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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,542 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Dec 152016

Malibu

  • 160,000 miles

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

"check engine warning & T/C control warning". warning lights will randomly illuminate and "engine power reduced" flashes. Regardless of current mph traveling, the engine will lunge forward and immediately reduce speed to 10 mph. Upon the first time this issue occurred, the vehicle was taken in to be checked. Because the lights had gone back off, there was no way to indicate the problem. Within the few following days, while in heavy traffic and pouring rain, again without warning, the warning lights illuminated, the vehicle lunged forward and reduced speed to 10 mph, very nearly causing an accident. This issue continued to occur every day for the following week, sometimes 2-3 times daily. The car is now in to be repaired, and almost hit a parked car because it lunged forward suddenly pulling into the dealership. According to the dealership's repair shop, the issue is several things related to the throttle body and associated sensors. As of right now, the beginning repair cost is $550 to replace the throttle body alone. There are 5 related codes and depending as to whether replacing the throttle body fixes the problem will determine if further repairs are needed. The car is definitely not safe to drive. On several of the Malibu forums this is an ongoing complaint with this model. Several recalls have been issued on this exact problem of model years before and after the 2006 model, and the 2006 should be addressed and recalled as well. This absolutely poses a safety risk to all in the vehicle and possibly others around it on the road.

- Rogersville, TN, USA

problem #24

Aug 202016

Malibu

  • 159,000 miles
I was driving home from work on the highway and the reduced power engine light came on and the tsc light and engine light all came on. The gas pedal was unresponsive and car was slowing down also I pulled over on the shoulder of the highway thankful I able to. I did get it home slowly the pedal is still unresponsive at this time and the engine light, tsc light is still on and the engine power reduced light is still on.

- 27892, NC, USA

problem #23

Jun 262016

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 54,085 miles
Brake lights stay on when not depressed cruise control will not work recall was completed took car back brake sensor was replaced on 6/16/16 as of today 6/26/16 problem is still there cost of $287.20. Iam not going to pay for the same problem I am a GM man but maybe no more and ill make sure and let everybody I can know about your service thank you [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #22

Dec 122015

Malibu

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 30 mph, the speedometer gauge on the instrument panel failed to indicate the actual speed of the vehicle. The check engine warning light illuminated constantly. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Wai'anae, HI, USA

problem #21

Dec 052014

Malibu

  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 50 mph in cold temperatures, the vehicle decelerated and the reduce engine power and check engine warning lights illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 67,000. The VIN was not available.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #20

May 042015

Malibu

  • 228,178 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 40 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn right or left. All of the lights on the instrument panel illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The contact received notification of 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 for the repair were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 228,178.

- El Paso , TX, USA

problem #19

May 012014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles

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

My 06, will not start without pressing the gas pedal, also it will show power steering failure when starting, I will have to restart vehicle for the power steering to activate, and while driving the power steering will stop working causing the vehicle to be hard to steer.

- Clio, AL, USA

problem #18

Sep 012013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Vehicle hits 25 mph while driving straight and the power steering fails. A dinging would go off and it would not move till the car was shut off and reset.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #17

Jan 152014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 5 mph, the brake pedal was applied but the vehicle failed to stop. As a result, the contact crashed the vehicle into a median in order to stop. The failure occurred on several occasions. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electrical stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) however, the part was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #16

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 #15

Sep 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles

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

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 #14

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 #13

Jun 182014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). However, the parts were unavailable to service the vehicle under the recall. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #12

Aug 252014

Malibu

  • 101,499 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated independently and crashed into the back of another vehicle. No injuries were reported. The failure occurred twice. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnostic testing. The contact stated that the failure was related to the partial repair of recall NHTSA campaign id number: 14V224000 (power train). However, all the parts needed for the recall repairs were not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 101,499.

- Lake City, SC, USA

problem #11

Sep 112014

Malibu

  • 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 #10

Jun 022014

Malibu

  • 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 #9

Jan 032011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the brake lights would work intermittently. The contact replaced the brake lights on numerous occasions. The independent mechanic repaired the wiring harness but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the BCM needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired under campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) the remedy failed to rectify the failure. Additionally, the contact also stated that the heated seat function failed and the power steering seized intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 60,000...updated 10/01/14 the consumer stated the fuel tank would show 1/8 of a tank, but in actuality the tank was empty.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

problem #8

Jul 282014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 13,130 miles
No physical incidents have taken place as of yet, however when asking about part being replace for my two recalls I get nothing but attitude and "I don't know" answers. My recalls are on the transmission shift cable, body control module, brake apply sensor and electronic stability control. I still make car payments, single mother with a toddler in the vehicle and all I get is an " I don't know" when our safety is in question. If I could afford a rental I would get one and keep the car parked, however a rental is like another car payment....where do I go from here?

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #7

Jun 032014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received notifications for recalls NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V224000 (power train) and NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V153000 (steering). However, the parts were not available in order to perform the recall repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Bonners Ferry , ID, USA

problem #6

Feb 062006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 20 miles
Bought car new 2/06. Once home and driving I noticed an electrical issues consisting of radio interference when using any electrical buttons in car, such as windows, and my charging outlets in the car blow fuses when used. When I turn my air or heat on my brake pedal drops down at least 2 if sitting at light. If driving and I turn on my air, the car lunges forward. This is at a critical level now. I took into their dealership from the first month I purchased the car until March of 2007. No one could fix the electrical issue and dealership could not supply me with even the paperwork to show me what they researched while it sat there for over 4 days. Problem is now deadly and I need this electrical issue fixed. I received notice of recall 13036 but nothing concerning the problem with the brake petal and acceleration I have had since purchase. Contacted dealership to get (lemon) replaced and they said, tough luck. Purchased as is...

- Wadsworth, IL, USA

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