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Crashes / Fires:
20 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,478 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 11 of 29)

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problem #368

Jul 192012


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph on a ramp, the steering wheel became very tight and the contact had to use extreme force to move the vehicle off the roadway. The contact shut off and restarted the vehicle and it resumed normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection but they were unable to determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #367

Mar 182014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
Okay I proceeded to my car this particular morning and when I started the car the steering wheel was locked. I had to turn the car off, pull the column toward me while turning the car and the wheel was unlocked. Once I started to drive I noticed that the wheel was shaking and making noises. The noise became louder whenever I tried to pick up speed. You really notice the shaking at about 35 to 40 miles per hour. I tried troubleshooting and was told by mechanic to change my tires and get an alignment. I did that and that resolved nothing. I don't drive the car past 50 mph but I am actually scared while driving. Well I took the car to the dealer yesterday and they informed me that the control module for the steering is fried. The cost would be $918. This morning I wake to take the car to another shop to have a dinging noise come on the wheel lock up while I was driving. The wheel is real stiff and I managed to make it back to my house. I looked into the recall of the Chevy Malibu with GM and was informed that the recall doesn't cover the motor. I am really frustrated and upset and I am looking at just getting rid of this headache for real.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #366

Feb 242014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 114,690 miles
I called in this complaint on 03/13/20014 to robin with complaint # 10568974 but it will not show up on search. The air bag light comes on and off at will. I called a complaint to Chevy. Customer service #[xxx]. on 07-12-12 the steering pump assembly was changed by special coverage adjustment 10183replace steering column installed 25933396 column. We are sure it was not a 2006 column but a newer year that has a recall on it. The Chevy. Forum has a lot of recalls on air bags. The local dealer O"rielly will not do a scanner check for codes unless the light is on. We had it done a our automotive dealer and it showed code B0012 drivers deployment loop. We consider this a safety issue and should be covered by warranty or a recall on the new steering column. We would like this issue repaired at no cost to us. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tucson , AZ, USA

problem #365

Jan 022012


  • 50,000 miles


Upon slight acceleration (I.e. merging from exit ramps or pulling out into traffic) the power steering fails. Warning sound chimes. Steering becomes unassisted without power for several seconds. This has occurred several times. I contacted the local dealer re: Recalls/fix and was informed that I would have to pay them a service fee to look at the car for them to try to duplicate the problem. This is a GM/Chevy problem and I should not have to pay for them to address this obvious safety risk/issue. This should be recalled/fixed immediately!!

- Corry, PA, USA

problem #364

Mar 072014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the power steering assist failed as the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition coil needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired on two occasions but the failure recurred. The approximate failure and current mileage was 160,000...updated 04-23-14 updated 05/28/14 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired and the owner is in possession of the failed parts. Updated 06/2014

- Dayton, NV, USA

problem #363

Dec 162013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 7,331 miles
While driving vehicle I notice a fair amount of play in the steering system. When I was at a stop light I observed the steering wheel would shimmy or move right to left on its own. I am not a mechanic but I knew from years of driving that steering was an issue. We took the car in for service and was informed that they would reprogram the steering system and if it recurred they would have to replace the steering motor. This didn't repair the problem and it proceeded to get worst. I contacted GM customer service and received little to no assistance. They did inform me of a bulletin that had been issued and contacted the dealership. This I assumed would resolve the issue, but it didn't. the dealership claimed that GM would only authorize the replacement of the steering column, which was done or so I was told. This didn't resolve the problem as not only do have the shimmy, while driving the power steering stops working and the car becomes difficult to steer. When this occurs warning chimes sound and power steering appears in information area. This is a very serious issue that the manufacture needs to address before something serious happens.

- Bluffton, SC, USA

problem #362

Mar 172014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles


As I was driving I have had the problem multi times over last couple years as U are driving out of know where the power staring comes across the radio and dings then the power steering is gone I have to put in neutral and then turn on and off the car to reset. It I have kids and it very dangerous to be driving this way why is it that NY car is not in the recall I am not happy about this and want it fixed know.

- Kalispell, MT, USA

problem #361

Nov 092009

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Steering pops and snaps. Sometimes feels like it has a "catch" in it or about to lock up. I know you have had many complaints about 06 Malibu. Are you going to wait until it's a fiasco and more people die like the current cobalt and HHR mess? this Malibu problem should have been recalled years ago. I have talked, networked with many other Malibu owners. You need to stop coddling and snuggling with GM and get these Malibu recalled for steering safety issues. They are unsafe! I can see a class action lawsuit also naming you as complicite. Do your job and quit sucking GM.

- Carthage, MO, USA

problem #360

Feb 282014


  • 170,166 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while starting the ignition, the steering wheel seized with the illumination of the power steering warning indicator. The engine was turned off. After restarting, the vehicle resumed normally. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 170,166.

