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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,898 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #39

Jan 092017

Malibu

  • 146,000 miles

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

While driving, car's power steering turns off. A message stating that service to ESC appears.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #38

Jan 072017

Malibu

  • 135,000 miles
Loss of power steering while driving on city streets. Power steering works for about 5 minutes then it goes out and I get 3 messages on dash back to back powering steering / service ESC/ no ESC. Power steering does not work at any time during the trip. When car is turned off cycle repeats.

- Lanesville, IN, USA

problem #37

Dec 122016

Malibu

  • 168,195 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. While at a stop light, the steering wheel shook violently. The dealer stated that the extended warranty had expired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 168,195.

- Fernley, NV, USA

problem #36

Jun 012016

Malibu

  • 120,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds and turning the steering wheel, the power steering indicator illuminated and it became very difficult to turn. As a result, the vehicle drove straight. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #35

Nov 012016

Malibu

  • miles
Letter from congresswoman foxx on behalf of constituent re 2012 Malibu steering column recall. The consumer was informed, his VIN was not included in the recall.

- Lexington, NC, USA

problem #34

Oct 302016

Malibu

  • 132,000 miles
Pulling out of a parking space, all of a sudden my steering wheel does a quick jerk, my traction light luminates and then service ESC comes up on the display and then power steering shows on the display and at that point iost power steering assist and at this point I could not turn the wheel at all, I had no control over the car at this point. I put the car in park, turned it off for several minutes and then turned it back on and power steering was back. This is unexceptable...what if I had been on the free way going 70 miles per hour and lost power steering. This very issue was a recall on the recalling certain model year 2004-2006 and 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu(s) and obviously it is still an issue with the 2012 model. I have had no issues with steering prior to ths day it happened 10/30/16 and no warring power steering assist was going to fail. Fix it once and for all GM. Do your customers have to be seriously injured or worse in order for you to get this right!!!! now we have to find the power steering unit and get it fixed because my car is literally a death trap. Also, the interior lights (dome) and headlights start flickering after 10 mins to 60 mins into my drive like there is an electrical issue. Also, the rear defrost stopped working and I can't see out the rear window, I have to drive with the windows down to try and hurry the process along and that is not fun when it is freezing out side!

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #33

Sep 012016

Malibu

  • 52,000 miles

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

Several systems have been affected. The systems affected are the radio controls on the steering wheel, the power steering, the traction control and the rear defrost. There seems to be a short that goes from system to system. Modern Chevrolet in winston salem, nc said it was a short in wires on the steering column that was causing this. There are three recalls that would deal with this. The recalls are for steering, traction control and finally wiring. Both modern Chevrolet and Chevrolet corporate have said my vehicle is not covered due to the VIN #. I do not see where that matters. If a part is bad then all vehicles that part is used on should be covered no matter what. The steering was the most affected. The power steering would go out and it was very difficult to steer the car. This happened on several different occasions.

- Welcome, NC, USA

problem #32

Aug 022016

Malibu

  • 32,000 miles
While making left hand turn engine stalled lost power for a moment then restarted several times in the last year.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #31

May 052016

Malibu

  • 47,607 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel abruptly locked while attempting to turn at a low speed. The failure was experienced several times. While the bluetooth was in use, the radio and steering wheel simultaneously failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the battery cable was defective and caused the electrical system to lose charge. The vehicle was repaired. The battery cables were replaced and routed correctly. The manufacturer stated that the cable failure was due to wear and tear. The failure mileage was 47,607. Updated 09/20/16

- Eastham, MA, USA

problem #30

Jun 252016

Malibu

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while making a right turn at approximately 5 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver as the ESC warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Great Falls, MT, USA

problem #29

Jun 092016

Malibu

  • 136,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 20-25 mph, the vehicle experienced a loss of power steering and the ESC and power steering warning indicators illuminated. The power steering functioned normally after a brief period of time. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 136,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Plumas Lake, CA, USA

problem #28

Apr 112016

Malibu

  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. After the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and 15V269000 (seat belt), the steering wheel ceased without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the cause of the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 137,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #27

Mar 112016

Malibu

  • 94,000 miles
When driving, at low speed in the city, or on the highway at speed, power steering and power brakes intermittently fail without warning (according to the repairing dealer, vehicle is unsafe and should not be driven); dash gauges go on and off; traction control and electronic stability control turn own and off without warning; dash lights go on and off without warning; bells and buzzers ring; door locks cycle, and theft deterrent warnings illuminate. Dealer has attempted multiple times to repair it by replacing the body control module. It is at the dealer service department now, has been there for a full week and at this point is still unsafe

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #26

Sep 022015

Malibu

  • 164,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. While attempting to accelerate from a stop, the steering wheel seized and the power steering assist light illuminated. The contact coasted to the side of the road, waited a few minutes, and resumed driving. In addition, while driving 5 mph in the driveway, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 164,000.

- Winton, NC, USA

problem #25

Jan 192016

Malibu

  • 102,000 miles
I was driving my children to school, when without any warning my power steering went out. I almost got into an accident!!! it was very abrupt. A message saying "power steering" "service ESC" came up. I come to find out that earlier models of the Malibu were recalled for this very reason. I would recommend that you check this problem out very seriously on the 2012 model before someone gets killed!!! I had all I could do to steer the car manually! my children and I were very lucky that we didn't end up in an accident. The next person might not be so lucky. Before Chevrolet gets sued, they might want to look into this problem. My wife drives this car on the expressway. I can't even imagine what would have happened had this occurred while she was driving. I thank god that I was behind the wheel at the time.

- Findlay, OH, USA

problem #24

Jan 112016

Malibu

  • 38,000 miles
I was driving my children to school, when without any warning my power steering went out. I almost got into an accident!!! it was very abrupt. A message saying "power steering" "service ESC" came up. I immediately took it to the dealership, where I still have a warranty and I was told they would have to do a diagnostic check on it (150.00) before they could let me know if it was covered under my warranty. I come to find out that earlier models of the Malibu were recalled for this very reason. I would recommend that you check this problem out very seriously on the 2012 model before someone gets killed!!! I had all I could do to steer the car manually! my children and I were very lucky that we didn't end up in an accident. The next person might not be so lucky. Before Chevrolet gets sued, they might want to look into this problem. My children also drive this car. Unlike me, who knows about manual steering and was able to deal with the problem, young adults have no idea what manual steering is. My daughter drives this car on the expressway. I can't even imagine what would have happened had this occurred while she was driving. I thank god that I was behind the wheel at the time. I did contact GM and they are helping me rectify this problem.

- Elmwood Park, IL, USA

problem #23

Jan 022016

Malibu

  • 46,000 miles
Driving down the city road at 55 mph, I heard three bells and on the dashboard it read "service ESC...service ESC...traction control off" the vehicle then simultaneously began to reduce engine power and the steering wheel locked and became unlocked within seconds. This caused swerving and a near accident. I see recalls for this issue but the VIN does not show an open recall for this issue.

- Abilene, TX, USA

problem #22

Dec 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. While attempting to exit a residential driveway, the power steering failed without warning. The contact mentioned that the wheel locked, which made it extremely difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician performed unknown repairs and refused to provide any details. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 63,000. Updated 2/4/16 updated 02/16/16

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #21

Apr 112012

Malibu

  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 50 mph, the brake pedal was depressed, the vehicle started to make a vibrating motion, and steering wheel was shaking. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake pads needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 12,000.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #20

Feb 042013

Malibu

  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. After the vehicle was started, the steering became difficult to maneuver. The contact mentioned that the failure only happened initially after driving off. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 43,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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