DEAL BREAKER! ----- If I cannot get Michelin Tires on the GM vehicle, (without any additional cost on my part), I will purchase a Toyota or a Ford product. ------ YES, this will cost GM a sale! ------ (It is too bad than GM is so short sighted! --- In a time when competition is so fierce in the automotive marketplace, you would think that management would go the extra mile to make a customer happy! ---- This is not the case with GM, so as a result, they will lose a sale and all the service work over five years of ownership.) ------- Best regards.
#372 of 471 Re: Poor mileage? [djm2]
Feb 23, 2011 (4:14 am)
Good Morning All;
I took the Malibu out in the recent snow storm with the new Michelin Tires! ------ The vehicle drives like a different car! ---- It has no problem going through snow! ----- If you want a "great performing vehicle," -- take off the Goodyear tires and install Michelin Tires! ----- GM should have installed these tires, on the vehicle, as part of the "original equipment package." ---- I purchased the "TOP OF THE LINE" (LTZ) Malibu, --- and I got "BOTTOM OF THE LINE" ($98.00 / retail), tires! ----- Help me understand this corporate logic! ---- The vehicle is a "quality product," -- but GM "dropped the ball" when they installed "cheap tires" on this vehicle! ----- WAKE UP GM! ----- Hyundai & Kia are going to take your market share. ----- Take a "hard look at their vehicles!" ----- They are producing a "quality product," and their dealers are willing to work with the customers! ---- I would bet that I could get a Hyundai or a Kia dealer to switch tires prior to delivery! ----- Just something to "think about" while you are in your corporate offices drinking coffee!
Best regards! -------- Dwayne
#373 of 471 Re: Poor mileage? [djm2]
Feb 23, 2011 (6:12 am)
You think? Bought 40K Lacrosse which came with GY tires, 19" Eagle RSA. Damn. Rated pretty low compared to others of same type. They quieted after about a 1000 miles but their wet and snow performance is just bad. I'm hoping a different tire would improve ride a bit as well. Over $1200 of tires + mount, ship, etc. per tire rack. Could not get them to budge and no tire dealers wanted them. One place offered me $400.
#374 of 471 Re: Poor mileage? [e_net_rider]
Feb 23, 2011 (4:23 pm)
Replace the Good Year Tires on the Lacrosse! ------ (They are an accident looking for a place to happen!)
I will be making a new vehicle purchase in 2012. ---- I know that the Toyota dealer will remove the Bridgestone tires, and install "original equipment Michelin tires," (without any out of pocket expenses to me!) ----- On the other hand, the Chevrolet Dealer might not be so accommodating! ----- I am going to price a 2012 Toyota V6 XLE Camry, and a 2012 LT 2 Chevrolet 3.5 V6 Impala with the same equipment and a maximum extended manufacturer's extended warranty (Zero deductible to 100,000 miles.) ------ The criteria for purchase will be: ride quality, comfort, fit & finish, body style, performance, overall quality, the trade value of my 2007 Camry, (as defined by each dealer), and the tires on the vehicle. ------ I like both vehicles. --- (If Chevrolet decided to offer the LTZ Malibu with a four cylinder Turbo like the Buick Regal, I would also take a look at the Malibu!) ----- If I had to guess, I would say that the Impala would come in as the cheaper vehicle, but I would have to factor in the cost of the Michelin tires. ----- On the other side of the issue, the Camry would have a better "trade in value" in five years, than the Impala! ----- My 2007 V6 XLE Camry is one "HOT Vehicle!" ----- (Coming out of a toll booth on the GSP I could easily stay with an average Mustang to 65mph!) --- I do not think the Impala has that kind of performance built into it with a four speed automatic.
Best regards. ----------- Dwayne
#375 of 471 Re: Poor mileage? [djm2]
Feb 24, 2011 (4:53 am)
I test drove a 10 Impala and it seemed to be a nice handling ride. The down side seems to be that 09 was the last intended year on that platform and options had become very thin. There were some I wanted that just were not available on the Impala. But then I can say of the Lacrosse that there are some I feel should have been standard equipment especially on CSX but not even available. Air self leveling shocks on rear is definitely such.
