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Chevy Malibu Maxx



  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    geez, the Maxx has been maxx4me recommended for 1.5 years now. I must be ahead of my time!! You'd think they would have listened to me, won't you? :P
  • It does but CR has a strong warning with regards to reliability which barely meets its minimum to be a recommended vehicle. Consumer Union is a little stronger in its recommendation.
  • drejdrej Posts: 119
    HI, Can any readers respond to the this Steering problem on thier Maxx's (Am I the only one?) I'm ready to go to the dealer but I'm sure I'll just get another we can't duplicate it! D~
  • Hey, I got a surprise this morning after starting my Maxx. About two minutes after starting the vehicle, I got in to drive, and the steering was so heavy! It was almost like there was no power assist at all. It loosened up after I got out of the driveway, but wow, talk about a surprise. I guess something in the EPS doesn't like an 11-degree Fahrenheit morning. Or maybe it just wants more time on remote start. I can handle that. Bit of a surprise though.
  • mybooomybooo Posts: 92
    It has been -16 F here in Iowa this past week, and knock on wood, I hit the remote start every morning and she pops right off, no problems. I always get nervous the first time it gets real cold with a new car, not knowing how she will do. I am very pleased so far :-) The ol Bu warms right up. Our car does sit outside 24/7, so I had thought about getting a block heater, but don't know if I will or not.
  • redmaxxredmaxx Posts: 627
    I have intermittent trouble with steering when my car is stopped. It varies from "hmmm...a little stiff today" and "holy cow, where did the power go?!". I'll have to take it into the dealer sooner or later and I'll report my findings.
  • Yeah, mine lives in the driveway too. I may look into the block heaters.
  • Hi, has anyone had the yearly spray on rust proofing done to there Maxx's?? I had it on my 92 Lumina was great after 12 years car still looked like new. Was wondering if when they drill holes in the door and stick the spray arm in, is there any problem with hitting side air bag sensors, or will it effect the sensor or any other component to be covered in this substance??
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I may be wrong..but here in teh US..any aftermarket coating like you are referring too voids the rustproof warranty that comes with the car.....did I read that in the owners manual?..or is that another urban myth!!!!
  • beedublubeedublu Posts: 236
    I don't know if it voids the least that's the impression I get from reading the warranty itself, but I do note that GM says that aftermarket rustproofing is unnecessary. And (just my two cents here) I've never seen any reason to rustproof. I just keep my car as free of salt as possible, flushing out the wheel wells and underbody as soon as the temps go above freezing.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    There are worse places for winter than Missouri, but at least around here, I haven't seen rusted cars later than early ninety models. Save your money.
  • I just got a 05 Maxx LT everything except sunroof and 6cd changer.My Maxx was a trade in and has 21000 miles on it. I have been reading the entire forum & so far everyone loves their Maxx. I just did a 100 mile round trip up and down the shore to show it off.
    My question is this: After the long trip,I got gas,& had a hard time starting the car again. I have been reading about hard starts here so I need to know if I need to know about any TSB and where do I find them?
    Thank you in advance for any help you can give this new Maxx owner
  • CU does not recomend the Malibu (subpar reliability) but does recomend the Maxx (average reliability).

    My '04 Maxx got its 30K inspection today. Not so great; they forgot to reset oil life, torqued all wheels wrong (many bolts way over 100 psi spec), set all tire air pressures wrong.

    Meanwhile, steering columm which has been replaced by one dealer, repaired twice by another dealer, was diagnosed as needing replacing __again__ by the 30k mile dealer. The driveline is getting a lot of slack in it as well - may require transmission replacement (my Maxx was built around the period of bad transmissions).

    I'm very worried about reliability. Has GM redesigned the columm so it can last a decent vehicle lifetime? And is driveline slop a signal that the trans is one of the bad ones?
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I would stay away from aftermarket rust proofing. GM vehicles have come standard with factory rust proofing/interior fabric coating for over a decade now, and any additional rust proofing could contribute to trapping moisture, thus increasing the chances of rust.

    Here in the states most rust proofing dealers went out of business because there really is no longer a need; additionally, you have to take your car in at least once-a-year for inspection at the tune of $75-100 a pop.
  • When you say "hard starting" do you mean that you hold the key in the start position until the engine fires up?

    You do not need to hold the key in the start position-just twist th key to the start position, then release. The computer chips will actually start the car for you--and faster than if you try it yourself.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    with what the servicing dealer did wrong for th simple things...wondering why they say the steering column is going bad now....

    dont have any drive line slack you are referring too and still with the orignal steering column in my 04 Maxx....Feb 04 build date so right at the beginning of the steering column fix.....havent had any work done on the transmission.....guess the "howl" isnt there or I simply dont notice it......approaching 55K on my car...and no problems at all....

    I think I would get a second opinion your steering column..have you noticed any symptoms yet......

    would seem this is a major recurring problem for GM/Chevy on the steering column..wondering if there is enough to warrant a recall perhaps..vice simple warranty repairs...
  • Yup, that's what I was doing! I have to remember to let the car start itself instead of holding the key. Thank you....
  • redmaxxredmaxx Posts: 627
    The computer chips will actually start the car for you--and faster than if you try it yourself.

