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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,167 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 182008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. When turning the steering wheel, the contact heard a popping sound. The failure began six months ago and now it is causing the power steering to fail. The failure was very subtle at first, but now the power steering fails for days at a time. The air conditioning would activate on and off, but now it does not work at all. The dealer stated that the power steering module and air conditioning resistor needed to be replaced. The contact also stated that the control panel is warm to the touch after driving for some time. The vehicle is currently with the dealer and the repair will cost over $900. The current mileage was 70,000 and failure mileage was 50,000. Updated 09/10/08. The consumer stated the shocks went bad, the tie rod ends had to be replaced, the cd became stuck in the cd player. The rear calipers had to be replaced and the starter worked intermittently. Updated 09/12/08.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 062008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact heard a cracking noise while turning the vehicle. The contact pulled over and noticed that the entire front steering rack and pinion system failed at 15,000 miles. The tie rods failed later at 18,000 miles and caused front end damage and front tire damage. He has had the rack and pinion replaced under warranty and the tie rods will have to be replaced at an estimated cost of $240. The manufacturer has been notified. The current mileage was 18,520 and failure mileage was 15,000. Updated 02-19-08 updated 02/14/08

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 142005

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,500 miles
Install jumper harness per pip3098A neck, fuel tank filler replace tie rod end and/or adjuster sleeve right replace panel, seat back of back passenger R&R or replace receiver, radio remove, repair and replace radio.

- Arlington, TX, USA

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