2004 maxx a good step forward
By kurt w on
Vehicle2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LS 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
ReviewA nice translation of the SAAB "EPISLON" platform
into a new USA Hatchback, the Maxx is a well
executed "extended sedan" that is a good family
hauler or freeway cruiser. It did well in crash tests,
handles rough roads with aplomb, accelerates well
without guzzling gas, and has better fit and finish
than many more expensive cars. Some cheapness
in the rear trim, a poor cruise control, seats that are
too narrow in back, and other first year misses keep
it from knocking off Honda or Toyota just yet. But
probably one of the best medium size cars out
Best FeaturesRemote start, All seats move fore/aft, powerful heater/AC, compliant ride, Smooth transmission, good low end torque, Good if bassy sound system, clean engine layout, good fit and finish in front, quiet, good crash test ratings.
Worst FeaturesChinzy rear trim (shades, hatch), Rear seats rattle against shock towers, Cruise control endlessly cycles on hills, Engine raspy near redline, no variable valve timing, Front seat wiring easilly damaged by feet, rear mirrors restrict vision.
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