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Chevy Malibu Maxx



  • occkingoccking Posts: 346
    Have over 11,000 miles on LT & averaging between 26 and 27 mpg for all my driving. Never got less than 23 mpg on just city driving. My only complaint is that the computer indicates mpg of 1.5 to 3 over actual. Others on this board have expressed similar complaints. On the few occasions I averaged 31 & 31.3 mpg on a long trip, computer both times indicated 34.4 mpg. Plus, the same number skeep repeating over & over.

    Other than that, love the vehicle. Much more practical than the Impala which I considered.

    Just not pleased I paid 24k in April for the LT (listed for 25,600 & rebate was only 1000 at the time but I opted for 0 financing. Should have waited a bit & taken advantage of the $3500-$4000 rebates they seem to be offering now.

    Dealer claims they are selling well and only had one in stock. But, in four months of driving over 11,000 miles, have only seen two or three other Maxx's on the road!
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    icedog...Im finding the mileage computer is off 1.5-2.0 miles per gallon in the calculation vice my manual for oil life...we all agreed to go with a 3000 mile change over...and not rely on the oil life computer....some suggest doing an oil change at 500 to 1000 miles initially for the engine break in period..shavings etc....I dont honestly opinion that is a problem in the engines today..but I do change my every 3K without fail....just my 2 cents worth
  • icedog97icedog97 Posts: 141
    Thanks for the feedback...

    Interested in knowing what your average mph reads, if you remember. There should be a correlation between that and MPG - of course, I'm not exactly sure how the computer is calculating the avg mph (total miles divided by total time vehicle has been running in hours?)

    Our daily driving routine is pretty rough on car engines because of the number of short trips. We live about 2 miles from a major shopping area and we are always sitting in traffic to get there. Plus, if we make a couple of trips like this a day (which is fairly common) you have the start-ups each time (coming and going). So our "city driving" is really the definition of it...lots of starts and stops and idle time...hills too.

    Thanks again...
  • mfletouvamfletouva Posts: 166
    First of all, nice to see a 20 year old Maxx owner!

    My fiance and I are both 24...

    I strongly disagree that side heard curtains don't provide much safety. In fact, evidence suggests that side HEAD airbags are at least as valuable, if not more so, than regular side airbags. Indeed, the tests referenced above show a clear difference in the Maxx without side airbags vs. those them them.

    It was that crash test that convinced me to buy a 1SB. I did actually find a few 1sa's with the head airbags a la carte, but I went with the package for a little more for the power seat since my fiance and I are both driving it.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    Karen,...can we do a poll in the site....seems like it might be interesting to see who is buying the Maxx by age group...20-30 30-40 40-50, 50+.....can we do that here????

    a 47 year old buyer here!
  • icedog97icedog97 Posts: 141
    I'm 37, wife is 36...
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,341
    ha, beat you Paul, I'm only 42
  • nymaxxnymaxx Posts: 30
    Sorry look at those links, the second link is to a test with SIDE airbags not SIDE CURTAIN airbags. The full side airbags won't be available until the '05 model. Unfortunately.

    The side airbags mount in the seat and provide excellent crash protection, the side curtains mostly just keep the glass out of your face.

  • The side curtains do more than just keep glass out of your face.
    They act as a cushion between your skull and the steel bumper of the Dodge Ram that just slammed into your door at the intersection.
    It doesn't matter how strong the side of your car is. When broadsided, your head may exit the window (even if it means smashing through it) and may come into contact with striking vehicle/object.
    Example of vehicle without head airbags:

    Note the dent from the dummy's head in the test object.
    If that isn't enough to make someone want head airbags... I don't know what is.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867

    this link from the highway safety institute sells me on the side curtain airbag I have on my Maxx....granted this test is the sedan but it rates good with it for head protection and acceptable overall on the side impact test and poor without it!...granted a side cushion airbag would help as well.... here are the quotes from the evaluation:

    DRIVER The dummy's head was protected from hitting any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

    REAR PASSENGER The dummy's head was protected from hitting any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

    that intruding barrier is the bumper of that pickup or the expedition in my mind!
  • We don't really have the ability to do a poll within a discussion, and it could end up way off topic if everyone's just posting their age. But here's an idea - there are dozens of free polling services on the 'net, like If you want to set up your own poll there and then paste a link here, you can do that. I'd be interesting to find out who's buying.

