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#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!
#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.