really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,333 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx steering problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #115

Aug 092014

Malibu Maxx

  • 149,000 miles


My wife was slowing down to enter a rest stop in her 2005 Chevy Malibu maxx when there was a ding and power steering was displayed on the driver information center. At the same time, she noticed she had lost power steering. She was able to stop the vehicle safely and turned it off. A few minutes later, she restarted the car. There was no longer the power steering display and the power steering had returned. A recall notice was issued on April 21 for electric power steering assist for this generation of Malibu (GM recall no. N140116; NHTSA recall no. 14V153) but we still haven't gotten a letter. When I called the Chevrolet customer assistance center, I was told parts are still not available. Apparently there are three other GM electric power steering recalls, with parts available for those three others but not our car. So far the problem hasn't returned, but once it happens the first time doubt gets planted. Especially because this is at least the second time there has been such a recall. We got a recall notice in late 2007 for the power steering system as well, and I'm pretty sure there was another one before this year's recall.

- Springfield, OR, USA

problem #114

Jul 142006

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While driving 30 mph, the power steering failed and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to be restarted and was taken to the dealer. The repairs that were made were unknown, but the failure recurred intermittently. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was unknown.

- St.Paul, MN, USA

problem #113

Jul 122014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 141,429 miles
While driving down the highway the power steering failed and I was stuck in everyone's way. Tried to steer to the shoulder but I wasn't strong enough. After the car was turned off for awhile I started it up and the steering came back on just long enough to make it home. Chevy says they don't have part numbers but other privately owned shops in my area say they can get the parts and fix it.

- Washington, MO, USA

problem #112

Jun 272014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 117,500 miles


While accelerating onto an expressway the warning chime sounded, a click was heard under the instrument panel, and the (electric) power steering assist quit. Also a battery symbol illuminated momentarily on the instrument panel. Reducing acceleration caused the power steering assist to return to normal. Upon further testing it was determined that this happens repeatedly at any speed when under heavy acceleration (often at about 4000 RPM) and while hill climbing under load at about 2100 RPM. It was noted that simultaneously the battery voltage went excessively high (16V, sometimes 17V) and occasionally multiple (all?) instrument panel warning lights illuminate. If the power steering assist quits while turning the steering wheel tends to jerk hard towards going straight, a decided safety issue. This may be the same issue detailed in the June 2010 technical service bulletin: Tsb # 08-02-32-005A and it appears to not be covered under warranty.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #111

Jun 272014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles
My power steering turned off suddenly while I was driving - I pulled over my car and restarted it - the power steering seemed to be on and I drove less than half a mile before the power steering once again turned off. GM has notified me there are not any parts currently to fix this problem and they will not tell me when dealerships will be provided to the parts. They also told me this is not a serious enough safety issue to warrant a rental vehicle to customers unable to drive their vehicles while this safety problem is occurring.

- Clayville, RI, USA

problem #110

May 302014

Malibu Maxx

  • 129,831 miles
A 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx ls. 156964 mileage. The steering wheel emitted a clucking and a creaking noise while making a turn. A clapping repeated noise somewhere in the wheels has appeared also. Blinkers burned out too often and the plastics that cover them are melt down. If it stays more than 10 minutes stopped after driving a while, the temperature gauge start rising to the overheat point, but if you turn on the air conditioning it comes back to the medium reading measurement gauge.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #109

May 082007

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


I was driving on the interstate on my way home and my back breaks locked up and the tires and hubcaps started to burn. I had no immediate exit so I had to continue to roll slow. Once I exited the interstate my wheel was on fire. I put it out with an extinguisher. I asked the dealer and they said no recalls. I had to get the tow truck and he said it was not the first for my car make and model. I replaced the breaks, rotors and tires and 2 weeks later the same thing happened again. Only this time I was in a parking lot of a grocery store. Since then I have had a total break job and replace tires and hubcaps. My power steering locked up and it was very hard but was able to use manually. The manual said to shut off car and restart to reset the power steering. This was not safe and very scary.

- Crystal Springs, MS, USA

problem #108

Aug 012013

Malibu Maxx

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the steering wheel emitted a clucking noise while making a turn. The dealer performed a diagnostic test which located the failure in the steering wheel drive shaft and column. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 76, 000 and the current mileage 78,000.

- West Mifflin , PA, USA

problem #107

Nov 102013

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 203,000 miles
Making a left turn onto busy road. Steering went out and had to go straight till I could get to a safe spot to stop. Car made chime noise and indicated power steering failure. Had to turn off the car and waited about five minutes. Started car and steering was back to normal.

