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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 7 of 29)

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problem #448

Apr 242014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles

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

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

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 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

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

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

problem #439

Sep 112014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received recall notifications for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V224000 (power train). The parts needed to perform the recall repairs were unavailable. The dealer was uncertain when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Stroudburg, PA, USA

problem #438

Aug 262014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 96,757 miles

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

I was on my way to pick my daughter up from school as I turned into the school the steering lost power and two dings followed and the display said power steering so I came to a complete stop put it in park and turned it off I called my husband and told him what happened and he said to try to start it and see what it does so I did and the steering was fine all the way back home so he decided to drive it and it done the same thing to him so we decided to do a little research on the power steering and all we could find is a safety recall that we had no idea about we haven't been notified so we call serra Chevrolet dealer and gave them the VIN and she says yes my car has a safety recall and that they don't have replacement parts and don't know when they will they can't do anything so I call the manufacture GM and told him everything about the car and what the dealer told me he said they should have told you to bring the car to the dealer so they could look at it and if they can't fix it offer you a loaner car because the car is not safe for my children or other drivers on the rode so he contacted the dealer and told me they would contact me and they called me back and told me that who ever I spoke to at GM lied that they will not offer me a loaner car that I could bring my car in that they had no doubt they could fix it but I would have to pay out of pocket and maybe GM would reimburse me I have only had the car for 3 months and I don't understand how no one wants to do anything about this I have 3 children I have to get to and from school and had I known about this safety issue I wouldn't have bought the car and I can't afford to pay out of pocket and I shouldn't have to and so I am paying for dangerous car that can't drive.

- Ashland City, TN, USA

problem #437

Jan 032011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the brake lights would work intermittently. The contact replaced the brake lights on numerous occasions. The independent mechanic repaired the wiring harness but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the BCM needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired under campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) the remedy failed to rectify the failure. Additionally, the contact also stated that the heated seat function failed and the power steering seized intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 60,000...updated 10/01/14 the consumer stated the fuel tank would show 1/8 of a tank, but in actuality the tank was empty.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

problem #436

Nov 142013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to power steering problems. The electronic steering motor/module was replaced.

- Gulf Shores, AL, USA

problem #435

Aug 212014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Was driving and saw a deer in the road. When I pressed the brakes they locked and then the pedal went to the floor as if the brakes went out. At that time the steering was difficult. The vehicle went through a field through 2 fences and over a ditch before coming to a stop. The engine did not shut off. There was major front end damage, from the fence posts, and the air bags never deployed. The vehicle was declared a total loss due to the damage.

- Lebanon Junction, KY, USA

problem #434

May 132012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I was making a left hand turn when the "power steering" error appeared. All lights turned off in the vehicle and the steering wheel locked; it was as if the vehicle had turned off. I coasted down the street until I parked the car and actually turned the vehicle off. At that point, I was unable to restart the vehicle. The next morning we found the timing belt was broken; once replaced, the vehicle restarted. Since then, the "power steering" error has displayed numerous times. When turning the wheel extremely left or right, the steering wheels locks. I then have to turn off the vehicle and restart it in order for it to reset. Just yesterday, I was reversing out of a parking spot when the "power steering" error displayed and my steering wheel locked up again. This time I did not have to turn the vehicle off; as it reset on its own. I have been advised by GM that my vehicle is not included in the current recall (GM recall # N140115) as my vehicle was not assembled in the same plant as the recalled vehicles. Clearly my car has a problem with it's power steering. Per GM recall # N140115, "in the affected vehicles, there may be a sudden loss of electric power steering (eps) assist that could occur at any time while driving".

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #433

Aug 212014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 181,428 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while traveling at unknown speeds, the power steering suddenly failed. The vehicle was diagnosed but, not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 14V153000 (steering). The failure mileage was 181,428. Updated 10/07/14 the consumer stated the vehicle was traded in. Updated 3/16/2015

- Basehor, KS, USA

problem #432

Aug 262014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
We have three recalls involving the power steering and shift cable. Both appear to leave the car unsafe. When we began to have our power steering light come on and noticed some shaking of the steering column when stopping the car, we were told the part is not available. What are we to do with this unsafe situation with no parts or remedies at this time?

- Seguin, TX, USA

problem #431

Aug 152014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 92,402 miles
Power steering went out, came back in about 15 to 30 sec. Then again on Aug.22.went to chev garage and they toldme there is recall on the power steering motor. Have not receive it yet.

- Elizabethtown, PA, USA

problem #430

Jul 112014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Hello, I contacted your national service line and they referred me to jack wilson Chevrolet in saint augustine. We have had three recalls on this vehicle and no resolution on any of them. VIN# [xxx] 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx 65000 miles steering issue, took to a dealer ship in jacksonville, fl., they told me it was a brake issue. Had the front brakes replaced and still have the issue and charged me $60 for a wrong diagnosis. Received letter on 7-18-2014, recall #13036, no parts available and do not know when they will be at this time. Received letter on 8-11-2014, recall #14152, no parts available and do not know when the will be at this time. The national customer service center called jack wilson and set up for me to go and have them inspect recall items and let me know that there was no eminent danger. I went to jack wilson and spoke with the service person [xxx] which did not have the inspection done. She was willing to inspect the steering issue which she said was not a recall issue by turning the steering wheel back and forth and did not have a certified technician even look at the car. This car is my mother's only car, she is 84 and doing well until she got these recall letters. She does not feel safe to drive this car and no one can tell me when the parts will be available for the repairs to be completed. [xxx] I am contacting GM first with this as you requested. Please help us with this matter, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Saint Augustine, FL, USA

problem #429

Feb 122013

Malibu

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 25 mph, the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver and the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the coil. The failure recurred and the vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the power steering module, eye shaft, and the rack pinion but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Verona , PA, USA

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