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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
20 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,478 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 15 of 29)

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problem #288

Mar 122012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles

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

I was driving on my way back home and suddenly I lost steering causing me to get hit by another vehicle, this happend in piedras negras Mexico and my insurance didnt cover the damage, thank god it was just a small hit on the fender but after looking for the issue online I found that the problem is caused by a malfunction in the power steering assitant motor, im not the first person that has that issue, in fact the 2005 Malibu and Pontiac G6 had the same issue and GM already recall that to fix it, I dont see why the are not accepting recalling this model since uses the same component. I hope that no one else get in an accident due to this. Here's a link from a web forum where you can find more users with same issue www.fixya.com/cars/T595753-2006_malibu_maxx_electric_power_steering

- Eagle Pass, TX, USA

problem #287

Mar 132012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 70,890 miles
While making a right turn the power steering warning chimed three times and "power steering" was displayed on dic. The wheel was had to turn right. Problem went away but warning message still displayed on dic. If I were driving at a higher speed I wouldnt have been able to keep control of my vehicle and could have injured or killed myself or someone else!! this is very dangerous!! I am scared to drive my car that I have owned for 1 week!

- Oreland, PA, USA

problem #286

Feb 152012

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While the contact was driving approximately 45 mph and heard a chime inside of the vehicle when suddenly, there was a loss of power steering. The contact was able to maneuver to the side of the road where the engine was turned off. Upon restarting, the vehicle resumed as normal. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who advised the contact that the steering column would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Climax , NC, USA

problem #285

Aug 102011

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph and unexpectedly the steering wheel locked with a complete loss of power steering. There was also an illumination of the power steering warning indicator. The contact was able to maneuver to the side of the road where the engine was turned off. Upon restarting, the vehicle resumed as normal. The failure occurred thirty times and eventually became a permanent malfunction whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated to the contact that the power steering assist module would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Merkel, TX, USA

problem #284

Feb 232012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 107,100 miles
I am having problems with the electric power steering and from what I have heard is alot of other people have similar problems. My steering is real stiff where it needs two hands to turn the wheel and a good strong grip. I think this is unsafe and should be fixed through GM before this fails on others and cause a accident. Thank you.

- Edinburg, TX, USA

problem #283

Feb 212012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 110,230 miles
I was getting ready to make a left turn onto a side road and the power steering failed. There was no hint of failure prior to the failure. A power steering notice appeared on the dash after the failure, no warning ring tones or sound given. I bought this car used from a Chevrolet dealer when it had appx. 36,000 miles on it. I was never notified by Chevrolet or the dealer about this problem, which seems to be rampant. I researched this issue on the internet and it appears that thousands of people are having this problem with various year Chevrolet models. This problem can cause injury or death. GM should be forced to issue recalls for all models affected at no charge to the consumer. That is the only fair and proper solution to the problem.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #282

Jan 302012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles

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

The power steering went out when my wife was on her way home and was attempting to turn down our street. The bulletin says that when this power steering assist fails, the vehicle can still be safely turned, but I take exception to that. My wife is of average strength and if someone had been walking on our street she couldn't have steered clear of them or if a car was parked when she turned there would have been an accident.I had the car in the GM dealership service at 100,000 miles for front end issues and had over $1000 of repairs including new front brakes and rotors. I feel that whenever a vehicle comes in that has a special coverage listed that is as potentially dangerous as this, the system should be replaced. When it failed completely it had 106,000 miles and we are told by GM that we are out of luck for any help. This problem is like russian roulette and even though it resets itself when turned off and back on, it may go out again in a week, a month or an hour and cannot be driven with confidence. I am very disappointed with GM that they won't at least cover some of this repair. This is not the type of problem that goes out gradually as to alert you of an issue, but rather all at once and takes you totally by surprise. I'm sure accidents have occurred because of this defect and is much more serious than GM makes it out to be. They should either fix the problem parts or at least cover a part with proven defects even if it is just past their mileage.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #281

Jan 312012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 70,823 miles
Got in my car this morning to go to work and all of a sudden my power steering doesnt work and power steering comes on up on my display. Been reading online and this seems to be a high number of complaints with this same exact problem and there have been no recalls yet. Of course the $2000 extended warranty I bought isn't going to cover it....

