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#11 of 179 Finally, a decent GM car
Feb 10, 2004 (11:18 pm)
Though I was raised with American cars (most of which were pretty crummy back in the 50 - 70s') I've been driving imports since 1975 (I owned a 1983 Camry for 9 years) , with the Geo Prism being my first USA/import crossover in 1997. I wanted to go all the way American for once.
After a horrible experience with two, yes two Saturn ION's that fell apart (decent chassis, yugo class build quality and interiors), I was ready to go back to Toyota or Honda when I read about the Malibu Maxx, and decided to give it a try.
Driving a Maxx several times, They proved tight and solid, rode well, quiet, handled decently, good fit and finish, have a very flexible layout - a very well designed car and a surprise from GM. Chevy dealers proved no match for Saturns' sales practices The price was misrepresented (Chevy decided on a last minute $300 hike), but at least the sales pressure was not the Persian bazaar Toyota and Honda practice so well. In the end I decided the Maxx was worth a little over the Invoice (dealers get other incentives as well).
So here I am, with a Maxx LS (the LT's extras didn't seem all that important), and so far, save for poor gas mileage (20 so far in mixed driving) it is proving a good vehicle. Fingers crossed this one will be a keeper!
Feb 10, 2004 (11:27 pm)
Welcome! I think you made the right decision.
Now do me (us) a favor, and detail the purchase price (in all the gory details, please) in the "Prices Paid" forum. I'll see you there, and look forward to it.
#14 of 179 New Owner
Mar 06, 2004 (3:21 pm)
I purchased a MAXX LT today and will take delivery on Tuesday. I bought off the dealer lot. I wanted a red LT and this one has the roof package which I didn't care about. The dealer had every color but the green. My son and I both drove it and my wife was comfortable in it. She has a newer Bonneville. I was happy with the ride and highway response. Most of all, my old sore back was comfortable on the extended drive. I am not a big fan of the bucket seat in the Bonnie. I was happy to find the ignition switch on the dash. That is a feature the Bonneville has that we both like.
I am a long time GM owner having owned every model (mostly Oldsmobiles) except for a caddie. They all were not perfect, but I can say that the dealers and GM have always made the issues right for me.
Mar 06, 2004 (8:27 pm)
Hope you enjoy your Maxx as much as the rest of us here have been enjoying ours. My navy blue metallic Maxx LT is just 6 weeks old with 800 miles, and perfect in every way! Happy driving.
#16 of 179 Re: Chevrolet Malibu Owners: Meet the Members [KarenS #1]
May 15, 2004 (8:00 pm)
I have a daughter who was driving a 1986 Cavalier which had been gifted to her by her grandfather. I had spent several hundred dollars bringing it up to usuable condition, and my daughter drove it for a year. It developed a problem with stalling frequently, and I needed to get a reliable new car. The 2003 Malibus were heavily discounted, so I bought a 2003 Malibu for my daughter to drive because it was cheap, new, and warranted. Since then, every time I drive the 2003 Bu, I enjoy the ride, handling, and features of the car. Every time. No other time in my life of driving cheap small cars have I enjoyed a car the way I enjoy my daughter's 2003 Malibu.
I still had the 1986 Cavalier, and another daughter. I drove the 1986 Cavalier to work today, and it continued to exhibit a tendency to stall. I saw an ad for discounted 2004 Malibus and Cavaliers at a dealer located nearby my workplace, so I went and looked at Cavaliers and Malibus. I was not attracted to the Cavaliers, and their passing will not be mourned. The 2004 Malibu LS, however, is a very good car FOR THE PRICE, and I was very strongly smitten with the car. So, now I have 2 Bu's, and I couldn't be happier. The 2003 has 8000 miles, and has been impeccably reliable. The 2004 has 120 miles, and I am giddy with delight.
May 22, 2004 (8:27 am)
Hi. We owned a 1997 Malibu (loaded base model- alloys, V6, etc.) that I bought off the showroom floor. It had about 80k miles on it when I traded it in last year on a 2003 Trailblazer, because the Bu' was out of warranty and starting to cost me almost as much as payments ran on a monthly basis (I had the bad luck to get a 97 with most of the known problems being exhibited). We did very much like the car, and if it hadn't been so trouble-prone, we'd likely still own it.
Forward to a week ago today- I traded in the 1992 Toyota Corolla (140k miles, used replacement engine, loads of wear and tear, but running fairly well). The new car? A 2004 Malibu LT, with everything but OnStar, in the Navy Blue with neutral leather / ultralux interior.
It was also a showroom vehicle, and like the 1997, it was used heavily as a demo vehicle and / or by the dealership personnel (over 600miles on the odo at purchase). On the other hand, this one feels extremely well put together, and the materials feels as up-to-date to me as anything in the Camry's and Accords I looked at at the dealerships across the street, while still being a bit easier on my wallet. I did have a few delivery-noted items I had the dealership address, but I hope these turn out to be the exception rather than the rule for this vehicle. First was a driver's side headlight that was getting moisture inside (evidenced immediately after they detailed the car for delivery by a fogged lense). Second was a bad power mirror adjustment switch that really didn't like to be pushed to the right. Both were replaced, and so far everything else seems to be in perfect order.
