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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,436 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #37

Nov 232013


  • 143,218 miles


As I was pulling out of a parking lot a message came across my radio/temp screen and said power steering. All of a sudden my power steering went out. I drove it a few blocks to make it home with absolutely no power steering. It was tough, but I made it home. I turned the car off and did a little research on the internet concerning my power steering. I seen a lot of people said once they started their cars again the power steering worked, but also went out again intermittently. So I went outside and started my car and sure enough my power steering is working....for now. I am scared to drive it again fearing it will go out and I won't be able to control it and cause a horrible accident. GM needs to recall these cars because this is a huge safety problem!

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #36

Sep 022013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
I have a problem with my car overheating. This car overheated and antifreeze came pouring out of the overfill hose. I had a mechanic check it and fix it, next day same thing. The car anti-theft light come on, the steering wheel sometimes freeze up. This car sometimes turns on and off by itself, yes the key need not be inside. The brakes are horrible and I spent funds to change it. Help!!! this car seems to be a recall big time.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #35

Aug 022012


  • 80,000 miles
2006 Chevrolet Malibu, intermittently won't start. Will start with remote start key fob only. Strands me daily due to this problem. Replaced starter last year with no resolve, now occurs randomly with no rhyme or reason. Read online forums seems to be the anti theft passive lock system failing to allow the car to start.

- Spokane Valley, WA, USA

problem #34

Aug 172013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 75,401 miles


I have had issues since the day after I got it. I have had this vehicle for less then a month and within 24 hours of having it the issues started. The fuel gauge drops to empty, when I fill the tank. The starter will crank but the car will not always start, sometimes the start is a long crank & sometimes it will not start at all, now today the check engine light is on. The steering wheel makes a popping noise.

- Rogersville, MO, USA

problem #33

Aug 102013


  • miles
The worst car I ever had in my life will never have another one it is the middle of summer A/C compressor is frozen had it repaired and now it is breaking alternator belt this belt works the alternator and compressor had it replace twice it broke while driving down the road lost my steering in steering wheel almost wreak I am sick and tired of this darn car and in danger my life and kids life the car also will completely shut down going down the road I think Chevy should not had put any of these cars on the road I miss my Honda now and the next car will be a Honda its sad that americans cant buy american made cars without them having all these defects.

- Jasper, AL, USA

problem #32

Aug 012013


  • miles
I bought this car brand new, still had the plastic on it. The car is well taken care of. I used the re-circulate feature for the first time ever, a loud thumping noise started. The noise stopped for a little bit. Today I was driving all over the city, and on the way home the loud thumping noise started and did not stop. It scared me to drive, I thought it was something major. We had to pull the battery to get it to stop. I contacted Chevy, they said it was out of warranty, they claim it is not a "safety" issue. I have medical issues, I cant be in the heat, this is a safety issue. Basically they didn't care, they said that I would have to pay to fix it, even though many other Chevy's are doing the same thing.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #31

Apr 122013


  • 110,000 miles


I was driving on the highway. While driving on the highway at around 60 mile per hour the powersteering warning came onto the radio display. Shortly after the steering wheel became extremely hard to turn. I was able to pull over to the side of the road once I dont that the car cut off. I was towed to have the car looked at, once the car was looked at I had the alternator replaced. When I picked up the car from the place where it was serviced, while driving it home the car locked up again and I had to have it towed again to the place. Once at the place the problem was fixed and the car ran fine for two days. While driving to work once pulled in parking space the battery light came on again. Now I am afraid to drive it in fear that it will happen again and cause an accident.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #30

Jan 232010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 67,569 miles
I have always had a brake light problem since I purchased the vehicle 1/23/2010. When driving the vehicle, the brake lights are on all the time, and when you press the brakes to stop, the brake lights go off. On lots of occasions, vehicles behind you tend to almost slam you in the rear end because your brake lights are off when you are stopped and they think you have let off the brakes to proceed. There have also been times when there are no tail lights at all. Also, there is an issue of shifting from park to drive. I have seen lots of complaints on the computer, but no recall that I can find. There seems to be some kind of electrical problem somewhere. This is a very dangerous situation and I would very much like to find a solution to the problem at the manufacturers expense.

- Eatonton, GA, USA

problem #29

Feb 092013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 62,590 miles
I was driving on the highway with 60 mph. I suddenly recognized that it was very hard to steer. It was very hard for me to pull it over. As I knew this issue with 2006 Malibu cars (read many complaints about it on the internet before), I did not panic, and achieved it to pull over without any accident. (by the way, I am a male driver and I do not think any female driver without any knowledge of such problem in advance could pull the car over) I have seen the "power steering" flash on the screen during the incident. After turning off and on the ignition, everything was normal. I do not know whether it will repeat again in the future. I searched for any recalls about the power steering, and found that 2005/2006/2008 Malibu cars were recalled on October 2012 in Canada. (please see the link for more information ) however, there is no such action in the usa. It is a very crucial safety problem and these cars are to be recalled immediately in the usa as well. GM should definitely take an action before any deadly accident happens.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #28

Jan 252013


  • 104,835 miles
Traveling down the highway and suddenly the vehicle is very hard to steer got the vehicle pulled over to the side of the road after having to muscle the wheel then had the car towed to the dealer.was told it was a electric power steering assist motor that had went out causing the problem and after questioning about a recall was told they were recalled in Canada but not the us this is a very concerning matter that GM needs to correct.

