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Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Hatchback
#1548 of 5257 loving my maxx
Feb 07, 2004 (10:40 pm)
Bought 2004 Malibu Maxx LT silver with every option except engine block heater and DVD (no kids) on Jan. 23 and have put on 725 miles in constant sleet and snow in NYC metro area. The car makes me happy every time I drive it. I was going to buy a Honda Accord coupe, but looked at Chevy because my 91 Corsica LT six (don't laugh) had never failed me in 13 years so I felt I owed them at least a look. I was amazed by the Maxx and bought a fully loaded black one (with the DVD) at the closest dealer, but the sales manager refused the deal saying I would have to pay list if I wanted to take the "hot model." I checked the Malibu website and went to a dealer a few miles further that had just what I wanted. He was glad to sell it to me for the price I wanted. The car is a bargain even at list. The remote starting automatically turns on the heat or AC as needed and requires the key for the car to move. XM radio is worth paying for no matter how many radio stations you have, as it lets you listen to just what you want without any frustration or annoyance (priceless). OnStar is a lot more security than AAA or similar for less. The car handles and rides so well it impresses Cadillac owners. The Maxx is built on the new platform GM developed for the Saab 9.3, which costs thousands more. Most of the people on this posting don't know what they are talking about, but they can take a test drive and speak from firsthand knowledge. It will be worth the time!
Feb 08, 2004 (2:58 am)
Congratulations! Enjoy the Maxx!
#1550 of 5257 congrats!!!
Feb 08, 2004 (6:07 am)
on the new MAXX.
Feb 08, 2004 (7:24 am)
Yesterday, on PBS' "MotorWeek", they revealed the 2004 "Driver's Choice" awards, with the Malibu receiving "Best Family Sedan" for '04. Special mention was also made of the Maxx, for its versatility in this segment.
Interestingly, the Mazda 3 took honors as "Best Small Car".
Feb 08, 2004 (7:48 am)
Also, congrats on the Maxx. I'm jealous (I think).
In fairness, not to be negative, but it's HIGHLY likely that going from a '91 Corsica to a new Maxx is, in and of itself, likely to be far more dramatic than, say, my going from an '00 Malibu to a new one.
I did test-drive an LT sedan last Oct. Aside from the electric power steering and a very small increase in power (salesman just loved it when I gunned it at a stoplight, ahem), I really didn't see all that much difference in driving dynamics.
My car is now going in on Tues., not tomorrow. Yes, I'll scour over the Maxx (assuming they have one), but I don't plan to test-drive that since I'm sure it's very similar to the sedan.
I just checked GM BuyPower. They have 3 Maxxes, all LTs, and all with stickers of $27,945. I'd assume they all have everything on them. Figures. Such a deal.
Feb 08, 2004 (11:09 am)
I'm so glad that there's finally another MAXX owner here. I've got virtually the same car in navy blue metallic, but with the the DVD player. I'm fortunate that one of the highest volume Chevy dealers on Long Island is across the street from my office. After all was said and done, I got $1,761. off the sticker plus $2,000 in rebates. The only thing I felt I paid too much for is the extended warranty - I got an 84 month (7 year) or 84K mile extended warranty with a $100 deductible and it cost me another $2K. It was still worth it to me to have GM protection for 7 years. I have to agree about OnStar and XM. I think that they are the best options you can get in a car today! Hope you really enjoy your new toy as much as I am.
#1554 of 5257 Excitement/Point of Clarification
Feb 08, 2004 (11:40 am)
I too, am THRILLED that we finally have members with Maxxes. I've been waiting. PLEASE, please, update us regularly about how they're doing. I'm not buying anything until summer, so it'd be a big help. Hopefully, you won't be posting in "Problems & Solutions"!.
I'm sensing that a few of you are unhappy with my occasional negativity. Just a sense. I'm not "anti-GM", and REALLY want a new Maxx (or Malibu). Call me crazy, but I'm willing to give the General another shot at redemption.
However, aside from safety concerns, I also want good value. And, for sure, the Maxx has it, at a somewhat lower price. Hopefully, we'll get there. I doubt I'm alone. I know of 2 other folks that are waiting like I am.
Just so we're clear, OK? I'm not like some recently departed members.
Feb 08, 2004 (12:04 pm)
I completely understand your hesitancy to dive head first back into the GM pool. I, for one, had never purchased a new GM model. I've owned a couple of used GMs, one bought and one a gift, and neither of them really lit my fire. With the prices of cars today, it has become a major life investment, and nobody wants to make a mistake. My short list was mostly Japanese; Toyota, Infiniti, even thought about a Scion xB. There's just something about the Maxx that grabbed me. It's certainly not the styling - say what you want, but the Maxx will never be on exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art! There's just this combination of form and function that together make this a comfortable and practical car to drive. Good luck with your search. I envy people who are able to analyze and consider for months..... I simply walked into my Chevy dealer (I only visited one), sat in the car and bought it. I didn't even take a test drive until after I had signed the paperwork! How's that for impetuous?
Feb 08, 2004 (12:56 pm)
(First of all, I seriously doubt that your member name is accurate; I'm in my mid-40s, and probably not far behind you).
Had it not been for the fact that my 4-year-old steed is losing it's "giddy-up" faster than I can blink - Extended Warranty still has nearly 18 mos. left on it - , engine aside (which I KNOW is good for at LEAST 100K miles), I wouldn't even be in this predicament, and not even discussing new wheels. BUT, my Malibu is starting to crimp my lifestyle. So, that's why I have the luxury (if you want to call it that) of having some time to ponder the next vehicle.
I'm also jealous of those of you that were able to keep a vehicle for 8-14 years. Obviously, you deserve the splurge.
I may do the Maxx LS bit, if the rebates increase (or something). That is a viable option, as well. I'll just have to get seat covers (NOT, I'll suffer).
I also own several thousand shares of GM stock, if any of you needed further convincing of my sincerity.
Feb 08, 2004 (2:08 pm)
is there a rebate on it? Or is the $1000 Malibu Sedan rebate also valid on the Maxx?