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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 20 of 29)

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problem #188

Oct 082010


  • 88,000 miles


I owned a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu, in which I have only had 1 1/2 years, the factory warranty just expired 3 months ago. I am now having very serious problems with the power steering (eps) it has a tendency to go out on me everytime I turn left if I turn the wheel all the way to the left or if I just turn it a little bit just enough to make the turn I can fill the stiffness in it as if its getting ready to shut down, this has happen off and on for 2 weeks now and once it shuts down I have to cut the car all the way off and crank it back up and then the power steering is restored, this never happens when I turn to the right it just go along as if nothing is wrong. I consider this pretty dangerous because it can happen to me in traffic after making a left turn and get me hit in the rear seriously. I have been online reading some of the other comments with the Chevy Malibu and all them seem to experience my problems as well. I have made an appt at the dealership to have it looked at to see what officially is the problem with it and have it fixed.but, I really think there should have been a recall on all the vehicles with the electrical power steering because there is a glitch somewhere in the system that is killing the consumer's pocket. Is there a rainbow at the end of this tunnel?

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #187

Oct 022010


  • 85,400 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel suddenly locked up; he had to jerk the wheel so that it would move. The failure occurred everytime the vehicle was driven. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the steering module needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified. The current mileage was 85,528. The failure mileage was approximately 85,400.

- Vernon, CT, USA

problem #186

Sep 232010


  • 50,000 miles
On a 2006 Malibu, the electrical assist has been replaced three times in the past 10 months. Each time the steering locked up while driving on the interstate luckily. In 5 days, the car gets taken in to have the steering column and rack and pinion steering replaced. The first failure was at approximately, 50,000 miles, the second was at approximately 65,000 and the third at about 80,000. The car is at 95,000 miles now which is a lot, but to have the power steering replaced at a certified mechanic soon to be 4 times within a year is not good. The electrical assist power steering and all associated designs is unsafe as the wheel is impossible to turn when failure occurs.

- Rio, IL, USA

problem #185

Sep 262010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


The power steering will go off as you are driving. Sometimes it will just become harder to steer as you decrease speed, and sometimes you have to stop, turn off the motor and the steering will reset. Very disturbing and quite dangerous.

- Dover, AR, USA

problem #184

Sep 272010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I've only owned the 2006 Chevy Malibu for about a year and never had a problem with the power steering but on 9/27/2010 I was making a slow turn into a school lot and the steering went out thankfully I was already coming to a stop. It also has always made a noise when turning however I do not know if these problems are related. I contacted my local GM dealer and they said to bring it in so we'll see what happens.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #183

Mar 012009

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
When turning steering wheel at speeds under 30 mph, electric assist power steering will frequently shut down, with warning chime sounding and "power steering" warning displayed in the driver information center (dic). The car can still be steered but requires considerably greater effort than a car with manual steering. Once the car is pulled over, turned off and restarted, it "resets" itself, and operates normal again until the next time it occurs. The problem started in March of 2009, with 71,000 miles, and has gotten steadily worse over time. It now has 105,000 miles on it, and now happens so often (about 12-15 times per day), that the car is almost undriveable. I've contacted 3 different dealers, who all tell me the entire steering column needs to be replaced at a cost of approx $1100, as there are no "serviceable" parts in the electric steering system. As I understand it, this is the exact same steering problem that GM issued a recall for in March of 2010, for Chevy cobalts and Pontiac G6's, but won't recall Malibu, because there haven't been "enough" complaints filed yet. I don't have $1100 to for a new steering column that GM has admitted is a problem in it's other vehicles, but won't recall mine because not enough owners have yet to file a complaint!

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #182

Sep 142010


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 15 mph the steering wheel became very stiff and a power steering service light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was pulled over and shut off. Upon restart the vehicle operated as normal. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified and she was informed her vehicle was included in an unknown special campaign and they would pay for the repairs. The vehicle was not repaired when the complaint was filed. The failure and current mileages were unavailable. The VIN was unavailable.

- Highlands, NC, USA

problem #181

Sep 172010


  • miles
I was staying at a friend's house in san antonio because I had a court setting there. The morning of the incident, I turned on my vehicle and was headed to the courthouse. I was about two blocks from my friend's home when I heard a ding and a power steering message popped up on the radio. My power steering immediately went out, and I pulled myself into an apartment complex and turned off the vehicle. I called a friend for a ride and was about to call aaa when I realized I was in the way of a school bus picking up college students from the complex. I turned the vehicle back on to inch up a bit, but I noticed that the power steering was working again. I returned to my friend's home, got a ride to the courthouse, and researched the issue online. I found several other reports of this kind of thing happening and that it was most likely a computer glitch that could and would occur again unexpectedly. I took my chances driving back home to austin that same day and did not touch my vehicle over the weekend. Now that it is Monday, I will be calling GM customer support.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #180

Mar 102010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
My 2006 Chevy Malibu has had the electric steering go out on it twice and I can feel that it is now going for a third time! I purchased it new. It only has 55,000 miles on it. Steering is serious and I am afraid it might go out when I am on the highway!