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  • skyhawkskyhawk Posts: 126
    I'm 63, my wife is 62 does that make me the most "senior" citizen here? I retired at 62 and I wanted a vehicle with carrying capacity and looked at 15 or more vehicles and bought the MAXX based on cost / gas mileage / options and carrying capacity. Our plan is to become "snowbirds" this coming winter and the MAXX should hold everything my wife and I want to take South. I bought from the same dealer as occking. I finally had the recall done this week and there were no Maxx's on the lot. The service manager said they were selling well. I have only seen 2 others in the RI area.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867 are in the poll if you havent already..the majority of the buyers are 40 plus as voted so far....Im 47 and replaced my mustang with the size the drive the ride and the versatility of the vehicle as a welcome to the growing Maxx can check out my maxx website at the bottom of the poll if you click on the button
  • limingliming Posts: 22
    I just order Malibu Maxx LS with 1SB and Mudguard for $15750 in Chicago area.

    I have GM supplier discount. The rebate break down as:

    3500 cash
    1500 GMAC
    500 regional rebate.

    I think the interest rate from GMAC is higher in order to get 1500.
    Can any one tell me if I pay back the GMAC loan with cash or low interest rate loan from my credit union? Is there any penalty charge or fee if I do so?

    Happy shopping
  • icedog97icedog97 Posts: 141
    I'm not certain but I recall another post (in here I think) that said you WILL NOT be penalized.

    Out of curiousity, what is the GM rate now? When I bought my Maxx in July, I think they were saying the rate through GMAC was 6.25.
  • limingliming Posts: 22
    I will apply the GMAC loan once the dealer got the car from other location and I am satisfied with the car.

    I don't know what is the rate. Can be 6 -7 %. Is there application fee for the GMAC loan?

    Anyway, with the supplier discount, I think the purchase price can be even lower. It is tricky. It is 4% higher than GM employee rate. But, dealers quoted me different price on paper and showed me. Do you home work on price is important.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    pao Aug 18, 2004 10:01am

    go ahead and drop a vote.....29 have indicated so far....
  • icedog97icedog97 Posts: 141
    I found the latest post pertaining to the GMAC financing and whether or not you can will need to read back a few to get the original post.

    wallet "Chevrolet Malibu: Prices Paid & Buying Experience" Aug 19, 2004 3:52pm
  • walletwallet Posts: 38
    To add to that:

    First off, I have never in my life seen an auto loan agreement, so I have no idea what the printed word says.

    On Monday I spoke with GMAC about the qualifiers. After being told by GMAC that the exact terms and qualifiers are on the site (no, make that the site; no, make that the site) , I explained nine ways to Sunday that I couldn't find the qualifiers on ANY GM, GMAC, or Chevy site.

    It was near impossible to pin down GMAC (or the Marketing Support division) with any sort of official response; the most amusing was: "yes, GMAC sets the terms, but that could possibly be affected by the agreement that GMAC has with the individual dealerships, which could influence the terms needed to recieve the full rebate".

    Whenever the questions got too sticky for them, they referred me to my "local GM dealer". But their advice was to read the loan agreement CAREFULLY, and if NO penalty is spelled out in the loan agreement, then there is no penalty.

    When I curteously pushed the issue and explained that I was getting totally different answers from different dealers, the rep said off the record that he had never heard of any penalty for paying off early any LEGITIMATE GMAC loan, which would inlude a re-fi.

    Bottom line: a $5K loan at 6.9% costs ~$25/month in interest for the first few months. A $10K loan would be ~$49/month in interest for the first few months. Small price to pay for an extra $1000-1500 rebate. Also, I was told by all parties I spoke with that there is no fee (origination, credit check, whatever) on a GMAC loan.
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