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Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Hatchback
#54 of 63 Re: The C&D test... [kurtamaxxxguy]
Apr 19, 2006 (11:13 am)
I work at a chevy dealership and just bought the SS Maxx full laod with potenzas...biggest it WONT burn rubber they hook up unbelievable, the torque steer is prolly worse and the ride is harsh buut seriously people thisis a 240 hp sports car for all intense and purposes, if you wnat a smooth camfy ride buy an Impala
#55 of 63 Re: The C&D test... [chevysalesman]
Apr 20, 2006 (7:34 am)
The Germans, long ago, figured out to make a car handle well without offering its driver a harsh ride. The Japanese learned well from them.
The Maxx engineers knew this too. But marketing gave them the bling-bling wheels and the accountants the cheap tires.
For those wanting sporty driving, an '06 VW GTI or '06 Honda SI or Subrau WTI will run circles around the MAXX SS.
#56 of 63 Re: The C&D test... [chevysalesman]
Apr 20, 2006 (3:12 pm)
Do you have traction control turned on? If I turned it off, the '04 I had would burn the tires.
#57 of 63 Re: The C&D test... [chevysalesman]
Apr 21, 2006 (4:02 am)
have to disagree this is a sports car by any stretch of the imagination....I upgraded my 04 Maxx LT to 17 inch rims and wider tires and the handling increased..but I wouldnt say I have a sports car....even the SS version is for show....the only sports car in the chevy lineup is the corvette...
My 06 Solstice is more of a sports car..long before the SS Maxx or the Sedan.....the problem I have with Chevy is they SS badge everything.....Impala/Malibu/Monte Carlo....etc etc...
if you want to SS badge one model..then concentrate on one...make the right SS upgrades..suspension, wheels/tires, motor, transmission, brakes etc......remember the chevelle.......SS 396....sure more of a muscle car than a true sports car...but come on.dont throw a badge on a car...give it 40 more horses..a different interior....bling bling wheels and cheap rubber, some cosmetic exterior changes and call it an SS......
#58 of 63 Re: The C&D test... [pao]
Jul 12, 2006 (1:43 pm)
I don't think my Maxx LS is a sports car. But I'd have to disagree about the SS. What with SS meaning Super Sport and all. A car does not have to have a V8 and cost $50,000 to be a sports car.
I can't see paying the extra $8000 for the HP boost though.
#59 of 63 Re: The C&D test... [cwesleyg]
Jul 19, 2006 (6:03 am)
SS to me was the SS chevelle of the late 60s early 70s ..not the 06 SS malibu....its mostly show.....the Malibu SS will never run in SCCA...the real super sport is gone in the muscle cars......
and there is a distinct difference in muscle cars and sports cars......
#60 of 63 new maxx owner
Oct 05, 2007 (7:07 am)
i have driven malibus for a while now. i actually have a 80 malibu (2 door), 01 malibu ls, (had 2 of them actually), had an 04 ls, now have a 06 maxx ss (less than 5,000 miles)
i got my ss out of texas, it had front end damage. (both 01s and the 04 were builders) yes, i rebuilt them!
i am almost done with the ss. it is getting aligned as we speak. need a right fog lamp, seat belts and airbag.
we had to replace the rack in it! that was a spendy unit, which dipped into the budget.
anyways, we are having a "disagreement" right now. i found that when it shifts at times there is a "clunk". like you hit a small pot hole at the same time it shifted. my bf said "it is an agressive tranny and they will do that". i say it shouldnt! now this morning on the way to get it aligned it didnt do it at first but then did after i turned at the 4-way.
question is, after reading an article on the malibu ss. does anyone know if they have the same tranny? cause in that article it said it was "smooth and positive".
i am wondering if it is just something that needs to work itself out. it does seem to be getting better. we bought the car in april and it sat for some time before we started working on it. or if this is something that is going to dip into the budget again!
#61 of 63 Re: new maxx owner [caness67]
Oct 09, 2007 (6:38 pm)
Sorry to hear the rack went bad.. Was surprising as SS uses hydraulic steering (where actuators push on the throughput rack gear itself), and not electric (which drives the column, and applies to power to the rack via a small gear at end of column shaft.
#62 of 63 Re: new maxx owner [caness67]
Nov 06, 2007 (4:40 pm)
I'm pretty sure the SS tranny is different and a heavier duty model. I would try dropping the pan and inspecting it for debris and then refill with some high quality lubricant like Redline. Buy a Wix filter it's the same as factory. Use the factory gasket over again. The metal/rubber ones are reuseable and good luck!
#63 of 63 WICKED FAST
Feb 28, 2010 (5:47 am)
I purchased my 2006 Chevy Malibu MAXX SS 1 year ago. The ride,fit,finish,power,comfort and excitement are among the BEST of any of the over 100+ cars I have owned.Including 64,64,67 and 68 Impala's SS's. The car hauls A_ _ and all of my 5 grandchildren and all their stuff.
We travel alot and we have out over 50,000 miles on the car SO FAR. It handles the local dragstrip as well as the freeway FANTASTIC. The rear seat DVD entertains the grandkids and the LOUD PEDAL entertains me and grama.
The car is fairly rare in the hatchback form. Over 200,000 Malibu Maxx's were made
in the years 2004-2007..but less than 1,200 in the SS model. Mostly all in Black or Blue. Amazing choice of colors for a BAD A_ _ car.