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 5 of 9)

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problem #85

Oct 152008

Malibu Maxx

  • 24,536 miles


Knocking noise in the steering column. Had to have iit fixed twice and it now does it again. This is a repetative problem and it appears that this car has a design issue.

- Sandy Hook , CT, USA

problem #84

Dec 122011

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
I have been reading over some of the 30 pages of steering complaints for the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. I found out that I am not alone with this car problem. I just bought my car in August 2011 - it was a one owner with 31,000 miles in excellent condition. I thought I did my homework when buying but was not aware of the steering problems that existed. There was no recall listed. I would never have bought this car knowing what I know now and experiencing the problem first hand. I heard the two dings then the words "power steering" appeared on the instrument panel. I immediately had no power steering and was driving in heavy traffic. The car was extremely hard to steer and I was lucky to make it home. Since then, I have experienced this two other times. I am scared to death to drive this car. Do I have to get killed in a car accident before you will do something? I can't afford to pay these costly repairs and shouldn't be responsible for the manufacturer's defects. Please save my life and everyone else by taking action now!!!

- Bismarck, ND, USA

problem #83

Dec 172011

Malibu Maxx

  • 78,467 miles
Today when I drive back from my driveway, speed is only 5km/hour, when I turned left, suddenly the steeling lose power I crash to my wife's car. Yeah, it is a only a small hit and nothing damage. Then I stopped my car, restart it and it is ok.but after I drove 2 km, it lost power again when I turn left. I google, I found it is thousand of same issues happen while GM only recall the G6 cobalt but not Malibu, why? they suck, I will never buy GM again.

- Scarbough, OH, USA

problem #82

May 012011

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


For the past several months power steering failure with left turns. Yesterday complete failure, fortunately it locked up in my driveway. Steering wheel jammed up with the slightest turn.

- Humble , TX, USA

problem #81

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 #80

May 272008

Malibu Maxx

  • 68,000 miles
We started having trouble with the power steering going out at very low speeds, especially in warm weather, only occasionally. Then the problem worsened with the power steering going out frequently when turning to the right. Only after we had obtained 100000 miles on the car did we receive a letter from the GM company stating there was a problem with the electrical power steering and upon contacting GM company they refused to fix their factory installed defective problem stating it was our problem. They refuse to fix the steering problem and it has caused us to have close encounters with crashes. The car is extremely hard to turn for my wife and is a real crash hazard. It was their mistake, but they refuse to honor their commitment to car safety like they advertise on tv. It is their problem and they should honor their safety commitment to their customers. We would like to have the car fixed at their expense not ours since it is their mistake.

- Moffat, CO, USA

problem #79

Aug 142011

Malibu Maxx

  • miles


Intermittent loss of power steering that occurs under two different scenarios. Upon hard acceleration (as when entering a highway), steering will periodically lock-up with a series of 4 chimes coming from the information display panel on the dashboard. Power steering assist returns upon deceleration. Also, I've have had several instances of power steering loss when backing up in colder winter temperatures. Power assist returns after turning off and restarting the vehicle. Dealer has been unable to recreate either scenario as it happens intermittently, the vehicle has not been repaired for this defect nor has it been in an accident but let's not wait for one. It's quite obvious from thousands of internet posts that this is a known problem that GM refuses to acknowledge. An nhsta recall would be nice. Secondly, the vehicle has had numerous repairs to front suspension, steering and brake components that should not fail within the first the 60K miles of ownership (some were replaced with less than 35K). Components replaced include; strut tower assembly, both tie rods (inner and outer), steering column, right rear caliper (snapped parking brake cable), all four brake rotors replaced. For the folks who spent their hard earned money on thier Malibu maxx and are reading this online, please take the time to post your stories. GM should be held accountable for their inaction and refusal to acknowledge serious steering related defects. It won't happen until the NHTSA receives enough complaints to force a recall.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #78

Apr 252011

Malibu Maxx

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx supersport. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 to 50 mph the steering wheel became very loose and it was difficult for her to control of the vehicle. When making a left or right turns she heard a popping noise in the steering column. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who advised her that the steering column needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and advised her to take the vehicle to a dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 89,000.

- Taneytown, MD, USA

problem #77

Jun 012011

Malibu Maxx

  • 56,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While driving at any speed, the contact stated that she would lose power steering making it difficult to control the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who advised the contact that the vehicle was operating as normal. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. No repairs were performed. The current mileage was 57,000 and the failure mileage was 56,700.

- Ridgefarm, IL, USA

problem #76

Apr 222011

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 38,500 miles
Steering wheel failure caused car accident. While driving through a freeway tunnel, the power steering went out and made it impossible to steer causing my car to hit the tunnel wall. The car had less than 40,000 miles, yet the power steering indicator went on. The power steering reset and went back on, after the car was restarted. Please initial a defect investigation or a safety recall before this happens to someone else.

