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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 6 of 28)

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problem #459

Dec 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

problem #448

Apr 242014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V1153000 (steering). However, the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 10/28/2014 updated 4/22/2015

- Jermyn, PA, USA

problem #447

Jun 302014

Malibu

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while attempting to make a left turn, the power steering light illuminated as a warning sound chimed and the vehicle stalled. The contact restarted the vehicle which resumed normal function. The problem recurred eleven times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The contact was made aware of recall NHTSA campaign id number: 14V153000 (steering). However, the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Mcallen, TX, USA

problem #446

Mar 152014

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the power steering light illuminated and it became very difficult to steer. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road before it was turned off. After the contact restarted the vehicle, the vehicle resumed normal function. The problem recurred three times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the problem persisted. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). However, the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Franklin, NC, USA

problem #445

Jun 012013

Malibu

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the power steering failed and the steering wheel became hard to maneuver. The failure recurred numerous times. The contact mentioned that the vehicle resumed normal functioned after the engine was restarted. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number 14V153000 (steering). However, the part was not yet available for repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Pleasant View , TN, USA

problem #444

Sep 022014

Malibu

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering failed on numerous occasions. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. 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 notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #443

Jun 252014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 166,000 miles
As I am making a right turn on airline street I felt it was a tight turn from the beginning & really don't think nothing of it, as I continue driving at about 15\20 per hour I was trying to make a right move to the right lane & once again my steering wheel was tight so I was force to use my brakes which I tried repeatedly but was enable to stop at that same moment there was a strong hit to my rear bumper by a commercial truck which end up being a hit and run from the commercial truck.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #442

Sep 112014

Malibu

  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving in reverse, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The failure mileage was 170,000.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #441

Apr 012014

Malibu

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering failed and the steering wheel required excessive force to turn while driving various speeds. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering), but the parts needed for the repair were unavailable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 112,000.

- Honesdale, PA, USA

problem #440

Jul 162014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
While driving on the hwy my power steering light came on and caused my steering wheel to lock up. This has happened on several occasions. I thank god I didn't have an accident. I had to try in pull to the side of the hwy and cut my car off to reset the power steering light.

- Canton, MS, USA

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