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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,112 miles

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

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problem #100

Dec 262017


  • 37,000 miles


While the vehicle is in motion the radio screen would flash off and on followed by lose of power steering the car was parked and towed to a local dealership to be inspected

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #99

Nov 292017


  • 99,000 miles
Car shuts off while driving at any speed. Touch screen goes black and power steering goes out. It happens more frequent when turning. It is unsafe because if you are driving on a curve it could cause a crash because the steering wheel will not turn. You loose control of the car.

- Rose Hill, NC, USA

problem #98

Nov 042017


  • 30 miles
"charging system" engine light keep coming on. All lights come on dash board come on then go dim. Car shuts down on you while driving and steering wheel locks up. I almost crash into a light.

- Richton Park, IL, USA

problem #97

Nov 042016


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While the contact's son was driving various speeds, the power steering failed to turn left or right and the instrument panel lighting automatically turned off without warning. The contact's son pulled over to the side of the road and waited 8-10 seconds. Afterwards, the vehicle returned to normal. The contact's son was able to drive to work and back home. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (serpentini Chevrolet of strongsville, 15303 royalton rd, strongsville, oh 44136), but the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred several other times. The vehicle was taken to another dealer (pat O'brien Chevrolet South, 3880 pearl rd, medina, oh 44256) where it was diagnosed that the alternator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure occurred again after the repair. The manufacturer was contacted at 866-790-3600 and stated that they were unaware of the issue and the contact would have to pay for the repairs. Case number: 8-314031920 was provided. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- North Royalton, OH, USA

problem #96

Oct 112017


  • miles
This is my second complaint considering this issue. Loss of power steering, radio goes black, gauge cluster goes black. Since my last complaint this has occurred no less than 15 times with two very close accidents. This is becoming a very dangerous vehicle. And I plead with you to open a recall thank you. It has now occurred on both city roads and highway speeds. It seems to get worse when the turn signal is used.

- Ravenna, OH, USA

problem #95

Oct 062017


  • miles
This is my second report. The vehicle loses power steering and the entire gauge cluster goes dark. Almost caused a wreck today. It happened twice today and once yesterday. This is getting out of hand. Needs to be recalled immediately. Thank you

- Ravenna, OH, USA

problem #94

Sep 112017


  • 65,000 miles


Car is causing the battery to go bad. When the battery goes bad the whole car starts acting up; lose power steering, steering wheel locks up, dash lights flicker until turned off, in dash screen turns off before car dies. After I bought the car three months later my battery went bad (car started acting funny and gradually declined in quality over a week's time) I replaced the battery and now 2 years later the battery is bad again. This is a dangerous car to be in as the whole car dies while driving and the steering wheel locks up on the highway. This happens while driving. It has happened on the highway, interstate, parking lot and city street. Two different batteries should not go bad before there life time. I believe this has something to do with the car itself and also the car should not be designed for the steering wheel to lock up and remain solely on the normal battery.

- Oak Grove, KY, USA

problem #93

Jun 152015


  • miles
The radio shuts off. The climate control goes haywire. And the steering locks up. This has only happened whle the car is stopped. But reading all the hundreds of complaints it seems to happen at any time. This has happened multiple times. Something needs to happen immediately before there are fatalities.

- Ravenna, OH, USA

problem #92

Aug 192017


  • 75,000 miles
While driving my Chevrolet 2013 Malibu ltz my stabiltrack light and service power steering pump light came on my dash immediately afterwards when driving at low speeds any where from zero to thirty miles per hour the car will randomly lose engine power and will stall but the electrical system will stay on but the head lights go out and the power steering will go out making the vehicle hard to turn. The car dies just about every time I am either accelerating from 0 mph to any low speed unless I slam on the gas pedal. In bumper to bumper traffic im restarting my Malibu every 3 seconds after it dies. It's is so dangerous if I have to turn and their is oncoming traffic cause the car could just die in the middle of the turn and be smashed by oncoming traffic. This happens on the street on the highway anywhere im driving. Car was taken to dealership where they held it for 2 weeks and said it was a oil pump solenoid valve being stuck. As soon as I drove off the lot I didnt even get around the corner and the car died at a low speed and the stability light came on along with the power steeri my pump and check engine light. Vehicle has to been taken in several times for cam shaft position sensor failure also. Car failures have been common since the date I purchased this vehicle

