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 3 of 7)

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problem #95

Sep 142011

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


My 2005 Malibu maxx ls loses its power steering. It does not matter what the temperature, or what the weather is like, just out of the blue the bell goes off and power steering it runs across the dash. It will reset itself once the vehicle has been shutoff and restarted. It has happened on several occasions, however, it has become more frequent. This isn't very safe!!

- South Holland, IL, USA

problem #94

Oct 282011

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Malibu maxx began pulling to the right, then a couple months later the power steering notification starting beeping on the dash display, the steering is tight, sometimes hard to turn. Found out the power steering is electronic and there is no fluid to add. The car has less than 75,000 miles on it. I am fearful for my safety and others with this issue appearing to get worse, and without warning, its fine for 10 miles then starts beeping at you, etc.

- Post Falls, ID, USA

problem #93

Oct 172011

Malibu Maxx

  • 173,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact was driving 2 mph in a parking lot when the power steering seized. The vehicle was turned off and then on for a couple seconds before the system reset itself. The steering warning light was illuminated also. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 173,000.

- Arab, AL, USA

problem #92

Sep 202011

Malibu Maxx

  • 130,000 miles


Accelerating quickly, making a left turn across traffic, the steering locked up and a warning ding dinged 3 times and then multiple lights flashed on the dash. Releasing the gas pedal released the lock. This is happening more and more frequently now. Every time there is a warning ding, sometimes there are lights on the dash, sometimes there aren't. very scary and dangerous especially when merging into traffic.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #91

Jul 172011

Malibu Maxx

  • 67,000 miles
While accelerating, warning bell dinged and power steering failed momentarily. Has happened a couple of times so far. I plan to call the dealership tomorrow.

- Orderville, UT, USA

problem #90

Jun 252011

Malibu Maxx

  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While driving approximately 30 mph, there was a loss of power steering and the warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact maneuvered to the side of the road, where the vehicle was shut off. After numerous attempts, the contact was able to restart the vehicle. The failure recurred and the power steering failed to regain operation. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 101,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Superior, WI, USA

problem #89

Jun 022011

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 142,225 miles


Complete and total lock up of power steering; battery light flicks on and then everything locks up until you replace the gas peddle for about 3 seconds. My lights randomly flash and rear bulbs on the driver side blow every 3 days. My turn signals will sporadically blink and the wiper blades go off with out warning or being prompted. Even with no keys near or in the car it will not turn over to start the car until you floor the gas peddle and hold it there for 3-5 seconds. My radio reads at -19* all the time and the cd player has never worked correctly. When going from 0 to 50 getting on the parkway (highway) the whole car locks up and loses power including the steering radio and lights unless you completely release the gas then start to go again. Im so highly frustrated and Chevy refuses to fix it even though these are all recalled problems but my VIN doesn't fall in there "bracket".

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #88

Jun 022011

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 101,754 miles
I have a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. We had experienced loss of power steering at 87017 miles. Dealer replaced power steering column under policy 10183. Car has again had the same problem now at 101754 miles. Policy 10183 states that GM will pay for repairs but only up to 100,000 miles. I'm 1754 miles over this. However it was repaired before only 14,737 miles ago. Is GM repairing this defect with the same defective components? if so this endangers everyone and is unethical. This car has had numerous front end issues including replacing the steering rack several times (clunking noise when turning - now also back again), wheel hub and bearing issues and steering column replaced at 50425 miles for a failed torque sensor. We are concerned that the vehicle may not be safe to drive. GM should be re-engineering these components and replacing the failed ones with new design. This needs to be a recall for all impacted models before someone is killed or injured due to loss of power steering which can be very sudden and dramatic. GM claims it is not a safety issue. However, someone unprepared or without upper body strength can get into serious trouble very quickly. Who will make the decision to do the right thing with this problem? apparently this is well documented with other GM products as well.

