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Crashes / Fires:
20 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,045 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 11 of 28)

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problem #359

Dec 252013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 135,117 miles


When vehicle was started power steering appeared across the radio and also loss of power steering was a result. Since then while driving the power steering will come across the radio and also a loss of power steering occurs while driving.

- Kendall, WI, USA

problem #358

Mar 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
I have an 06 Malibu that lost power steering for no reason I was able to drive home steering was extremely hard I have been reading the website about recalls and was wondering if my vehicle was under this recall.

- Boothwyn, PA, USA

problem #357

Nov 052013


  • 10,768 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the power steering became inoperable. The failure recurred intermittently over several years. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the mechanic diagnosed that the steering column would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 10,768.

- Perry Hill, MD, USA

problem #356

Feb 252014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


At a slight bend in the road the power steering fails. Warning sound chimes. Steering becomes unassisted without power. Informational panel indicates power steering failure.

- Safety Harbor, FL, USA

problem #355

Oct 292013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Power steering stopped working and a warning sounded and power steering displayed on stereo indicator that it had stopped working. I pulled off the highway and turned the vehicle off and then restated and the power steering started working again. A couple more miles down the road it happened again and I repeated what I had previously done and was able to finally make it home. It has done this numerous times since then. This could definitely cause an accident. Hope to get it fixed soon. Needs to be recalled by GM.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #354

Jan 042014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 76,500 miles
Driving 35 mph and accelerating the steering gave out and locked up. The car jerked hard to the median towards oncoming traffic and was not recoverable. Took my foot off pedal which allowed car to stop almost perpendicular to the road. Turned car off and restarted which allowed control to move car off to the side of road. Dealer says common problem with electrical power steering assist with numerous recalls just not the 2006 Malibu. Looking at expensive repair and lucky no one was hurt.

- Antioch, IL, USA

problem #353

Nov 282012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


I was working on my mother-in-laws Malibu out in the front yard and crank it after looking into some other issues this car has, and the steering wheel turns itself all the way to the left on it's own.I then try to turn it back and notice there is no power assist. I ask her about it and she said it has done that a few times recently, where she is driving down the road and all of a sudden, as explained by others, a lot of dinging and there is no power steering. Thank god this hasn't happened while she was in a turn or anything like that yet, however if it does, she is 66 years old with neck injuries and back problems, and if I had to guess will not be able to overpower the steering without the power assist operating properly. In looking over this website, I notice others have paid upwards of $700 to have this issue fixed at no fault of their own. How many others does it take to notice that trans-Canada had a recall on this a few years back and the us has never had an official safety recall.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #352

Dec 122013


  • 130,000 miles
2006 Chevy Malibu maxx. 3.5 engine. When exiting a ramp to enter the expressway the steering on our 2006 Chevy Malibu locked up pulling the car across two lanes of traffic on the expressway before I could get the vehicle under control. Then I pulled to the shoulder of the road. I was thinking low tire or broken drive belt on the power steering as the power steering light was on. After stopping and raising the hood I saw the belt was ok and the tire also was ok. Next I started to check the power steering fluid to learn there was no power steering dip stick. I stood there looking stupid thinking maybe this car did not have power steering. Well this was a very cold day I got back in the car and started the engine with no power steering light. I turned the steering will and everything was ok so I drove slowly to the next exit. After 500 miles this has not happen again.

- Henderson, KY, USA

problem #351

Nov 252013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 132,960 miles
The power steering failed while I was driving, and I almost hit a car at intersection while attempting to turn to the right when the steering wheel locked up. There are numerous complaints online about this same issue and there was special coverage adjustment #10183 (July 20, 2110) power steering assist, but my VIN # was not included in this coverage, even though the problem described in the coverage is the same. A diagnostic scan at dealership verified code CO545- power steering module. The part that had to be replaced on my car was part # 25933396- steering column, as listed in the special coverage. I have been in email/phone contact with GM since the incident. As of a phone call today, they refuse to cover the cost of faulty steering column or the labor to have it replaced. The total bill was $645.

- Winnsboro, SC, USA

problem #350

Apr 172013


  • 98,000 miles
While I was driving alarms started dinging, and power steering showed up on radio. I lost power steering and wheel started shaking violently. I could barely turn wheel to avoid accident. This is very dangerous and needs to be fixed.

- Fallston, MD, USA

problem #349

Nov 262013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles


When the car is started the steering wheel pulls to the left by itself. On occasion there is a loss of power steering and the light comes on and now it is constantly pulling left. If I were to let go of the wheel now, it would turn left and it feels like I have minimal power assist when I turn right. In a nutshell it now feels like it has half its power steering working only when turning left. There also is a clunking noise under the car when I turn the wheel hard.this thumping has been happening since I bought the car. It feels like something under the car is bumping the steering linkage when fully turned.

