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Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Hatchback
#5056 of 5257 Re: 2005 chevy malibu maxx lt [CoachMalibu]
Jan 12, 2009 (6:47 am)
beleive you can get an aftermarket kit to attach the IPOD.....not much else on the aftermarket side.....havent found any exhaust....HIDs are useless in the OEM light assemblies...better swtiching to a differnt bulb then converting to HID.....Tint...not a problem
the issue with the OEM radio is the DIC is integrated into the radio display....
check here for IPOD Adaptor:
http://ipodcarparts.com/chevroletgm-lanclass-radio-ipod-interface-with-auxiliary- - -p-291.html
this adaptor assumes you have an OEM satellite radio with the car
#5057 of 5257 Re: Gas Cap and Check Engine light [maxxliberty]
Jan 29, 2009 (11:11 am)
What was the problem with the gas cap? Were there any problem with the gas tank?
#5058 of 5257 Re: Gas Cap and Check Engine light [kenc1842]
Jan 29, 2009 (1:03 pm)
If I recall correctly , my 05 Maxx was at the dealers twice to get gas caps. (because of the (CEL)check eng lights) I only assume they replaced the gas caps both times and no other adjustments, once I could tell the cap physically wouldn't stay tight! (broke internally)...Huh? I could tell something wasn't right..
Thats funny my 65 buick still has the original stamped steel cap. D~
#5059 of 5257 Re: 05 Maxx, Rear Brakes pads at 61K, caliper brake pad [mpwest]
Feb 03, 2009 (8:48 am)
I replaced the rear brake pads on my Maxx at 50k. My brother had a tool that screwed the pistons while compressing them. He told me it was not a very expensive tool (around $75). It was impossible to compress them without this tool (tried a C-clamp and large pliers). With the tool it was a piece of cake. I now have 108k on my Maxx with no problems with the rear brakes.
#5060 of 5257 Re: Gas Cap and Check Engine light [drej]
Feb 03, 2009 (8:50 am)
I had the same problem. They replaced the gas cap. The new one is getting a little loose too. By that I mean the ratchet mechanism is feeling a bit mushy. He told me this is a known problem. You may want to try an aftermarket gas cap if it happens again.
#5061 of 5257 Re: High Mileage Maxxs [pao]
Feb 03, 2009 (9:07 am)
2004 Maxx LS, 107K miles on it. I've been quite happy with the reliability. A couple of things went wrong with it.
Bad fuel injector at 5k (replaced under warranty).
Power steering column threw a bad code at 40k (replaced under extended warranty).
2 sets of front brakes. Factory pads replaced at 32K because of rotor warp. Plenty of meat on the pads. Replaced rotors and pads with Bendix parts. 75K on them and still going strong. A little vibration after 10k but smoothed out afterwards (can't explain that).
1 set of rear pads at 50K.
A couple of minor things that seem to be common for others as well include:
Recalibrate fuel gauge because it wouldn't read full.
Replace gas cap because ratchet mechanism loosened and threw a code.
Gauges seemed to go off even though the engine was running. This happened twice over 107k miles. It probably was an electrical glitch related to the remote starter which seems to leave the gauges off when the car is running. Not worried about it.
Hard start when car is partially warm. TSB out that says to reprogram computer so that start lasts 8 seconds instead of 4 when engine partially warm. Didn't bother with this since pumping that gas pedal works just as well.
Thumping and rattling of steering column. A shot of Liquid Wrench where the column shaft goes into the firewall takes care of it but must be done every 10K or so.
I haven't replaced the Tranny fluid yet but am thinking about doing it when I do the Coolant. Speaking of which, does anyone know how to drain the Coolant? I can't find a radiator drain plug and the hoses are half way up the radiator so taking them off won't drain very much.
#5062 of 5257 Ease my mind
Mar 13, 2009 (6:29 am)
I just bought a used 06 Malibu Maxx with just under 50K miles. I love it but I am afraid it is going to fall apart at any moment. My test drive was great, no problems noticed. I have now only had it about 2 weeks and am noticing several things hopefully someone can help me out.
First, the remote entry and start.... works when it wants to. I replaced the battery in the remote the day I got it and it still only works when it wants to. Any suggestions?
Second, knocking, sounds like its something on the drivers side but cant pinpoint it. And it started making a weird noise when I am going slow and making turns, like in a parking lot. Anyone else had this problem?
Last, random panels have been falling off! We discovered on the way home from the dealership that I had no tail lights. Next day trying to figure it out found two aftermarket switches installed in the rear compartment by the fuses. Flipped a switch and they work again! Anyone know why these would have been installed? Also, there is another on/off switch on the side panel in the drivers area... make sense? Have no clue what it does. So... that panel keeps falling off and the cover on the hatch that covers the rear wiper falls off everytime I close the hatch. These are not huge problems but only having it two weeks I am scared the whole thing is going to fall apart one day while I am driving down road!
Please tell me there is no history of engine or transmission failure at 60K miles!
My main concern right now is the knocking.
Mar 13, 2009 (6:33 am)
Snapped off the antenna on our 2004 Maxx recently. I bumped something against it and weather was cold and it snapped off, almost flush with the place where the metal antenna comes out of the rubberized cover. Local shop said 'take it to the dealer' when I showed it to them.
Has anybody replaced their antenna? It looks almost like I'd need one of those special drill bits to drill out a stripped screw to get the remainder of the antenna out of there. I considered trying to pry the rubber cover off to see if that would make things more accessible for a repair, but I have a tendency to make things worse so I thought better of it.
Happy owner with 122k miles and counting...
#5064 of 5257 Front right control arm/tie-rod
Mar 13, 2009 (6:49 am)
Have to get mine replaced now at 65K. Is actually the only work done on my car other than tires brakes and oil. Anybody have any experience with the cost of this repair? Approx. how long can I drive like this before repair?
Mar 13, 2009 (6:54 am)
Didn't see much in the thread about specific brand/model tires. Our BFG Premier Touring (sold at Costco) have 70k miles and need replacement fairly soon. Can't decide whether to go with them or spend slightly less from something from Tirerack. These are all OEM sizes (215/60/16):
BFG Premier Touring $88 + $14 install package (includes lifetime rotation and balance Costco)
Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S - $63 each + appx $10 ship tirerack.com. H speed rating. Perhaps too sporty for year-round use in Michigan.
Yokohama Avid Touring-S $70 each + ship tirerack. T speed.
Continental ContiProContact. $77 + ship. $58 each + ship after rebate ($75 Visa card when you buy 4). These would probably be $75 less than the BFG, but I'd put that money back in, perhaps more, via paying for tire rotations and any necessary balances over the life.
I've been happy with the BFG and perhaps shouldn't mess with a good thing, but price is a concern and the Continentals seem like a tempting play.
Any opinions or specific tire experiences anyone cares to share?