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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 20 of 28)

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problem #179

Sep 012010


  • 90,000 miles


The power steering on my 2006 Malibu stops working when accelerating or maintaining speed up hills. When the accelerator is let up the steering starts working again. If you are in a turn when the power steering starts working again the car jerks drastically in the direction the tires are turned. This started around 90,000 miles.

- Hiawassee, GA, USA

problem #178

Apr 152010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 43,288 miles
I have 2006 Chevy Malibu my friend has 2006 Chevy Malibu both vehs made in the Kansas City plant she rec'd letter that was a problem with power steering and to bring veh to GM dealer I did not get that letter called GM they said my vi# is not included but I had that same problem in April 2010 and had it repaired $598 they said because my VIN # is not on list will not honor it I have contacted BBB and attorney generals office and said should contact this office. Any help for me on this.

- No Uxbrige , MA, USA

problem #177

Aug 012009


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel locked. She had to use extreme upper body force to turn the steering wheel. The contact stated that when the failure would occur, she would shut off the vehicle for at least twenty minutes and the power steering would reset itself. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer will be contacted. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage 95,565.

- Calexico, CA, USA

problem #176

Feb 012010


  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While turning at approximately 5 mph he could hear a popping noise coming from the steering column. Over time the failure progressed and recurred whenever he made turns while driving at any speed. While turning over bumpy surfaces the failure was more pronounced. The vehicle was not taken to be examined for the cause of failure and has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 71,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Versailles, KY, USA

problem #175

Aug 162010


  • 16,300 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received notification of a safety improvement campaign and warranty extension due to a possible steering defect in her year, make and model. The contact stated that if the manufacturer would send out such a letter calling for special coverage, then it should be under recall. She was concerned that she would lose power steering while on an expressway and not be capable of pulling over. The contact experienced no failures at the time of the complaint. The contact called the manufacturer to inquire about having the part replaced to prevent any possible failure and she was advised that the warranty would only be extended if the failure actually occurred. The current and failure mileage was approximately 16,300.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #174

Aug 272010


  • 83,575 miles
I was driving my car on the freeway coming home after picking up my 4 yr old grand daughter when suddenly steering wheel locked up on me causing me to loose full control of my car. I had to muscle my steering wheel in order to steer in the right direction. I immediately turned on my emergency flasher to alert other drivers that I was having a problem. Fortunately the other cars noticed that I was having trouble with my car and slowed down giving me the right away to move over to the emergency lane where I was able to stop and call for help. The problem with my car was the electronic steering pump that had failed. I have made an appointment to have the car repaired. I've done an extended search on the internet and found this problem so widespread a recall should happen so people with this car can drive safely. This is a safety hazard and needs to be addressed by GM. We do not need to have a fatality in order to act on this problem. It seems to me that like Toyota most manufacturers wait to be forced to correct a problem then spend millions of dollars on commercials trying to convince consumers that their cars are safe to drive. With the grace of god this time I was able to get my car off the road safely my fear is what about next time? I usually have my grandchild with me. Please help!

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #173

Aug 262010


  • 68,000 miles


My 2006 Chevrolet Malibu has an intermittent power steering failure, especially during acceleration. I was entering an expressway, when the warning bell starting sounding, and the car became impossible to steer. I nearly hit the guard rail before bringing it to a stop.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #172

Apr 212010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Shortly after I bought my 2006 Chevy Malibu I began felling this popping when I turned the steering wheel in either direction. The popping soon turned into a heavy clunk. Took it to GM dealer. They lubed my inter shaft recorrection on my service statement. I returned about a year latter with the same problem. Same correction was made. Now the problem is worse and the wheel locks up after the pop. As a result I have collided with 2 stationary objects.

- Phoenix , AZ, USA

problem #171

Dec 272009

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
I own a 2006 Chevy Malibu, while I was driving the steering locked up. I was only going about 35 mph I was able to pull over and stop. I was told to cut the car off for about 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes I was able to drive the car with no problems that day, their have been two incidents with the same problem.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #170

Aug 102010


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While traveling 30 mph, the contact noticed a warning chime inside the vehicle. Seconds later, the power steering failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The current and failure mileage was 91,000.

