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Chevrolet Malibu Maxx General Care and Maintenance



  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    well...38 months and almost 108K and the OEM battery died.....was in the middle of a parking field, tailgating for a college football game down in was on for the pregame show and it suddenly went off.....tried to get it lights, no chimes, no horn, no emergency flashers....complete power failure...never saw a battery fail that suddenly....

    fortunately AAA paid for itself this year....battery service came out....tested the battery and charging system...nothing left in the battery at all, everything else tested OK.......placed their jumper box on it..immediately got the door chimes back and it started right up.......went to the closed advanced auto parts store...and $78 later out with fresh new battery installed....and back to VA the next day.....
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    yes, but did the Gamecocks win??? :P
    I reapplied scotch guard to all my fabric after 3 years. It is interesting how the Maxx's fabric gets stiffer after puting on an application. Nonetheless, I have been able to keep all the seats maticulous.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I think the seat fabric is ugly but durable. I think there's some comments about staining on the bu threads but I haven't noticed problems.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    actually no they didnt..but I was at the Clemson Central Michigan game.... ;)
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    ok, 109,675 miles....and had to have my second brake service.....pads all around, turn the rear rotors, replaced both front rotors, brake fluid flush, synthetic oil change, and check alignment and free flat repair......

    this should be the last major service for a while now....the last fluid that needs changing is the coolant..still OEM...beleive manual states 150K or five years.....will probably due it after the winter......
  • sgr5516sgr5516 Posts: 156
    I owned an optioned up 2004 Malibu Maxx LS from 5/04 til 7/06. I changed oil when the OLM msg displayed. I drove it just under 15k mi/yr with a 40 mi round trip commute to work, mostly on back roads. The Oil Change Interval (OCI) was 6400 - 7392 miles, so oil was changed 2x per yr over the course of the 4 northeast seasons. The car had a GVWR of 4493 lbs and I averaged 22.7 mpg (actual calculation) over those 2 yrs. The car was just used around town from 1/06 - 7/06 (4700 miles) & it was heading for another 6k OCI when it was totalled.

    I replaced it with a 2006 Malibu Maxx LTZ (the only new one I could find in July 06). I was expecting to get similar OCI's and MPG on this car since it had the same LX9 V6 engine and 4sp automatic & a GVWR of 4515 lbs, only 22 lbs more than the 2004.

    To my surprise and disapointment, my OCI's on the 2008 are only 3500-4500 mi & I average only 20.4 mpg. I have driven this car just under 12k mi/yr and my commute is 22 mi round trip on mostly highways. I want to have my dealer check this out, but I don't think they would be able to do anything.

    So my question is, what is the OCI for other Maxx owners that change their oil based on the OLM? I welcome all responses, but am mainly interested in Maxx experience with LX9 V6.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    You probably read the responses to the cross post I made on Bobistheoilguy..

    1. One respondent said the new engine WAS tougher on oil.
    2. One respondent had a G6 with an identical engine to yours and was getting about 7000 miles.
    3. Two respondents wondered whether the car was reacting to the start and move tactics that dealers utilize to reposition cars on their lots. That would explain the first oil change, but it looks like you've had this for over a year.

    I think your OLM is behaving abnormally. Trying to get the dealer to respond to that, however, when they want you to have 3000 mile oil changes may prove a challenge.
  • sgr5516sgr5516 Posts: 156
    Yes, I read the posts in your link to Bobistheoilguy. Thanks. I tried to register there so I could post and respond, but that website has not yet sent me the email to confirm my email address. Most of the responses there did not apply to my car. I have the same LX9 V6 that was in my 2004 and the OCI's have been consistantly low since day 1. Right now I've gone 2041 mi since last oil change and OLM is already at 46%. So I am heading for an OCI of 3779 miles.

    I agree, I think there is something wrong with my OLM and I will tell the dealer the next time I bring it in. My comments about my dealer described their practices back in 2004/2005. They now acknowledge and support the simplified maintenance schedule. They actually have a very good service dept and have always resolved my problems to my satisfaction.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,714
    there is a small number stuck either inside of, or on the exterior of, the glove box's inner drawer.

