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8.2

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$751.00
Average Mileage:
81,571 miles
Total Complaints:
83 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (50 reports)
  2. new power steering column put in (22 reports)
  3. turn off the engine and restart again (8 reports)
  4. relace column ($1000) (3 reports)
2004 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #63

Oct 102012

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a Chevy 2004 Malibu with only 67000 miles on it. The power steering will shake and then go out unexpectedly while driving. And the steering wheel is extremely difficult to steer. It has happened about 2 times to me and one time to my daughter. It is extremely dangerous as I was making a left turn into a 2 lane busy street and almost hit the car in the other lane. And the other time I almost hit a tree. My daughter almost hit a parked car. It does stop when the car is turned off however, this is unacceptable for a car to do this. The manufacturers must know this is a big problem. They will for sure when someone has an accident and sues them. I am taking my car to the dealer tomorrow and I am thinking of trading it in instead of having it repaired.....especially if they can not garantee me that this will never happen again. I also don't feel I should pay for their mistakes. And finally I will make sure my family and friends will never buy a Chevy.

- , Spanaway, WA, USA

problem #62

Feb 012013

Malibu LS 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,200 miles

2004 MALIBU LS-DRIVING DOWN THE HIGHWAY TODAY AND THE BELL GOES OFF, THE YELLOW WRENCH APPEARS AND THE RADIO SHOWS POWER STEERING. THE POWER STEERING JUST WENT OUT ALL AT ONCE AND I ALMOST RAN INTO A TRUCK. CALLED THE CHEVROLET DEALERSHIP AND THEY STATED THERE IS NOT A RECALL ON THIS AND IT IS ALSO NOT COVERED UNDER THE POWERTRAIN WARRANTY. NHTSA PLEASE ISSUE A RECALL ON THIS POWER STEERING PROBLEM BEFORE IT CAUSES SOMEONE TO LOOSE THEIR LIFE. I HAVE A 1998 MALIBU LS AND A 2004 MALIBU LS AND THEY BOTH HAVE GAVE ME PROBLEMS. I WILL NEVER PURCHASE ANOTHER ONE.

SMITH-ARKANSAS

- , Dermott, AR, USA

problem #61

Jan 212013

Malibu LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

This is my wife's car and she called me in a panic that the car was stuck in the middle of the street where she could not turn the steering wheel. After several attempts at restarting and moving the shifter and whatnot she finally got the steering to work. She no longer wants to drive her car and feels totally unsafe in it. This is the last straw because she also has a terrible time with a dangerous signal light problem that works only when it wants to. I don't know how many new light bulbs i have replaced on this car. I went on line to find out where you would add power steering fluid only to find out its an electric unit. This is a consistent problem that needs to be fixed by GM. RECALL,RECALL,RECALL!!!!!!!!!

- , El Paso, TX, USA

problem #60

Sep 262012

Malibu LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,332 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I am having the same problem as half the 2004 Malibu owners. I have a 2004 Malibu My power steering just stops working. This has happened several times. I have almost had several accidents because of this. I found 176 people on one website that is also having this problem and several other website with the same complaint on. Chevy has not recalled the 2004 for it. However that did recall the 2005 for the same problem. That only because someone died in the car due to the power steering problem. Wow now I feel safe. I am a single mom I cant pay $600.00 for a maybe fix. They cant promise after replacing the steering column it will even fix the problem. I cant buy a new car. They need to take responsibility for there mess up. Guess I have to wait till someone dies in the 2004 before they fix it and who knows I might be the one that does.

- , Tracy, CA, USA

problem #59

Nov 012012

Malibu LS 3.5lV6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,778 miles

The 2005, 2006 and 2008 Malibu have been recalled recently for intermittent power steering failure. The recall describes the problem just as the contributors here have described it. A chime sounds, power steering appears in the radio, turn the car off and restart it and the power steering works again, I called Transport Canada to find out why the 2004 was not included in the recall. They said they didn't have enough complaints from 2004 owners. The recall is for a SAFETY ISSUE! YOU MUST REGISTER A COMPLAINT WITH TRANSPORT CANADA IF YOU WANT TO AVOID THIS COSTLY REPAIR. EVEN IF YOU HAVE PAID TO HAVE IT REPAIRED YOU MUST COMPLAIN. YOU CAN GET A REFUND IF THE 2004 IS RECALLED. This is a good website but not the place you need to register a complaint for this problem. Contact TRANSPORT CANADA. Our US friends need to contact their agency as well. The US and Canadian Governments work closely on these issues.

