hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,020 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 092016

Malibu Maxx

  • 210,000 miles


Power steering was fixed 2 years ago due to recall. Now the car is doing the same thing, but worse now. Losing power steering multiple times throughout driving (one trip). GM refuses to fix it again. I think it's unfair for them not to fix what is their fault. I constantly have to pull over & cut the car off & crank it back up, only for it to keep doing the same thing. It happens every 4 miles. This is ridiculous!!!!

- Irmo, SC, USA

problem #9

Oct 052015

Malibu Maxx

  • 71,350 miles
Electric assisting power steering after complying with the original repair recall about 6 months ago, the same problem occurred twice recently. Lost steering control at slow speed. Req instructions to follow. For further repairs.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #8

May 232012

Malibu Maxx

  • 151,000 miles
I have had problems with my power steering over the years. But this was the worst it has ever been. I was driving 55 mph on the highway. The roads were clear on this spring day. My traction control, brake light and check engine light came on. Then the power steering was chiming and the alert came on for that which effected my power steering. The instrument cluster was flashing on and off along with the gauges not working correctly. Then the instrument cluster went completely out. So the instrument cluster was replaced. A couple of weeks later, this all repeated again. So this time the ignition was replaced. After all that, the power steering still chimes and alerts still come on which makes it harder to steer. Then I have to stop the car, turn it off, wait and restart it. Then it is fine for a while. My mechanic says the only code that shows up is for the 14772 recall. But my car is not part of that recall since it was manufactured in January of 2006. Please do some research and expand the current recall to include all 2006-2007 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu maxx vehicles. Repairs need to be done on these vehicles asap to any fatal or potential crashes.

- Trempealeau, WI, USA

problem #7

Jul 042015

Malibu Maxx

  • 173,000 miles


As I drove from racine, wi to milwaukee, wi. To visit family for the 4th of July weekend as I was to turn car off to park I wasnt able to press down on the breaks, couldnt go into park, gear shift was stuck couldnt move it in to park had to put on emergency break in order to keep car in park! it left me stranded was very upset & confused!!!

- Mt. Pleasant, WI, USA

problem #6

Oct 232013

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to body control module connection system recall notice and customer reimbursement requests form issues.

- Idaho Springs, CO, USA

problem #5

Jul 302014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
End of July 2014, early morning, while driving 70mph on the interstate with clear dry conditions, my brakes began to pulse on their own and the traction control light began lighting up in correspondence with the brake pulse.. the cruise control shut itself off. The check engine light and brake light came on remain on and cruise control no longer works. This continues to happen throughout the entirety of my 60mile one way daily drive. I was notified of recall13036 which includes all of these issues., I took the vehicle in for a scheduled service for this 12/12/14. After waiting more than 2 hours to get my vehicle back (without the recall work being done), I rescheduled for 12/16/14. After completing the recall work the vehicle was returned to me with all error codes cleared. Less than 3 miles down the road, all of the issues returned. No cruise control, pulsing brakes and T/C light, check engine light and brake light came on and remain on. I contacted the dealership and they told me that they simply added lubricant to connections and that all of these issues are not associated with the recall. I read the recall notice to them, it clearly states all of these issues are related to the recall. The dealership (pete harkness/morrison, il) recommends that I bring it back in again and pay $90 for a diagnostic check and then I will need to pay for any repairs needed.

- Franklin Grove, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 162014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles


I have received two recall notices in the past two months, one for the electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control; and the other for the transmission shift cable, which may fracture at any time. Both notices informed me that the dealer would perform repairs at no cost, but that parts are not currently available. Am I to continue driving my defective car and hope that I won't get into an accident caused by the above problems? I am very low income and can't afford to rent a car.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 142013

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Last November, 2013, I was driving my 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx lt on simsbury rd. In avon, ct when I experienced a very dangerous loss of power steering and the electrical system. Causing my front right tire to blow out. This made mycar to swerve and veer into oncoming traffic. T I was at risk of being hit by other cars. While waiting for roadside assist I was helped by the ct dot and avon pd. This was a harrowing, dangerous, and stressful experience for me. I would like Chevrolet to cover all of the repair expenses related to this accident and all problems & repairs that followed since this is directly related to the power steering& electrical system recalls from GM Chevrolet. They did not notify me directly about the power steering& electrical system recalls. I found out only this week August 10, 2014 after I called this with regards two additional recall notices I received of late regarding faulty transmission and brakes. They do not have parts or an expected date for repairs and have refused my request for a replacement vehicle in any form. I have spoken at length to their customer relations director as well as all three of the Chevrolet dealerships I have used for service and purchase; oneill Chevrolet, avon, ct, gengras Chevrolet, East hartford, ct and carter Chevrolet in manchester, ct, where I purchased the vehicle. None of them are willing to arrange a temporary replacement vehicle and have no further information on a date for repairs or parts availability. This is outrageous and unacceptable. Please advise Consumer Affairs and me as to how I should proceed. I am a disabled american and have no other transportation options other then my own car. Thank you.

- Simsbury, CT, USA

problem #2

Jul 082014

Malibu Maxx

  • 82,850 miles
Driving at 40 mph, all powered functions shut off - no power steering, hard to brake, and engine just quits. All "idiot" lights come on: Fuel, oil, stability traction control... just like before you immediately start the car, where all lights flash on. After two minutes of rest - I try the car again and it starts. Today, (7/15), this incident happened within 10 minutes of each other. The fist incident was exactly a week from today on 7/08, same speed, same road. The cart just quits. I am using this car for this summer where it is actually owned by mother. The car was purchased from jim O'brien Chevrolet in willoughby hills, oh.

- Mayfield Heights, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 142014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Driving along on a state hwy at 57mph, power steering alarm dings and power steering ceases and oh crap!! I'm not wanting to die yet! I maneuvered the car to the shoulder thankfully and restarted my car. After several attempts the power steering returned. Obviously the Chevy company is waiting for enough accidents or deaths to offset the cost of a recall. Has there been an investigations" how many people have to die? I see many complaints, stories of mechanics that know nothing about it or charge for a "maybe fix." Really??" please advise me of any real answers to this dangerous problem. I'll also be in contact with my senator sheila harsdorf and the state of Wisconsin's department of safety about this problem. Thank you

- Siren, WI, USA

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