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #280

Jan 102012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 98,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while exiting a parking lot, the vehicle exhibited an abnormally loud noise as the power steering failed. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the electronic power assist was failing. The contact stated that no warning lights were illuminated, but the clock and radio had to be reset when the failure occurred. The failure mileage was 98,700. Updated 03/28/12 updated 04/09/12

- Ray, OH, USA

problem #279

Jan 182012

Malibu

  • 135,277 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the power steering warning lamp illuminated and the power steering failed. The contact stated that after turning the vehicle completely off and restarting, the power steering regained normal functions. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnosis or repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 135,277.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #278

Jan 042010

Malibu

  • 92,000 miles

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

The power steering goes out when making right or left hand turns. Or when the temp in the vehicle is hot the steering won't stay on at all. The dealer told me that there was a special warreny enancement issued but no recall. This means that a milage limit of 100,000 miles is in place. So this will cost me $1200 to fix for something that they know is wrong with this vehicle. I guess someone has to be killed or injured before something is done.

- Helendale, CA, USA

problem #277

Dec 212011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway at 65 mph when the power steering indicator came on with four bell tones - I lost the ability to easily steer the car. I had to struggle to get the car steered off the freeway. I turned the car off then on and power steering resumed. I got back on the freeway and within 15 minutes the problem occurred again and I had to struggle just to steer. This is a very dangerous situation as if the power steering totally locks up it can cause an accident. The power steering on the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu is electronic and its the same problem that the 2004 version was recalled for per my mechanic.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #276

Dec 262011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 120,625 miles
When pulling out of my driveway, power steering illuminated across the screen and then steering was lost. I turned the car off and on 5 times but the same message kept reappearing with returned inability to steer.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #275

Dec 112011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I was just backing up at church and the dinging noise came on like when your car door is open. I look at the information on the screen and it says power steering. I could not turn my car without using 2 hands to do it. I was able to drive it home (2 blocks). After looking up the problem online and seeing so many complaints about the same problem and suggesting I turn off the car and turn it back on, I went out to try it and it worked. It's as if I had no problem at all. I went around the block and didn't have a problem, but what if I'm on the highway and it does it again. I think there should be a recall on this. I have had several problems with my front end. Left front lower ball joint and both stabilizer end links loose, replaced control arm, axle falling off, shaft, you name it. And I don't abuse my car. Just want to add yet another complaint to the rest. And yes, this will be my last Chevy. We are now depending on our 1997 Ford Ranger with 212,000 miles on it. My Chevy has 85,000. To say the least, I don't feel safe driving this car anymore. I always feel like I'm just minutes away from something going wrong with the front end. I feel like I need a safety inspection every month.

- Newaygo, MI, USA

problem #274

Sep 152011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
2006 Chevrolet Malibu 2.2 / 4cl. The power steering stops working, this vehicle does not have a regular power steering system, I believe it is electronic. The problem is while you drive at any speed the steering becomes hard to steer, no power at all, creating a very difficult and dangerous situation that can cause a deadly accident. There is no recall yet we believe. But there are several, many situations like this one, no power steering while driving at any speed, suddenly stops working.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #273

Dec 022011

Malibu

  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while in reverse, the steering failed without warning. The contact had to apply abrupt force to the steering wheel in order to control the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer performed a diagnostic and located the failure at the steering column. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 61,000.

- Hulbert , OK, USA

problem #272

Feb 012010

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated when she applied pressure to the brakes, the brake light would not illuminate and when it would illuminate, it would not shut off. In addition, she noticed that the check engine warning light was also illuminated. When attempting to accelerate, the vehicle would exhibit an abnormal knocking from the engine followed by a violent jerking. The steering wheel also seized intermittently, making it difficult to control the vehicle. The dealer replaced the oxygen banks one and two, core pack, spark plugs and the prongs. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The current mileage was 155,000 and the approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Memphis , TN, USA

problem #271

Aug 202011

Malibu

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was driving approximately 7 mph and unexpectedly the steering wheel locked with an illumination of the power steering warning indicator. In addition, a chime sounded inside the vehicle. The contact drove into a parking space and turned the engine off. Upon restarting, the vehicle resumed normally. The identical failure occurred three different times. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the steering malfunction. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #270

Nov 042011

Malibu

  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 20 mph, the power steering failed to operate with the illumination of the warning indicator. The contact drove to the side of the road and parked the vehicle in a safe location. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. Prior to the failure, the steering wheel would vibrate upon starting the engine. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 107,000.

- Towson, MD, USA

problem #269

Nov 012011

Malibu

  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 35 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics and the vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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