    Actually, it won't start any faster. When you turn the key to start it signals the PCM to engergize the starter. Once the key hits start it doesn't care what you do with the key as long as it doesn't move out of the Run position. You could leave it all day in start and it won't take it any longer to start and it won't do any damage.
  • mybooomybooo Posts: 92
    Well, I got the new tires on my 05 MAXX yesterday. I bought BF Goodrich Traction T/A's as I had those on my other car, and they are awesome! We received 6" of wet heavy snow over night, and I was passing everyone including the snowplows this am! I have to remind myself to slow down. Going up an unplowed hill.....accelerated to 40 and never once did the traction control kick in! Also, hard braking...never once did the ABS kick in! I highly recommend these tires. I got them mounted, road hazard, disposal, new stems, lifetime rotate and balance and tax for $383.00 at walmart. Again, if anyone is looking for a good all season tire, with extra performance in the winter, you will like the Traction T/A's!
  • Has anyone who is S. Californa had GOOD luck with a dealer service?

    My Maxx is going to need some major repairs very soon (the steering columm glitches now qualifies the car as a "Lemon"), and would like to have one more try at getting the big gremlins out of this car before the warranty expires.
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  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I posted this on the problems and solutions board and got no responses. I've smelled antifreeze randomly on less than ten occasions during the year (23K) I've owned the car. No obvious leakage or overheating. Fluids up, no coolant in oil that I can see.

    Any ideas on this?
  • mybooomybooo Posts: 92
    Well, I took the 05 MAXX LS in yesterday to have the dealer fic the fuel sensor or sending unit - can't remember. Its the part that works the gas gauge. Well....The steering part did not come in so I picked up the car and will take it back tomorrow when the part comes in. Now for the story. The fuel sensor/sending unit was being replaced, they had to drop the fuel tank to do it. After I picked it up, I went and got gas - filled up. Filled up as I always do....when the nozzle shut off, I had some fuel running out of the wheel well....hmmm...not good! Well, it was just a little bit. I noticed the area around the gas filler (black plastic) was loose. Anyway, paid for gas and left. About 1/2 mile down the road, the fuel gauge was on 3/4 allready! GREAT! That is the problem they were supposed to fix! All of a sudden, the car dies! I start it, nothing. Long story short, I have to rev the car, and keep it above 2000 rpm to keep it running! Now I am about 15 miles from home, in the middle of townm lots of traffic and stop and go lights! I had ordered and paid for a pizza about 3 miles out of the way, was due to pick it up, had my 8 year old daughter with me...she is getting nervous now that the new car is not working. Anyway, after a long drive home, and lots of stalls, and throwing the car in neutral, I get to the highway for the 10 mile drive home. The car is running a little rough, but at high speeds seems like we will make it. So I feel lucky, and stopped at Mc Donalds for my daughter (she hates pizza - go figure!). Get back in the car, starts fine and drive home. Took a back road just in case. The car only chugged a few times and did not stall at all the rest of the 5 or 6 miles home. It is going back tomorrow. I hope it is an easy fix as we are going out of town Sunday. Does anyone know what might have happened? I am thinking they did not get the tank /filler neck back right as the area around it is loose and gas spilled out. Does anyone think that this might be the cause or have any other ideas? THanks!
  • mybooomybooo Posts: 92
    Well, it has been about 3 hours since we got home. I went outside, unscrewed the gas cap and "BUUUUURP"! A HUGH "burp" sound came from the filler neck. Do you think it is air that is causing the problem? THANKS!!!!!!!
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I too have had the faint smell in the last couple of didnt happen until i topped off the overflow container however.....when it was cold.....level was slightly low......I cant find any reason for it at least one that is visible!!!....have had the smell in a while now....56K on mine
  • I too have an antifreeze smell on occasion (2004 Maxx, 28k miles). Normally smell it on start up for a minute or two. Level in the overflow tank has been okay for the last few months (I added a bit to it about 6-months ago). Older versions of the GM 60-degree V6 have had problems with the intake manifold gaskets. Supposed to be fixed on the 3500...
  • Saw my first '06 Maxx SS today while getting my '04 steering rack replaced (got rid of pops/clicks in steering feel and makes car drive much nicer).

    The first thing I noted was the SS seats were nowhere as aggressive as thought. Wider, a little more bolstering in the sides is all. Should be good on trips.
    The second thing was sunlight glinted off the stupid chrome trim on all the Radio controls, right into my eyes.
    The third thing was the brochure revealed a choice of colors, including white with beige (I forget their word for it) and ebony trim. Nice!
    The 4th thing was the 18" tires actually had meat to them and are not thin little things. The underside of the car was also exceptionally clean in terms of layout.

    I did not drive it; will first wait to see how the new engine holds up, if the steering rack issue is addressed ('06's apparently have problems too), the promised addition of On Star in '07 happens, they loose the Knob Chrome and sub brushed metal (avoiding glare), and Delphi does not go on strike (if they do, GM's in real trouble).
  • I'm thinking the air for sure......If not, then I would go with Mcdonalds. 3 hours after Mcdonals will make anyone or anything go BUUUUUUURP.... :P
  • tested the SS. Liked the engine power and better handling, didn't like the ride (leaden, harsh). MPG is about 4 gal worse than the current Maxxes - 20% more HP for 20% more fuel.
  • Does anyone know if GM will make the SS's 3.9, with a little lower gearing (or, heavens, a 5 speed trans?) for better mileage, available in other Mailbus for 2007 ?

    I am seriously considering another Maxx before the line ends in 2007, but the SS is rough around the edges and uses too much fuel.
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