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10.0

really awful
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 4 of 28)

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problem #499

Dec 122005

Malibu

  • 123,018 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 40 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to turn the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the steering motor and module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 123,018.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #498

Mar 122015

Malibu

  • 182,052 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized while driving. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering) but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering internal module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 182,052.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #497

Jan 262015

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering), there was a loud noise coming from the steering wheel without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Byram, MS, USA

problem #496

Apr 192012

Malibu

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel required excessive force in order to maneuver the vehicle. The vehicle was restarted and the vehicle resumed to normal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering sensor needed to be replaced. The power steering sensor was reset but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #495

Feb 192014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
The power steering light came on the display. I could not steer or turn the car. I turn the car off for about thirty minutes. I started the car back up called GM dealer on 38th street explained the problem & went in. The service department said that it was power steering column & that it would be 1200 dollars to fix. I did not have the money to fix it. On several occasions this has happened to me. As recently as February 25, 2015 I took my car to a private mechanic & paid $817 for suspension work, bushings etc & $253 for two tires. The mechanic informed me that the intermediate mid shaft needs to be replace & that there was still clucking noise & rattling in the steering wheel. I test drove the car with the mechanic & as I was turning out of the parking lot the power steering locked up again. It was very difficult for me to turn the steering wheel as I was turning on a busy intersection. The power steering light came on display. I cut my hazard lights on & cut the car off & started the car up....I do not feel safe in this car. I got on line on February 27, 2015 googled 2006 recalls on Chevrolet Malibu's & seen that there was a recall. I contacted dorman products & left a message in regards to my issue. I also contacted GM 18006302438, spoke with a representative about the issue (power steering) & she asked for my VIN number. She also asked me if I was the first owner of the car, I explained that I purchased the car from the andy mohr dealership & that there was a previous owner. The representative informed me that the recall letter to the previous owner on February 5, 2015. I updated my information & received a letter the next day for the recall. I am scheduled to go in for electric power steering assist (recall # 14772) on Tuesday March 3, 2015. I hope that this dangerous issue is taken care of. Concerned Chevrolet Malibu owner.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #494

Feb 132015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 36,752 miles
I had just bought the vehicle about two weeks prior to the first incident, I was driving up a two lane winding mountain road and my steering locked up, I heard a few dings and then the steering wheel released. When I got home I called Chevrolet in reno and asked if there was a recall on this particular issue, they said no. I also looked it up and there was nothing listed. This is a continuous problem. This month on February 13 was the final straw, I was driving on a dirt road at my daughters house and my steering wheel locked up and I hit a fence. No one was injured but my car is. This steering issue has occurred to many times to count. Someone is going to get killed from this issue. I have a friend who owns the same make and model and they were involved in a accident last week and totaled the car. They have the same issue!

- Fernley, NV, USA

problem #493

Nov 012014

Malibu

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds, the power steering seized intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on three separate occasions to be repaired under NHTSA campaign number 14V153000 (steering) however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Burgan, NC, USA

problem #492

Jan 302015

Malibu

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owned a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 65 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The driver crashed into a ditch and the vehicle rolled over approximately four times. The driver and two passengers were injured and required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a tow lot. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Jefferson City , MO, USA

problem #491

Jun 022014

Malibu

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure occurred intermittently. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Oakdale, MN, USA

problem #490

May 012014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
My 06, will not start without pressing the gas pedal, also it will show power steering failure when starting, I will have to restart vehicle for the power steering to activate, and while driving the power steering will stop working causing the vehicle to be hard to steer.

- Clio, AL, USA

problem #489

Jan 142015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 82,035 miles

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

While driving power steering light came on and when my daughter arrived home, I checked for fluids and found out this power steering was electronic. Look on line and found out about the recalls but this vehicle was not on the list. Could not take a chance of my daughter getting into an accident, she uses this car for work and college. Following day drove car to dealer and paid 438. 69 to make the necessary repairs which consisted of replacing the steering module code C0460, replaced the steering position/ torque sensor. Service manager could not understand why this was not covered under the recall because he said it was the same part being replace on the other recall vehicles. Thank you for your concern.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #488

Dec 292014

Malibu

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 20 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply excessive force to the steering wheel in order to turn the vehicle. Additionally, the no traction control warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the torque sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Tuscon, AA, USA

problem #487

Jan 202015

Malibu

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the power steering failed without warning and excessive force was required to maneuver the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where the technician diagnosed that the power steering motor needed to be replaced. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Kanas City, KS, USA

problem #486

Jan 212015

Malibu

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 3 mph and making a right turn, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned causing the steering wheel to become very difficult to turn. The contact indicated that the failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Brooksville, FL, USA

problem #485

Jul 212007

Malibu

  • 14,866 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the power steering failed without warning as the check power steering warning indicator illuminated. The failure had occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the power steering gear assembly was faulty. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 14,866.

- Boardman, OH, USA

problem #484

Oct 062014

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. When the vehicle was started, the power steering light illuminated and the vehicle would not turn. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where it was diagnosed that the anti-sway bar needed to be replaced. The failure persisted. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The VIN was not listed in the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Lawrenceburg, KY, USA

problem #483

Mar 052014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Power steering ceased to function while driving at normal speed. I managed to pull over and safely off the roadway. After a half hour, I restarted the vehicle and the power steering seemed to operate ok. This same malfunction has since occurred a few more times over the past year. I have only driver the car approx. 1500 miles since as it could potential be disastrous. Should this not be a recall situation?

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #482

Jan 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
The Chevy, Malibu 2006 models have a recall on the faulty power steering. All except our VIN number. We have the power steering problem so why isn't it under recall? the power steering goes out periodically making it difficult to steer especially from a parking space or at low speeds. Then it will unpredictably come back on again. This is a safety hazard as it can come back all of a sudden while going around sharp turns. Last time we called our local dealer he said it wasn't covered. Can you rectify this with Chevrolet and get back to me as soon as possible. Thank you very much.

- Diamond Point, NY, USA

problem #481

Sep 012013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Vehicle hits 25 mph while driving straight and the power steering fails. A dinging would go off and it would not move till the car was shut off and reset.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #480

Dec 212014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owned a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While the driver was driving at high speeds, the steering wheel seized and the driver lost control of the vehicle. As a result, the driver crashed into a guardrail. The vehicle spun and crashed into another guardrail. The air bags did not deploy. The driver sustained minor bruises and scrapes that did not require medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V224000 (power train); however, the parts needed for the repairs were unavailable. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Bay City, MI, USA

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