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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

steering problem

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 17 of 28)

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problem #239

Jan 182011


  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while accelerating in drive, the steering wheel would seize. The contact stated this usually occurs while driving up a hill, and the sterring wheel later unlocks on it's own. She also stated that the vehicle has becomes very unsafe to drive. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic who replaced the power steering sensor but that did not remedy the problem. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the dealer stated the electrical power steering unit needs to be replaced. The contact stated when the steering wheel locks, the vehicle could cause a crash. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #238

Jul 202011


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel locked; however, when the vehicle was turned off and restarted the steering wheel functioned normally. There were no warning indicators illuminated during the failure. In addition, the steering wheel became extremely loose upon engaging it. During a left and right turn the steering wheel exhibited a tightness and was very difficult to maneuver. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #237

Jun 252011


  • 94,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu ltz. The contact stated that on an intermittent basis the steering wheel would shake and jerk violently causing the vehicle to move in the opposite direction she was driving. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who advised her that they would replace the steering column. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who advised her that the power steering assist motor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 94,500.

- Madison Heights, MI, USA

problem #236

Jul 162011


  • 130,200 miles


We were driving the car on a twisting highway in rural Montana when the electronic power steering failed. With no assist we almost missed a corner. The steering wheel required extreme pressure to complete the turn. The power steering returned again without warning. If the power steering returned during the time a lot of pulling pressure was being applied to the steering wheel we may have gone across the center line and impacted the front of a kenworth truck. If after a head on accident the power steering may again be working if checked. This is a fearful situation.

- Helena, MT, USA

problem #235

Mar 012011


  • 75,000 miles
My 2006 Malibu power steering keeps spontaneously going out. It started around 75,000 miles. It is constantly pulling the wheel from one direction to the other. It's at a point where the vehicle is uncontrollable, especially at high speeds. The power steering light does come on, but only sporadically - not all of the time. So far, no accidents have occurred, but I fear it will lock up in one certain direction or over correction from trying to control it will cause a crash. Nothing has been fixed or replaced- the car is not being driven at this time.

- Ravenna, OH, USA

problem #234

Jul 122006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 197,158 miles
In the past 2 months my 2006 Chevy Malibu the steering locks up followed by the brakes locking up..when the steering locks up it takes 4-5 secs and its back to normal its done it 3 times and the past time came close to being in a deadly wreck.

- Flat Rock , NC, USA

problem #233

Jul 082011


  • 86,011 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving in reverse the steering failed making the steering wheel difficult to turn. The power steering warning light illuminated when the failure occurred. The vehicle was turned off for a short time and the steering wheel began to function normally. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current miles were 86,011.

- Newton , MS, USA

problem #232

Jun 302011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
2006 Chevy Malibu - power steering displays on screen - then I lose the power steering, if I turn the car off it will disappear and power steering resumes. This has happened approximately a dozen times over the past two weeks. Does Chevy have a recall for this. I have searched and can't find any and I have found that others have the same issue. Very unsafe driving conditions.

- Ripley, OH, USA

problem #231

Mar 012011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 to 25 mph the steering wheel would intermittently lock and she would be uanble to steer the vehicle. After the failures, the contact would hear a warning bell, indicating the loss of power steering. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer, nor repaired. The dealer also informed the contact that there were no recalls on that component. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #230

Apr 192010


  • 75,000 miles
The power steering keeps going out. It may happen when we first start the car or once we have started driving. We have found that if you turn the car off & then turn it back on it almost always comes back. This has been going on for several months. On 6/23/11 I started the car & there was no power steering & still isn't. have turned the car on & off several times & it has finally become permanent, no power steering. Chevrolet needs to recall & fix the defective power steering.

