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Pros: small and yet roomy
Cons: bad brakes and transmission
Advice: be prepared to have the brakes replaced around 45,000 miles (happened on both of my Malibu's). Get the extended warrenty so you can get GM to pay for their poor product.Purchased 2004 Malibu Max in Dec 2004. With 45,000 miles on it I had to replace the brakes and as of Nov 18, 2007 I had to replace the transmission with only 54,000 miles on it. The warranty is for 3 years 36,000 miles and that's also when the powertrain warranty expires. Now I have to pay $3100.00 to buy a rebuilt GM transmission that has a 10 year 100,000 mile warranty on it. Figure that one!!! I've had GM's in the past and after this piece dies, i'm switching to foreign. I won't buy a GM again.
Pros: heated seats
Cons: no room in front between seats
Advice: beware of potential power steering loss, and trunk latch problemsThe test drive was wonderful, very comfortable car that handles well on the road.
Pros: Fold down back seats
Cons: geadrests to far up
Advice: BUY its GREATGREAT
Pros: Pick-up with excellent gas mileage!
Cons: Height, giant SUV's block the road ahead. I usually go around and pass them.
Advice: Its a great auto for singles, couples, families, economy and style!I never intended to buy a Malibu Maxx. I was a Mercury Grand Marquis fan. A large powerful, comfortable, spacious, and safe were always my prerequisities. Last June, I planned to buy a 200r Mercury Grand Marquis LS, but the price of gas keep rising and the introduction of lowering the back seats to increase space made me change my buying style. Lower the back seats allows me to use my Malibu Maxx as a station wagon of a long ago era. Since I really have more than l passenger; this feature seemed perfect. The Maxx give great mileage, all powers, sunroof, traction control, all controls in the steering wheel, On-Star, CD, data features, include miles left and 2 trip odometers. Even the front passenger seat can be lowered if carring long object. The selves in the read are great for loading and unloading groceries. This is a remarkable medium-sized auto that is very versitile and inexpensive. (Under $20,000 with features everywhere! I have yet to see any magazine or study include the Malibu Maxx in its top 10 or even top 20. Why? Maybe its too good to be true!
Pros: Only redeaming feature is the DVD player in the back seat.
Cons: a grinding noise in the dashboard that has yet to be identified and the poor quality of materials used. Womping breaks, loose trim screws. squeaks, rattles, grease dripping from interior door panels. The car drives like it is 5 years old.
Advice: Have you driven a Ford lately? I used a GM employee discount. My husband has spent a bit of time at the dealership for warranty repairs and recalls.The test drive was ok. I wasn't extremely impressed, but I wasn't mortified either. I did notice quite a bit of road and other outside noise. But I didn't expect too much from a $27,000 car.
Pros: Remote Starter; fuel economy....
Cons: Not a thing
Advice: Buy this oneI now own a Malibu Maxx LS...I am impressed with it torgue and horsepower. From a standing position, it can tear away from a taffic light. It has enough power to keep tailgaters off my rear....the 3.5 V6 feels more like a V8
Pros: Rear Legroom
Cons: Fuel Economy
Advice: Watch gas consumptionThis car seems a good value except for the fuel economy. Most reviews I've read indicate mileage close to EPA ratings. (22city-30hwy). I've averaged 15-16 in city, 17-19 mixed and about 24-25 on hwy. I've taken it back to dealer 4 times and they can't find anything wrong according to computer. I'm wondering if it could be a fuel pump or fuel pressure regulator but dealer hasn't been proactive to replace anything.