- Pasasena, CA, USA

problem #75

Mar 162011

Malibu Maxx

  • 61,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While driving approximately 30 mph the power steering locked and it became difficult to maneuver the steering wheel. After the vehicle was restarted the power steering functioned normally. The mechanic was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- Highland Ranch, CO, USA

problem #74

Mar 012011

Malibu Maxx

  • 82,978 miles
The intermediate shaft which is connected to the steering column was replaced in 2007 when the vehicle had less than 30,000 miles and was under warranty. It has to be replaced again at 83,00 miles. This is definitely a GM design issue. The electronic power steering module has been replaced, the rack/pinion has been replaced and neither part should have to be replaced when the vehicle is under 80,000 miles.. GM customer service refuses to accept that this is not normal wear and tear of a vehicle even though this will be the second replacement of this part. Hundreds of owners of this 2006 Malibu maxx have the exact same issue therefore it can not be the driver but is definitely a engineering design issue. GM needs to be honest and own up to the failures of their vehicle designs. There are losing loyal customers because of their inability to provide a recall on this vehicle. It is their responsibility to provide the consumers with safe vehicles. Steering issues are definitely a serious hazard. GM must be held accountable for their vehicle failures. This vehicle needs to be recalled and at the very least GM should pay for the repairs.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #73

Dec 132010

Malibu Maxx

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact was driving 2-3 mph in reverse when the steering wheel locked abnormally. The vehicle was turned off. The vehicle was restarted several minutes later and the steering wheel had returned to normal. The failure recurred intermittently while driving at any speed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnosis or repairs. The failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage was 92,000.

- Jackson, OH, USA

problem #72

Nov 272010

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
While on the road, my steering wheel started jamming up and then struck, dash board light illuminated. After restarting engine, it worked fine. For having this problem repeated for several times, I got the appointment with dealership and called Chevy customer service. I was told of the problem being known and common in all the 2006 Malibu and other make and model in which such power steering module/ parts have been used. When I asked, why I was not informed of such problem, I was told that it will repair at no cost if only the problem is duplicated at the shop. After repair on (Feb 01 20011), in a phone call, I was told that there is no paper work for problem/recall/ warranty/ what so ever, but the work is covered for 12 months and/or 12000 miles altogether. This particular car has been brought to department of transportation's attention under lemon law in 2008, but it was not justified based on hearing was scheduled after allowed timeline. What a bummer!!! this time knowing the problem, GMC is not recalling or addressing it before any disaster strike and someone loose his/her life. Thanks a lot Chevy.... you are the american revolution.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #71

Jun 102007

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The power steering column started to clunk when turning when car was a year old..took it to a dealership and they greased the column...didn't work...took it back, L they greased it again... same thing....now I get a messages - power steering and reduced engine power when driving. This is very dangerous cuz I have little power so I lose speed on the highway and its very hard to turn the wheel.

- Waterloo, 00, USA

problem #70

Sep 202010

Malibu Maxx

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While driving approximately 50 mph, the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel and the power steering stopped functioning. The failure occurred intermittently and only for a few seconds and then functioned properly. Also the contact stated sometimes the ignition would have to be turned off in order for the power steering to function. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for repair but there was an appointment set. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000.

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #69

Jan 132011

Malibu Maxx

  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact was driving 50 mph when the power steering failed and the steering wheel became increasingly stiff. The power steering would reset itself right away when the vehicle was shut off and then back on. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 104,000.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #68

Dec 202010

Malibu Maxx

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx lt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the power steering suddenly failed and the power steering light illuminated on the instrumental panel. The contact received a recall notice later on in reference to the steering but the vehicle was over the mileage limit. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 160,000.

- Chouteau, OK, USA

problem #67

Dec 262010

Malibu Maxx

  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While driving approximately 40 mph, the contact stated that the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel and the steering wheel became very stiff and difficult to turn. The contact pulled over and shut off and when it was restarted, it operated properly. The contact also stated that the steering wheel would involuntarily turn to the left and right when the vehicle was stopped and or in motion. The contact called both the dealer and the manufacturer who stated that the problem was a common failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 101,000.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #66

Sep 112010

Malibu Maxx

  • 83,740 miles
The powersteering unit in this car has quit working several times. The information center reads powersteering. And the wheel jerks back and forth. The wheel is very hard to turn and is dangerous to drive. Sometimes the steering wheel while sitting at a stop light the wheel will turn to the left by itself. If you shut the car off and leave it sit for five minutes it will reset itself and be alright for awhile and then it happens again. General Motors knows of this problem and has done nothing about it. I have read several complaints about this and wonder if someone has to be killed first before anything is done. This auto belongs to my stepson and he has a 8 month old daughter, I won't sit and watch anybody get killed because a stupid mistake like this electric power steering.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

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