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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
85,302 miles
Total Complaints:
17 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (10 reports)
  2. replace steering column & motor in column (4 reports)
  3. replace steering column because sensor went bad (3 reports)
2005 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #17

Nov 012016

Malibu LS 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 171,000 miles


This normally would be pretty minor -- I've dealt with no power steering on my old car.

Occasionally, power steering will drop out. From what I've read online, this is a common problem. Normally pretty excusable, but I've also read that the steering column was not built to withstand the stress of steering w/o power steering, so that this problem will eventually break the steering column. This has not yet happened to me, but from what I've read, it will be preceded by weird popping noises from the steering column.

- , Wadesville, IN, US

problem #16

Aug 052008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,715 miles

I have dealt with this since 2008. There was a recall 2014 for electric power steering. I am awaiting for this recall.

- , Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #15

Aug 192012

Malibu 4DR

  • 108,000 miles

Oh my! Very scarey! Driving along and all of a sudden a chime goes off and I was trying to turn left and had NO POWER STEERING! Had my 5 yr old Grandson in the car and I had to turn my steering wheel very hard to make the corner! People behind me were honking and someone almost hit me from the other way. I can't believe that I come on line and found ALL THESE OTHER COMPLAINTS about this VERY SAME THING! This is a SERIOUS DEATH/WRECK causing ISSUE GM, what are you thinking? No recalls? You have go to be kidding me??? I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER General Motors car again!!! Very upset and scared to drive my car now! I see no solution. I will call CHEVY dealer tomorrow where I purchased it. I WILL NOT PAY FOR A REPAIR, this is ABSURD, come on!!!

- , Indianapolis, IN/USA, USA

problem #14

Sep 132011

Malibu LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,719 miles


I have a 2005 Chevy Malibu. Today, at about 6am, the power steering light came on and in the middle of me driving the power steering completely shut off. I was on my way to work, but before I could head to work, I have to drop off my daughter at the daycare. I had no clue what was going on. I thought maybe I was out of gas, a door was open or the seatbelt light had came on, but was the pwer steering light. I have had my car for six years and have had other issues, but this was the first time this had ever happened. I ended up calling my boyfriend to pick up my daughter because it was not safe at all to drive around with her in the car. I googled the probelm and found that many other owners of malibus had the same issue and it seemed as if GM didn't help them. I went backwards in my process, but I guess its good that I did.

I filed a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1-888-327-4236. I also called GM 1-800-222-1020 and they really didn't help me. The customer service rep stated that there is a 10 year extended warranty on the power steering column. The warranty covers the power steering column until 100,000 miles or 10 years, whichever comes first. Unfortunately for me, my car is over by 22,719 miles so I have to pay out of pocket.

This is a dangerous issue and there needs to be a recall on this part. I will be heading to the dealership tomorrow to get an estimate on how much this will cost me. The other reveiws that I have read stated the approximate cost would be $800 and up.

- , Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #13

Aug 282011

Malibu Maxx 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

My Malibu power steering is totally gone, I asked the dealership where I purchased this car 4 years ago on the day I purchased this car what was the clicking and popping noise in the steering wheel when the car turn. They told me it was part of the car and nothing was wrong. I had the car check again for the same popping and clicking noise and it was in the steering column. My power steering is totally gone and the car is so hard to try and steer for any man. The car is very dangerous to move due to the steering is totally gone and I never received any information pertaining any recalls from any Chevy Company or dealership about any recalls. Now my car is down and this mess is what it is a mess to fix. Chevrolet needs to be responsible for getting this fixed on my car and everyone else car too. I'm stuck with a car not working and very expensive to get fix.

- , Memphis, TN, US

problem #12

Oct 192007

Malibu Sedan 2.2L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Every since we purchased this car there has been a popping in front end of the car. We took it to the dealer, they looked at it and stated there was a bushing out on the front end ,but ,no big deal if we replaced it we would have to do it again in a few months ,it was we have continued driving it with that mind blowing noise but recently every time you touch the brakes the steering wheel goes crazy popping and banging the power steering light comes on on the console. I looked for an hour for pump ,there isn't a power steering pump on this car. My wife drove our son to work,while coming home it would not turn. The power steering quit!!!!!!! The light comes off and on never before has power steering quit,but always when driving,you touch the brakes the car sounds and feels like its falling problems with motor when cold the key will not come out of ignition.

