really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,794 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx steering problems

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments (Page 2 of 9)

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problem #145

Nov 122014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 50,625 miles


The steering all of a sudden became hard to steer and happens intermittently still and the car pulls to the left.

- Danville, IN, USA

problem #144

Jan 092015

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 102,056 miles
After starting and driving, the power steering warning message displayed on the driver information center and a chime sounded. The power steering assist was lost and the vehicle reverted to manual steering. It took greater driver effort to turn the vehicle and could have resulted in a serious crash. Once the vehicle was stopped and parked, the power steering assist returned and the warning disappeared. It is only a matter of time before the issue with power steering reappears. We contacted our local Chevy dealer service center, as well as the GM Chevrolet hotline at 1-800-630-2438. Both advised that there was no current recall with our vehicle based on the VIN and they refused to make appropriate the repairs. Please do further research to expand the current recall bulletin 14116 which covers model years 2004-2006 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu maxx to include our VIN number, or better yet, to include all Malibu and Malibu maxxs of any year. Clearly this is a known issue with these vehicles and repairs needs to be completed asap to prevent potentially fatal crashes.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #143

Jan 012015

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles
Unit has had continuing intermittent power steering. Very dangerous at times. Bulletin 14116 is suppose to cover 2004-2006 Malibu, but dealer says its not covered. How could a recall not be a recall? unit also has dangerous intermittent headlights. Bulbs fine, has defective sockets inside the integrated headlight assembly. Other gms have had this issues but no recalls on the Malibu.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #142

Aug 112014

Malibu Maxx

  • 75,236 miles


Electric power steering fails,

- Robbinsville, NJ, USA

problem #141

Mar 232013

Malibu Maxx

  • 103,132 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the steering wheel was difficult to turn and excessive force was required. The contact also stated that the power steering warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that when the vehicle was restarted, on some occasions the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The failure mileage was 103,132.

- Louisville, OH, USA

problem #140

Sep 252014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 164,007 miles
After driving out of my garage, my steering wheel jerked and locked up causing me to hit the brakes. Power steering showed up on the monitor. Turned the car off thinking maybe I should have warmed it up a bit. Started car back up to proceed, steering jerked and locked again. Was too afraid to continue so called for a tow truck. Car is currently at the dealership, they are saying problem is the power steering pump motor and the electronic power assist system. They can replace the pump motor now for $650 and the eps assist when available. Wonder if I am being ripped off here!!! soon after I purchased the car, the power steering light would come on, I took it back to the dealer, was told they could find nothing wrong. The power steering light has come on several times over the years and steering would feel a bit tight or stiff at times, but never jerked or locked up on me. I thought is was due to the colder temps here in Michigan.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #139

Jul 012014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


I have two recalls on this car that increase the risk of crash. Recall number 14116 power steering, and recall number 14152 transmission shift cable. Parts are not available for either recall and an estimated date for parts is not available. I have not had an accident, yet. However, I feel the safety of anyone driving or riding in this car is in jeopardy.

- Archer City, TX, USA

problem #138

Mar 262014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact received recall notices for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V153000 (steering) and 14V224000 (power train); however, the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the delay. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 10/23/2014 updated 4/20/15

- Blakeslee, PA, USA

problem #137

Mar 312014

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact received a notice for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). However, the part needed was unavailable in order to perform the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Arden Hills, MN, USA

problem #136

Aug 212014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Auto has electric steering. At times the steering acts erratic and becomes difficult to steer. Afraid in a emergency situation that the steering may not react in time.

- Salem, WI, USA

problem #135

Aug 152014

Malibu Maxx

  • 178,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 70 mph, the vehicle veered to the left without control and the traction control warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 178,000.

