2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Consumer Review: One month, 600+ miles later

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One month, 600+ miles later
By maxx_owner_part2 on


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


When I 1st saw the Maxx at the Auto
Show, I thought it was intriguing but
I never thought I’d own a Chevy. After
600+ miles (since my 20-mile review),
my opinion has only improved. The car
is very cute appearance-wise. Gas
mileage is decent: 24 mpg (driving
almost exclusively on suburban surface
streets). The easy handling is
growing on me. The car does a good
job of shutting out road noise and has
a very smooth ride. The doors and
hatch need to be closed with a bit of
force, though. The die-hard sports-car
aficionados I know turn up their noses
at my car, but people who appreciate
fun, comfort, and convenience love it!

Best Features

I didn’t think I would use the remote start, but a recent cold snap has made me appreciate it. I like the Onstar personal calling. XM is neat. I love the open feeling a hatchback gives to the passenger compartment, but miss the view I had with my Firebird (less rear glass on the Maxx)

Worst Features

Last time I listed "dream" features I like on other cars(night vision, etc). Realistically, the headrests need improvement (doesn't bother me but drives others crazy). After 9 yrs with my Firebird, I expect to keep this one for a while as well, but an AWD SS might make me buy sooner!
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