- , Roswell, NM, US Minor Outlying Islands

problem #11

Feb 122008

Malibu ES 2.2L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,040 miles


Power Steering light came on GM. answer, not on now we can't fix it, same issue every year, light goes on go out can't fix light isn't on now, Still going on now 2011, have recall on unit however light go off before dealer see it, "Can't fix now light isn't on!!!!!!" Will never buy another GM. even thought family member sells them.

- , Waterloo, ON, Canada

problem #10

Jun 062010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,778 miles

Cars are made to be able to turn corners and keep the car on the road. If there is a faulty steering sensor it should be recalled immediately! Toyota would!

This is going to Kill someone. This time the failure happened at low speeds, but I drive this car on the HWY at high speeds 100-125km/h, just to keep up with traffic. I can not afford to have the steering just fail randomly. The only plus side to this problem is that it might make my wife and small children rich. These are the kind of issues that need to be recalled. I will most likely not buy another GM Car ever! I like this cars over all interior space, but to not have a recall on such an important part of the operation of a car is ridiculous! Auto Trader here we come!

- , Belleville, ON, Canada

problem #9

Feb 222010

Malibu Maxx 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,565 miles

This is a serious safety issue! The power steering was making noise for some time with the message center warning was coming on and off occasionally. We took the car in and had it checked and they said there was no code showing and there was nothing they could do at that point. Two weeks end ago we were on the highway with it traveling at highway speeds and lost all power to the power steering. This was not just like driving a car were the power steering belt has come off! You could barely maneuver this thing. It was very fortunate that my wife wasn't driving it in town at the time or she would have had a wreck. It cost me $1400 to fix and i find that completely unacceptable. GM has a real safety issue here and is choosing to ignore it. I've tried to find a place on there web site to launch a formal complaint, but haven't located anything yet. I notice they have recalled other models with what sounds like similar problems. When i called GM they said there nothing mentioned about the Malibu. Does someone have to die before they will admit there is a problem?

- , Milverton, Ontario, Canada

problem #8

Jan 012010

Malibu LT 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,594 miles

SOOOOOOOOO DONE with buying Chevys!!!! Thank God we got the extended warranty for our (this) son's car....and that this happened while he was HOME for Christmas Break!!!! There has ALWAYS been a "popping" sound in the front of his car since we purchased it when you turned the steering told us that was "NORMAL"! Have been checking/looking on Recalls for this Car. NEVER BUY A CHEVY....they take your Hard earned $$$$$$$ and then never know who you are

- , North Versailles, PA, USA

problem #7

Nov 162009

Malibu LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles


I bought this crap ass car in 2006...used from a reputable dealership my family has been dealing with for years. I should have done my research...but instead...I only saw "better gas mileage than my jeep" and "cheaper payments" and "roomy" and what not. Well, little did I know...stupid me huh?

Ever since I have owned this car, I have had nothing but problems...first, my EGR valve goes bad...but it was covered under warranty. Then, I start blowing right rear tail lights on a weekly basis, then my transmission starts jumping (found out its the 1-2 solenoid...fixing that now)...but then my steering wheel starts going its doing the jitter bug, and I have no traction control. Then, my "power steering" message appears and I have no power steering in my car. I turned off my car, waited a moment, and then turned it back on...that seemed to be a temporary fix...but now, its doing it when I am on the road...lucky for me, I have a boss who is awesome and let me borrow his car...but I can tell you this...I will NEVER buy another Malibu as long as I live. I worked for a company who hauled GM cars from the rail yard to the dealers...and I have talked to truck drivers who have said they have seen this problem when loading cars with as few as 2 miles!!! Why can't GM fix this problem? I think they should back date a "recall" and fix all Malibu's with this problem...financially feasible or seems to be a problem that no mechanic knows how to diagnose. The Malibu is the biggest piece of crap ever...and I am stuck making payments on a damn driveway weight...thanks GM. It's no wonder you went first cost me my career (yeah...the BK by GM caused my company to go BK) and now my car? What else do you want? I will NEVER own another GM vehicle...and I recommend the same to anyone else. I have never had so many problems with a car...

- , Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #6

Oct 152009

Malibu 2.2L Ecotec 4 Cly

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

On 10/15/2009 while driviiing to work 6 am in the morning the power steering light came on and the steering locked up. I could not turn the steering wheel of the car. I almost ran in to the curb of a side walk . I was near a gas station, i cut the car off and asked a man to look under my hood to see where the power steering goes. I was told there is no power steering resevior. I started the car to move it off the road and the cars steering was fine. Several days later I had the same problem, and was told by a mechanic I need to replace the rack and pinion steering. Currently with out dependable transportation because i donot have the money to have the car fixed

- , Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #5

Feb 262009

Malibu LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,827 miles

My wife almost had an accident when the power steering failed. I took the car to a certified repair shop. He said there was a bulletin out by General Motors dated November 8, 2007 that 2004-2005 Malibu's and 2005 Pontiac G 6's are having problems with the power steering. General Motors knew that you might have a lack of power steering, vibration, or a rattle or clunk noise from the left lower instrument panel. GM should have recalled these cars to fix their problem. I was told that this problem was a SAFETY ISSUE and that General Motors should be responsible. I took the car to a GM dealer and he agreed that GM should fix the car. I filed a complaint with GM and finally after calling for 2 weeks, they said they would do nothing.

I am very upset with GM and just wonder how many people have wrecked Malibu's because of the failure of power steering. If you have one of these cars, I suggest you sell it or take it to the dealer for repair before you lose your power steering when pulling out into an intersection and the car dies in front of another vehicle. I will never buy another GM product and advise the same for anyone else.

- , Piedmont, SC, USA

problem #4

Feb 012009

Malibu LT 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,500 miles


- , Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jan 112009

Malibu Maxx V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

GM can go to hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are thieves and rip off artists. So far on my Chevy Malibu, the brakes and rotors replaced, front hubs replaced, exhausted work done, power steering went out, heater fan clanks real loud, cd player works part time, and engine sounds like terrible. GM ceos should go to prison for ripping off the consumers. Listen up all you CEOs of big companies, quit filling your greedy pockets with money and start giving the consumer a worthy product. Not only have you affected the consumer but also your employees and tainted an american icon. I hope your proud of yourselves. Your the number one reason our country is turmoil. So if anyone has any advice or knows about any recalls, I would appreciate the advice.

- , B Elleville, WI, USA

problem #2

Jan 092009

Malibu LS 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,089 miles

This just made me never want to buy another (NEW) Chevrolet product. I have an 87 Suburban I love. Of course getting this diagnosed led to a host of other significant problems with the vehicle. I'm very disappointed in the vehicle.

- , Youngsville, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 052008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,300 miles

My dash light said "power steering". I looked it up in auto manual and it said to consult the dealership. Two days later, I had no power steering. I had it towed, and the guy said it seemed to work. I was able to drive it to the dealership later and the light was no longer on and power steering worked. But they said that it is the steering column, just what the first mechanic said. It is almost 600 dollars to fix. I had leased it for three years, and just bought it a month or so ago. I had not purchased any extended warranty (of course), and they will not stand behind their product. I am disappointed and angry. I drive it less than 10,000 miles a year. My friend said the fact that they already have such an expensive part in stock tells me that it is a common problem. I will save paperwork, hope for a recall. I will never buy American again. I have driven Toyotas and Hondas that have stood the test of time. And we wonder why American car makers are going down the tubes. What's even worse is I asked the mechanic if there is something to prevent this again. Basically, there is nothing I can do. How upsetting!

- , Franklin, OH, USA

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