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10.0

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

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 16 of 28)

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problem #259

May 052010

Malibu

  • miles

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

Power steering light has been coming on for like year and almost like once a day the power steering will go out but if you turn the key off and then turn it back on it will be ok. Know it is even starting to sake while driving. So I took my car T a shop and they told me to take it to the dealer. So I have been researching this problem and there seems to be a lot of problems with this car and the power steering I am just not seeing while there is no safety recall this is very dangerous for the people who want this vehicle. Thanks

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #258

Oct 032011

Malibu

  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel would shake when driving in reverse. In addition, the steering wheel would also seize sporadically when driving highway speeds. A local mechanic diagnosed that the electric power steering assist was defective and would need to be replaced. The dealer was notified and an appointment was made to have the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 37,000 and the current mileage was 37,100.

- Rocky Hill, CT, USA

problem #257

Oct 132011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
My steering wheel locked up as I was pulling out of my driveway today and I was so close into hitting my sisters car, I was lucky enough that I was able to steer as much as a could went a little bit onto the bushes. But this is a dangerous hazard if I would have known this I would have never have bought this car.the steering wheel also gives somewhat of a vibration which I thought were the struts which were replaced and the disc brakes. Which alot of money went into replacing those parts. I am the second owner of the vehicle I purchased it in August 2010 and now I am scared to drive around because I never know when it will lock up again. I don't have the warranty on the vehicle and I don't have the money to pay for this to get fixed as I am already paying for college. I have read numerous other messages from other Chevy Malibu owners facing the same issue. What can be done to fix this?

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #256

Oct 022011

Malibu

  • 78,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering failed while driving and the wheel became very hard to turn. The power steering warning light illuminated while the failure occurred. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to be diagnosed or repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 78,000.

- Dallas , TX, USA

problem #255

Aug 022011

Malibu

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu lt. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph when the power steering warning indicator illuminated with a complete loss of power steering assist. The engine was turned off and upon restart, the vehicle began to operate normally. The power steering failure ecurred twelve times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact planned to notify the manufacturer regarding the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 112,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Fredericksburg , VA, USA

problem #254

Sep 262011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
Pulled up to the stop sign leaving my street getting ready to pull onto busy highway....steering wheel went completely stiff....power steering failure message came on the dash....managed to turn it around and park it back in my drive way....I have been reading all the other Chevy Malibu owners describing the same problem and how it has cost them hundreds even thousands to get fixed and some still did not fix the problem....I do not have hundreds to pour into my car....can barely make payments and insurance.....I do not know what to do....

- Jefferson City , MO, USA

problem #253

Jul 012011

Malibu

  • 80,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact noticed a knocking noise coming from the front end of the vehicle when she attempted to make turns. Also, the power steering would fail intermittently and she was unable to control the vehicle. The dealer advised the contact to bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer had not been notified nor was the vehicle repaired. The current mileage was 99,242 and the approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Grants Pass, OR, USA

problem #252

Sep 162011

Malibu

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was driving 10 mph when the steering wheel exhibited an abnormal noise. The failure would occur when attempting a turn in either direction or driving over road bumps. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who performed a diagnostic that located the failure at the steering column. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 35,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #251

Sep 172011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 118,054 miles
Own a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel became stiff making steering extremely difficult. Traveled approximately 3 miles & parked the vehicle. Thought it needed power steering fluid. Was told by a mechanic that this was a hugh problem with the 2006 Malibu vehicles. He personally had repaired many, many cars with this steering column issue. The cost would run $900 +. restarted the engine and the car was driving fine. Owner researched the website for recalls. Found out that with is a very serious problem with the 2006 Malibu & GM doesn't seem to have a recall for it. Unfortunately, it will take loss of lives before any action will be taken. Too many of these cars have this defect. GM should "man up" and either repair the problem permanently or allow for trade-in's with appropriate trade in value. Also, it sounds like even after repair have been done, the problem may or may not come back. No guarantee for permanent solution. Owner is afraid to drive the car for fear of the steering issue occurring at any time & maybe causing a minor or even worse fatal accident. Approximate failure mileage 118,000.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #250

Jul 122011

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle began exhibiting a loud knocking sound when turning or driving over any road bump. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the hydraulic assist power for the steering shaft was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 104,000.

