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Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Hatchback
Aug 09, 2004 (5:11 am)
My 2 cents...
We bought a 2004 Malibu Maxx and so far we love it. It has a very smooth, quiet ride and good power while getting respectable gas mileage. Having owned mostly foreign cars since my original car (an 89 Beretta, which I loved but it fell apart), I seriously doubted I would ever own another Chevy. The Maxx changed my mind and is something you should definitely test drive.
Between the Jetta and the Maxx, I think you will probably find the Jetta handles better (sportier) but he Maxx has a smoother ride. The Maxx has more interior passenger room, the Jetta more cargo area.
I always wanted a Jetta, but I read reports about engine problems with VWs (Jetta and Passat in the 2000-2003 model years) and that combined with relatively high price tags influenced me to stay away from them. I also read that Jetta is due for a re-design...2005 or 2006 maybe (see below)? So if I had bought a Jetta, I would probably have bought a used one (there seem to be a lot of them around here...)
I guess you could say that I took a little bit of a risk with the Malibu Maxx, but at 6K off of sticker (including 4K from GM and 2K from the dealer - bought it last month) and considering some of VWs recent mechanical woes, I figured it was worth it.
BTW Here's what I saw about future Jetta models:
News VW regards the U.S. as just another of its many global markets. That's why the new-generation "Mark V" Golf, on sale in Europe for almost a year now, doesn't come here until early 2005. It debuts at this winter's L.A. Auto Show along with redesigned Jetta sedans and wagons.
Though VW hasn't announced final plans, the new Golf is expected to greet America as a sporty 2-dr GTI sold only with a new turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cyl engine boasting VW's FSI direct fuel injection and 200 hp. Mainstream 2-and 4-dr hatchbacks should show by next summer. Jetta, as the company's top U.S. seller, is likely to arrive with a choice of engines in GL and upscale GLS models. A sporty Jetta GLI should return at some point as a sort of 4-dr GTI. Both lineups will likely offer a base 150-hp non-turbo FSI 4-cyl and an improved 1.9 turbodiesel-4. All engines should be available with 6-speed manual transmission or a new 6-speed automatic option. V6 models are likely by '06 and may use a new 3.6-liter version of VW's narrow-angle engine in concert with a computer-controlled "clutchless" 6-speed manual. Look for a new hot-rod Golf R36 in that mix.
Golf or Jetta, the redesign brings more expressive styling and a slightly larger package. Wheelbase expands by 1.5 inches to 101.4. Golfs stretch 2.3 inches longer, an inch wider and 1.5 inches higher. Jettas will show similar gains. Passenger and cargo room should improve as a result. Cripser handling is implied a new multi-link independent rear suspension, replacing today's simple twist-beam axle. Other highlights include a switch from hydraulic to electric power steering and a claimed 80-percent increase in structural stiffness. All models will include 4-wheel ABS disc brakes, curtain side airbags and front torso side airbags. Uplevel versions should add VW's ESP antiskid/traction control. Navigation will be optional, and rear torso side airbags may join the list too. Most models will come on 15- or 16-inch wheels, with 17s available for the sportiest rides.
Further out, Europe gets a 4-seat Jetta-based convertible in 2005, which likely makes it a 2006 or '07 model for the U.S. Unlike previous Golf-based Cabrios, this one has a power hideaway hard top instead of a cloth roof, no ungainly "hoop" over the cockpit, and its own exterior look.
Aug 09, 2004 (9:20 am)
The larger wheels were being considered for the SS 2005, but may hurt the ride as their unsprung mass is much higher than the 16" (unless engineering prevails and they use forged wheels, which cost a lot).
Wrt Jetta, would be nice to see their quality get improved. As of today via most surveys VW's near the quality cellar, while Chevy is at least average and in one survey third in this regard.
#1898 of 5257 Window Shields
Aug 09, 2004 (1:04 pm)
I just got off the phone with WeatherTech. They now have the rear window shields in stock and have a four window package available for $89.95 plus $9.00 S/H. The front set alone is $49.95 and the rear set alone is $40.00. Plus $9.00 S/H for each set. Save $9.00 by ordering the full four window package. Now here is the kicker. The rears are in stock but now the fronts are back ordered till about the 25th of this month! Grrrrrrr!!!! Something about them being made in Germany and having problems with Customs. And after three weeks of heat index warnings of over 105 we sure could use those now!
Further updates as they become available! *L*
Aug 10, 2004 (5:16 am)
Anyone want to share surprise features while driving the Maxx? Here's one:
If you forget to turn off the turn signal while changing lanes for example, the turn signal will chime until you turn it off. Scared the Sh*t off my wife when this happened.
ps. My wife would not let me drive the Maxx yet.
#1901 of 5257 surprise...
Aug 10, 2004 (6:02 am)
The flashing security light after you turn it off.
I've had a couple of customers complain of this light. It looks like a car with a padlock on it, in the center of the instrument panel. It comes on about 1 minute after shutting car off and locking it. It's normal, just saying the security system is armed.
#1902 of 5257 Nice Feature
Aug 10, 2004 (11:16 am)
the simple fact that I can turn off all the interior lights with the hatch up...we do a lot of tailgating for college football and all previous cars wouldnt allow me to do that....and a nice table in the rear with the 12V power supply......so tailgating here we come with the Maxx!!!
#1903 of 5257 Re: Surprise features [robs_place]
Aug 10, 2004 (11:23 am)
"ps. My wife would not let me drive the Maxx yet."
Oh, Momma let's me drive it. She really doesn't like driving and prefers to be chauffeured. So when we go somewhere together I do the driving. But heaven forbid I forget to put the seat back in the right place, re-adjust the mirrors, re-set the shoulder belt height...etc! *L*
I just read the Car & Driver article on the Equinox and they described the driving experiance as 'Painless'. It just does about everything right. It struck me that is a good way to also describe this car. Totally painless! While it doesn't set any stand out standards as far as handling, acceleration, ride, comfort,...etc, it just does everything well.
Maybe it's the things that you don't notice that make it a great car. Things like no back ache after a few hours. No sore butt after a daily drive. Not having to raise your voice over the road noice. Catch my drift?
Hey! Chevy Ad Guys! You reading this? *L*
#1904 of 5257 Re: big wheels? [kurtamaxxguy]
Aug 10, 2004 (12:58 pm)
We're in the midst of a big-wheel low-profile tire fad. Maybe whitewalls and fender skirts will come back!
In my experience, the 70 series tire is the best compromise for handling, ride and mileage. Big wheels don't supply any functionality I'm looking for - except when designed to house larger brakes.
When the tires are due for replacement on my '04 Maxx I plan to put Malibu 15" alloy wheels on it with P205/70R15 tires - probably Michelins.
#1905 of 5257 Re: big wheels? [maxxliberty]
Aug 10, 2004 (3:55 pm)
why not put them on 16 inch rims...since the LT..comes with OEM 16 alloys.....I looking at the bridgestones R series for replacements