really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,608 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments (Page 11 of 11)

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problem #5

Oct 012004

Malibu Maxx

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


(1) grinding noise from front of car when turning wheel (2) having to take 1 hour off of work to have it looked at by a dealer fear of it not being safe to drive. (3) the front steering component needs replaced. It will take at least a week to get the part in. (1) rear defrost does not work (2) not able to see out of the back window in the morning. (3) will be looked at when car is in for steering unit to be replaced. (1) weak start up (2) embarrassing when owning a new car with only 1600 miles on it. (3) will be looked at with other problems.

- Circleville, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 172004

Malibu Maxx

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,400 miles
While driving, the power steering failed. The warning light illuminated, letting the consumer know that the power steering failed which made it very hard to steer. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for repair. This was the first time it has happened. Ea04018_cat the steering column had been replaced and there had been no recurrence.

- Sheboygan Falls, WI, USA

problem #3

Jul 122004

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
While driving 5 mph or less and making a left turn consumer noticed dashboard indicator lights flashing. Then, lost power steering. Ea04018_cat

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 212004

Malibu Maxx

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,379 miles
When the vehicle was started with the remote control dashboard components failed to function when the key was turned in the ignition. The vehicle was taken to the dealership the following day a diagnostic test was performed, but no failure codes were found. The failure recurred 4 months later while turning into a parking space. Also, the steering column locked up. When this occurred, the instrument panel read steering column assistance needed. The consumer then turned the vehicle off, then back on. The vehicle started, but the steering wheel wouldn't move. The steering wheel unlocked when the vehicle was restarted 20 minutes later. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership the following day. The service person indicated that there was a technical service bulletin on this issue, and ordered a new steering column to be installed. The consumer was instructed not to drive the vehicle out of town, in addition, while driving at 1379 miles, the consumer smelled a strong fuel odor. This occurred because the fuel line clip came off, and fuel was leaking. The dealership reinstalled the fuel clip because it wasn't properly installed at factory. Ea04018_cat

- Potsdam, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 192004

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 4,450 miles
Complete loss of power steering, while driveing at freeway speeds (65 mph). Pe04031_cat

- Westlake, OH, USA

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