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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 6 of 29)

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problem #468

Oct 012014

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. After starting the engine, the warning chime activated along with a power steering message display. The steering wheel became very difficult to turn. The vehicle operated normally after it was turned off and restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #467

Nov 302014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Driving my vehicle down interstate 95 heading towards Virginia beach to return to college and the steering wheel to my Chevy Malibu year 2006 just locked up and became hard to control the shaking of the steering wheel. Had steering column replaced at dealer on Sept 9, 2014 and now this issue of sudden loss of steering ability. The dealer received $1600 from me for steering column repair and I should not have to pay for this issue again especially when so many other Malibu's has had the same problem. How is GM excluding certain 2006 Chevy Malibu's from recall notice of sudden steering failure!!!!!

- Accokeek, MD, USA

problem #466

Aug 012014

Malibu

  • 91,000 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 60 mph, the steering wheel seized and extreme force was required in order to maneuver the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the column and intermediate shift needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of failure. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000. Djr

- Belle Vernon, PA, USA

problem #465

Nov 192014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 90,500 miles

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

Started the vehicle, steering wheel very hard to turn. This is the 4th time this has happened. Once I exceed about 10 mph it frees up and am able to drive normally. Contacted Chevrolet to see about a recall I found on line. They said my car has no recall because my parts were made at a different plant. I am thinking what"?" if I am having the same problem as other cars recalled with the same make and model but because my parts are made from a different plant so I am not eligible for the recall. This is wrong. Unbelievable.

- North Las Vegasq, NV, USA

problem #464

Nov 112014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
As I originally reported, my vehicle steering was malfunctioning, it would jerk back and forth all by itself my vehicle was then subject to recall service for power steering assist, this work was completed now as of Nov 11th, the problem has returned, the power steering cuts in and out what do I do now?

- Indian River, MI, USA

problem #463

Oct 152014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
While backing out of a parking space, a warning popped up on the driver information center display that the power steering was lost on my 2006 Chevy Malibu lt V6. This warning was also accompanied by 3 chimes and a total loss of the power steering and the electric power assist system. I attempted to reach out to General Motors about this problem and was told that there is a recall for this issue, however, my vehicle is not part of this recall based on the VIN number. I am desperate to have the NHTSA investigate why General Motors has not included every model of the Chevy Malibu in this power steering recall. It is obvious that the model years they have not included are having this problem and it would be devastating for another life to be lost to a defect that they could fix with common decency and sense. I have included a link to the GM website that lists this recall for your reference. media.GM.com/media/us/en/GM/news.detail.html/content/pages/news/us/en/2014/Mar/0331-power-steering.html.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #462

Oct 012014

Malibu

  • 104,500 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 power steer warning light illuminated as a chime sounded. The contact also stated that the steering wheel seized and required excessive force in order to control the vehicle. The vehicle was restarted and resumed to normal. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 104,500.

- Holley, NY, USA

problem #461

Oct 272014

Malibu

  • 173,891 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering seized without warning. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14E0044000 (steering). However, the problem persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 173,891.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #460

Dec 302013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
I was driving and was attempting to make a left hand turn in rush hour traffic when I had no power steering in the middle of the turn. Also when I turned right into a parking space at the mall the steering went out when I was half way into the parking spot. Also I was driving at approx. 25 mph was making a left hand turn when steering went out in a snow storm and I slid into the curb. I was denied by the local Chevrolet dealer the power assist repair because they said my VIN did not fall within the block of numbers that had the bad steering column assemblies. I had to pay for the repair....the recall came out and the local dealer said no reimbursement because my VIN does not fall within the block of numbers that received the bad assembly. I think that block of numbers none sense is pitiful.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #459

Dec 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Sitting at a light or parked the steering is jumping all around. On expressway the steering wheel glitches back and forth. Power steering lost upon acceleration. Also sometimes no power steering when car is started.

- Fayetteville, OH, USA

problem #458

Apr 232014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles

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

4/23/2014: While traveling at 65 mph, the steering wheel started shaking on its own and a message appeared on the vehicles center display that read "power steering". the local Chevrolet dealer said that there was a recall (#14116) but that the parts were not available. I took the car off the road because it was unsafe to drive. 11/04/14: I took the vehicle to burdick Chevrolet for service after receiving a letter from GM stating that parts were available. 11/05/14: When the repair was completed, the service writer brought the car over to where I was standing. When I started to pull away, the steering wheel started shaking and the steering felt very notchy. I showed this to the service writer and he went to get the service manager and a technician. The service writer returned and said that the service manager said that this was not part of the recall and that I would have to bring the car in for diagnostics and I would have to pay for any service. I don't feel as though I should have to pay for anything regarding this recall. As the drove home, the steering wheel shook constantly and I was not able to drive in a straight line and had to constantly correct by steering left and right. I called the dealership and asked to speak with the service manager but he was apparently too busy. I have dealt with the service manager in the past and I don't expect him to ever return my calls. I have no idea what they actually did to repair the steering. I only know that it's much worse that when I took the car in. I now have a car that cannot be driven, let alone sold. What should I do at this point?

- Clay, NY, USA

problem #457

Aug 232014

Malibu

  • 155,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering sensor intermittently lit and at times there was no warning and the contact experienced a power steering failure. The contact experienced the failure while making a sharp turn, causing the contact to have to apply force to the steering wheel to turn the vehicle. The contact turned the vehicle off and upon restarting the vehicle, the sensor reset but the failure continued to happen intermittently. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 155,000. Dyd

- Sidney, OH, USA

problem #456

Oct 152014

Malibu

  • 128,228 miles
On October 15, 2014, I was on my way to work when the steering in my car suddenly and completely went out. For no reason, my car lost control and began to swerve and the wheels began to squeal. My steering wheel was easily movable, but the car would not go in the direction that I turned the wheel. I almost hit another car head on if she hadn't stopped her car. I also couldn't stop the car. As I applied the brakes, the car did a complete 360 turn as it continued to travel down the street. The car finally hopped the curb and hit a light pole on the front driver's side. The car finally stopped, but felt like it wanted to continue to drift until I took the key out of the car. My car has been declared a total loss by my insurance company and I could've died had I hit that other vehicle head on, or if that pole hadn't stopped my vehicle. No airbags ever deployed.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #455

Jul 202011

Malibu

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering indicator illuminated. The failure occurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing and the power steering system was replaced. The failure recurred and the vehicle was repaired a second time. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #454

Sep 252014

Malibu

  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact heard a chime sound and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The power steering failed and prevented the contact from straightening the steering wheel. The vehicle was restarted and resumed normal operation. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 107,000.

- Wapada, IL, USA

problem #453

Mar 152014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
While accelerating on to the highway to get up to highway speed a chime sounded and there was a sudden loss of power steering. This will reoccur under the same conditions when the car is accelerating to highway speeds and the engine revolutions per minute are in the higher normal range.

- Oakdale, MN, USA

problem #452

Sep 252014

Malibu

  • 244,674 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving 20 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver when turning left or right. Also, the steering wheel made loud sound. The vehicle has not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 244,674.

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #451

Sep 142014

Malibu

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel seized as the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering wheel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Shongaloo, LA, USA

problem #450

Dec 242013

Malibu

  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 30 mph, the power steering indicator illuminated and a warning sound chimed. The steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The contact merged to the side of the road and turned off the vehicle. The vehicle was restarted and the power steering resumed normal operation. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #449

Jul 132011

Malibu

  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 10 mph making a turn, an abnormal sound emitted from the steering wheel. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician diagnosed that the U-joint at the steering box needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000.

- Shoemakersville, PA, USA

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