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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,752 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #13

Oct 012014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles


2006 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to recall notices. The consumer stated two days after the first recall repair, because the repair was not fully completed, due to lack of parts, she experienced two episodes which she deemed unsafe. While sitting with her foot on the brake, and the vehicle in drive, she suddenly felt a slight shift, as if the vehicle was trying to move forward, which it did, without any warning. The vehicle bumped a car in front of her. The consumer referenced recall # 14V252000.

- Lake City, SC, USA

problem #12

Sep 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for the recall repair and was later informed that the part was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 11/20/14 updated 8/12/2015

- Chugiak, AK, USA

problem #11

Oct 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to torque sensor assembly; wiring harness to the BCM or mag beam and transmission shift cable that may fracture at any time. The consumer was informed, the parts were not available.

- North Massapequa, NY, USA

problem #10

Sep 112014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received recall notifications for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V224000 (power train). The parts needed to perform the recall repairs were unavailable. The dealer was uncertain when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Stroudburg, PA, USA

problem #9

Jun 022014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Bloomington , IN, USA

problem #8

Nov 182012


  • 127,512 miles
I was driving on the interstate on 11/18/2012, when a car cut across all three lanes. It had not been raining, and the roads were dry, but when I applied my brakes to avoid hitting the car that cut me off, my wheels locked up sending me fishtailing at 70+ mph. I slid into the center lane, striking a vehicle on my right rear corner panel. I then repeatedly tried to pump my brakes and turn into the skid to regain control of the vehicle, and each time the wheels locked up again. After failing to regain control of my vehicle I hit the center guard rail, still going 60+ mph, collapsing the whole left side of my vehicle. After skidding to a stop, my "service airbag" warning came up on my center dashboard display, without even deploying. My car has been deemed totaled by insurance, and is no longer safe to drive. I was the only person in the car at the time, and emt's and fire fighters that arrived to the scene said if it weren't for the lack of cars on the road, I may not have survived.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #7

Apr 082008


  • 49,250 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, a passenger noticed that the brake light remained illuminated and stopped illuminating when the brakes were depressed. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 49,250 and current mileage was 70,000.

- Graham , NC, USA

problem #6

Jan 302012


  • 75,000 miles
Brakes light stay on all time, will not pass inspection. Chevy delear cannot fix.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #5

Mar 102009

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The brake lights on my 2006 Chevy Malibu work almost completely opposite of what they should. Most of the time, I press the brake and the brake lights turn off, when the brake is released, within 10 seconds the brake lights come back on and remain steady on. When I go over bumps in the road, this may turn the brake lights on or off. Most of the time my brake lights are on, until the brakes are applied and the lights usually turn off. I have addressed this issue to no avail from the dealer I bought the car from, as well as with Chevrolet. I even brought it to a Chevrolet dealer after taking advice from Chevrolet to do so, and they cannot duplicate the problem to fix it. Their computer says there is not a problem, but there is!!! I have video of it too. This is always what is told to me, however, the second I get my car back, the problem occurs for me. I think this is total bs.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #4

Oct 262011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
This has been a good car for the most part great on gas but last week the brakes felt real hard to push so I replace with new brakes front and rear the old brakes looked almost new now the brake tail light come when you start the car and don't go off unless you depress them. Drivers think your stopping when your driving and when braking they cant tell because lights go out.also for the past 3 years the power steering light comes on and you lose your steering control I wonder if and when someone has to die before GM recalls and fix the problems.

- Picayune, MS, USA

problem #3

Jul 112010


  • 40,000 miles


Power steering going out and cannot steer. Power steering will not work after starting the car. 2006 Malibu lt. Purchased new in 2006. Only 40,000 miles on it. Rotors have been replaced twice in first year. When used in mountain driving they warp and have to be replaced.

- Glenville, WV, USA

problem #2

Mar 032010


  • 10,500 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Malibu that I bought in sacramento ca. Via paul blanco dealer on franklin and florin rd. (they are no longer in business at that site). The car accelerates dangerously when on cruise control. The car began overheating immediately after purchase (oil lube place detected an engine gasket that needs to be replaced because it continues to overheat; unless I keep the heater and or ac going; the steering column had to be re greased and re-adjusted at Firestone a few months ago because all of a sudden it would lock. The A/C compressor immediately went bad after purchasing this car. I had to buy another one which cost a good amount! soon after purchase (used vehicle with approx. 10,300 miles) the brakes went out and had to be replaced! in Jan. 2010, I noticed the seat belt light kept coming on, even after it was locked in (which is very dangerous because I don't know when and if its going to keep me safe when driving); erc. Etc.. I need someone to contact the dealer of Chevy so that owners can go get these things checked out and fixed the right way. I attempted to call the numbers given re: Warranty etc. And nothing was resolved.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 112008


  • 34,510 miles
Shaking in steering wheel when brakes are applied, this happen everytime I apply the brakes. The dealer resurfaced front rotors and replaced still have a grinding noise in front wheelarea dealer said that the replacement pads are causing the grinding and there's nothing that can be done to stop the grinding because of the way the replacement pas are designed. This car is not safe to drive and I told the dealership this and they claim it is safe.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

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