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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,311 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx engine problems

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 092015

Malibu Maxx

  • 115,450 miles


On my vehicle we have developed a problem where the check engine light and anti-lock break lock come on and then on dic it displays eng pwr reduced and then vehicle then loses power in all times, it happens when I am driving the vehicle. The speed has varied from 60 mph to 35 mph.. once on a state 2 lane and the other times on township roads. Fortunately for me, never on an interstate at a high rate of speed. When this happens, the car loses power almost completely and I have to find a place to get it off the road immediately. Usually after turning the car off, waiting a few minutes and then restarting, it seems to be ok, except for the check engine light still on. The check engine light goes off and I am usually ok for a week or so until it happens again.

- Lamartine, PA, USA

problem #7

Oct 232013

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to body control module connection system recall notice and customer reimbursement requests form issues.

- Idaho Springs, CO, USA

problem #6

Jul 302014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
End of July 2014, early morning, while driving 70mph on the interstate with clear dry conditions, my brakes began to pulse on their own and the traction control light began lighting up in correspondence with the brake pulse.. the cruise control shut itself off. The check engine light and brake light came on remain on and cruise control no longer works. This continues to happen throughout the entirety of my 60mile one way daily drive. I was notified of recall13036 which includes all of these issues., I took the vehicle in for a scheduled service for this 12/12/14. After waiting more than 2 hours to get my vehicle back (without the recall work being done), I rescheduled for 12/16/14. After completing the recall work the vehicle was returned to me with all error codes cleared. Less than 3 miles down the road, all of the issues returned. No cruise control, pulsing brakes and T/C light, check engine light and brake light came on and remain on. I contacted the dealership and they told me that they simply added lubricant to connections and that all of these issues are not associated with the recall. I read the recall notice to them, it clearly states all of these issues are related to the recall. The dealership (pete harkness/morrison, il) recommends that I bring it back in again and pay $90 for a diagnostic check and then I will need to pay for any repairs needed.

- Franklin Grove, IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 162014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles


I have received two recall notices in the past two months, one for the electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control; and the other for the transmission shift cable, which may fracture at any time. Both notices informed me that the dealer would perform repairs at no cost, but that parts are not currently available. Am I to continue driving my defective car and hope that I won't get into an accident caused by the above problems? I am very low income and can't afford to rent a car.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 262014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
Cruise control stopped working, remote start stopped working, brake lights come on when pedal is not pressed and go off when pedal is pressed. Vehicle shows stopping when driving and driving when stopping. Will get rear-ended same thing happened 3 years ago. GM technical service bulletin #08-05-22-009C issued in 2008.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 042014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 106,041 miles
I was driving my car to pick up my daughter from school 02/04/2014 and as I was turning to leave school I heard a ringing sound from inside of car and my steering wheel started to jerk left and right then I pulled over and stopped and my steering wheel was moving left to right with out me touching it. It was as someone was doing it and I couldn't see them and while driving on freeway it was very unstable to drive so I have to drive slow because it would jerk unexpectedly during my drive I felt very unsafe when I drive with my 4 and 14 daughter and mom year old in the car I have owned a Chevy mostly a good part of my life I have been unable to afford to get it fixed and someone told me of the recall. So I called the dealer and was told my VIN number was not part of the recall but it had a $150,000 mile warranty on part but he said I have to have a test doing to see if the steering motor is bad for $103 and if it is motor for steering it would be fixed and they will wave test charge. It says power steering when it audible sounds in car on radio display panel I could not let him do the test cause I didn't have the money if they said something else is wrong so now it is gone almost completely. My shoulder are very sore from having to drive this car to work and to get my kid and I am still making payments on it to. Maybe after I get into a major crash and my family dies or someone else dies from not being able to control car when it is needed maybe you will do something about it please wave test fee or something so if I take it in to get fixed so you can have a happy buyer of Chevy autos.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #2

Nov 142013

Malibu Maxx

  • 135,000 miles
Driving from school saw a car ahead person had turn signal on to go left. Took foot off gas went to brake and turn wheel could not do either. The car was totaled.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 222006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. Consumer states brake failure and increased acceleration the consumer stated as she made a right turn into a parking space, she applied the brake pedal, and it went all the way to the floor which resulted in the her crashing into a concrete pillar. The consumer also stated the air bags did not deploy. The consumer stated she had a second accident where she applied the brakes and they failed to respond which caused her to crash into another vehicle.

- Slidell, LA, USA

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