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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 6 of 17)

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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

problem #237

Nov 142011


  • miles


Was doing 40mph power steering failed spun out hit a wall ended up facing the wrong way on one way highway.. I have had so many issues with the 2005 Malibu it should be pulled off the road for sure, I have had to replace struts 2 times now and about to replace my 2nd fuel pump, my car has stalled out on many occasions, has left me stranded many other occasions. For as much money as I have spent to buy the car used in 2009 with 22000 miles on it cost us 10500$ we have easily spent over that in repairing it, the worst investment I have ever made.. the lighting constantly burns out the blinkers and headlights fail constantly, the gas cap threads expand and or shrink and causes the cap to either be impossible to remove or impossible to lock depending on the weather. I also have had anti theft security lock out many times where the car stalls and locks me out of using it. Power steering failed, fuel would not pump properly into the vehicle, the fuel gauge displayed improper readings, and the speedometer was remote keys fail constantly as well, alignment which makes the car shake/vibrate at speeds 60+ my cd player does not work either I had dealership repair it before warranty it would lock the disc in the player after warranty problem started again, , my seat warmers get stuck on it was a constant problem even before warranty was done the dealership would fix it but now not under warranty they wouldn't repair it or the cd player again even though it was an obvious complaint before the end of the warranty well we are car shopping now for 2 new cars and I promise you I will never purchase another GM/Chevy ever again worst customer service worst cars and to dangerous to reconsider.

- Redford, MI, USA

problem #236

Jul 142010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
The car in mention above has stalled for no apparent reason, when stalled steering becomes difficult this has happened several times over the past 5 years. When the dealer was called they said there was no recall, and if there was no trouble light on, it would be hard to detect cause unless it stalled while they had it in the shop. When it stalls everything just shut off. Upon pulling the car to the side of road with horns blaring putting it in park it then restarts like nothing ever happened until next time it decides to shut off. What I'm getting at is there a possibility that GM will expand there ignition switch recall to include the 2005 Malibu which in my opinion is experiencing the same symptoms of suddenly shutting off or stalling the car now has 100,000 mile runs good other then the stalling.

- Moosup, CT, USA

problem #235

Feb 062014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
I was driving and turning a corner when the key turned off and everything locked up. Doors locked, the steering was hard to turn I had to pull it really hard to the left to miss the cliff. Almost took me off the cliff but I was able to stop it on the side of the road. I tried to get out but the doors locked on me. When I tried to turn it back on it locked up the doors again and wouldn't turn on. But I realized that it was still in gear and I was able to start it after I put it in park. But when I drive it, it seems like its running out of gas or about to turn off while I am driving.

- Red Bluff, CA, USA

problem #234

Dec 282013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 166,037 miles


I was driving on the interstate; I got off an exit and when I went to turn left, the power steering went out. I almost had an accident. I called the dealer to see if there had been a recall. They told me there was, but it was only good up to 150,000 miles. Updated 02-28-14

- Florence, KY, USA

problem #233

Jan 132014


  • 159 miles
Here is what I submitted to GM about my vehicle that can possibly cause me harm or death by driving this vehicle and cannot get assistance due to me being over the 150K mileage mark. See below I have a 2005 Chevy Malibu and my power steering is going out. I experienced something last week and then again today. My car started dinging and my screen where the radio is showed "power steering" and my steering wheel locked up. I put the car in park and turned it off and then again back on and the steering wheel unlocked. I did my research online and showed this is a problem for this model document id # 10183A and I was told it is only covered up to 150K miles and I am now at 159K and no Chevy dealer will help me with this. I believe Chevy should stand by there product and fix this for at no charge. This problem didn't occur at 150K miles it occurred now! nature of concern model: Chevy Malibu year: 2005 thank you, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #232

Nov 252013


  • 51,320 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximate 5 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where an alignment was performed. The manufacture was not notified. The vehicle has not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 51,320.

- Thousand Palms, CA, USA

problem #231

Dec 292013


  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle power steering malfunction. The dealer informed the consumer, a recall was issued for the power steering. However, it only covered vehicles up to 150,000 miles. The consumer had 166,000 miles on her vehicle.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #230

Jan 072014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 74,516 miles


I started my Chevy Malibu and began to drive down the road with in minutes my power steering jerked, made a ding, ding noise and went out. I pulled it off the road. Turned it off and waited when I turned it back on it worked fine. The Chevy dealership says that it has to do it when they have it before they replace it. So if it doesn't I guess they want me to get killed before they will replace it.

- Elizabethtown, KY, USA

problem #229

Aug 192011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the power steering assist failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and diagnosed that the power steering module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000. Updated 02/27/14 a recall had been issued for the steering issue. However, the dealer informed the consumer the vehicle had too many miles, to replace under recall. The dealer stated they were only fixing vehicles with under 100,000 miles. Updated 02/27/14

- Southerland, NE, USA

problem #228

Dec 122011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Power steering quit working. Here in 2013, with 175000 miles, GM will not honor their "service policy", due to miles! it only covered up to 150000 miles! absurd!

- Monaca, PA, USA

problem #227

Oct 092013


  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel suddenly malfunctioned and would not turn in either direction. The contact stated the vehicle was shut off and restarted, and the problem was remedied. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the steering failure. The failure mileage was 155,000.

- Tallassee, AL, USA

problem #226

Apr 142010


  • miles
Was going through a red light and heard a ding then the steering wheel got real tight and hard to turn, power steering showed up.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #225

Sep 202013


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering shaft was worn and the joints were corroded. The contact also mentioned that when making turns at low speeds, an abnormal noise was heard from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the steering shaft would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 49,000.

- Oakland, NJ, USA

problem #224

Oct 302013


  • 176,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 65 mph the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 176,000. Rvk

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #223

Sep 152013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 34,760 miles
2005 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to power steering motor failure. The consumer stated while driving, the power steering motor failed, and he lost the ability to steer the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop, where the steering motor was replaced at a cost of $ 693.00.

- Gering, NE, USA

problem #222

Jan 112011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The fuel gauge suddenly started to jump up and down and vehicle engine gets off and on.

- Hunt Valley, MD, USA

problem #221

Nov 192006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 19,118 miles
Steering had a clunking noise and was hard to pull away from curb. While driving steering would tighten up car was unsafe to drive on freeway took to dealership replaced steering column.. July of 07 started having same issues took to dealership replaced shaft kit.April 2010 was driving on freeway in heavy traffic when steering tightened was lucky to get to off ramp safely. Took to dealership replaced shaft kit. January 2010 lost power steering while driving could of been another dangerous situation. Took to dealership replaced steering column. September 6 2013 started clunking took it to dealership $1000 to supposedly fix it.

- Tulare, CA, USA

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