- , Bolton, ON, canada

problem #58

Oct 092012

Malibu LS 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,071 miles

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My car is a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS V6 3.5L 3 chimes. "Power Steering" displays under clock, steering wheel quivers a bit, steering then becomes very stiff. turning radius is then halved also. Turning the steering wheel slowly sometimes causes PS to go out. Putting the car in either Park or Neutral then turning ignition off then restarting resets steering. GM Customer Satisfaction - Power Steering #04050A expired December 31, 2006. GM dealership (Edmonton Motors) refused to pay for steering column last month, had bought the car from Mills Nissan in October "as is" condition and cheap. Steering column is out of shape and causes Steering Wheel Position Sensor to have uneven wear. Steering Wheel Position Sensor then sends an erratic signal to the Electric Power Steering Assist Motor Module, because the signal varies so much the software goes into a loop then crashes. So I bought online A GM original steering column(comes with Steering Wheel Position Sensor) part#25933396 CDN$332, Electric Power Steering Assist Motor Module PART#22837369 CDN$380. Instructed GM Goodwrench Service to replace steering column, and Electric Power Steering Assist Motor Module(does not come from factory preprogrammed). Most importantly only GM has the tool and the software to put into the Electric Power Steering Assist Motor Module, the name of this tool is called a GM Dealership Code Scanner Diagnostic Tool. DO NOT LET YOUR MECHANIC FORGET TO USE THIS TOOL. If you go to NAPA Auto, Canadian Tire to install these parts prepare to pay for towing to a GM Dealership to get the software Received estimate of $240. If you have all the above symptoms do not even bother to get a diagnostic done unless the problem reoccurs. Actual labour came to CDN$331. Total CDN$1043. Does not really matter what make or model you get you are going to have problems and people are going to be upset even if everything was done right the first time.

- , Edmonton, Alberta, canada

problem #57

Nov 202012

Malibu LS 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,343 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

So I start my car today, and the bells go off on the stereo and it says power steering. The car light on the dash with the wrench in it is lit up. As I go around a corner my car is extremely hard to steer and direct the car where I want it to go. I'm able to get to a local garage, where I have them look at the car, which by the way the power steering was working when they started the car again, only to find out that this is the 4th malibu in the past couple of months that they have fixed with this intermittent power steering problem. It appears to be the electrical power steering part in the steering column itself. This should be a recall since this is not the first time it has happened in malibu's and it is quite a common problem. This is dangerous, having your power steering and then all of a sudden, with no warning, you have no power steering. Driving at highway speed and turning a corner would be disastrous. The cost to repair this is $650. GM needs to step up and own this stupid problem, or does it take a major accident and possible lawsuit before they can get their nose out of the sand. I was lucky there was a garage close and it didn't happen while I was driving. COME ON GM, PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SUPPORTERS, YOU KNOW, THE ONE'S STILL BUYING YOUR PRODUCT............

- , Belleville, Ontario, Canada

problem #56

Nov 112012

Malibu LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,379 miles

The first time this problem came up was in December 2011. I took it into a Auto service center & they could not detect any problems with the power steering. Next I took it to the Chevy dealers and they could not find anything wrong with the power steering.Then on November 11, 2012 the problem came up again. This is what happens: I'm driving along and suddenly all this happens, the yellow wrench light comes on, bells dinging, message on screen is "Power steering" & the power steering is out I have to use all my strength to turn the wheel on turns. However once I stop and turn off the engine, then restart the engine, the power steering come back on like normal. It has been on the Chevy dealers diagnostic computer, but did not show anything wrong with the PS. It must be an electrical problem within the power steering unit/system. These technicians that work on cars must not search any further than they have to for any problems.

