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#860 of 1514 Planning a Long Distance Drive
Apr 10, 2008 (11:09 am)
I taking Chevy’s advertisement jingle to heart: See the USA in your Chevrolet
Very soon I will be driving from Boston to Gaithersburg, MD in our new 2008 Malibu LS with the 16" tires. What is your recommendation for tire pressure on such a long distance trip? OnStar recommends 30 psi but I believe that is too soft for such long distance highway driving. By the way, the car has 1,600 miles and I was thinking of changing the oil before embarking on the trip. As a traditionalist, I always changed my oil after 500 miles break-in period but many boardies are saying that is no longer necessary with late model automobiles. What do you think?
Since I will be driving on Route 95, how many toll booths should I expect to encounter? I know there are none on the Massachusetts section, but what about RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, etc. and what is the expected cost on each of these sections. If you could direct me to a website I would appreciate that.
#861 of 1514 Re: Planning a Long Distance Drive [bwia]
Apr 11, 2008 (3:35 am)
depending on your route you will hit them on NY...GW Bridge, NJ Turnpike, DE Memorial Bridge, and I beleive one in MD headed south...somwhere around $15-20....you have more going back north.....in MD and DE so would say $20-25....on the return trip....if I remember them all
changing oil is a personal choice...I always change the first after 1000 miles..since the car already has 1600 on it and past the break in period...doesnt hurt....to go ahead and change....I have then used the Oil Life Monitor....and changed every 6000 miles or so.....I switched to full synthetic at 30K in my 04 Malibu Maxx.....and average changes around 6500 miles...now have over 124K on the car...without a problem....
I would set your tire pressures to the recommendation on the label on the inside of the drivers door frame....
#862 of 1514 Re: Please help :) [bryan]
Apr 11, 2008 (5:23 pm)
Did you go thru a car buying service for that $500 over dealer invoice or did you just worked out a "Deal"
My employer has a GM discount service BUT the price is only $500 off the sticker based upon the GM Supplier Discount website
I may try using the Costco auto buying service to see what the difference is .
#863 of 1514 Re: Planning a Long Distance Drive [pao]
Apr 12, 2008 (4:23 am)
Thanks pao for your detailed and thoughtful response; I truly appreciate that. Now, I am going to put OnStar to good use. I hope they don't assess a surcharge for overuse.
#864 of 1514 Re: Planning a Long Distance Drive [pao]
Apr 12, 2008 (6:54 am)
I'm haven't looked at this for the Malibu, but there are now many cars where the manufacturer specifically say do not change the factory-filled oil ahead of their recommended schedule because it has special additives that will not do the job properly if you flush it out prematurely.
You should probably check before you jump to change the first oil way early.
#865 of 1514 Oil Changes
Apr 12, 2008 (3:45 pm)
I have about 1500 miles on my new Malibu and am interested in hearing what you all have to say about the 1st oil change. I was just waiting for the system to tell me when it was time.
I am a little disappointed in my mpg.......did not realize that my average speed was only 30 mph........
Still love the car! Golden Pewter, LS.........I think I got the best car for the money spent.
#866 of 1514 Re: Oil Changes [tenngal]
Apr 12, 2008 (4:25 pm)
You should probably check the manual, call the dealer and/or call Chevrolet customer service to find out if they are any warnings or recommendations about changing the factory-filled oil long before the scheduled time.
The "change the oil at 500 or 1000 miles to get metal shavings out" thing is usually not needed on modern cars.
Some car manufacturers expressly say "Don't do that!" because not allowing the factory break-in oil to do what it was designed to do is harmful.
#867 of 1514 Re: Planning a Long Distance Drive [bwia]
Apr 12, 2008 (5:09 pm)
No tolls in R.I. and Ct. No toll on the NY George Washington Bridge when going southbound. Your first toll will be on the N.J. Turnpike.
#868 of 1514 Re: Oil Changes [tenngal]
Apr 14, 2008 (4:18 am)
I have just about 1,000 on my Malibu - and getting about 23.5 to 24 mpg's - have done mostly city/suburb driving with 1 or 2 extended highway trips thrown in - seems to perform well-above my expectations - ride quality / ride noise / just pure ride excitement in this car has been amazing....
First oil change comming up and I know what to expect - small metal "chips" in the filter and oil - still that's probably the case with any new car you're breaking in...
Wondering if the 2009s will integrate XM with OnStar....
#869 of 1514 Re: Please help :) [sidewinderz]
Apr 14, 2008 (6:28 am)
Hi sidewinderz: This Rehoboth Beach Delaware GM dealership recently changed ownership, and instituted a one-price no haggle policy--$500 over invoice for most cars; $750 over for high-end (Corvette) and the large SUVs and trucks I believe. No changes in personnel; I've been dealing with them for seven years or so, and this will be my fifth new car from the same salesman since 2003. It's nice that the same technician services my cars each time.
I did see where a poster somewhere in these Malibu forums paid $200 over dealer invoice for an '08 2LT that was swapped in from another dealer, IIRC. I remember the person's forum handle as beach???; I believe he's in the Virginia Beach, VA area.
I ordered my car on March 21 as I wanted everything but the sunroof and the 6-cylinder engine. Could not find one anywhere on the east coast in my preferred color combo, as most 2LTs had the sunroof and the 6-cylinder engine. I was in no hurry for the car, and my order did not count against their regular Malibu allocation. Since the order, GM instituted a $1000 loyalty bonus for those of us who own a '99 or later model GM. Um, I have four right now! Wonder if I can get the rebate quadrupled??? Anyway, that bonus was a nice surprise.
Good luck and let us know what you end up buying.