- Southville, MI, USA

problem #359

Dec 252013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 135,117 miles
When vehicle was started power steering appeared across the radio and also loss of power steering was a result. Since then while driving the power steering will come across the radio and also a loss of power steering occurs while driving.

- Kendall, WI, USA

problem #358

Mar 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles


I have an 06 Malibu that lost power steering for no reason I was able to drive home steering was extremely hard I have been reading the website about recalls and was wondering if my vehicle was under this recall.

- Boothwyn, PA, USA

problem #357

Nov 052013


  • 10,768 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the power steering became inoperable. The failure recurred intermittently over several years. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the mechanic diagnosed that the steering column would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 10,768.

- Perry Hill, MD, USA

problem #356

Feb 252014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
At a slight bend in the road the power steering fails. Warning sound chimes. Steering becomes unassisted without power. Informational panel indicates power steering failure.

- Safety Harbor, FL, USA

problem #355

Oct 292013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Power steering stopped working and a warning sounded and power steering displayed on stereo indicator that it had stopped working. I pulled off the highway and turned the vehicle off and then restated and the power steering started working again. A couple more miles down the road it happened again and I repeated what I had previously done and was able to finally make it home. It has done this numerous times since then. This could definitely cause an accident. Hope to get it fixed soon. Needs to be recalled by GM.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #354

Jan 042014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 76,500 miles
Driving 35 mph and accelerating the steering gave out and locked up. The car jerked hard to the median towards oncoming traffic and was not recoverable. Took my foot off pedal which allowed car to stop almost perpendicular to the road. Turned car off and restarted which allowed control to move car off to the side of road. Dealer says common problem with electrical power steering assist with numerous recalls just not the 2006 Malibu. Looking at expensive repair and lucky no one was hurt.

- Antioch, IL, USA

problem #353

Nov 282012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I was working on my mother-in-laws Malibu out in the front yard and crank it after looking into some other issues this car has, and the steering wheel turns itself all the way to the left on it's own.I then try to turn it back and notice there is no power assist. I ask her about it and she said it has done that a few times recently, where she is driving down the road and all of a sudden, as explained by others, a lot of dinging and there is no power steering. Thank god this hasn't happened while she was in a turn or anything like that yet, however if it does, she is 66 years old with neck injuries and back problems, and if I had to guess will not be able to overpower the steering without the power assist operating properly. In looking over this website, I notice others have paid upwards of $700 to have this issue fixed at no fault of their own. How many others does it take to notice that trans-Canada had a recall on this a few years back and the us has never had an official safety recall.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #352

Dec 122013


  • 130,000 miles
2006 Chevy Malibu maxx. 3.5 engine. When exiting a ramp to enter the expressway the steering on our 2006 Chevy Malibu locked up pulling the car across two lanes of traffic on the expressway before I could get the vehicle under control. Then I pulled to the shoulder of the road. I was thinking low tire or broken drive belt on the power steering as the power steering light was on. After stopping and raising the hood I saw the belt was ok and the tire also was ok. Next I started to check the power steering fluid to learn there was no power steering dip stick. I stood there looking stupid thinking maybe this car did not have power steering. Well this was a very cold day I got back in the car and started the engine with no power steering light. I turned the steering will and everything was ok so I drove slowly to the next exit. After 500 miles this has not happen again.

- Henderson, KY, USA

problem #351

Nov 252013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 132,960 miles
The power steering failed while I was driving, and I almost hit a car at intersection while attempting to turn to the right when the steering wheel locked up. There are numerous complaints online about this same issue and there was special coverage adjustment #10183 (July 20, 2110) power steering assist, but my VIN # was not included in this coverage, even though the problem described in the coverage is the same. A diagnostic scan at dealership verified code CO545- power steering module. The part that had to be replaced on my car was part # 25933396- steering column, as listed in the special coverage. I have been in email/phone contact with GM since the incident. As of a phone call today, they refuse to cover the cost of faulty steering column or the labor to have it replaced. The total bill was $645.

- Winnsboro, SC, USA

problem #350

Apr 172013


  • 98,000 miles
While I was driving alarms started dinging, and power steering showed up on radio. I lost power steering and wheel started shaking violently. I could barely turn wheel to avoid accident. This is very dangerous and needs to be fixed.

- Fallston, MD, USA

problem #349

Nov 262013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
When the car is started the steering wheel pulls to the left by itself. On occasion there is a loss of power steering and the light comes on and now it is constantly pulling left. If I were to let go of the wheel now, it would turn left and it feels like I have minimal power assist when I turn right. In a nutshell it now feels like it has half its power steering working only when turning left. There also is a clunking noise under the car when I turn the wheel hard.this thumping has been happening since I bought the car. It feels like something under the car is bumping the steering linkage when fully turned.

- Bensalem , PA, USA

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