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#1 of 19 2006 malibu Maxx Problem
Jun 06, 2008 (9:43 am)
When I am driving down the road at at least 60 km/h and I let off on the accelerator my rpms will fluctuate up and down. It almost feels like the transmission is kicking in and out. Can anybody help me?
#2 of 19 Re: 2006 malibu Maxx Problem [burnt_3]
Jun 23, 2008 (1:18 pm)
Interesting. I have an '04 Malibu with a similar problem. I first noticed it while driving in town; the trans appears to "slip" after letting off the gas and then re-accelerating. Now I have noticed this happening at all speeds in town and on the highway. It almost seems to shift into OD too quickly as well. The dealer could not ID the problem and called it a "flair". 64,000 miles; is this I can expect from my Maxx?
#3 of 19 Re: 2006 malibu Maxx Problem [glennb]
Jun 24, 2008 (6:36 am)
it might be worth a transmission flush and fill to see if that solves the problem....04 Maxx here....didnt have any of those issues...but did do the flush and fill at 95K...and it definitely helped the shifting.....128k on it now
#4 of 19 Re: 2006 malibu Maxx Problem [pao]
Jun 24, 2008 (12:48 pm)
I had the dealer do the trans service at 50k. My first thought when this problem cropped up was that the dealer didn't put enough tranny fluid back in. I'll never know.
I complained to my service advisor and mentioned another call to Chevy (that's what it took to get my steering fixed) and he said I should get the shifter fixed first, which currently will not cycle through the gears when in L(ow). He said it might be related, but can't guarantee it. $400 fix. He also told me an investigative tranny tear down would be about $2k. This is bugging me as I go on vacation next week, and had been mulling a drive to DC to visit my son. Not sure I want to risk it. It is going to an independent garage for the first brake job this week; maybe I'll see if they can shed some light on what is going on.
pao, a familiar login name from way back in '04. I thought we had a lot of miles on our Maxx!
#5 of 19 Re: 2006 malibu Maxx Problem [glennb] (Fixed!)
Jun 26, 2008 (5:17 pm)
Trans problem fixed! It was all related to the +,- toggle switch on the shifter! $49 part, $49 labor. Independent garage. The dealer wanted $400! Now to get that exhaust fixed...
#6 of 19 Re: 2006 malibu Maxx Problem [glennb] (Fixed!) [glennb]
Jul 04, 2008 (3:48 am)
That is great! I hope my problem is the same and as cheap to fix. Did your RPM,s fluctuate at all speeds on the highway and in the city? My RPM's go from about a 1000 to 1300 when I do not press on the accelerator. Thanks man.
#7 of 19 Re: 2006 malibu Maxx Problem [glennb] (Fixed!) [glennb] [burnt_3]
Jul 04, 2008 (6:02 am)
I would say my trans problem was less of a out and out fluctuation, and more like the trans was slipping into neutral when I let off the gas, and then the engine would rev as I tried to re-accelerate. It would then eventually drop back into gear, which was very noticeable. Does your +,- toggle work on your shifter? Or is it malfunctioning like mine was? That seems to be the common component that Chevy doesn't have much history on (or my dealer's service manager was just lying to me!)
#8 of 19 Re: 2006 malibu Maxx Problem [glennb] (Fixed!) [glennb] [burnt_3] [glennb]
Jul 04, 2008 (6:55 am)
Yes my +/- shifter does work, maybe it is not at the point of malfunctioning yet. i do appreciate your help regarding this problem. I was just trying to narrow it down and I was hoping it was a quik fix like yours.
#9 of 19 eng pwr reduced dic message
Oct 09, 2008 (5:51 am)
I was driving home the other evening when my traction control indicator with the line through it went off, the check engine light came on and a dic message appeared saying eng pwr reduced. This is an 06 malibu maxx. The engine seemed to slow also and I had a very hard time getting up past 30 mph. Anyone else had this problem. If so what was the fix? Thanks in advance.
#10 of 19 Broken shifter cable
Mar 10, 2009 (3:29 pm)
The shifter cable broke on my 2004 Maxx. The problem is that GM cannot find a replacment part anywhere in North America. The scrap yards are also without this item.
Does anyone have any suggestions.