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Chevrolet Malibu Meet the Owners

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  • madmaxxmadmaxx Posts: 44
    I pick up my Galaxy Silver Maxx LS tomorrow. This vehicle replaces my 87 Accord Hatchback--I prefer hatchbacks for their versatility. The only option on the window sticker was the floor mats. I've ordered splash guards for the front and back at dealer cost of $31/set.
    MSRP $22,305
    Negotiated Price: $19,799
    Rebates -5,500
    Net Price $$14,299
    Thinking of getting WA personal plate "MADMAXX".
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    another happy maxx owner.....sounds like you got a great deal as well....nice plate...MAXX-FUN here.....
  • Welcome from Long Island! Our Maxx is plated "MAXXIMUM" courtesy of the NYS DMV
  • madmadammadmadam Posts: 55
    We live in Queens but we're often out at Atlantic Beach. I have only seen one other MAXX--a silver one in Queens. I am also stumped as to why our car isn't selling--it's such a great car for families. Mine is Light Driftwood--give me a honk if you see me!
  • Hi, My name is Alex. Im 20 years old and I picked up my Maxx about a month ago. I had looked at the Maxx at NYIAS, as well as test drove the car. I was surprised that this car had so much low end torque, and quality is much higher then past GM cars. So I went into the dealer and put pen to paper!
    I got a 2004 Malibu Maxx LS in Black with the 2 tone grey interior with metalic trim. Gave it that sporty feel I guess? Im not too into "wood".
    I wanted a cool little 5dr hatch, and Chevy pulled through! Good thing, because I coudldnt see myself in a Vibe! That Toyota motor is worthless, IMO.
    Anyway, I love my Maxx! Good handling, good power, and good style. Im very impressed with GM. I would like to see that SS model with teh 3.9 V6 and 6spd manual.
    Has anyone tried to make a seperate web site dedicated to Maxx owners?
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,341
    Alex: as one who owns both cars, I do think the Maxx is far superior to the Vibe. I do like the Vibe, and the engine should last a long time.
    As for the website, genvibe.com is one of the great success stories in having someone build a website and having owners share their Vibe lore. I encourage you to take on the role of Maxx Master, and build us a site.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    Bigals....

    here is my website I set up to for my maxx FYI....I will look into where I can set up a chat space as well..outside this one.....space is the issue of course...cheers and enjoy the new maxx

    http://home.att.net/~p.oswald
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,026
    We would be happy to set up a chat for you here in the Town Hall! Respond here or send me an email and I'll see what can be set up.

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • Hi Karen -
    I, for one, would enjoy a chat area, but with so few Maxx owners out there, would there be enough demand to warrant the space? One can only hope!
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    Karen,

    would like to see a chat area set up as well..with our small but growing Maxx owners here..let us know
  • Hello, Madmadam -

    With respect to the sales of the new Malibu, I think sales are reasonable for a first year.

    GM reported Malibu sales of 23,979 units in July, and 90,133 units from January - July (see GM Press Release of 3 Aug 04).

    Just for fun, I did some predictions based on historical data, and here is what I have:

    Based on all months, annual sales are predicted at 183 thousand units. Based on July results, annual sales are predicted at 288 thousand units. Using a more realistic three and two month basis, then predicted sales are 207 thousand and 237 thousand, respectively.

    I have also noticed that the Malibu Classic is reported separately, so these numbers appear to be Malibu and Maxx sales only.

    My personal belief that the reason you don't see many Malibu's on the road is that we're distributing less than 100 thousand units across a land inhabited by 300+ million people. There are several in the small backwater region I live (northwest Illinois - a long way from Chicagoland).

    As word gets out about how good this car really is, then I think more people will move to it.

    Interesting note on the sales figures - in July, the Impala sold 23,976 units to the Malibu's 23,979! I wonder if Malibu sales are pulling Impala customers??

