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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 8 of 29)

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problem #428

Aug 012014


  • 163,000 miles


This complaint is being marked for deletion because it is an inadvertent duplicate of ODI# 10626414 TL-the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph, the steering wheel locked and forced the contact into on coming traffic. The vehicle was merged to the shoulder of the road, where the contact shut the ignition off and was able to restart it. The vehicle resumed normal function. The failure recurred sporadically. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The contact was made aware of recall NHTSA campaign id number: 14V153000 (steering). However, the parts needed for the repairs was unavailable. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 163,000. Pam

- Entiat, WA, USA

problem #427

Aug 012014


  • 163,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 55 mph, the steering wheel locked and forced the contact to drive into oncoming traffic. The contact managed to avoid a crash. The vehicle resumed normal operation once it was turned off and restarted. The failure occurred sporadically. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not repaired. The contact was informed of NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering); however, the part needed for the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 163,000.

- Entiat, WA, USA

problem #426

Jul 182013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
Accelerating after entry to freeway, I lost the steering for approximately 200 feet and then it kicked back in. Happened again on 8/15/2014 with my husband driving. It was the same circumstances; accelerating on the entrance ramp to the freeway. He quickly jerked the steering wheel back and forth a few times and thinks that's what caused it to come back. Mileage at this time was approximately 26,928.

- Richfield, MN, USA

problem #425

Jun 032014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received notifications for recalls NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V224000 (power train) and NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V153000 (steering). However, the parts were not available in order to perform the recall repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Bonners Ferry , ID, USA

problem #424

Jun 122012


  • 66,000 miles
Trying to access interstate, picking up speed to enter traffic in high density area--steering quit working. Applied brakes to avoid entrance into traffic or hit the bridge abutment. Was able to straighten car out and continue. Upon braking--steering returned. Went to local Chevy dealer--complaint--locking up situation, noise and when cold-- vibration of steering wheel in older models was called "morning sickness". regal Chevy passed it off as normal--showed me a notice of default (shut down) if system driven to hard. Refused to replace motor in spite of other issues. Noise has continued and gotten worse--morning sickness (turning vibration/sticking) still present. Noted: Now a new campaign---N140115.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #423

Jul 012008


  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while turning the steering wheel left or right there was an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on multiple occasions where it was diagnosed that the power steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 9,000.

- Casa Grand, AZ, USA

problem #422

Mar 022013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Around March 2013, I first began to encounter problems with my power steering. It began at a low speed with a chime, a message display saying to check the power steering, and my wheel locking up (power steering fail). At the time, I did not think much of it because after restarting the car, the power steering seemed fine. After this incident, there were many times when the chime would sound and the message would flash but the power steering still seemed to work. I took my car in for other issues and had this checked out at the same time. The trouble code in the system was C0545 for torque sensor input failure. My mechanic explained that this was a common problem and even checked for a recall at that time. I left with my car that day due to having to wait for parts. Two days later while driving 45mph, the power steering entirely failed. It felt as if my wheel locked entirely. Luckily there were not many cars on the road and I was able to direct it into a parking lot. My car was taken back in immediately and they had to replace the entire steering column. This repair cost around $500. In July 2014, it was brought to my attention that GM finally issued a recall for this problem. So, I called GM to to submit my information to be reimbursed. I was told that only some 2006 Malibu were being recalled for this issue and that my 2006 Malibu was not one of them...even though my 2006 Malibu had the problem they were recalling for! come to find out, this has happened to many other 2006 Malibu owners. Needless to say, GM has done a terrible job correcting a serious mistake.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #421

Jul 292014


  • 49,100 miles
There was no accident. This is a complaint about my 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. I received three recall notices, nos. 14152, 13036 and14116 from the Chevrolet co. All three describe very dangerous conditions that may occur while driving my car. They are notifying me that they do not have parts to repair my car but will notify me when they are sent to my dealer. This is outrageous. While driving my car on a limited access highway I may experience a transmission shift cable fracture, a power steering assist failure or an increased resistance in the body control module connection system. Does this mean I should not drive my car until the company can make the repairs" all sound like serious failures. Are you aware the Chevrolet company is sending these out to cover themselves if a failure occurs" [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) updated 7/22/2015

- Latham, NY, USA

problem #420

Feb 252008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 14,912 miles
Per NHTSA bulletin 10020816 and GM bulletin 060232007 covering steering input shaft #22687711. This shaft begins to make a clunking sound between 0 and 16 mph when turning. In order to stop the noise, I believe caused by the worn U-joints at both ends of the shaft, this part must be replaced every two years. You do not hear any clunking above 16/17 mph. I have been told by a GM service department that the part can not come apart, and I can replace the part every two years or live with the noise. Really. Does anyone remember rear wheel drive vehicle and what would happen when the U-joints on the drive shaft began clunking when you put the vehicle in gear. You replaced them or you could be walking. This is a steering shaft. When will the U-joint(s) fail? when I am turning out of my driveway, turning into a parking space, or perhaps at highway speed avoiding an animal. What is amazing is that GM knew about this defected design/part and yet kept using it into 2008. The bulletins cover Malibu cars from 2004 to 2008, Pontiac G6's 2005 to 2007, and Saturn aura's 2007 to 2008. I feel GM should be given two choices, fix this part when it starts clunking for the life of the vehicle, or buy them back.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #419

Jul 212014


  • miles
After finding out that there are recalls for my car per, I scheduled an appointment for repairs with vandergriff Chevrolet in arlington for 7-21-14. I requested that they repair the parts under recall and issue a refund for the amount I paid previously for repair to power steering on my vehicle. I was told that someone would be in touch with me. When I did not get contacted, I returned to the service department to speak with a technician in regard to my service request. Once again, as previously, I was told that there are no recalls on my car. When I directed the technician to the information released by the dept. Of transportation, he stated that GM sent out additional recall letters to recall the original recall notices because they were issued in error, and that there are none in effect for my vehicle. No repairs were done.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #418

Jul 232014


  • 85,688 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering failed intermittently and the power steering sensor illuminated. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the electronic power assist system and the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,688.

