really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,591 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx brakes problems

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

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

Oct 042010

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 8,759 miles
Letter from senator nelson on behalf of constituent regarding steering problems on her 2006 Chevrolet Malibu; please send response directly to senator office and reference constituent. The consumer stated the front brake calipers failed to retract causing the brakes to overheat and catch fire. The mechanic stated it may have been due to a factory flaw as he had never seen both calipers fail together. The brake caliper seals were melted from heat and they were cracked/dry rotted letting the caliper sleeve rust. A month prior, the consumer noticed the power steering seemed stiff and the vehicle became difficult to steer, the consumer did receive a recall notice regarding a potential problem with the steering. On December 20, 2011 the consumer experienced another steering failure, slow acceleration, and overheating of the brakes. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, where the mechanic believed there was probably contamination in the brake fluid, as it was milky. The mechanic recommended that all the rubber components in the brake and ABS be replaced due to the contamination.

- Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 012011

Malibu Maxx

  • 69,789 miles
Steering- when making left turns steering collumn pops as if linkage is slipping. Apparently a known defect at Chevrolet. Steering column should be replaced. Loss of power sterring in the past at higher speeds, one complete lockup of steering wheel while vehicle was in motion. Brakes- increasingly difficult over time to slow vehicle to a stop safely. Brakes were completely replaced at 51K miles due to an issue of wear at rates exceeding mechanical estimates. Dealership inspection yields no damages or problem yet test drive shows how difficult vehicle is to stop effectively.

- Ashland, OR, USA

problem #3

Nov 222006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles


2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. Consumer states brake failure and increased acceleration the consumer stated as she made a right turn into a parking space, she applied the brake pedal, and it went all the way to the floor which resulted in the her crashing into a concrete pillar. The consumer also stated the air bags did not deploy. The consumer stated she had a second accident where she applied the brakes and they failed to respond which caused her to crash into another vehicle.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #2

Mar 222008

Malibu Maxx

  • 28,000 miles
I had to replace brakes and rotors twice with in the last year.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 102008

Malibu Maxx

  • 53,000 miles
Have owned the vehicle for 14 months and I am getting ready to replace the rotors and brake pads for the third time. After only a few months, you can feel the brakes pulsing, worse at soft braking than hard. I've also had the rotors turned and put back on once and the problem returned in less than a month.

- Hinesville, GA, USA

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