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Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Hatchback
#4976 of 5257 Re: A great car! [jmz7001]
Mar 19, 2008 (8:54 am)
I did a little online research and did find that the engine does have variable valve timing via variable cam shaft timing
"In addition to redesigning its front-wheel-drive Malibu midsize sedan for 2004, Chevrolet launched an extended-length version called the Malibu Maxx. Billed by the automaker as an "extended sedan" with a rear liftgate, the Malibu Maxx holds a 3.5-liter V-6.
That engine receives variable valve timing for 2007, netting an 8 percent power increase. Other changes include newly standard side curtain airbags, which were previously installed only in uplevel models, and available turn-by-turn directions with GM's OnStar system."
It is supposed to help on emissions and fuel mileage. I haven't heard any clunks from the front of my Maxx but I will keep an ear open. If the gas mileage doesn't pick up on the highway I might take it in for a look.
#4977 of 5257 My Maxx is going to Texas
Mar 23, 2008 (10:59 am)
Well, the Oregon winters were sufficient for me to trade my '04 Maxx for an AWD Subaru.
I got full blue book for my Maxx trade-in because, the dealer told me, Maxxes are very popular in Texas! So for those wanting to trade their Maxx, be sure your dealer (whoever they are) has branches or links to those in Texas.
To wrap up:
My '04 Maxx finally had a successful suspension repair up here in Oregon, at around 50K miles. The dealer replaced the rack gear and the intermediate shaft. Those two replacements got rid of the clunks and pops which the car had ever since around 15 K miles. It had 59K on it when traded.
The Maxx met its match on an icy hill in Portland. The traction control system basically shut the car down, and when disabled, the car went nowhere thanks to the ice. It also proved rather skittish on snowy roads, and its huge turning circle made U-turns or other maneuvers a pain.
However, despite its first year glitches, the Maxx proved a very good long haul trip car, one I could sit in for hours at a time whiling away the miles on the road. The cruise control was useless in hilly areas, but the 4-speed trans worked well on the same hills as long as I had foot on the accelerator. Its engine and trans give me very little trouble, and the interiors roominess (far better than many other cars I've driven) was appreciated. Also, its engine burned practically no oil.
Chevrolet killed this one too soon, IMHO: They could have made this a real SAAB killer, given that it was mostly a Saab/Opel to begin with The '08 improvements along with Haldex AWD would have made this a worthy competitor to the Forester and others. Then again, perhaps Chevrolet buyers have no interest in those things ?
#4978 of 5257 Cooliant Needle drops
Apr 05, 2008 (3:26 pm)
I have a 2004 Malibu Maxx and today while I was driving the needle that lets me know how hot/cool the engine is just dropped. It is still attached but it no longer works. My car does not sound any different but I know that this needle is important to the car. Why would something like this happened?
#4979 of 5257 Re: Cooliant Needle drops [tbobb]
Apr 05, 2008 (6:39 pm)
If you mean it went back to the cold point, as apposed to dropping straight down. The same thing happened on my 05 Maxx. It was a sensor under the hood, I don't know which one but it did put a code into the computer that the tech could read. had it replaced, all was good. Good Luck
#4980 of 5257 Re: Cooliant Needle drops [meandmymaxx]
Apr 06, 2008 (2:57 am)
Thank you very much for your response, yes that is exactly what happened. I appreciate your help on this.
#4981 of 5257 Cooolant Needle Drop
Apr 08, 2008 (2:16 am)
Just had the same thing happen after the battery died and it was jump started. The dealer reset the trouble code and replaced the battery, all is well. The tow truck driver cautioned that GM batteries are poor. Took delivery in Nov 2006, so I'd agree with him. Batteries on my other cars seem to only last 3 years though.
Has been a great car, we have 3 kids and they are fine in the back on long trips. Have less storage than our minivan so more planning needed to pack. Our mpg indicates 29.9 around town, I wish! The satellite radio is great, especially on trips, the kids tune in their silly music in the back while Mom and Dad chill up front. Onstar is overpriced so we don't subscribe.
Have had the steering popping once, which the dealer (hopefully) solved, no brake problems other than a wierd sound and vibration at a particular speed when stopping with a full car, lasts a second or two. When we do the brakes we'll go non OEM parts. Had the rear sunshade and the drivers' visor replaced, otherwise just a rear door realignment. It's annoying to have to bring the car back to the dealer on three occasions, but the only new car we've had zero problems with was our '90 Geo Prizm (aka Toyota Corolla).
