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 7 of 9)

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problem #45

May 272010

Malibu Maxx

  • 37,000 miles


2006 Chevy Malibu maxx - 2 problems 1. metal to metal noise as steering wheel is turned 2. vibrating noise around dashboard all the time.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #44

Jan 102008

Malibu Maxx

  • 30,000 miles
2006 Malibu maxx power steering light comes on steering wheel freezes while car is moving steering column vibrates and yet no codes are present.

- Northfield, MN, USA

problem #43

Apr 262010

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 82,956 miles
I bought my 2006 Chevy Malibu maxx from a local dealership and the first week I lost my power steering while driving. The message was displayed power steering. The mileage was 62,000. The dealership took the car to their shop and sent it back saying it was fixed. This problem continues intermittently for the next 20,000 miles. The last week before I had it repaired the power steering went out going 70 miles an hour on the highway. I could not steer at all and I lost my brakes until I shut the car off. I had to have the car towed to a Chevrolet dealership for repair. The torque sensor failed completely and they had to replace the steering column. I was told then by the Chevrolet dealership and also the dealership where I purchased the vehicle that this was a common problem and several Chevrolet on their lot had been recalled for the same problem. This cost me $700 and also I had a near accident due to losing steering and brake function at 70 miles an hour. I feel this is a serious defect and apparently well known. If I would have been hurt I would have held GM responsible as they are aware of this problem. I was told that GM used Saab parts for a few years until the problem became apparent. The Chevy Malibu maxx 2004 and 2005 models were recalled for this problem.

- Buchanan Dam, TX, USA

problem #42

May 102010

Malibu Maxx

  • 110,000 miles


Power steering locks up and then resets itself. Has not lockup yet while driving. Have researched and many people have this problem with the same type car. I have to drive it but am afraid the whole time.

- Chickasha, OK, USA

problem #41

May 112010

Malibu Maxx

  • 85,000 miles
Electric power steering goes out intermittently while my vehicle is moving.

- Fruit Heights, UT, USA

problem #40

Mar 152010

Malibu Maxx

  • 100,115 miles
06 Chevy Malibu power steering problem. When I go to accelerate when getting on the road, a power steering message show across the radio dial, a warning beep sounds, then the steering is extremely difficult. My teenage daughter says it feels as if the steer wheel locks on her, unable to turn. I do not feel safe driving the vehicle, the warranty is out. I understand the cobalts have a recall against them for the same problem. Why not the Malibu's? check the internet for complaints, there are hundred, may be even thousands. The only recalls is for stickers and two other issues, which will not cause someone to have a wreck possibly injuring persons. Please help with this situation. Thank you

- Saint Francisville, LA, USA

problem #39

Mar 292010

Malibu Maxx

  • 78,000 miles


While making a left hand turn on to a road my power steering completely went out and I just about ran off the road into a tree. This problem occurs just about every day and it is now to the point where I wont let my wife drive my car or let my kids ride in it. I have been told that I will need to replace the entire steering column and that the approx. Cost will be $1000.

- Ft. Hood, TX, USA

problem #38

Nov 052009

Malibu Maxx

  • 63,000 miles
This car loses power steering while driving. 1st time I was merging into high speed parkway traffic and was frightened when directing the car was almost too difficult for me. My petite daughter would not have been able to do this if she had been driving. Turning corners is extremely difficult as the turning radius is greatly reduced. My wide arched turns bring me dangerously close to other vehicles on the road. I have chronic muscle pain from the muscle use it takes to turn the wheels of my car. I have been told by the dealer's service manager that they are aware of this issue but will charge approximately $900 to remedy it. The power steering system is electronic not hydraulic and I fully expect it is the same system presently recalled on the Chevy cobalt. The problem descriptions of the cobalt and Malibu are identical. This failure occurs whenever I drive my car - everyday!

