really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,507 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx brakes problems

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #7

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 #6

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 #5

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 #4

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 #3

Nov 102007

Malibu Maxx

  • 40,000 miles
We had the brakes serviced. It included the changing over the brake pads and the rotors turned. And in less than 8months later we went bake to get the brakes inspected due to a very high pitched noised that grew since the brakes we replaced with new ones. The mechanic informed us that the back brakes verses the front brakes we not wearing equally and that he was shocked to discover that both front and back brakes were replaced at the same time. I know for a fact that they were replaced as I sat and watched the previous mechanic install our new brake pads/shoes just after 7 months of buying the vehicle. The front brakes had a wearing of 30% and the rear wore down to 70%. this is becoming a nightmare and it's also becoming very expensive.. I just want to know how it is possible to need new brakes on average of half a year between changes. This if not looked into could become extremely dangerous and is dangerous if the back brakes a wearing out faster than the front. Then I have to change the brakes out every 6-7-months just to know that I will be able to stop the car when needed! the horrible screeching sound I discovered is the rotors and the mechanic very shocked to see that they are warped and in such bad shape after such a small amount of time between the brake changes within a 6-7 month time period. We have only one working vehicle and feel that is issue is to be addressed as it is a huge safety concern. I can not keep changing the brake system every 6-7months yet I have no choice if we are to be safe and would like to stop the car. Please find out if the problem can be corrected once and for all to where we only have to change the brakes on the car longer than a year or more especially when we drive the car easy... we are not bad drivers yet we are terrified that we will not be able to stop at any given moment as I am sure we will need a brake change again in just a few months again! battery in the keypad opens, locks & starts car never works right...

- Ocala, FL, 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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