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Chevy Malibu Maxx



  • meyerlevinmeyerlevin Posts: 15
    Concerning the review of the Malibu Sedan/Maxx.You stated that some of the problems you noted on the Maxx don't seem to exist on the sedan. You stated that it could have been a problem with the specific Maxx you were given to drive. Well,why don't you drive another Maxx and see how that car compares to the last Maxx you drove and also to the sedan you drove. Then you can make a reasonable assessment before turning people off to their consideration of purchasing the Maxx. I drove one and personally think it's great.
  • glennt1glennt1 Posts: 2
    I have only had mine about 2 months but have had none of the problems mentioned in the Edmunds review. I have the LT with the in-dash CD changer. I bought it because the adjustable pedals and T&T steering wheel allow my short wife to drive it & also because I can put my bicycle in the back w/o even taking the front wheel off. I find it to be a very nice, quiet & comfortable car and at the price I paid-$19,500- a fantastic bargain.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867

    welcome to the forum.....keep us all update on your Maxx...good or bad....I think most of us are pleased with the Maxx to date...with some minor problems......we all hate the sun shades on the rear skylight!!!!
  • occkingoccking Posts: 346
    Is that the loaded one, with a list of approx $25,600? I got mine early April for 24,000. At the time they were offering a $1000 rebate but I opted for the 0 financing for three years, figuring that was worth forgoing the rebate and I didn't want to use my line of credit at the time.

    Got them to throw in satellite radio and 5 free oil changes. Are the rebates really now up to $4000 like I have heard?

    Up over 10,000 miles now and I absolutely love the vehicle. Still, in all of my travels I have only seen three other Maxx's. Probably move of the regular Malibus, but I don't pay much atention to them.
  • madmadammadmadam Posts: 55
    I've had my Light Driftwood MAXX for a month and I love it. I bought it because I have young teenagers and wanted something roomy inside. When my children were small they fit nicely in my Cavaliers. The MAXX is perfect for long-legged passengers and a pleasure to drive. You could not find a better car, particularly if you want a hatchback. Plus I got huge savings on my 2004 basic LS model during the first week of July--there were two discount programs offered with my Smartbuy purchase. I highly recommend this car.
  • glennt1glennt1 Posts: 2
    The list price on my Malibu Maxx LT with the in-dash CD changer as the only option was $25,025. I received a $2000 dealer discount plus $3500 in rebates, so the price was actually $19525 which I rounded to $19,500.My Maxx is also the Light Driftwood & I think the interior is pretty attractive.
  • crv139crv139 Posts: 41
    The List price on my Maxx was $25,630 which included the sunroof, indash cd player,heated leather/laux seats,automatic climate control,auto head lights etc. I recieved a dealer discount of $2814.45 plus $4000 in rebates so I paid $18,815. I have the sivler green with the light interior. Great car for the price. The factory remote starter is very nice .
  • thinmanthinman Posts: 18
    Just read the AutoFile article in this weeks AutoWeek. Very complimentary! But as usual they still pick on the engine.

    Coming up on 5K miles and still no real compliants. We too have had the s### scared out of us when the sunshades in the back SLAMMED open. But the only reason I had them closed to begin with was because streetlights shining through back there cast reflections that I found distracting at night.

    We only test drove a Maxx. The wife saw it, sat in it and said, "This is it. I want this car." Has anyone also test drove a sedan? How do the two compare? Just curious.
  • I test drove the sedan and Maxx. They both drove the same way;real solid and secure. The V-6 is the same in both cars,very peppy. I don't know what the Edmunds reviewer was criticising in the Maxx. I responded to that critique but not yet read a reply on this site.One thing that I'm not so thrilled with is the electric steering,because I like to have more of a road feel.The steering is incredibly light.This is not a fault but rather just my opinion.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    reference the rear shades....if you havent signed up on do and complain about them appears it will have to be a re-engineering issue..but GM should make a fix to an obviously poor design feature...several of us have done it already..if the collective voice gets loud enough we might get some action
  • When my Maxx was at a GM "customer forum", the interior engineers worked over the rear skylight trim to try and reinforce it to prevent the plastic from rattling and the shades from popping out of the restraint. The rear trim is definitely cheapo compared to the front (the hatch trim squeaked like mad until I yanked it off and coated the fasteners with fiberglass tape).

    Other than that, 8000 miles and the car is still very pleasant to drive in. Its suspension seems to have more travel than most - bumps that grounded my former Saturn ION are no trouble for the Maxx. The engine has a lot of low end grunt making it really easy to bark the tires, but kinda runs out of steam near the redline. Seats could be wider and the lumbar support comes and goes with temperature. But it's quiet, handles and rides well, and is easily the best car I have owned (over older hondas and camrys too).

