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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 28 of 28)

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problem #19

Aug 102008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving less than 50 mph, the power steering warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The steering wheel then locked in place, preventing the contact from moving the wheel left or right. On a separate occasion, while driving less than 50 mph, the vehicle began turning left on its own. The steering wheel was locked and the vehicle coasted off the road on its own as well. The dealer stated that the steering column failed and could be repaired at the cost of $700. The vehicle has not yet been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 50,000. Updated 11/25/08. Updated 11/25/08.

- Dalton, GA, USA

problem #18

Jun 222008


  • 36,230 miles
Steering wheel jerks uncontrollably. Have taken it to dealership for repair twice. Steering column replaced first time and second time was told no mechanical problems. However driving down the road the steering wheel jerks so bad that it will pull vehicle from one lane to next or it will pull vehicle all over the roadway.

- Port Neches , TX, USA

problem #17

Aug 262008


  • 41,000 miles
2006 Chevrolet Malibu power steering illuminates on dash(radio), 2005 models were a recall and it keeps coming on and sometimes lose of steering when started. It has 43,000 miles and not on warranty because steering column is not covered, its a problem nationwide as I researched. I could potentially be dangerous when driving around turns if loss of power. I bought it used but was fine until 2 months after.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #16

Jul 272008


  • 56,000 miles


On July 27,2008 I started my 2006 Malibu. Across the control panel it said power steering and I could not turn my steering wheel. I turned my car off and restarted it and it was ok. It has done this numerous times since. It has also started going out while driving down the road. Making the car very hard to steer/control. There is also alot of shaking of my steering wheel. Sometimes while driving the steering wheel will jerk to one side. It makes me very nervous to drive in traffic because it is very unpredictable. I feel like this is safety issue that needs to be recalled. It is really sad that so many families lives are in danger because of the unpredictability of this problem. Not only is my family in danger but the lives of others as well.

- Wills Point, TX, USA

problem #15

May 012008


  • 50,000 miles
I own a 2006 chev Malibu ss. All was fine until a year ago. I noticed a "bump" in the steering while turning left. Dealership told me that they would lube the steering shaft. Now there is a "bump in steering and follow up bump as the wheels return to straight. There is also a rubbing noise while turning. The car is also pulling to the right. I had the alignment checked and it was in perfect order. After the "checkup" the car pulled harder to the right and the "noises" were more pronounced. I noticed that there was a recall for 1997 for issues that sound all too familiar. Chevy is fixing my car under my warranty. Approximate incident date is "about" when the issues first started.

- Round Hill, VA, USA

problem #14

Aug 112008


  • 34,510 miles
Shaking in steering wheel when brakes are applied, this happen everytime I apply the brakes. The dealer resurfaced front rotors and replaced still have a grinding noise in front wheelarea dealer said that the replacement pads are causing the grinding and there's nothing that can be done to stop the grinding because of the way the replacement pas are designed. This car is not safe to drive and I told the dealership this and they claim it is safe.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #13

Jul 012008


  • 40,000 miles


Approximately 6 months ago, I started feeling a tug in my steering when I would make a left hand turn. Then it gradually moved to a pulling of my steering wheel, where you could visibly see my steering wheel move without me touching it. Then at times it almost felt like you were steering on an icy road. Within the last month I have been experiencing my power steering going completely out. Numerous times I have had to turn off my car then restart it to reset it. There has been three instances were my husband or myself has been driving the vehicle on the highway and my message board sound with a message "power steering", the power steering goes out, then it is nearly impossible to drive. We have had to quickly try to get over to the shoulder to turn the car off and on. My husband can physically steer the car when it is like that, I can not though. I feel that this is a tremendous hazard and I am concerned with getting in an accident because of it. We went to the repair shop (car is past the warranty) and they said the estimate will be close to $3,500. Apparently they have had to fix 2 Malibu's already and knew exactly what I was talking about. It is ashamed that this has not been a recall. I have seen numerous complaint on the internet, but haven't heard anything from Chevrolet.

- Winfield, MO, USA

problem #12

Aug 042008


  • 41,432 miles
Power steering unit (eps) for 2006 Chevy Malibu fails car becomes diffcult to turn or maneuver.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #11

Jul 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving between 1 -75 mph, the steering wheel would have a lot of "play". the wheel would make driving easy at times, but harder at other times. While the vehicle was not moving, the steering wheel would continue to move around. While driving at various speeds or turning into a tight space, it was difficult to estimate how far to turn the steering wheel. The failure mileage was 58,000 and current mileage was 59,000. The dealer replaced the steering column due to a faulty torque sensor and the steering wheel ponsition sensor. Updated 09/18/08.

