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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,186 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu miscellaneous problems

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #14

Mar 242015


  • 155,992 miles


I took my car in for the power steering recall and when I got it back it had a gas cap message. There appeared to be some black gunk around the gas cap area. I took it back to dealer and they said I needed a new gas cap. Although they replaced the gas cap, soon after the message returned. I am alerted to it each time I start my car, this has been going on for a year now. There doesn't appear to be anything wrong but I don't drive it far from home because of this message. I feel that when they repaired the power steering they triggered this "event" to occur. I can't afford to pay for them to figure out what the problem is, it obviously is not in need of a new gas cap as they had previously thought.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #13

Jan 292016


  • 128,890 miles
The sometimes will not start. It's like it's not reading the key. I had the car for a month and bought 6 keys and that did not fix the problem.

- Yreka, CA, USA

problem #12

Dec 072015


  • 84,000 miles
I bought this vehicle used from paul conte Chevrolet in freeport, NY and it had 3 recalls that were not fixed before selling it to me. Now my power steering system malfunctioned to the point where the steering wheel would twitch uncontrollably and then become stiff, making it very difficult and dangerous to steer. I ended up paying for the repairs to the tune of almost $1700 to replace the steering column and steering motor. After doing some research, I found that GM recalled many vehicles of the same year, make, and model as my car but for my specific VIN only the steering torque sensor was recalled. I did get the steering torque sensor recall fixed but my steering was still messed up. This recall did not fix my very serious and potentially dangerous issue. It was only after I authorized the steering column and motor repairs that the issue was resolved. GM customer service is saying that even though I had the same exact issue as the GM recall for other Malibu's, because my specific VIN did not fall under the recall, I will not be getting reimbursed. It is not right that GM be able to get away with this. This serious steering issue could have caused me to crash. I would like to file a complaint against GM for failure to recall all vehicles that were affected by this power steering issue and also request that they reimburse me for fixing an issue that should have been taken care of before I even bought the car. The link below will take you to the official GM statement on this power steering issue.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #11

Nov 032015


  • 151,000 miles


My 2006 Malibu shut off whille driving down the highway. The key was bumped and shut off the car. My wife was driving the car at the time. The ignition switch is very loose. I am not sure why there is not a recall on the 2006 Malibu?

- Saint Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #10

Oct 202015


  • 224,000 miles
Inner and outer tie rod ends have been replaced 2 times and needs work a third time

- Glen Carbon, IL, USA

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problem #9

Jan 012007


  • 40,000 miles
My 2006 Chevrolet Malibu's airbags did not function in two separate hard-hitting crashes. The car's engine light often comes on and stays on until I drive over a large bump in the road or slam on my brakes to give it a jolt. I also smell fuel periodically. The horn has not worked for many years. I took my car to a dealer once with the request to replace my ignition switch because it gets stuck intermittently, and they strangely refused to replace it because "it isn't malfunctioning for us." This was before the recalls became public. They did repair the "high tone" horn but it stopped working within a few months. I believe I have a dangerous vehicle.

- Beech Grove, IN, USA

problem #8

Mar 122015


  • miles


Recived calkback GM accknolaged problem with steering refused to work on car because it was look at from another dealer.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #7

Sep 262014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
We have received a recall for this vehicle three times but every time we contact the dealer we are told that it will be several months before they can repair this issue. They also state that this is not a dangerous issue and that we can drive the car without concern. We do not feel safe driving this car. What is our recourse at this time? this is for recall 13036.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 302014


  • 144,000 miles
Started the car and alarm bell rang. Gas gage was dead and power steering was gone. Had to stop the car and re start it and everything was back. Then we got out on the highway going 70 mph and all the gages went dead, which has happened many many times before and have the routine down now. I pull over and shut the car down, which won't start back up until I do several things. I sit in the drivers seat, take the keys out of the ignition, open the door and lock it like I am leaving the car. Then I sit there until the dome light and the alarm light goes out, once that happens I manually unlock the door, open it and when the alarm goes off I put in the key and start it. Also been having issues with the break lights staying on when I'm not even hitting the breaks.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #5

Jun 022014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to recall information for vehicle. Updated 06/09/14

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #4

May 292014


  • 19,000 miles


Getting close of steering while driving almost lost control accelerating to get onto highway.notified GM told me car not cover under warranty. Brake light bulbs have also been replaced at least 30 times on right side.while turning wheel vehicle getting clunking sound front end of vehicle inspected several times no lose components found.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Mar 132014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 61,725 miles
I purchased a used car on 3/8/2014-returned vechile on 3/13/2014 for service due to excessive pulling to the left while driving and check engine light came; it was inspected on 2/28/2014; since that time, I had return 3 times for the pulling and 2 times for the check engine light again to be reparied.. the mileage on the car for the check engine was as follows for the code P0605 and evap monitor not ready and malfunction indicator light code 61,737, 61,804, -dealer claimed it was reparied but continued to come on- 62,355 62,594 - the code was for the evap monitor and I no longer went to dealer since the manager, chris, of the service department said if I was going to report the problems to motor vehicle or attorney general they would no longer service it.(all american Ford-[xxx], kingston NY) I brought it to haviland auto repair ([xxx] hyde park, NY)before and after the servicing from along with monroe muffler for estimate on the pulling to the left and the check engine light. A four wheel alignment had been complete and it still pulls and the light continues to come on after so many miles; due to excessive pulling, the tires wil wear easily and at higher speeds-50 + it is work to keep it swaying... ┐parts of this document have been redacted to protect personally identifiable information pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).┐

- Hyde Park, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 262010


  • miles
An incident experiencing acceleration of vehicle during cruise control after turning steering wheel to avoid debris on highway. Acceleration caused driver to lose control and cause a spin before regaining control of the vehicle. Acceleration would come and go when vehicle was out of control.

- Eagle Pass, TX, USA

problem #1

May 302006


  • 2,000 miles
38K mile 2006 Chevy Malibu V-6-car shakes/vibrates/shimmies. It also rattles and clunks underneath at all speeds, feels like the bottom is falling out. Dealer refuses to acknowledge a minimum of 7 complaints. Headlights lenses are loose and the lights shake all over the place. Dealer did finally acknowledge headlight issue after the 4th complaint and I was told it is a GM problem but they have no fix and there is nothing they can do. Now that the warranty is up, they are acknowledging all previous complaints (many more than just the couple I listed here) but at my expense when these issues S/H/B taken care of at the time of the original and numerous complaints.

- Henrietta, NY, USA

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