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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx - Consumer Reviews

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx

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I love this car!
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By Justin
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LS 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I bought my Malibu Maxx used with 80,000 miles on it. Since I have owned the car I have put over 60,000 miles on it and I have had no major problems except one. The transmission was burnt up because of a mechanics failure to properly exchange the fluid and I had to replace the transmission. Other than that this car has been a cherry. I have done some work on the car and added on a few features to make the performance and look of the car better. The Malibu Maxx is a great car and perfect for road trips, hauling loads, and comfortably seating five people.


Best Features

Even with 142000 miles on this Malibu, I still get great gas mileage, great performance, and even turn heads as I drive through town. Many wear items have been replaced but that doesn't compare to the driving experience and ownership I have with this car.


Worst Features

The interior could use some work. The cloth seats are too cheap for this kind of car and the interior buttons and switches have the tendency to wear down after some time.


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Excellent car
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By Excellent
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LS 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I have this car since jan 2004, I never had any serious problem, the mileage per gallon is excellent. I drove this car at 60 miles per hour on a wet snow condition, the traction control were impressive, never swerved.


Best Features

Safety features such as traction control is paramount, miles per gallon both highway and city street are excellent.


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Longevity is Not its Strong Suit
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By Maxx02360
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LT 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I liked the car when I first purchased it; see my review in 12/04. But the car definitely has some quality issues. At 80,000 miles, I have replaced the steering column twice. Yes, the steering column! When it goes, it is almost dangerous to drive. I've also replaced the front bearings, the intake manifold, and the DVD system. The remote starter doesn't work anymore. Currently, my CD's are stuck in the audio system and wont play or eject. I took very good care of this car with the plan of giving it to my daughter, and while it still looks good, and my daughter loves driving it, it unfortunately has real quality issues.


Best Features

Fun to drive. Handles Well.


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"LEMON"
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By Hoosier
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LT 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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Purchased used, 23K miles...had factory warranty remaining. Complete brake job (w/rotors)...steering clunking noise..."gremlins" in the car. Drove 124 miles saw temperature reading at Cold. Replaced thermostat, sender, rad. cap. Left front turn signal pigtail replaced, still having problems and right signal. Replaced remote start...still having problems. Replaced starter, still having problems trying to start. I have seen and spoke to others about car having similar or premature failures or not. I believe its main computer board failure...like brain failure. Some times it works and others!! These are not consumer problems...they are manufacturing problems (LEMONS). Fuel mileage ???


Best Features

DVD works great...cute car (nostalgic). Gadget features (fuel econ, ect.) are useful (if correct).


Worst Features

GM/Chevrolet do whats right...correct the "gremlins" at 5k or 80k miles. Steering clunk, signal, right sunvisor, premature component failures, brakes, recalculate mileage instruments.


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Great Car
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By Ed
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LT 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I have owned the car new since Feb. 2004. Have very few mechanical issues and have loved everything about it. Very comfortable road car and great power for a 6 cyl. MPG has been great, take it on road trips often and the AVG. MPG is almost 31 in and out of town (I don't reset the avg very often. Actually tried buying another new one two years ago but for some reason GM doesn't build them any more. Great family vehicle for the kids, and with the hatch and fold down seats (front and rear) turns into a "truck" when I need one. Only issue I have had is with the electronic steering (Saab) and have had it repaired.


Best Features

Ride, comfort, 31 MPG, versatility to convert into a "truck" with the hatch and fold down seats. Rear passengers love the rear glass roof.


Worst Features

None


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