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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 19 of 29)

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problem #208

Mar 302011


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet mailbu lt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph the steering wheel suddenly locked without warning. She was able to release the steering wheel by restarting the vehicle. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 150,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Sawyer, MI, USA

problem #207

Mar 252011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Power steering temporarily goes out upon acceleration in my 2006 Chevy Malibu lt. Seems like the problem is intermittent. This seems to be a safety issue and all GM has done is issue a special coverage adjustment (link: seems like this should be a safety issue with a dealer recall to address the issue. According to the info I find on the web, this is a known issue with many Malibu's.

- Center Point, TX, USA

problem #206

Feb 152011


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the power steering locked. The dealer was contacted and informed her to bring the vehicle in for inspection since there were no recalls or related warranties for this failure. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #205

Mar 032011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 172,000 miles


Steering column locks while pressing gas pedal, this is very dangerous when changing lanes on the expressway. This usually happens to me daily as I travel to and from work on the interstate.

- St Charles, MI, USA

problem #204

Mar 012011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 33,647 miles
2006 Chevy Malibu power steering will lock up when driving at low speeds.

- Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

problem #203

Mar 012011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
I was on my way to work this morning when the interior bell sounded 4 times and then the power steering quit. I was on the thruway and very concerned about being able to exit. The force I needed to use to turn my vehicle was greater than any elderly person would be able to manage. After doing some research, I have learned that this problem has been ongoing with Chevy. This is a very serious safety issue. How many people have to die before Chevy will make this recall" when the wrongful death lawsuits become more expensive than having to fix their own mistake"

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #202

Jan 102011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 102,600 miles


At 102,600 miles power steering began to intermittently fail. It would return when the car was turned off and then started again. My wife very nearly wrecked in a parking lot when it first happened. GM had a secret warranty to 100K...cost me 660, region refused to help. It was a sensor in the steering column. "old part" is not available, don't know what the dealer would do with such. As my wife suffers from reduced arm strength, it was not an option as to repair.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #201

Jan 302011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
Electrical power steering column (eps) in my car, and many others of the same year or older has/will fail. Very dangerous, car will not turn when driver wants it to. Foresee accidents and injury if left unrepaired. There was a recall issued for the 2005 model, which uses the same eps as the 2006. There are many complaints about this problem happening at different mileage milestones, however, Chevy/GM is basically saying they don't expect their sedans to last longer than 100,000 miles by not remedying the problem. I have 3 kids, this is a very dangerous situation. There must be a logical reason as to why in 2007 they switched to power steering fluid instead of the junk eps. GM/Chevy can expect me, an owner of 5 Chevy vehicles, to never purchase this type of power steering again. I am asking for a recall, a repair, a compromise form GM/Chevy to fix the vehicle and keep my loyalty to the brand. It's very upsetting a recall would go out for an older vehicle, yet this one gets ignored. How may of my children need to be involved in an accident before GM/Chevy takes responsibility for their crappy handiwork. I have an estimate on the repair, which would run between $740-$940. A recall issued by the government, would show their concern; and dedication to consumers.

- Hanover, MD, USA

problem #200

Dec 012010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
The steering in my 2006 Chevy Malibu lt is very faulty. I have read and researched the continuous problems with the steering in this car and it posses a big problem considering I drive this car 200 mile on the interstate highway at high speeds and the car is very difficult to control.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #199

Aug 012010


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu lt(na). While driving at any speed, the contact noticed that the vehicle would lose all power steering intermittently and the power steering symbol would illuminate on the instrument panel; it was difficult to steer at that point. The contact would turn the vehicle off and restart it again in order to reset the power steering. Both the dealer and manufacturer was notified who informed the contact that there were no recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 111,440 and the failure mileage was 90,000.

- Cushing, OK, USA

problem #198

Jan 202011


  • 77,444 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving, the contact noticed that the power steering check engine warning light illuminated, when the vehicle lost all power steering, making it difficult to control the vehicle. Both the dealer and manufacturer had not been notified nor was the vehicle diagnosed or repaired. The current and failure mileages were 77,444. The VIN was unavailable.

