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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,431 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #119

May 302006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,204 miles

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

: the contact stated while driving at various speeds the steering light illuminated. After inspection the dealership replaced the computer chip in the electronic steering system. Afterwards there was a knocking sound while turning. Although the dealer replaced the steering shaft the knocking continued. The vehicle was returned to the dealer where the steering rack and pinion is being replaced.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #118

Apr 232006

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
: the contact stated while traveling at 35 mph, the power steering failed causing the vehicle to veer to the left lane. While trying to recover into the correct lane, the vehicle went over a guardrail and over a ravine. The driver was not injured. The vehicle was totaled. There was a police report filed. The contact has seen several complaints on the internet concerning similar power steering problems. The contact reports no problems with the steering prior to the accident. The cosumer stated the engine also accelerated on its own. Updated 05/10/06

- Millerstown, PA, USA

problem #117

Mar 252006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,495 miles
Electronically assisted steering quit working while turning into our driveway and check engine or other warning light illuminated until the vehicle was finally stopped and the engine turned off and then back on. Problem cleared after this incident. We've only had the vehicle for two weeks. My wife was driving during this incident and is the primary driver of the vehicle. I'm concerned with the hundreds of complaints I've seen about the same issue from others, that she may be in danger the next time this happens at higher speeds or on a corner.

- Barney, GA, USA

problem #116

Jan 042006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,990 miles

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

Lost power steering twice in one day. This is the fourth and fifth times the problem has occurred.

- Ocean View, DE, USA

problem #115

Apr 202005

Malibu

  • miles
Slowed down to about 5 mph to make a right turn into parking lot. Completed 90 degree turn into parking lot and started to slow down to come to a stop when she felt the wheel stiffen (steering ┐ felt off┐); started up to make a 90 degree right turn (needed to make a 90 degree right turn followed by a quick 90 degree left turn). As she tried to turn wheel, she could only move the wheel from 12-1 O┐clock so she just coasted into a parking area (car covered a couple of parking spots). Stepped on brakes as she coasted to a stop since she felt as though she had no steering. Towed to dealer, who replaced steering solumn again.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #114

Aug 192004

Malibu

  • 8,835 miles
Steering wheel oscillated back and forth while vehicle was on, but stopped; happened again while backing out of parking space; about 5 minutes into 15 minute drive home (going 10 mph); vehicle felt like it was pulling left so it took more steering effort to turn wheel right; had steering column replaced August 19, 2004.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #113

May 192004

Malibu

  • miles

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

Problems with power steering and air bags on 2004 Chevrolet Malibu.** answer required***. the consumer was involved in an accident in which the air bags did not deploy. While driving the power steering stopped working.

- Elmont, NY, USA

problem #112

Feb 012005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The power steering locks and causes the vehicle to pull to the left, making it difficult to control the vehicle. Manufacturer was contacted for repair, but they fail to correct the problem.

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #111

Oct 272004

Malibu

  • 10,000 miles
While driving 25 mph, the vehicle lost power steering. The consumer managed to drive to a auto shop. The problem was repaired. The dealership was notified.

- Burlington, NJ, USA

problem #110

Jan 152005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On or about 01/15/05 the power steering game out while driving. The engine light came on, car was taken to dealer on 01/17/05. Dealer changed the steering wheel column, vehicle was picked up a day later. On 01/21/05 steering gave out as backing out of the drive way and engine light came on. Car was turned off and on and power steering worked again. Car was turned back in to dealership where after 3-4 day I was informed that there was no record of any defects.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #109

Nov 112004

Malibu

  • miles

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

The electronic steering in my 2004 Malibu failed while the car was in operation. It had been jerking while I was driving on the highway. I took it in and they said it was probably water/dampness causing the jerking. Then it failed while I was driving and they replaced the parts under warranty.

