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Crashes / Fires:
16 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
19 / 1
Average Mileage:
79,291 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 18)

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problem #323

Oct 102015


  • 238,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel failed while driving 55 mph. The contact restarted the vehicle and it resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering assist failed. The dealer advised that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering); however, the recall repair only consisted of the torque sensor assembly replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 238,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #322

Oct 242014


  • 147,437 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 50 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the electrical steering motor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 147,437.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #321

Aug 242015


  • 165,000 miles
As I was pulling into a parking place at school the steering became very hard to turn. I after shutting off the said car was able to get steering back for a time. It has done this three times, in the past week. I have talked to a dealer about this their has been known issuses with this car models in power steering assist.. dealer said that there is a 150000 mile warrant. GM sais from there website lifetime warrant. dont no what to do about getting this fixed seem to be getting run around. Advice please.

- Collinsville, AL, USA

problem #320

Feb 102015


  • 162,000 miles


I was driving as normal with no incident, parked went into home and came out 10 minutes later, car would not crank, as if battery was dead.. went back in to get a multi-meter and checked battery, showed 12.3 volts. Went back into car and it cranked right up, no hesitation. Next day went to get my grand-daughter (2 years old) and parked at her home. Loaded the baby-seat, and went to start car, dead battery symptom again. Jumped the car from my daughter and went tom walmart to have battery checked. Battery and charge system checked fine. Tried to start the car after test, acted like a dead battery again. Walmart tech said looks like a bad starter motor. I purchased a new starter and installed. Cranked on first hit. Checked charging amps while running, 13.4 volts. Went 25 miles to town. Parked and after 2 hours came back to car and would not crank. (turned motor once then click click. Click.) got a ride home and checked internet for probable cause, seems like hundreds (thousands) have the same situation. I feel the anti-theft system is cutting off power to car. I tried the fix that I found, lock, unlock, lock unlock car with key then wait 10 minutes and crank the car. It worked. I pulled away from my lodge and went down the road. Stopped, made a right turn heading for a traffic light and the car died in the middle of the road. Could not turn the steering wheel, no electrical signs other than anti theft light flashing on dash. Tried repetitively to start the car but again just click click. Click. If I had been on the thru-way, it would probably been an accident. Further search on internet shows this a major problem, but no recall is found. Why"?"

- Guyton, GA, USA

problem #319

Aug 052013


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact's vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering), NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train), and NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). Shortly after the repair, the vehicle stalled without warning, the power steering failed, a clunking noise was heard in the front end, and the vehicle independently veered to the left. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that the recall repair could not be performed again. In addition, the dealer stated that the steering column and suspension would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. In previous years, the contact had to replace the gear box and rack and pinion nut on two separate occasions at a dealer. The contact informed the manufacturer of all the failures. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Haines City , FL, USA

problem #318

Jun 212014


  • 108,300 miles
I was on my way to school. When I took my exit (23 on route 2), the car simply turned off, locking my steering wheel. I lost control, spung twice and landed on the ramp of that exit. The car has been useless since then. I called the recall hotline to get support and they did nothing for me. I'm left with no car and no support by the GM team that forward me endless recall letters. I've had endless issues with this car since I financed it. Endless repairs, close accidents encounter because of car sensor issues. Brakes no properly working. Traction failing. It has been a nightmare. How can I get support for a vehicle which I loved so dearly and yet nearly cost me my life?

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #317

Sep 122009


  • 140,000 miles


I lost control of steering and was unable to turn this has happened on several occasions and now theirs a knocking noise in steering. And its not struts or alianment or tires as these have been checked and or changed

- Blue Ridge, GA, USA

problem #316

May 052014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While turning the steering wheel left or right, the steering wheel became loose and made an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the interim mead steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Clarence , NY, USA

problem #315

Apr 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
My wife and I have contacted Chevy dealer a long time ago about safety recalls on this vehicle a long time ago and have not received any info. On when these recalls can be done. Most of these recalls state that the parts have not been sent. What can your company do about getting these resolved.

- Camron, NC, USA

problem #314

Mar 022015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
Nothing has happened yet, there is a knock when car is turning and U joint looks rusted. Knock is not related to cv joints or boots, it was seen by a licensed mechanic that said it was the U joint in steering shaft. Firestone of fayetteville ar are the mechanics that diagnosed the issue.

- Coffeyville, KS, USA

problem #313

Mar 052015


  • 153,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel became tight and was extremely difficult to maneuver. The contact had to apply force on the steering wheel in order to maneuver the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14E044000 (steering) and 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 153,000. Updated 5/29/15

- Burnsville, MS, USA

problem #312

Mar 102015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Total power steering failure. Last failed when car pulled into garage, failed days earlier when attempting to leave a parking lot, first failure was while driving down highway, approximately 50 mph (mileage on car at that time is approximated). Problem precisely matches that of NHTSA campaign #14V153000, that is, warning bell chimed, display on radio flashed "power steering, " and the steering was no longer power-assisted. I was told by both Chevrolet and GM help centers that my car's VIN did not match those on the recall list, so I guess somebody simply forgot to send my car the memo, as it has failed three times already. Interesting note: The most recent failure occurred after returning home from Chevrolet dealer, where the power steering system/controller (or whatever it's called) was cleared and reprogrammed. Five miles and about twenty minutes later, it failed again.