- Omaha , NE, USA

problem #197

Jan 102011


  • 104,734 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was driving 15 mph when the steering wheel became extremely stiff, rendering the vehicle disabled. The engine was turned off and the contact restarted the vehicle within moments. The steering wheel had returned to normal operation. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 104,734.

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #196

Jun 012010


  • 89,000 miles
TL - the contact owns 2006 Chevy Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph the power steering light illuminated and right after the vehicle lost power making impossible to turn the wheel. The failure happened several times before randomly and it would work again. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 89,000 and current mileage is 120,000.

- Sugarland , TX, USA

problem #195

Jan 012011


  • 52,000 miles
Power steering fails. It started when I went to leave work. I started my car, and the power steering immediately failed and "power steering" showed up on the dic. I tried to turn the wheel, and it was almost like the steering wheel was locked up. I turned the car off, and then back on, and it was fine. Then, this past weekend, it did the same exact thing. I again, turned the car off, then on, and it was fine. I drove to the closest Chevy dealership, and of course they were closed (it was new years day). I went to leave the dealership, turned my wheel slightly to the right and power steering failed again! turned the car off, then back on, drove to the stop sign, turned the wheel slightly to the left, and power steering failed again. I'm very scared this will happen unexpectedly while I'm driving home from work on the interstate. Something should be done, especially with how many similar complaints I've seen posted all over the net!

- Green Cove Springs, FL, USA

problem #194

Dec 282010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Steering problems. I was in a turning lane with my son in the car. I heard a ding and power steering showed up on my display. I had no power steering! I am a small person and could barely turn the car and stay in my lane. When I got home I turned the car off for awhile, then went and turned it back on and the car was fine. I have driven the car only when I need to because I am afraid to drive it. I heard it will happen again. The car goes into the shop 1/3/11. There is also a knocking noise in the front end when I make a turn. Exterior lights. I've had to replace my head light bulbs about every three months this past year. Because of the lights going out. First one side then the other.

- Island Lake , IL, USA

problem #193

Dec 202009


  • 75,000 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. Problem seems to go away for a while after I change out the spark plugs. But I am at 160,000 miles and on my 8th set of spark plugs. Something is not right, spark plugs should last longer than 20,000 miles. GM should take this complaint seriously before someone is killed. Something is wrong, otherwise why would there be so many people complaining about the same problem. I am working at paying off this car as fast as possible so that I can get into a safer vehicle. Sadly, I will *never* buy a Chevy again :-(

- Frazier Park, CA, USA

problem #192

Dec 152010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 101,448 miles
2006 Chevrolet Malibu. Steering electric power assist system fails as you are driving. Complete loss of steering assist. Must stop car, turn off engine. When engine is restarted, power steering is working again.

- Mt. Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #191

Dec 012010


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated was driving 20 mph when the steering wheel began to exhibit an unusual noise when turning and began shaking excessively. The failure occurred intermittently for a period of one year until most recently when the failure became ongoing. The contact was concerned that the steering capabilities would fail and potentially cause a crash. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The failure and current mileage was 105,000. Updated 02/02/11

- Carthage, MO, USA

problem #190

Sep 042006


  • 84,000 miles
My steering wheel have been jumping to the left even while parked. Then my power steering message came on. It locks on me while I'm driving and I have to pull over and turn the car off then back on. It started happening about once a week, but now it happens twice if not more times a day. After I bought the fluid I learned that it's a motor and needs to be replaced. I called Chevy and they told me my motor has to be replaced and will cost me over $600. I don't think that I should have to pay for all of that myself. I've read a lot of complaints and this is making me want to trade my car in. Now may car has over 100,000 miles but the problem started at about 83,000. I have kids and when it locks up while driving on the highway, it's too dangerous.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #189

Mar 162009


  • 74,000 miles
Loose of power steering, GM has extended the warranty on this part, for 10yr or 100,000 miles, our car has 126,000 miles when this was issued, but we have documentation that we were having the trouble at 76,000 miles but GM does not want to help us with the problem, we ask to talk to a supervisor but no one will call us back. You can be driving down the road and turn into somewhere and a bell will go off and you have no power steering, you have to turn off the engine and restart it to regain power and some times it is a short time before it happens again. The dealership told us the steering column would have to be replaced. The cost to repair this is over $600 and we can't afford it. Our car is a 2006 Malibu.

- Gore, OK, USA

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