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Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Interior and Passenger Comfort Concerns



  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    6 way power seat on only 33,000 miles. The new seat is on order. I spent one hour with the shop manager trying to grease the noise out, but after scoping it with the stethiscope, we determined that there was a weak point at a rivot in the back right corner of the seat. Oddly, I was able to arrest the noise by forcing up on the back right orange colored coil, but the shop manager did not see how I could wedge an object like a block of wood/steel (my suggestion) to force that last coil up where it would stay put, so he ordered the seat.
    Happy new year to you pao, and to all my Bu-Maxx cyber friends.
  • myearymyeary Posts: 3
    I have a 2005 malibu maxx that I have owned for 3 weeks now and I been watching my temp guage go from just below the mid mark to above the mid mark when i am sitting at a light or when the car is in park.....Is this normal?Allso when i fill the tank up and the needle is above the full mark i have noticed the needle drops quit quickly in about 70 miles its allmost down to the 3/4 mark now keep in mind when all is said and done and i refuel my MPG is around 26.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    TSB #04-08-49-025 is about fuel gage operation on 2004/5 Maxx but without knowing your build date can't tell you if might be applicable to you.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    Yes, it can be frightening to watch the temp guage on the Malibus, as it approaches the redline. Nonetheless, it is normal. At some point in your car's life, the temp guage won't go up at all (for a day). It does not seem to be a fixable issue and will likely only happen once. Take heart: as long as you hear your cooling fan come on when the temperature guage climbs to 3/4 of the way, the car is performing normally.
  • jayrojayro Posts: 2
    Be careful using the recirculation method too much. I have a horror story for you.
    I bought a used 05' Maxx in December and have been very pleased with it's performance. Now that it's warmed up, I've started to use the A/C. At first, I didn't notice any problems. As the weather got warmer and I used the A/C more, I noticed a funk coming out of the vents. I took it to the dealer (out of warranty) and they told me that there was mold in the A/C system and that it is usually cause by recirculating the air. He said that I should avoid using it if I could. This may or may not be true but it is the answer I received.
    I have had the vent system cleaned and deodorized twice since then (almost July now) and I can still smell it when I turn on the A/C. Ant information on how to get the funk out would be appreciated. Everyone I've talked to say it is now part of the car. :mad:
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    You used the words cleaned and deodorized.....cleaned with what? Deodorant certainly would not do anything to kill the mold/mildew. How about opening up the engines hood, open up your windows, turning on your blower to the high setting using the outside air, and spraying an entire can of Lysol into the air intake vents. I've done that before on my car; works great.
  • meandmymaxxmeandmymaxx Posts: 134
    One thing I have found that helps is about 10 min before shutting the car off I turn off the A/C and turn the blower on hi. Helps to dry out the evaporator/condenser, I can never remember which part is in the car and which is in front of the rad. and the mold is not so keen to form on a dry surface
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    go get a can of Ozium from the autoparts store..some Walmarts carry it as well..its a hospital grade sanitizer...spray it into the vents without the fan running..then turn the fan on..and spray into the outside intakes below the windshield....should correct the problem....
  • legalseclegalsec Posts: 31
    I just bought a used 06 Malibu Maxx. Several hours after taking delivery we noticed that the plastic storage drawer under the console and left of and under the steering wheel column is missing. Any ideas about buying/getting a replacement without going to the parts dept. at the dealer? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    P.S. Msgs 27, 29, 30 - Thanks for the advice on installing and getting cabin air filters for the Maxx. I will try those tips out.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Not sure if they have that level of part listed, but if nothing else this should give you the names and comparative prices of various salvage yards:
  • legalseclegalsec Posts: 31
    Thank you! I'll look into this.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,766
    The trick of installing a cabin air filter in the cabin A/C manifold may also help with this. Dropping the glovebox door reveals a small door in the A/C fan box, into which a Saturn ION cabin filter may be inserted (I change mine every 2-3 months; it's very grayish by then). It's a good idea to put a reinforcing screen under the filter, though.
  • We have a 2006 LTZ with automatic climate control. Is there any way to completely shut it off? There's always air coming into the car, no matter where we direct the air, what temperature we select, or if the fan is set to off. Very aggravating, especially in the winter, to always have air blowing in from somewhere. Of course the dealer says it's fine.
    Otherwise we love the car, 13,000 miles and no problems (fingers crossed).
  • Not sure why you would want to shut it off in the winter but. If you move the fan control to "0" and press the recirculate button to on, then there should be no air at all coming into the car. Will make for a cold car and a build up of condensation on the windows because of the recirculation of internal air. But no air.
  • Thanks, it helps but then we have to fiddle with the temp, and it always seems too hot. It's esp. annoying when we drive with the sunroof cracked (I love fresh South Carolina lowcountry air).
    Had a Dodge Intrepid with auto climate, but you could shut it off totally.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,766
    The Maxx apparently will switch off Recirculation mode after 10 - 15 minutes as a safety feature.
  • mybooomybooo Posts: 92
    Not true on my 2005 Maxx LS. The recirc stays on until I turn the car off, or if I switch it off of A/C. It has done this since day one. My 2000 Malibu is the same way also.
  • I have only had my 2004 Malibu Maxx for 18 months and now the speedomoter is malfunctioning. Does anyone know about the price range to fix it?
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 6,177
    It could be the speedometer sensor is malfunctioning and simply needs to be replaced. Could be that the speedometer itself is bad and you need to get into the dash to replace it, so it's hard to say.
    Best bet is to take it to a mechanic you trust and have them take a look at it. A functioning speedometer/odometer is usually a required item to pass inspection (I know it is here in PA) so you're going to have to get this fixed at some point.