- La Habra, CA, USA

problem #91

Jul 312017


  • 63,060 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at any speed, the instrument panel flashed off and on. In addition, the contact attempted to make a turn and the steering lost power. The service warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer at: George matick Chevrolet, 313-531-7100, where a multi point inspection was performed and the power steering module was also reprogrammed. The failure recurred. The same dealer was contacted and a diagnostic testing was recommended but not completed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was no recall and referred the contact to the NHTSA. The failure mileage was 63,060.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #90

Aug 302017


  • 32,250 miles


Car radio turns to black along with dashboard cluster display, steering may or may not work depending on the severity of the computer restart. In severe restarts the radio is neither on nor are any climate control options. The problem seems to occur during low acceleration or at idle.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #89

Aug 092017


  • 96,200 miles
While driving on the highway the power steering went out (everything blinked off for a couple of seconds and then back on) pulling the car to the left suddenly and my car went into the median and hit a tree. When the power car came back on it said service power steering and then service stabili trac. There was significant damage to the front of my vehicle.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #88

Jul 302017


  • 95,400 miles
While getting on the expressway the car cut off on the ramp while going 24mph. I was unable to turn on hazard lights, nothing at all would work. I could not immediately restart the car. I could not remove the key either. I had to wait approximately 3 mins for the car to light up and then I could restart the car. On the way home on the ramp on the expressway the car lost power steering and jerked to the left. The enigine did not stop this time. In this case fortunately there were no injuries.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #87

Jun 162017


  • 95,000 miles
When driving the car the radio panel, air conditioning, control panel and power steering goes out. When driving over 45 mph on the highway, the engine will not stop. However, when driving 45 mph or below on city streets, the car will shut completely off and I will have to restart the car. Everything goes complete off. This has been an ongoing issue for several months now. The car has had this issue while in traffic and I was hit from behind. Fortunately, we were pulling off from a stop light and the impact was not enough to cause an injury. I have researched on youtube and online and there are several other consumers with this exact same issue. Also, the check engine light never comes on but it does say service power steering and service stabili trak. Sometimes when the car is not moving (parked) it will also cut off. Once, I went to start the car and it would not start and it would not allow me to remove the key. I tried making sure the car was in park (which I knew it was because it had been parked for hours) but nothing would move. I almost had it towed and then out the blue everything popped on. Chevrolet advised that they "think" it could be the battery cables and the fuse box but cannot guarantee that this will fix the issue. I have already paid $167 for them to "tighten" the cables and tell me what they "think" may be the issue. I also have video of the car while having this issue but it is not in the format allowed for upload. The last time it had this issue was today 07/28/2017.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #86

Jul 072017


  • miles
Purchased this 2013 Malibu lt in August of 2016. After about a month, I started experiencing power failure and power steering loss while driving. On some occasions, the electrical issues and power failure is triggered by engaging the turn signal. Searched youtube and discovered that dozens of other 2013 Malibu owners are experiencing the exact same issue. The scary part of this issue is that the car stalls out completely without warning while driving at any given speed. And when this happens, the power steering goes out as well. This has happened about a dozen times since about a month after purchase August 2016; the last experience was on this past Friday, July 7, 2017.this is very dangerous as I have already experienced two near-miss accidents. I've read several posts of others who have spent money on diagnosis and repairs only to discover that the problem reoccurs. I don't have the money to waste on fruitless repairs as I'm still paying a note plus full coverage insurance on this vehicle. I don't know how many complaints that it will take for something to be done about this serious problem, but something needs to be done in a hurry.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #85

