fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,143 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx transmission problems

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 132006

Malibu Maxx

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


2004 Malibu maxx - after car turned 25,000 miles, would start to be sluggish upon slow acceleration between 35 - 40 mph. Happening more and more frequently as car approach 30,000 miles. Left vehicle with dealership in February 06. Problem was in the transmission. The 3-4 valves were burned, as was the ban, and the transmission fluid.

- Zionsville, IN, USA

problem #2

Jul 282004

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles
I bought a Malibu maxx in July 2004 brand new with 30 miles on it the second day I had it I heard a noise fron the front end took it back to taylor Chevrolet in taylor Michigan service adviror rode with me heard it also wrote on work order noise coming form possible trnsmission I have driven 3 maxx other than my own no nosie also a rattling noise in the inside while driving when sunroof is open no noise but when it is closed rattling noise all the time this has been a on going problem with this car have discussed a possible return to get another car everyone has refused I have taked with allen siver who is the GM at taylor Chevrolet and jim authur who is the severice manager nothing I will never by another GM product when you looking to buy everyone is in your face but when something goes wrong you get no attention they are just out to sell not service.

- River Rouge, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 202004

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 400 miles
A few days after purchasing the car new, the "check gas cap" warning started displaying. The dealer diagnosed the problem as a cracked carbon canister, and after a few weeks, the part came in and the dealer installed it, fixing the problem. At the same time, there was a moaning noise coming from the drivetrain under acceleration. The dealer found a service advisory about a defective chain sprocket in the transmission, ordered the parts, and when they came in, took the transmission apart and installed the new parts. This apparently solved the noise problem. The next time the car was driven after taking it home, the transmission quit working. The engine sped up, but the transmission did not pull. I am waiting for the dealership to open to report this latest problem. There were also minor problems with cruise control disengagement and transmission shifting which the dealer could not duplicate. This has all occurred in the first two months of ownership.

- Pataskala, OH, USA

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