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Crashes / Fires:
16 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
19 / 1
Average Mileage:
78,759 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 11 of 17)

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problem #140

Aug 312010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles


I received a letter from Chevy about electric power steering loss on Chevy Malibu. The letter said that not to take to dealer unless you are experiencing problems. I wasn't until yesterday. While taking my children to school, there was loss of steering, it locked down, and power steering was displayed in the information center. I call Chevy and now they say it don't apply to me because my car is over 100,000 miles on it. This is a safety concern as after researching this problem online there are many reported cases of loss of steering but Chevy will not fix because of being over mileage. I thought with it possibly endangering the lives of people riding in the car that it would be fixed regardless. The steering locks down and the vehicle can not be controlled.

- Marble, NC, USA

problem #139

Aug 182010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I have a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu and the electrical power steering went out on my car exactly one week after Chevrolet sent me a letter informing me of this exact problem. They are refusing to cover this repair because my car has 130,000 miles, although they are all highway miles because I work an hour away from my home and my car is only 5 years old. I am a loyal General Motors customer, despite the fact that I work for Ford Motor Company, and this is my third brand new General Motors car that I have purchased, my husband has as well purchased at least 10-15 brand new cars through General Motors. I am a very unhappy customer and I will no longer be purchasing any cars from your company in the future if this is how loyal customers are treated.

- Pontiac, MI, USA

problem #138

Mar 012010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Loss of power steering. Front wheels sound like they're about to fall off. Popping noise in steering column.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #137

Aug 182010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 147,000 miles


Power steering failure.

- Mcleansville, NC, USA

problem #136

Aug 082010


  • 109,000 miles
The driver owned a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 67 mph the steering wheel became very stiff resulting in a single car crash. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The driver was injured. The vehicle was towed to an insurance company and she does not know if the vehicle was examined to determine the cause of failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 109,000.

- Woodstock, VA, USA

problem #135

Aug 082010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
My wife has a 2005 Chevy Malibu. She was driving it the other day and the power steering went out on it almost causing an accident. She got the car under control and pulled to the shoulder. When she turned the car off and restarted it the problem disappeared. This has happened again since the 1st incident, but now the car pulls to the left all of the time. I have researched this online and there seems to many complaints about the same issue with steering. Something needs to be done about this before someone gets killed.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #134

Aug 032010


  • 110,000 miles


The car began shaking at speeds over 55 and pulled a bit to the left. The car was parked and a couple of hours we returned to the car to find that the power steering was not working. Tried it this morning and the power steering is now working but with dash board warning light. This should be the same issue with the eps that the 2005 cobalts are being recalled for. They should extend the recall to all eps vehicles during those year including the 2005 Malibu.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #133

Jul 312010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
2005 Chevy Malibu steering locks up when driving.

- Elgin, TX, USA

problem #132

Jun 152010


  • 50,000 miles
My power steering light flashes and the steering wheel freezes or becomes very difficult to control.

- Lyons, IL, USA

problem #131

Jul 122010


  • 40,200 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While the contact was driving approximately 30 mph, a sudden loss of power steering occurred without warning. The vehicle was driven with difficulty turning the steering wheel. The failure occurred three different times. The vehicle was taken on two separate occasions to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. An unknown repair was performed on the vehicle. The failure continued after the first repair. The second inspection the technician informed that the failure was related to the power steering system with an estimated repair cost of $1,500. There had been no additional repairs at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 40,200.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #130

Jul 202010


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 60 mph the steering wheel locked when the speed decreased. The rack and pinion was replaced four times and the failure continued to occur. A crash nearly occurred on two occasions while driving. The contact stated that the vehicle was unsafe and could cause a crash to occur. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Batesville, MS, USA

problem #129

Jul 022010


  • 41,300 miles
The power steering on the car-stopped working and the power steering light came on, on the dashboard. The car was very hard to steer. I have taken it to my mechanic and he says that he has seen many problems with steering problems on this GM model of car.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #128

Jun 282010


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel became extremely stiff and the power steering warning light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was pulled over and upon restart, the vehicle operated as normal for approximately one half mile before the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and was not examined for the cause of failure. The contact also stated that she was experiencing a recurring failure in which her front turn signal would not stop working and she would have to replace the bulbs approximately once a month. The failure and current mileages were 87,000. Updated 10/27/10.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #127

