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100K and Beyond
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By bobd10
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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LS 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought my "05 Maxx with 52k on the meter. I now have 105k. Got hit twice, both side swipes at the front end (1 on each side). Hasn't given me any major problems. Just chenged the plugs, was easy. Put in irridiums, seems like it has better response at high speed acceleration now. Only 2 gripes...the front turn signals melting and the CD player not accepting discs on the first try. Otherwise, great car.


Best Features

Adjustable rear seats, power when you need it, gas mileage, roomy, no major blind spots.


Worst Features

Get rid of the melting turn signal lens, better quality CD stereo system.


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Happy Birthday, Baby
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By medinamalibu
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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LS 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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My Maxx just turned six years old with 61k on the dial. I feel like I'm spoiling it with new tires so soon after replacing the battery, front brake rotors, and front ball joints. The DIC threw a "Power Steering" message the day the battery lost its cranking power, but not since.

At five years, the driver's seat developed an amazing squeak, so I learned how to remove the seat and grease the mounts. I deemed one rear skylight shade a loss after a $130+ estimate for replacement, which I indirectly referenced in my three-year update.

The Maxx is comfortable and maneuverable, and hasn't given me much of any trouble outside of wear items. Some of them are annoying, and some are rather expensive.


Best Features

I've listed them before, but feeling negative today.


Worst Features

Electrical: *Stereo head unit and speakers should be better tuned to the vehicle. *"Check Gas Cap" message would be less annoying if it only appeared when I didn't properly fasten the gas cap. *Owner's manual should specify correct replacement lamps: front turn signal sockets overheat when standard lamps are installed. Interior: *Fold-flat rear seats would be an improvement. *Skylight and shades were a nice idea, but the execution was clumsy. Delete or re-imagine. Exterior: *Keyed entry to the front passenger door and hatch. There aren't any child door locks, are there? *Front right ball-joint should not require disconnection of exhaust pipe for removal of engine mount to remove LCA.


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Didn't Last Well
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By ChevNoMore
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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Fleet 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought with 42k miles. Right away, started to have trouble starting and the headlights wobble causing a flicker effect (I've noticed this on many other Malibu I've seen at night). Both things were fixed, light problem started again soon after. Drivers door doesn't always stay open, has shut on my leg many times! Around 50k started to shudder at moderate speeds and when braking. At around 60k CD player started to not accept and/or not spit out CDs. The best part: 60k, 5 year old car, a pin shears off, the timing chain snaps, and $4000+ worth of engine damage- almost the bluebook of the car!!! Chevy covered some of the repair costs, but not enough in my opinion- it was a manufacturing defect.


Best Features

Roomy. Backseat has cup holders, moonroofs, and split-folding, sliding, reclining rear seats. Engine decently powerful.


Worst Features

Make hatch latch easier to find/more apparent. Overall: build a decent reliable vehicle, or at least take responsibility and improve the customer service when something this bad happens.


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Aging well
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By cs
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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LS 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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Update as I approach 90,000 miles-- probably the best car I've owned (out of 30+). Had the infamous steering shaft replaced shortly after warranty expiration, and it looked like it might fail again last year, but it must have healed itself. Other than that, it's been reliable and an extremely comfortable, flexible car. Took me several months to get used to electric steering, but once you get used to it, it's fine.


Best Features

The hatch (Chevy steered away from calling it that, but I like the idea of a midsized car with a hatch), I certainly hope they bring the Cruze hatch to America. Ancient OHV engine delivers good mileage for six, and was quieter than some would think given its design.


Worst Features

Obviously the next car I buy will have some way to input through jacks and USB ports-- but that's why 2005 isn't 2011. The interior was not up to modern standards but pleasant to use. Seats are durable but with ugly fabric. The front clip for this gen. Malibu was ungainly.


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just thought the Maxx would be more...
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By oct 2005
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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LS 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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Great acceleration w/the v-6 engine. Left with doubts about brakes and steering and the sub-standard braking. Had to replace rear brake pads @ 58000 miles. What A Pity!!! Then you have the interest with the intermediate steering arm assemblies that have given so much crap to those who have purchased the electric power steering groups.


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