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Chevy Malibu Maxx

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  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    tire issue was definitely a alignment problem...so got that corrected....put the OEM rims and tires back on the car for the winter...and all is well.....again...very happy with the car with almost 49K on it......as on any forum...you will probably here more from the unlucky ones that have had problems with the car...vice those of us who are happy with the product...but the ultimate decision is yours......would I buy another Maxx again....absolutely I would without hesitation.....about to start its third model year.....Im sure they have gotten most if not all the first model year kinks worked out....
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    wow...yours must have been made on a Mon..hangover....or Fri...rush to get off work........too many problems for a mass produced car these days.....too many little gremlins there.....
  • redmaxxredmaxx Posts: 627
    wow...yours must have been made on a Mon..hangover....or Fri...rush to get off work........too many problems for a mass produced car these days.....too many little gremlins there.....

    Yeah and it doesn't end there. I now have a groan in the steering when I turn left and whistle from the shifter under acceleration (they supposedly applied the TSB). I'm happy with the performance of the car mechanically and the interior looks nice, but (at least on my car) the interior integrity leaves much to be desired. :cry:
  • jmax4jmax4 Posts: 22
    My Maxx was bought in Feb. 2004 and has over 12K. It had a few fixes for the common problems such as PCM update for idle, rear sunshades retainers, steering column replacement done last week and headrests replacement this week. There is some rattle coming from the back of the car and the wind noise from the right side of the car-heard when the radio is turned off.

    I would prefer the trunk/cargo area to be a little wider, but besides that, I really like this car and will look for the similar type if this one will be discontinued.

    There are more Maxx’s on the roads for sure. I see at least 2 every day, sometimes even 4 (all different colors.) :)
  • jmax4,

    What's with the headrest replacement?
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    It is for people who complain about feeling the headrest on back of their head when seated in vehicle

    Personally I didn't mind it - however I also like feeling seat belt holding me in place. :)

    There were enough complaints that GM made a design change in 2005 and made service parts available under warranty. Reference TSB 05-08-50-002
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    yeah, it's funny...I love the OEM headrests. This is the first car where I can say I would actually drive while resting my head. I also love the whiplash protection the design ensures. Today I got in the '06 Civic. They have headrests which somehow adjust in the event of a rear accident. Although they were not very far behind where the Bu's headrests are, they were enough so that after resting my head on them, I decided I would never drive with my head on them. But alas, the Civic doesn't come close to the roominess of the Maxx, so it is a moot point.
  • We had a lot of these same problems plus a few others headlight replaced, stereo 4 times, heated seats coming on by themselves, sun visor replaced, window trim replaced, we got GM to do a buyback on that one :lemon: it seems to me that you would have a good reason for the same thing. Have you ever looked into it? CA has a New Motor Vehicle Board that will do the leg work at no charge. We bought a newer one and so far we had the rotors turned and now we have the roof rattle but otherwise none of the other weird glitches we had before. Love this car.
  • jmax4jmax4 Posts: 22
    e2helper: thanks for detailed explanation

    I just did not like to drive with the head tilted forward while sitting straight. Now, it is much better.
  • This morning my 05 LT had a strange hiccup in it's electrical system, it had done it before 3 or 4 times last winter. I have a volt meter I installed on the dash, with a warning beeper when it goes below 12 volts. When I start the car all is good, the lights are bright, the volt meter shows about 13.9 - 14 volts. I drive about 1 block to the first stop sign, when I stop the lights go dim the volt meter alarm starts beeping and the volt meter show 11.4 volts. A few seconds later all the lights come on bright and the volt meter goes back up to 13.9 and all is well for the rest of the day. This morning was the first one with frost on the car so it was a little cold, about -1 C or 30 F. And as I said it only happened last winter, never in the spring or summer. Any Ideas???
  • has also had steering columm replaced, and a recent service adjustment for steering gear preload (dealer may have overdone that).

    Long term gripes: rattles in rear of car (when cold), rattles inside dash, driver seat lumbar support comes and goes with temperature changes, missing during idle (PCM fix did not totally correct that), cheap plastic trim in rear and around hatch, rear seats bang against shock towers while driving, huge turning circle for size of car.

    Long term likes; engine doesn't burn oil, reasonable gas mileage (26, average), good low RPM power/stepoff, good ride, generally solid feel to chassis, low interior noise.

    Would buy another?; Not sure. Dealer service and support (3 dealers tried) not so great. GM plans to cancel it in 2007, depressing resale value.

    Replacement; Audi A3 or VW Golf, assuming either gets their reliability up to snuff (much worse than Maxx, either of those). Otherwise, not sure yet.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Well likely you had your rear defogger on at the time, seat heaters, high heater blower and headlights. The generator only can put out so much when at idle and the 11.4 volts looks like you are running off the battery. I don't know what the state of battery is in your vehicle but it might have been drawing a bit of power too. It is typical and expected under some conditions for this to occur during a drive cycle.

