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2007 Chevrolet Malibu

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Review

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The Malibu Maxx SS marks a return to the days when Chevrolet built sporty cars that were fun to drive and anybody with a decent job could afford to purchase and operate. While the Malibu Maxx SS won't ever be mistaken for a Chevelle or Camaro, this highly versatile vehicle delivers a European-inspired ride and handling, room for five and respectable fuel economy. The racy good looks and big wheel and tire package of the Malibu Maxx SS shun the Soccer Mom image many wagons and five-doors now share, and the bold SS badges are sure to make Dad happy, too. If you're looking at a Mazda6 Sport Wagon, Dodge Caliber or Volkswagen Passat, be sure to add the Malibu Maxx SS to your shopping list. You may be in for a pleasant surprise.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the versatility and good fuel economy of a small hatchback, but need a vehicle larger than the average compact car, the Malibu Maxx SS makes a great choice. The extra power and appealing SS package will have your kids begging to borrow the family car.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Malibu Maxx's truncated rear somewhat limits its cargo carrying ability, although it is big enough inside to be classified by the EPA as a Large Car, and the fold-down front passenger's seat allows hauling long, narrow items. Still, if cargo capacity, or cargo-carrying shape is important, you may want to give it a careful check.

What's New for 2007

No major changes for 2007

Driving the Malibu
Driving Impressions

In the areas of acceleration, cornering and steering feel, the Malibu Maxx SS delivers performance on par with the best imports. The steering feel is nicely weighted and the car...

... tracks straight without the need for constant steering inputs. The big 18-inch tires contribute greatly to its solid cornering manners, yet the firm sport suspension manages to deliver a comfortable ride that is never jarring or bouncy. Although the V6 does deliver good power and potent passing performance, the four-speed automatic saps some of the fun, delivering a sluggish performance marked by slow downshifts. Fortunately, the automatic's programming can be overruled by engaging the Tap-Up/Tap-Down manual mode which, though not as fun as a true manual, allows the driver to hold a lower gear during spirited drives.

Power-adjustable foot pedals
Standard power-adjustable foot pedals make it easy to find the perfect driving position.

Fixed Rear Roof Panels
A neat feature that creates a more airy feeling for rear-seat passengers.

2007 Chevrolet Malibu Details
Interior

The Malibu Maxx SS provides a roomy and wide cabin, with nicely bolstered front sport seats and a very convenient 60/40 split rear seat that will slide fore and aft. The passenger-side front seat can fold flat, thus extending the load length right up to the instrument panel. From behind the wheel the driver views a set of circular instruments trimmed in chrome and housed in a hooded bin. The audio and ventilation controls are stacked one atop the other and protrude slightly for ease of use. The Malibu Maxx SS offers a number of innovative features rarely found in this class, such as power-adjustable pedals, rear fixed glass skylights and an optional flip-up rear-seat DVD player.

Exterior

The Malibu Maxx's blocky, upright body presents a satisfying change from the rounded look so common in this class. The SS treatment adds a more powerful engine, 18-inch five-spoke wheels, a sport suspension, rear spoiler and silver SS logos adorning the front doors. The revised front end features a mesh pattern filling the grille and lower air intake and a set of integrated fog lamps. The Malibu Maxx SS features a fixed glass panel roof allowing rear-seat occupants more sunlight, with dual individually retractable shades for those times when it gets too hot for comfort.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Malibu Maxx SS features a long list of standard equipment, including a four-speed automatic transmission with Tap-Up/Tap-Down sport shifting, 18-inch aluminum wheels, four-wheel anti-lock (ABS) disc brakes, traction control, sport seats, three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic air conditioning, front and rear head-curtain airbags, remote keyless entry, cruise control, power adjustable pedals, six-way power driver's seat with manual lumbar support, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, AM/FM/CD stereo with rear seat audio controls and a rear wiper/washer.

Optional Equipment

The Malibu Maxx SS can be outfitted with a power glass sunroof, flip-up rear-seat DVD entertainment system, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar and an in-dash six-disc CD changer.

