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#4015 of 4972 Yes, Cup holders are important!
Jul 01, 2004 (7:04 am)
Can anyone tell me whether the new Malibu and the Malibu Maxx have cup holders to the left of the steering wheel like on the previous Malibus? Believe it or not, it was a prime consideration factor for our family car purchase. We had a 2000, and now own a 2002 Malibu. I'm keenly interested in the new Malibu or Maxx for our next family car and would be extremely disappointed if the newer models took out this important accessory. See, my husband is a hemiplegic. He is paralyzed on his right side. A left handed cup holder is very convenient for him, and provides a little more peace of mind for me when he's driving. The interior pictures I've seen on the Chevy pages and here on Edmunds are not detailed enough for me to discern whether the car has a left handed cup holder. Thank you.
Jul 01, 2004 (7:50 am)
melanderthal - The headrest don't really bother me, its just that it didn't seem that I could get the lumbar support in the right place, it felt like it was a little high up. And I actually kinda like the headrests jutting forward, I just wanted to see if I reversed them I the back of the seat would support me better. But I don't mind the seat now that I'm used to it.
bigdaddycoats - The styling is a little bland, the gas mileage is awesome for a V6 and I personally LOVE the electric steering its so easy to turn in the driveway and in parking lots, I drove my Yukon and just turning out of the driveway felt like a chore. I just hope I can get it in cars I might own in the future.
marshella - There is no cup holder to the left of the steering wheel, both of the cup holders for the front are in the center of the car. You might be able to find a cup holder that slips into the window seal or something.
Some things that I think should be done is that if you have the remote starter, automatic A/C should be included. Sure you can just remember to crank it up before you get out, but I can't seem to remember to do that so it kind of defeats the purpose of having it in the first place. Also, they should include steering wheel audio controls with XM, its distracting to go through all of those stations by using the buttons on the head unit.
#4017 of 4972 Re: Congratulations GM [mr_bots #4008]
Jul 01, 2004 (8:35 am)
That JD Power survey just released is a long term reliability study for three years of ownership of the 2001 model year cars, which is not the current generation Malibu. Still GM deserves some congratulations as it at least shows they are making good progress, on the last generation. Of course one would expect them to get the bugs out when they have been building the same basic design for quite a few years.
You won't get any JD Powers long term reliability data on the current redesigned generation Malibu until it has been out for three years.
#4018 of 4972 Re: Front Seats [melanderthal #4010]
Jul 01, 2004 (9:06 am)
The headrest does not bother me, but my father who owns the car has the same complaint. My brother also complained. My dad says he can not get as comfortable in the new Malibu as compared to his old one.
It must be designed like that to help prevent whiplash. It really does seem to come to far forward though. It would be nice if there were some sort of an adjustment.
Jul 01, 2004 (3:50 pm)
Is the same true for both the Malibu and the Maxx? I know for years there have been window channel and other type aftermarket cup holders, but I've yet to find one that is reliable and truly useful. Thanks again for the reply.
#4020 of 4972 Re: Congratulations GM [badgerfan #4014]
Jul 01, 2004 (4:58 pm)
well stated. i was about to state the same thing.
#4021 of 4972 Re: Thanks Mr Bots [marshella #4016]
Jul 01, 2004 (4:59 pm)
No, the Maxx doesn't have them either.
Jul 02, 2004 (4:34 pm)
I am a original owner of '99 Malibu LS with 40k. Am starting to run into several problems:
Light blinks on/off on instrument panel for AC, alternating between warm and cold air as a result. What is the fix here? Know this has been a problem with GM cars.
By the way, had my warped rotors replaced at 9K miles. That's not the problem. Anyway, I now seem to have the ABS light coming on several times a week. I simply stop, turn the key, restart the engine, and light is gone. Should I be worried? Anybody else experience this.
3. Intake Manifold Gasket
Join the club. I have the same leak many of you do. I just keep adding anti-freeze and water every 4-5 month's. It appears to be a slow leak. I have essentially postponed a inevitable repair here. Don't know if this is a mistake.
Any thoughts/respones from anyone - I would appreciate.
#4023 of 4972 Re: Several Problems [mjohns7861 #4019]
Jul 02, 2004 (5:06 pm)
DO NOT POSTPONE THE INTAKE MANIFOLD GASKET. If this goes unchecked for too long it can cause severe engine damage, in some cases the crankshaft has been broken. If this happens you will need to replace the engine. If you get it fixed now it will be cheaper in the long run. You need to get this done as soon as possible.
#4024 of 4972 97 Malibu - NIGHTMARE!!
Jul 02, 2004 (7:29 pm)
Has anyone thrown a rod in the engine? I have a 97 Chevy Malibu LS sedan (Appx 95,000 miles). I thought replacing the manifold gasket and rotars within the first 5 months was bad. NOW the engine is done for. The dealer is tearing it apart to see "Why" this happened!!
Anyone else have engine problems??