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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,572 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 3 of 13)

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problem #202

May 012014

Malibu

  • 150,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at a very low speed, the steering wheel became extremely difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to turn the vehicle. The power steering and service ESC warning lights displayed across the message board. In addition, the contact stated that all doors failed to lock and unlock electronically. The contact had to manually lock and unlock the doors. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) however, the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Watson, AR, USA

problem #201

Oct 102015

Malibu

  • 156,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 10 mph, the steering wheel seized and the electronic steering assist warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the electronic power steering assist module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The failure mileage was approximately 156,000.

- West Point, MS, USA

problem #200

Oct 082015

Malibu

  • 142,670 miles
My steering wheel just locked up this morning as I was driving. The ESC light came on saying service power steering. I turned off the car after putting on the emergency lights turned the car back on and the steering wheel was working properly again. I am afraid to drive the car now and I thank god I was not on the interstate when this happened.

- Bossier City, LA, USA

problem #199

Sep 272015

Malibu

  • 85,000 miles

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

I was driving and heard a beeping noise. Power steering flashed on dash. I parked car waited some time. Proceeded to drive and continue to beep/flash until next destination, same issue 10 minutes later. I checked online to verify recall, shows a few, reached out to dealer and was informed that this has expired or no open recalls and no way to verify if this was fixed.

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

problem #198

Sep 082009

Malibu

  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 60 mph, the steering wheel seized, the engine stalled, and an unknown warning indicator illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was able to be restarted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the diagnostic testing was unknown. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #197

Jan 222015

Malibu

  • 77,457 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 30 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle. The service electronic stability control (ESC) was displayed across the message board. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the steering wheel torque input sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 77,457.

- Central Square , NY, USA

problem #196

Sep 142015

Malibu

  • 68,800 miles

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

The power steering suddenly stops working, it is very difficult to turn. GM has issued a recall on March 31, 2014. But the dealer refuses to honor the recall, it insisted GM has excluded certain vehicles of 2009 Malibu. This is the recall number: NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000. In NHTSA published information it says it includes all 2009 Malibu.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #195

Jun 152015

Malibu

  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel vibrated and seized without warning. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14E044000 (steering) and 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Harrison, GA, USA

problem #194

Aug 082015

Malibu

  • 130,000 miles
While driving on the interstate my steering wheel began to shake and vibrate rapidly. I then heard a ding followed by the messages, "service power steering" "service ESC" " ESC off". I was able to exit the interstate and get to a gas station before the wheel completely locked up. I turned the car off for about 45 mins and found that when I turned my car on it was "fine." I ended up having it towed. I found out that this is a common issue with this car and my car isn't a part of last year's recall.

- Nashville , TN, USA

problem #193

Aug 052014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate on several occasions while driving at various speeds. In addition, the contact stated that the power steering, the door locks, windows and rear tail gate failed. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 125,000. MA 10/23/15

- Niantic, CT, USA

problem #192

Jul 232015

Malibu

  • 73,850 miles

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

I was driving down the road and all of a sudden the car started to beep and power steering came up on the dashboard and the steering wheel locked. I had to immediately stop the car, put it in park, and turn the engine off in the middle of the street.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #191

Jul 152015

Malibu

  • 73,800 miles
I was pulling into a parking lot and all of a sudden the car started to beep and power steering came up on the dashboard and the steering wheel locked. I had to immediately stop the car, put it in park, and turn the engine off in the middle of the street.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #190

Jul 072015

Malibu

  • 73,700 miles
I was driving down the road and all of a sudden the car started to beep and power steering came up on the dashboard and the steering wheel locked. I had to immediately stop the car, put it in park, and turn the engine off in the middle of the street.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #189

Jul 012015

Malibu

  • 73,600 miles
I was driving down the road and all of a sudden the car started to beep and power steering came up on the dashboard and the steering wheel locked. I had to immediately stop the car, put it in park, and turn the engine off in the middle of the street.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #188

May 042015

Malibu

  • 75,000 miles
When driving the power steering went out. This has happened 4 times in the past year.

- Muskego , WI, USA

problem #187

May 042015

Malibu

  • 127,000 miles
One day, I found out through a random person that there are recalls on the car. I had been having trouble out of the steering wheel shaking a lot while driving, as if it wasn't connected to the wheels. I will cause me to lose control a little bit and swerve. Then after it shakes a lot, the power steering light would pop on on the dashboard. So I took the car back to the dealer to be fixed. They said they fixed it, but it was still shaking. Once I got it home, it stop working, would not start up. So I had them to send a tow to pick it up. After checking it, I was told it was the electrical system and I had to pay for that. I mention to them that the steering was still shaking also. They said they would check it again. After I was told it was fixed, I went and picked it up. As soon as I drove away, the steering was still shaking. I did not want to take it back because they were charging me everytime they had to do a diagnosis on the car. The steering is still shaking and bad, after two checks. It causes me to swerve while driving and I never know when it might happen. I can't teach my daughter how to drive because I never know when it may shake. After two fixes and it still shakes, I feel like this can't be fixed by the parts they are required to put on the car to stop it.

- Ruleville, MS, USA

problem #186

Jul 142015

Malibu

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the stability, traction, and power steering warning lights illuminated. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel was extremely tight and difficult to turn left and right. The vehicle was parked and unable to be driven due to the failure. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14E044000 (steering) and 14V153000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Hastings, PA, USA

problem #185

Oct 152014

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
I lost my power steering. The dealer had to replace it. My son who has a 2004 chev Malibu had a recall for the same problem and I can't understand why there hasn't been a recall on the newer ones. I had to pay $400 - it could have been a disaster if I was on the thruway. Luckily I was in a parking lot when it happened.

- Allegany, NY, USA

problem #184

Jul 072015

Malibu

  • 120,000 miles
While driving the power steering system failed and the unassisted steering was almost impossible.

- San Clemente, CA, USA

problem #183

Jun 082015

Malibu

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle became very difficult to steer. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering assist module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- West Hills, CA, USA

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