- Socorro, NM, USA

problem #249

Sep 102011

Malibu

  • 31,540 miles

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

Making a right turn, I heard a clunking noise from the steering, the car pulled to the right and the steering wheel felt like it the power steering failed. About 1 year ago, I have had the car in for service at the dealers for a knocking in the steering and they found nothing wrong.

- Metuchen, NJ, USA

problem #248

Sep 012010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Malibu with a serious steering problem. Just like the cobalt that has been recalled. Is the same steering system in the Malibu as the cobalt " the steering just decides to "stop working on it's own". no matter how slow or fast I might be going, it pulls to the left, it pops when I steer, the power steering light comes on, but resets. So by the time I take it to the shop and pay for another service time, it is done and they say do this do that. I had the steering fixed twice now because it was popping. They said the steering was "out of place". when the steering stops, it is to hard to grasp and steer out of harms way. But GM states.. the steering never goes completely out.... they should drive one when this happens. I drive my grand-kids around in this car....... if they fixed the cobalt, they need to fix this now before more accidents happen ! don't they feel a ounce of remorse ? or is this like the Toyota deal " they don't care as long as you are making money and there are"that many deaths" maybe they should let their kids and grand-kids ride in or drive these cars....... this car is dangerous and all GM said was" take it to the dealer and maybe we can offer cost assistance. "

- Boiling Springs, PA, USA

problem #247

Sep 072011

Malibu

  • 137,225 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle was started and the steering failure warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing and the contact was advised that the steering column would need replacing. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 137,225 and the current mileage was 137,231.

- Massena, NY, USA

problem #246

Sep 072010

Malibu

  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while stopped, the steering wheel would begin to shake. The contact also stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel would pull the vehicle towards the left. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop, but they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 25,000.

- Whitestone, NY, USA

problem #245

Sep 052011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Randomly while driving at higher speeds or accelerating the battery light will flicker on and off on the dashboard. This time while accelerating on a entrance ramp to the highway the battery light along with all the idiot lights on the dashboard flashed and I temporarily lost power steering. This happened twice within a period of two minutes. Normally whenever the battery lights or other idiot lights flicker a chime is heard. This is kind of scary since it seems like this is a common problem and tends to happen at higher speeds.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #244

Jan 012010

Malibu

  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact noticed that the power steering warning light was illuminated. The dealer made three attempts to duplicate the failure. They replaced the steering column twice and then the steering shaft however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The current mileage was 42,688 and the approximate failure mileage was 26,000.

- Bismark, ND, USA

problem #243

Aug 292011

Malibu

  • 68,000 miles
2006 Malibu lt power steering assist fails then resumes intermittently. Mechanic's diagnostic computer cannot communicate with vehicle computer during failure, resumes communication when assist resumes. Cannot detect faulty switches, wiring, fuses. No recall notices or service bulletins.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #242

Feb 092007

Malibu

  • 26,909 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph she heard a loud popping noised when turning the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the steering gear and the steering shaft were defective and needed to be replaced. The contact mentioned that she had to replaced the same part a total of three times. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 26,909 and the current mileage was 83,000.

- Castlewood , VA, USA

problem #241

May 152011

Malibu

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the steering wheel seized and became difficult to maneuver. In addition, there was a grinding noise coming from the steering column. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. The VIN was not available.

- Joplin, MO, USA

problem #240

Aug 052011

Malibu

  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel became stiff making steering extremely difficult. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The technicians stated the steering column and the pedal position sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 117,000.

- Doyles Town, OH, USA

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