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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
105,950 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace steering rack (1 reports)
  3. wheel bearings (1 reports)
2001 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 092011

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,500 miles


well this carwas very good to me for two years now iv regularly maintained it in all aspects a good owner should, and one day felt this vibration in the steering wheel brought it to the shop, the whole steering rack ,wheel barring s,tie rods and ball joints are shot omfg are u kidding first time i heard the f*cking noise and almost two grand to fix it which i paid 2500. piece of sh*t and that's just its all of sudden steering problems i had electrical to !!! i advise no one to buy this car with all the major issues iv had that are random and all of a sudden!!!!

- , Sanford, ME, USA

problem #2

Apr 152009

Malibu 3.2L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 111,000 miles

Driving down the road, you hear a lot of road noise. It's fairly normal. My road noise was bad, and loud. The steering wheel was vibrating slightly (more than just regular road bumps). Sounded like it was coming from the front tire(s). Needed new wheel bearings. Approx. $200 per tire.

- , Kentwood, MI, USA

problem #1

May 162007

(reported on)

Malibu LS 3.1L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,351 miles

Since when you need to change brake rotors every 25,000 km? Well, apparently Chevy Malibu does. My parents' old car never needed new rotors until 50,000 or 60,000 km. But my Chevy Malibu need its rotors machined at about 10,000 km and have them changed at about 15,000 km later.

It is such an inconvenience to bring the car in so often, not to mention paying for labor in addition to parts.

The word on the street is that GM decided to use a softer rotor to reduce noise which had a rather adverse effect on the life span of the rotor.

When I decided to drive some more distance despite the vibration I was feeling while braking, I had to learn a very hard and expensive lesson.

When a car brakes, it generates a ton of heat. Now, your ABS sensor is attached to the wheels. Guess what, I blew out my ABS sensor in my front wheel and it cost me about cdn$1,000 to fix it...

The service manager at Gravel Pontiac in Montreal, Quebec Canada - I am mention this dealership because they do such a poor job of fixing vehicle problems. I will never bring my car there ever again - said it was my fault to drive on those rotors that long. Hmm... Isn't that your job to let me know what must be fixed BEFORE it becomes worse? The worst part was that I have taken my car in for regular check ups. Go figure...

If you hear noise coming from your car or feel some serious vibration through your steering wheel, have your brakes checked.

Also, for the noise you heat when you brake, have your brake calipers and the linings checked. One of many problems I had with the braking system was a leakage to the rear brake. That was not fun.

- , Toronto, ON, Canada

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