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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,432 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx steering problems

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments (Page 1 of 9)

problem #161

Aug 282016

Malibu Maxx

  • 155,000 miles


Sudden loss of power steering: Car started chiming with a power steering on the radio display while in motion proceeding through a stop light, with difficulty in steering.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #160

Jun 062016

Malibu Maxx

  • 131,000 miles
The steering goes in and out. Feels like you have very little control of wheel while driving. When accelerating or entering higher speeds a ding goes off. Have replaced steering column through dealer. Need to replace steering gear and control module. This should all be covered considering these parts probably all go bad having a defective steering column to begin with. I don't feel safe at all driving my car.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #159

May 282016

Malibu Maxx

  • 180,000 miles
While on exit ramp from one interstate to another interstate highway during a veer to the left, car suddenly veered right & crossed a lane of traffic heading for an embankment at approximately 60 mph. I slammed on the brakes, unable to steer, which caused my car to turn 180 degrees and slid into the embankment. Had I not done the 180 degree spin, I would have hit the embankment head on, likely being seriously injured or killed. The recall repair took place and obviously failed. I will never be able to trust driving it again.

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #158

Oct 202015

Malibu Maxx

  • 136,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the power steering warning light randomly flashed and the steering wheel was tight each time the failure occurred. The dealer and the manufacturer indicated that there was a manufacturer recall for the vehicle and provided no remedy or solution. The contact was advised to take the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V064000 (steering), 14E044000 (steering), and 14V153000 (steering). The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). The dealer was to schedule the recall repair. The vehicle was to be taken to an independent mechanic for inspection of the power steering failure and the contact was waiting to determine when the dealer would complete the recall repair. Parts distribution disconnect. The approximate failure mileage was 136,000.

- Plainfield, IN, USA

problem #157

Oct 312014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. Consumer writes in regards to dissatisfaction on how recall #14116 has been handled. The consumer stated upon completion of the recall, she continued to experience a sudden loss of power steering assist.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #156

Nov 112013

Malibu Maxx

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering), but the remedy did not correct the failure. Upon making a left or right turn, the steering wheel did not turn and the contact had to apply force to turn the steering wheel. The dealer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 96,000.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #155

Oct 272015

Malibu Maxx

  • 138,157 miles


The steering wheel will get hard to turn usually when I am in the process of changing lanes on the interstate and accelerating. Sometimes an alarm will come on and a light will come on for a few seconds and then go off. Here lately the alarm is not coming on. It is getting were it is happening more often, at least a couple times a week now. Most of my driving is done on the interstate and it is scary because I never know if I can trust my car when merging onto the interstate.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #154

May 232012

Malibu Maxx

  • 151,000 miles
I have had problems with my power steering over the years. But this was the worst it has ever been. I was driving 55 mph on the highway. The roads were clear on this spring day. My traction control, brake light and check engine light came on. Then the power steering was chiming and the alert came on for that which effected my power steering. The instrument cluster was flashing on and off along with the gauges not working correctly. Then the instrument cluster went completely out. So the instrument cluster was replaced. A couple of weeks later, this all repeated again. So this time the ignition was replaced. After all that, the power steering still chimes and alerts still come on which makes it harder to steer. Then I have to stop the car, turn it off, wait and restart it. Then it is fine for a while. My mechanic says the only code that shows up is for the 14772 recall. But my car is not part of that recall since it was manufactured in January of 2006. Please do some research and expand the current recall to include all 2006-2007 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu maxx vehicles. Repairs need to be done on these vehicles asap to any fatal or potential crashes.

- Trempealeau, WI, USA

problem #153

Jul 032009

Malibu Maxx

  • 80,000 miles
While driving, when you accelerate, the steering wheel locks up and you can't steer the car, losing all control. It locks up for a second or two. This car was recalled for the steering and many other issues, and we took it in to bunnin Chevrolet in culver city, ca for the repairs. They repaired it under the recall, but it did not fix the problem. The steering still locks up and it will do it multiple times in one driving session.