- Bozrah, CT, USA

problem #87

Apr 012009

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated while driving 20 mph the wheels would lock. While making a left or right turn the wheels would make a loud noise before the wheel locked again. The dealer was notified, but was unable to offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 22,000 and the current mileage was 120,000. Updated 06/14/11 the dealer replaced the rack and pinion. However, the noise returned. The dealer informed the consumer there was no solution for the problem. Updated 11/23/11

- Elkridge, MD, USA

problem #86

May 012011

Malibu Maxx

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle began to veer toward the left before the power steering failed. During the failure, the power steering warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was shut off and upon restart, the vehicle operated as normal. The failure had since recurred intermittently and the vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The failure and current mileage was 114,000.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #85

Apr 012011

Malibu Maxx

  • 129,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While driving various speeds, the contact stated that the steering column became hard to move. The dealer advised the contact that the vehicle was no longer under warranty and offered no further assistance. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was awaiting a response. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who advised her to take the vehicle to a dealer. The current mileage was 130,000 and the failure mileage was 129,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #84

Apr 112011

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact was driving approximately 20 mph when and a sudden loss of power steering occurred, followed by the illumination of the power steering warning indicator. The contact was able to continue driving using extreme bodily force to maneuver the steering wheel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 52,000. Updated 05/18/11

- Blaine , MN, USA

problem #83

Mar 172011

Malibu Maxx

  • 109,433 miles
Stopped at stop sign and I was trying to make a right hand turn. When traffic cleared I pushed on the gas to enter onto the when my car started to make this loud ding, ding, ding sound and the steering wheel locked up. At that time I could not turn my steering wheel. Then all of a sudden the steering unlocked and I then made like a sharp right as it kicked in. Very scary. During the loud dinging sound I was looking to find the check engine light or some indicator to what was going on. I did not see it until this happened a second time about a week later and it flashed power steering. There is a tsb on this but because I am over the miles they won't help me. This is a safety issue and every vehicle should be recalled.

- Imlay City, MI, USA

problem #82

May 122008

Malibu Maxx

  • 24,547 miles
The steering has a heavy clunk sound when turning left in reverse, no sound when going to the right. Then at just over 50K miles, the steering on the vehicle started having issues with power while turning to the right under power, to the left was just fine. The head lamps also have gotten severely cloudy which limits visibility during night time driving. Front turn indicator lights also had a problem with loose sockets, causing the lights to short out and eventually fail because of sparking residue on the contacts. Also, for some reason the rear window wiper randomly turns on for no apparent reason. The vehicle also has a starting problem where at times, the vehicle will crank and not start. Looking around, quite a few folks have that problem as well, where some people have had to short out the hood safety switch to make the car work... now that is crazy to have to short out something to start your car. Apparently though, the electrical system is severely sensitive to voltage issues in general, more so then most vehicles on the road.

- Richmond Hill, GA, USA

problem #81

Apr 012010

Malibu Maxx

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph downhill when the brakes were applied and the steering wheel collapsed. The contact was able to pull the steering column back up but had to hold it upward while driving. The failure persisted. Later, the contact purchased a repair kit directly from the manufacturer at a local auto repair shop. After the repair kit was installed, the contact stated that the failure did recur but not as often as before the kit was installed. The dealer was contacted and advised there were no recalls for the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #80

Sep 192010

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the vehicle was exhibiting an unusual knocking and the steering wheel was exhibiting an abnormal grinding. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the steering shaft and steering gear was defective. The vehicle was repaired yet the failure persisted. The contact received a notice from the manufacturer regarding the steering but they stated that they would not repair the vehicle until a failure occurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The current mileage was approximately 145,000 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Winchester, VA, USA

problem #79

Oct 282005

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
While driving the car, it gives out a couple of dings but no light ever or anything to let me know that the power steering the issue it just goes out. This occur on the express way in Chicago where there is little room for error. I felt that my life was in danger and I hate to say it but I was really scared.

- Evergreen Park, IL, USA

problem #78

Nov 132010

Malibu Maxx

  • 148,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx ls (na). While driving approximately 5 mph, the contact stated that the vehicle lost power steering. Neither the dealer nor manufacturer were notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was approximately 149,000. The failure mileage was approximately 148,500.

- Lawrenciville, GA, USA

problem #77

Oct 102010

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Unexpected loss of power steering during acceleration - dangerous situation. Dealer corrected problem using technical service bulletin #08-02-32-005A. The service bulletin required adding a ground strap and replacing the ignition module. Sounds like a design issue (lack of required ground strap) corrected in a service bulletin. In my opinion it should be covered under an extended warranty to correct a design defect.

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #76

Sep 292010

Malibu Maxx

  • 95,000 miles
I was turning onto a road while driving to work and my power steering failed. I almost drove off of the road into a tree! this is the first time this has happened. I have been told that the steering column must be replaced to fix this issue.

- Haslett, MI, USA

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