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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,917 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx suspension problems

suspension problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 012006

Malibu Maxx

  • 20,000 miles


I own a 2005 Malibu maxx and after one year old it began making clunking noises in the front. I took it to the dealership and they said they had to replace a part of the steering shaft. They did what they did and the noise was gone. They also replaced struts. A few months later it did it again. This time they replaced tie rod ends. By this time my warranty had expired. Then 2 months later it did it again! they lubed something and now it has been 8 months and it has not returned yet. Now my engine light is on and I keep getting a message to check my gas cap. I check it and nothing is wrong.

- Johns Island, SC, USA

problem #5

Apr 112008

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought my car in 2006. It is a 2005 Malibu maxx. The first week that I bought it I had to take it to the dealership to have repairs made on the front end. I was told the struts and cv joints needed to be replaced. was still under manufacturer's warranty. After a few months, another sound from underneath the front end. This time I was told it was the steering column assembly. They replaced that again under warranty. Then one year later I returned due to more noises coming from the front end. This warranty. I was told that there was a problem in the steering but they would cover it since it was a known problem with these cars. Also they told me a tie rod end was about to snap so they replaced it. I had to pay. Now, only a few months after that, the noise in the steering is back again. Will this ever end"???"

- Johns Island, SC, USA

problem #4

Aug 152006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased my 2005 Chevy Malibu maxx ls as a "program car" thinking it was the next best thing to a new car. I guess I was wrong. Since purchasing the vehicle in April 2006 I have had consistent trouble with my front end. I have had to take it to the dealer for warranty repairs four times! now at 50,500 miles my front end is acting up again. The last time I had my repairs done I was out of warranty and called gmac and asked for a repurchase. Gmac contacted my dealer and returned a call to me stating that I should try another dealer they could not get anywhere with my current dealer. I was not surprised after being told by the shop leader that"his wife's car did the same thing and that the best thing I could do is drive it till its paid for! I have had it with this car and the service my local dealer. I love gmac and I wish they would be more aggressive at dealing with bad dealerships. My dealership made me feel stupid and like I was bothering them. I am still paying on my Malibu but am looking to trade but I am so scared that I will just gain a whole new problem from another vehicle...what do I do?

- La Fayette, GA, USA

problem #3

Sep 142006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles


: the contact stated the vehicle pulled to the left at various speeds. The dealership replaced the rack and pinion and steering column, but the problem persisted. Updated

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #2

Jul 152006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front suspension is clunky as if there are loose-fitted parts. Front brakes pulsate at freeway speeds causing steering difficulty in corners.

- Caldwell, ID, USA

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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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