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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 1
Average Mileage:
67,043 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 12)

problem #225

Sep 202013


  • 49,000 miles


TL- the contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that upon inspection, the steering shaft was worn and the steering shaft joints were corroded. The contact also mentioned that when making turns at low speeds a clucking noise was coming from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic which stated that the steering shaft had 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


  • 65,000 miles


The fueld gage suddenly started tojump up and down and vehicle engine gets off and on.

- Hunt Valley, MD, USA

problem #221

Nov 192006


  • 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

- Tulare, CA, USA

problem #220

May 182010


  • miles
Started 2013, traction control remains on for a 10 mins of driving then turns off, and back on again once restart of car. When traction control light is on unable to turn off by pressing the button. Car drives like the rear breaks are engaged. This started in 2010 and still happens to the present day the car has times where it doesn't start up, it turns over but doesn't catch. I have had a fuel ejection service, and regular oil changes at a Chevrolet dealership. This started 2013, engine light is on and it won't go off. Car is at 115,000 miles. This started 2012, the changing of gears is very rough, hard changes. This started in 2010, my last change was 2012, my head light turn signal continue to blow out and burst. In 2011 my mirror visor on the driver sides has broken again after getting it replace with the recall.

- Hinesville, GA, USA

problem #219

Aug 272013


  • 105,650 miles


While attempting to pass another vehicle by accelerating on a slight curve and pulling an incline, the 2005 Chevy Malibu would not properly steer. When realizing that the steering was not working correctly, decreased acceleration and then was able to regain control of the steering. This has occurred on multiple occasions and nearly caused an accident each time. GM has been notified about the safety concern and they have set up an appointment with a local GM dealer to diagnosis the problem. They have indicated a possible problem with the electric steering in the 2005 Chevy Malibu based on the VIN. I may be charged diagnostic fees and repair costs if the steering issue is not in line with their "special letter" regarding possible failure of the electric steering components. I have read that this is a common problem among this year, make and model of vehicle. I have also read that Canada has recently issued a recall on this same year, make and model of vehicle for steering related safety concerns. I feel that this recall for the steering components should also apply to cars in the us if they are experiencing similar safety concerns.

- Kane, PA, USA

problem #218

Jul 172013


  • 24,000 miles
While passing on the interstate the power steering failed for several seconds. There was an audible alert then the steering failed. Several other times while turning at low speeds and accerlating the steering fails for only a brief time, but pulls extremely hard in the opposite direction that I am turning.

- Enterprise, AL, USA

problem #217

Aug 062007

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 48,580 miles
2 months after I purchased my car I noticed a popping noise in the front end. I took the vehicle back to the dealership, trenor motors, Inc. To be fixed. They told me that the steering rack was bad and according to their work order/invoice they replaced the steering rack. On August, 2009 I had the car back into trenor motors for the same problem and again according to their work order/invoice they replaced the steering rack. In October, 2009 the problem resurfaced and again I took the car back to trenor motors where according to their work order/invoice they replace the steering rack again. After we picked the car up I got roughly 1 mile down the road and I noticed the same popping/clunking noise in the front end that occurred all other times. I turned around and took the car back to trenor motors where they lubed the I-shaft. Around August of 2010 the same noise returned and by this time the car was out of warranty and trenor refused to fix the vehicle without charging me. I felt that since this was an ongoing problem with the car from the time I purchased it I should not have to pay for this. I then contacted General Motors and spoke with a man by the name of john and explained my situation. He did some research and called me back leaving a voice mail. He and I were unable to connect because of our schedules. I finally wrote a letter to GM asking them to contact me in writing, but didn't hear from them. I then contacedt the BBB who could not help me because of the age of car. I finally contacted the Ohio attorney generals office who contacted GM. A lady named frances from GM contacted me at which time I explained the situation after a week or so she contacted me back to tell me she had contacted trenor motors and that they were unwilling to fix my car without charge and that GM was unable to give me any restitution.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #216

Mar 272013


  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering system failed, causing the vehicle to become difficult to maneuver. Also, the contact stated that the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnosis. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000 and the current mileage was 123,000. The VIN was not available.

