2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LS 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
The Maxx is a comfortable and smooth ride. It handles well in-town and quietly on the road. All of the controls are conveniently located. The 60/40 back seats fold down for much needed extra room. However, the markings for the radio buttons, power windows & locks and power side mirrors deteriorated quickly with use. We have had several bouts of electrical problems causing 2-3 week stays at the dealership while they tried to figure them out. Power locks are sluggish. Cloth interiors show stains and wear easily even with dealership treatment and cleaning. The back seat levers broke within 2 years but there were no further problems once replaced. Fuel line needed repair in 2008, too.
The bucket seats are comfortable. Cruise control conveniently located on the steering wheel. Radio/Time/Temp display is easy to see from any seat in the car.
The interior needs improvement. Compartment covers need to be more secure. They break off easily. The control button markings look cheap and wear off quickly. The cloth interior should be more durable: shows wear/stains more quickly than other vehicles. Gas cover has no lock feature from the inside.
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