    Steven
  • madmadammadmadam Posts: 55
    Thanks Fan--I have noticed a few Impalas in my area. I sure hope the MAXX builds a following. It's a wonderful car and has much to offer a wide range of consumers.
  • I just got my car back yesterday after the dealer having it for three days...to fix the tranaxle or something.(there is a bulletin on this..noisy steering column at accelerating)..I really didnt understand what they were doing..thank goodness I have a mechanic for a husband that knew what they were doing....I also brought up the rough idle again and ONCE AGAIN (third time)....they could find nothing wrong!!! SOMETHING IS WRONG..the car is still idling rough. What do we do...we are paying good money for these cars...they shouldnt run like 10 year old cars! If anyone has any advice please let me know. Should I contact Chevy and let them know that I am not happy with thier car????
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    bonnie.....the old saying the squeeky wheel gets the oil applies..send an email to the Chevy customer assistance center cac@chevrolet.com or call them 1-800-222-1020, complain and look into lemon laws as they apply to your state. I called the center on the rear sun shades..certainly not as significant as your complain and they followed up with the dealer and spoke specifically with the service manager...I was very happy with their assistance...give it a try
  • I did that FIRST thing this morning! Thank you for the advice! I will keep you posted on the outcome!!!!
  • My previous car was a Chrysler LeBaron. With my last job, I hardly drove even 5K miles per year. Then I started a new job that required a longer commute. In a matter of one year, the old LeBaron started giving up the ghost. I did get 185,000 out of it. Started shopping around. My father recommended the Malibu, so I visited the local Chevy dealership and my current Chrysler/Dodge dealership. I narrowed my choices down to Malibu, Cavalier, Dodge Neon and Dodge Stratus. I'm a big guy with a long torso, so I eliminated the two compact cars, and finally decided on the Malibu because I liked the ride better than the Stratus. That was in February 2000. I put about 26,000 miles per year on my car. I love my Malibu despite some recent headaches with the fuel system. I took a drive to Chicago last year and averaged over 35 mpg. My weekly commuting I average from 28 to 29 mpg. My only reoccuring complaints thru the four years has been the car seems to not like the wind too well - I attribute that to the lighter weight of the car than my last car. Also, the gas guage is not reliable, therefore I rely on my trip-odometer to determine when to fill-up. I call myself bryan200k because I always target to get about 200,000 miles out of a car. My Malibu has 112,000 and I'm planning to keep it till it hits 200K in about 3.5 years. My son starts driving in less than 3 years and he has already decided that he wants a Malibu Maxx.
  • tehutitehuti Posts: 7
    Larry Brown, Fullerton CA. I purchased my Malibu Maxx LS yesterday 8/28/2004 and I have exactly 100 miles on it. To tell you the truth, I had never even considered a Chevrolet as my car of choice, but on a recent visit to St. Louis I had a Malibu Classic as a rental and realized how much I liked it. Since I was in the market for a new vehicle I added the Malibu to the list and found out that it met my budget perfectly.

    I decided on the Maxx just the other day. While doing my car shopping last week I went in to take a look at the Malibu LS sedan. But since they didn't have any V6s with a sunroof I took a Maxx for a spin.

    Sold! I researched the color I wanted online, found a dealer that had the exact vehicle I wanted, went to them yesterday and closed the deal.
  • Well I got a response back from CAC (Chevy Assistance Center)...and guess what? They agree with the Dealer that there is NOTHING wrong with my car....and in other words "LIVE WITH IT". Boy am I P*****! How can they agree with the dealership when they haven't even seen my car. This is a brand new car and shouldnt have the rough idle....what do I know next? Anyone have any suggestions? I am paying good money for this car and I hate having to use the air all the time because the car idles too rough to enjoy having the sun roof open (it idles rough when I come to complete stops). I appreciate any assistance in this matter. Thanks!
  • tfbrtfbr Posts: 4
    I just purchased 04' Malibu LS/1SA earlier this week after reading virtually every related post on on this website! I spent about 8 hours, but it was time well spent...I am very grateful for the timely input and even more grateful that I bought this car!

    I wanted to thank all who took the time to share their experience, and Edmunds for hosting this site, and I hope my feedback is equally beneficial to prospective owners. Reading these posts helped immensely to allay first-year model concerns. Even though I know all vendors do exhaustive testing, a re-engineered vehicle hasn't stood the test of time, and conventional wisdom is to wait for the bugs to get worked out. But the flip side is that early adopters get to take advantage of the latest engineering, and by all reports the first year issues have been minimal and typical, and the changes for 2005 are minimal. Of course there are probably non-showstopper tweaks for 2005 that we don't know about, but those we know about are minimal. I also didn't have the luxury of waiting, and the deals (at least $5500 in rebates thru 9/7 in my area) were too good to pass up.