- Santana, CA, USA

problem #215

Apr 122013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


I bought a use Chevy 2005 Malibu and the front rail for the frame of the drivers seat broke. After looking around I found it is a very common issue and feel it's a major safety issue! I was told by the old owner that it broke a year after buying the car and the dealer wanted way to much to replace it" if it's a matter of safety should they not fix it for free? should their not be a recall on it" again after looking around on the web and asking around to many dealer shops it is a very known issue that Chevy has not ever addressed. I just know that not only is it very hard to sit in, it also feels like it's going to come up off the floor every time I hit the brakes. I'm sure if I even got into the smallest fender bender it would eject me. Please do something to make GM repair this issue! also lets maybe address the issue with the failing power steering that has already caused injury's thanks

- Rensselaer , NY, USA

problem #214

Feb 222013


  • 166,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, the power steering warning light illuminated. The manufacturer was notified and advised the vehicle be taken to a dealer for diagnosis. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was advised that the power steering pump would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 166,000.

- Republic, MO, USA

problem #213

Feb 222013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
My power steering has gone completely out. I have made several complaints to GM regarding this matter. GM has acknowledged the problem and has sent out letters advising customers with vins 5F10001-5F250216 (technical bulletin #07126) of special coverage. GM has also sent me a letter advising me they will fix the problem if my vehicle is 10yr or 160K. My problem didn't exist at that time. I now have 212K miles. I took my vehicle to the dealer ([xxx]) and was denied coverage. Estimated cost was $900 for repairs. GM knew years ago that they had a problem with the power steering, and it was a matter of time before the steering was to stop working. Regardless of the miles. The steering was going out at some point.that is my argument. I just want my power steering fixed. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Pontiac, MI, USA

problem #212

Mar 122013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle down I-680 in northern ca's bay area. While I was on the freeway in the slow lane and my power steering warning popped up on my car stereo display and a split second later I lost the ability to steer my car. I slowed the vehicle as fast as I could without slamming on the brakes. All of the cars behind me slammed on the brakes and I thought I was going to cause a pile-up. A nice man behind got out of his truck and helped me force the steering wheel to the right so I could pull the car off of the road. I then called my brother and he came and towed the car home. There has never been a warning to this issue. It never acted up and I have never been instructed to do a safety check on the power steering.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #211

Feb 122013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 169,000 miles
While making a right turn the power steering failed.....I almost drove head on into oncoming traffic.

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #210

Dec 082012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
Today we driving through a parking lot and trued to turn and heard a popping noise, and then lack of steering. The steering wheel turned but the wheels did not. Had to call a tow truck at a cost of $88 and took it to my local Chevy dealer. The diagnosed the problem as the steering intermediate shaft bolt broke and also the airbag sensor. The total cost of this repair is: $88 for the tow truck, $1500 for the repair and 2 1/2 days without the car. We have had this popping noise for a while and no one could figure out what it was. Some dealers said we needed to replace the complete rack and pinion steering system, others said it just needed greased. We chose to grease it and the noise went away for a while.so far I have replaced the power steering motor, which GM reimbursed me for about 1 year after I had it repaired. It seems like there are many complaints about this problem. It has been a good car except for these constant problems. Something needs to be done so GM will fix these issues.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #209

Nov 012012


  • miles
2005 Chevy Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to steering failure in vehicle.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #208

Sep 152012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving 25 " 45 and making a left turn or changing lanes to the left the steering wheel loses it power steering. This vehicle cannot be steered unless you are a power lifter at that point. This is my mom?S only vehicle and she is 77 and had carpal tunnel surgery on both her wrists, so I doubt she will be able to steer at all. So if GM says it?S not a safety issue, and the car can still be steered, they are wrong. There has been ?special coverage adjustments" for this issue on the 2006 models in United States and GM has actual recalls for 67,000 vehicles in Canada for the same thing. (manufacture recall number 12221) her vehicle VIN number doesn't fit into the selected VIN numbers and she has the exact same issue. Someone needs to have GM open up this special coverage for this issue period, regardless of the year. People with same problem on VIN numbers that get the coverage get a free steering column install and she has to pay $600 - $800 for same services? all this because of a small part that is riveted to the steering column on the inside that goes out every 30K miles.

- Wildwood, MO, USA

problem #207

Oct 252012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 153,350 miles
My power steering went out. I was pulling up to the light at the intersection of gum springs road and lee jackson highway in aldie, va, and "power steering" came across my radio and my power steering went out.

- Aldie, VA, USA

problem #206

Mar 152012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Power steering fails when accelerating, especially when attempting to merge onto highway traffic. "power steering failure" flashes on the console and chimes sound. Failure requires car to be steered using bodily force to control the vehicle, and has almost resulted in numerous accidents. Power steering turns back on about 1/2 second after releasing the gas pedal. Does not occur with any relative consistency to warrant taking it to the dealer. I have not been contacted by the manufacturer regarding any relevant recalls for this vehicle.

- Bowie, MD, USA

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