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Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback, Sedan
#425 of 470 Re: Bought a 2006 Chevy Malibu 3 Weeks ago! [malexbu]
Oct 16, 2011 (5:39 pm)
Took a trip saturday on back roads of about 90 miles total. Into a 20 mph headwind and the return home with a 20 mph tailwind. None on interstates. 33 mpg avg for the 90 miles. I get 26 city. Drafting with a tailwind, 44 is possible over a few miles at a time. I have to be happy getting EPA hwy on a non-interstate trip averaging 32-33 mph that included dozens of miles in lower gears.
35 psi in tires
So far, highest range plus miles driven on a tank has been 532 miles.
#426 of 470 I love the 2006 malibu maxx ss v6, 5.9 liter engine
Oct 25, 2011 (8:57 pm)
I just got the car about 1 week ago. It drives very smooth and its very quiet. Its way better then a chevy prism. My car has 91,304 miles on it. Im glad I bought it. I dont see a problem with the car at all.
#427 of 470 Re: I love the 2006 malibu maxx ss v6, 5.9 liter engine [technomaster]
Oct 26, 2011 (1:53 pm)
Congratulations on your purchase! Welcome to the GM family! If you need anything please feel free to email me!
GM Customer Service
#428 of 470 approaching HWY mpg rating with comb driving
Oct 26, 2011 (7:12 pm)
32.4 on last tank. About 1/3 on highways, 2/3 city. Rating of 26 combined beat by over 20%.
#429 of 470 2011 malibu ltz 2.4l, 6sp auto
Oct 28, 2011 (3:25 pm)
Bought this car in Jun11. Have had it in twice for transmission not shifting into first gear, when
downshifting in maual mode. This car has never came close to mpg rating, highway or city. Level
highway with air off, only 28mpg. Dealer says it is within their limits. They replaced some part
in transmission, but didn't correct the problem. Dealer has stopped working with me on this,
not sure what to do next.
#430 of 470 Re: 2011 malibu ltz 2.4l, 6sp auto [oldtimerim]
Oct 29, 2011 (5:56 am)
has the dealer tried to reflash the ECM. there was a previous issue that sounds like yours another poster had.....the dealership reflashed the ECM with the most current settings and it solved the problems
#431 of 470 Re: 2011 malibu ltz 2.4l, 6sp auto [pao]
Oct 30, 2011 (7:18 pm)
Thanks pao, I have an appointment tomorrow and I'll make sure to ask
them to do a reflash of of the ECM.
#432 of 470 Re: 2011 malibu ltz 2.4l, 6sp auto [oldtimerim]
Nov 01, 2011 (10:11 am)
Can we follow up with the dealership for you? Please email Christina with your name, contact information, VIN, and dealer name.
GM Customer Service
#433 of 470 Re: 2011 malibu ltz 2.4l, 6sp auto [gmcustsvc]
Nov 03, 2011 (8:43 pm)
I'm new at this and not sure how to contact Chrstina with the information requested. I did find out at the dealer that the car is designed not to go into
first gear with it is downshifting in manual mode, so stated in owners manual.
The dealer could find no problems with the car, ie error codes. Said the mileage should improve as it gets more miles on it. On the drive home 95%
highway it got 26.7mpg.
#434 of 470 Re: 2011 malibu ltz 2.4l, 6sp auto [oldtimerim]
Nov 04, 2011 (5:57 am)
As to your first point, it should not shift into first manually until you're almost stopped. Then it should. Mine does. That's just a safety measure to keep you from ruining your drivetrain.
As far as mileage is concerned, don't hold your breath. I heard that same story. I've never gotten the advertised mileage (22/33) - or even close. The only time I saw 30 mpg on the highway was after the car had 60K miles and I had a tailwind with solid Interstate driving. Other than that, 28 mpg has been my absolute best. In mixed suburban/freeway driving, I get 20 to 22 mpg. If I stayed in town all the time, it would be down in the teens.
This is the first GM car I've owned, that I can recall, where I did not get the mileage advertised on the Monroney sticker. I get the same mileage on my Corvette as I get with the Malibu (if I don't hot rod it too much). It's got a 5.7L V8 and a 6M.
I don't know what my next car is going to be, but it certainly won't be a Malibu. And, if my wife holds firm on wanting a 4 door, it probably won't be a Chevy - unless they come up with something to compete with the 300, Taurus or Genesis real soon. Too bad, because I've got 3 bow ties right now and I have a good relationship with my dealer.
[P.S. Christina posted her contact info earlier in this thread. You just have to go back a few pages.]