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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 2 of 29)

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problem #548

Jul 012016

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles

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

2006 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to power steering failure after electric power steering recall repairs. The consumer stated after the recall was performed, the power steering failed. It worked intermittently depending on the weather; when it was cold it worked, but when it was hot, it didn't work. When the consumer returned to the dealer, they informed him he would have to pay $650 to replace a part, that was not covered under the recall.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #547

Oct 142015

Malibu

  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 5 mph, the power steering suddenly failed and the steering wheel became very difficult to turn. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle. The contact sustained a lower back injury that did not require medical attention. A police was report was filed. The vehicle was diagnosed by an independent mechanic who stated that the electronic power steering failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 129,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Burbank, IL, USA

problem #546

Jun 012015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at unknown speeds, the steering wheel became extremely difficult to maneuver as the power steering warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering). However, the failure recurred immediately after leaving the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 113,000. Updated 08/17/16 the consumer stated all the lights on the dashboard flashed and bells went off, while losing power steering. Upon accelerating. Updated 10/25/16.

- Shirley, NY, USA

problem #545

May 312016

Malibu

  • 62,000 miles

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

Had repair done for steering recall in 2015 but sometimes power still goes out of steering when trying to parallel park and when accelerating on freeway. Suspension: Virtually no shock absorption; rides very hard.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #544

May 122016

Malibu

  • 89,000 miles
I had the steering assist recall 14V-153 performed on my car last year, today when I make turns I am losing power steering and I get the power steering message on the information system. My guess is the same problem is back again.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #543

May 012015

Malibu

  • 140,000 miles
The electrical power steering work was fixed prior to the recall, therefore was completed by a private repair shop. When the recall came out GM reimbursed me for the repairs, however now the car has to warm up for 10 minutes before power steering is able to work after it sits of the night. I contact GM regarding this problem, but they said since the work was completed by a private repair shop there was nothing they could do meanwhile I have to let it warm up daily (even at 50 degrees +) and is getting progressively worse.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #542

Jan 212016

Malibu

  • 120,000 miles

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

I did buy this car used, but upon test drive nothing wrong. 5 months later I have a clicking in steering, and rubbing sound, and as I go down the road it sounds like the front end is falling off. Seriously need help on fixing this issue.

- Benton, IL, USA

problem #541

Apr 122016

Malibu

  • 92,000 miles
When accelerating power steering assist locks momentarily making unsafe driving conditon. Let off pedal and it comes back.dashboard bell also dings when this occurs. Also steering makes binding noise like a large rubber band being stretched when you turn the wheel back and forth.

- Middle River, MD, USA

problem #540

Apr 132016

Malibu

  • 260,000 miles
"takata recall" I was pulling out my driveway and my steering wheel locked and it started twitching so I hurried up and put my car in reverse but everything started to blank and the car cut off in the middle of the road in front of a car. There was two guys in the car that helped me push my car back in my yard. I let my car rest for about 2 hours and went out and tried to move it but once I crancked the car and put it in gear the wheel was still locked like...I can not fully turn left or right all the lights start to blank and the whole car shuts off.

- Fairmont, NC, USA

problem #539

Jun 092015

Malibu

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled and all the warning lights illuminated on the instrument cluster. In addition, while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel seized. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but the contact was unsure about what part needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #538

Feb 012016

Malibu

  • 78,200 miles

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

Steering wheel started shaking while driving in a parking lot. It continued shaking even when car was completed stopped. Had to shut car off to stop the steering wheel from shaking.

- Pekin, IL, USA

problem #537

Nov 152015

Malibu

  • 177,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at an unknown speed, the steering wheel shook violently and seized. The vehicle was serviced under a manufacturer recall where the torque sensor assembly and eps motor controller unit was replaced. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 177,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #536

Jul 222014

Malibu

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle traveled out of lane independently. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column and torque senor assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired prior to the recall associated with NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering); however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering module would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Velle Vernon, PA, USA

problem #535

Nov 232015

Malibu

  • 38,900 miles
When making a left turn a clunking noise happenes.told by service center its the steering column.I checked internet and found many, many many problems with the chev Malibu with the steering column.there is something wrong with this model.cost about $500 to fix and some people have the problem happen again.

- James Island, CT, USA

problem #534

Jan 142016

Malibu

  • 127,000 miles
At times it's very hard to steer, turning the key to start the car and the engine just cranks and when you let the key off the engine continues to crank.

- Yreka, CA, USA

problem #533

Nov 022015

Malibu

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized. The contact mentioned that the steering column was too loose nearly causing the contact to lose control of the vehicle, while turning. It was unknown if the vehicle was diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 53,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #532

Dec 072015

Malibu

  • 84,000 miles
I bought this vehicle used from paul conte Chevrolet in freeport, NY and it had 3 recalls that were not fixed before selling it to me. Now my power steering system malfunctioned to the point where the steering wheel would twitch uncontrollably and then become stiff, making it very difficult and dangerous to steer. I ended up paying for the repairs to the tune of almost $1700 to replace the steering column and steering motor. After doing some research, I found that GM recalled many vehicles of the same year, make, and model as my car but for my specific VIN only the steering torque sensor was recalled. I did get the steering torque sensor recall fixed but my steering was still messed up. This recall did not fix my very serious and potentially dangerous issue. It was only after I authorized the steering column and motor repairs that the issue was resolved. GM customer service is saying that even though I had the same exact issue as the GM recall for other Malibu's, because my specific VIN did not fall under the recall, I will not be getting reimbursed. It is not right that GM be able to get away with this. This serious steering issue could have caused me to crash. I would like to file a complaint against GM for failure to recall all vehicles that were affected by this power steering issue and also request that they reimburse me for fixing an issue that should have been taken care of before I even bought the car. The link below will take you to the official GM statement on this power steering issue. media.GM.com/media/us/en/GM/vehicles.detail.html/content/pages/news/us/en/2014/Mar/0331-power-steering.html

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #531

Jun 012014

Malibu

  • 187,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at a low speed, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who repaired the vehicle under NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 187,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #530

Oct 152015

Malibu

  • 81,000 miles
When my wife turned right the steering wheel locked up and lights on dashboard started flashing it scared my wife

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #529

Oct 052015

Malibu

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 25 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and the power steering warning light illuminated. In addition, while making a left or right turn, there was an abnormal sound coming from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering assist module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 114,000.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

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