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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,464 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 162006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,929 miles


2004 Chevrolet Malibu max steering failed making the vehicle undriveable. Rear hatchback door is rusting. When the steering failed the vehicle was towed 38 miles tot he consumer's home. The rear hatch molding clips and gaskets failed to prevent salt induced swirl rust

- Tamarack, MN, USA

problem #1

Feb 012006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Took maxx to dealer for clicking noise in steering column and thumping noise in rear of vehicle upon deceleration. Was advised that the clicking noise had been reported before but no "fix" was available as of yet from GM. Also was advised that thumping noise was the hatch. They adjusted the hatch so poorly that now it doesn't close all the way and of course the thumping noise is still there. Took car back (third time) and had service manager ride with me until he acknowledged the thumping noise in addition to the click in steering column. Left maxx in service so the could re-adjust the hatch to where it was. Car has been to service now three times for this issue, a total of 14 days. Maxx has also been in to service for intermittent weak start. Service could not duplicate it.

- Riverside, CA, USA

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