Last post on Jul 01, 2011 at 2:11 AM
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Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback
#31 of 40 Re: 07 Maxx Poor MPG [ssan]
Aug 06, 2010 (8:27 pm)
My wife has an '06 V6 Malibu and was initially getting 29- 30 on her daily commute to Rochester from the burbs (about 25 miles mostly 490). She changed jobs a few years ago and now it's mostly back roads with a mix of driving and she still gets better than 24-25. Something is indeed wrong. (The only time she sinks to 20 is in the winter with warming up the car with the remote and stop and go), It might be worth the $ to have a Chevy dealer put it on an analyzer.
#32 of 40 Re: 07 Maxx Poor MPG [comem47]
Aug 07, 2010 (7:51 am)
This is what I have been told by many after some back and forth with the dealer trying to plead my case it is going in next week lets hope something shows up...
#33 of 40 Re: 07 Maxx Poor MPG [ssan]
Aug 17, 2010 (7:51 am)
Well nothing is going on that would show up the dealer said they next step would be to pull the plugs clean and regap them. Also a possible fuel system cleaning. This all sounds great for a minimum of 300 bucks... the car does have 35k miles on it but the fact still remains that after 35k miles a car really should not be going through an issue like this. I have run a few tanks of fuel system cleaner through it no big gains there so I am not sure what else the dealer will do that will make big gains to see the mid 20's that this car should get. Also If the plugs should only be replaced after 100k miles has anyone else had to clean and regap them by 35k?
#34 of 40 Re: 07 Maxx Poor MPG [ssan]
Aug 17, 2010 (8:15 am)
Sorry to hear nothing found yet. My wife has just over 50K on her original plugs.
(I'm assuming they are iridium, like my Mitsubishi is in order to get 100K (both V6s have hard to reach plugs on the firewall bank, so it pays to use iridiums to service less.). I'm surprised the analyzer could tell the plugs were firing correctly with the pulse display. How's the power ? (I know clogged catalytics can hurt both mileage and performance)
#35 of 40 Re: 07 Maxx Poor MPG [comem47]
Aug 17, 2010 (9:07 am)
The power is the same as it always been since new which seems fine so as a basis for comparison I would say that that is not the problem. Dealer said everything came back to spec and now they would pursue the plugs like I had mentioned... after that they seemed to be reaching for a solution...I am reaching as well I realize we do mostly around town driving but in Buffalo NY traffic is never "real' bad. Our other vehicle is a v6 explorer and even that gets 14-16 around town so for the malibu to be getting similar something is off.. Dealer also checked for computer updates etc. Just not sure I want to start spending hundreds of dollars for experimental fixes. On the other hand I would like to solve the problem but at this point solutions seem vast and many!
#36 of 40 Re: 07 Maxx Poor MPG [ssan]
Aug 17, 2010 (1:20 pm)
I guess I'm out of ideas on this. If you've stuck with stock tires( no reason for odometer difference) and the analyzer came up clear I don't know unless you're a severe lead foot driver. (I know I am compared to my wife, but not that big a difference) Hope you find it as we've always bragged to our friends about how good her Maxx is for an auto V6 when it comes to MPG.(she's got the power when she needs it with no apparent sacrifice in MPG). I don't think they made any big changes in '07 vs the '06 3.5L engine. I would have thought their tests would have revealed stuff like a stuck choke with all the things the computer measures.
#37 of 40 2006 Maxx mileage
Jun 19, 2011 (1:50 pm)
I recently bought a 2006 Malibu Maxx with 41,000 miles. Yesterday I did some freeway traveling and was pleasantly surprised when my mileage per the DIC read over 32 miles per gallon for the trip. The route included hills, flats and some traffic so the mileage is a good representation of expected future freeway mileage. When I bought the car the DIC read 24 mpg and this is most likely the combined mileage the car gets.
#38 of 40 Re: 2006 Maxx mileage [marks_maxx]
Jun 20, 2011 (6:01 am)
I love my 2006 Maxx but the DIC number is about 2 MPG better than the reality. Record fuel purchased and the distance between the fillups, divide the latter by the former -- you'll get your numbers and tnen we can compare them with mine.
#39 of 40 2004 vs 2006 Maxx MPG
Jun 30, 2011 (9:12 am)
I had 2004 Maxx LS. Averaged 24-25 MPG mixed driving (calculated by me). Also, could go 5-6000 miles between oil changes per Oil Life Monitor. That car was totalled around 30,000 mi (no injuries). I replaced with 2006 Maxx LTZ, which has same engine, trans, steering as the 2004. The 2006 lifetime MPG to-date is only 20.4 (calculated) and oil needs to be changed every 3000 mi per OLM. DIC on both overated MPG by 2.0 mi.
#40 of 40 Re: 2004 vs 2006 Maxx MPG [sgr5516]
Jul 01, 2011 (2:11 am)
Your data on the 2006 is close to mine 2006 LT: 2 MPG DIC overrating, OLM readings equivalent to about 3500 - 4000 miles between oil changes, recent (this sping and summer) real MPGs being 22-24, at the average speeds recorded from 24 to 42 MPH.