    The only issue I encountered was the well-documented rotor vibration while braking, especially hard braking over 30 MPH, e.g., while exiting a highway ramp. Sounds like an issue any new vehicle might have, but in any case, after several aggressive stops the vibration is barely noticeable, and then only if I'm paying close attention to it -- in my opinion it is a non-issue (a helpful recent post advised new brakes can benefit from a particularly aggressive stop to "bed" them in).

    Knowing this ahead of time gave me assurance when I encountered it during the test drive before I took delivery. I also specified a May '04 or later build date. The dealers' car locator software shows the days the vehicle has been on a lot, so it was easy to find a newer vehicle. I did this to avoid a minor and correctable transmission issue some owners reported on this site.

    It is assuring to know that like-minded and concerned owners have this forum to share their experience and to get help. Several members appear to have GM connections or just very adept at getting inside information, e.g., Pao and E2Helper, but all seem willing to go the extra mile for those requesting feedback.

    I only have about 300 miles but I can already report back that this car is remarkably smooth and well engineered. I considered the 1SB upgrade, and while the add-ons were tempting, I've been pleasantly surprised with the base model features, which include a nice sound system, alloy wheels, rear sunroof, and traction control.

    I have owned and/or have close relatives where I've had significant experience with Toyotas (Corolla and Camry) and Hondas (Civic and Accord). When recently confronted with the need to replace my dying Ford Windstar with a sedan, these foreign makes, which are perennial review leaders (even on this site), were obvious considerations. But the great rebates caught my eye, and the test drive and owner reviews on this site sold me. My entire experience, from the marketing brochure CD, to to the no-pressure salesman, was a pleasure. I test drove a Buick Century just to check out the ride, but it lacked the tight, responsive feel of the Maxx.

    I have a word of encouragement for the owners that have had issues, and to future owners (perhaps myself!) who have the unfortunate occasion to experience an unresolved issue. At 48 year, I've owned perhaps a dozen vehicles in my lifetime. While it is unfortunate and disconcerting to learn your major investment is flawed in some way, in retrospect I've fretted about "minor" issues (even a little rattle can seem major!) only in retrospect to see that this was a complete waste of my valuable time and energy. Sure, do the due-diligence, take the issues to the next level if you don't get responsive help, but realize that no car is perfect, especially a first year version, and to demand perfection will just make you and others miserable... it ain't gonna happen until the next life.... assuming you get to Heaven!

    Also, if you do complain, be do so in an optimistic, civil way that doesn't imply a lack of integrity by GM or it's employees... from the engineers on down to the techs. If not, you may win your battle, but nobody will go out of their way in the future to help someone who has beat them up! Frustration is understandable, but there is a tactful way to be persistent to gets results without YELLING (which all caps indicate) and crying "foul". Of course sometimes vendors deserve righteous indignation and need to be called out, but be sure your situation is part of a pattern that is being willfully neglected over a considerable period of time before getting contentious, either online or in person. I've not seen any indication that the Maxx is problematic... quite the contrary. So if you are reading my post, and perhaps have read about posted problems, be sure to take them in the overall context, which is overwhelmingly positive, even among the complainers! Also, if you are posting, realize the written word is powerful, and ill-considered comments cannot be retracted. They can cause vendors needless angst and loss of business from prospective buyers who may take a comment out of context.

    My co-worker recently shared with me that he traded in his Honda Odyssey (if you read the reviews you'd think this vehicle was perfect) after protracted issues with front end problems, and I had a new Toyota Corolla with acceleration hesitation that bothered the heck out me... the vendor issued an upgrade kit to correct the problem, but it made it worse, and I wished I'd lived with the original issue, which was barely noticeable to begin with. My point? Almost all vehicles have some issues, and I wasted valuable time fretting about them rather than just movin' on, which I would've and should've done if I simply had given them time.

    Sorry to ramble... but if you've read this far and you are seriously considering the Maxx, my advice is to run, don't walk, to buy it!
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