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Crashes / Fires:
20 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,024 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 8 of 28)

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problem #414

Jul 012010


  • 90,000 miles


Beginning in 2010 I had to replace the brakes on my car multiple times. To date I have replaced brake pads, drums, and lines 5 different times. My brakes seem to wear easily and frequently screech. Beginning in 2013 after filling my car with gas my "low fuel" indicator dings and my fuel gauge shows empty. This happens every time I fill my car with gas. I have received a recall notice regarding power steering. On two separate occasions I have experienced my power steering going out and I am forced to pull over and turn off my car and turn it back on for the car to work properly. I have contacted GM regarding the recall notice and I have been advised that no parts are available and they will not provide me with a rental vehicle and expect me to continue to drive the vehicle "until the parts are available". they will not provide me with a timeline and have been unresponsive to my other complaints regarding the vehicle.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #413

Jul 142014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Decelerating from highway to off ramp. Chime sounded and display column showed power steering. Steering required force and as the vehicle stopped the steering wheel began to subtle shift left and right with audible sound when reaching left and right. Continued to safe area off the highway, however had to use quite a bit of force to steer the vehicle.

- Zionsville, IN, USA

problem #412

Aug 012013


  • miles
The car stalls when I go from a complete stop into fast-moving traffic. The lug nuts on the wheel covers do not stay securely fastened. I have increasing problems with my power steering function. It would randomly fail and then correct itself initially. Sometimes it would go out when I backed up and then come back when I was in drive. Sometimes it would go out for 5-10 minutes and then come back. Sometimes it would be out for a day or two and then come back. Therefore, I brought it in to the Chevrolet dealership for repair. A few months afterwards, it began to go out again, but just for a moment at a time. This seemed to subside. However, this began happening again from time to time when I would merge onto the freeway. When I accelerate, the power steering goes out completely, the car yanks very hard to the right, and the lights and information display all blink repeatedly. This now happens each time I accelerate to either merge onto the freeway, go into passing gear to get around traffic, climb a hill, or simply quickly speed up on the road. I have brought the car back to the Chevrolet dealership citing this problem, especially since I have just had the problem fixed recently. For all of these, I was told that there is no problem and no recalls for my car make and model. I do not have the option of driving another car or affording a newer one. This is a continually dangerous situation. I am fearful that these defects will cause me and my family harm. When the power steering suddenly went out and the car yanked hard to the right just last night as I went over a raised bridge, I was afraid that I would hit the guard wall and perhaps even go over it. I have had to swerve to avoid being hit from behind because the car stalled as I got into traffic. I do not know if my wheel is loose or if the wheel cover is going to come loose while I drive.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #411

Apr 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 7,800 miles


Car has low mileage for its year as it was driven infrequently by elderly lady. Esp fails at least 3 times per trip no matter if it is day or night cold or hot and occurs with no warning (except for the chimes). Iam currently driving this vehicle with this condition on a daily basis. I have gotten used to it, and do not panic when it happens although I would like to drive this vehicle with power steering assist in tact! as far as the recall is concerned GM informed me that this particular 2006 Malibu ls is not eligible for the recall because of where it was built!!!" why does that make a difference? what kind of GM logic is that" it was built by the way in Kansas City, Kansas us.

- Telford, PA, USA

problem #410

Jul 152013


  • 46,330 miles
While wife turning into drivrway power steering quit, causing her to wipe out mail box. Touned out to be power steering assist failed.contacted GM about a recall, said there was one for power steering assist, by my VIN # was not included.after weeks of back and forth with GM they decided to pay half the bill my half was 700 dollars(which was had to get seeing im retired gi on fixed income.a couple of months ago they came out with the same recall, a if repairs wewe already made you would get reimbursed I feel im due back that 700 dollars and GM says im not.the work was don at taylor Chevrolet in taylor Michigan, repairs were made on 8/01/13/ invoice # cvc275940

- Romulus, MI, USA

problem #409

Jul 092014


  • 120,000 miles
My power steering went out just as I was getting ready to back out of parking space. Had car towed to dealership, no parts will be ready for awhile. The car is paid for, Chevy will not pay for me a rental and I need one. It is not my fault for this problem it is GM. Now they do not want to help. I need a car for seeing my doctors and work. Please help. Thanks

- Gillette, WY, USA

problem #408

May 162007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles


Turning right into side street loss of power steering. Turned car off then started again. The car was fine. Every year it happens more. The other day I pulled into the side street and the power steering went off and I went onto the side walk. Did not hit any thing. Now it happens about every week only when I turn right.

