hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,715 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx engine problems

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 162014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles


Merging onto interstate at 55 merge speed and as entering onto first thru lane the power steering died out and acceleration dropped on its own. Nearly hit by an 18 wheeler that had been safely back from my entry point before the steering and engine both failed. I pulled as hard as I could to the right and a bell rang but there was no check engine light or any other indicator light for the steering. When I braked, the steering came back and I was able to pull to the right out of harms way. There was no other car on the entry ramp or I am sure we would have been rear ended at high speed this happens often in ordinary traffic at speeds between 35 and 45 once the car is warmed up when I attempt to change lanes and sometimes a bell rings and other times it does not. I received a recall notice #13036 and it describes symptoms included here and additional potential problems. The part is not yet available as GM has been telling me since March of this year. I have discontinued driving this car unless it is absolutely necessary and if the distance is less than 5 miles because it has not yet warmed up to cause the problem. This is a dangerous defect and we were lucky to have not been killed by the 18 wheeler.

- Northglenn, CO, USA

problem #3

Jul 212014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 82,860 miles
After four (4) minutes of driving car at 6:30am in the morning, temperature was 58 degree on 7/21/2014, the engine shut off. All powered functions associated w/vehicle did not work. All idiot lights flashed on. The message in display was "engine disabled." Car was pulled over and shut off. After 4-5 minutes of rest, the car was re-started and driven back home about another two (2) miles.

- Mayfield Heights, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 012010

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Several years ago vehicle started to exhibit ignition misses when making slow speed turns 10-20mph. Condition would correct itself when coming out of turns or entrance ramps merging into traffic. In 2013 and 2014 occurrence became more frequent (2-3 times weekly). Chevrolet dealer advised me two months ago that it appears to be caused by defective ignition switch and advised me to remove unnecessary weight from ignition key chain. I immediately did this and problem has not happen again. However, dealer advised that I could add my name to wait list for a new ignition switch, but would have to pay for the repair since my 2006 is not on the recall list. Since many other GM models have been recalled for this same latent defect I feel my vehicle should be added to the recall list for this problem.

- Sebastian, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 302013

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 179,000 miles
The vehicle stops randomly in the middle of driving. The reduced engine power light comes on and the car stops with no warning. This has happened numerous times to my 21 year old daughter and her 4 month old baby. There are no codes detected to troubleshoot the problem. The Chevrolet service repair center has had the car for 2 days and advised that they cannot locate the problem. This is a common issue on internet forums and I am surprised no one has been called. My daughter has to drive on the interstate to attend class and the vehicle has stopped on her. They are now releasing the car back to me with no resolve. Chevy obviously does not care to address this issue as it is a common one with several of their vehicles. If I sell the car, I am literally selling a death trap to someone else. Below are links to numerous forum discussions about this issue. How many people will have to die before Chevy addresses this issue" www.carcomplaints.com/Chevrolet/Malibu/2006/engine/engine_randomly_shuts_off.shtml www.fixya.com/cars/T3656645-got_code_P2176_changed_out_tps_still_got chevroletforum.com/forum/Malibu-15/engine-power-reduced-20768/ www.chevymalibuforum.com/forums/showthread.php?T=10085 www.justanswer.com/Chevy/6S938-Chevrolet-Malibu-maxx-lt-2006-Chevy-Malibu-maxx-lt-70000.html www.fixya.com/cars/T11683460-engine_power_reduced_2006_malibu chevyforum.org/Chevy-forums/showthread.php"T=20618 Chevy-Malibu.autoforumz.com/reduced-engine-power-message-05-ftopict202902.html.

- Ovilla, TX, USA

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