- Big Rock, IL, USA

problem #311

Sep 012014


  • miles
First I have had nothing but steering issues and have had parts replaced previously on this vehicle. Now I have to replace struts, axles and needless to say new tires because of the wear on them due to the steering issues. However, I have a recalled shift cable and have been waiting since last year in August or September. I asked isn't this a safety issue and they stated, they all are. So I am still waiting for the call that they have this shift cable and can only pray nothing happens, like a bad accident. If something were it probably wouldn't be good for you all. Anyway when will this part be in so I can get it taken care of. Went to [xxx] in Kansas City ks. Bought the vehicle from them and have had nothing but issues with the car. Please advise. By the way the seat broke, the automatic locks stopped working and I'm not real happy. Of course its paid for now and not under a warranty. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #310

Mar 022011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 50,098 miles
Slack in the intermediate steering shaft, felt the knocking noise in the steering gear and the intermediate shaft. Noise was noticeable in the steering shaft, replaced immediate steering shaft.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #309

Aug 082008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 33,715 miles
Knocking in steering can be felt when turn left or right replaced intermediate steering shaft.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #308

Dec 082014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 161,000 miles
I have had problems with the power steering in my car. I tried to deal with GM as there is a recall for my model year for power steering problems. My VIN is not included in the recall. I had to have a mechanic replace the torque sensor which is the exact part recalled by GM. My VIN should probably be included in the recall.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #307

Jan 012015


  • 110,000 miles
TL-the contact own a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 15 mph, the steering wheel seized causing the contact to crash into a wall. In addition, the engine warning light illuminated. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000. Djr

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #306

Jan 062015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 185,300 miles
I was leaving a above ground parking structure going about 5 mph when I attempted to make a left turn steering assist failed again was just repaired about 2 mos. Ago twice in one repair visit now again I hit a late model Chevy truck dented the rear bumper and movement from impact pushed into a concrete pillar damaging fender I never looked at the front of truck I was told by security on the phone. I knew it was all recorded by the hundreds of cameras they have on each floor I left my ins card with phone # on windshield it caused over $5000 in damage to my car because lifted truck and the trailer hitch or I panicked and hit gas instead of brake not sure but my car is very messed up I have full coverage thru aaa since 1991 I called my agent she said call Chevy and gave me the # Chevy paid to have it towed T to local dealer for diagnostics. When I had a est. Written by Chevy dealer I showed the manager the stiff steering he agreed yes it is not working no power steering assist I guess it is all electric and some sensor went bad again it goes out then I turn off car and re start then it re sets and works again I also checked and found out that there has been 300 deaths in the U.S. and 1 in Canada from this I was never notified about the recall that has been out since April of 2014 I found out about it when it went out the first time and was advised there is a recall on the power steering assist I worked for G.M. for over 30 years and worked at the repairing dealer for over 20 years but I am retired now it is not the dealerships fault just defective parts or design.I just am blessed no one was around to get hurt or killed by the steering failing on a turn there could have been people walking behind this truck or kids thank god there was no foot traffic that early in the morning.

- Yucaipa, CA, USA

problem #305

Oct 092014


  • 205,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact mentioned that vehicle was exhibiting the same failures mentioned in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the U-joint bearing, rack and pinion, and the intermediate shaft needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 205,000.

- Battle Creek , MI, USA

problem #304

Jan 102015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
There was no accident, but this is a complaint against GM for failing to replace all necessary components for a recall. On 3/31/14, GM issued a recall notice, #14V153000 for 1.3 million cars under 4 separate bulletins & this included my 05 Malibu for steering: Electric power assist - there may be a sudden loss of electric power steering assist that could occur at any time (bulletin 14116). Under bulletin 14116, GM would replace only the torque sensor assembly (not the steering motor) for certain GM cars including my car and the GM dealer did so on 10/21/14. Subsequently on 1/10/15, the power steering failed and on 1/14/15, I took this car to the dealer and they stated the steering motor module 6.605 was defective and replaced it on the same day. I had to pay for this since it was not covered under the bulletin this part seems to be the same part that would be replaced under the other 3 GM bulletins, # 14115, 14117 & 14118 for the same/similar steering problem. My concern is the steering motor module was not initially deemed to be a hazard for GM cars covered under the 14116 bulletin (and my 05 Malibu). Thus, other Malibu owners under the 14116 bulletin may have had the same problem with the motor and another recall may be necessary.

- Richmond, VA, USA

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