- Pardeeville, WI, USA

problem #179

Sep 012010


  • 90,000 miles
The power steering on my 2006 Malibu stops working when accelerating or maintaining speed up hills. When the accelerator is let up the steering starts working again. If you are in a turn when the power steering starts working again the car jerks drastically in the direction the tires are turned. This started around 90,000 miles.

- Hiawassee, GA, USA

problem #178

Apr 152010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 43,288 miles


I have 2006 Chevy Malibu my friend has 2006 Chevy Malibu both vehs made in the Kansas City plant she rec'd letter that was a problem with power steering and to bring veh to GM dealer I did not get that letter called GM they said my vi# is not included but I had that same problem in April 2010 and had it repaired $598 they said because my VIN # is not on list will not honor it I have contacted BBB and attorney generals office and said should contact this office. Any help for me on this.

- No Uxbrige , MA, USA

problem #177

Aug 012009


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel locked. She had to use extreme upper body force to turn the steering wheel. The contact stated that when the failure would occur, she would shut off the vehicle for at least twenty minutes and the power steering would reset itself. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer will be contacted. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage 95,565.

- Calexico, CA, USA

problem #176

Feb 012010


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While turning at approximately 5 mph he could hear a popping noise coming from the steering column. Over time the failure progressed and recurred whenever he made turns while driving at any speed. While turning over bumpy surfaces the failure was more pronounced. The vehicle was not taken to be examined for the cause of failure and has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 71,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Versailles, KY, USA

problem #175

Aug 162010


  • 16,300 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received notification of a safety improvement campaign and warranty extension due to a possible steering defect in her year, make and model. The contact stated that if the manufacturer would send out such a letter calling for special coverage, then it should be under recall. She was concerned that she would lose power steering while on an expressway and not be capable of pulling over. The contact experienced no failures at the time of the complaint. The contact called the manufacturer to inquire about having the part replaced to prevent any possible failure and she was advised that the warranty would only be extended if the failure actually occurred. The current and failure mileage was approximately 16,300.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #174

Aug 272010


  • 83,575 miles
I was driving my car on the freeway coming home after picking up my 4 yr old grand daughter when suddenly steering wheel locked up on me causing me to loose full control of my car. I had to muscle my steering wheel in order to steer in the right direction. I immediately turned on my emergency flasher to alert other drivers that I was having a problem. Fortunately the other cars noticed that I was having trouble with my car and slowed down giving me the right away to move over to the emergency lane where I was able to stop and call for help. The problem with my car was the electronic steering pump that had failed. I have made an appointment to have the car repaired. I've done an extended search on the internet and found this problem so widespread a recall should happen so people with this car can drive safely. This is a safety hazard and needs to be addressed by GM. We do not need to have a fatality in order to act on this problem. It seems to me that like Toyota most manufacturers wait to be forced to correct a problem then spend millions of dollars on commercials trying to convince consumers that their cars are safe to drive. With the grace of god this time I was able to get my car off the road safely my fear is what about next time? I usually have my grandchild with me. Please help!

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #173

Aug 262010


  • 68,000 miles
My 2006 Chevrolet Malibu has an intermittent power steering failure, especially during acceleration. I was entering an expressway, when the warning bell starting sounding, and the car became impossible to steer. I nearly hit the guard rail before bringing it to a stop.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #172

Apr 212010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Shortly after I bought my 2006 Chevy Malibu I began felling this popping when I turned the steering wheel in either direction. The popping soon turned into a heavy clunk. Took it to GM dealer. They lubed my inter shaft recorrection on my service statement. I returned about a year latter with the same problem. Same correction was made. Now the problem is worse and the wheel locks up after the pop. As a result I have collided with 2 stationary objects.

- Phoenix , AZ, USA

problem #171

Dec 272009

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
I own a 2006 Chevy Malibu, while I was driving the steering locked up. I was only going about 35 mph I was able to pull over and stop. I was told to cut the car off for about 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes I was able to drive the car with no problems that day, their have been two incidents with the same problem.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #170

Aug 102010


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While traveling 30 mph, the contact noticed a warning chime inside the vehicle. Seconds later, the power steering failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The current and failure mileage was 91,000.

- Jackson , TN, USA

problem #169

Jul 052010


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. Whenever she started the vehicle, it made a dinging noise and the power steering locked. There were no warning lights illuminated on the dashboard. She had to turn the vehicle on and off for approximately a half hour before it would reset itself. She did not take the vehicle to the dealer; however, she called and informed them of the failure and was told that there were no related recalls and she had to pay the repair cost. The manufacturer was not called. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Prattville, AL, USA

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