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Chevy Malibu Maxx



  • markf57markf57 Posts: 38
    Well, I've looked through the manual and I can't seem to find the answer. On the right hand side of my Radio (RDS) display, there is a less than sign and a greater than sign displayed near each other on the same line. Can anyone tell me what that means?
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    I didn't have a Malibu to look at but the Radio Data System (RDS) display does have brackets "" around TRAF which is supposed to come on when you are on a station that is transmitting fact that they send out Traffic announcements.

    I have yet to find a radio station in my area that actually sends out traffic information although there are some that obviously send out this "flag" that they do :mad:

    I have also seen a few cases (both in Canada) where a radio station is sending out some goofy default message in RDS which has caused a few customers to take their vehicle back to dealer :(
  • christinadchristinad Posts: 34
    Hi, everyone,
    I just wanted to announce that, after reading these posts and becoming completely confident in my decision to get a Maxx, I finally found a good deal and bought a black '05 Maxx LT, 1SB option w/ XM and DVD. I got it for $19,100, which I was very pleased with.
    What a crazy transaction, though! My partner and I had to give power of attorney to my Dad to buy it and sign the paperwork for us, since we live in Vermont and he lives in South Carolina. The car came from North Carolina, 5 hours away from my Dad! He drove to Raleigh to get it for us, and now it's on vacation with my parents in Myrtle Beach. What a ride! I'm not going to be able to get it until July 17th when I fly down! I don't know how I'm going to be able to wait that long!
    Thanks to everyone who posts on here. It's an invaluable resource!
  • dispencer1dispencer1 Posts: 489
    So far the SS seems to be the main concentration. Is an LS and LT going to be provided in 2006 with the luxury package on the LT that includes sunroof? Does anybody know?
  • madmadammadmadam Posts: 55
    Congratulations! The black ones look terrific--I can't wait to hear back from you after you've picked it up. I'm sure your dad is having a great time driving it.
    I love my 04 very much. It's a wonderful car for the driver and passengers. I'm sure you'll enjoy yours and never regret the choice.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    The Subaru Forester was on my short list before I bought the Maxx. I'm sure the new Forester is better than the original platform, but I got a chance to ride in the original Forester today. Absolutely no comparison with the Maxx. The Maxx has much more room (expected, but I didn't know it would be so noticable) and is far more comfortable.

    Again, I'm happier and happier with this car.
  • I have a 2004 Malibu Maxx. Noticed grinding in wheel and brake area. took it to a chevie garage and was told the strip bearings are worn! This is a new car, well one year old. Can bearings go that fast? It is still under warranty, but I am the only one who drives it and never go far. I have 11, 500 miles on it. Love the car, but sure is creepy to think it is falling apart on me.
  • prdmprdm Posts: 145
    Any further information on what strip bearings might be? I've never heard the term.
  • islandpeteislandpete Posts: 94
    Have been purchasing my fuel at BJs and it contains 10% ethanol. Have a 2004 Maxx LT and it has just a very slight rough idle. Really not too concerned about it. The car has a May build date that e2helper gave to me months ago. Thanks to him all of the issues have been addressed, replacement of fuel tank (warped) cause of low fuel indicator and the air bag light issue, replaced a module etc. Car has been running great and am scheduled to take it in for it's first oil change (16% left on the DIC) and it's first mechanical NYS inspection. Have 4700 mi on it. As you can see have not exactly went around the world. Split the driving between the Maxx and wife's Buick RDV. Question to e2, could the slight rough idle be caused by the ethanol in the gas and should I ask them to do a computer scan to see if it has all the updates etc TSB or anything else. Not going to mention the head rests. I switched the rears to the fronts and that worked for us. The sunshade issue has not been one for me. In the summer I close them and in the winter they are open. Average MPG is 24, 32/34 HWY.
  • christinadchristinad Posts: 34
    I just found out that my car (which I still haven't met) has a beige pin stripe down both sides. I'm not so sure I'm going to like the look of it. I actually chose the black color to simplify the lines of the vehicle. How hard is it to have a pin stripe removed? Will it damage or alter the paint/finish?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    most pinstripes are applied by the dealer...the ends are sealed with a clear coat so they will not peel back.....using a hair dryer or heat gun....they can usually be removed fairly easy, there should not be any damage to the paint or finish......wondering if you ask the dealer to remove it for you if they will????

    beige on black???? what color is the interior???...take a look at it before you decide to have it taken off.....and yes..still owe ya pics of the dash wood inserts over the HVAC and stereo contorls...
  • christinadchristinad Posts: 34
    Yeah, I can't wait to see your pics, because, on the website, the colors don't seem to quite match up. The aftermarket looks a little lighter/more red. Do you find that to be the case?

