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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 1
Average Mileage:
71,370 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 13)

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problem #187

Feb 102009

Malibu

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 10 mph, there was a sudden loss of power steering. The engine was turned off and restarted, and the vehicle was able to resume normally. The manufacturer issued a voluntary recall pertaining to the power steering failure however, the vehicle was ineligible due to the mileage exceeding 100,000. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was unavailable.

- Freeman, VA, USA

problem #186

Sep 222010

Malibu

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the power steering failed without warning. The contact mentioned that after turning the vehicle off and restarting, the power steering was operating as normal. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 81,000.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #185

Apr 072006

Malibu

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when first starting the vehicle, the steering wheel would seize and there was a severe resistance in the steering wheel. The failure occurred on an intermittent basis. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised him that they were unable to diagnose the failure. A few months later the contact received notification of a manufacturers voluntary recall for vehicle with 100,000 miles or fewer. The contact stated that the vehicle was over the mileage limitation and when contacting the manufacturer, no assistance was provided. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000.

- Hornell, NY, USA

problem #184

May 132009

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles

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

The power steering goes out a few times each week on this 2005 Malibu with the electric power steering. It started happening only occasionally, but now much more frequently. I reset it by turning off engine and restarting when I am able to stop. It usually happens fairly soon after starting when cold. Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 restarts to keep it working. In addition, the problems that many others are experiencing are also present... like the drift at highway speeds, and the clunking sounds in the front end. So far, the dealer has not been helpful. They just want to replace parts and charge around $800 to repair. This is definitely a safety issue on the Malibu as well as other models (like the cobalt) which already have recalls issued for these parts.

- Elkhorn, NE, USA

problem #183

Oct 032011

Malibu

  • 76,127 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel would exhibit an abnormal clicking when the contact was turning left. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the I-shaft needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 76,127 and the current mileage was 72,500. Updated 01/20/12

- Holly, MI, USA

problem #182

Sep 132011

Malibu

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while turning at approximately 5 mph, the steering wheel seized. A power steering service light also illuminated on the instrument panel and a warning bell sounded. The vehicle was maneuvered to a gas station and shut off. The vehicle operated as normal upon restart. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #181

Sep 112011

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that while attempting a turn, the power steering failed without warning. The contact stated that the power steering warning light would illuminate sporadically prior to the failure. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The failure mileage and current mileages were 100,000.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #180

Aug 282011

Malibu

  • 92,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was driving 15 mph when the power steering system malfunctioned and caused the steering wheel to seize. The contact was unable to maneuver the vehicle without difficulty. The contact had not taken the vehicle to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The failure mileage was 92,500. The VIN was not available.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #179

Aug 152011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 152,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the power steering warning lamp illuminated and he was unable to maneuver the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the power steering module was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 152,000 and the current mileage was 153,300. Updated 09/29/11 the consumer stated the vehice has not been repaired. Updated 12/13/11

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #178

May 082011

Malibu Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when making a right or left turn, the vehicle would make a loud clunking noise. The dealer replaced the steering shaft, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 24,000 and the current mileage was 26,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 09/21/11 updated 09/23/11

- Daton, OH, USA

problem #177

Jul 312011

Malibu

  • miles

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

The steering wheel in a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu pops and after time the pops increase and causes the steering of the vehicle to fail. This is a huge safety issue and could cause drivers to crash. If enough people die, maybe GM will recall this design flaw. This is caused from having electronic steering, which means no power steering fluid is suppose to be needed.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #176

Feb 152011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I have a 2005 Chevy Malibu, and the steering power goes on and off, one time I was driving it, then the power steering went off in the freeway, I was so scary, I took the first exit right always, it was almost impossible to turn the steering wheel.

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

problem #175

Jan 052009

Malibu

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 35 mph the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel and the power steering suddenly stopped functioning. The failure occurred intermittently and progressed over time. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who advised the contact to disconnect the battery when the power steering failed in order for it to function properly. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 89.000.

- Portsmouth, NH, USA

problem #174

Jun 242011

Malibu

  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering failed while driving at an unknown speed. Prior to the failure, the contact heard a beeping noise and the power steering service light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the steering rack and column needed to be replaced. The failure and current mileages were 137,000.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #173

Jun 182011

Malibu

  • 0 miles
I would like to amend my previous complaint number: 10407288 the fatality that I mentioned was not proven to be of a direct result of a steering failure. However, according to complaint number: 10364224 the Chevrolet Malibu had steering shaft replaced prior to accident. This was performed at GM dealer due to popping noise while steering, diagnosed at dealer. Repair paid for by owner. Chevy Malibu had 65,000 miles at time of accident.

- Monroe, WA, USA

problem #172

Jun 172011

Malibu

  • 45,858 miles
Okay, now I am really upset. This is my third complaint about the steering on my 2005 Malibu. I am a senior citizen on a fixed income and I cannot afford to pay to have the car repaired. The car has approximately 45000 plus miles on it and I am afraid to drive it, and I sure can┐T sell it for fear that a steering failure may occur and injure or even kill someone, and although GM can live with that on their conscience, I cannot. The evening news last night reported that Chrysler is recalling more than 11,000 cars, minivans and other models because a manufacturing problem can cause the steering wheel to collapse improperly in a collision. How is this any different than the problem with the design, manufacturing and safety defect with the Chevy Malibu steering" according to their new commercials ┐Chevrolet runs deep┐ they are right, Chevy does run deep, deep into your pocket. Their cold and calloused refusal to recall and repair these vehicles should be a clear indication that GM is totally unconcerned your safety or mine. I have heard of at least one fatality due to the steering safety defect. GM does not give a rip about our safety and will not recall and repair the cars even though this is of major safety concern for any one who owns one of these vehicles. Can anyone say ┐class action┐"

- Monroe, WA, USA

problem #171

Jun 012011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
I have a 2005 Chevy Malibu. The power steering is beginning to make a noise. I was told by a repair place, that my power steering electric motor is beginning to go out and I will need to replace the power steering motor. They indicate that they have had several complaints regarding the power steering motor in this peculiar car.

- Greenville, TX, USA

problem #170

Apr 212011

Malibu

  • 119,850 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving 25 mph the power steering light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who informed her to take the vehicle to the dealer. The vehicle will be taken to the dealer within a couple of days. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 119,850.

- Winsted , CT, USA

problem #169

May 072011

Malibu

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 35 mph the contact stated the steering wheel pulled to the left. The power steering also stopped functioning; however, within a few minutes it began to function normally. The failure occurred intermittently. The contact will not drive the vehicle or take it to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Belleville, NJ, USA

problem #168

May 092011

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering would lock abnormally when the vehicle was both in motion and stopped, making it difficult to turn the wheel at any given moment. The dealer was contacted but was unable to assist. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable and the current mileage was 121,000.

- Anpioch, CA, USA

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