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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 5 of 5)

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problem #17

Sep 012009


  • 70,000 miles


The brake lights on my 2006 Chevrolet Malibu ltz sometimes work the opposite from how they should (I.e. when the brake pedal is applied the brake lights go out, when the brake pedal is released the brake lights come on). This problem is intermittent; sometimes the brake lights work normally. The issue was first noticed about a year ago and I took the car to the dealer. They thought it was a brake light indicator switch so they replaced it. The problem reappeared within a month. I have also noticed that the cruise control is affected by whatever is causing this problem. When the brake lights work normally, the cruise control also works. When the brake lights are opposite from normal the cruise control will not work.

- Sweet Valley, PA, USA

problem #16

Sep 172010


  • miles
I was staying at a friend's house in san antonio because I had a court setting there. The morning of the incident, I turned on my vehicle and was headed to the courthouse. I was about two blocks from my friend's home when I heard a ding and a power steering message popped up on the radio. My power steering immediately went out, and I pulled myself into an apartment complex and turned off the vehicle. I called a friend for a ride and was about to call aaa when I realized I was in the way of a school bus picking up college students from the complex. I turned the vehicle back on to inch up a bit, but I noticed that the power steering was working again. I returned to my friend's home, got a ride to the courthouse, and researched the issue online. I found several other reports of this kind of thing happening and that it was most likely a computer glitch that could and would occur again unexpectedly. I took my chances driving back home to austin that same day and did not touch my vehicle over the weekend. Now that it is Monday, I will be calling GM customer support.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #15

Sep 042010


  • 32,000 miles
When driving car power steering across radio comes on steering wheel locks car been doing this ever since I got it and when it replaced it goes out every couple months last one was replaced 5 days ago from recall N went out 4 days later.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #14

Apr 262010


  • miles


I have a 2006 Chevy Malibu that my daughter drives to work 5 days a week. It has approx. 76,000 miles. I went and drive the car on this date and notice the steering fluid display was on the radio display. I asked my daughter how long is was on there, she said approx. A week. I called the GMC dealer and got an appointment on the third of May. They told me that I need a new steering column and a shaft which would be about $1000. They said we could still drive the car that I would actually would lose just the power steering. On May 10, I took the car in and got it fixed. $850 later it is fixed. I have never had to replaced a steering column on any of my other cars, which had over 95,000 miles, the transmission went out on that one. Plus I tried to refill the steering fluid, and who know that my car had an electric power steering. Someone should inform the consumer on this. My main concern was for my daughter who drives this car in rush hour traffic. What if it locked up? it is a thought I would not wish to think of!

- Papillion , NE, USA

problem #13

Apr 252010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 76,387 miles
I was driving about 5 miles from my home and the steering went out on my 2006 Chevy Malibu, as I was attempting to make a turn. I had my grandchild with me I could have caused an accident I turned the car off for 1 0 min. And started it back up. The steering light went off but the car did the same thing twice before getting home unhurt. I need my car fixed. I cannot afford it.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #12

Jan 152009


  • 53,000 miles
Incident: Failure of power steering on 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 1) a week leading up the event, I returned from vacation to find "check power steering" lit up on my message center, however, power steering was still available. This occurred on a particularly cold morning, after a cold few weeks. The Chevrolet dealership told me nothing was wrong (by phone). I continued driving the vehicle without recurrence of the warning message. 2) on another particularly cold morning, I drove the vehicle to a local gas station, filled up, and drove approximately two car lengths when the power steering failed, the steering wheel became difficult to move, and the "check power steering" message displayed. I applied the breaks, stopping the vehicle. 3) I had read about the failure online, and the fix seemed to be a restart of the electrical system. I turned off the vehicle, and restarted the engine. The power steering was restored, and I have driven it since without incident.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #11

Feb 032010


  • 87,425 miles


Over the last few months my car has had a hard time starting every once in a while. Today when I got home from work I turned it to the acc position while I was on the phone, about 2 minutes later I noticed the anti theft light come on and my lights went dim. I tried to turn it back on but it would not start. The anti theft light started blinking and my locks on the doors were locking and unlocking repeatedly. I could hear clicking in my door, under the hood, and in the back of my car somewhere. I read online and found a disturbing number of people who have also had this problem, they seemed to have a fix of keeping it on the acc position until the light went off, turn it off and leave it off for a few minutes and then it should work! I tried it.... it didn't work. It just went crazy again with the flashing light and clicking noises. Its been 5 hours and I still can not turn on my car. The window is stuck open and I can not go to work!!!

