2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Consumer Review: Not my '71 Malibu
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Hatchback - Consumer Review

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Not my '71 Malibu
By cmeastern on

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

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While this is not the hi-performance, head-turning, muscle of our dark blue 2004 Maxx has drawn looks, even from a group of teen boys who said it was "a cool car." The technology is quite a step up from the 1991 Grand Am it replaces, or our 1994 S-10 Blazer, so it has taken some getting use to, and a lot of checks of the owner's manual to figure out everything in it. It handles almost as good as our 1987 Z28 and has very good acceleration for a V6 of only 3.5 liters (big step up from the Blazer's 4.3-liter V6.) Got about 33 mpg on our first 900-mile trip at mostly 65 mph four-lane travel. Very quiet, low road noise. A fog light optio

Favorite Features

Front power sunroof is fun. Got model w/o DVD, but the rear radio/CD plug-in access in handy for those with diverging music tastes. Seats surprisingly comfortable though spartan and slightly hard, but overall door panels, interior, etc. seemed not as lush as the Grand Am we rep

Suggested Improvements

Don't like the dimmer switch. Too far away to conveniently push forward and pull back if you have smaller hands. Weak center console hinge will fail early, its latch is too far back to conveniently use that arm to open it unless seat is fully back. Should offer rear deck spoiler and/or
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