2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx User Reviews
- $7,734 - $8,214
- Exceeds expectations over the long-term, EPA milage met in real-world driving
- Preferred the softer ride of the base model Malibu when I rented one on a business trip.
We have over 52,000 miles on our 2004 Malibu Maxx LT, which was loaded with all the options available in that year. Just had it checked out by the dealership and it still is not needing replacement of brake pads or rotors even though most of its miles are in heavy Washington DC city traffic. Our previous 1998 Malibu had brakes which needed frequent pad & rotor replacement under the same driving conditions, every 30,000 miles or worse. We have had no mechanical problems at all with the 2004 Maxx and it still feels like a new car to us.
I was not impressed by the thick-nosed truck-like exterior styling, but I had been happy with our 1998 Malibu and had a discount from our GM Mastercard so I bought the 2004 Maxx. My adult son (with disabilities) and I are big, tall people and the very roomy front and back seats also encouraged us to buy the Maxx. My wife refused to let me buy a minivan! Styling may have been ahead of its time because it seems to look better as the years go by, kind of like the Cadillac CTS. On a couple of vacation trips the three of us maxxed out the storage space of the Maxx, but it performed great with the heavy load and we never had to add on a roof rack system even though we seriously thought about it as we packed up for a long skiing vacation. Turns out we did not need the minivan.
The Maxx did great on the extremely twisty mountain roads leading to the Snowshoe ski resort in West Virginia. I cannot understand why people say they want more than its 200 horsepower when our fully loaded Maxx easily climbed mountains and did great passing other vehicles on two-lane country roads. Who would take a five door sedan on a race track anyway? With its excellent transmission 200 hp is plenty and it is extremely responsive, way quicker than my 1992 five liter V8 Caprice had been. The Maxx did great in the snow thanks to its front wheel drive and traction control.
The XM Radio, the DVD system, and the very comfortable cabin help make our frequent DC to Chicago trips much more pleasant. We don't mind spending ten hours a day in this car, and most other cars give me a backache after one hour.
We bought a 2005 Crysler PT Cruiser later on after we totalled the 98 Malibu. We almost bought a second Malibu instead but we really liked the exterior styling of the PT Cruiser. The Maxx is so much better than the PT Cruiser, that we feel kind of dumb now for buying the PT, especially afer the Chevrolet HHR came out. PT Cruiser is slower, has much worse fuel economy, a larger turning radius, and is noiser and vibrates more than the Maxx. At least the PT was inexpensive and looks cute in our driveway while the Maxx has our one-car garage all to itself....read morehide
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- great MPG (26-29.8), room, quality, performance, quietness, fun to drive
- nothing really.
Looked at camry and accord - nice but nothing innovative like the MAXX. The rear portion of this car is what makes it so unique. Two sunroofs (one is optional), rear seat room is great, stationwagon like back with seats that fold down (and side) and the pass. seat folds down - you can get an 8 foot surf board in this car! So many other this that I like, but it would take an hour to tell them all. Chevy was thinking outside the box on this one. Overall: Excellent!...read morehide
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- I love it love it love it, comfortable, quick and versatile, love onstar and xm radio
- chevy should add stability control
Can't wait to try it out in the snow. I'm sure it will do well, but chevy should add stability control .
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- Segment leading 18" wheels. Nicely appointed and roomy interior.
Purchased the Laser Blue Metallic Maxx SS. This car replaced a 1998 Olds Intrigue. Had to purcahse another GM product after the Olds since it went 140K without any problems. I was looking for a car that could haul the kids around yet have a little performance. In my opinion the car is quick but not fast. I would like about another 40-50 hp and about 50 ft-lbs. of torque.
Overall the car is very solid and I have about 8K miles on it and have had no problems with it.
The back seats have alot of room and I like the sunroof over them.
The ride is somewhat stiff and has fairly good handling. I receive the car with the Goodyear Eagle LS2's and the tires are OK in the handling department but would recommend the performance oriented Bridgestone tires if you want to push the car in the corners.
I looked at purchasing the Pontiac G6 GTP but the reviews that were out there favored the Maxx SS.
Nice job GM! I hope to see some aftermarket products for adding horsepower to the motor....read morehide
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- good fuel economy can haul an 8 foot 2by four
- instrument panel light too dim
I have a Malibu maxx LS, which I like very much it has all the features any one could want. Excellant gas milage I got 33 MPG on the highway going from baltimore to Ocean City. average about 22 for city driving. My only dislike is the Dash panel lights, they are too dim to read in daylight, fine at night I would also like more comfortable seats but would still give it a 5 star rating....read morehide
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- Practical car that is interesting to drive. Remote start is spiffy, didn't think I would even use it
- Manual shift mode is pointless. Gas milage has been a bit disappointing.
Arrival of baby prompted the trade-in of Mustang GT. The Maxx ss is still pretty peppy and the stroller fits in the back. Four doors are a plus as well. Although the exterior styling is a bit of a hodge podge, it has grown on me (I got the silver). I had resisted buying a GM in the past because their interior design seemed to be stuck in the 80's. However, the interior in the ss is very nicely appointed. Although it would have been nice to have the option to get the all leather seats instead of the "sporty" half leather/half fabric. The rear sun roofs are an excellent touch, as is the fold out tail gate table thingy. The 18 inch wheels, while adding some character, almost cross the line to garish (perhaps if they weren't so shiny). Haven't driven it in the snow yet, hopefully it will be better than the mustang. All in all an excellent automobile for the money. So far no maintainance problems, except that the rear window wiper is not aligned properly. Will have to have the dealer fix that....read morehide
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- Great sound system,Love the storage space,Great pick-up and speed
- CD player is a little confusing,If your a smoker it cost extra for a lighter
This car looks great . 18 inch rims look real good . It's drives like a SAAB and look's a little like one as well .I already put over 1000 miles and I have yet to have any problems
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- a great all around car great gas mileage
- alittle shakey braking at high speeds but that is the anti-lock brakes
this is a great family car and a great non family car good sppeed great gas mileage and it looks greta all clean and shiny
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