- Barnsdall, OK, USA

problem #229

Apr 102011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 56,350 miles


The electric power steering in my 2006 Chevrolet Malibu failed repeatedly. It would work sometimes when the car was restarted. Because of the safety concern, I had it repaired at a Chevrolet dealership. I found that Chevrolet will pay to repair some 2006 Malibu with the problem, but not others. I was told my car has the wrong "VIN-series, " so Chevrolet refuses to cover the repair. It is the exact same defect/problem found in other Malibu of the same year. I would request that the transportation department push Chevrolet into a wider recall so all models with the identical problem are covered. Losing power steering is a serious safety concern, especially to my wife who was not strong enough to steer the car at slow speeds when it failed. It almost caused an accident in a parking lot. I filed a claim with Chevrolet. It did not respond in 60 days as promised. I called to check the status of my claim. Chevrolet said it was denied. It refused to send me a response in writing, which is weird. It may be a sign of a widespread problem that it does not want to fix without pressure from dot.

- West Valley City, UT, USA

problem #228

Jun 012011


  • 66,000 miles
I began to hear thumping noise from the front end. After brining it to the auto repair facility they informed me the "rack in pinion" unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle only has 66,000 miles on it. The repair facility informed me the cost will be $1200. After reading about this issue on the internet it appears to be common place and dangerous. I have not yet corrected the problem as I do not have the money to repair it.

- Jamestown, RI, USA

problem #227

Nov 012006


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering would lock abnormally and without warning while driving various speeds. There was also an abnormal rattling from the steering wheel. In addition, the fuel level gauge would provide erroneous fuel level readings and the interior lighting would malfunction sporadically. The steering failure was repaired under an unknown recall, yet the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where he was unable to duplicate the steering failure but replaced the fuel tank sensor. Later, the contact was involved in an unrelated crash and while having the vehicle repaired, the contact was advised that the steering column was locked defectively and would need replacing. The steering column was replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance. The failure mileage was 33,000 and the current mileage was 45,000.

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #226

Jun 032011


  • 50,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While the contact was driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering warning indicator illuminated with an immediate loss of power steering. The vehicle was driven to the side of the road and the engine was turned off. After waiting a few moments the engine restarted and the vehicle functioned normally. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they were unable to diagnose the failure because the vehicle was equipped with electric power steering. The manufacturer was made aware of the intermittent failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,500.

- Elgin, TX, USA

problem #225

May 312011


  • 105,000 miles
I own a 2006 Chevy Malibu and recently my power steering warning has been displayed on my radio panel every time I start the car. Today while making a turn the warning came on again and chimed. After doing some very intensive research I've noticed this is a very common and serious issue. I am very uncomfortable driving the car in fears that one time it will completely lock up. GM really needs to recall and fix this issue before there are deaths caused due to the fault of the makers. I haven't taking it to a garage yet as I can not afford $800 plus in repairs.

- Maysville, NC, USA

problem #224

May 272011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
2006 chev Malibu power steering locked up.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #223

May 232011


  • 46,000 miles
Loss of power steering on start up. Never make it to recover, although a lot of other drivers said that turning engine off and on would at least temporary solve the problem. The car was towed to dealership where they diagnosed "power steering control module internal failure" ($700 dollars repair cost).

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #222

May 222011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 74,314 miles
Power steering periodically goes out. First time, when it was very cold out a few months ago. The last time (on Sunday) was going down the interstate at +70 mph speed. Work has not been done since the steering column part is $359 plus 2 hours labor and if that does not fix the problem the assist motor will need be replaced at $450 plus labor. I did take it the local dealer repair shop and they put it on the computer since after I turn my car off resets itself. Not safe to drive on the interstate since it may go off again. This problem is a major complaint with owners of this car.

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #221

Feb 012011


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving 15 mph the steering wheel locked. The bell and power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact turned the vehicle off and then on to correct the failure. The dealer diagnostic test determined that the failure was the same as the recall that was issued, but the contacts VIN was not a part of the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted regarding the failure. The failure mileage was 72,000 and the current mileage was 74,000.

- San Fransico, CA, USA

problem #220

Apr 282011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Power steering issue. The power steering in car made noise when under warranty. I brought it in at 35,000 miles. The GM dealer lubed the steering shaft. At 90,000 miles they told me the steering system was shot and I needed to pay over $1,000 for a new steering system....

- Hilton, NY, USA

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