Apr 152017


  • 64,450 miles
While driving in town the turning signal blinks with no sound then the screen goes black the power steering goes out. I have seen over 50 complaints on line regarding this issue and GM issued a recall but not on the 2013. I believe the original recall is listed as 14V-153 additional models/years were added under 14772... there are also additional day this happened also 4/29 & 05/01/2017

- Danville, IL, USA

problem #84

Apr 232017


  • 89,000 miles
I have a 13 Malibu ltz but as I'm driving the car completely shuts off and comes back on in the middle of me driving. I had it sent to a shop they diagnosed it but found nothing said the key was possibly a problem. I went to the dealership and got a new key so for a month or so the issue was fine. I started driving again and as I have my blinkers on I'm getting ready to turn and the car shuts off again.. I'm in 5pm traffic this is scary but as the car shut off the wheel lock it cuts right back on. I took it to the dealership and they said my battery since it wasn't changed in awhile so I have the battery replaced. The car was fine now two months later it did it all over again.. I'm getting ready to turn and again everything shuts off in the middle of driving then cuts back on. I'm very frustrated I pay a car note and insurance and I don't have money to get this problem fixed.. there are soooo many complaints I just wish it would be recalled and fixed. It's very dangerous when this car shuts off in the middle of driving when there are other cars around. I'm scared to drive it but it's my only car and I'm paying notes on it. If I had the money to trade it in I would!! this all happened on a city street when there's cars and traffic.. sometimes it happens when I'm driving but mostly every time when I'm turning. Everything shuts off the whole car it's scary.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #83

Apr 212015


  • 32,600 miles
Car bought from the dealership as used with 28K miles in Nov 2014. In March 2015, the steering wheel started to lock while turning. Meanwhile, the screen and the radio restarts. The locking of the steering wheel happens under different circumstances, including but not limit to when parking, cruising on the neighbourhood (speed below 30 mph), change lanes in highways (speed around 50 mph), and several times while the car was actually parked without motion. The car was brought to the dealership in April 2015 for the first time. In the following two years until last week (March 2017), the dealership replied "could not duplicate the issue" every single time. In the recent several times of me visiting the dealership about the same issue, they replaced the battery cables (with a charge for $750), and the fuse box (with a charge of $108), but still, the problem exists. The last visit to the dealer ends up with the routine reply of "can not duplicate" but they did admit that there is indeed an issue since I showed them a video I recorded when the issue happens. The locking of the steering wheel happens every single time when I tried to rotate the steering wheel (to make turning while driving or parking of course), but the issue is that it does not always happen. It only happens every now and then. That is why I am still driving it after two years since unfortunately, that is my only car. This is extremely dangerous since the locking of the steering wheel only locks while turning. It can cause accidents in the neighbourhood and a lethal accident on the highways. The GM offered me a coupon for some credit to be applied to my next purchase of a new GM car but I don't think that is a solution I can accept. I am attaching some of the service histories to support my statement. There are more but I can only upload 5.

- Nesconset, NY, USA

problem #82

Feb 242017


  • 80,000 miles
While driving and going to change lanes, I turn on my turn signal to change lanes and the power steering stops working, the dash gauges flicker and the radio cuts out and sometimes the motor cuts off. This also occurs when sitting still, the steering wheel will bounce if turning one direction or the other. I have seen many of these complaints online and no resolution. This also happens while turning. This happens every day.

- Genoa, OH, USA

problem #81

Feb 142017


  • 85,200 miles
Turning left into my driveway, (luckily not going very fast) the power steering goes out several times in a row and then the screen prompted to "service power steering". checked fluid level and it was fine. Read that there are a lot of others with this same problem. My children could get hurt! and I paid too much money for this car to be unable to drive it and feel good about it! smh!!

- Valley, AL, USA

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