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Hi,

We bought this car last week, and it is such a pleasure to drive!!!

I love the paint color, and the interior is great. Not too shabby considering the price.

I look forward to many years driving this beauty.

Nick
 

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My wife andI have the 08 Hybrid and we really like the car. Once you get use to driving it you can expect to get 27-28 in town and 40 on the highway. I bought the car for the mpg so I drive 60mph on the interstate and we are geting 40 mpg. Not bad for a 3500 pound car. Enjoy your new ride they are a great car we have 6k on ours.:) Oh the secret keep the ECO light in the green it will take time to get use to it.
 

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Hi,

Just reporting on 2 weeks old Malibu Hybrid.

No issues, all good.

Mileage, City only = 25.11 mpg. Pretty good, considering my average speed was only 17 mph.

Oh, Los Angeles traffic is wonderful... not...
 

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hi , I just bought an 08 silver birch hybrid , how are you doing so far on mpgs? and how are you liking it still , thanks Kipper :cool:
 

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Not saying that any of you Hybrid owners do this, but have you ever noticed how slow hybrid people drive?

It's as if they NEED to squeeze every mpg out of their car to legitmize their purchase!! Especially when gas here in Wisconsin is at about $1.60 per gallon you aren't saving much!

PS: my combined mpg is 30 even during this below normal period of temps.
 

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Not saying that any of you Hybrid owners do this, but have you ever noticed how slow hybrid people drive?

It's as if they NEED to squeeze every mpg out of their car to legitmize their purchase!! Especially when gas here in Wisconsin is at about $1.60 per gallon you aren't saving much!

PS: my combined mpg is 30 even during this below normal period of temps.
LOL!!!

Next year - Corvette Z06.

Then I'll be able to go fast. The hybrid is for commuting.
 

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Hi noeqplease, hows the hybrid running , mine is just a week old, with ony 300 miles im getting 26 in stop and go and upper 30 s highway , great car
 

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You know the bad thing about this hybrid is the thought that my Malibu which is eight years old gets anywhere from 23 to 25 MPG in town and I have gotten almost 39 MPG on the highway cruising at 70 MPH. To me this seems that the hybrids are a bit of a disappointment in the MPG when I feel they should get better than that in my opinion. GM's got a long way to go to make the hybrid worthwhile to me.
 

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I get 40 on the highway with our hybrid and I think that is quite well for a mild hybrid. I have afriend who has the Camry hybrid and he gets 42 on the highway. If GM would make this a 2 stage hybrid I fill they would be the leader. for a 3500 pound car the mpg is good. IMO:eek:
 

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You know the bad thing about this hybrid is the thought that my Malibu which is eight years old gets anywhere from 23 to 25 MPG in town and I have gotten almost 39 MPG on the highway cruising at 70 MPH. To me this seems that the hybrids are a bit of a disappointment in the MPG when I feel they should get better than that in my opinion. GM's got a long way to go to make the hybrid worthwhile to me.
You have to realize that the cars have been getting heavier in order to accomodate all the extra features and safety gear, not to mention extra power (I believe the current 4 cylinders are roughly as powerful as the 3100 was in my 97). Losing weight would help a lot, otherwise the numbers being seen by 08+ owners aren't that bad, all other things considered.
 

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well I hate to say that the epa web site says an 2001 malibu gets 18 city 26 highway, combined is 21 with one person who recorded a high of 29, the same year metro got 31 highway . :confused:
 

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LOSE WEIGHT!!!!....Have you seen the crash tests of this beastie...This car is one of the safest cars on the road, thanks to that extra weight.:cool:
 

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well I hate to say that the epa web site says an 2001 malibu gets 18 city 26 highway, combined is 21 with one person who recorded a high of 29, the same year metro got 31 highway . :confused:
One mine is a 2000, and I did get almost 39 MPG on a trip, maybe because of the mods done to mine is why you're confused but I didn't mention anything about what I've done. I have a Cold Air Intake, the PCM's tuned and an aftermarket Cherry Bomb Vortex muffler. My car isn't completely stock and if I set the car on cruise anywhere I go I get really good mpg.
 

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Hello, can one of you Hybrid owners tell me more about the driving experience. Is there any hesitation when taking off while the motor is starting? What about the sound of the motor starting everytime you stop, is that annoying. How is the auto climate control and when it shuts down, does the fan stop as well? How is this in the summer months?
thanks and any more detail info would be appreciated.
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Hey Terry, I've only had mine for 2 days but have been driving the bejeesus out of it.

Starting from autostop varies for me so far. If I quickly go from break to gas, I don't really notice any noice differences from the gas firing up although the car seems to 'lunge' a tiny bit more than it normally would if I do this quickly. If I just normally take my foot off the break and go to the accelerator, then (if there's no music/radio on) you can hear the gas engine fire up though it's not really noticeable and is basically replaced by the engine accelerating right away either way. Personally I don't mind it at all and actually have been enjoying it.

When the engine cuts out when it goes into autostop THAT is when you can feel it every time. It's just a small rumble/noise as it switches off the gas and already it's pretty much a normal thing for me, then you sit in blissful silence :) Unless you have some tunes on, in which case all you feel is the engine shut off and it's pretty minor and can actually put a bit of a smile on your face once you're used to it!

All in all I'd say the hyrbid's 'extra' noices aren't noticeable enough to be distracting and like I said, I'm already pretty much just used to hearing them and don't really notice. If anything though I enjoy it, but that would be a personal preference type of thing.

Climate control I'm still playing with. I'm in Ontario, Canada so it's nice and cold with lots of snow here so I haven't had the A/C on yet. There are two A/C buttons though, one for full or normal A/C power, and another one that throttles back the A/C's power so that it won't disable autostop to run. For the climate control heating I'm finding the fan speed it selects is the equivalent of a wind tunnel and prefer to just select it manually until the car is warmed up, then I can leave it on auto to maintain the temp and it works great and doesnt seem to affect the hybrid's autostop.

I'm getting a lot of kicks out of the regenerative breaking system. It almost feels like I'm using engine breaks to a very small extent when I'm coasting and I really like it, especially when I see my little Eco buddy come on and showing the battery is enjoying some juice.

My only disappointment so far is that the gas engine comes on whenever you take your foot off the gas; so when the car is in park, in Drive and with just the e-break on, etc. And this is after the car is very warmed up and with the battery having lots of charge unfortunately. For me it may be a bigger deal than others because I essentially work out of my car in a huge geographic territory, and sometimes in the winter I have to put in lengthy phone calls and it would be awesome to have the electric engine keep things going and not have to idle the gas engine every few minutes to keep warm. I still haven't tested out how well the car keeps its heat or anything like that, but first impression on this aspect is a big let down for me.

Anyway I still have a whole lot more playing around to do but thought I'd give you my early impressions :)

Cheers!
 

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Hi Terry, I dont really notice the engine shut down or start up, unless Im looking at the gauge, not annoying , its a good feeling, that your not wasting gas sitting at a light or in traffic. The defrost fan , everything keeps running the lights dont go dim, its just like the gas engine was still running .Ive only had my malibu hybrid 3 weeks , but prior to this I owned a prius, and if you had the a/c on, the gas engine would not shut down, the malibu has 2 ac settings normal and hybrid . The Malibu is a big car , and Im getting 28 30 in city driving, I have less than 1000 miles so far and its been cold . so I can expect better in the coming months . :) Kipper
 
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