- Jackson , MI, USA

problem #10

Aug 232009


  • 38,000 miles
Steering wheel locks up while driving - happens at random - at all different times. Dealer acted like it was no big deal and of course they want me to pay for it when I have now found out that I am not the only one complaining about this problem. It is dangerous, and it could cause fatality. Some kind of new steering system - GM better idea - probably because it is cheaper!!!

- Perkasie, PA, USA

problem #9

Mar 122008


  • 35,900 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While at a complete stop, the contact was informed by another motorist that her brake lights were illuminating even when she was not braking. In addition, the brake lights would not illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that a computer chip was failing, which caused the malfunction. The vehicle was repaired at the cost of $250. A year later, the failure recurred. The contact is in the process of taking the vehicle to the dealer for inspection and notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 35,900 and current mileage was 72,000.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #8

Oct 262008


  • 59,301 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving less than 60 mph, the contact noticed that the radio was making unknown squeaking noises. She smelled something burning and noticed in her rearview mirror that flames were present in the rear interior speakers. She pulled off the road and called the police and fire departments. The fire was extinguished, but the fire department could not determine the cause of the failure. The insurance company stated that the paper used to make the speaker grew too hot and caused the fire. No modifications had been made to the manufacturer's speakers. The insurance company attempted to have the repairs performed on the vehicle, but to no avail. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was 59,301.

- Sanleandro, CA, USA

problem #7

Feb 242009


  • miles


The electric power assist periodically fails. It fails when you crank your car and will not operate correctly until you shut the car down and restart.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 012008


  • miles
Initially sometimes my car would crank up then die out seconds later now its happening quite often and most times won't crank up now. This has caused me to be late and docked from work. I've brought the car in 5 to 6 times the last time in 2/2009 they said they put in a new fuel pump cylinder but two days later I'd the same problem again.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 022009


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 15 mph on black ice, the vehicle struck a guard rail head-on. There were no injuries. The body shop repaired the vehicle and, a week later, the contact noticed that the engine remains on even when the key is not in the ignition. The dealer stated that the issue was due to the body control module, which was located underneath the dashboard. The insurance company and manufacturer stated that the failure would not be covered. The contact believes that the failure was due to a manufacturer defect, not the crash. The vehicle has not yet been repaired for the ignition failure. The current and failure mileages were 91,000.

- Petersburg, VA, USA

problem #4

Aug 262008


  • 41,000 miles
2006 Chevrolet Malibu power steering illuminates on dash(radio), 2005 models were a recall and it keeps coming on and sometimes lose of steering when started. It has 43,000 miles and not on warranty because steering column is not covered, its a problem nationwide as I researched. I could potentially be dangerous when driving around turns if loss of power. I bought it used but was fine until 2 months after.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #3

Aug 102006

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While attempting to start the vehicle. The dealer performed an oil change and stated that a fuel injection throttle body, fuel injector kit, and double clean were needed; however, this had been done a month ago. The contact was also informed that the calibration was outdated. When entering the vehicle, the clock sometimes needs to be reset. The failure mileage was 5,000 and current mileage was 48,000. Updated 09/10/08. Updated 09/12/08

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 272007


  • 29,000 miles
While passing another car, accelerating around a curve, or taking off from a stop. The electronic power steering shuts down leaving you fighting a steering wheel that almost feels locked. I was told that there was a bulletin out on the coil pack. That it is spiking a voltage above 16 volts and as a safety feature it shuts down the electronic steering to protect it. It might protect the steering from the electric surge, but it has almost caused a wreck on a couple of occasions. Luckily I was able to fight the dead steering wheel where if I was a smaller male/ female there would be a chance that I couldn't.

- West Frankfort , IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 192007

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
From day one when I purchased my vehicle 2006 Chevy Malibu every now and then when you turn the key to start the car it does nothing then let up and turn the ignition again and it starts fine there is no ryme or rythm it just does it whenever also the cd player ejects the cd saying check cd it does this alot in the summer when it gets real hot outside making it hard to listen to a cd I have had Chevy look at it several times with nothing getting resolved I was told that since its not acting up at the time when they look at it then they cant diagnose the peoblem

- Westerville, OH, USA

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