definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,546 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx steering problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #7

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 #6

Jul 302007

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
After the first 200 miles on the odometer, the car had front rotor problems. The dealer tried to fix it 2 times by turning the rotors, only to return in less than 2,000 miles each time. They finally changed out the rotors for brand new ones after I complained to the dealer owner and management about the problem. The second issue was loss of power steering while on the highway, making it impossible to turn. This was caused by a faulty electrical connection at the fuse box, which I took it upon myself to repair and the problem never returned. The third problem started in January 2007, just one and a half years of owning the car. Steering assembly noises identical to all previous reports was corrected by a rack and pinion assembly replacement. In July 2007 (just 6 months later) it was changed again. Now in October (3 months later) it is scheduled to return to the dealer for yet another replacement, making this the 4th rack and pinion assembly to date (including the original). This is completely unacceptable for a vehicle of this price range... and the only solution to date is to continue to change out the assembly.

- Port St. Lucie, FL, USA

problem #5

Feb 122006

Malibu Maxx

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Last febuary I bought this car "certified used" from a Chevy dealership. Less than a week later the power steering failed while I was driving on the highway at 65 mph. Some how I managed to pull over without wrecking the car. I turned it of and back on again and it seemed fine. Then it happed again and again so we took it to the dealership. At first I really regretted buying the car but they fixed it and it seemed okay. Now a year later and after the warrenty has expired there is a clicking and thumping noise coming from the steering and I'm sure that I will have to pay plenty to get that fixed lucky for them the warrenty is gone. Meanwhile I'm without a car. I will never buy aniother car from GM again. This car was a huge mistake!

- Hyattsville , MD, USA

problem #4

Mar 212007

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,800 miles


2005 Malibu maxx steering--rack and pinion making a thumping sound during sharp turns and as you drive over bumps. A second sound is heard during the turning of the wheels while parking--sounds like a spring being streched.

- Corbin, KY, USA

problem #3

Nov 012006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
- the contact stated that while driving her 2005 Chevrolet Malibu on the highway or in the city the power steering did not function correctly. The steering got rough, and when turning the steering wheel she heard a clunking noise, but not sure if it was from the wheel or the engine. The contact took the vehicle to the dealership in September 2006 and they replaced the rack and pinion steering. Also, the contact took the vehicle to the dealer in November 2006 for the same failure, and they stated that they couldn't find the failure on the vehicle.

- Lockeford, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 142006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving at various speeds a popping or knocking noise was heard from under the front of the vehicle. It was driven to the dealer who determined the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. Updated 07/03/06.

- Debord, KY, USA

problem #1

Jun 132006

Malibu Maxx 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,020 miles
: the contact stated the steering column shakes and locks. This occurs intermittently while driving at various speeds. The dealership determined the steering rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The manufacturer has been alerted.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

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