    Now if only I could have waited until the sales events.... the most rebate I got was around $1000 (back in February when the car first came out) but at least it sold for close to Invoice (it's the LS - couldn't get the LT in Driftwood; that color stays quite cool in the California summer!)
  • icedog97icedog97 Posts: 141
    We just picked up our Black LS last night. We traded in a 2002 Isuzu Axiom for the Maxx. I liked the Isuzu, but it had some wet weather traction issues and it only got about 13.5 mpg. I am hoping for better on both fronts from the Maxx.

    I read a lot of posts here before buying...thanks for the good info. The only two noticeable things on my vehicle, from a possible problem standpoint, are those window screen latches (as described earlier) and it takes a good thump to close the hatch correctly (described earlier too).

    There seem to be a LOT of positives...nice ride, strong engine, decent fuel economy (if I get 19-20 mpg I'll be happy - anything better than 13!), lots of room, cool real skylights...etc..

    I bought a low end LS and we are having a sun/moon roof installed later this week. I plan on buying and installing my own rear seat DVD for the kids...

    So far, it's a great car (based on 12 hours of ownership and a few test drives)...

    I have owned mostly foreign cars over the past 10 years (started with an 89 Beretta and then to an Accord, CRV, Axiom and now this). I think Chevy/GM has a winner with this car.
  • beedublubeedublu Posts: 236
    I know...I should have gotten my act together during July when they had the $4000 rebate, but with vacations and being insanely busy at work...

    Anyway, does anybody think they'll have anything similar in the way of incentives to get rid of the last of the o4s? My local dealers still seem well stocked with them.
  • nymaxxnymaxx Posts: 30

    I picked up a new Maxx LS last week and now have 500 miles on it. These miles have all been city miles with the air conditioning on "high". So far the trip computer is saying 13 MPG avg fuel economy. Now the traffic hasn't been that bad and I haven't pushed the car that hard. Am wondering if something is wrong.

    Am also wondering what other Maxx owners have experienced during break-in.

    Thank You for your post.
  • madmadammadmadam Posts: 55
    I've got 300 miles on my MAXX LS--also mostly city driving with a little on the parkways (NY & LI)--I've had the AC on of course, but not full blast. I'm getting a little under 16 MPG.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I got about 16-18 in the city with the AC running in pretty heavy traffic here in the DC area and 28-30, as high as 32 on the highway...I find the trip computer to be off 1-2 MPG in its calculation as compared to my own. so take that into account. I noticed no particular break in period to be honest for gas mileage on my MAXX LT purchased in with 6900 miles on it.....
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    I have 1700 miles on my '04 LS Maxx and recorded (by hand) the following mileage since I bought it in June (23, 22, 20, 20). All driving is "city" suburban driving with the AC on. Funny that my mileage is going in the wrong direction. I did change the oil after 1000 miles, and will switch over to synthetic at 5,000. Yes, 13 does sound a bit too low to me....sorry. But remember, if you are in the hills of NY, that is a lot different than the flat areas of northern VA.
  • occkingoccking Posts: 346
    I have had Maxx LT since early April and now approaching 11,000 miles. I always calculate gas mileage by hand (must have a "phobia" have could tell you every gallon of gas I have put in every car I have ever owned for the last 20 years. So when I say what my average miles per gallon are, I know for sure!

    First of all, I have never averaged less than 23.5 miles per gallon. And that was only one time when I did little highway driving. I put on 800 miles after having the car two days and, on that first trip (obviously all highway miles) averaged 27 and 29 mpg. Since that time, on mostly highway miles have averaged between 26 and 31 mpg.

    The trip computer always shows a higher mpg (and I have complained to the dealer with little success) Usually by 1.5 to 2 miles per gallon higher than actual. Also, a related complaint is that it shows the same numbers all the time, ie 26.1, than 26.7 than 27.4, 30.2, 30.9, etc., never anything in between
  • occkingoccking Posts: 346
    Also, and I realize this is not very important. the "t" on the trunk, next to the "1" fell off. Dealer will replace it.

    I have noticed, and I hope this is not an omen on things to come that the car, even though only a few months old and 10,000 miles is not taking the bumps in the road as well as it did when it was new. Maybe my imagination, but I don't think so. Surely in 10,000 miles the shocks should not have worn out that much!

    Other minor complaint is that the low fuel light goes on too early. I have had it go off when I could only squeeze (and I squeeze every ounce of gas in each time I fill--so I can determine accurate gas mileage) when I could only put in a little over 13 gallons. Supposed to be a 16.1 gallon tank and once I actually put that much in. Must have been running on fumes!

    Otherwise, very pleased with the car (except that I paid 24k with 0 financing for LT listing at
    $25,600 in early April & could have bought the same car last week for a little less than 20k. The 0 financing would not have cost me 4 thousand. Anyone know what the rebates are now for August?
  • beedublubeedublu Posts: 236
    I'm sort of answering my own question from a previous post: They just announced a new Summerdrive program. $3500 rebate on Maxx and $3000 on Malibu sedan. There's also supposed to be some kind of bonus cash if you're financing, although I didn't study that because I plan to pay cash.

    IOW, they cut $500 off the previous (July) rebates in exchange for the financing deal.
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