- Bainbridge, GA, USA

problem #108

Jan 022005

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,800 miles
I own a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. At present time, I have had to have the steering column replaced twice, due to intermittent power steering failure and a constant pull to the left. The first time was at approximately 8800 miles, the second time at 17700 miles. I have also had to have the brake rotors and pads replaced twice. The brakes still make a rubbing noise in the right front, however the dealers tells me they cannot fix that. The car currently has 18000 miles on it. I still have steering issues, such as twitches in the steering wheel and thunks and clunks when driving. I am very uncomfortable driving the car because I am afraid the steering will go out again.

- Lantana, FL, USA

problem #107

Jan 142005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
My wife was driving with my daughter on board, traveling at approximately 25 mph preparing to stop at approaching traffic light, all of a sudden the steering wheel "froze" and would not move. When she finally stopped the car, she turned the engine off. Needless to say she was terribly frightened. After a few minutes she restarted the car and the steering was ok. I hate to think what might have happened if she had been on the express sway at the time. Now she is afraid to drive her own car. The car is a 2004 Malibu.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #106

Oct 022004

Malibu

  • 4,000 miles
While driving at any speed the vehicle would lose power steering intermittently, making it hard to steer. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Frankfort, NY, USA

problem #105

Jan 112005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,200 miles
The steering on this car is subject to repeated oscillation at idle, slow and moderate speeds. The longer the car is driven on one trip the worse the problem becomes. This has been occurring over a period of time, but it is to the point that the car is not drivable. Chevrolet has a service bulletin for their service departments, but no customer notifiations. The service writer at my service dealership, dave mcdermott Chevrolet, East haven, ct, has same car, same problem and replaced the steering components because she knows of the problem. The failure today (01/11) and yesterday (01/10) caused the steering to lock up and a "wrench" idiot light displayed on the dashboard. That was corrected by stopping the car, placing it in park, turning the ignition off and then restarting the car. Electronic power steering failure.

- New Haven, CT, USA

problem #104

Jan 012005

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power steering light comes on consistently. Also, steering wheel locks while driving.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #103

Dec 012004

Malibu

  • miles
Electrical problems and numerous starting problems. While driving, the door locks unlocked, engine dies with no warning. Nar the steering wheel locked up, the hazard lights stopped working, the alarm would go off, the power rear view mirrors were inoperative, the vehicle would buck and surge, the steering wheel would shake, the vehicle would start rough and the tachometer would bounce.

- Chino, CA, USA

problem #102

May 152004

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Vehicle experienced steering and transmission problems. The steering went out, forcing the vehicle to the right side of the road and into an embankment. Consumer had the vehicle towed to a service center. Transmission will not engage into the interlock. If going into reverse and changing into drive it was difficult to control vehicle. Consumer must use about 45 lbs of pressure to get the gear shift to operate smoothly. Also, vehicle was having brake problems. Consumer was driving on an off ramp and applied the brakes down to the floor. Vehicle slowed down but did not stop completely. Consumer contacted the manufacturer and the dealership, who told the consumer that there was a brake recall, and that the brake problem was electrical. The brakes were electronically programmed controlled. Recall campaign; 04V190000. Summary: Some of these passenger vehicles have an electronic control unit (ECU) that may calculate a higher than actual vehicle speed because of an erratic rear-wheel speed sensor signal, and cause ABS activation where it is not needed or needed ABS activation to be extended during braking as the vehicle speed drops to about 3 mph. The trunk release button on the drivers door came apart. The shifter handle broke. The brake pedal went to the floor after being in traffic.

- Sebastian, FL, USA

problem #101

Dec 312004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
While driving at low speeds electric steering failed three times. As a result, there was a thumping noise when attempting to turn in either direction.

- Apalachin, NY, USA

problem #100

Dec 282004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When the consumer made a right turn onto the freeway, the steering wheel locked up without warning. The consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle and pulled over. The consumer turned off the vehicle and restarted it and drove home. The consumer contacted the mechanic for an appointment.

- Huntington Park, CA, USA

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