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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 18 of 28)

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problem #219

Apr 112011


  • 118,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated the power steering failed periodically without warning. The contact also stated when they made a left or right turn the steering wheel jerked out of his hand. The contact stated the power steering light illuminated on the information center intermittently. The contact stated the vehicle was in the dealer possession but had not been inspected. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 118,000.

- Vernonia, OR, USA

problem #218

Apr 302011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 86,400 miles
I have a power steering problem with my 2006 Chevy Malibu. I had gotten a recall notice awhile back and at the time there was nothing wrong. However now I am having a problem with the power steering and I don't even see this recall anymore on your website. Please confirm. The power steering all of a sudden has a "ding, ding, ding noise" when I have to accelerate from a stop on the highway back on. Now sometimes when on a ramp to the highway the power steering shuts off completely.

- North Arlington, NJ, USA

problem #217

Oct 072007

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 38,895 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Malibu. At about 38,000 miles the electric steering quit working. I had to replace. Since the installation of new electric steering component, the steering system makes a very loud snap or clunking or metal on metal sound everytime I make a turn or take off from a stop. Some thing is shifting or moving in the steering gear shaft or rack & pinion. Called the dealer and they said it was normal that it does it and some grease would help quite it. That was there answer for poor engineering. There are many people that have the same problem and there doesn't seem to be a permanent fix for it from GM. If I try to sell my Malibu to someone else I will either take a large loss or not be able to sell it at all. I am complaining because GM has not stepped up and accepted responsibility for this problem and come up with a solution. To have anything done at a dealer is 60 to $80 per hour, which all the unfortunate owners of those GM electric steering vehicles should not have to pay. I would like to see some pressure put on GM to resolve this very exasperating and potentially serious erosive safety condition. As time goes on the situation gets worse and resonates more and more up the steering column. Lets get this fixed before there is a serious accident or loss of life because the steering fails on these automobiles. Sincerely.

- Ludington, MI, USA

problem #216

Apr 012011


  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 60 mph, the contact noticed that the steering wheel would move from one side to the other, making it impossible to control the vehicle. Also, when attempting to start the vehicle, the contact heard a buzzing noise as the steering wheel would violently jerk from left to right. The dealer advised the contact that there were no recalls related to the failure. The contact did not inform the manufacturer of the failure nor was the vehicle diagnosed or repaired. The current mileage was 67,000 and the failure mileage was 64,000.

- Maple Falls, WA, USA

problem #215

Apr 142011


  • 37,847 miles
Check power steering messaging appeared while driving at highway speed. Messaging disappeared after turning car off and on. Message reappeared three more times at different speeds in next two days. Brought car to mechanic who recalibrated steering column. Messaging reappeared on drive home from shop while passing over a speed bump. Returned car to shop, was told steering column and module needed replaced. Repairs exceeded $1000. Mechanic mentioned that when local parts dealer keeps many of these replacement units on hand, it's clearly a known issue that Chevy needs to address. Vehicle has low mileage and majority of these miles were accrued on city streets, implausible that a part of this caliber would require replacement at this time based on use. Mechanic tried calling Chevy on owner's behalf as parts warranty extended to 36,000 miles. Chevy unwilling to grant any concessions as failure mileage was 37,847.

- Redmond, WA, USA

problem #214

Apr 202011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 110,280 miles
Loss of power steering. This happened 3 times today.

- Pittston, PA, USA

problem #213

Nov 112010


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 30 mph the steering wheel began to shake and the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians stated that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Carpentersville, IL, USA

problem #212

Feb 262011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 100,520 miles
For the past 6 months power steering on 2006 Malibu lt had been going out. I could reset it by restarting the car and pressing the accelerator. While driving on the highway about a month or two ago power steering went out, was able to pull over. This happen about 4 time before I reach my destination, I drove in the right lane so I would be able to pull safely off the road. To date if I restart the car I can drive it for a short distance before it goes out again.