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #152

Mar 132015

Malibu Maxx

  • 75,500 miles
I have waited 3 years for a recall for my steering problem which started 08-2012 with 75,000 miles. On 03/13/15 I took my car in for recall #14116 with 95,000 miles. The fix failed completely. On 07/07/15 with 98,800 miles I returned to the chev dealer for a diagnostic. Which cost me $108. Received a call from dealer, after road test and diagnostic, could not find a problem. Next day I took the mechanic for a test drive and he saw the problem. Alert chimes, power steering displayed on the dic and loss of power steering. After talking with Chevrolet tech support there best guess was a failing power steering control module. And wanted $650 plus the $108 I paid for the diagnostic with no guarantee that it would fix the problem, may need other repairs. I declined. I did more reach and found technical service bulletin # 10183A, special coverage program. 10 year or 150,000 mile warranty on the steering column assembly. Returned to dealer on 07/13/15, 98,800 miles and had steering column assembly replaced under the warranty. No change, the problem still exist. More reach found all vehicles that have recall #14116 done failed to work. 99% were told by the chev. Dealership like me that the power steering control module failing. I'am requesting that NHTSA add the part to the recall list or make Chevrolet do something to fix the problem in less than another 10 years. Have contacted Chevrolet customer assistance center no reply after 3 business days.

- Arroyo Grande, CA, USA

problem #151

Feb 022015

Malibu Maxx

  • 85,000 miles


General Motors has a recall for defective power steering that causes the power steering to fail for several seconds. We took our vehicle to jet Chevrolet in federal way, wa to repair the vehicle according to the recall. They claim they did the work. However, within a couple of days, we continued to have the exact same failure with the power steering. We called jet Chevrolet again to report it and brought the vehicle in again and they said it was something else causing the problem other than the recall. They want to charge us $100 to find out what the problem is. However, the car is doing exactly the same thing as before we brought it in for the recall. If they did replace the part, I'm sure it must have been a defective part. We need something done to remedy this situation to avoid a potential car accident.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #150

Mar 012014

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While driving between 40-70 mph, the steering wheel seized and excessive force was required without warning. After a couple of minutes, the steering wheel performed normally. The failure recurred multiple times. The contact received a notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The dealer was to replace the torque sensor. The vehicle was repaired under the recall; however, the failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but they were unable to locate a failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #149

Feb 052015

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
Power steering all of a sudden stopped working on multiple occasions.

- Lacey, WA, USA

problem #148

Apr 072014

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the torque sensor kit was replaced by the dealer on October 13, 2014; however, the failure recurred in January of 2015. The contact stated that the vehicle was not operable and was unsafe to drive. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #147

Jan 192015

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 104,400 miles
When the vehicle is cold the power steering does not work. As the car warms it begins to work. When you drive it will surprise you with periods of no power steering then it will come back causing you to over steer.

- Racine , WI, USA

problem #146

Dec 092014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Power steering warning message came on, followed by difficulty on steering the vehicle. After shutting off the car, it was fine for a while then the power steering warning message comes on and the car gets difficult to steer. This has happened numerous times.

- Calhan, CO, USA

problem #145

Nov 122014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 50,625 miles
The steering all of a sudden became hard to steer and happens intermittently still and the car pulls to the left.

- Danville, IN, USA

problem #144

Jan 092015

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 102,056 miles
After starting and driving, the power steering warning message displayed on the driver information center and a chime sounded. The power steering assist was lost and the vehicle reverted to manual steering. It took greater driver effort to turn the vehicle and could have resulted in a serious crash. Once the vehicle was stopped and parked, the power steering assist returned and the warning disappeared. It is only a matter of time before the issue with power steering reappears. We contacted our local Chevy dealer service center, as well as the GM Chevrolet hotline at 1-800-630-2438. Both advised that there was no current recall with our vehicle based on the VIN and they refused to make appropriate the repairs. Please do further research to expand the current recall bulletin 14116 which covers model years 2004-2006 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu maxx to include our VIN number, or better yet, to include all Malibu and Malibu maxxs of any year. Clearly this is a known issue with these vehicles and repairs needs to be completed asap to prevent potentially fatal crashes.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #143

Jan 012015

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles
Unit has had continuing intermittent power steering. Very dangerous at times. Bulletin 14116 is suppose to cover 2004-2006 Malibu, but dealer says its not covered. How could a recall not be a recall? unit also has dangerous intermittent headlights. Bulbs fine, has defective sockets inside the integrated headlight assembly. Other gms have had this issues but no recalls on the Malibu.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #142

Aug 112014

Malibu Maxx

  • 75,236 miles
Electric power steering fails,

- Robbinsville, NJ, USA

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