- Jackson , TN, USA

problem #169

Jul 052010


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. Whenever she started the vehicle, it made a dinging noise and the power steering locked. There were no warning lights illuminated on the dashboard. She had to turn the vehicle on and off for approximately a half hour before it would reset itself. She did not take the vehicle to the dealer; however, she called and informed them of the failure and was told that there were no related recalls and she had to pay the repair cost. The manufacturer was not called. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Prattville, AL, USA

problem #168

Aug 062010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
I drive a 2006 Malibu, and have been for the past 4 years. The standard 2006 Malibu has epsa (electronic power steering assist). There is no reservoir to fill fluid as with older models. I found out today through experience that the electric power steering locks/unlocks on its own which has created an extremely dangerous situation. As I was driving to work this morning and as I was pulling into another driveway (making a right hand turn), the steering wheel locked so that I couldn't turn, and I was inches away from hitting a pole. I am fearful of this vehicle especially since a child rides in this vehicle regularly. I am thankful that my child wasn't in the vehicle during this time. I came in to work to do some research since the mechanic confirmed there is no reservoir for the power steering fluid. No pump, no hose, nothing to top off. What I found through my research is scary and irresponsible of GM. This is a severe safety hazard and needs to be addressed by GM immediately. I am disappointed to find that GM has not recalled this vehicle nor identified and addressed this problem (or others). I have not received any mailings or notifications regarding this problem. It's outrageous that GM can legally put out a vehicle for mass production with such hazardous flaws such as the electric power steering problem (among others). After reading all the complaints and blogs about the eps system, I am convinced that the mailbu is suffering from the same symptoms as the cobalt and other vehicles identified in a 2005 (model) recall. This issue is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #167

Aug 012010


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was attempting to reverse when the steering wheel locked. The contact shut off the engine. Upon restarting the vehicle, it resumed normal operation. The vehicle had an adequate amount of power steering fluid. Based on the contact's research, he believed the failure to be attributed to the electric power steering motor. Neither the dealer or the manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was approximately 85,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #166

Jul 152010


  • 60,000 miles
Power steering went out while driving. Difficult to steer and turn. Power steering default light on dash. Dealer unwilling to pay for repairs. GM has already recalled other brands for same problem: Recall summary General Motors is recalling certain model year 2005-2010 Chevrolet cobalt and model year 2007-2010 Pontiac G5 vehicles equipped with electric power steering. The driver may experience a sudden loss of power steering assist that could occur at any time while driving.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #165

Jul 142010


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 45 mph the contact noticed that the steering wheel suddenly locked forcing the vehicle to pull to the left. The failure was not diagnosed and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 17000.

- Arverne, NY, USA

problem #164

Jul 212010


  • 45,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving in reverse 5 mph, the power steering failed. The contact turned the vehicle off, waited a few minutes to see if the vehicle would restart and it failed to do so. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or a local mechanic for the failure. The failure occurred approximately seven times. The failure mileage was 45,700. The current mileage was 45,900.

- Saratogata Springs, NY, USA

problem #163

Apr 102010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving various speeds from 1 to 65 mph, the power steering warning light would illuminate followed by a series of three warning chimes. The failure persisted intermittently. The illumination began to occur more frequently and eventually, the electronic power steering assist began to fail sporadically. The steering wheel became extremely stiff and difficult to maneuver. The contact stated that he would had to utilize extreme force in order to turn the steering wheel. The dealer performed a diagnostic test and stated that the entire power steering unit and intermediate steering shaft needed to be replaced at the owner's expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. There were no recalls related to the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current was 81,467.

- Preston, MO, USA

problem #162

Jul 102010


  • 57,300 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu ls. While the contact was driving approximately 16 mph, a chime sounded and the power steering warning light illuminated, followed by the loss of the power steering. The vehicle was driven onto the emergency lane. The engine was turned off and restarted. The failure occurred three times within a three week period. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the technician stated that the failure was contributed to the steering wheel torque input sensor. The manufacturer offered a special coverage adjustment program regarding the replacement of the steering wheel assembly; however, the VIN was excluded and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 57,300. Updated 10/05/10.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #161

Jul 162010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 64,550 miles
2006 Chevy Malibu electric steering problems. Steering non-responsive and had to stop shut engine off and restart to remove power steering check light on dash and worked again ok for short while.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #160

Jul 142010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Power steering system fails intermittently and without any advanced warning. Once the power steering module fails, the steering wheel is extremely difficult to turn but is still turnable. The information display system says power steering and a chime noise is audible. The first time the power steering system failed on me was during a turn and almost caused me to collide with oncoming traffic. The failure of the power steering system is becoming more and more frequent, about ever 30 minutes. The power steering system will go back to normal functioning once the car is shut off and started again. Why it fails is not known to me or why it goes back to normal operation after it is restarted. In addition, the ignition key was extremely hot when it was removed from the ignition.

- Mascoutah, IL, USA

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