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Chevrolet Malbu Maxx Tires/Wheels

Warning! 15" wheels for the Malibu sedan do not fit on the Maxx. I ordered 205/70R15 snows on 15" wheels to get the taller tire (besides, 16"steel wheels were not available from Tirerack) My reasoning - The Sedan LS comes with 16" alloy wheels just like the Maxx. GM likes to use the same parts across as many vehicles as possible and the 205/70/15s had the same diameter as the 215/60R16. (Kurtamaxx had pointed this out) Stud spacing and offset are the same for both cars. My dealer even said the 15" wheels should work. SO, it should be an even swap. WRONG! I made the mistake of unwrapping all of the tire/wheel sets before trying on the right front. I couldn't kick myself hard enough when the wheel mount face would not reach the stud plate because of interference with the brake calipers. DUMB, DUMB, DUMB, DUMB, DUMB, DUMB, DUMB!

Best case I'm out $210 for shipping each way and a $60 "unmount" charge. The tire/wheel package was only $460 to start with. :cry:


  • Sorry to hear about the mess sschriber, The problem is the Maxx has slightly larger disks then the sedan,not much but just enough to make your life miserable.
  • I did the same thing!!! Ordered 205/65/R15's on steel wheels and they don't fit. The Tire Rack has not gotten back to me with a resolution. I think they (the Tire Rack)share some blame because the choices are "Malibu", "Malibu LT" and "Malibu Classic". Of those three choices, "Malibu" most closely matches my Malibu Maxx LS...

    I am concerned that the Tire Rack 16" steel wheels will be too small (inside diameter) as well. There was more than 1/2 inch (radius) interference on the 15 inch. Maybe even 17" for the steel wheels due to the design?
  • If I understand this post correctly the wheels ordered were aftermarket.

    Has anyone tried using 15" wheels that were standard equipment on the '04 Malibu sedans, on a Maxx? Both steel and aluminum 15" were available, I believe. I never use aftermarket wheels - just whatever was available for my model year - although some models are similar, such as Camaro and Firebird, and the wheels are interchangeable.

    The Hollander wheel reference manual is a good source to cross check what fits.
  • Hey all, been snooping around here lately. I own an 04 LS with stock 16" wheels. Have 29K on the original tires. Does anyone know how wide you can go on these wheels? 225/235? And what the penalty may be in terms of fuel economy by putting more rubber on the road? Thanks.

  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I upgraded to a 17 inch custom rim...225/50/17 and while the stance and cornering are a bit better the additional wheel and tire weight cost me between a half to a full mile per gallon less in the in my car space
  • hhmaxhhmax Posts: 44
    Found a nail on the tire: 05 maxx OEM tire. I pulled the nail out, the tire is not leaking yet. My question, what is the thickness of the tire? The nail is about 5 mm long. The nail was not on the side of the tire.

    Is it still safe to drive? Or can you patch the tire? If not, can I change one tire only? The set has about 20,000 KMs.
  • prdmprdm Posts: 145
    Tires can be safely patched in the tread area. 5 mm isn't long enough to penetrate the carcass but for peace of mind it may be worth doing a bath test to source a slow leak.
  • hhmaxhhmax Posts: 44
    Thanks for the reply prdm. The hold is just outside of the line: A guy in an auto shop told me that it is boarderline to be considered the side wall. He also said if there is no leak, don't worry about it and it is probably good for another 10K kms.

    Searched the internet, found that there is the thing called tire plug. Will it help?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    a tire plug is good if you have a complete hole in the tire..its like an inverted mushroom...the tire must be taken off the rim...the stem of the plug is then inserted into the hole and the cap of the mushroom forms a patch on the inside of the tire....base type of tire repair IMHO....
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Actually lasted longer than I thought they would given the mediocre specs. Unlike some others I actually liked these tires. I have a bit over 40,000 miles on them, and they may go another 10K if I'm lucky. Only rotated them once because I was more afraid of having the rotors warped.

    These were much better tires than the Michelin Energies on my Hyundai which crapped out in 35K and sucked on wet roads. Had good luck with replacement Uniroyal Tiger Paw H's, note that there is a non-H rated Tiger Paw. Kind of funny that the cheap end of the Michelin line served me a lot better than the more expensive Michelins but that was the way it was on that car at least.

    Any suggestions? I want to keep payments relatively low.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    I agree; I think they were the best OEM tire I have ever had. I went with Bridgestone G009. While they are a good tire, they spin out pretty easily. Perhaps it is because the Maxx has too much torque from a stop. Consumer Reports has done a tire comparison pretty recently. I'd check that out in the library.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I ran a set of sumitomo HTR H4s....listed as high performance all season.....Tire rack lists them at $56 a tire.....thought I didnt run them on my Maxx...I did have set on my mustang which was replaced by the maxx.....I upgraded my wheel size to 17 inch and running michelins pilots...with great results..but they are pricey.....
  • Other than being somewhat harsh over small bumps, they grip better than the former Bridgstone Invictas did and seem to be wearing well (around 20K miles on them so far and no major tread wear).
  • If you live where it snows, I would highly suggest Nokian WR's "extended" all seasons. They are good in the dry/wet and excellent in the snow along with having better response than the stock Bridgestones. Downsides are they are a bit noisier, seem to have dropped my mileage a little and are over $100 ea...
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Having grown up in South Dakota I gotta say Missouri ain't Minnesota, although ice isn't exactly nice.
  • myearymyeary Posts: 3
    I have a 2005 Malibu Maxx LS that I just purchased.What Im needing to know is the factory tire presure recomendations.The label is on the drivers side front door and all the print has been rubbed off for some reason and I am a stickler when it comes to tires and the factory specs.Thanks in advance.
  • mybooomybooo Posts: 92
    30 on front and back and 60 I think for the spare.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,854
    But 30 is the number for front and back. I have a buddy who operates a tire shop/garage and he was able to get me that figure as well.

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  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Soft ride is still the rule with some American manufacturers. Think they'd learn after the Ford/Firestone fiasco. The Bridgestones ride well at 35.
  • mybooomybooo Posts: 92
    I run my tires at about 33-34 psi. But the recommendation is 30psi.
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