The car will last a long time if you treat it right.
Try to rev the engine up to the higher RPM range every now and then, since the car doesn't get much driving.
Oh believe me...I do....:yup: Gotta protect the engine from carbon build up after all...
But seriously, coming home from work some nights, there is a long stretch of road where there is usually no one else there, and I will give it a couple of seconds WOT or maybe a little less just for a few seconds.
I've found that keeping the 2.2L below 2500 RPM usually gets me pretty good fuel economy. I'm averaging 29 MPG right now.
But there are those days that you just want to hear that engine rev up to 5000 RPM...that's always fun...
I do the same thing, try to keep it under 2500 RPM. When I first got the car I tried keeping it under 2000 RPM like I did with my Taurus but I soon realized that wouldn't cut it.
Right around 3500 RPM is where any power actually comes into play and when you push it to 5k RPMS, you can really actually feel it push you into the seat a little bit. And it also sounds really nice. The exhaust note on the 2.2 Malibus are really nice if not a little too quiet compared to the 2.2 Cobalts. The Cobalts sound a little too tinny.
Something interesting I once read in a review on this car once. The reviewer wrote that he preferred the 4 cyl Malibu for curvy roads. I can only guess it is because it is lighter than the V6 and has a better overall balance.