    To see the sticker on the exterior of the box door, you have to "unmount" the glovebox bin /door from its limit stops by opening the door, pressing hands on the sides of glovebox bin and pushing gently towards center of the drawer until the drawer's limit stops pop out from behind the dash trim.
    At that point the glovebox bin will tumble forward (still hinged at bottom) and you should see a small orange or white sticker with a 3-digit number on it. That number is the paint code.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    I am a bit confused by our Malibu Maxx tranny fluid and filter change interval in our owner's manual. Under extreme conditions, it is to be done at 50k. But in a sentence right after, it seems to indicate that if you are not driving in harsh city driving conditions, there is no need to change the fluid. This seems odd to me. I only have 48k on my 2003, so I don't consider my conditions "city harsh." Pao: since you are around 100k, did you ever get your's drained/flushed? Any other thoughts on when a low mileage Maxx should have the tranny fluid changed?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I now have 124K on my Maxx...I changed the trans fluid at 100k as part of the 100k maintenance suggested in the owners state you have an 03...but the maxx wasnt introduced until 04.....

    now that Im over 100k...I will probably change the fluid every 50k from here on out....the only fluid that hasnt been changed yet is the coolant...and I beleive the owners manual stated its good for 5 years or 150k.....that will be next....

    car still running good.....using full sythetic oil..changing it per the OLM which is about every 6500 miles.....and the last thing I had to do was a new battery......3rd set of tires this summer......have almost 55K on the current set.....
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    Yep '04. On what page in the owners manual does it say 100k for the tranny service?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    it doesnt say change it....I simply did it as part of the 100K scheduled maintenance outlined in the wasnt required under routine maintenance.....I dont consider my driving habits severe ie: Every 50000 miles if the vehicle is mainly driven under one or more of these conditions: 1) In heavy city traffic where the outside temperature regularly reaches 90 F (32 C) or higher 2) In hilly or mountainous terrain 3) When doing frequent trailer towing

    I simply did a complete fluid change out at 100K.....
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    my question, as you know, comes from the fact that I have a 101k GMPP and want to make sure I am in compliance in case the tranny quits. I just find it hard to believe that if you drive in severe conditions, you do a 50k fluid change. Yet if you don't drive in harsh conditions, just let it ride forever! I have never heard of such an important fluid staying in that long. Can you say varnish?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    when I ask the mechanic what did it look like when he changed was darker than new...but there was no loss of I would guess since its a completely sealed system....then it may last is tough to do the they must lift the car....the fill plug in on top of the housing...and the drain plug of course at the bottom.....checking the correct level can only be done with the drain plug out wtih some other parameters....trans in neutral or park..can remember which, car temp..etc etc....
  • polypirklpolypirkl Posts: 2
    I am confused. I recently took my Maxx in for an oil change (2004 I have had for 3 years) and asked the mechanic to service the transmission since I was leaving for a trip and am over 90k right now. They told me they could not do the service because the car was set up so only the dealer could do it - Something about the fittings - Was he full of it or do I have to take it to the Chevy dealer for this?

  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    yuor local guy is full of it...standard fittings...the issue is its a closed system...and you must raise the order to access the transmission housing...the fill is on the top of the housing..the drain at the bottom obviously....I had my serviced, flushed and fluid replaced at the local goodyear dealer here in town without problem..........drain and fluid check procedures are in the owners manual....again..because its a "closed" system...and doesnt have dip stick....some probably assume its a dealer only service....
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    I often wonder if these bozos turn away work that they don't want to do because there isn't enough profit, or that they'll get their hands too dirty.
    I sure wish e2helper wasn't bannished to siberia. I still want an answer to my question regarding the interval at which one is supposed to get the tranny fluid replaced. All our manual states is that one should get the fluid out when driving in "harsh conditions." What about those of us who are driving on feathers and cushy pillows?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    it never hurts to change out fluids...when in doubt..simply do it.....I dont consider my driving conditions harsh...thus the users manual insinuates it doesnt need to be changed......I still did it at 95K and will probably do it at 150K again.....if in doubt..simply do it
  • My dealer service tech suggested that I change my transmission fluid with only 48km on the car. I have done it a couple of times on previous vehicles I have owned so I said no that I would do it myself when he informed me that I would not get all of the fluid because a good portion would be in the torque converter which he said I would not be able to get to. Would anyone know if this is true?
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