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Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Accessories & Modifications

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  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    curious as to your reasoning or basis for K&N filters not working well??
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    bought my OEM from my local chevy dealer.....and photos here on my O4 Maxx LT

    http://www.carspace.com/pao
  • I have always thought the 05 Maxx's centre stack was too bland, no colour at all. Then in 06 they put a chrome ring around the knobs for the HVAC and radio. I thought just what it needed just a little something. Well had the HVAC controls replaced under warranty for peeling paint. They didn't have any 05 in stock so they used an 06 with the chrome knobs. I liked it so much I bought the chrome knobs for an 06 and put them on my 05. I am now a happy man. It is amazing how little it takes to please me as I get older. Now if I could just afford the rear view mirror with the auto dim, compass and Onstar controls, it would be like Christmas.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I agree the center console was bland as well..so simply added some of the faux wood dash inserts too mine around the HVAC and Radio headunit....you can see them in my site above
  • Saw your new faux wood dash. REally looks great!! Where did you get it?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    just do a search on google for dash kits..there are several sites...shop around for the best price.....believe mine were from www.nycdashes.com
  • That sounds like something I would like to do, I have an 05 as well. Where did you order those new knobs from? Was it hard to switch them?
  • Ordered them from the dealer. Just make sure you order the 06's The radio knobs take a little muscle but grab the outer knob and pull straight out. When replacing them, snap the outer knob on first then replace the centre button on both the power and the tunning. I am not sure if the HVAC control work the same as they are one piece. But they should be. Good Luck.
  • I did research on several web sites and came up with same results every time; K/N filters do offer a little more airflow but have much poorer dust retention.

    If your area has little dust it's not an issue. I live in desert / urban environment and dust is everywhere.
  • A pity they are not brushed metal edge versions available.
    I found the chrome ones in the Maxx SS created annoying glare spots. However, I may be percularly sensitive to glare and I live in a very sunny area.
  • Anyone have experience with Brembo rotors on their Malibus or Maxxes?

    I am considering replacing all of my rotors with ones that don't warp.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    tire rack has them for 67 each for the front and 48 each for the rear..assuming you have the 16 inch wheel option.....

    EBC also makes some good rotors as well...and you can get theirs slotted and or cross drilled........about 150 for the front set and 115 for the rear

    check here for other options
    http://www.innerauto.com/store/brand.php?make_text=chevy&model_text=malibu&ml=ma- li-maxx-001&year=2004&part_name=brake_disc&my=1&cat=h
  • bwolterbwolter Posts: 51
    Will the 06 chrome knobs also fit the 04 Maxx?
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    I am sure they will since the just snap on
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    anyone replaced the OEM speakers yet in the Maxx...Im keeping the OEM headunit..just want to swap out the speakers in the doors.....assume there is a cross over somewhere to account for the tweeters in the A pillar as well
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    he, he, he...is there nothing you haven't tricked out on your Maxx. I need to see the latest and greatest!! The most I've swapped out is the wipers :shades:
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    really no changes since you last saw me I do beleive
  • Hi, just got my Maxx & didn't get the windows tinted. In retrospect, probably a good idea & it does look kinda cool.
    The pre-cut tints - are they okay or is it better to spend the money for a professional job. I'm wondering too if tinting prices are cheaper in the U.S. - I could drive across to Buffalo if necessary. Any ideas??
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    have it professionally done......better tint and better warranty replacement
  • Ok, so I have an 05 maxx LT. As you all know they make no cool parts for it so I figure im going to start doing whatever I can to start the craze. I am having trouble figuring out how to take off the front and back trim peices with the chevy badges on them. So far I have a K&N airfilter, im cutting the springs and going badgeless (VW upbringing) and doing cosmetic work for the looks, im trying to find wheels in 18" size as well as im fabricating things to add a turbo ^.^ I could use any help, email me at thule1944@gmail.com and your welcome to ask what makes me think i can do all this bullhocke and pull it off :D
  • when i first driving my 04 malibu ls i was having so much fun watching the gas milage. so i started expermenting with different gas stations. i found that the "cheaper" gas i got way less gas milage. found the BP gas stations were a few cents higher a gallon but got almost 10 more miles to the gallon easy! i am finishing up on a maxx ss and the gas milage is a lot less than the "sedan", but i dont mind. i will stay away from the "cheap" stations/convient store.
  • lcw1lcw1 Posts: 36
    Any one installed a trailer hitch on the maxx. If so where to order one and how difficult to install?

