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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 16 of 29)

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problem #268

Nov 152011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


Turned steering wheel left to exit a fueling pump and the power steering went out. The panel display indicated "power steering" and an indicator on the dash had a amber color icon with a wrench. Had to use a lot of force to turn vehicle to a safe place and turned the car off. Got out and looked under the hood but could not discern any obvious problem. Turned the car back on and the problem did not reappear as driving home approx. 2 miles from service station. Concerned because of the comments seen on the internet regarding owners having similar experiences with these vehicles. Fortunately, my speed was minimal. It would be virtually impossible to control the vehicle if this happened at high speed on a highway. GM needs to recall.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #267

Jun 012011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
When making turns, whether left or right, the power steering in this car fails. Luckily I am one of the fortunate ones (so far) that it goes out at lower rates of speed. A couple of times, I barely made it into the parking lot and avoided hitting any cars while making that turn. The thing that I fear is that when it starts to snow or if I have to make some evasive moves to avoid objects, the power steering will go out and I will be unable to correct it.

- Maple Valley, WA, USA

problem #266

Oct 042011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
After backing out of my driveway, I started down the road and my steering wheel locked up. I was able to pull to the side of the road and turn the car off. I restarted the car and it seemed fine. I didn't want to take any chances so turned around and pulled back into the driveway. I have started the car several times but the steering is still locked up. My car has only 48000 miles on it and would like to see a recall. I have read many, many complaints on this same situation.

- Florence, AZ, USA

problem #265

Aug 012011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving at any speed when the steering wheel was turned to the left it locked. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the local mechanic who performed a diagnostic test that located the failure in the power steering column. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage is 85,000. Updated 12/12/11 updated 12/23/11

- Clayton , NC, USA

problem #264

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 #263

Jun 012010


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 45 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument panel and the steering wheel became extremely stiff and difficult to maneuver. The steering wheel would occasionally shake. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostics. The contact stated he was a mechanic and after inspecting the vehicle, he stated that the steering column would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #262

Oct 012011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles


I have only had my 2006 Chevrolet Malibu for 6 weeks, and I already am experiencing 3 major problems. 1. the fuel gauge will go wild anytime gas is added to the tank, and as the weeks have gone by it is less accurate. I only know when my gas tank is full or empty. I have no idea on anything in between. 2. when I will start the car the power steering will not come on with the car. I will have to turn the car off, remove the key and open and shut the door to register the next try as a truly new start. If you fail to open and close the door, the car does not completely power down so it will not recycle. 3. the power steering assist will begin to lock up on me while driving, and I will have to fight the wheel to keep the car going straight. I have let go of the wheel once or twice and the wheel will turn enough in one direction to nearly do a uturn. If this were to happen when a driver was inattentive, im pretty sure it would cause one heck of a accident! the worst part is that the dealer I bought the car from had the car for 8 months, so they must have know about these defects and sold it to me anyways. The dealer put gas in the car before we did the paperwork. I know the guy saw the gas gauge going nuts, and that's why he insisted on being the one to drive the car to the gas station. I think they might have reset the computer to get the car to behave for test drives, because I had only put 40 miles on it before all this stuff started. Certainly not a coincidence.

- Kansas City , KS, USA

problem #261

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 #260

Oct 242011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
I was pulling out of my parking spot and my steering completely locked up on me. I almost hit my neighbors vehicle. With much effort I was able to get my car out of the street and onto the side of the road.

- Fort Leavenworth, KS, USA

problem #259

May 052010


  • miles
Power steering light has been coming on for like year and almost like once a day the power steering will go out but if you turn the key off and then turn it back on it will be ok. Know it is even starting to sake while driving. So I took my car T a shop and they told me to take it to the dealer. So I have been researching this problem and there seems to be a lot of problems with this car and the power steering I am just not seeing while there is no safety recall this is very dangerous for the people who want this vehicle. Thanks

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #258

Oct 032011


  • 37,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel would shake when driving in reverse. In addition, the steering wheel would also seize sporadically when driving highway speeds. A local mechanic diagnosed that the electric power steering assist was defective and would need to be replaced. The dealer was notified and an appointment was made to have the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 37,000 and the current mileage was 37,100.

