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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,500 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

engine problem

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 122011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


I purchased my 2006 Malibu in 2007. Since the time of purchase I have had problems with this car's steering column. It would make a clunking sound every time I would make a turn left or right. I knew something wasn't right. I took the car to the dealer once and they replaced something in the steering column. I still hear the clunking noise today. When I turned the key to start the car at times it seemed like the car was cranking and running on its own. Hard to explain it unless you were starting the car. That was an issue as well. Now this 2006 Malibu was parked in my drive way after going to the store and the next day when I tried to start it it would not start. I thought it might be the battery and had that checked out. Not the battery, then I was told it was the timing chain. I had the car towed to the shop where I purchased the car and now I am told that the rocker arm broke and in turn it bent the rods and damaged the engine. The engine is now ceased and damaged.

- N Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #1

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 The contact was also informed that the calibration was outdated.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

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