- Waynesboro, PA, USA

problem #211

Apr 012010


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact noticed that power steering warning light was illuminated and remained illuminated for one year. Later while driving approximately 70 mph, the contact noticed that the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. She turned the vehicle off and on again and the power steering reset independently. The dealer advised the contact to bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer informed her to take the vehicle to a local dealer and the vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the contact was informed that the rack and pinion and electrical system would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 86,000 and the failure mileage was 70,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #210

Apr 102011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I was accelerating onto the freeway going approximately 60 mph and the power steering stopped working for 3-4 seconds. There was a chime as well. If it lasted longer or there were other cars around someone could have been injured!!!!

- Brownstown, MI, USA

problem #209

Sep 122010


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering would fail sporadically with the illumination of the power steering warning light. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic and was told that the electronic power assist was failing and would need replacing. The contact believed the failure to be a severe safety issue. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 78,000.

- East Landsdown, PA, USA

problem #208

Mar 302011


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet mailbu lt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph the steering wheel suddenly locked without warning. She was able to release the steering wheel by restarting the vehicle. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 150,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Sawyer, MI, USA

problem #207

Mar 252011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Power steering temporarily goes out upon acceleration in my 2006 Chevy Malibu lt. Seems like the problem is intermittent. This seems to be a safety issue and all GM has done is issue a special coverage adjustment (link: seems like this should be a safety issue with a dealer recall to address the issue. According to the info I find on the web, this is a known issue with many Malibu's.

- Center Point, TX, USA

problem #206

Feb 152011


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the power steering locked. The dealer was contacted and informed her to bring the vehicle in for inspection since there were no recalls or related warranties for this failure. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #205

Mar 032011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 172,000 miles
Steering column locks while pressing gas pedal, this is very dangerous when changing lanes on the expressway. This usually happens to me daily as I travel to and from work on the interstate.

- St Charles, MI, USA

problem #204

Mar 012011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 33,647 miles
2006 Chevy Malibu power steering will lock up when driving at low speeds.

- Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

problem #203

Mar 012011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
I was on my way to work this morning when the interior bell sounded 4 times and then the power steering quit. I was on the thruway and very concerned about being able to exit. The force I needed to use to turn my vehicle was greater than any elderly person would be able to manage. After doing some research, I have learned that this problem has been ongoing with Chevy. This is a very serious safety issue. How many people have to die before Chevy will make this recall" when the wrongful death lawsuits become more expensive than having to fix their own mistake"

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #202

Jan 102011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 102,600 miles
At 102,600 miles power steering began to intermittently fail. It would return when the car was turned off and then started again. My wife very nearly wrecked in a parking lot when it first happened. GM had a secret warranty to 100K...cost me 660, region refused to help. It was a sensor in the steering column. "old part" is not available, don't know what the dealer would do with such. As my wife suffers from reduced arm strength, it was not an option as to repair.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #201

Jan 302011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
Electrical power steering column (eps) in my car, and many others of the same year or older has/will fail. Very dangerous, car will not turn when driver wants it to. Foresee accidents and injury if left unrepaired. There was a recall issued for the 2005 model, which uses the same eps as the 2006. There are many complaints about this problem happening at different mileage milestones, however, Chevy/GM is basically saying they don't expect their sedans to last longer than 100,000 miles by not remedying the problem. I have 3 kids, this is a very dangerous situation. There must be a logical reason as to why in 2007 they switched to power steering fluid instead of the junk eps. GM/Chevy can expect me, an owner of 5 Chevy vehicles, to never purchase this type of power steering again. I am asking for a recall, a repair, a compromise form GM/Chevy to fix the vehicle and keep my loyalty to the brand. It's very upsetting a recall would go out for an older vehicle, yet this one gets ignored. How may of my children need to be involved in an accident before GM/Chevy takes responsibility for their crappy handiwork. I have an estimate on the repair, which would run between $740-$940. A recall issued by the government, would show their concern; and dedication to consumers.

- Hanover, MD, USA

problem #200

Dec 012010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
The steering in my 2006 Chevy Malibu lt is very faulty. I have read and researched the continuous problems with the steering in this car and it posses a big problem considering I drive this car 200 mile on the interstate highway at high speeds and the car is very difficult to control.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

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