Jun 232010


  • miles
My 2005 Chevy Malibu is having this very loud noise coming from the steering column. There is no where to put or check the power steering fluid. This is a piece of [xxx] car...I am scared that something is going to happen and it is not going to be pretty if the steering issues in Malibu are not resolved. I have seen a lot of complaints online about the steering in Chevy Malibu. With all the complaints on line, that should be enough to GM to call a recall..... this is dangerous and lives can be lost. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #126

Jun 242010


  • 85,000 miles
2005 Chevy Malibu ls steering began to lock up on slow turns. There was no warning, just a sudden locking of the steering column. (it would not turn. Literally lock the steering wheel until additional speed could be maintained. The problem started intermittently 2 weeks ago & steadily worsened. Happening 10-12 times a day this week. Hit 2 curbs, nearly jumped one curb & nearly hit a car. We had to put the car in reverse to straighten the steering prior to completing the turn. Car has 85000 miles on it. Mechanic shop replaced rack/pinion steering & both front end rear tie rod rings. This defect is apparent on Malibu's according to the numerous complaints seen on the internet.

- Groves, TX, USA

problem #125

Jun 172010


  • 84,886 miles
My son was driving my 2005 Chevy Malibu to work & the "power steering" light came on & was having troubles getting the car to turn corners. He called me; I told him to get fluid. Upon getting fluid & reading the manual, he discovered that it was an "electric" power steering & get to your GM dealer immediately. We did so & was told the power steering column was shorting out & needed replaced. There had been no recall on this for the Malibu but had for the Pontiac G6, cobalt & others. The dealership we went to replaced & I had to pay out of my pocket $644.86. I feel this should have been a recall & that the safety of my son driving at the time put his life in danger. I would like reimbursed by GM for this expense & a recall done so that other Malibu owners do have incur any injuries and/or expense for replacement. I am sending a letter to GM as well as a copy of the letter to NHTSA even though I am submitting an email complaint. Thank you for your attention in this matter.

- Benkelman, NE, USA

problem #124

Apr 042010


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at speeds of 25 mph, the power steering failed and steering became extremely difficult. The manufacturer advised the warranty had expired and the contact would be liable for any repairs. The current mileage was 85,000 and the failure mileage was 83,000. Updated 10/27/10.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #123

Mar 182008


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when the vehicle accelerated, the vehicle and the steering wheel pulled to the left. The contact had to use extreme force to maintain control of the steering wheel. The dealer was unable to duplicate or locate a failure. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000 and the current mileage was approximately 150,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lackey , VA, USA

problem #122

Jun 012010


  • 113,000 miles
My 2005 Chevy Malibu has intermittent power steering fault on the center display, and yesterday the power steering actually shut off while going down the highway at 70mph. Very difficult to steer just to get off of the road. Pulled over and shut off car and restarted and it worked for 5 minutes and then shut down again, wrestled the car home, and today it works fine. Chevy cobalt already has a recall for this, why not the Malibu. I have filed a complaint with Chevrolet and was instructed to get the car fixed as it was clearly a dangerous situation, but it would have to be at my expense. Does someone have to die to admit this is a dangerous situation and should be recalled? I do see hundreds of complaints for the same issue on this web site, and even more on other sites.

- Litchfield, ME, USA

problem #121

Jan 052010


  • 42,681 miles
I have a 2005 Chevy. Malibu V6 that has had a problem with it's power steering. I was going down the highway when suddenly the power steering went out and it was very hard to steer and get out of fast moving traffic. When I got it to the dealer, I was told that they had to replace the entire steering column. I have done research on this and have found a number of people with the same experience with Chevy. Malibu's. this is a very dangerous defect that the company should recall and repair! some people have had to replace the steering column more than once because the new column put in is still being made with the defect. This power steering failure occurs without any warning and in my case it happened on the highway at 65mph. Luckily I was able to keep it under control but it was amazing that I was able to considering that I was changing lanes at the time! after doing research on this I have learned that others have had similar experiences. I certainly hope something can be done about this.

- North Mankato, MN, USA

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