- Rocky Hill, CT, USA

problem #257

Oct 132011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
My steering wheel locked up as I was pulling out of my driveway today and I was so close into hitting my sisters car, I was lucky enough that I was able to steer as much as a could went a little bit onto the bushes. But this is a dangerous hazard if I would have known this I would have never have bought this car.the steering wheel also gives somewhat of a vibration which I thought were the struts which were replaced and the disc brakes. Which alot of money went into replacing those parts. I am the second owner of the vehicle I purchased it in August 2010 and now I am scared to drive around because I never know when it will lock up again. I don't have the warranty on the vehicle and I don't have the money to pay for this to get fixed as I am already paying for college. I have read numerous other messages from other Chevy Malibu owners facing the same issue. What can be done to fix this?

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #256

Oct 022011


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering failed while driving and the wheel became very hard to turn. The power steering warning light illuminated while the failure occurred. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to be diagnosed or repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 78,000.

- Dallas , TX, USA

problem #255

Aug 022011


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu lt. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph when the power steering warning indicator illuminated with a complete loss of power steering assist. The engine was turned off and upon restart, the vehicle began to operate normally. The power steering failure ecurred twelve times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact planned to notify the manufacturer regarding the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 112,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Fredericksburg , VA, USA

problem #254

Sep 262011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
Pulled up to the stop sign leaving my street getting ready to pull onto busy highway....steering wheel went completely stiff....power steering failure message came on the dash....managed to turn it around and park it back in my drive way....I have been reading all the other Chevy Malibu owners describing the same problem and how it has cost them hundreds even thousands to get fixed and some still did not fix the problem....I do not have hundreds to pour into my car....can barely make payments and insurance.....I do not know what to do....

- Jefferson City , MO, USA

problem #253

Jul 012011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact noticed a knocking noise coming from the front end of the vehicle when she attempted to make turns. Also, the power steering would fail intermittently and she was unable to control the vehicle. The dealer advised the contact to bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer had not been notified nor was the vehicle repaired. The current mileage was 99,242 and the approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Grants Pass, OR, USA

problem #252

Sep 162011


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was driving 10 mph when the steering wheel exhibited an abnormal noise. The failure would occur when attempting a turn in either direction or driving over road bumps. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who performed a diagnostic that located the failure at the steering column. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 35,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #251

Sep 172011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 118,054 miles
Own a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel became stiff making steering extremely difficult. Traveled approximately 3 miles & parked the vehicle. Thought it needed power steering fluid. Was told by a mechanic that this was a hugh problem with the 2006 Malibu vehicles. He personally had repaired many, many cars with this steering column issue. The cost would run $900 +. restarted the engine and the car was driving fine. Owner researched the website for recalls. Found out that with is a very serious problem with the 2006 Malibu & GM doesn't seem to have a recall for it. Unfortunately, it will take loss of lives before any action will be taken. Too many of these cars have this defect. GM should "man up" and either repair the problem permanently or allow for trade-in's with appropriate trade in value. Also, it sounds like even after repair have been done, the problem may or may not come back. No guarantee for permanent solution. Owner is afraid to drive the car for fear of the steering issue occurring at any time & maybe causing a minor or even worse fatal accident. Approximate failure mileage 118,000.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #250

Jul 122011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle began exhibiting a loud knocking sound when turning or driving over any road bump. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the hydraulic assist power for the steering shaft was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 104,000.

- Socorro, NM, USA

problem #249

Sep 102011


  • 31,540 miles
Making a right turn, I heard a clunking noise from the steering, the car pulled to the right and the steering wheel felt like it the power steering failed. About 1 year ago, I have had the car in for service at the dealers for a knocking in the steering and they found nothing wrong.

- Metuchen, NJ, USA

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