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#1432 of 1510 Re: Malibu Tires [malexbu]
Mar 16, 2011 (5:53 am)
Thank you for sharing your opinion and feelings with me, and the group of people that read this board. ----- I appreciate your honesty. ------ I do not understand your "annoyance with me" with regards to my postings. ---- My goal, with regards to my postings, was to share "pertinent material" that might be helpful to other Malibu owners. ------ QUESTION: What is wrong with this purpose? ----- Did I in some way offend you?
I do not understand the intent of your comments. I think I was very accurate with regards to my issues with the Goodyear tires. ---- I service my vehicle every 2,500 miles, and I was losing air between service intervals. ---- I decided to replace the original equipment tires with a higher quality tire, (Michelin HydroEdge). ----- This was done based on my research on the "Net" with regards to the quality and defects associated with the Goodyear Eagle Tires. (If you care to do the research just type up "Goodyear Eagle Tire Problems!")
Everyone is entitled to their opinion in terms of quality and performance of the Chevrolet Malibu, and the tires installed at the factory. ------ (I am NOT an engineer nor do I have the time to do a scientific research study. I use a vehicle as a tool for my career. I want my vehicle to run in a "state of the art fashion" on a daily basis, which is why I have my Malibu serviced every 2,500 at the selling dealer) ----- When I purchased this vehicle I compared it to the 2003 four cylinder Accord that I owned prior to the Camry. The 2010 four cylinder Malibu handled very similarly to the 2003 Honda Accord. I DID NOT purchased the 2010 Accord because the seats were very uncomfortable, especially the back of the bucket seat. On the other side of the issue, the Malibu had much more comfortable seats. The Accord came with original equipment Michelin tires, while the Malibu came with original equipment Goodyear Eagle tires.
When I experienced the loss of air between service intervals, I had the tires inflated to 32psi hoping to seat the tire against the aluminum wheel. ------ Even at the higher pressure the tires continued to lose air. ----- Prior to installing the new Michelin tires I had the aluminum alloy wheels tested for porosity. If they were porous the wheels could have been coated with an epoxy coating. The installation of the new tires was a long process because of the wheel testing, tires installation, wheel balancing and four wheel alignment. ----- NOTE, I have NOT lost any air since the new tires were installed. The logical deduction from this experience is that I had four tires that in some way were porous, or the seal at the aluminum wheel was defective! -------- QUESTION: ---- How much more data do you want on this subject? ----- I apologize if I have offended you in some way. ----- Since I paid for the new Michelin tires and the service associated with this process, I think I have a right to my own opinion with regards to the quality of the Goodyear Eagle Tires. ----- REMEMBER, I am responsible for my safety, and the safety of the people who ride in my vehicle, and the other people on the road. ----- I made a decision to replace what I consider to be a defective set of tires. I posted the reasons for that decision and I stand by my decision. ---- The Malibu drives like a totally different vehicle with the Michelin Tires. It handles very good both in the snow and on wet pavement. It drives like a much heavier vehicle. In my opinion, I think GM should have installed these tires on the vehicle at the factory.
Best regards. ---------- Dwayne
#1433 of 1510 Re: Malibu Tires [djm2]
Mar 16, 2011 (6:00 am)
your missing his point here...you have repeated this same story in almost every post you have made...I beleive the general consensus is they get it....
the tires, the camry, the MPG, the leaking air..etc.....
no need to keep repeating it over and over again
have a great day!
#1434 of 1510 Re: Malibu Tires [pao]
Mar 16, 2011 (6:32 am)
I understand you comment! ----- I post in a complete fashion, so someone reading a "current posting" can understand both the "issue" and the "solution." -----
I always post in a VERY PROFESSIONAL manner.
Best regards! ---------- Dwayne
#1435 of 1510 Re: Malibu Tires [djm2]
Mar 16, 2011 (6:57 am)
Dwayne are you using nitrogen in your Michelins? It seems to me that in a previous post you stated that you had switched to nitrogen. It is rather unfair to compare tires with nitrogen to the goodyears without nitrogen. The goodyears might have very well held the nitrogen. By the way goodyear makes some excellent tires, just at a higher price than the ones you had. Also take it for what it is worth, but you do tend to repeat yourself over and over.
#1436 of 1510 Nitrogen in tires!
Mar 16, 2011 (10:57 am)
If "nitrogen" was the solution to the problem, (which is hard to believe), why wasn't it installed at the factory? ----- Why didn't the GM representative, (who monitors this board), recommend this solution? ----- Answer: ---- It was not the solution!
Best regards. -------------- Dwayne
#1437 of 1510 Re: Nitrogen in tires! [djm2]
Mar 16, 2011 (12:22 pm)
Dwayne You didn't answer the question. Are you using nitrogen now?
Nitrogen would be quite expensive to factory fill all cars. Expensive to top up later by car owners.
#1438 of 1510 Re: Nitrogen in tires! [bdyment]
Mar 16, 2011 (2:41 pm)
Kindly be advised that I am using Nitrogen in my new Michelin HydroEdge tires, and they are holding pressure!
Best regards. ------------------ Dwayne
#1439 of 1510 Re: Nitrogen in tires! [djm2]
Mar 17, 2011 (4:54 am)
What do you have to pay for nitrogen in your area?
#1440 of 1510 Re: Nitrogen in tires! [bdyment]
Mar 17, 2011 (5:22 am)
I believe this serviced added $60.00 dollars to the NEW TIRE package, which included four Michelin HydroEdge tires, installation, balancing and a four wheel alignment. ------- (Since I have the vehicle serviced at the selling dealer, "topping off the tires" is no problem. In an emergency situation I could use air if necessary!)
Best regards. -------- Dwayne
#1441 of 1510 Re: Malibu Tires [djm2]
Mar 19, 2011 (6:49 am)
I think that the secret to having good luck with a Toyota is to have a good dealer like yours. Toyota has a history of blaming the owner when engines fail (for example) because of engine sludge. When class action suits are made, Toyota usually caves. Actually the Toyota I like the best is the Avalon. It will be a Cadillac DeVille replacement eventually. I don't care (on that car) about anything but a smooth ride and isolation.
I'm in the market for a Cobalt replacement and am looking at the LT1 Malibu. I'm disappointed at your mileage though. The Avalon beats it. I always get (on the road) from 34 to as much as 41 on the Cobalt. Mid -20's in the city. I get 27-30 on the DeVille. I would expect a 4 cylinder Malibu to at least get 33-35 at 70 and I'm suprised at your mileage and others who commented on the "real world mileage" forum. Ethanol doesn't help either. It cuts 3 mpg off.
In any event the car is relatively cheap, rides well, and holds 4 people. It also comes fully equipped with all the things that I would put on a car. I'll only get the interface package and the convenience package with the power seat plus the red color. I will also get a spare tire and jack.
I sat in a neighbor's '51 new Roadmaster wagon when I was 10 and the thing that impressed me most was that the engine was running and I couldn't hear it! Lots different from our '50 Pontiac.
I looked that Malibus on a lot the other day and the LTZs had Eagles, The rest had Firestones so perhaps GM does not use Goodyears for the entire line. My experience with Eagles has been poor mileage but there are a number of different specs for Eagles from performance tires to regular ones.