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Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Transmission, Hatchback
#8 of 32 Re: Transmission failure. [gonogo]
Jul 11, 2011 (6:58 pm)
Thank you for the detailed instructions! Read them a few times -- very interesting but it is clear that I won't be able/willing to do it myself. Less than 70K miles on my Maxx now -- I'll wait till 100K, then have the dealer change the transmission fluid. 100k is what the manual says, and what pao just said -- and I figure nobody has as much experience with Maxx as pao, so no reason for me to doubt the recommended 100K for the first change. But your instructions have an independent value -- thanks again!
#9 of 32 Re: Transmission failure. [pao]
Jul 11, 2011 (7:06 pm)
I wish my Maxx serves me as long as yours! A great car -- love it more and more. Had a dealer do a most thorough (paid) inspection last month: all systems are in good order and the car feels great -- powerful, sturdy and comfortable. Knock-knock on the wood --may everything keeps running well
#10 of 32 Re: Transmission failure. [malexbu]
Jul 12, 2011 (6:48 am)
I'll do the next major at 190K....plugs, new plug wires, new serp belt...flush the brake and coolant.....and should be good to go for a few more miles....wanting to get 2-3 years out of it...and perhaps 250K......
#11 of 32 Re: Transmission failure. [pao]
Jul 12, 2011 (6:11 pm)
So i looked through all of the paperwork from the repairs last night and found something interesting. It stated the also replaced a leaking transmission cooling line as noted. So i think this was the reason of failure and the dealership neglected to tell me about this because they should have noticed it before they sold me the car.Tranmission failure aside i am completely hapy with my malibu maxx. Its got 133,000 now and i also had a oil leak from the oilfilter adapter gasket which the dealer replaed for free. I change my own oil every 3,000 with maxlife and a fram high mileage filter. Although im thinking about switching to amsoil 0w-30 for winter. I have also had a starting problem a couple times a week but i will open a new thread.
#12 of 32 Re: Transmission failure. [mullick420] new issue
Nov 04, 2011 (7:14 am)
Interesting posts, thanks for all the great info. I have an interesting problem with my "05" Malibu Maxx transmission. It all shifts fine through the gears, had a manual shift problem, and through other posts, fixed that easily (broken wire) under the center console. The issue I am having is the torque converter is "freewheeling" when I am in high gear and let off the gas pedal. Then when I push on the gas again, the car revs up 600 to 1000 rpm's and then the torque converter kicks back in and works fine. No slipping of the transmission even under load. This only happens at speeds of over 40 mph and up. More annoying than anything else. Wondering if any ideas out there? Maybe an electrical switch or part that might need replacing to fix this. It has been like this for 50,000 miles. I have serviced the trans regularly.
#13 of 32 Re: Transmission failure. [mullick420] new issue [desertdog4]
Nov 04, 2011 (9:44 am)
Sorry to hear about the torque converter concern you’re having with your Malibu. If we can be of any assistance, either by helping you work with a dealership towards resolving this concern or looking into warranty/recall information on your vehicle, please email us with your name and contact information, as well as your VIN.
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#15 of 32 cold weather delayed lock-up 2004 MAXX
Mar 24, 2012 (12:43 am)
I bought an '04 MAXX LT a little over a year ago and now that the weather is warming back up I'm sure the outside air temperture is affecting when the converter locks up. In cold weather, even with the temperture gauge showing the car is fully warmed, the converter probably won't lock-up until about 43 mph. On a warm day, even a bit before the engine is at full operating temp, lock-up is down around 37 mph. And yes, the lock-up point changes gradually with the air temp.
The OnStar reports don't list any problems nor do I have any service lights lit.
I love the car and could tolerate this but fixed would be better as it cost me noticable fuel ecomomy.
Any suggestions as to what could be causing this?
#16 of 32 Re: cold weather delayed lock-up 2004 MAXX [johndk]
Mar 25, 2012 (3:17 am)
Have you flushed the fluid and made sure of level? Had a '98 Durango, midway along its stay with us , that after a trans filter change and replaced new fluid continued on past 230K miles when it left the family(may still be running for all I know). No guarantees, but doesn't cost too much to eliminate this as a source.
#17 of 32 Re: cold weather delayed lock-up 2004 MAXX [comem47]
Mar 27, 2012 (8:48 pm)
I've certainly considered it. But given it's a "sealed" transmission that's not supposed to ever need the fluid changed I haven't actually tried it yet. If I can't find any body with a better idea I'll try it next winter when I can tell if it makes a difference or not.