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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 1 of 28)

problem #559

Oct 012016

Malibu

  • 140,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 50 mph, the power steering seized and the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Brookville, IN, USA

problem #558

Nov 122016

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds and attempting to make a right turn, the steering wheel became very difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 16V064000 (steering), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the steering wheel would seize up when turning. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Arabi, GA, USA

problem #557

Nov 032016

Malibu

  • 97,000 miles
The power steering goes out when parallel parking and most recently has started to go out when turning, making the vehicle very hard to steer. When parallel parking, the wheel stiffens significantly and makes it extremely hard to park. Restarting the car will resolve the issue briefly but the steering will become hard within one or two spins. I previously took this car in for the torque sensor recall, 14772. This same problem persists.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #556

Oct 212016

Malibu

  • 84,700 miles

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

When making turns under 30mph the power steering fails and 3 chimes are heard. Shortly thereafter power steering returns. The latest date this occurred was 10/21/2016 but has happened a couple week prior as well.

- Warwick, NY, USA

problem #555

Sep 172016

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a loss of power steering when accelerating and making a left turn. The power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic motor assembly and electronic steering control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Brookville, IN, USA

problem #554

Sep 032016

Malibu

  • miles
Takata recall/ I have a 2006 Chevy Malibu and in the past month every time I change the turn signals and brake light bulbs they are always blowing for no reason. And my car is starting to get a loud sound when I drive it and steering is getting hard sometime. I've looked for power steering to check fluid but everyone says mine is electric so I took it to auto zone and they said it was electric and I needed to fix the torque sensor assembly in my steering. I pretty sure there is a recall on that part. And also I think there a recall on a part on my transmutation. I'm trying to find out about recalls on my car. Can someone help me cause I've got my kids and grandkids that ride in it every day. Please help me.

- Alcoa, TN, USA

problem #553

Aug 132016

Malibu

  • 130,000 miles

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

Power steering fails when accelerating. Brought car to vandergriff Chevy initially to be repaired, and was charged over $600. Found out about recall notice, but dealership denied one was issued and refused refund. Continued to have problems. Turn signal lights blow out and must be replaced regularly (about every 3 months). Brought car to graff Chevy for power steering and light signal recall repairs. Continued to have problems. Informed graff Chevy and returned for repairs. Still having the same problems in spite of repairs done.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #552

Jul 202016

Malibu

  • 57,998 miles
Electric power steering warning lamp goes is on, very hard to steer car when this occurs, I pull over to side of road shut down and restart and all is ok for a day or two., had torque angle sensor recall done. I drive on the highway a lot and this is very scary. I have read online that some of the Malibu "S have same symptoms my current miles are 58,000/ will be taking it to a Chevy dealer to discuss this ''safety '' issue. Some one my family just had the electric assist replaced free thru Ford, for similar issue. This warning light on my Chevy Malibu will appear at all different driving, city. Turning, highway.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #551

Jul 202016

Malibu

  • 178,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 5 mph and attempting to make a right turn, a loud noise emerged from the steering wheel. The failure occurred daily for the past year every time a turn was made. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the intermediate shaft failed. There were no recalls available. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 178,000.

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #550

Jul 172016

Malibu

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While parking the vehicle, the steering wheel became uncontrollable and loose. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering column failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The failure mileage was approximately 150,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #549

Oct 082014

Malibu

  • 60,559 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While making a turn at an unknown speed, the electric power steering failed and the steering wheel became extremely difficult to maneuver without warning. The contact had to use excessive force to turn the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the steering shaft torque sensor was replaced. The contact stated that the failure occurred after the vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 15V046000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,559.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #548

Jul 012016

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to power steering failure after electric power steering recall repairs. The consumer stated after the recall was performed, the power steering failed. It worked intermittently depending on the weather; when it was cold it worked, but when it was hot, it didn't work. When the consumer returned to the dealer, they informed him he would have to pay $650 to replace a part, that was not covered under the recall.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #547

Oct 142015

Malibu

  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 5 mph, the power steering suddenly failed and the steering wheel became very difficult to turn. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle. The contact sustained a lower back injury that did not require medical attention. A police was report was filed. The vehicle was diagnosed by an independent mechanic who stated that the electronic power steering failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 129,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Burbank, IL, USA

problem #546

Jun 012015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at unknown speeds, the steering wheel became extremely difficult to maneuver as the power steering warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering). However, the failure recurred immediately after leaving the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 113,000. Updated 08/17/16 the consumer stated all the lights on the dashboard flashed and bells went off, while losing power steering. Upon accelerating. Updated 10/25/16.

- Shirley, NY, USA

problem #545

May 312016

Malibu

  • 62,000 miles
Had repair done for steering recall in 2015 but sometimes power still goes out of steering when trying to parallel park and when accelerating on freeway. Suspension: Virtually no shock absorption; rides very hard.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #544

May 122016

Malibu

  • 89,000 miles
I had the steering assist recall 14V-153 performed on my car last year, today when I make turns I am losing power steering and I get the power steering message on the information system. My guess is the same problem is back again.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #543

May 012015

Malibu

  • 140,000 miles
The electrical power steering work was fixed prior to the recall, therefore was completed by a private repair shop. When the recall came out GM reimbursed me for the repairs, however now the car has to warm up for 10 minutes before power steering is able to work after it sits of the night. I contact GM regarding this problem, but they said since the work was completed by a private repair shop there was nothing they could do meanwhile I have to let it warm up daily (even at 50 degrees +) and is getting progressively worse.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #542

Jan 212016

Malibu

  • 120,000 miles
I did buy this car used, but upon test drive nothing wrong. 5 months later I have a clicking in steering, and rubbing sound, and as I go down the road it sounds like the front end is falling off. Seriously need help on fixing this issue.

- Benton, IL, USA

problem #541

Apr 122016

Malibu

  • 92,000 miles
When accelerating power steering assist locks momentarily making unsafe driving conditon. Let off pedal and it comes back.dashboard bell also dings when this occurs. Also steering makes binding noise like a large rubber band being stretched when you turn the wheel back and forth.

- Middle River, MD, USA

problem #540

Apr 132016

Malibu

  • 260,000 miles
"takata recall" I was pulling out my driveway and my steering wheel locked and it started twitching so I hurried up and put my car in reverse but everything started to blank and the car cut off in the middle of the road in front of a car. There was two guys in the car that helped me push my car back in my yard. I let my car rest for about 2 hours and went out and tried to move it but once I crancked the car and put it in gear the wheel was still locked like...I can not fully turn left or right all the lights start to blank and the whole car shuts off.

- Fairmont, NC, USA

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