It is my understanding that the intent was for a new epsilon platform to be used on a new Buick Lasabre would also become the new Impala. It has been greatly delayed and won't be out till at least 2012. That would mean no Impala for a few years so they keep building the old.
You seem to be a bit power concerned so possibly the LTZ which comes with 3.9L and probably increased gas, but more options also.
#376 of 471 Re: Poor mileage? [e_net_rider]
Feb 24, 2011 (6:13 am)
Here are the issues:
1.) My 2007 XLE V6 Toyota Camry easily gets 30mpg at 60mph, (on the highway), and in the process has outstanding performance.
2.) The 3.9 Chevrolet engine is NOT a flex-fuel engine, and it does not come close to the mileage of the Camry
3.) I think the V8 Impala has an engine that cuts out cylinders while cruising on the highway. (I will have to do some research on this issue.) ---- [I had an opportunity to drive a 2007 version of this vehicle when I was looking for a vehicle in 2007! ---- This is one "HOT" car and it sounds "HOT!"
4.) I was hoping that the Impala would have a 6 speed automatic transmission in 2012.
5.) I think that the Impala would look great in a dark Cherry exterior color with beige leather interior. (GM needs to "up-date" their color choices!) ---- [A dark green would also look great with a beige leather interior]
6.) With the Camry I get both performance and mileage.
7.) Recently, I rented an Impala and it handled very well in the snow.
8.) If GM installs a 6 speed automatic transmission in the Impala it should be a shiftable 6 speed automatic with controls on the steering wheel! ---- (GM needs to improve and up-date the Impala line and their drive train technology!)
7.) I have both a great GM dealer and a great Toyota dealer!
8.) I like my 2010 LTZ Malibu, (now that I have installed Michelin tires.) ---- This car now can go "head to head" with a four cylinder Honda Accord, or a four cylinder Toyota Camry. ----- (I would like a little more punch in the GM four cylinder engine! GM offers a turbo in the Buick Regal, and this should be offered in the LTZ Malibu!)
Best regards. --------------- Dwayne
#377 of 471 Re: Poor mileage? [e_net_rider]
Feb 24, 2011 (10:39 am)
QUESTIONS: ----- What kind of mileage do you get on the Buick Lacrosse? ----- Does it have a 6 speed automatic transmission? ----- Can you shift it manually? -------- Best regards. --------- Dwayne
#378 of 471 Re: Poor mileage? [djm2]
Feb 25, 2011 (4:58 am)
2, I think both the 3.5 & 3.9 became flex fuel in 2010. The Lucernne using 3.9 is flex.
3, My stepson has SS, maybe 08. He loves it except it won't go past a gas station. About 20MPG on highway.
4, What I find amazing is that in some cases coupling the 6 speed to an existing engine seems to lower MPG. Maybe coincidence with new EPA regs.
5, 09 and prior had many more color choices in some GM vehicles.
8, I found the shift paddles near useless. They are coupled with electronic control of tranny so any shift comes with a delay and if it is considered out of range it won't do it.
Does not the LTZ come with 3.6 standard?
#379 of 471 Re: Poor mileage? [e_net_rider]
Feb 25, 2011 (6:05 am)
Thank you for your response to my comments. ----- Kindly be advised that the LTZ Malibu comes standard with the four (4) cylinder engine, and the six (6) speed automatic transmission. ------ If I was to consider another Malibu, (and a Turbo four was not available), I would most probably go with the 3.6 V6. ----- Think of this possibility; ---- a two door Malibu with a 6 speed manual trans, with either a 4 turbo or a 3.6 V6 engine, and dual exhausts on either engine! ----- If this vehicle was offered with a deep cherry exterior it would be a "smoking machine!" ----- ARE YOU LISTENING GENERAL MOTORS ???????????? ------ Best regards. ----- Dwayne
#380 of 471 Re: Poor mileage? [djm2]
Feb 28, 2011 (4:32 am)
As a follow up are the Michelins holding air better than the Goodyears? Or was it a rim problem?