really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,666 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Dec 032004

Malibu Maxx

  • 6,100 miles


On Dec. 3, 2004 I was turning into my place of employment when my steering wheel completely locked up the service soon light was on and my car was dinging. I had to brake quickly or I wouldnT have gone right into the corner of a church. I quickly restarted the vehicle, which restarted the power steering, but this could be very dangerous. I called Chevy and they towed my car and I received a loner vehicle. They had the repair done fairly quick and said they had to replaced the steering column. I looked on this sight and noticed multiple complaints about this issue. I am just concerned on why there hasnT been a recall?? I know this could cause serious injuries and something that could possibly cause injury or death should have already been recalled after this many occurrences. Ea04018_cat

- Covington, KY, USA

problem #10

Nov 182004

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,279 miles
Recently urchased da 04 chec Malibu. Three weeks ago the power steering ailed...with no steering whatsoever!. car was towed to dealer. Dealer "fixed"problem and stated that no one has experienced this before. Not true according to this web site. The vehicle should be recalled before someone gets killed. Ea04018_cat

- Ellijay, GA, USA

problem #9

Nov 202004

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,422 miles
Here the latest on the steering problems on my 2004 maxx lt which is fully loaded: 1st visit to service: Yellow wrench light on and steering locked up while driving my 2 year old and my wife. 2nd visit to service: Earlier replaced steering column, gave me the car back. Problem now was that I couldn't even turn the steering wheel left only right. 3rd visit to service: When I accelerate the steering wheel turns left as far as about 10 O'clock on clock for example. I test it out without holding the wheel just to see what happens and I tested it out on 10 different streets where all of them are flat. What would you in my case" would you ask for an exchange or would you allow them to fix it for a 3rd time and risk possible more problems" it has 6,900 miles on it and in perfect shape. Ea04018_cat

- New Berlin, WI, USA

problem #8

Nov 102004

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,700 miles


While driving, vehicle lost power steering. Consumer took the vehicle back to the dealer, and was told that the parts were on back order, and there was no date as to when the parts would be made available. Ea04018_cat steering became difficult in the vehicle.

- Hatboro, PA, USA

problem #7

Nov 102004

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,050 miles
2004 Chevy maxx power steering light came on and lost power steering. Was doing approx. 35 mph on a corner at the time. Pulled off road turn off the ignition. Turned ignition back on and steering came back. Ea04018_cat

- Ancram, NY, USA

problem #6

Oct 052004

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,738 miles
Power steering fails while driving. Can ot steer the vehilclevery very hard, older people would not be able to steer.. stop and shut the engine off and restart light goes out and steering works fine until next time. Ea04018_cat

- Islip, NY, USA

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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