My car is a 2004 that I purchased used in 2008. I sure hope a warrenty is still in place to help pay for this problem that could cost me over $600.

- , Anderson, SC, USA

problem #55

Nov 032012

Malibu LS 3.21L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

No Comment yet, However I will definitely get rid of this car it is to dangerous for my family to ride in.

- , Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #54

Dec 162011

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,099 miles

After 4 complaints about our malibu to the dealer about the steering problem, on sunday sept 30 2012, at 2pm while driving the power steering suddenly went out with my wife driving hitting a telephone pole. she is lucky to be alive.maybe now gm will take notice.

- , Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #53

Oct 272011

Malibu LT 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Around 23,000 miles the Power Steering warning light went off. Each time we turn the wheel the warning light goes off. It has locked up on us one time so far. Went by the dealership to get a estimate on the repair, around $1200. Contacted GM, what a joke, they could not do anything about it even though the mileage was real low. They did offer me $1500 coupon on the next new car I bought. I declined, why would I buy a new car when they would not stand by their product. Even though the car is 8 years old, the mileage is just over 32,000. I have sent a letter to the NHTSA and if you have this same problem, you should do the same.

- , McDonough, GA, USA

problem #52

Oct 012011

Malibu LS 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,432 miles

In the process of getting my daughter's car fixed and from the number of cases I have read about it may be very costly. Surprising also to find the large number of people with the same problem.

- , London, KY, USA

problem #51

Jun 082012

Malibu Maxx V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Real concern about this defect. I want to pay to get it fixed, but I don't see any reasonable and confirmed solution from Chevy.

- , EAST GREENWICH, RI, USA

problem #50

Aug 032011

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

2004 Chevrolet Malibu. Power steering goes out at any time. DANGEROUS. Has almost caused several accidents. Had it replaced & still does it. It is worse in the summer. LEMON.....

- , Kilmarnock, VA, USA

problem #49

May 252012

Malibu LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

This has been a problem for many Malibu owners and has been reported for this year model as well as the 2005 model. The 2005 model had a factory recall however that recall did not address the 2004 models. The manufacture and the safety board needs to extend the recall to cover the 2004 models as well as this is a very dangerous circumstance.

C. Leavell

- , Tampa, FL, USA

problem #48

Oct 012011

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

POS POS POS I am a single woman driving a car that could kill me / the power steering in all jacked up and non of my grease monkey friends can help me so I have to do a diagnostic with the dealer and then trade this POS. This car is paid for too, so hello car payment, never will drive GM again.

- , Nashville, T, USA

problem #47

Nov 092011

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

Nothing like driving down the road and going to turn and suddenly you have NO power steering!! I cant wait o get into an accident so I can sue the company! I am not the only one! I have read hundreds of complaints about this!!!! I have to turn my car off in the middle of the road (scarey) and restart it and it like resets it or somehting, it happens at least once a week, not good for a single mother with children in her car! Oh did I mention due to the economy I have NO money and no way to have chevy's error repaired! RECALL IT ALREADY BEFORE SOMEONE DIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Westland, MI, USA

problem #46

Aug 182011

Malibu 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

Never had a gripe or complaint until I found out that this is a pretty common problem with this certain year of car. Agree with other people that there should be a recall on this car!!

- , Roseville, OH, USA

problem #45

Jun 052004

Malibu LX 3.2lV6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles

Was on vacation with new car only 7M miles and power steering went out

Had to write to CEO of General Motors to get my car rental fee back - Had to contact

Channel 11 and Channel 13 to help me resolve this situation - What a mess.

- , Toledo, OH, USA

problem #44

Nov 042011

Malibu LX 3.2lV6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

this is the second time - Had the power steering go out before it got to 7,000 miles and now again 7 years later - never heard of this happening so much to any car.

Not to mention the clunking noises in the steering wheel and the drive shaft that also had to be replaced.

- , Toledo, OH, USA

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