- Garden City, MO, USA

problem #134

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 #133

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 #132

Aug 012012

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I started up my 2006 Chevy Malibu power steering has stopped working power steering warning flashed on dash. This has been a continuous problem. Now the power steering does not work at all.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #131

Apr 032007

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
At around 40 mph, on a reasonable acceleration to pass another car, the steering completely froze. An alarm (ding ding ding), along with a message on the display console said "power steering". when reported to the dealer -- the dealer said they could not replicate and there was no problem. Though I have since avoided any sudden accelerations -- the problem has recurred many times (even at slight acceleration). In all cases, the commonality has been -- with acceleration there has been an attempt to steer (attempt to move into passing lane). At lower speeds the problem occurs mostly during parking. Especially when a few full lend/right tight turns are required to get in/out of parking spot. The steering completely freezes. The only solution I have found is -- to completely shut down the car. Then wait a little and restart. A few months ago -- the console message was different -- "power steering loss". this was when I was pulling out of a parking at an apartment. It was a single tight turn in reverse, followed by straightening and putting the car in drive. Again -- a full shut down, one minute off, and restart helped. Only recently did the recall vindicate what I have been experience since less than a year after I purchased the car. The dealer consistently said -- there was no notice or complaints. A quick search online (now) reveals many have experienced such for a long time. Even with the recall -- parts are not available, and it is not known when they can fix. It is absolutely criminal to have something so serious be left unacknowledged or fixed. Though the notice says -- it would take a lot more effort to steer -- I can tell you from number of times I have experienced -- no amount of effort would have even budged the steering (at speed or even low speed). There is a huge difference between steering like a manual vs completely freezing).

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #130

Sep 062011

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 65,500 miles
Around 60000 miles you could hear and feel a clunking or popping coming from inside the steering column. This happened especially while turning the wheel or going over bumps. At approximately 65500 miles while my wife was traveling at 20 mph making a turn the power steering instantly and without warning locked up. After turning the car off and on again the power steering would reset but would still randomly lock up. I called Chevrolet and explained what was happening and how this was a huge safety concern. If this had happened at high speeds my wife could have lost control of the vehicle. Chevrolet informed me that they had no knowledge of this failure. They also stated they would not help with the $1081.31 dollar repair bill for a new steering column module. As of Mar 31, 2014 Chevrolet has posted a recall for the sudden loss of electric power steering in the 2006 Malibu maxx. After calling Chevrolet to inform them I would like to get this new part to fix the issue they informed me my 2006 Malibu maxx was not within the VIN numbers affected. This is terrible if Chevrolet knows this problem exists but is waiting for more complaints or deaths I guess. Now I'm just waiting and hoping my pregnant wife is not involved in an accident from sudden loss of electric power steering.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #129

Jul 012013

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
When driving at lower speeds (25-30 mph) my Chevy Malibu would chime at me and lose power steering, sometimes causing my car to go into other lanes and/or almost hitting sidewalks and curbs. I replaced the electric steering motor in 2013, but my car has not been part of the recall even though the same issues that are listed under the recall is what happened with my car. I had the motor replaced at a Chevrolet dealership, so there is a record of the repair.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #128

Jul 232014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 97,739 miles
As the power steering is showing signs of failure and the dealership has not yet received the parts for my bulletin for the issued recall, the mechanic has now told me the torque failure of the power steering issue is leading to the failure of the ac condenser as they are both running off the linked pulleys. I would like to have this looked at by the investigative committee.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #127

Jan 012012

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles
I understand that my car has not been included in the recent recall; however, my car presents the exact same symptoms as those cars involved with the recall. Due to this, my car remains parked in my garage for over one year. I drive it, on average, once per month, if that; because I fear that I may be involved in an accident and/or obtain a serious, life threatening injury. For the past nearly two years, my car randomly shuts down. I lose complete power over my steering. The steering locks up, and my warning chime sounds. Everything shuts down: Radio, gauges, etc. This has happened several times on the freeway, at high speeds, merging into traffic. I have almost gotten into an accident several times. I have ended up on street curbs and highway medians. Unfortunately, the dealership I took it to be fixed (lafontaine Buick GMC in ann arbor, mi) states that the issue is due to the steering motor, which is not covered under the current recall. To fix this, it would cost nearly $800. I have contacted GM customer service and was told that nothing could be done to assist in this issue.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #126

Jul 012014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles
Action: Letter from senator richard shelby on behalf of constituents re: Steering recall notice on the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx ( send respond to tuscaloosa office). The consumer was informed, the parts were not available. Ref# 14V153000.

- Homewood, AL, USA

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