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #407

Jan 022012


  • 45,000 miles
Power steering often stops working at low speed.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #406

Jul 072014


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized causing the vehicle difficult to maneuver. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The contact stated that the repair was not taken care of in a reasonable amount of time. The dealer indicated that parts were not available. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure and current mileage was 97,000.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #405

Sep 062013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
There is a clicking or clunking type sound when turning. Not with every turn but it is consistent.

- Loves Park, IL, USA

problem #404

Aug 072013


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 70 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the technician stated that the power steering pump and the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the mechanic who diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Auburn, ME, USA

problem #403

Mar 252014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Hears a clicking noise from car then it will loose steering and shut off, no acceleration, steering wheel locks up, no lights. All turns off, has happen about 8 times. Next time, put foot on brake it jumps, all shuts off, it some times take 3 or 4 times for the car to start back up. Chevrolet shop has replaced parts, still can not find out why it shut off. If this has happen to others that has a Malibu, please help, with suggestion on what the Chevy house can do to help me out. Thanks

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #402

Feb 032014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
Power steering goes out when accelerating. This started approximately 6 months ago and is becoming more and more frequent. Whenever the car reaches 2500 - 3000 RPM's, the power steering stops working.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #401

Mar 312014

Malibu 5-cyl

  • miles
My vehicle is on a recall with GMC and other things are malfunctioning but GMC are only replacing one issue. Chevrolet says they don't know when the parts are going to be available to fix the steering issue but my car has another issue in which the turn signal has a short in it and it doesn't work properly.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #400

Jun 272013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 148,000 miles
I was driving down I 40 when all lights on the dashboard lit up the bell started chiming and the power steering message came across the screen. It also happened when my teenager was driving he came home and told me he almost had an accident he pulled out of the shopping center and the dash lit up the bell started chiming and he said it took all the strength he had to turn the wheel to get into the correct lane. I took the car to hendricks auto mall in July 2013 but they said that there is no recall on my VIN, so we have been driving it just the way it is praying that we don't have a serious accident.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #399

May 082014


  • 121,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving at an unknown speed, the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel seized. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 121,000.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #398

Apr 172014


  • 69,800 miles
The car started to shake violently and sounded like front tires were falling off or very wobbly. Had to pull off freeway turned car off then restarted and problem stopped. This has occurred 5 times now and last time vibration was so bad it broke off both front hubcaps. The service tech at local dealer said it was not due to recall on power steering recall ye we talked to certified Chevy mechanic at a different dealer and he said it was definately the issue. Called GM customer service waiting for dealership manager to call back.

- West Valley City, UT, USA

problem #397

Jun 022014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
I bought this 2006 Malibu ls in December and started experiencing the power steering arbitrarily going out as we were driving down the road. It has occurred 5 times now. There is a recall for this model make and year car for this exact problem but the VIN is not in the database so the dealer will not work on it. I called the Chevrolet 1800 number and they confirmed it was a recall and it was based on part numbers and the dealer could look and see if the parts were covered but the dealer want touch it until the VIN is listed. The last incident was on the interstate and my daughter lost power steering and while trying to get the car to the side of the interstate was barely missed by an 18 wheeler which caused another car to get run off into the median when he swerved to miss my daughter.

- Florence, MS, USA

problem #396

May 012013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, a chime sounded as the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The power steering warning light was also illuminated. Additionally, the transmission would surge when the contact would start the vehicle. The failure recurred sporadically. The vehicle was not repaired or diagnosed. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 14V153000 (steering) however, the vehicle was not included in the recall campaign. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000. Updated 10/22/2014 the consumer was informed the entire steering assembly needed to be replaced. Updated 02/03/15

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #395

May 232014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
Torque centre assembly is being recalled. GM has said not to use the car. It is used for driver education and private driving lessons. The part in question won't be available for 4-6 weeks maybe. What do we do with our car in the meantime? we're paying to keep the car on the road and a new replacement would have to be equipped with a duel braking system, which the dealer is not willing to do.

- Tarrytown, NY, USA

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