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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 5 of 29)

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problem #488

Dec 292014

Malibu

  • 120,000 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 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

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 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

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

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

problem #479

Dec 012014

Malibu

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 15 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the power steering seized. The contact stated that the vehicle shifted from the drive position to the neutral position. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Fredericksburg, MD, USA

problem #478

Jul 312014

Malibu

  • 169,000 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 35 mph, the steering wheel seized and excessive force on the steering wheel was required. The contact also stated that the engine stalled. The transmission failed to shift out of park. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 169,000.

- Lumberton, NC, USA

problem #477

Dec 292014

Malibu

  • 250,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 250,000.

- Winston Sale,, NC, USA

problem #476

Oct 012014

Malibu

  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train) however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the steering wheel became difficult to turn without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions. The approximate failure mileage was 92,000.

- Spring City, TN, USA

problem #475

Jan 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
We have received a recall approval for a defect in the transmission. But the problem we are having and reported to our Chevy dealer has to do with the power steering not working for periods of time when we start the car as well as driving it. Its been that way for awhile now as the dealer said it wasn't under recall. I believe it is. I no longer drive the car because its too hard getting out of a parking spot. My husband "deals" with it. Last time I drove the car the steering kicked in again going around a turn and I almost crossed the lane. Also, at that time my granddaughter had to help me turn the wheel to get out of a parking lot. Trying to do so actually strains muscles in my shoulder. Shouldn't this problem be under a recall" and if not, why not" we would like to continue purchasing Chevy and we're hoping for customer satisfaction pertaining to this matter. Thank you very much.

- Diamond Point, NY, USA

problem #474

Dec 172014

Malibu

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel shook and was difficult to maneuver. Also, the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The failure mileage was 35,000. Updated 02/18/15

- Gasport, NY, USA

problem #473

Nov 102010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
The steering completely locked up multiple times while commuting to work on I-95, South, in Maine. One time in particular, noted above, in which it was absolutely frightening. The entire dash would light up and all gauges would drop, the power steering would completely lock, and you would have to slowly make your way to the side of road. There were always steering, shifting, locking, braking, concerns with this car. We were constantly bringing it in to be looked at for transmission and steering issues. After multiple recalls, I thought it best to state that this car is truly unsafe. At this point we have had the car for so long, it is more of just a reassurance that someone is seriously looking into the manufacturing of these vehicles. We cant seem to get much luck with repairs, and even issues that are completely related to these recalls, we are still paying for out of pocket. We no longer drive it on the highway, if avoidable, but we do still have to use it as a commuting vehicle to work on other roads daily. We would love to see the entire vehicle recalled, as it is truly concerning that the company finds these issues to be minor repairs.

- Springvale, ME, USA

problem #472

Oct 152014

Malibu

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25 mph, the steering wheel seized and excessive force on the steering wheel was required. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the power steering failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 125,000.

- Bronson, MI, USA

problem #471

Dec 112014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 25 mph, the steering wheel seized, causing the contact to crash the vehicle into an embankment. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering); however, the part was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000. Updated 01/23/15 updated 6/9/2015

- Jewett, OH, USA

problem #470

Jul 012014

Malibu

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized and there was an abnormal clicking noise heard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who repaired the vehicle under NHTSA campaign id number: 14E044000 (steering). The contact stated that the recall remedy failed to repair the vehicle due to the steering wheel being difficult to maneuver. The contact also received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V224000 (power train) but the part was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #469

Nov 242014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 103,753 miles
While backing from driveway I lost power steering and the vehicles dic was showing power steering. I was unable to move steering wheel even using both hands. I pushed the onstar button for a diagnostic test but they were unable to determine why I lost power steering. After turning off vehicle the power steering reset and I was able to then drive the vehicle. Problem has become intermittent. Have also lost control of power steering while accelerating onto interstate I-24 from on ramp, steering wheel would not turn left then there was a clicking sound for about 10 -15 seconds then I was able to steer vehicle. Incident was reported to GM and was told that my VIN number did not come back as a recall. Was further advised by GM to file a report with the highway safety board.

- La Vergne, TN, USA

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