Under the Hood

The Malibu Maxx SS is powered by a 3.9-liter V6 engine utilizing variable valve timing (VVT) and a variable intake manifold for increased low-end torque. This engine is a derivative of the 3.5-liter V6 found on the base Malibu Maxx, meaning it uses an iron block with aluminum heads and has only two valves per cylinder. Although the engine lacks the sophistication of dual overhead camshafts, it still develops an impressive 240 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque at a very low rpm. Strong performance is accompanied by smooth operation and respectable highway fuel economy.

3.9-liter V6
240 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 1007 Ratings for the 2004 - 2007 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Best car decision ever

By on Friday, July 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 256,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, spacious, great gas mileage"

Cons: "Electrical problem with front turn signals"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This car has been my ride-or-die! I'm almost at 256k miles and other than one major issue and normal wear-and-tear, it's still going strong. The car is comfortable, spacious in the front seat as well as back seat, gets excellent gas mileage, and gives me a nice sturdy drive. My one major issue that no one has been able to fix has been an electrical problem with my front turn signals. After trying a variety of repairs and spending over $2000 on them, I finally just took the light bulbs out (because they were burning and melting into the socket). I've been using the old' school turn signs for many years now. Other than that, this car has been the best ever. We got a 2011 and 2016 Chevy Malibu and were very disappointed in the 2016. It's too crowded in the front, has awful leg room in the back, has a blind spot that's almost 3 seconds long, and rear-view mirrors are too small to be as useful as they should be. To this day I'd rather drive the 2005. I'd recommend the 2005 and 2011 over the 2016 any day."

Love this car

By on Wednesday, June 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 193,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "comfortable, great options in the back seat"

Cons: "bad in snow"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This has been the best car I've ever owned. The only thing that I dislike about it is that despite traction control, and even new tires, it has always been horrible in the Michigan snow. I've talked to others who say they don't have this problem, but I am only selling it now because I don't want to go through another winter with it. Everything else about this vehicle I absolutely adored."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Dependable vechicle with good gas milage

By on Saturday, May 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Remote Start, Good MPG, new exhaust"

Cons: "Tires worn"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"LS, V6, Factory Remote Start, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, ABS, Adjustable Pedals, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air Conditioning, AM/FM Stereo, Automatic Headlights, Bucket Seats, CD Player, Cloth Seats, Cruise Control, Daytime Running Lights, Driver Adjustable Lumbar, Driver Air Bag, Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror, Driver Vanity Mirror, Front Head Air Bag, Front Reading Lamps, Front Side Air Bag, Front Wheel Drive, Intermittent Wipers, Keyless Entry, Passenger Air Bag, Passenger Air Bag Sensor, Passenger Vanity Mirror, Power Door Locks, Power Mirror(s), Power Steering, Power Windows, Rear Defrost, Rear Reading Lamps, Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

super spacious for a compact, good economy=value

By on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "space, economy, price"

Cons: "not the best turning radius, traction control"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Reasonably priced, sporty with power but good gas economy. Spacious for a compact car, with comfortable driver and passenger seats, ample backseat and trunk capacity. Great sun roof."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Exceptional Car

By on Monday, March 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 167,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Mileage, durability, space"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased my car brand new in 2004. The list price was $21K. It's a great car. Great gas mileage in the city and on the highway for long distance travel. It's very comfortable for the driver as well as the passengers. The backseat is spacious as well as the trunk. No major repairs needed, only oil changes, a battery, windshield wipers, tires, brakes, muffler and sway bar until recently. It now needs an alternator. Not bad for a 12 year old car that has been driven up and down the east coast."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Love this car!

By on Thursday, December 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great price, Smooth Ride, Great Gas Mileage!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This car is extremely reliable, easy to maintence, and great on gas and mileage! I have owned this car for over a year with it needing no car maintence besides oil changes. The only downside on this car is on wet payment it feels like it wants to hydro plan. I have spoke with family that also own a Malbiu and they advised me the same information. Other than that perfect car!"

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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