    Thanks
  • swavekswavek Posts: 6
    I went to U-Haul to have them install a trailer hitch. It took 30 mins to install. No special tools were required, just two holes were made and 2 existing were used. Paid $137.50 hitch, $50 labor, $5 warranty. I didn't want wiring as I use it only for bikes.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Generally I use Top Tier gas in my 05 Maxx. In the St. Louis area that's QT (dominant player here), Conoco/Phillips, or Shell. Will generally pick these over the non Top Tier brand names such as BP or Mobil. Since QT sets market prices they all wait for QuikTrip to move and follow along.

    Anyway, I was surprised by a comment on bobistheoilguy from an Atlanta driver saying he found that Murphy got better mileage than QuikTrip. His supposition was that the higher detergents in QuikTrip meant less gas in a particular gallon.

    I take the idea of meeting Top Tier standards seriously enough so that I wouldn't switch from Connoco/Phillips or QuikTrip to BP. I suspect that BP skimps on detergents on their regular because of the old Amoco premium= more detergent ad campaign that they inherited. As I said, around here QuikTrip has more stations, better stations and sells a lot more gas than BP, so if there's two stations across the street from each other I'll take the QT so as not to worry about build up. I figure GM (and others) came up with those standards for a reason.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Since the brand list changes, I thought I'd list since I quoted my preference:

    http://www.toptiergas.com/retailers.html

    TOP TIER Gasoline Retailers:

    QuikTrip
    Chevron
    Conoco
    Phillips
    76
    Shell
    Entec Stations
    MFA Oil Company
    Kwik Trip/Kwik Star
    The Somerset Refinery, Inc.
    Chevron-Canada
    Aloha Petroleum
    Tri-Par Oil Company
    Shell-Canada
    Texaco
    Petro-Canada
    Sunoco-Canada
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    and what exactly does this do???

    with the other aftermarket parts....mufflers....unless you replace the headers back...add a free flow cat and probably increase the size of the pipiing proportionally....you arent going to see a noticeable increase in HP.....adding a COLD air intake...now of the systems shown are really a CAI as they are not drawing cool air in but rather hot air from the engine compartment...I would like to see a dyno sheet that shows a 10-15 HP increase from a CAI alone...as advertised in the ebay offering....computer chips....why not just get the ECM or BCM tuned......that does a better job than a simply chip replacement..probably is....no one probably does a tune for the malibu engine.....and I really not sold on the supercharger look alikes that the other site was showing......again some stuff, but nothing that will increase the get and go of the malibu engine....which is really made to be tuned in the first place..IMHO
  • 18" wheels will not work unless you have the steering rack modified with turning restrictors. That is how the Maxx SS managed to get 18" wheels into its wells (its rack is different from other Maxx's). Otherwise you will grind the wheels on the inside or outside of the well when you turn.

    Good luck on adding a turbo. You will probably have to put that under the engine (as one Chevrolet truck installation had to do) as there is no room in the engine bay for one.
  • Isn't the SS have a larger diameter tire as well which would cause the clearance problems instead of the rim? I'd like to know as well. I think the SS tire is 1/2 inch taller.

    And about top tier, everytime I use Shell or Conoco/Phillips my mileage suffers. When I use Exxon it goes up. And they're not top tier and I'm not worried about it either. I've worked on enough cars using Exxon over the years to see very clean carburetors and intake valves. So I don't buy it :)
  • bluemaxxbluemaxx Posts: 2
    Try going to http://chevrolet.dealerfit.com/store/chevrolet-malibu-maxx-accessories-cat691_78- 8.php. This is where I found a lot of accesaries for the MAX and others.
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