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#2850 of 3823 looking to lease maxx lt
Jan 21, 2006 (8:42 am)
I was at my chevy dealer yesterday and the 2006 Malibu Maxx LT on the display floor caught my eye. I am trading in my 2003 Blazer and looking for something that will save on gas and also afford me the space we need to transport things my wife uses in her scrapbooking business(tons). I liked the size of the Maxx and the body style is sharp. Although I got there at the end of the day and did not get to test drive one, it appears that I will probably lease this model.
I was just hopping to get an overall feeling on this car from people who may have one. I have read many of the posts here, and most seem to have relatively minor concerns and it does not appear that there is anything more posted than what you would find on most other vehicles.
Any comments on whether this is a good vehicle to buy or lease would be welcomed!
Does anyone have any major concerns about the Malibu?
#2851 of 3823 Re: looking to lease maxx lt [westy56]
Jan 21, 2006 (8:44 am)
I like the way westy thinks! I won't provide my input (since I am not an owner) but look forward to reading others
Jan 21, 2006 (9:09 am)
Jan 21, 2006 (9:13 am)
The Maxx and Malibu have had a fair number of problems with their steering gear (latest issue is the steering rack itself). Yours may or may not have that problem. Then again, some surveys claim the Maxx has better reliability than the Malibu Sedan, the latter of which has had rear suspension problems.
Wrt my '04, having gone through most of the issues, and putting better tires on it (GY TripleTreads, though Michelin and others are just as good), it's proving a good workhorse and handles a whole lot better. There's a lot of room inside, the trim quality is decent (do you like the '06 chrome additions? - for me they are a turnoff), the ride is up to most LA potholes and save for some rattles now and then the interior is pretty quiet. The Maxx loves to bark its front tires, but still manages to get 24-26 mph overall in the miserable LA traffic.
It's probably the best USA-built Extended Sedan (read, hatchback) around right now.
Jan 21, 2006 (2:43 pm)
I have an 04 early Feb build date. I have not experienced any of the major problems that some have. My steering column was replaced due to a recall. I was not having any problems. I did have the thermostat replaced because the car was running slightly cooler than the computer liked and the dreaded check engine light came on. I have never closed the shades in the back so I don't know if they would stay shut. frankly I don't care. My wife likes the head rests better than the one in her car which was condiderably more expensive than my Maxx. The car runs great. I have never managed to average over 30 mpg on long trips, but then I am usually well north of the speed limit. I am happy with the mileage I get and very happy with the amount and size of the stuff that I have managed to haul with the Maxx. I have a dealer who has become very responsive and they do a good job. Early on I chided the service manager because I knew more about the car and service bulletins than he did. He told me it would not happen again, and it hasn't. I have never had a "perfect" car but I have always had decent dealers who tried to make it perfect. Before you buy, park off to the side and go in the service door have a coffee in the service waiting room and strike up a conversation. You might be surprised what you will learn about the dealer. This is my first Chevy product. I was always Olds and then Pontiac.
#2855 of 3823 2003 Malibu suddely won't start
Jan 21, 2006 (5:28 pm)
Help! My 2003 Malibu has 67,000 miles and suddenly won't start. There were no noticeable signs prior to the issue. I came home, car was off for 1 hour and barely started, then only sounds of the engine turning over. The engine turns over, however does not fully fire. The temperature has been 30F-45F.
Jumping car did not work, spark plugs and fuses are fine. Checked and found timing belt is working. Also does not produce a code. It does not look like it's the theft system because the theft light does not blink or come on. We think it may be the fuel pump. There was no noticeable fuel pump noise when the key was turned to the on position. Any other ideas?
Can someone help tell me where the fuel pump pressure checkpoint is? I don't want to spend the money if the fuel pump is not the issue. THANKS!!
#2856 of 3823 2005 maxx noises??
Jan 21, 2006 (6:42 pm)
Just got my maxx this week and have noticed that whenever I run it no matter how far or how long, it really sounds loud cooling down after I turn it off. It sounds like I have really had the engine hot and it is having to cool down. Lots of tinking noises. My blazer never made these noises or at least not as loud. Any input on what this might be?
#2857 of 3823 Re: 2003 Malibu suddely won't start [ypsistub]
Jan 21, 2006 (7:36 pm)
You are right on track with diagnosis. If you are cranking and it doesn't look like theft related then you look at fuel and spark next.
Before you check for fuel pressure why not check if the fuel pump relay is energizing when you turn the ignition on. It typically will run pump for about 2 seconds to prime it when you turn on ignition. You might have to wait about 30 seconds with ignition off to do another "prime". I am not sure of the time. The fuse and relay for fuel pump is located in underhood fuse/relay center. If the fuel pump relay is energizing then the question is if the pump is getting that power and then if pump is actually running (you already said you think that is not the case) and finally if you are getting any fuel pressure.
I know that the current Malibu V6 engine has a Schrader valve on the fuel line underhood with a cap on it that you could test to check if it has pressure. Of course, take precautions if you do this because it is normally under pressure and it is a flammable liquid.
#2858 of 3823 Re: 2003 Malibu suddely won't start [e2helper]
Jan 22, 2006 (6:07 am)
Thanks for the help that is exactly what we needed. I had forgotten to mention that we swapped the relay for the AC with the fuel pump relay to see if that was the problem, but still did not hear the pump run when turning the ignition to on. We tried to find somewhere to test fuel pressure but coudn't find a port with easy access. Now we know to keep looking. Thanks again for the great tip.
It has been scary to see all of the issues with the Malibu posted on the internet, there certainly seem to be numerous systems with design or parts failures.
Thanks again for the great tip.
#2859 of 3823 Re: 2003 Malibu suddely won't start [ypsistub]
Jan 22, 2006 (11:57 am)
Keep looking at fuel rail on engine you will see a black plastic cap at one end - that is it.