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Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Hatchback
#1785 of 5257 The Maxx in Car and Driver
Jun 03, 2004 (5:24 pm)
I just got my July edition of Car and Driver in the mail today. There on page 67 is a feature review by John Phillips of the 2004 Malibu Maxx LT, fully optioned. To make a long story somewhat shorter, the verdict is a "Gutsy V6, immense rear seat, pratical hatch, airy cockpit (Highs); Bulldog butt, a few too many rattles, leaden steering (Lows); The Verdict: A mainstream mid-size sedan lifted from obscurity by a clever hatch. Particular praise in the article goes to the flexibility of the back seat and rear storage area. For Car and Driver, this review, for an American sedan, is high praise. Hopefully, with a little more engineering work, this will be a major hit for Chevy, and for the great American workforce in Kansas City that builds them for us. (Great going triedntru!! You guys in KC do some nice work..... JMHO)
#1786 of 5257 Re: VIN Answer [oldcorvettefan #1784]
Jun 04, 2004 (12:03 pm)
I think each model handles stuff a little differently but same concept.
I can't respond to what Chevy wants or thinks - dunno. However the 2004 Malibu didn't see a complete model year of production since it only started being sold in November, I think.
Jun 05, 2004 (9:48 pm)
Anybody get a Maxx under invoice? So far, I have a quote from a dealer $300 over invoice + the $4000 GM Owner Loyalty Rebate on the Maxx for a $16605 price on a base LS. Money-wise, I probably need to do a little better since I can only net 2800-3000 on my trade. Anybody done better?
#1788 of 5257 Re: Maxx Pricing [mfletouva #1787]
Jun 06, 2004 (3:20 am)
I got my check in the mail from GM too. $4k off on the Maxx???? I thought it was $3k???
Jun 08, 2004 (7:41 am)
Took my Maxx on its first long (270 mi) roadtrip two weeks ago and drove it back last Friday. According to the trip computer it averaged 33-34 mpg on the way out. Played with the computer on the way back to find the highest "instantaneous mpg" I could get; i.e. got up to cruising speed and then reset mpg. On a level stretch with cruise control engaged, A/C off, the highest number it would hold was about 38. I saw over 40 when I fooled the computer one time by zeroing it while coming down hill, but of course it dropped back when the bottom was reached and more power was required.
Haven't done a hand calculation yet to validate the numbers, but if they are anywhere near correct this is a very economical car for its class. I'm getting about 26 mpg commuting to work, which is a mixture of city and highway driving.
#1790 of 5257 Highway Mileage
Jun 08, 2004 (11:45 am)
A round trip of 410 miles and hand calculated mileage of 29.56. Highway speed of 75 to 80. Less than 15 miles of country road.
Does anyone use E-Z pass with an inside windshield mount on a Maxx?
Jun 08, 2004 (2:37 pm)
I have an EZ Pass (New York issued) on the windshield behind the rearview mirror just under the no glare shadow area (the little area at the top of the windshield in the center which is partially blacked out by little dots). I have used it extensively on bridges, tunnels and the Thruway and it works perfectly.
#1792 of 5257 Oldntired1950
Jun 09, 2004 (7:04 am)
Thanks for the reply on the ez pass. I plan on getting one soon. The service manager could not tell me if the little dots contained metal oxide.
#1793 of 5257 Re: Highway Mileage [skyhawk #1790]
Jun 09, 2004 (2:29 pm)
Have over 7000 on Max LT since April 6, and I keep very good track of gas mileage. Since I got the vehicle have averaged slightly over 27 mpg for all driving. Obviously, with the high mileage I put on, mostly highway.
Just got back from a two day trip from Providence, RI into New Brunswick & back. 1280 miles total. I can tell you that the actual, accurate miles per gallon for this trip was 30.5. Filled the car three times times. I reset the computer after each fill up and, each time the computer indicated mpg of approx 2 mpg higher than actual. This has been a consistent "problem" since I got the vehicle. When I last had vehicle in for service I mentioned this but I don't think there is anything they want to or can do about it.
The other "glitch" is that the same numbers repeat and never anything in between....27.4, then 28.2, then 28.7 29.4. 30.2, 30.9 31.6 always the same numbers up and down, never anything in between I guess I am just used to more accurate trip computers.
The other think that is not accurate is when the warning light and bell go off that you are low on fuel. It usually goes off when I have around 40 miles to go. There are times I have driven an additional 40 miles still to put in around 15 gallons, and a few times, when it went off gassed up right away & it took only around 13. It goes off prematurely!
But, overall after having a dog of a Buick RVD that barely got 22 on the highway & only around 17 around town, this car is a real pleasure do drive what with all the features & flexibility of seating, storage, etc. For 24k got one loaded with everything except dvd, roof, side curtain aig bags, got dealer to install satellite radio and 0 financing for 3 years. Couldn't ask for a better deal! And the car moves off the line very well also.
Didn't need to but put Rain X on rear window. I suppose it helps but I didn;t have any problems without it either.
Jun 10, 2004 (12:10 pm)
Mazda 6 wagon, Subaru legacy wagon or Chev Malibu Maxx?
Compare these for a long time, which one is better in longterm?
Personally I prefer a stick, so Maybe just M6 and legacy left here.
I just curious why the OHV on Maxx have better MPG? is that a funny stuff?
And why these wagon offering 1500-2500 cash rebate in states now but zero in Canada?