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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,833 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 252006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My vehicle is a 2005 Chevy Malibu maxx. The vehicle doesn't always turn over. I have had my vehicle in the shop a couple of times to determine the problem and the Chevy dealer can't figure it out. I will try to start my vehicle but it doesn't always crank over. It will chug a lot and then stall out. Other times it will chug and act like it will stall and then turn over. Sometimes it takes 2-3 times for me to try and get the vehicle to start. I called my service department at the Chevy dealer every time it happened and the only common factor was that it was happening every 800-1000 miles approximately. It didn't matter how cold or hot it was, wet or dry. It has been awful! nothing has been replaced on the vehicle to try and fix the problem with it starting. My can has just over 32500 miles and is still under warranty. The most recent time was late September 2006. I am not sure on the exact date that I called my car dealer. I also took my vehicle in on 9-12-06 for a popping sound in the steering when turning. We found out that the center steering shaft was broke. It was replaced. There was a problem with the interior front blinker not working but the exterior did. Then shortly after the left front blinker blew.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 262006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Steering pop when turning car, on 2005 Malibu maxx.

- Shelbyville, TN, USA

problem #1

Feb 222006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,500 miles
My Chevrolet Malibu maxx (2005, 17K miles) frequently has a clunking noise that appears to be coming from the left front suspension. The noise is often accompanied by the feeling of a "hit" underneath the driver's feet and on occasion seems to be connected to a steering input (steering wheel moves notably). This happens only at lower speeds (below approx. 35 miles/hour) and during or after left turns and is especially strong on uneven roads. I took the car to a certified Chevrolet dealer for repair and have been informed that this clunking is related to a problem with the intermittent shaft of the steering, that this problem is known to Chevrolet and has been assigned the number pic3747, and that no repair is possible at this time. They also told me that they have no data indicating that this problem is at the same time a safety issue. But as I have a notable steering input, and as the constant clunking is also interfering with concentration, I consider this a safety issue and thus filed this complaint regarding this problem.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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