Mrs. D and I had to tend to a family emergency which resulted in us getting out of bed at OMG o'clock yesterday to hit the road by 5:00 a.m. We covered a bit over 800 miles arriving back home around 12:15 this morning. We were both sleepy but felt amazingly well as you can after 800 miles in a day in any car.
We went up I81, east on I84, up the Thruway. Return trip was Thruway, I78 and back south on I81.
The car did great. Cruise set at 70-75 mph and accelerating uphill effortlessly when I pushed the electrically-connected pedal. It also managed 33.8 mpg (87 octane) as measured by the odo and the pump. (BTW, gas in Port Jervis NJ is $3.669. Everywhere in NY it was at least $4.049 (10% difference!).
As its now 6 years old, I expect Mrs. D to start hinting at replacing it soon. It has been a bit of a maintenance nightmare. See below:
Two recalls the first year:
- Replacement page in the owners manual for the details on the LATCH system.
- Checking the torque on a drive pulley bolt.
Following the OLM, we had to cover a number of oil changes:
- First oil change/rotate tires in 2006
- Second oil change/rotate tires in 2007
- Third oil change/rotate tires in 2008
- Fourth oil change/rotate tires in 2009
- Fifth oil change/rotate tires in 2010
- Sixth oil change/rotate tires in 2011
Repair costs this year have been exorbitant!
$25 for adjusting the parking brake and cleaning/lubing the trunk release as the key fob/interior button wouldn't open it. You had to use the key! (Should I report this as an electrical or body problem?)
Obviously, YMMV but I really just shake my head when someone talks about what a POS the G6 is. GM quit making them after the BK filing in 2010 but not before rebadging them as the 2008 Saturn Aura and 2008 Chevy Malibu.
(Seriously, ours has been a dream. Sorry if yours wasn't.)