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Old 03-02-2012, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default Four cylinder vs six cylinder

I just bought a 2012 malibu with the 4 cylinder. Does anyone have any opinions on the 4 cylinder verses the 6 cylinder? I would like to hear both positive and negative thoughts on the 4 cylinder engine.
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:35 PM   #2
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I4 rated around 22/32 by EPA, V6 rated 17/26. I get over 32 in summer and around 29 on winter blend gas. The 6 has way more poop and gets the car moving with only a small hit in mileage. The V6 models get hydraulic power steering, I4 models get EPS (electronic), and the early ones were problematic. I4 gets a 6-speed that requires you to use plugs on the side to check/fill the trans fluid, V6 6-speeds have a dipstick. I4 6-speeds have spacers instead of the additional clutch packs found in the V6 6-speeds.

I would guess the I4 handles better due to better weight distribution, but that's just a theory. My V6 handles just fine and I'm glad to have it for all the above reasons. (It's actually my second - my first was an '09.)
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Driven Daily, why did you sale your 2009 chevy malibu with only 20,000 miles on it dealership didn't give you much for it chevy cars have bad resale value. I know because my buddy has 2011 chevy malibu LTZ carmax offer him only $14,000 car only had 16,000 miles on it so far. This is V6 LTZ not the 4cylinder.
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It was a decision made between Thursday and Saturday. My '09 was purchased "new" in Dec '08 with 1252 miles on it as a dealer trade. Yet they told me one of their salesmen had been using it and he couldn't be reached because he was recovering from a broken leg. I got it sight-unseen with scratches and rust showing. Every time they serviced it they broke something or left oil all over it, and every oil change resulted in about 1/4 tank of gas being consumed. After complaining about their lack of ability to do a quality job so many times they told me to go somewhere else. So I did. The next service was for the turn signal not canceling. I was treated so nicely that I spoke to a salesman and got a truly brand new car (9 miles on the odo!) in the color I wanted, without a scratch or front license plate. Except for the lousy service by the original dealership I really liked my '09. Just got tired of dealing with the dealer breaking more stuff when "fixing" it than it went in for.

Check my sig: V6, 6-speed, 2LT for '09, now I have V6, 6-speed, LTZ for '11.

The trade-in was reasonable and I left with a new LTZ for about $25K. Couldn't turn it down!
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DrivenDailey,thanks for the info. Anymore input from others would be appreciated.
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:34 PM   #6
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I'll copy/paste my post from another thread a moment ago.

http://www.chevymalibuforum.com/foru...3603#post83603

The TL;DR synopsis is that I love my four cylinder. It is an 09 1LT of the same Silver Ice color as yours. I have had it for three years with no issues that caused me any headaches. One of the things I love most about the car is how it looks clean, even after a storm. I have gotten many complements on that, not to mention it's overall appearance.

With the exception of having to remove the bumper to do some what should be routine maintenance, I think the car is something that is easy to care for. Oil changes in the four cylinder are simple as well.

Hell, after a some friends had a ride in my car, they ended up getting cars exactly like mine, ebony interior as well, but newer years. Well, one friend and the girlfriend of my buddy.

Granted, not all car experiences are the same and yours may differ from mine. However, with a good dealer/repairshop, owner upkeep as required and routine inspections, I doubt you will be dissappointed.

On the other plus side, you know of this website. Most folks here are very helpful. The admin and several members are very knowledgeable as well. Chevy folks also make periodic stops in here to help as well.

In any case, welcome to the forum
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DrivenDailey, Thanks for the info on your car.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:41 PM   #8
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I too, will quote myself: (http://www.chevymalibuforum.com/foru...83631#poststop)

I'll be totally honest here as I have a V6 and an I4. The V6 has all the power a mid-sized car needs and is a lot of fun to drive. The I4 I wouldn't go as far as saying is underpowered but doesn't have all I necessarily like to have under the hood for passing or for that extra punch, and isn't as much fun to drive as a result. That's purely opinion based, of course. The fuel efficiency is pretty similar, but the I4 averages 3 or 4 mpg better around town. If you can find a killer deal I'd say go with the V6. Just my opinion.

For the '12 model year the only way to get a V6 is to purchase a 3LT or 2LZ. I wasn't willing to pony up the extra money as we already have a 3.6 liter.

The 3.6 liter has hydraulic power steering while the 2.4 has electric-assisted. I find the '12's (I4) power-assisted incredibly easy to turn the wheel on, literally a one finger possibility. Not as much on the V6 but age or tires could play a bearing on this too. Just my observation.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:33 PM   #9
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Driven Daily, why did you sale your 2009 chevy malibu with only 20,000 miles on it dealership didn't give you much for it chevy cars have bad resale value. I know because my buddy has 2011 chevy malibu LTZ carmax offer him only $14,000 car only had 16,000 miles on it so far. This is V6 LTZ not the 4cylinder.
Not familiar with CarMax perse but familiar with the type of business. If you want a good price you don't go to CarMax. Chevy cars seem to bring an excellent resale value in my area.

I have an 08 with the I4 and the 6 speed. V6 has more low rpm torque and feels more sprightly with less throttle movement. To get a car with the I4 to move smartly you need to put your foot to the floor and hold it there. The engine revs high and you have to push it like a European car Vs a big inch American car. When you get your foot down it whips but you do have to put that foot down.

Gas mileage in hilly areas is about what the V6 gets since the 6 has a torque advantage and the 4 has to downshift more. In flat areas the 4 can get over 35 mpg at speeds of 60 mph.

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I posted on the other thread too, but here's my take on it...modified since you already bought the four cylinder...

I found the four cylinder to be an okay, but rather unengaging driving experience. It was very obvious that GM bumped up initial throttle response to make up for lack of horsepower compared to the V6, but that response dropped off sharply the harder it was pushed. At least that was my impression.

I found the steering to be lighter and less sporty feeling than the V6's hydraulic system.

Fuel economy, well...as others have stated my friend (with the four cylinder) and I get about the same on the highway but she gets about 2-3 mpg better in city. Probably because the V6 consumes more at idle.

Idle quality will be better with the V6 long term. Initially they are similar but the idle always degrades on cars...more so the fewer cylinders they have, in my experience.

Anyway, as you can probably tell I am very pro-V6...but the four cylinder is still a very nice car if you are just looking for a car to get you from one place to another.
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