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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,501 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 9 of 9)

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problem #10

Sep 222011


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while attempting to shift into drive, the steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel could not be turned in any direction. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who performed a diagnostic that located the failure at the power steering motor assembly. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #9

Oct 012010


  • 500 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the steering locked up and the vehicle crashed into another vehicle because the contact could not turn the steering wheel. There were no warning lights illuminated on the instrumental panel prior to or after the crash. There were no injuries and a report was filed with the police. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated that the steering needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 500.

- Oak Park, IL, USA

problem #8

Aug 012010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
2010 Malibu power steering malfunctioning less than 10,000 miles. I've been fighting with GM for many months to fix problems, engine knocking noise, air conditioning has mold smell. This car nearly cause accident because of power steering malfunction..this is a partial power steering malfunction car has had a major power steering malfunction to where you cannot turn steering wheel at has been in a shop 6 times dealers cannot fix problems or find

- Lawrenceville , IL, USA

problem #7

Oct 132010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While turning approximately 10 mph, the steering wheel locked up and became stiff. The contact turned the vehicle off and restarted it; the contact was able to use the steering wheel after the restart. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 70,000. Updated 02/10/11 updated 02/23/11

- Lawrenceville, IL, USA

problem #6

May 112010


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle, the steering wheel would turn to the right and left without assistance. In addition, the steering wheel would shake and vibrate. The failure occurred when the vehicle was in operation and during the initial engine start-up. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to detect the cause of failure. The failure mileage was approximately 24,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Rehoboth , MA, USA

problem #5

Oct 062010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
2005 Malibu maxx... power steering lock up.. luckily each time it has happened I was traveling at low speed or just after starting the engine I would get he power steering alarm. Turn the engine off and restart the problem is gone. Could have been disastrous at high speed on a crooked road.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #4

Sep 282010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 1,006 miles


Brand new 2010 Chevrolet Malibu leaks when rains and it runs into my floorboard, airbags and wire harness causing car to short out. Most of the time the lights in dash won't work.

- South Boston, VA, USA

problem #3

May 072010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 30 mph, the ESC service warning and power steering lights illuminated on the dashboard. The steering wheel then became extremely stiff and difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where she was informed a wire was loose and causing the failure. The dealer made repairs to the vehicle. The failure recurred within two months. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was awaiting a diagnosis of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 5,000. The consumer was informed heavy rain was causing the shortage. Updated 10/26/10

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 132010


  • 98 miles
Rented a brand new (45 miles) 2010 Chevy Malibu. Several times over 4 days, the power steering would give out briefly. This occurred while driving in mountain roads and could have been very dangerous. I returned the car with a note to the rental company.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 182010


  • 500 miles
Can someone please see if the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu has the same steering as the cobalt? I have owned this car for 1 month now and have the same issue. Problem: Over 45mph there is a disconnected feeling in the steering. On rough roads or on a windy day the car is hard to keep in your lane. I have had 3 other people drive the car and they confirm the under-steer feeling. Car is going back to the dealer ship this weekend to be investigated.

- Orange City, FL, USA

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