Last post on Mar 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM
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Chevrolet Cobalt, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Coupe, Sedan
#295 of 304 Re: No more cobalt???????? [rsattler]
Nov 23, 2009 (5:23 pm)
I don't really understand where you are coming from. I have a 2008 Cobalt LS XFE and the car does exactly what I bought it for. In my first year of ownership I drove the car just over 15,000 miles and spent only $780 in fuel and less than $40 in maintenance (for one oil change). I did need to change the oil twice but one change was free at the dealer. The car is stylish, rides nicely and has decent features for what it was bought for; to be an economical mode of transportation. If you want a real sports car than don't buy a Cobalt... not even the SS model. Get real.
#296 of 304 Re: 2007 Chevolet Cobalt MPG [gigimj]
Mar 16, 2012 (1:05 pm)
I bought my 2007 2LT red coupe in Oct., 2007 with 3 miles on it, and I broke it in for 1,200 miles instead of 500, by varying RPMs up and down, up and down repeatedly. I change oil & filter every 3000 miles. I now have 15,300 miles and ALWAYS get 38 - 42 MPG, and sometimes 44 and 46, with Valero regular. I've been wondering about the accuarcy of the onboard MPG computer.
I'm in Northern California with temperature 50 - 70 all year.
For a sporty car, it rides very well and is quiet, with underhood sound insulation and 1" thick foam engine cover. I can't even hear the engine. Tires are Yokohama AVID TRZ, kept at 33 PSI.
I'll try to find out the accuracy on the onboard MPG computer and send you any info. I get, if you send me your email address.
My 2LT is the high-end, with seat height and lumbar adjustments, and Daytime Running Lights. The electric steering is superbly tight, with good weighting. This car has been marvelously designed and assembled. The door hold-open even has 3 positions,
instead of two.
I'm 73 and have been a car enthusiast all my life and have been studying the Consumer Reports for 30 years. They are usually accurate with reliability and comments, but their comments about the Cobalt are for a different car, not the 2LT!
I customized this car with red seat covers and painted a lot of the inside red, and painted wheel covers black. I painted the keyholes red too. I don't know how to include images in this reply. If you'd like to correspond more and see photos, send me a reply and I'll try to send them to you."> God bless America and vehicles with American marques and MADE IN USA (Lordstown, OH). Ted
#297 of 304 Re: No more cobalt???????? [powderkegg]
Mar 16, 2012 (1:06 pm)
Please see my reply #296, for very good news about my 2007 Cobalt.
#298 of 304 Re: Chevrolet Cobalt: Real World MPG [KarenS]
Mar 16, 2012 (1:18 pm)
Please see my reply #296. I always get 38 - 42 MPG highway and sometimes 44 or 46. This is highway with no traffic jams, no slow traffic, no steep hills.
Mar 16, 2012 (1:20 pm)
Please see my post #296, with automatic 38 - 42 MPG and sometimes 44.
#300 of 304 Re: Tail Lamps [corys3587]
Mar 16, 2012 (1:31 pm)
Superbrightleds.com has a huge selection. It's best to call them and speak with the rep. If you replace the filament bulbs with LEDs, you will have to
order a load-resistor for each one because the LEDs draw much less current than the filament bulbs. If you don't use the load-resistors, they will flash very fast, called hyper-flashing. BUT, the load-resistor has to be wired across the LED, and it generates heat, so you have to mount it on a flat surface with two screws. One of the ones I got broke at the wire-to-resistor solder joint because there was not strain relief. I returned them because I did not have a flat spot to mount the heat-generating resistors.
#301 of 304 Re: 06 Cobalt LS [pa356228]
Mar 16, 2012 (1:38 pm)
Please see my Reply #296. No service station will put hydrogen into a tire because it will explode. They do put in nitrogen for a fee of $5 to $12 per tire. The benefit is that the tire pressure will vary less with changing temperatures beause pure nitrogen expands and contracts less than air, which is 80% nitrogen and 20% oxygen.
#302 of 304 Re: I'm new to this forum. I have a 06 Cobalt LS Auto. [laserblue]
Mar 16, 2012 (1:40 pm)
That's a good point about a clean and waxed car. I keep my with a car cover and wax it 3x per year with Turtle Wax Blue Ice and I get 38 - 42 MPG always highway. Please see my post #296.
#303 of 304 extra nitrogen in tires, total waste of $ !
Mar 24, 2012 (5:31 pm)
just so you know.. there is no benefit to extra nitrogen in a cobalt tire or any passenger care tire, except for lining the wallet of whoever sells it. the idea of hydrogen in the tire is horrifying and reminds me of the JATO story legend ...
btw, measure distance-driven/gallons to see the real mpg and compare with dashboard mpg-meter... i bet you'll find the dashboard usually off by the same percentage and reading a tad high in your case.
I always liked cobalt styling! almost bought one but waited for cruze. :}
#304 of 304 smooth paint vs smooth wax finish for mpg (!)
Mar 24, 2012 (5:39 pm)
i avoid waxing cars...
let's just say/suppose it's for mpg reasons: i figure the weight of the wax costs more mpg than the smoothness/airflow at such low speed.
but seriously folks, the clearcoat under the wax is just as smooth as a layer of wax on top of it, isn't it ?
for aircraft the weight of the paint really matters - iirc, some aeronautical painter discovered a way to use thinner layers of paint... added up to hundreds of pounds per aircraft... less weight, saves the airlines BIG $ on fuel.