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  • I have a 1995 Buick Park Ave. It has climate control on passenger side. This summer when I turned on the AC the drivers side got cool but most of the time the passenger side was hot (the climate control button did not help). Sometimes it did get cool though. Now that is winter it is doing the opposite. I have heat on my side but not the passenger. It has worked one time only. Any ideas on what could be wrong. Hopefully I can fix it myself. If so, HOW?
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 6,177
    You're in the wrong discussion. The way to find your way to the Park Ave discussions is to use the Browse By Vehicle search tool over there ---->
    on the right side of the page.
    Just select Buick Park Avenue and you'll find yourself at a page full of Park Ave discussions.

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  • I have exactly the same problem. Mine sounds like some kind of belt rattling. I took it to the dealer, but they found nothing wrong. Did you ever get your problem solved?

    Symptoms are:
    recirculate mode(hot and cold):noise
    air in mode: less noise(almost none)
    defroster mode: noise
    fans off:less noise(almost none)

    I poked around a little online, someone suggested it might be one of the following:

    check belt tensioner
    and/or alternator
    or clutch on the ac compressor

    Anybody has the same problem?
  • I've had my car in to the dealer twice now for a rear defroster issue. There were about 3-4 lines that were not working. The shop told me that they were "clearly scratched" and therefore not covered under warranty. They fixed them at a reasonable cost. About six weeks later I'm back at the shop. They claim that they're "clearly scratched" again. I don't store anything in the back on top. Anyone else have this issue?
  • pffreesepffreese Posts: 3
    I went out with my girlfriend and a friend of hers Friday night. The friend was in the back seat. She was enjoying the skylight, when all of a sudden, UH-OH! She did something to the shade and now it won't retract. I've had the car a year and half and not had problems at all with the shades. There isn't much room to feel around in that center post to figure out the problem. Any ideas how the mechanism works or how it is mounted? I don't want to mess with it more than I have to. :(
  • sgr5516sgr5516 Posts: 156
    I've had that happen several times on both my 04 and 06 Maxx's. Unfortunately, the shades are mounted inside the center trim section and the trim piece is permanently attached to the headliner. Once the shade retractors break, they can't be fixed. The entire headliner has to be removed in order to get at the shades and replace them. Luckily both my cars were still under warranty.
  • pffreesepffreese Posts: 3
    Did they give you a clue on how much that repair would have cost, had it not been under warranty?
  • sgr5516sgr5516 Posts: 156
    Sorry, no.
  • wantamaxxwantamaxx Posts: 7
    I have a 2005 Malibu Maxx and as of this afternoon my A/C will not blow cold air at all, it actually blows sweltering hot air when the a/c is turned on. Of course it's 90 degrees today... Has anyone else had this problem? This just happened as my a/c was working fine this morning and I drove about 100 miles this past weekend without a problem. Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated. Should I bring it to the shop to have it recharged? Thanks in advance!
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 6,177
    I assume you mean that it's continuing to blow hot air after the AC has been on a while, because on a sweltering day the AC will blow hot air until it clears all the air that's been heated up by the day out of the system.

    If it just never gets cool and the compressor is running, it sounds like you developed a leak in the system somewhere and you'll need to have it looked at.

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  • dscaindscain Posts: 1
    I took a road trip in my '06 Malibu Maxx this past weekend. The AC blew cold (like it always has) for the first 4 hours, then suddenly quit. Within a couple of minutes, it started blowing hot air and did so for the rest of the trip. Today I took it to our local Chevy dealership; they tested it, said it was very low on refrigerant, and found out the compressor case was leaking. After replacing the compressor and refilling it with R134a, it blows cold again. I'm really thankful it's still under warranty and hope yours is, too!
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