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Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 1
Average Mileage:
73,250 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 16)

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problem #257

Dec 242007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 62,694 miles


My family and I were returning from portland, Oregon to our home in woodburn, Oregon. The steering froze (power steering ceased to work). I had to struggle to pull the car off the road, as all systems seemed to shut down. I checked under he hood, but of course could see nothing wrong. After an unspecified period of time, I tried to start the car again. The car started and the power steering started working again. The steering made a squeaking noise when I would make a left turn.

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #256

Apr 022012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
The warning chime will sound, then I sometimes get a warning note across the dashboard stating "power steering" & then for a brief moment I will have trouble turning the steering wheel; one time when this happened all the warning lights flashed across the dashboard and I lost power for a second & then everything went back to normal until several miles later when the chiming came on again; I paid the Chevy dealer to replace the power steering in the summer of 2012 but the problem recurred almost immediately afterward. I am now afraid to drive the car. I don't want any refund, I just want the car to operate reliably & safely.

- Accord, NY, USA

problem #255

Sep 012006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
The brakes lights on my vehicle come on without pressure applied to the brakes resulting in the cruise control to kick off. The brake lights will go off once the brakes are pressed. This presents an unsafe situation as it is never known when it will happen. This resulted in my vehicle being rear ended while at a stop sign coming off the off ramp from the highway. I have had to have this issue fixed several times and it keeps reoccurring. The power steering goes completely out on the vehicle while driving at random times. I have had to have this fixed at least two times. I know that there have been recalls on both issues for my make, model and year however I keep getting told that my vehicle is not on the list.

- Alma, MI, USA

problem #254

May 172014


  • miles


I had sent an email regarding the recalls I had heard about. Someone from your company called and also contacted nick Chevrolet. When I was talking to the service tech ([xxx]) he made an appointment for me to drop my car off so that they could look at all of the issues I was having. When I got to the dealership on Saturday May 17th I spoke with louis and explained what was going on and what [xxx] told me to do. [xxx] then proceeded to tell me "he didn't care what I was told, he was the service manager" at that point he proceed to tell me that the only recall for my car was some wire and that they didn't have the part and didn't know when it would be in. So he didn't listen and anything I had to say about my email to you or my conversation with [xxx]. I am extremely disappointed with GM and this dealership and would not recommend either to my worst enemy, hence my last email. If anything happens to me or my vehicle because of GM and/or [xxx] from nick Chevrolet both will be held accountable! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Oakmont, PA, USA

problem #253

Mar 122014


  • 96,000 miles
As I was pulling out of my garage I had no power steering.

- Oakmont, PA, USA

problem #252

Nov 202012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
It seems that I have a recall problem with my steering, I think it has to deal with the torque because it always wants to steer to the right and I have to keep pulling the wheel to the left. If the car is on a lift with no pressure on the tires, as soon as the car is started, the wheels turn hard right which is very dangerous on icy and wet roads. This is an on going problem every day at any speed.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #251

Sep 092007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


I, was driving my Chevrolet Malibu (2005), on the afternoon of 9/9/07. I was driving to the selma, Texas located live-oak shopping, and my vehicle electrical power steering became unstable, the speed keeled, and the vehicle shut-down completely within 5-8 ft of the mall stop-sign. This incident cause back car traffic jamming, horns blowing near crash. I, immediately had to call my geico automobile representative to assist my vehicle for towing. This same exact vehicle failure occurred again on 1/3/08. Again on 1/09/11 my vehicle had a electrical power steering becoming unsafe, with the speed keeled, and the vehicle shut-down completely on the 1-10 East Texas interstate highway, and unfortunately I was en-route traveling for a physical therapy job assignment. The fourth incident on 11/09/11 my vehicle experience an complete electrical shutdown at a hotel travel assignment, which resulted a immobile vehicle for four days due to rural area delayed towing. The fifth and final unsafe impaired vehicle incident on 6/11/11 my vehicle loss electrical power steering on the Texas 1-10 West interstate traveling from a job assignment in the george West Texas areas. My vehicle loss power steering control and steered into a right-shoulder animal pasture areas, the interstate state trooper had to assist with my safety to return to the highway. Therefore, on 8/11 I had no chose but to trade in my vehicle to banner Chevrolet in new orleans, Louisiana.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #250

Apr 272013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 264,092 miles
Going through a drive through food place and steering completely stopped working. The power steering stops working intermediately.

- Yreka, CA, USA

problem #249

Nov 112013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
I was driving my vehicle when the power steering stopped working and my ebs light on my dash started flashing. The car was still drivable but very hard to steer. It stayed that way for the drive home then it started working again the next morning.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

problem #248

Apr 252014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 209,839 miles
There is a lag on steering and I have been feeling it for a while, sometimes I don't have a proper steering control, pretty scary at times.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #247

Apr 022014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles


I have a 2005 Chevy Malibu it has all of the symptoms as the recall for the ignition switch, the power steering goes out when it wants to, it shuts off sometimes when you come to a stop and the air bag light is on, it has not occurred since we put the key on a ring by itself, but they won"T honor it says it's not on the list but the 2005 Malibu maxx is on the list! the maxx is the same car but with a hatchback instead of a trunk, can U please look into this and tell me what if anything can I do?

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #246

Mar 032014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 88,450 miles
I have to turn my steering wheel back and forth and my shifting gear in order to start the car then when going down the highway computer goes off steering becomes harder. A light comes on showing a car and a lock. A message comes on the computer "steering". it does randomly. Is there a recall on this?

- Fort Scott, KS, USA

problem #245

Apr 162014


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized while she was driving 80 mph. There was also a very low warning alarm heard as the failure occurred. The failure was experienced several times. The dealer replaced the power steering motor however the failure was not corrected. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer advised the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number 14V153000 (steering). The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 124,927.

- Heartland , TX, USA

problem #244

Mar 042014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
I have a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu and the dealer in my area said that my car is not covered in the latest GM recall. The steering in my car has lost power and losing its function. I am afraid to drive my car and it is the only form of transportation I have. My car should be covered in this latest recall. Please advise me of what I should do. Thank you!

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #243

Apr 072014


  • 71,284 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph and making a right turn, the power steering assist suddenly malfunctioned and the steering wheel erroneously turned to the left, causing the contact to drive into the wrong lane and nearly crash into oncoming traffic. The contact indicated that during the incident the ABS and power steering warning lights were illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The failure mileage was 71,284.

- Bessemer, AL, USA

problem #242

Apr 062011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, there was a sudden loss of power steering without any warning. The steering wheel was difficult to turn even though force was applied continuously. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic twice where the electric power steering motor was replaced each time. In addition, the power steering motor was reprogrammed by the dealer. The failure recurred and the vehicle had not been repaired. There was a recall related to the failure under NHTSA campaign id number 14V153000 (steering) however, the contact's VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Dexter, NM, USA

problem #241

Mar 152014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Power steering locks especially in colder weather. Very dangerous when driving in an urban city.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #240

Jun 122012


  • 800,000 miles
While driving the power steering shut down. I was unable to steer the vehicle. Lost all control of steering while in the rush hour of the day.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #239

Mar 042014


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver as the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the eps motor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000 and the current mileage was 162,000.

- Port Wing , WI, USA

problem #238

Mar 102014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
The power steering failed and the vehicle became very difficult to steer. The vehicle's computer indicated a power steering problem. After investigating I found out that this is a known problem by General Motors.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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