- Alburn, PA, USA

problem #10

Jun 242008


  • 49,958 miles
I was driving along the highway and slowed down to turn to go to the pharmacy. My steering went completely out and I had to coast off road into pharmacy parking lot. Unable to turn steering wheel. Had to have car towed. Steering motor was out on car. It costs almost $900 for repair. Not covered under warranty. Service dept told me he had seen other Chevy Malibu's with same problem.

- Mitchell, IN, USA

problem #9

Feb 262008


  • 3,670 miles


I purchased a 2006 used Chevy-Malibu on Feb. 22-2008. With 3600 mileage. After driving for 2 weeks the steering wheel would lock-up along with a bell going off and a light flashing steering wheel problems (the light stayed on for a short period of time). I tried to steer with the car operating in manual steering which was very hard to do since I'm 72 years old. I let the car drift to a parking lot and proceeded to cut the motor off and start again to try to get power steering in an operative mode. This happened to me a number of times. Coming out of my driveway there is a fire hydrant and the wheel locked and I could not turn away from the hydrant in time and I hit it. I was turning a corner in to traffic and it locked again. I called the dealership and they said to take it to someone that required that I leave it overnight. But the shop was quite a distance from my home. I waited until July and called the salesman who works at a different place now and he said I could take to any Chevrolet dealer to have it repaired. I have an extended warranty with zurich. The repair shop states that they don't cover all the cost to get it repaired less $200 out of pocket. I want to know if there has been some other complaints or if there is a recall on this type vehicle.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #8

Sep 272007


  • 29,000 miles
While passing another car, accelerating around a curve, or taking off from a stop. The electronic power steering shuts down leaving you fighting a steering wheel that almost feels locked. I was told that there was a bulletin out on the coil pack. That it is spiking a voltage above 16 volts and as a safety feature it shuts down the electronic steering to protect it. It might protect the steering from the electric surge, but it has almost caused a wreck on a couple of occasions. Luckily I was able to fight the dead steering wheel where if I was a smaller male/ female there would be a chance that I couldn't.

- West Frankfort , IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 112007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,759 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 55 mph, the contact noticed that the vehicle felt off balanced as if the alignment was incorrect. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was properly aligned. Immediately after the repair, the steering wheel straightened and the vehicle drifted to the right. The failure mileage was 32,759 and current mileage was 37,000. Updated 3/4/08 the consumer stated both sides of the bumper were out of place. The consumer believed that was the cause of the problem

- Bennetsville, NC, USA

problem #6

May 042007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 35 mph, the contact accelerated and the steering froze for a few seconds before returning to normal. The failure has occurred on several occasions. The vehicle has been to the dealer, but the failure was not corrected. The VIN, engine size, and number of cylinders were unknown. The current mileage was 58,000 and failure mileage was 37,000.

- Greenville, NC, USA

problem #5

Sep 202007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The power steering goes out, without any warning. You must shut off the car and restart to get the power steering working again. There is no place to add power steering fluid, as this is an electric power steering unit.

- New River, AZ, USA

problem #4

Aug 152007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,600 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel made a thumping noise and he could also feel the vibration from the steering gear box whenever he turned the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice and they replaced the steering gear first and then the steering shaft. While making a left turn at approximately 5 mph, the steering wheel locked for a few seconds and then released. The current mileage was 31,000 and failure mileage was 29,600.

- Clinton, AR, USA

problem #3

Nov 162006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 7,778 miles
We bought a 2006 Chevy Malibu on 29 May 2006 from jeff gordon Chevrolet in wilmington nc. We have had a problem with the steering since delivery of this vehicle. The vehicles steering is very erratic and it feels as though you are about to loose control of the vehicle, as if it is on ice. It has been back to the dealership on several occasions (3) with nothing found and nothing done about the steering problem. This morning my wife tried to pull into the driveway and ended up in the middle of the yard because the steering malfunctioned! it is just a matter of time before she is I

- Southport, NC, USA

problem #2

Oct 262006

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,950 miles
: the contact stated while driving 55 mph under normal road conditions, the brake pedal was depressed and the steering wheel turned to the left and locked. The vehicle crashed into a telephone pole. The manufacturer was contacted but did not take responsibility for the failure. A police report was taken. The contact sustained back and neck injuries. The vehicle was deemed totaled.

- Empire, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 222006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,300 miles
: the contact stated the steering wheel started to chatter at various speeds under normal road conditions. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer, who could not determine the problem. The parking brake cables were replaced. There was a noise coming from the rear of the vehicle, when the consumer drove over bumps. There was a noise coming from the ac compressor. Updated 01/10/07.

- Belleville, WI, USA

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