    As for the dealer removing the stripe, they're 5 hours away. My Dad's dealership may be able to do it, though. My interior is neutral (to match my two Chinese pugs). Maybe I'll love it, who knows.
  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060
    Although, a lot of dealers have the pinstripe actually painted on, so you better check with the dealer first, before you start messing with it. I don't know about Chevrolets...but....all the Caddy dealers stripes are painted on (in the So. Jersey area)..I know this,because the pinstriper is a friend of mine, and always does my vehicles.
  • madmadammadmadam Posts: 55
    Do you have the beige interior? If so, I think the pinstripes will look great. I had them on my 1982 (!) dark green/blue cavalier hatchback (my first new car) and it was snazzy looking. That car was very dark, sort of a black-jade color.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    the burlwood swirl pattern is slightly different...even my digital shows it slightly redder..or lighter....but is is really close.....I will try to get them posted this afternoon....I asked for the it wasnt listed on their turned out to be the synthetic light burlwood
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Although I wouldn't pay one cent more for pinstripes, I would mess with trying to take one off. I think you could get into a real expensive mess.
  • indisweindiswe Posts: 10
    I noticed this problem after something wierd happened starting my 04 LS Maxx. What happened was that all my radio presets between FM1 and FM2 were rearranged... And now I have noticed that on some radio stations, I can't adjust the auto volume, and with some CDs too. But, I could find another station, change the autovolume, then go back. But it's not supposed to be like this... Has anyone else experienced this?
  • doombertdoombert Posts: 8
    I have an '04 Maxx as well and haven't had any problems with my auto volume, but I had noticed an issue with the radio presets being mixed up. Although, my issue ended up being because I used the other key remote to unlock the car. I didn't realize at first that the radio presets were specific to the key remote.
    This doesn't sound like the issue you are having, but just thought I would mention it.
  • christinadchristinad Posts: 34
    Well, my entire family says they like the stripe. Plus, it'll set me apart from the other black Maxx cruising around, I guess I will leave it on. Will be adding mud flaps and extra wood trim. My Dad says the mud flaps don't look like they fit the fender very well, though (in pictures he's seen). Doesn't sound like anyone here had that problem?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    have the OEM contoured ones on my can see the fit on the website.....easy to install....have to remove the rear wheels to mount them however....didnt get the pics of the wood trim problems..will try again tonight.....if you do it..just insure some one holds them in place flush against the fender..when you are marking and drilling.....and then securing with the screws.....they fit fine
  • skyhawkskyhawk Posts: 126
    I had flaps installed by dealer at time of purchase. I am pleased with the fit and the look.
  • billbbillb Posts: 14
    I have been reading these boards for 15 months now with only one short post about the great reliability of my Outback that I just traded in with 194K on it. I almost bought an '04 Maxx LS a year ago March. I'm glad I waited. I just drove an '05 Maxx LT with sunroof and XM home today. It has a 2/05 build date so I should be good.

    I want to thank everyone for very helpful posts. You (and my $3500 GM points) helped make my Maxx buying decision easier. Here's to 194K Maxx miles.

    Best feature so far: the headphones in the back seat with the XM. The kids forgot about the DVD player when they found out that they have their own radio.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    welcome to the forum..lots of helpful people maxx website here.....
  • kurtamaxxguykurtamaxxguy Posts: 677
    Visiting the Audi forum, they claim the A3, designed for premium fuel, will run on regular but with reduced performance.

    I wonder if the Maxx has any kind of automatic knock detection system so, if you get a bad batch of gas, the engine will adjust its timing to prevent detonation ?
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    I believe so Kurt. The V6 engine has a knock sensor for each cylinder bank (1-3-5 and 2-4-6). Don't know if something like A3 has something for each cylinder or something.
  • 12251225 Posts: 4
    In an earlier discussion I read about this problem and the solution to it. I see ithe message now every time the car is started, and the gas cap is on O.K. Is this a problem the dealer needs to fix or is there a way the car owner can stop the message from coming on all of the time?
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    If you own a Maxx then TSB #04-08-49-025 might apply. Other related complaints would be that fuel gauge doesn't read Full when fuel tank filled. You might also see a Service Engine Soon Indicator occassionally.

    I guess it could always be something else. Do you know when your vehicle was built?

    In any case you probably want to have dealer take a look at it. Likely they will find a fault code in engine controller to confirm your observation.
  • 12251225 Posts: 4
    Thank you, e2helper, and my 04 Maxx has a build date of June 04. I have an appointment with my dealer for an oil change on Friday, and just wanted to know what to tell them. Thanks.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    With June 2004 build date you are right in the correct timeframe that the TSB would be applicable. Often it ends up requiring fuel tank replacement so if you can avoid filling up gas tank before taking it to dealer it will require them to siphon out less fuel.

    This would definitely take longer than a simple oil change :(
  • ericw55ericw55 Posts: 53
    A new gas tank, or a PCM upgrade? :confuse:
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