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Chevy Malibu Maxx



  • 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 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.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Sorry to tell you but the 2005 Maxx had a newly designed rear seat audio system with wireless headphone capability like the DVD system always had.

    For 2004 the Maxx used an older rear seat audio system which only works with wired headphones.

    For whatever reason GM only provides headphones with vehicles having wireless capability.

    I asked about the wireless headphones because I remember when the 2005 vehicles first started coming out that a few of the Maxx owners here didn't get the headphone package for some reason
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    NP - the spaces didn't help (but your flag did) - LOL. I suggest only last 6 of VIN so it is less meaningful to others ;)

    July 2, 2004 is date
  • First Maxx SS I've seen was last night at a closed dealer. It is black and looked good. I plan to take a drive today if it's still there. The much preferred new grill, which is on all 2006 Malibus, looks like it would bolt right in to a 2004/5.
  • It was short, so I don't know how accurate my impressions are, but it felt extremely solid, with possibly a nicer ride/handling compromise than the 2005 Maxx LT (which I test drove a little later in the day). The engine sounded quite lovely, with a greater eagerness to rev, and its launch torque, even at partial throttle settings (I never did floor it) was very impressive, notably more powerful and responsive feeling than the LT/LTZ.

    On the brochure it says the SS has "sport tap-up/tap-down shifting". The LT and LTZ have "electronic range selector". They seem the same to me in operation- the only difference is is the "L" (low) on the LT/LTZ's shifter is an "M" (manual) on the SS shifter. The LT with which I could compare it was an '05 model. The all-black interior looks nice, more to my liking.

    What you're giving up with an SS over an LTZ...heated seats. No Ultralux seat inserts. No heated outside mirrors. No auto dim rear view mirror with compass. No universal remote. And, as a result of the thicker seat bolsters, the front passenger seat cannot fold flat.

    Wheels on LTZ are aluminum, but they are "clad" with a plastic (I believe) cover. The LT's are steel, but clad with plastic. In both cases they are nicely done. New for '06 is the 17 inch wheel on the LTZ (with 50 series tires). SS's have 50 series tires also, but on 18 inch wheels.

    So, I really like the SS. I like bells and whistles, but I can live without them to make room for that great SS motor. The only thing that gives me pause is the mileage rating on the SS- 18 city 26 highway (compared with 20/30 for the 3.5 liter powered Maxxes). I figured that if I drive 15,000 miles per year, maybe the SS would cost me around $200 more annually (at current gas prices). Don't know the differences in insurance costs. They're selling the 2005 Maxx LT for about $21,300 (no onstar or DVD but loaded otherwise). My wife likes it better than the SS. Of course she would. She likes the '05's nose better, the grey interior better, the price and the mileage...but I may be keeping the car for 8-10 years...with that in mind, it doesn't seem like such a premium to pay (for the SS). Now, the LTZ loaded is actually a good bit more than the SS, so that makes the decision a little harder too (06 LTZ is in the running as well). A bit confusing, I know. Decisions, decisions...

    I suspect (or is that "hope") that the 3.9 liter may well do a bit better, real world, with respect to the m.p.g. On the Impala forum a 3.9 liter owner was averaging 27.6 for his first 1200 miles of use, 25% city 75% highway...anyone else hear any reports?
  • After a brief drive and looking through the brochure some observations:

    1) With increased power torque-steer is worse - car kind of had a mind/steering of it's own under high power.

    2) Steering effort is too heavy compared to my 2004.

    3) Tip-in seemed worse - too much acceleration on initial
    application of throttle.

    4) Eighteen inch wheels with 50 series tires is rediculous for winter driving, ride quality, and American rough roads. The LTZ isn't much better requiring 17" wheels and 50 series tires.

    4) Don't care for the all black interior - too cave like

    5) For ordering Maxxes other than SS - ordering process has become complicated. For my 2004, I had one option which covered everything I wanted. Power pedals, for example, is a stand-a-lone option on the LT.