- Perry, OH, USA

problem #106

Sep 042013

Malibu Maxx

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph and attempting a turn, the power steering assist failed. The warning light was illuminated and the power steering warning chime sounded. The contact shut off and restarted the vehicle, but the failure was still present. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the power steering module would need to be replaced. The manufacturer had previously issued a recall satisfaction campaign for the power steering module but the contact's vehicle was not eligible for repairs under the campaign because the cumulative mileage had exceeded 150,000. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #105

Sep 282010

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 44,400 miles


This is in relation to what I've seen in a few crash iihs crash videos. I was hit on the left side, with the impact range from the left front wheel to the outside mirror. I was beginning to make a left turn when I was struck. The impact on the steer tire caused the steering wheel to spin quickly to the right as it absorbed the energy from the collision. The steering wheel turned so violently rightward from the force of the vehicle hitting it, that I ended up with a fractured right elbow and torn ligaments in my right hand - injuries sustained from a collision on the left. I have seen the same thing in a few iihs crash test videos. In a few of their videos, the steering column shifts significantly to the left or right so there ends up being no contact between the dummy's head and the steering wheel airbag. I don't know if there is communication between NHTSA and the iihs, or to what standards are set, as I've seen some truly disturbing iihs videos on brand new cars; disturbing enough that I'm surprised that the vehicle is let into the market. Thanks for taking the time to read this. My right side injuries seemed very strange until seeing some of the iihs videos in slow motion that explained how this happened.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #104

Jul 262013

Malibu Maxx

  • 122,000 miles
The contact 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated the electronic power steering module was repaired under the manufacturer's extended warranty, but the failure occurred one year later. The contact spoke with the manufacturer and stated that the vehicle would not be repaired. The failure mileage at the time of the original repair was 122,000. The current failure mileage mileage was 151,000.

- Lagrange, KY, USA

problem #103

May 082013

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 60,123 miles
I purchased a used Chevy 2005 Malibu maxx from East hills Chevrolet. I had problems with the steering in 08' they replaced or repaired the steering gears. 5 years later and 30,000 miles (local) I have the same problem that was sited in a bulletin with my VIN number however, GM, nor the dealer will repair it for me. The cost $1,100 of which I do not have at the present moment. What do I do drive a potentially dangerous car"?" I am getting no help from GM and am prepared to take my car back and sell it and buy anything but a Chevy as the whole line is plagued with this problem. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Port Washington, NY, USA

problem #102

Jan 262013

Malibu Maxx

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the power steering assist failed. The contact continued to drive the vehicle without power steering assist. The following day the power steering operated as designed. The steering failure recurred numerous times intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that a sensor in the steering column had become worn unevenly and was sending sporadic signals, causing the failure. The contact was informed that the entire steering column would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 160,000. Updated 04/30/13 the consumer provided a VIN. However, it was a Ford VIN, not a Chevrolet VIN.

- Tewksbury, MA, USA

problem #101

Jan 092013

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 103,388 miles
I was driving into a parking lot at the end of my commute when an alarm went of and a "power steering" message appeared on my console. Immediately my power steering was disabled and I had to restart my car 3 times before the power steering was enabled and I was able to turn my car into the parking lot.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #100

Mar 012010

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
This has happened on multiple occasions. Most of the time its when we are pulling into a parking space and turning left. At first we thought it was a fluke..now it is happening more and I am getting very nervous about driving our car, scared that it is going to happen while we are driving on the road. When the power steering goes out the car is almost impossible to turn the wheel, and the beeping alarm goes off and it says power steering on the dash board. We have to come to a complete stop turn off the car wait a few moments and then turn the car back on. I am very scared what if this happens in the middle of a turn? please take notice of this problem!

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #99

Jul 022012

Malibu Maxx

  • 120,000 miles
Over the past year my 2005 Malibu maxx power steering has without warning stop working. Luckily this has happened at speed less than 30mph and I was able to slow and stop the vehicle without incidence. Recently my engine light has come on warning power steering. This could be a very dangerous situation if driven on a highway!

- Manchester, MD, USA

problem #98

Apr 162009

Malibu Maxx

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the power steering failed and the steering wheel seized while driving at various speeds. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, but the contact was unaware of the type of repairs that were necessary. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 83,000.

- Fuquay-Varina, NC, USA

problem #97

Feb 082012

Malibu Maxx

  • 136,000 miles
I have had to replace the transmission already on this car, and it still is not right. The power steering will be gone no matter the temperature, but then comes right back. The brakes are always going bad on it, I have replaced them several times within the 25K miles of owning the car. The driver seat leans to the left and did not know this was not normal until after reading reports of it being a problem in this car.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #96

May 012011

Malibu Maxx

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact heard a loud clunking noise when attempting a right or left turn at low speeds. The dealer advised the contact to replace the stabilizer bar. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. No repairs were performed. The current mileage was 138,000 and the failure mileage was 112,000.

- Sheridan, AR, USA

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