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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 21 of 29)

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problem #168

Aug 062010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles


I drive a 2006 Malibu, and have been for the past 4 years. The standard 2006 Malibu has epsa (electronic power steering assist). There is no reservoir to fill fluid as with older models. I found out today through experience that the electric power steering locks/unlocks on its own which has created an extremely dangerous situation. As I was driving to work this morning and as I was pulling into another driveway (making a right hand turn), the steering wheel locked so that I couldn't turn, and I was inches away from hitting a pole. I am fearful of this vehicle especially since a child rides in this vehicle regularly. I am thankful that my child wasn't in the vehicle during this time. I came in to work to do some research since the mechanic confirmed there is no reservoir for the power steering fluid. No pump, no hose, nothing to top off. What I found through my research is scary and irresponsible of GM. This is a severe safety hazard and needs to be addressed by GM immediately. I am disappointed to find that GM has not recalled this vehicle nor identified and addressed this problem (or others). I have not received any mailings or notifications regarding this problem. It's outrageous that GM can legally put out a vehicle for mass production with such hazardous flaws such as the electric power steering problem (among others). After reading all the complaints and blogs about the eps system, I am convinced that the mailbu is suffering from the same symptoms as the cobalt and other vehicles identified in a 2005 (model) recall. This issue is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #167

Aug 012010


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was attempting to reverse when the steering wheel locked. The contact shut off the engine. Upon restarting the vehicle, it resumed normal operation. The vehicle had an adequate amount of power steering fluid. Based on the contact's research, he believed the failure to be attributed to the electric power steering motor. Neither the dealer or the manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was approximately 85,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #166

Jul 152010


  • 60,000 miles
Power steering went out while driving. Difficult to steer and turn. Power steering default light on dash. Dealer unwilling to pay for repairs. GM has already recalled other brands for same problem: Recall summary General Motors is recalling certain model year 2005-2010 Chevrolet cobalt and model year 2007-2010 Pontiac G5 vehicles equipped with electric power steering. The driver may experience a sudden loss of power steering assist that could occur at any time while driving.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #165

Jul 142010


  • 17,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 45 mph the contact noticed that the steering wheel suddenly locked forcing the vehicle to pull to the left. The failure was not diagnosed and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 17000.

- Arverne, NY, USA

problem #164

Jul 212010


  • 45,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving in reverse 5 mph, the power steering failed. The contact turned the vehicle off, waited a few minutes to see if the vehicle would restart and it failed to do so. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or a local mechanic for the failure. The failure occurred approximately seven times. The failure mileage was 45,700. The current mileage was 45,900.

- Saratogata Springs, NY, USA

problem #163

Apr 102010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving various speeds from 1 to 65 mph, the power steering warning light would illuminate followed by a series of three warning chimes. The failure persisted intermittently. The illumination began to occur more frequently and eventually, the electronic power steering assist began to fail sporadically. The steering wheel became extremely stiff and difficult to maneuver. The contact stated that he would had to utilize extreme force in order to turn the steering wheel. The dealer performed a diagnostic test and stated that the entire power steering unit and intermediate steering shaft needed to be replaced at the owner's expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. There were no recalls related to the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current was 81,467.

- Preston, MO, USA

problem #162

Jul 102010


  • 57,300 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu ls. While the contact was driving approximately 16 mph, a chime sounded and the power steering warning light illuminated, followed by the loss of the power steering. The vehicle was driven onto the emergency lane. The engine was turned off and restarted. The failure occurred three times within a three week period. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the technician stated that the failure was contributed to the steering wheel torque input sensor. The manufacturer offered a special coverage adjustment program regarding the replacement of the steering wheel assembly; however, the VIN was excluded and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 57,300. Updated 10/05/10.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #161

Jul 162010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 64,550 miles
2006 Chevy Malibu electric steering problems. Steering non-responsive and had to stop shut engine off and restart to remove power steering check light on dash and worked again ok for short while.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #160

Jul 142010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Power steering system fails intermittently and without any advanced warning. Once the power steering module fails, the steering wheel is extremely difficult to turn but is still turnable. The information display system says power steering and a chime noise is audible. The first time the power steering system failed on me was during a turn and almost caused me to collide with oncoming traffic. The failure of the power steering system is becoming more and more frequent, about ever 30 minutes. The power steering system will go back to normal functioning once the car is shut off and started again. Why it fails is not known to me or why it goes back to normal operation after it is restarted. In addition, the ignition key was extremely hot when it was removed from the ignition.