- Bensalem , PA, USA

problem #348

Nov 222013


  • 152,803 miles
We were never notified about a recall that occurred with the entire steering systems for Malibu's. the manufactures extended the recall up to 150,000 miles. On Friday November 23, 2013, we were backing out of our parking spot when our power steering went out on us. We had none. Then we turned the car off and back on, suddenly it was there again. Here lies the problem; we took it to the local dealership and "they" informed us that there was a recall in the U.S. however, we were not notified and since our Malibu was out of the 150,000 miles; they said the recall would not cover it. How can owners of cars/trucks get their safety items fixed, when they have never received the recall notice"! this is a safety issue, not a physical appearance issue. If I am driving along a corner and my power steering locks up, or suddenly stops and I kill or maim another individual who is responsible? GM" as I read the other "complaints" on this site; this is not about car owners trying to receive brand new cars.we all just want our cars to be fixed by the recall regardless of the mileage and to be safe! perhaps, we all should get together and sue everyone who is involved with not getting the information out to the public and GM. Just a thought. I do not know about the other owners, but I cannot restart my car in the middle of a corner or going down the interstate at 55/65 miles per hour.

- Aumsville, OR, USA

problem #347

Nov 232013


  • 143,218 miles
As I was pulling out of a parking lot a message came across my radio/temp screen and said power steering. All of a sudden my power steering went out. I drove it a few blocks to make it home with absolutely no power steering. It was tough, but I made it home. I turned the car off and did a little research on the internet concerning my power steering. I seen a lot of people said once they started their cars again the power steering worked, but also went out again intermittently. So I went outside and started my car and sure enough my power steering is working....for now. I am scared to drive it again fearing it will go out and I won't be able to control it and cause a horrible accident. GM needs to recall these cars because this is a huge safety problem!

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #346

Nov 032013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
When starting the car in the garage, there were 4 chimes, and a message on the dic 'power steering.' The electric power steering had failed and was extremely difficult to back the car out of the garage. The car was then shut off and restarted with no recurrence of the problem. It happened again 3 days later, same problem. Then again, 4 days later, same situation. We have notified GM of the situation. To us it is a very dangerous problem. There was a recall in Canada with GM cars with this problem and the steering column was replaced. Why doesn't GM recognize that this problem exists in the usa? as I stated, it does not occur all the time. We were told to take the car to our Chevrolet dealer but unless the problem occurs at the dealer, there is no way that they can detect the problem. The computer only stores 'error codes' for a short period of time. We are fearful of driving this car.

- Dix Hills, NY, USA

problem #345

Oct 012011


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the power steering failed to operate normally as the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician stated that the steering control module would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 40,000. The current mileage was 78,859.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #344

Aug 092013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 71,750 miles
My car had a dinging and then across the radio it said power steering and the car was very hard to steer, I lost power steering. I am an older lady and slowed down and pulled to the shoulder and I could not even turn the wheel. I called my son to come help me. He got in and started the car and the radio didn't say power steering any more. He pulled out and I followed him. We got to our street and he started to turn right into our drive way and he all of a sudden threw up his arms. He got out of the car and came and told me that the car stalled and the bell dinged and power steering came on the radio. We took the car to the dealership on 8/12/13. They diagnosed the car and said the power steering assist motor was shorting out and it would cost me $699.03 to fix. I had no money to get it fixed and the dealer said they re set the computer and said I should have it fixed as soon as possible because it was a safety issue. My son took the car home and it happened twice on the way home. On 9/25/13 we had our local dealer replace the motor. They told me the code the computer read said it was either the assist motor or the steering column. They said the motor was the most likely cause and replaced it. The total was $643.78 and the initial inspection was $99.53. On 10/18/13 I had the same thing happen as I was driving into the local market parking lot, ding, ding, ding and I lost power steering. I almost hit a parked car in the lot and couldn't steer it. I took it back and they said it is the intermediate shaft or the steering column and had nothing to do with the original problem and charged me another $90 to look at it. I cannot afford $1200 to fix the column. My son searched the internet for 2006 Malibu steering problems and found Transport Canada recalled 67,414 2005, 2006 and 2008 Malibu's, Pontiac and Saturn. Why has the us not offered a recall. I am afraid to drive it now.

- Webberville, MI, USA

problem #343

Oct 102013


  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the power steering assist failed as the warning indicator illuminated and the warning alarm sounded. The vehicle was turned off and upon restarting, the vehicle resumed normally. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who informed the contact that the torque control and steering column assembly would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 41,000.

- Williston Park, NY, USA

problem #342

Apr 132013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 119,345 miles
The first notice of my eps problem began when I attempted to have my front end aligned. The loss of control to the steering began around July of 2013. It has occurred more frequently since then. It's happen to my wife on the streets and to me also. I did some basic research due to the potential costs from the dealership. This included the inspection & replacement of the eps fuse, examining the ignition coil and checking the alternator. It still recurs. Has there been a factory recall for this vehicle's steering problems?

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #341

Sep 022013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
I have a problem with my car overheating. This car overheated and antifreeze came pouring out of the overfill hose. I had a mechanic check it and fix it, next day same thing. The car anti-theft light come on, the steering wheel sometimes freeze up. This car sometimes turns on and off by itself, yes the key need not be inside. The brakes are horrible and I spent funds to change it. Help!!! this car seems to be a recall big time.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #340

Jun 232008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I was turning off of a bridge and the steering locked up. I almost hit a house. I took it to the dealer, I bought it from them new, not used. They kept it for 2 weeks and they said they couldn't replicate the problem. It has been locking up off and on ever since. Now I have no power steering. They told me every time I brought it in to the dealer, that they couldn't find a problem. Now it is out of warranty and they say they can fix it. I have to buy a new steering column and pay them to install it. It is my understanding that this is a major problem with this vehicle. Will it take people getting killed for something to be done about this dangerous situation?

- Thibodaux, LA, USA

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