    The only thing I can't explain is your comment for the rest of the day you didn't have this condition - of course maybe you didn't have all the same electrical loads energized? I guess there could be something going on with the generator so if it happens again this winter and my first suggestion does match what is happening you should take it to the dealer for them to load test generator and battery (when cold)

    Those are my thoughts..
  • Thanks e2helper, I did have the seats on the headlights on, The fan was not on high as the climate control was waiting for some heat. As far as the rear defog I didn't turn it on the auto start may have, geese I wish they would turn on the dash indicator when the autostart turns on the defogger. When I turn the key to on does the rear defog shut off if turned on by auto start??
  • mybooomybooo Posts: 92
    Hello! Just bought an 05 Maxx on Friday. Edmunds.com states that a weather band radio is standard on the Maxx. The manual makes no mention of it, and I can't find it. Anyone know if there is a weatherband radio on the Maxx? Thanks!

    Larry :-)
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Not that I am aware of. XM radio does have channels dedicated to Traffic and Weather for over 20 major metropolitan cities in the U.S. - maybe that is what you saw? But it isn't standard on Maxx and requires subscription to XM.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    For the Malibu when you transition from Auto Start to regular running condition the rear defogger (if turned on by auto start function) will turn itself off.

    That is mentioned in owner manual (page 3-30)
  • rferdrferd Posts: 28
    With the gas being so expensive, I am trying to get the most out of every gallon. I have read that the best mileage is when you run at a steady 55 mph but that is an average. Does anybody know what is the best speed on the MAXX to obtain optimum gas mileage? Is it 55, or 60? Does anyone has access to aerodynamic studies on the MAXX?
  • prdmprdm Posts: 145
    The best mileage in any car is attained when running in its highest gear at idle - but good luck getting that to happen.
  • redmaxxredmaxx Posts: 627
    We had a lot of these same problems plus a few others headlight replaced, stereo 4 times, heated seats coming on by themselves, sun visor replaced, window trim replaced, we got GM to do a buyback on that one it seems to me that you would have a good reason for the same thing. Have you ever looked into it? CA has a New Motor Vehicle Board that will do the leg work at no charge. We bought a newer one and so far we had the rotors turned and now we have the roof rattle but otherwise none of the other weird glitches we had before. Love this car.

    I did look into it, but it doesn't meet the criteria yet. So far I haven't had anything major go wrong mechanically. Another reason I'm less inclined to return it as a lemon is I already returned my 2003 Malibu as a lemon. If I were to pursue that, it would be the last Chevy I own (my dealer tries hard, but I'm getting tired of their mistakes) for a while.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    My Maxx loves 90. What an incredible highway machine this is!!
  • redmaxxredmaxx Posts: 627
    The best mileage in any car is attained when running in its highest gear at idle - but good luck getting that to happen.

    I don't get that. If you are idling, then you are getting 0 MPG. Best in the Malibu is about 37 MPH, with the cruise on. I found that at 37, the car will stay in 3rd gear, unless you put the cruise control on and then it upshifts into 4th. I think once or twice I was able to get it to go 36MPH in 4th, but the slightest incline caused a downshift. For some reason I'm not able to get it to go into 4th until around 40MPH with my foot.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I've never been able to figure out the high prices that rental cars command. Last week Enterprise had an 05 Maxx at my credit union. Although I didn't check the miles they usually have 20-25K when they're sold. Advertised (no haggle) price was $15,900 and change, less than a hundred less than I paid for my new 05 Maxx last February. Unless it's an anomoly they usually move these things at asking price in a week or less.
  • beedublubeedublu Posts: 236
    GM plans to cancel it in 2007, depressing resale value.

    So they say...but I've seen a lot more Maxxes on the road lately so maybe GM will reconsider.
  • prdmprdm Posts: 145
    Sorry, oversimplified and theoretical anyway. In the Maxx's case 4th gear at about 1000rpm will get the best milage but as you have noted, in the real world, the car will downshift.
  • ktcktc Posts: 30
    Hi e2helper:

    I have a 2005 Maxx LS build in August, 2004, last 6 digits of VIN number is 139417, what is the exact build date? Thanks.

    Since I got mine in December(mine was the first one in our office parking lot :) ), now in our office parking lot, there are 3 Maxx and not a single Malibu sedan (there are a couple old Malibu classic cars) in our parking lot.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Looks like 8/23/2004

    Did you got the wireless headphones with your rear seat audio system?
  • redmaxxredmaxx Posts: 627
    When did they start giving out wireless headphones? My 2004 LT didn't come with any.
  • Hi e2helper, I know you must be getting tired of this buy now, but could you tell me the build date on my maxx, the last six digits are 1 1 3 6 4 5 Thanks.
  • ktcktc Posts: 30
    Yes, I do have the wirelss speaker for rear audio. Thanks.
  • There has been some discussion on this forum as to whether one should leave the sunroof wind deflector in place during the Winter (snow) months. I decided today to remove mine and store it through the winter months. My reason for removing the deflector had more to do with ease of snow and ice removal from the roof during the snowy season. It took me no more than 6-7 minutes to remove the deflector as it was installed with clips screwed in place...no holes in the sheet metal. I don't anticipate it taking any longer to reinstall the deflector (6-7 minutes) once the warm weather returns.
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