- Mascoutah, IL, USA

problem #159

Jul 112010


  • 40,000 miles
Power steering going out and cannot steer. Power steering will not work after starting the car. 2006 Malibu lt. Purchased new in 2006. Only 40,000 miles on it. Rotors have been replaced twice in first year. When used in mountain driving they warp and have to be replaced.

- Glenville, WV, USA

problem #158

Jul 082010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 60,921 miles


My 2006 Chevy Malibu is having power steering problems. This problem results in loss of steering. On July 8, 2010 I was making a left hand turn and my steering wheel started moving the car to left and then to the right then I completely lost steering. After a minute or so the steering came back but only to the point where I had to put all my muscle into it to steer. Power steering flashed on my radio during this occasion. After turning the car on and off a couple times the power steering flash disappeared and my steering was back to normal. I have lost steering completely for a short time driving on the interstate. This is very unsafe. I took my car into the Chevy dealership for service on July 9, 2010. I was told that I needed to replace my steering column and it would cost close to 600 dollars to fix. I have an extended warranty and for some reason it does not cover this. This should be a recall situation. It is very unsafe for me to be driving and I fear driving my son in the car with me. After reading online I have learned that I am not the only one with a 06 Malibu who has steering complaints. Alot of people have paid hundreds to fix this problem only for it to return. I can't afford to fix this problem this time let alone if it happens again after it is fixed. I really fear not being able to control my vehicle. As of now my vehicle continues to flash power steering on my radio and the steering is not working properly. When I turn the car on and off a couple times it fixes it for a few minutes and then it returns while I am driving.

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #157

Jul 042010


  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 65 mph the contact noticed that the RPM's suddenly increased to 3000. The contact noticed that the power steering failed and began working properly. The failure was not diagnosed by the dealer. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 74000.

- St. Albans, WV, USA

problem #156

Jul 062010


  • 82,367 miles
In January of 2010 I went in to get new tires and an alignment on my 06 Chevy Malibu lt. They told me that they could not do the alignment due to inter tie rods needed to be replaced. I ordered the parts and took it back in at the end of the week. A month later I noticed there was a clicking or popping noise. The noise wasn't consistent with turning or going forward it only made the noise every so often, so I thought nothing of it. Today I was driving the power steering light came on my steering locked up and I almost hit another car. I took it in to have it looked at it happens that it is that electric power steering had failed. This part is going to be replaced, until the car is parked and will not be driven. The car only has 82,000 miles on it. I am not the only one that has this problem with the Malibu. I have 3 children that ride in this car with me. Chevy knows there is a problem, please recall the Malibu for the safety of everyone on the road.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #155

Jun 202010


  • 59,000 miles
Car is jerking to left while passing cars & while accelerating up hills. Almost hit concrete barrier on rt 30 while pulling out of olive garden. Had it at garage the said it was torque pull. It has been getting worse. In pgh, 6/20, going up steep hill power steering flashed on stereo & the car dinged then it pulled to the left then to the right.the garage said I needed something about a box, waiting for parts. Other mech said it felt like the power steering box is quitting out.

- Mt. Pleasant, PA, USA

problem #154

Jun 072010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Power steering failed on four occasions. In each case alarm went off on dashboard and steering reverted to very stiff operation. Three of the failures occurred shortly after starting and the fourth was while traveling straight at about 35mph.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #153

Jan 292010


  • 44,000 miles
2006 Chevy Malibu has repeat steering problems. In past 6 months steering gear and I-shaft have been replaced during two separate visits to dealer. There is still excess noise during acceleration and during turns. The noise is continuous.

- New Windsor, NY, USA

problem #152

Jun 092010


  • 80,315 miles
2005,06 Chevy Malibu power steering failure. System locks up as as result no steering.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #151

Jun 192010


  • 68,000 miles
I pulled out of my driveway and immediately noticed that the steering was loose. I was able to make it to the end of the road but after a few seconds, it started tightening up and then it locked. I was not able to turn the steering wheel. I shut off the car and when I restarted it, the same thing happened. I had to do this 3 times to get back to my driveway. I called the dealership and they informed me that there was only a recall on the Chevy cobalt steering but not the Malibu.

- Charlton, MA, USA

problem #150

Jun 172010


  • 82,000 miles
The power steering light came on. According to the dealer, the entire steering column needs to be replaced. The vehicle is not safe to drive. They state this is a known defect with the 06 Malibu and that the repair is $928. This is a recall issue because thousands of vehicle are having this issue. Why should I pay for their defect?

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #149

May 052010


  • 18,600 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at a speed of 35 mph, the vehicle began to pull from left to right. The dealer advised that the power steering motor had failed. The motor was replaced at the contact's expense. There were no recalls for the failure. The failure and current mileages were 18,600.

- West Milford , NJ, USA

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