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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,255 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 9)

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problem #116

Aug 012014

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while attempting to make a turn, the steering wheel vibrated multiple times without warning. On another occasion, the steering wheel seized and excessive force was required. The eps warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician diagnosed that the power steering failed and the torque sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Goodrich, MI, USA

problem #115

Feb 232015

Malibu

  • 41,000 miles
The power steering went out on the car during a turn making it almost impossible to steer. The console displayed power steering, service ESC. After stopping and restarting the car the problem cleared but continues to occur without warning numerous times daily. Turning the car off and back on clears the problem for a few minutes or up to a few hours. I have found that this exact problem is under recall for Malibu's up to 2009 and would seem to me that it needs to be extended to newer cars as well.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #114

Feb 282015

Malibu

  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering and the traction control warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 101,000.

- Urbana, IA, USA

problem #113

Feb 282015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles

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

I was driving with my son and his friend (both in the back seat thankfully!) down a hill (maybe 10-20 mph) to a stop light when I heard a pinging noise and no longer had control of steering. The power steering and ESC warnings were showing on the dashboard and steering was exceptionally hard. I was able (barely) to make the turn and pull over to the side of the road and turned the car off (very hard to do at a slow mph). I waited about 10-20 seconds and turned it back on and it seemed fine. I had an appointment for an oil change the next day and planned on asking them to check it. Later that same night, I was driving at about 35 mph when the same thing happened on a main road. I pulled into a parking lot (not easily) and turned the car off and back on, but it did not reset itself. The next morning I took my car for an oil change and they told me that the power steering is electrical and that they would have someone look at it the next day (it was Sunday and I needed to wait until Monday). Monday morning they called me and told me that I would need to bring it to the dealer for replacement of the power steering motor and that they've seen this multiple times with GM cars. I brought it to H&L Chevy in darien, ct where I bought it and they told me that although there is a large recall for this issue, that my car is not eligible for it even though it's the exact same problem!! I see on the NHTSA website that there are many complaints about this with a 2010 Malibu and I would like to know how to get this covered by GM -- it's ridiculously expensive for a single parent (or anyone for that matter!)

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #112

Feb 252015

Malibu

  • 67,780 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 40 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 service ESC power steering was displayed across the message board and the traction control warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The contact was unsure about the part that needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 67,780.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #111

Feb 252015

Malibu

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 20 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The contact restarted the vehicle in order to regain the power steering. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the power steering sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Mount Clemens , MI, USA

problem #110

Feb 132015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 65 mph, the air bag warning light and the traction light illuminated. The steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to turn the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the power steering and the air bag needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 5/5/15 updated 11/10/2015

- Braxton, MS, USA

problem #109

Feb 182015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 70 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and seized. The contact stated that the power steering and service ESC was displayed across the message board. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the steering module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 162,000. Updated 4/7/15 updated 04/09/15.

- Cameron Park, CA, USA

problem #108

Feb 222015

Malibu

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 40 mph, the steering wheel seized and power steering was displayed across the message board. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the power steering needed to be replaced. The vehicle was then towed to a dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #107

Feb 232015

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the steering wheel seized and the eps warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the 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 contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number 14V153000 (steering) however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Cambid, MD, USA

problem #106

Feb 142015

Malibu

  • 111,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 20 mph, the steering wheel seized as the power steering warning light illuminated. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 111,000.

- Indianapolis, IL, USA

problem #105

Feb 182015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 107,625 miles
While driving at low speed the power steering became inoperative and the ESC lamp lit as well as the service power steering message displayed. Similar conditions as described in the NHTSA campaign number 14V153000, power steering assist lost. 2008-2009 Malibu's are affected and my vehicle is in the next my using the same part, which was used on Malibu's between 2004 and 2010.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #104

Feb 172015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
On several occasions, while driving or upon starting my vehicle, I lost power steering capabilities. On one of these occasions, I was traveling during a ice storm, thankfully I was going straight and did not need to make any turns and the traffic was light, I was able to safely home. This problem makes steering nearly impossible when it goes out. My vehicle is currently in the shop with the diagnosis of power steering motor (module) failure. In researching, I find that several recalls have been issued for this type of problem with other Malibu(s) (up to the 2009 model), but not my 2010. The cost to fix this is approximately $750, I am hopeful that my warranty covers this as there is no recall to do so. I believe that GM should be responsible for this as this seems to be a problem throughout the Malibu line regardless of year.

- Dewey, OK, USA

problem #103

Sep 102014

Malibu

  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 20 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning light illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the intermediate steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 124,000.

- Skipwith, VA, USA

problem #102

Feb 082015

Malibu

  • 124,000 miles
My power steering torque sensor went out while driving my vehicle. Have had random issues going back years with the power steering but never while driving. Usually only when starting the car. GM said, even though it's the same exact part number listed in the 2005-2009 Chevy Malibu recall, my 2010 was not part of the warranty. Repairs were quoted at $1800-2200. GM seems unwilling to fix the defective part they put in my car. This type of ignorance landed gms ceos [xxx] on capital hill just over a year ago. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Belvidere, IL, USA

problem #101

Feb 102015

Malibu

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned causing the steering wheel to become very difficult to turn. The contact indicated that during the incident the power steering and service ESC sensor lights had illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #100

Jan 092015

Malibu

  • 82,000 miles
I was driving on the expressway in the far left lane. I heard chimes. Power steering. Service ecs message scrolled across. The traction indicator icon came on. I took the car to phillips Chevy in lansing. I was charged $119.75 diagnostic test fee. The steering column must be replaced. I asked if this was a recall item with Malibu. There are recalls for other years but not the 2010. To fix it I was given an estimate of $724 plus tax.

- Dolton, IL, USA

problem #99

Aug 292014

Malibu

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at an unknown speed, the power steering failed without warning. The failure caused the contact to use excessive force to maneuver the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #98

Feb 022015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Power steering failure, vehicle became impossible to control.

- Bedford , TX, USA

problem #97

Feb 012015

Malibu

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was turned off and restarted. The dealer stated that the torque center needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Detroit, MN, USA

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