One minor complaint on the new car's design though- the front seat headrests tilt far too far forward to be as comfortable as I think they could be otherwise. This would be okay, except they aren't tilt adjustable. I guess Chevrolet is having a problem getting the angles right, because the headrests on my 2003 TB have the opposite issue- they don't tilt quite enough for my satisfaction. Both would be moot points if the angle was adjustable (which I understand the 2002 Trailblazer seats actually were).
May 22, 2004 (6:40 pm)
I had a 2000 LeSabre with a bad strut bearing at 12,000 miles. The local Buick dealer refused to fix it after many trips and for some reason I didn't invoke the Lemon Law and force the dealer to take it back. I sold it and purchased a 2001 Malibu LS from Hertz Car Sales in May of 2002. The car had 28,000 miles on it. The only costs so far have been rotors (at my independent mechanic at half the cost of the dealer) and an ignition module ($375). The car now has 63,000 miles on it. It is quiet, rides well, gets good gas mileage and has a far better radio than my 2003 Deville. I'll probably keep it a year or so more and turn it in on a Toyota Solara Convertible. If I were still commuting to work, I would certainly consider a 2004 Malibu.
#19 of 179 Re: We and Our Maxx [oldntired1950 #4]
May 25, 2004 (5:46 pm)
First time on this board. I am someone who has been rather spoiled by good SUV's during the past several years (with the exception of the Buick Rendezvous I last had) Had a Lexus RX300 for two years, put on around 65,000 miles, then a Acura MDX (another 70,000 in two years -- probably the best vehicle I have ever had) then the Buick for 9 months, almost 30,000 miles and sure glad to get rid of it (left my job & company kept the car)
Never thought I would be satisfied with a car that could be purchased for $24,000. I finally decided that with new job cause I had to pay for all car expenses I wanted something more economical yet roomy. Intially looked at Chevy Impalas (cause I wanted something with good gas mileage and all of the SUV's I considered were in the 15 to 20 mpg range. Almost bought a Chrysler Pacifica for $29,500 (a loaded one listing for around $37,000 with Nav & the whole bit) but finally decided against it because the very poor visibility while parking/backing up & was afraid of the poor gas mileage. Even though rated at 17 to 22 or so I found out too many people only getting around 15 around town & only high teens on highway. Liked the Impala with the $3000 rebate but even though truck was large still had a small opening. Was walking out of the Chevy Dealer & they asked me to look at the Maxx. Didn't like it at first but changed my mind after test drive when I saw how peppy it was (anything was better than that dog of a Buick RVD with only 185 horses!). The flexibility of the seats that move forward 7 inches, fold down completely, etc. Plenty of room in there! Got a loaded one with everything except Nav system for $25600, less discout of $1600 for a net of $24,000. Instead of the $1000 rebate they were offering I opted for 0 financing for three years. Cannot believe I got everything I wanted in a car for only 24g. Even got the dealer to add Satellite radio (one you have XM radio spoiled for life) and 5 oil changes.
Have had the car six weeks not and have put on over 5500 miles. I would say gas mileage has averaged approx 27 since the day I got the car. Obviously with all the driving I do mostly highway miles. The lowest I have gotten so far is around 23 with mostly city driving. Once even averaged a little over 30 mpg on a trip to Montreal (I live near Providence, RI) Only one complaint, and I am a sticker about such things. Have been rather spoiled by good "trip computers" on cars and the one in this vehicle for average gas mileage is not very accurate. Had me on one trip averaging 35.7 mpg when on that trip it did get a little over 30. on average is shows gas mileage around 2 to 3 mpg more than actual. And, it keeps repeatng the same numbers. 27.3 then jumps to 28.4, and 29.7 and 30.2 etc. Never anything in between. Next time I go back for service am going to ask them to replace it. Anyone out there had the same experience??
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#20 of 179 Congratulations occking...
May 25, 2004 (8:46 pm)
Welcome to our happy Maxx family. I've had mine since January, have clocked just about 4K miles and the "new" still hasn't left it. As a matter of fact, each day I find another reason to like this car more and more. About that MPG function on the onboard computer, mine is working the same as yours regarding the numbers and the jumps between them, but I've found it to be fairly accurate when compared with manual calculations. I love the XM radio however I find that it frequently loses the signal, especially when I'm traveling in the mountains in lower upstate NY (in the Catskills). I'm assuming that the satellite is close to the horizon in lower NY and that the mountain ridges that I am passing block the signal. I also wish that OnStar had released their new digital hardware and updated software this year and not next! But all in all, as you have said.... I can't belive that I got a car with everything I wanted (almost) for about $24K.