We were impressed with the huge strides GM made over previous cars, and the new 2008 model is even more impressive, aside from looks. We bought our 2006 Maxx LTZ to replace our much loved 1989 BMW 325i which a suicidal deer took out. A great combination of decent performance, good interior space, safety features, and value; we got $3000 in rebates and a great price from the dealer. Have 32,000 miles and all's well, we're satisfied.
It's also the only car I "enjoy" washing, can reach everything easily. I like the blocky body style and it has just the right amount of chrome. The bling wheels are toilsome, but not brake dust collectors like on the BMW. The tan leather seats get scroungy, but some saddle soap and elbow grease take care of the dirt.
Thank you all for posting, have been reading the forum since we bought the car and your comments and insights have been very helpful.
"Maxxed out in Beaufort",
#4982 of 5257 2007 Maxx brakes: still an issue?
Apr 11, 2008 (5:43 pm)
My girlfriend recently bought a 2007 Maxx. Today she told me that her brakes are pulsing. She lives an hour away so I haven't been able to look at the car yet. She'll be here tomorrow.
Today I read up on the brake problems with earlier Malibu brakes. Yikes. Should I assume the 2007 has the same issues as the 2003 and 2004 models? No changes?
Since I'm going to be looking at it, what's the runout tolerance for the front rotors? Recommendations on replacements? From what I read earlier today, it looks like the Malibu had a low runout tolerance (.0015"), is that still true? Not sure I'm going to find shims on a Saturday, and I'm not sure who's open on the weekend with an on-the-car lathe.
What I haven't been able to chase down... what has been the cause of the brake problems? I normally associate 'rotor warped' with pad deposition, which can usually be solved by running different pads. That doesn't appear to be the case with the Malibu brake problems? GM is claiming one loose lug may create as much as .003" of lateral runout, and the Malibus once had composite rotors? Is that still true for 2007 models?
Just trying to get my ducks in a row before I spend a day with the dial indicator re-indexing rotors, etc.
#4983 of 5257 Re: 2007 Maxx brakes: still an issue? [dmcrobb]
Apr 11, 2008 (9:42 pm)
Did your girlfriend buy it new from a dealer? If so it should still be on GM's dime to fix the brakes. (I'm not sure what is transferable to a 2nd owner) My wife has had no problems so far on our 2006 Maxx LT with about 30K on the car. Wish we had the better warranty of the 2007, but it's been OK so far. She loves it. I understand doing your own brakes if your GF doesn't have a warranty because brakes are not hard to do yourself and dealers or brake shops sometimes clean up doing far more than necessary to the determent of one's wallet. No problems of the earlier models (steering, etc) on our 2006. The 2007 is the ultimate Maxx with the best warranty and I believe they got the bugs worked out of the earlier versions. Too bad the car is now discontinued. One thing I've always done when having tires mounted is to tell them to not use the impact wrench to tighten the lugs to final torque. (I've heard horror stories of certain Toyotas, etc that warp easily when abused and a few tire shops around here make it a point to not do that and use a torque wrench for the final correct setting. (some jokers with 250 ft lb settings and you will likely warp the rotors and surely never get the wheel off yourself with a flat.).
#4984 of 5257 Re: 2007 Maxx brakes: still an issue?
Apr 12, 2008 (6:44 am)
Unfortunately she tells me she's outside of warranty by mileage. She bought the car used.
I've been wrenching on cars for 25 years, I'm not worried about screwing up and my garage is well-equipped. I just don't want to spend money on OE parts if they're going to fail again in short order, and I don't want to be stuck with .003" of lateral runout if the brakes really need .0015" or less.
While I own impact wrenches, I never use them for wheel lugs, and in fact I can't remember the last time I used one (knock on wood; no stuck fasteners in a very long while). I don't let tire shops mount my wheels; I bring them the wheels, not the whole car.
Apr 12, 2008 (8:11 am)
I replaced my front rotors with slightly larger AC Delco rotors. They have worked great. Definitely don't replace them with the same tissue paper GM put on the car at assembly. Sorry dmcrobb: I tired to see if the part number was on my mechanic's invoice, but it was not.