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Planing on buying 2011 LTZ tomorrow morning

found a guy selling one locally still have 7 month left on powertrain warranty. 37,500 miles its the V6. We agreed at 13,500... I checked edmunds, kbb, and nada and it seems to be a very fair price. I'm excited I just wanted to see what ya'll though
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Has it been through a flood or accident? Otherwise, check with a dealer to see if there are any open recalls on it, and if it qualifies. If it's a branded title then GM will not do any recalls.


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Has it been through a flood or accident? Otherwise, check with a dealer to see if there are any open recalls on it, and if it qualifies. If it's a branded title then GM will not do any recalls.
I'm meeting him at the dealership where all service has been performed to get there blessing so to speak. I am not sure what you mean by branded title forgive my ignorance. I am fairly certain no flood/accident. I suppose I should buy a vin check to make sure. Anything else to look out for? thank you for the very prompt response.

edit: i remembered how to google

No I don't believe there is any issue like that all all. the guy is just selling it because hes 6'4 and has had his hip replaced a few times and getting in and out is killing him.

Would it be in my best interest to purchase the VIN history? thank you again

Double edit: VIN came back clean. He's the original owner bought it with 12 miles. Ill update the thread with pics as long as no one says I'm stupid over night.

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2011 LTZ hopefully be a great purchase, good luck!!
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I'm meeting him at the dealership where all service has been performed to get there blessing so to speak. I am not sure what you mean by branded title forgive my ignorance. I am fairly certain no flood/accident. I suppose I should buy a vin check to make sure. Anything else to look out for? thank you for the very prompt response.

edit: i remembered how to google

No I don't believe there is any issue like that all all. the guy is just selling it because hes 6'4 and has had his hip replaced a few times and getting in and out is killing him.

Would it be in my best interest to purchase the VIN history? thank you again

Double edit: VIN came back clean. He's the original owner bought it with 12 miles. Ill update the thread with pics as long as no one says I'm stupid over night.
Stupid over night, eh? I make my best mistakes after the sun goes down! Good to see you're a proactive poster, finding information for yourself pretty quickly when you can.

Congrats on the car--assuming you bought it--and welcome to the forum!

Since you'll have the 3.6L V6, there are a few pointers to follow that'll keep it happy and kicking ass:

1. Use synthetic oil like Mobil 1 or anything Dexos 1 approved. Keep an eye on your oil level and top off when necessary. The way the engine is designed, it's not good to get several quarts low. This is the root cause of the timing chains issue you may read about.

2. Perform oil changes by 6,000 miles. (I personally shoot for 5,000.)

3. Use top tier gas (BP/Shell/Exxon) and don't fill with 87 octane. Manual recommends 89 for best performance, but it ought to be required.


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The 3.6 is really the only way to go with this car, love my 08 LTZ, the v6 has plenty of power, as was stated earlier go synthetic, i'm also a 5k oil changer and run 89 in my tank
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Stupid over night, eh? I make my best mistakes after the sun goes down! Good to see you're a proactive poster, finding information for yourself pretty quickly when you can.

Congrats on the car--assuming you bought it--and welcome to the forum!

Since you'll have the 3.6L V6, there are a few pointers to follow that'll keep it happy and kicking ass:

1. Use synthetic oil like Mobil 1 or anything Dexos 1 approved. Keep an eye on your oil level and top off when necessary. The way the engine is designed, it's not good to get several quarts low. This is the root cause of the timing chains issue you may read about.

2. Perform oil changes by 6,000 miles. (I personally shoot for 5,000.)

3. Use top tier gas (BP/Shell/Exxon) and don't fill with 87 octane. Manual recommends 89 for best performance, but it ought to be required.
Wish I could have seen your post sooner... I filled with 87 in my 3.6L V6 since day one.
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Wish I could have seen your post sooner... I filled with 87 in my 3.6L V6 since day one.
When the 3.6L engine was exclusive to Cadillac, the manual required premium. It was a different tune, but you still have a high-output engine that's been dumbed down to accept regular. It's definitely happier, smoother, and more powerful on better gas, I wouldn't be surprised if you were pinging every once in a while on 87.

The difference might not be immediate, because the computer advances timing for higher octane slower than it pulls back for cheap stuff.


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When the 3.6L engine was exclusive to Cadillac, the manual required premium. It was a different tune, but you still have a high-output engine that's been dumbed down to accept regular. It's definitely happier, smoother, and more powerful on better gas, I wouldn't be surprised if you were pinging every once in a while on 87.

The difference might not be immediate, because the computer advances timing for higher octane slower than it pulls back for cheap stuff.
Thanks for the insight.

Yesterday I went ahead and filled up with 93 from Costco (I know this might be overkill, but I wanted to "dilute" the leftover 87 in the tank). There is definitely a noticeable difference. The Malibu now feels less heavy and more powerful, and the throttle response seems more consistent.
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