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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,186 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 5 of 13)

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problem #166

Mar 242015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 99,648 miles

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

I was driving just a few blocks from my house when I stopped at a red light. The light turned green so I went to go. My car then flashed a service ESC warning, then it flashed ESC off & then flashed engine power reduced. My check engine light also came on and has stayed on. My car wouldn't even go over 10mph, and was shaking so bad I thought I was going to lose control of the vehicle. Thank god I didn't make it out of town. I just recently had my car at the Chevrolet auto shop to have my transmission completely rebuilt and for the brake light malfunction recall. Then my car ended up back in the shop apparently for a bad Cadillac converter, which I think really was this problem all along. I have only had this car for a year, and I am beyond disgusted with all the problems. I don't think I will be purchasing another vehicle from Chevrolet, as they just aren't good cars apparently. Side note: I take really good care of my vehicle and do all the normal service maint. On time etc so there is no excuse for this. It's just a bad car! I have a 2009 Chevy Malibu.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #165

Mar 242015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,000....updated 05-26-15 updated 7/6/2015

- Otter Lake , MI, USA

problem #164

Mar 242015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 100,600 miles
While driving into a parking lot my power steering suddenly quit working and the service ESC and power steering lights started flashing. I looked up my VIN to see if it qualified for a recall but it didn't fit under recall #14V153000 even though my car was built the same year and same model and is experiencing the same issues as described in this recall. This recall needs to be expanded to include more vehicle experiencing the same problem.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #163

Feb 022015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles

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

When pulling out of my driveway, the power steering just quit, its electric power steering, message center indicates "power steering", "service ESC", then "ESC off" and my traction control light comes on. Occasionally when I first start the car the power steering will work for a minute or two then goes out again. I searched for recalls but there are no open recalls at this time. According to a Chevrolet Malibu website there is a known problem with loss of power steering with some 2009 Malibu. Apparently my build date missed the recall by a month. Therefore this does not seem to be a "wear problem".

- New Waterford, OH, USA

problem #162

Mar 142015

Malibu

  • 53,000 miles
Power steering shut off while driving. Almost lost control on the highway. Saw that their were recall for other GM vehicles suffering from same problem. I was told that my vehicle was not on recall.

- Corona, NY, USA

problem #161

Nov 282014

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 5 mph, the power steering and the ESC warning lights illuminated. The steering wheel became difficult to turn. The failure was persistent. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #160

Mar 112015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles

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

Driving down the highway around 60 mph when the power steering on my '09 Malibu froze. An ESC notification came on and then one for power steering. Managed to get my car off to the side of the road where I turned my car off and then on again to reset. This happened 6 more times on my 10 mile commute home. This had happen a few times before but very intermittently. After researching this issue on-line I learned that GM is aware of this problem and issued a recall notice last year but does not include my VIN (confirmed with dealer). Because my VIN is not covered this will be an out of pocket expense for me though as others have said, is the same problem. The dealer said that the issue with my car may not be the same as the ones in the recall notice but will not know until I bring it in. There may be a possibility that my VIN will be included in a subsequent recall notice and if it is I can be reimbursed for the expense.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #159

Feb 272015

Malibu

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the steering wheel started shaking violently as the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that an unknown part of the steering wheel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The failure mileage was 68,000. The VIN was not available.

- St. Louis , MO, USA

problem #158

Mar 102015

Malibu

  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the power steering power assist system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 111,000.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #157

Mar 092015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Driving home from work, the ESC light came on then the wheel moved left to right like it was driving it self. I pulled over shut the car off and looked to see if I had a flat tire, which I did not. I started the car back up and went to drive away and I had no power steering. I did call GM service 1-800-222-1020 and was told they will provide a free 1 hour diagnostics, then I would have to call back with my ref# to talk about my options now there are other cars effected and under recall I think they need to extend the recall. I hope they resolve this problem... not at my cost

- Seabrook, NH, USA

problem #156

Feb 262015

Malibu

  • 109,000 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 5 mph, the steering wheel seized as the power steering warning light illuminated. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 109,000.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #155

Jan 022015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Power steering started failing at low speeds, would have to really crank wheel and eventually restart the car. Took it to the dealership, where they told me it was a "thermal error" from me cranking the wheel too much (I don't turn the wheel any different that I did the last 4 years with the car). Now its gotten worse- everytime I turn on my car the wheel is locked, and the power steering and service ESC lights come on. I have to restart, sometimes a few times, before I can drive again. The wheel also makes little jerks and noises now when I'm driving at any speed. I know a ton of Malibu have been recalled for power steering but apparently my VIN number is not included in this despite the problems being identical.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #154

Mar 072015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 65 mph, there was a sudden loss of power steering and the warning light illuminated. The steering wheel became extremely difficult to turn even with force being applied. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who informed that the steering torque sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was currently being repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000. Updated 4/20/15

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #153

Mar 252014

Malibu

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel seized and the power steering service and ESC warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the torque sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 88,000.

- Davisburg, MI, USA

problem #152

Mar 072015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
Was driving on highway steering lock up on me had to pull over my speed was 65 could not steer almost got hit by an 18 wheeler.

- Belleville , IL, USA

problem #151

Mar 022015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 146,143 miles
Power steering will quit intermittently and will ESC light will come on. Steering is very difficult and could result in a accident.

- Seaman, OH, USA

problem #150

Mar 042015

Malibu

  • 130,259 miles
I was driving East on colonel glenn highway in dayton oh, when the electric power steering went out. It caused the car to jerk and caused my wife's neck to strain. I came home and checked and learned that Chevrolet had a recall notice for some 2009 Malibu, but our car was not included. It seems strange that Chevrolet did not include all 2009 Malibu.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #149

Feb 122015

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 15 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the power steering sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Alexandria, IN, USA

problem #148

Sep 152014

Malibu

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 70 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to turn the vehicle. The contact stated that check power steering was displayed across the message board. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) but the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 135,000.

- Pewaukee, WI, USA

problem #147

Feb 282015

Malibu

  • 50,500 miles
While driving my 2009 Chevy Malibu on the highway at 60 mph my steering failed. There was a warning chime then the service ESC/power steering light came on and the steering was very hard to turn. I was able to pull on to the shoulder. I shut the car off for a few minutes then restarted the car and the steering was working again. A few miles down the road it happened again. This continued all weekend. It was very dangerous driving. I brought the car to the dealer on Monday to have it checked. I was told they found a faulty steering column torque sensor and the dealer told me my vehicle was not covered under the recall. NHTSA campaign # 14V153000 bulletin 14116 states 2008-2009 Chevy Malibu built from 3/1/08-6/2708 are covered my car was built 8/2008. So it wasn't covered. The bulletin says tor replace the torque sensor assembly. The same part that failed on my car. The GM part # is 232310 sensor kit it cost $216 + $305 for labor + $149 for alignment and tax for a total of $746.29. Which I'm responsible for paying. GM is recalling over 1.3 million car between 2005-2010 for the sudden loss of electric power steering (eps) assist. I believe all models between those years should be included in the recall. This is a very dangerous situation. Someone is going to get hurt. I'm afraid to let my daughter drive this car.

- Patterson, NY, USA

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