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Today I have a car rental, a lovely Chevy Malibu... one ugly car.

I noticed that the on board computer has an "oil life" indication. Pretty neat. Anyone know how this works? Mileage, time, actual oil sampling etc?
 

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I believe they all work basically the same way.
They develop a program to measure things like RPMs, distance, Time, and Temps. maybe some other stuff too.
I do not believe any car is equipped to do an actual oil analysis.

Ain't pooters wunerful? :D

Homer
 

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Adding to homer's list, the oil life monitor also measures cold starts, open loop driving time, etc...

Yeah the oil monitors don't actually measure the oil, they just take a tally of hte engines operating conditions to give an oil life estimate.
 

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The oil life monitors are quite common on GM cars. Almost every GM car I rent is equiped with it.

How good it is? I am not sure. Anyway I believe it is better that nothing.
 

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Hmmm interesting... I like it. Boy compared to the MO that powering steering in that Chevy was like butter. I could have washed the driveway floor with thoose front wheels it turned to easily.
 

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Recently drove a Malibu rental, one of the new ones with the V6. I must admit, it was much better than the older Malibu (now renamed the Chevy Classic hehe). Its still no Accord or Camry, but I would say it wasn't a bad car at all.
 

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I agree. I rented the new Malibu several times during last 12 months time and have to admit I really surprised me. Roomy, quite powerful (V6) and surprisingly good handling. I simply could not believe that I was driving a Chevy! It is based on Saab platform and it shows.
I also rented Pontiac G6 and have to say not bad car. It seems that GM is finally bringing good staff from acquisitions. Let’s hope this trend continues…
 
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