    6) After all the troubles with my '04 I don't wish to be a "beta tester" on the new engine.

    A positive compared to my 2004 LS: much better looking with the new front fascia.

    Conclusion: other than appearance I see little reason to trade for an SS.
  • Does anyone know if the SS ride more "harsh" over small bumps? One of the things I really like about the '04 LT is it rides smoothly over pretty much anything. Even big potholes get handled without severe bottoming.

    The SS motor sounds like an improvement, but the black interior gives me real pause (S California is not kind to black interiors or drivers in them).
  • Based on my short test drive of the Maxx SS, I'm sorry I can't really give you a definitive answer there. On epinions there's a Maxx SS review by one of their "professional" reviewers. Just do a search there for tests of 2006 Malibus, and it'll be one of two- the other is of a sedan 4 cyl. The reviewer seems to really like it, and mentioned that while the ride was a little firmer than the Maxx LT, it wasn't punishing. No mention on fuel economy, however. I'm really starting to lean towards an LTZ. 26 mpg sounds not so bad now as gas in the northeast starts heading back down towards $2.00/gal, but I'm sure we'll see spikes in the future that'd have me wishing I'd gotten a car that did better than the SS wrt fuel mileage.

    Maxxliberty, I've had a Golf with 50 series tires for many years as a daily driver, 4-season car, with no problems with rim protection, etc. I did run some 45 series tires for a while though, and you'd be right there- pot holes did result in flat-spotted rims. Nevertheless, some winter snow tires on dedicated rims wouldn't be a bad idea for most any car used over a northeast winter.

    One final note- I've noticed that anyone wishing to get a two-tone titanium interior in a Maxx LTZ will have to choose from what's already out there- Chevy's website doesn't allow you to build them that way anymore. But you can find them on dealer lots if you do a vehicle search. Not sure what's behind it, and maybe they'll start again at some point (possible supply problem?).
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    Ok..who has the most miles on their Maxx so far....mine was purchased March 04.....LT loaded.....will roll over 51k this weekend headed back to SC from VA and return....just curious
  • maxx10maxx10 Posts: 16
    Well, i have rolled over 32K at the end of last month.
    I have parked my :lemon: because it isnt reliable.. I have since purchased a Toyota Corolla and have been very very very happy with it. The thing that impresses me the most is the gas mileage. I am getting about 400 miles to the tank, and it only costs me a 20 to fill it up. In comparism, The Maxx gets about 300 mpg, but it costs me 40 to fill.

    I still love my Maxx, but I will never buy another GM product ever again.. This car has been to the shop more times than any other car I have ever owned, combined. Its a shame that GM can't back the product that they sell, once you have a real problem... :mad:

    Until I win and they come and haul away their pos :lemon: , my shiny black Maxx with black tint and 18 inch chrome wheels will be sitting pretty, in front of my house..
  • From ronbo10: "Maxxliberty, I've had a Golf with 50 series tires for many years as a daily driver, 4-season car, with no problems with rim protection, etc. I did run some 45 series tires for a while though, and you'd be right there- pot holes did result in flat-spotted rims. Nevertheless, some winter snow tires on dedicated rims wouldn't be a bad idea for most any car used over a northeast winter."

    It seems the question should be what are the advantages of a 50 series tire over say a 70 series - my preferred tire. A 50 series is worse in the snow and wet. It is harder riding, tends to be less fuel efficient and probably less wear efficient. So for 98% of motorists exactly what is the advantage of a 50 series tire? There is only one advantage that I'm aware of and that is allowing for more space for larger brakes. If huge wheel sizes are needed for brake applications then it makes sense but I doubt that is the case.

    If nothing else I would like a CHOICE of wheel sizes when buying a Maxx. I try to stay away from fads so I'm not interested in the current "fashion tire" fade but would prefer the optimum tire/wheel size for my usage (P215/R70-15).
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