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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
15 / 1
Average Mileage:
78,009 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 17)

problem #335

Apr 282016

Malibu

  • 84,000 miles

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

Power steering went out and the steering wheel turns 360 degrees but the tires don't turn. Fortunately the car was being parked so no one was injured. Dealership thinks the whole power steering bracket needs replacing and quotes approx. $1,000 to replace.

- Lathrup Village, MI, USA

problem #334

Feb 252016

Malibu

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact also mentioned that the failure occurred when at a stop sign. In addition, there was a loud abnormal noise coming from the steering wheel when turning it left or right. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the intermediate shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 114,000.

- Litchfield, IL, USA

problem #333

Feb 012016

Malibu

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 60 mph, the contact heard a dinging noise coming from the vehicle. In addition, the power steering warning indicator illuminated and the steering wheel seized. The failures recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The failure mileage was approximately 120,000.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #332

Jun 122015

Malibu

  • 220,000 miles

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

Takata recall. Steering locked up while driving going around a corner and took a few minutes to get it to unlock. Happened to my wife with our son in the car. This happened before we got the recall. Got the recall fixed and now the power steering warning light is coming on. Headlight are constantly blowing bulbs. The headlight will go out so I will go to replace the build and then it comes back on. Front right turn signal goes out a lot and if I tap on it then it comes back on. The same with the rear tail light goes out often. This summer the traction control would ding and the button would not turn it on or off. When did this happen question doesn't make sense. It is a on going events.

- Pittsville, WI, USA

problem #331

Jan 102016

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated. In addition, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but the diagnosis was not provided. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also stated that previously while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #330

Apr 202015

Malibu

  • 141,774 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for a manufacturers recall on the power steering. However, after the dealer installed the torque sensor and test drove the vehicle, the power steering failed. The dealer would not release the vehicle to the contact. The dealer later released the vehicle and the failure reoccurred. The steering wheel was extremely tight each time the vehicle had come to a complete stop. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and they refused to provide a permanent remedy for the condition. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 141,774.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #329

Jan 072016

Malibu

  • 232,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 30 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be inspected. The contact was informed that the power steering module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 232,000.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #328

Dec 262015

Malibu

  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 75 mph, an unknown warning light illuminated and a notification for steering failure was shown on the radio display. The vehicle was restarted and the operated normally. The vehicle was taken to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the failure was due to a loose steering column. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 165,000.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #327

Dec 222015

Malibu

  • 223,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 55 mph on an incline in inclement weather, the vehicle began to spin and the contact crashed into a guardrail multiple times. The steering wheel completely fractured from the vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained minor neck and left arm injuries that required medical attention. The front passenger sustained thigh injuries and the rear passenger side passenger did not sustain any injuries. Both passengers did not require medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed from the crash scene to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The failure mileage was 223,000.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #326

Nov 162015

Malibu

  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering column made a loud thumping noise in the park position and when turning the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 175,000.

- New Haven, CT, USA

problem #325

Nov 182015

Malibu

  • 293,430 miles

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

Takata recall: Steering. My car had the steering column replaced over a year. On 11/18/2015 I was driving on the fwy when my steering wheel got hard on the curve, was a very scary situacion. I took the car to the dealer and they said there's anything they can do about it, because the warranty was over, I cal GM and they said the part was replaced already replaced. On my opinion if they put a new part and last less then 2 years that means still defected, because it should last longer. Please let me know what should I do about this problem. I'm very scared to drive the car like that.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #324

Jul 152015

Malibu

  • 120,000 miles
When accelerating, the power steering stops working momentarily causing great difficulty in steering the vehicle. For some reason this vehicle is not covered by the NHTSA recall number 14V-153 even though it is in the affected model year and has the same issue.

- North St Paul, MN, USA

problem #323

Oct 102015

Malibu

  • 238,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel failed while driving 55 mph. The contact restarted the vehicle and it resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering assist failed. The dealer advised that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering); however, the recall repair only consisted of the torque sensor assembly replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 238,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #322

Oct 242014

Malibu

  • 147,437 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 50 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the electrical steering motor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 147,437.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #321

Aug 242015

Malibu

  • 165,000 miles
As I was pulling into a parking place at school the steering became very hard to turn. I after shutting off the said car was able to get steering back for a time. It has done this three times, in the past week. I have talked to a dealer about this their has been known issuses with this car models in power steering assist.. dealer said that there is a 150000 mile warrant. GM sais from there website lifetime warrant. media.GM.com/media/us/en/GM/vehicles.detail.print.html/content/pages/news/us/en/2014/Mar/0331-power-steering.html dont no what to do about getting this fixed seem to be getting run around. Advice please.

- Collinsville, AL, USA

problem #320

Feb 102015

Malibu

  • 162,000 miles
I was driving as normal with no incident, parked went into home and came out 10 minutes later, car would not crank, as if battery was dead.. went back in to get a multi-meter and checked battery, showed 12.3 volts. Went back into car and it cranked right up, no hesitation. Next day went to get my grand-daughter (2 years old) and parked at her home. Loaded the baby-seat, and went to start car, dead battery symptom again. Jumped the car from my daughter and went tom walmart to have battery checked. Battery and charge system checked fine. Tried to start the car after test, acted like a dead battery again. Walmart tech said looks like a bad starter motor. I purchased a new starter and installed. Cranked on first hit. Checked charging amps while running, 13.4 volts. Went 25 miles to town. Parked and after 2 hours came back to car and would not crank. (turned motor once then click click. Click.) got a ride home and checked internet for probable cause, seems like hundreds (thousands) have the same situation. I feel the anti-theft system is cutting off power to car. I tried the fix that I found, lock, unlock, lock unlock car with key then wait 10 minutes and crank the car. It worked. I pulled away from my lodge and went down the road. Stopped, made a right turn heading for a traffic light and the car died in the middle of the road. Could not turn the steering wheel, no electrical signs other than anti theft light flashing on dash. Tried repetitively to start the car but again just click click. Click. If I had been on the thru-way, it would probably been an accident. Further search on internet shows this a major problem, but no recall is found. Why"?"

- Guyton, GA, USA

problem #319

Aug 052013

Malibu

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact's vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering), NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train), and NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). Shortly after the repair, the vehicle stalled without warning, the power steering failed, a clunking noise was heard in the front end, and the vehicle independently veered to the left. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that the recall repair could not be performed again. In addition, the dealer stated that the steering column and suspension would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. In previous years, the contact had to replace the gear box and rack and pinion nut on two separate occasions at a dealer. The contact informed the manufacturer of all the failures. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Haines City , FL, USA

problem #318

Jun 212014

Malibu

  • 108,300 miles
I was on my way to school. When I took my exit (23 on route 2), the car simply turned off, locking my steering wheel. I lost control, spung twice and landed on the ramp of that exit. The car has been useless since then. I called the recall hotline to get support and they did nothing for me. I'm left with no car and no support by the GM team that forward me endless recall letters. I've had endless issues with this car since I financed it. Endless repairs, close accidents encounter because of car sensor issues. Brakes no properly working. Traction failing. It has been a nightmare. How can I get support for a vehicle which I loved so dearly and yet nearly cost me my life?

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #317

Sep 122009

Malibu

  • 140,000 miles
I lost control of steering and was unable to turn this has happened on several occasions and now theirs a knocking noise in steering. And its not struts or alianment or tires as these have been checked and or changed

- Blue Ridge, GA, USA

problem #316

May 052014

Malibu

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While turning the steering wheel left or right, the steering wheel became loose and made an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the interim mead steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Clarence , NY, USA

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