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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,220 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 102007

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,455 miles


Steering went on car while driving. Not involved in accident brought to dealers and had to get whole new steering column put in, but I had to pay for the balancing and rotation of the tires. That was the steering column's fault.

- Zephyrhills, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 162007

Malibu Maxx

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,206 miles
February 2005 steering column replaced due to failure, prior to recall issued (15,050 miles). February 2007 rack and pinion system replaced due to thunking noise when turning left (45,380 miles). Thunking noise returned in August 2007, this time noise was caused by steering shaft, which was replaced (51,206 miles).

- Zionsville, IN, USA

problem #1

Feb 232006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle was in motion at any speed, there is a clunking noise in the steering shaft. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and repair. However, after the vehicle was inspected and the dealer determined the problem was the steering shaft, the dealer informed the contact currently no repairs could be made to the vehicle. This was due to the manufacturer not having a remedy or tsb to the problem, but they were aware the problem existed. The dealer recommended the contact should continue driving the vehicle and no repairs were made.

- New Rochelle, NY, USA

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