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#138 of 179 New (to me) Malibu owner
Dec 06, 2005 (10:01 pm)
Hello, I recently purchased a used GM certified '05 Malibu Sedan LS with 10,845 miles. This is the first GM product I have ever owned and I'm very happy with the car. Cars are becoming rolling computers nowadays aren't they? I like it though and got a decent price to boot. I read through all the Malibu related forums and it appears that Chevrolet got most of the kinks worked out as I haven't seen too as many posts from owners of the '05 model year compared to 2004. e2helper, would you be able to give me the build date on my vehicle? The last 6 of the VIN is 268769.
#139 of 179 Re: New (to me) Malibu owner [crewhauler]
Dec 07, 2005 (6:33 pm)
#140 of 179 21,500 miles and almost problem free
Dec 30, 2005 (1:24 pm)
Back in November of 2004 I purchased a 2005 Base Malibu (yeah, the new style) with Keyless Entry and well I have to be honest - It's a great car! I have over 21,500 miles on it and also just had my 3rd Oil change done at Firestone and my renewal of my Inspection sticker. The only real problem I have had, happened 2 days ago. When I turned the key and the car didn't start well, it eventually did and acted really weird. Seemed like only a few cylinder were firing, gear shifting was erratic, and needless to say, I was worried. I immediately brought it into the dealer, and they shuttled me home because it was at the end of the day and there was nothing they could do. The next morning I got a call from the Service Advisor John, and he stated I had a blown Starter Relay and that they were on it right away, Greg their Service Tech detected it with their advanced diagnostic tools that plugged in under the dash. That little part caused it to act weird, but they replaced the part, and since it was under warranty there was zero cost to me. Their shuttle picked me back up at my home, I filled my travel mug with coffee when I got back to the dealer, and everyone thanked me for coming in. All is great again! All of my friends are very impressed with the power of the 4 cylinder I have, it's pretty potent and I have been averaging mid 20's for overall fuel economy, but when on the highway I get mid 30's - very, very nice!
#141 of 179 Re: Unhappy and stuck with it... [airius]
Jan 15, 2006 (11:41 pm)
Hey its rod, just giving an update. I still hate my malibu, 29,320 kms later. Had my 3rd cd changer installed while on vacation in October. Took my car in last month for key sticking in the ignition temporarily, rear brakes squealing and I command started my car went into work,half hour later i came out my headlights were on music blarin', went to restart it and a message came on my message centre about airbag failure and the car died. All these problems were no fault found. finally i complained to the guy who sold it to me who was a previous co-worker, and finally got the dealership to agree to let the chief mechanic at the dealership to come directly to me when my car has these problems. Got the key stuck in the ignition fixed this way, 1 week and 2 days later. Recived the k&n air filter for x-mas, looking to replace the crappy insignia all-seasons that landed me in a ditch, party my fault by going 10kms over the recomended speed limit around a non sharp corner going down hill on a snow covered road.(my back end cut loose around the corner) Highway gas mileage still at avg. 35mpg city down to 17 mpg avg. Maybe in part to the air filter, but was never good to start with.
Even though i hate this car, its good quality features like the fold down front seat/rear seats, pwr pedals, rear audio controls, good highway mpg, easy maintenance(6-9000km oil changes acording to oil life monitor)would make me love the car if i didnt have so many problems with it.
p.s. resale value has gone up, car still worth 15,400 with 30,000kms.
#142 of 179 Newbie from Mid Michigan
Feb 01, 2006 (10:44 pm)
Hi everyone. My first post here. Just leased a new 06 LS sedan. I had been looking for a roomy car that delivered good gas mileage. Went to the Detroit Auto Show and looked carefully at a lot of makes and models and noted the fuel mileage estimates on all of them. I was very much impressed with the value in the Malibu. The base sedan comes very well equipped with most all of the "must have", features, delivers great gas mileage, and with GM lowering the price $1000.00, has a MSRP of $16,995.00. I also considered a Ford Escape and Ford Fusion. Imagine my surprise when I got home and found a letter in my mailbox from the GM Card informing me they were boosting my GM Card points an additional $1500.00 to $2000.00(good until the end of Jan.)! That pretty well convinced me to go with the Malibu. I found the car at a dealer yesterday, worked out a very good lease payment (see my post in the "prices paid" thread in this forum)and today the car was delivered right to my door! I hope to remain active in this forum and will pass along my experiences with this car over the next three years. My wife has a 2005 Buick LaCrosse so will be comparing our experiences with each. I must say that so far I am very pleased with the Chevy which has a list price of just about half of what my wife's car is.
#143 of 179 Re: Chevrolet Malibu Owners: Meet the Members [KarenS]
Feb 18, 2006 (10:14 am)
Actually this car was originally my mom's. She wanted a new car, and I had a 1994 Dodge Shadow that was a piece of crap, so I signed over the Shadow to her, and she traded it in for a new Ford Taurus and I made the payments on the Malibu (1998). It finally officially became mine last December. Still runs great.
#144 of 179 Re: Chevrolet Malibu Owners: Meet the Members [KarenS]
Mar 09, 2006 (5:33 am)
Eric Strauss, 05 Malibu Maxx LS, 16,000 miles. I'm a returning GM owner, after many years. Owned a 79" Malibu Classic and Pontiac Grand Prix LJ (loved the Pontiac). I was previously driving Nissan Sentra 94' and 02' models, loved both of them. From switching to Maxx from the Sentra's I gained a bigger vehicle with a V6, and the same fuel economy, which for my growing family it was needed, since I don't like my 00' Dodge Grand Caravan(POS Special especially the powertrain and brakes)
I'm had a few problems with the electronic steering, where the steering feels like a standard rack and pinion, when it's to cold outside, but the fit and finish of the interior just stinks. I had to have the clips for the front seat backs replaced, and yesterday I had to have the handle on the passenger side rear seat replace since it snapped off.
Besides all that, I'm very happy with the Maxx, I'm surprised that GM could actually create a vehicle that I would recomend and by another one.
Also, I like hearing on Cartalk a few weeks ago, someone from England, was moving back, and taking his Maxx with him because of the fuel economy.
#145 of 179 Great car for Charlotte
Apr 12, 2006 (6:04 am)
I recently picked up my Malibu from a Charlotte, NC area dealer. It's an 2006 Maxx LT:
1. Versatile....6 CD changer, adjustable rear seats, heated seats are a few of my favorites.
2. Classy looking, I opted for midnight blue. The fog lights add a nice touch.
3. Was able to use 2000 GM Card miles
4. Engine, this 3.5 V6 is great on the highway and around town.
5. Leg room. I'm 6'4" so I need it for sure.
6. Mileage. I drove from Spartanburg, SC to Charlotte, NC and averaged 30 MPG. Right now there's about 1,000 miles on the car.
#146 of 179 great in pa
May 02, 2006 (1:51 pm)
I've had my maxx for a while now. I has 33k on it and no problems save a check engine light fixed under warranty. Yesterday I hauled a 6 ft tree, three flats of plants and a large box containing a garden trailer. This with 2 adults. I love this car. Kevin
#147 of 179 Re: Chevrolet Malibu Owners: Meet the Members [KarenS]
May 18, 2006 (2:53 pm)
I forgot to post in my origial reply, that I did own a 1979 Chevy Malibu Classic for many years, until I upgraded to a fully loaded 79 Pontiac Grand Prix LJ.