- Saint Cloud, MN, USA

problem #417

Jul 072012


  • 98,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while traveling to approach a stop or when a turn was made the steering wheel was extremely hard to turn. The electric power steering failed intermittently. The contact had to apply force to turn the wheel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who replaced the steering column and the ignition switch. The failure recurred and the contact was not able to turn the key to start the ignition along with the vehicle stalling intermittently. The anti-theft sensor illuminated, service engine sensor and a lock symbol on the radio continued to illuminate. The radio was not working. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000. Dyd

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #416

Dec 072011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 45 mph, the contact experienced difficulty maneuvering the steering wheel. The instrument panel indicators illuminated and the contact heard a chime sounding throughout the cabin of the vehicle. When the contact's foot was removed from the accelerator pedal, the steering returned to normal. The failure occurred on two separate occasions. The dealer recalibrated the vehicle, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #415

Jul 222013


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, a chime sounded throughout the vehicle and the power steering seized without warning. The vehicle was able to restart and resumed to normal. The failure occurred on three separate occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the power steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 69,100. Updated 9/3/14

- South Pasedna, FL, USA

problem #414

Jul 012010


  • 90,000 miles
Beginning in 2010 I had to replace the brakes on my car multiple times. To date I have replaced brake pads, drums, and lines 5 different times. My brakes seem to wear easily and frequently screech. Beginning in 2013 after filling my car with gas my "low fuel" indicator dings and my fuel gauge shows empty. This happens every time I fill my car with gas. I have received a recall notice regarding power steering. On two separate occasions I have experienced my power steering going out and I am forced to pull over and turn off my car and turn it back on for the car to work properly. I have contacted GM regarding the recall notice and I have been advised that no parts are available and they will not provide me with a rental vehicle and expect me to continue to drive the vehicle "until the parts are available". they will not provide me with a timeline and have been unresponsive to my other complaints regarding the vehicle.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #413

Jul 142014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Decelerating from highway to off ramp. Chime sounded and display column showed power steering. Steering required force and as the vehicle stopped the steering wheel began to subtle shift left and right with audible sound when reaching left and right. Continued to safe area off the highway, however had to use quite a bit of force to steer the vehicle.

- Zionsville, IN, USA

problem #412

Aug 012013


  • miles
The car stalls when I go from a complete stop into fast-moving traffic. The lug nuts on the wheel covers do not stay securely fastened. I have increasing problems with my power steering function. It would randomly fail and then correct itself initially. Sometimes it would go out when I backed up and then come back when I was in drive. Sometimes it would go out for 5-10 minutes and then come back. Sometimes it would be out for a day or two and then come back. Therefore, I brought it in to the Chevrolet dealership for repair. A few months afterwards, it began to go out again, but just for a moment at a time. This seemed to subside. However, this began happening again from time to time when I would merge onto the freeway. When I accelerate, the power steering goes out completely, the car yanks very hard to the right, and the lights and information display all blink repeatedly. This now happens each time I accelerate to either merge onto the freeway, go into passing gear to get around traffic, climb a hill, or simply quickly speed up on the road. I have brought the car back to the Chevrolet dealership citing this problem, especially since I have just had the problem fixed recently. For all of these, I was told that there is no problem and no recalls for my car make and model. I do not have the option of driving another car or affording a newer one. This is a continually dangerous situation. I am fearful that these defects will cause me and my family harm. When the power steering suddenly went out and the car yanked hard to the right just last night as I went over a raised bridge, I was afraid that I would hit the guard wall and perhaps even go over it. I have had to swerve to avoid being hit from behind because the car stalled as I got into traffic. I do not know if my wheel is loose or if the wheel cover is going to come loose while I drive.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #411

Apr 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 7,800 miles
Car has low mileage for its year as it was driven infrequently by elderly lady. Esp fails at least 3 times per trip no matter if it is day or night cold or hot and occurs with no warning (except for the chimes). Iam currently driving this vehicle with this condition on a daily basis. I have gotten used to it, and do not panic when it happens although I would like to drive this vehicle with power steering assist in tact! as far as the recall is concerned GM informed me that this particular 2006 Malibu ls is not eligible for the recall because of where it was built!!!" why does that make a difference? what kind of GM logic is that" it was built by the way in Kansas City, Kansas us.

- Telford, PA, USA

problem #410

Jul 152013


  • 46,330 miles
While wife turning into drivrway power steering quit, causing her to wipe out mail box. Touned out to be power steering assist failed.contacted GM about a recall, said there was one for power steering assist, by my VIN # was not included.after weeks of back and forth with GM they decided to pay half the bill my half was 700 dollars(which was had to get seeing im retired gi on fixed income.a couple of months ago they came out with the same recall, a if repairs wewe already made you would get reimbursed I feel im due back that 700 dollars and GM says im not.the work was don at taylor Chevrolet in taylor Michigan, repairs were made on 8/01/13/ invoice # cvc275940

- Romulus, MI, USA

problem #409

Jul 092014


  • 120,000 miles
My power steering went out just as I was getting ready to back out of parking space. Had car towed to dealership, no parts will be ready for awhile. The car is paid for, Chevy will not pay for me a rental and I need one. It is not my fault for this problem it is GM. Now they do not want to help. I need a car for seeing my doctors and work. Please help. Thanks

- Gillette, WY, USA

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