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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,666 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu transmission problems

transmission problem

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 262010


  • miles


I have a 2006 Chevy Malibu that my daughter drives to work 5 days a week. It has approx. 76,000 miles. I went and drive the car on this date and notice the steering fluid display was on the radio display. I asked my daughter how long is was on there, she said approx. A week. I called the GMC dealer and got an appointment on the third of May. They told me that I need a new steering column and a shaft which would be about $1000. They said we could still drive the car that I would actually would lose just the power steering. On May 10, I took the car in and got it fixed. $850 later it is fixed. I have never had to replaced a steering column on any of my other cars, which had over 95,000 miles, the transmission went out on that one. Plus I tried to refill the steering fluid, and who know that my car had an electric power steering. Someone should inform the consumer on this. My main concern was for my daughter who drives this car in rush hour traffic. What if it locked up? it is a thought I would not wish to think of!

- Papillion , NE, USA

problem #3

May 302006


  • 2,000 miles
38K mile 2006 Chevy Malibu V-6-car shakes/vibrates/shimmies. It also rattles and clunks underneath at all speeds, feels like the bottom is falling out. Dealer refuses to acknowledge a minimum of 7 complaints. Headlights lenses are loose and the lights shake all over the place. Dealer did finally acknowledge headlight issue after the 4th complaint and I was told it is a GM problem but they have no fix and there is nothing they can do. Now that the warranty is up, they are acknowledging all previous complaints (many more than just the couple I listed here) but at my expense when these issues S/H/B taken care of at the time of the original and numerous complaints.

- Henrietta, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 222007


  • 7,050 miles
Per GM document id#2030341 - 06 Malibu will shift into lower gear and stay in it until you stop and cycle the engine to off and then back on-been to the shop for repairs 4 times and 2 attempts attempt final repair 6 total and keep coming up with the same findings -none- they know about the problem with the above mentioned document- no one has attempted to replace any thing in the transmission or replace the sticking valves that are causing the problem but they all agree its a problem inside the transmission. GM has told me that they don"T intend to do anything to solve this problem and has suggested for me to contact the BBB for further assistance in this matter. Started taking it to the dealer after 6 mo after buying and about every 4-6 mo until now- since the computer says no problem no one will make the call to change out the transmission or the sticking valves that are causing the problem- this could be dangerous if on take off it hangs up in the lower gear and the person behind me thinks I am going to get out of the way and the car will not go and Ram me in the rear- all because the trans will not change out or if on the highway and it decides to shift into lower gear- not only will damage to the cars engine but could be fatal to the person driving. Please advise where to look for all problems with this car. Bought the car new and have had problems with this not wanting to shift about every 4-6 months. Sort of nerve racking when on the way home from work at midnight and the car will not go no faster than 25-35 mph with 4500 rpms then they tell me nothing is wrong because the computer says so. Thanks for you help susan headrick updated 08/15/08

- Hiram, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 262007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,615 miles
Started off from a stop sign. Began to accelerate and turn (accelerations less than half throttle) and steering wheel jerked and became extremely difficult to steer. I let off the accelerator and vehicle shifted into second gear and finished the turn. Then accelerated again (about half throttle) and steering became stiff again but manageable and the warning bell chimed 4 times, however there were no alarms on the driver information center or the instiment cluster. I am, for the 3rd time taking my vehicle to the GM dealership service department hoping for a fix. This vehicle seems to be unsafe for my family and I. it only has 37,000 miles!!!

- Valley Springs, CA, USA

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