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Chevy Malibu Maxx



  • nope it was from a good gm tech friend of mine in FL.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Dealer would look up #PI01535A (Jan '04). Instructions slightly different but the intent is the same - cycle battery power to HVAC control head after service reprogramming of another module in vehicle.


    I should have guessed that was it but didn't know it was an LT :)
  • ericw55ericw55 Posts: 53
    After reading some of the posts in these forums, I feel like I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

    Thanks, guys.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Sorry I am dense but I don't understand reference - did I miss some TV commercial or something :)
  • ericw55ericw55 Posts: 53
    If you spent less time engineering, and more time watching inane TV shows, you would have seen the commercials. Oh well. Thanks anyway, for all the great info.
  • How have others fared with their Maxxes in the Rain?


    Edmunds claims the maxx wheels respond slowly to the wheel but mine (which has the steering column fix) seemed to behave very well in the recent California storms over LA. Driving 55-60 on the freeway, the Maxx tracked steady (no nervousness like the ION or the recent Jetta rental), was not deflected by the gusty winds, did respond promptly to small turns of the wheel (a 5 degree shift from center was plenty in most cases), and the wheel did provide some road feel. The windshield wipers occasionally jumped a bit from the gunk thrown up on the glass from our greasy roads, but never chattered.


    By comparison, a rental 2004 Jetta had chattering wipers, and hair trigger steering responses in similar rain. On other hand, its ride never had the "gut jiggle" the Maxx sometimes produces (Perhaps in 2006, GM can be kind enough to add hydraulic bushings to the rear suspension as they have done with the Cobalt?).
  • prdmprdm Posts: 145
    All right this post is suspect. Everyone knows that no car without flashing lights has ever reached 50 mph on the clogged LA freeway system since the late 70's.

    Incidentally, chattering wipers is probably an indication of age - keep them fresh; every six months or so especially in sunny climates due to ozone.
  • Actually the median speed on most LA freeways is 80 or so, whenever the traffic allows it (late night, before high noon, parts of weekends). Drivers of tuned Civics, Accords, Audis, and BMW's go crazy when traffic gets heavy. Tuesday is the worst as lots of trucks are on the roads due to railroad capacity limitations.


    My Maxx wipers are a year old so I guess they need replacing.
  • My first "long drive" in September was in a driving rainstorm--about 80 miles out to the Hamptons from Queens. Up until that point I'd only driven around the city since I bought the car in July.

    I was nervous, but the car handled beautifully. I had a couple of short stops and the brakes were firm and stable. I ended up driving through a couple of rather deep puddles but had no problems.

    Recently I took a longer trip to Ohio(500 miles each way) and ended up in a bad sleet and snowstorm. Again, no problems--the car made me feel confident.
  • beedublubeedublu Posts: 236
    Last September I drove through the Catskills & southern NY state and got caught in a blinding, torrential rainstorm -- the kind where the rain is coming down so hard on the roof that you have to crank the stereo way up -- and my Maxx was excellent. The water was just puddling all over the 4-lane section of Route 17 but the Maxx tracked straight, and the wipers at high speed worked perfectly. A very confidence-building experience!
  • townhometownhome Posts: 104
    My Maxx has been doing great in all of this California rain. I agree, kurtamaxxguy, better than my 99 Jetta. As a matter of fact, it was actually kind of relaxing driving home from the Auto Show today in the pouring rain. Everyone was just cruising about 40 mph and no one was tailgating -- how refreshing!
  • townhometownhome Posts: 104
    I just got back from the LA Auto Show and have some observations.


    1) The Malibu and Maxx are quality products, even though many people refuse to believe it. The interior quality is on par with the Accord, and slightly less than the Camry. It is MUCH better than the Altima.


    2) The comfort and romminess of the Maxx is much better than in some cars that are larger and more expensive, such as the new Five Hundred, the new Legacy, the Grand Prix, and almost all of the small SUV's.


    3)The Maxx is a bargain! Plain and simple.


    4) Most people (in L.A. at least) will simply never buy the Maxx because it is a domestic product. I blame the Big Three for this to a certain extent (they did unload some crap on the us in the '80's and early '90's), but I also think that many people are just shooting themselves in the foot by not considering the newest cars GM is producing. The Maxx, and the Cobalt, are competitive products. (Although the new LaCrosse was a disappointment.)


    5) This is not about the Maxx, but I had to say it anyway. Ford's new Five Hundred was a trip -- it looks pretty good on the outside but has an interior that should be in the updated Crown Vic. It is not the kind of car that appeals to anyone under 60. Their new Fusion, on the other hand, looks like it will appeal to those in their 30's and 40's. Maybe that is their product plan.


    Overall, I am happy to report that my trip to the Auto Show made me feel happy about buying a Maxx. If I had to do it over again, I would buy another Maxx without hesitation, except this time I would get the sunroof!
  • Townhome, Thanks for observations on Maxx .vs. competiton.


    Also, any observation as to what was the most popular car at the show (my hunch: Chrysler 300 and the upcomming Dodge Daytona)


    For some reasons Americans now hate hatchbacks.


    Example: The VW Golf is far more popular than the Jetta in overseas markets, but in the USA the reverse is true.


    I suspect even the mighty Chrysler 300C would be a flop in a hatchback version here in the USA. Overseas, who knows?
  • bwolterbwolter Posts: 51
    The only issue with rain that I have is when going through a car wash or heavy rain, I hear water draining very loud when it drains. It sounds like water pouring into the cabin, but have never found any wet spots.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    Im quite happy with the steering response on my 04 Maxx LT here in the northern va area..fighting the I-95 and I-66 commute and traffic heading either in or out of the Washington DC area...did a 300 mile trip around the area this weekend..(over 16k on the maxx now) and had several opportunities to quickly steer away or accelerate away from other "problem" drivers....Im impressed with the performance, had a mustang GT 5 Spd prior to the Maxx...havent had any of the learned sluggish responses...for lack of better words...most of my miles are highway miles with not a lot of stop and go....


    wipers were problematic...had that skipping problem with the smearing of the windshield...changed the wipers out and havent had any problems since....


    is a time for another poll yet? many miles do you or have you put on y ou Maxx in the first year????
  • sgr5516sgr5516 Posts: 156
    If you have a sunroof, the sound you hear is probably normal. In a heavy downpour or in a car wash with pressure jets, water can get by the sunroof seal. The sunroof assembly between the headliner and roof on the Malibu has channels to catch and drain water. There are four hoses to drain the water down the front and back A and D pillars.
  • snowcatsnowcat Posts: 13
    You are correct. It is for a very special, expensive box of Kleenex to slip in there. I see them at the register at my car wash.



    Drive like a screaming maniac with my hair on fire.

    '04 Malibu Maxx 'Crow'

    '91 Pontiac 6000 'Swan'

    '69 Cutlass S Holiday Coupe 'Goldfinger'
  • bhw77bhw77 Posts: 101


    Did anyone try to find bumper guard for MAXX?

    Hence GM doesn't make them - Do you think

    Protege5 guard would fit?
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Hello again, snowcat. How has your radio been working recently?
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