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#1 of 179 Chevrolet Malibu Owners: Meet the Members
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Feb 04, 2004 (9:38 am)
Introduce yourself and talk about why you chose the Malibu.
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#2 of 179 New Malibu
Feb 04, 2004 (4:24 pm)
Ken & Sheila purchased 11/29/03 as of 1/31/04 3,800 miles. Changed oil to AMSOIL 5W - 30. This oil is good for 25K or one year. This is Sheila car that will average about 25K per year.
The car is a LS V 6 black sunroof.
I am happy with the 3.5 have some get up and go.
In the first 3.840 miles the car has averaged 25.8 mpg. My wife has never been a person that gets good mpg but we do track every gallon of fuel put in car.
Feb 04, 2004 (5:12 pm)
It's finally above freezing around here so it rained and cleaned some of the salt of the old girl. She looks alot better brown instead of white!
Feb 04, 2004 (5:22 pm)
Debby & Bill picked up our new Malibu Maxx LT, navy blue metallic about two weeks ago. The terrible weather here in the NY metro area has kept our use of the Maxx down to a couple of hundred miles. This weather has only been fit for our Jeep. We've got every available option except the engine block heater. I'm especially fond of the XM radio and the OnStar system, and plan on a test run of the rear seat DVD next week when we take our granddaughter on a roadtrip to CT. Things I love - the seats are very comfortable; great pick-up and stopping; contrary to many who have voiced their dislike for the electric steering, I think that Chevy got it just about right - minimum effort at low speeds make parking easy, but the wheel really tightens at speed for decent road feel; the toy quotient is really up there, what with the XM, the OnStar, the DVD, the leather, the tilt and telescope wheel. The things I think that they missed on - the back window could really have used a washer/wiper (but with the aluminum rear hatch, this could be an engineering problem); I would really have liked a compass - the Caddy incorporates one in the OnStar mirror; There should have been an option for a tire pressure monitor. As far as navigation systems, to me they're just a $2K waste of money - If I'm on a road trip, I always preprint Mapquest mapping for the trip, and vacations usually mean a flight and rental car, so a nav system is one too many toys. All in all, so far, I'm in love with my Maxx. More to come, I'm sure.
#5 of 179 Hello my name is Dave
Feb 05, 2004 (11:56 pm)
Hello my name is Dave and I'm a certified Chevy owner. This is my 6th Chevy. I joined Town Hall because I bought my wife a Mazda MPV for Christmas. I bought a new 2002 Malibu LS with cd/cassette, gold package, spoiler, and cloth interior for $16,500 bidding it out to dealer on the internet two years ago. Nice car but the handling sucks. Won't hold a straight line and is terrible in cross winds. Fault: most likely the Firestone Firehawks. Cure: replace tires but I can't seem to wear them out. Suggestions? Oh and I just asked hostKaren to put up a Problems & Solutions discussion heading.
#6 of 179 Suggestions?
Feb 06, 2004 (5:56 am)
Hmm, you could mess up your alignment, that should burn those tires out pretty quickly.
Does the parking brake lock the rear wheels only? You could try peeling out, that should eat up some rubber...
But seriously, I haven't had any problems with handling on my 02. It doesn't drive like a 3 series, but I've never noticed any drifting. Although the occasional crosswind does seem to push her a little bit.
#7 of 179 I'm Bob
Feb 06, 2004 (7:46 am)
I'm Bob in Richmond, VA. We have a 2001 silver Malibu LS we purchased new in June 2001. We currently have about 48,000 miles on it. Its been a pretty reliable car. Had to have the rotors replace just before warranty expired (no charge). Have had problems with front brakes making a squeaking sound when car is in gear and you press on the brake pedal. Squeaks even when you are at a full stop and you change pressure on the brake pedal without causing the car to move. Service dept said the caliper pins needed lubrication. Still occurs every now and then but not as much as before they were lubed.
#8 of 179 I'm Don
Feb 06, 2004 (12:12 pm)
We bought our "03 LS last January. We retired to 80 acres of Ozark forestland, and wanted a nice, economical sedan with dealers nearby. We have about 14,000 miles on it now, and no troubles. Most of our miles are on the highway, with trips to Las Vegas, Denver and Tunica Miss. If this snow and ice continues for much longer, we may just take off for Tunica again real soon. So far, we are quite pleased with the Malibu, and it has been a better, more comfortable car than I expected. Now that we have most of the expenses behind us in this major lifestyle change, we are planning on getting a Lincoln LS, but for now, I don't see any reason to be in a big hurry.
#9 of 179 maxx enthusiasm
Feb 07, 2004 (11:24 pm)
Was all set to buy a Honda Accord coupe six when I looked at the Chevies out of loyalty to my trusty 91 Corsica which had never failed in 13 years of thrift. After having a "priests car" for so long I wanted to live a little and get a car I could love. Looking at the Impala LS due to the amazing discounts advertised, I mentioned that it really seemed to be a "fuddy duddy" car to me. The salesman enthusiasticaly showed me a fully loaded black Maxx that had just come in and I was so amazed I bought it. I didn't even want the DVD player (no kids in back seat), but had to have this beautiful new model. The sales manager killed the deal, saying I would have to pay list for this "hot model" if I wanted it. I checked the Malibu website and found a silver Maxx just the way I wanted it a little farther away from home. I love the car and am convinced it would be an incredible value even at list. It is built on a different platform than the new Malibu sedan models: stretched six inches and with the wheels closer to the ends. It is the same platform as GM's new Saab 9.3 model, which costs thousands more. I urge car enthusiasts of all stripes to go to a GOOD Chevy dealer, see the $50,000 Chevrolet SSR hardtop convertible truck to knock your socks off, but then test drive a MAXX. I guarantee you will be amazed by how much they have progressed with this model. I love it.
#10 of 179 Great Car at a Great Price
Feb 09, 2004 (2:10 pm)
I have an 01 Malibu LS with all options, and after 40K miles I'm still happy I bought this car. Aside from the usual problems (rotors mostly), the car have been rock reliable. I like the ride, and the handling--once I got rid of the original tires--is very good. The longest trip I've taken so far was about 1500 miles, and the ride was very comfortable. The gas mileage was also outstanding (about 31 mpg on highway).
I bought the car after test driving the accord and camry. I couldn't see paying the premium the dealers wanted, and even if I have to fix the reported manifold leak problem and replace an alternator, it will still be less money than buying the honda or toyota. As for resale, I keep a car for 10 years (due to the limited driving I now do), so I don't care about the resale value. For the money, the Malibu is a great buy!