- Ashlandcity, TN, USA

problem #27

Jan 232013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles


The power steering goes out whenever it want to while the car is in motion. The gas hand goes down to E when the car really have gas in it, but it will go back up on its own. The engine light is on, and the car do not get as much power have to hit the gas all the way RPM go all the way up. I have not even had this car for two years but having all these problems with it.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #26

Aug 042010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
When driving down the road attempting to switch lanes to the left the power steering failed. The vehicle lost power steering and pulled to the left towards oncoming traffic. Fortunately I was able to compensate for the loss and pull over without incident. My info center indicated a "power steering" error and chimed 3 times. After turning the car off and back on the problem remedied itself. Since then this has happened three additional times. This is an intermittent problem and the dealership cannot diagnose the error without reproducing it.

- Crosby, TX, USA

problem #25

Feb 232012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 107,100 miles
I am having problems with the electric power steering and from what I have heard is alot of other people have similar problems. My steering is real stiff where it needs two hands to turn the wheel and a good strong grip. I think this is unsafe and should be fixed through GM before this fails on others and cause a accident. Thank you.

- Edinburg, TX, USA

problem #24

Nov 012011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 112,207 miles
Power steering failure. Had began to drive out of a parking lot when power steering went out and was very difficult to turn steering wheel. Car has electrical power steering. I tried to step on brake, shift gear into park then back in drive but still could not get steering wheel to turn. Was extremely difficult and would have been very dangerous if had happened while driving on a freeway with my kids. I have found a multiple sites with the same similar complaints about the 2006 Chevy Malibu from people who had this happened to them. They have even had mechanics try to troubleshoot and charge them horrendous amounts for repairs but continued having issues after either the steering wheel column was replaced, coils and harness were replaced, or other parts that mechanics tried troubleshooting. Something must be done to issue a recall for this problem to be corrected before it does take someone's life.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #23

Oct 282011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 38,425 miles
Made a transponder key, parts person at the GM dealership just started the engine with it and said it was already programmed.( he just tested to see if the key will start the engine.) when got home with original key and turned off the engine I tried to secure car with the remote and it did not work. Tried original key to start car everything was dead including battery. Disconnect and reconnect battery, now the security light does not come on, car can't start, there is nothing only the lights on dash with other icons. I don't know if the chip key that was made cause the system to fail. I hate to have to tow the car cause I know the dealer would charge me an arm and a leg. I hate to get the parts person in trouble. Is there someone on line can help solve this problem?

- Waipahu, HI, USA

problem #22

Oct 262011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
This has been a good car for the most part great on gas but last week the brakes felt real hard to push so I replace with new brakes front and rear the old brakes looked almost new now the brake tail light come when you start the car and don't go off unless you depress them. Drivers think your stopping when your driving and when braking they cant tell because lights go out.also for the past 3 years the power steering light comes on and you lose your steering control I wonder if and when someone has to die before GM recalls and fix the problems.

- Picayune, MS, USA

problem #21

Sep 052011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Randomly while driving at higher speeds or accelerating the battery light will flicker on and off on the dashboard. This time while accelerating on a entrance ramp to the highway the battery light along with all the idiot lights on the dashboard flashed and I temporarily lost power steering. This happened twice within a period of two minutes. Normally whenever the battery lights or other idiot lights flicker a chime is heard. This is kind of scary since it seems like this is a common problem and tends to happen at higher speeds.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #20

Aug 292011


  • 68,000 miles
2006 Malibu lt power steering assist fails then resumes intermittently. Mechanic's diagnostic computer cannot communicate with vehicle computer during failure, resumes communication when assist resumes. Cannot detect faulty switches, wiring, fuses. No recall notices or service bulletins.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #19

Apr 092011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 123,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated the odometer failed. While driving 39 mph the mileage increased from 76,000 to 107,700. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated they would run a diagnostic test but the contact does not want to pay the repair cost of $112. The vehicle also suddenly accelerated while driving. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 123,700. The consumer stated there was also a fuel system problem. Updated 06/14/11

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #18

Sep 152010


  • 107,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu with defective brake lights. When you are traveling down the road the brake lights are on as if you are "riding your brakes" and then when you do apply your brakes the brake lights go off! this is very dangerous when people don't know you are slowing down and almost rear end you! I have had my car in the shop for almost a week and the Chevrolet dealership cannot locate the problem to fix it. Something needs to be done before it is too late and someone gets hurt!

- Hogansville, GA, USA

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