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #37

Oct 012009

Malibu Maxx

  • 49,000 miles
Power steering failure. Locks up, will not unlock, steering column defect, multiple occurances, last six months.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #36

Mar 152010

Malibu Maxx

  • 47,400 miles
I was driving my car around 15-20 miles and I heard a chime. I thought the car was low on fuel; I looked the instruments panel/display, and I noticed a message on the screen "power steering". I had 2-3 previous (dealer service) incidents before because a clunk noise when turning.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #35

Jan 202010

Malibu Maxx

  • 68,000 miles


My power steering suddenly went out suddenly on my 2006 Malibu maxx lt while entering the freeway. It has happened 3 other times. It resets when I turn the car off and then back on, but I feel that it is very dangerous. I have talked to several auto shops and none of them can figure it out, except to tell me that it is very common.

- San Clemente, CA, USA

problem #34

Jan 152010

Malibu Maxx

  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Malibu maxx. The power steering is lighting up on the stereo. There is a recall for other Chevy cars that have the same power steering as our car, yet our car isn't part of the recall. Why?

- Union, NE, USA

problem #33

Nov 152009

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the power steering light came on and then the vehicle had to be turned off and back on so that the steering wheel would function normally. The failure occurred intermittently at various speeds without a warning. The steering shaft was replaced and the vehicle was functioning properly when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 79,000. The failure mileage was 89,000. Updated 03/14/10 updated 05/06/10.

- Louisville, TN, USA

problem #32

Feb 252010

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 45,620 miles
Power steering became inoperative, wouldn't turn.

- Dublin, VA, USA

problem #31

Dec 152009

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Malibu, I purchase this car used last February 2009 and about two months ago, the power steering light begin to come on. A couple of times I needed to turn the car off and restart it. I took it back to the dealership and I was told that it would cost about $600 for them to replace the steering wheel, or fix the problem. I was also told that this problem would not cause any problem at that time. Today 03-02-2010 I read an article concerning recalls on GM cars 2005-2010 cobalt, but due to the information that is provided, this is the exact same problem I am having with my 2006 Chevy Malibu. My concern is how do I go about having the power steering problem rectified as well for this car.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #30

May 172009

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx - 1st incident was turning into a parking lot, the wheel was extremely hard to turn "power steering" flashed on the console display, parked the car and turned it off and on, and it was working fine; about 12 times since may, I start the car and the wheel will not turn, the check engine light comes on and the "power steering" display on the center console flashes, it sometimes takes about 10 tries, but it eventual starts correctly; about 4 of the 12 incidents have been while driving, it usually happens on turns, switching lanes, all at relatively slow speeds; it has been in a Chevrolet dealership five times with expensive repair bills (a sensor module replaced/repaired, steering column was replaced, sensor modules/solenoids replaced, a relay/sensor replaced in the column, last visit there was no code, so the mechanic said he could not do anything and to wait until it does it again and keep it running and they would come tow it, however the last time it happened, I was on business 2 hours away and it wasn't possible for them to do it) and the problems continues and appears to be getting worse (more frequent and takes more restarts to work properly); even more disheartening is that the dealership claimed to have never heard of this problem, but I've found many blogs with owners with the same problem.

- Thibodaux, LA, USA

problem #29

Feb 052010

Malibu Maxx

  • 60,015 miles
My 2006 Chevrolet Malibu's power steering went out twice on 02/05/2010. I was driving on a straight away and at low speeds at the time of the incident so this did not cause me to crash. However I'm concerned this will happen again at higher speed or a more unsafe time. This appears to be much like the cobalt investigation PE10005.

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #28

Nov 142009

Malibu Maxx

  • 110,000 miles
Power steeering failure while car is in motion-when car slows down it is almost impossible to control. Happened 2X-car towed to dealer they replaced power steering motor. Happened again 2 weeks later-dealer replaced steering column-$1400 total repairs! GM will not help because car is out of warrenty

- Wirtz, VA, USA

problem #27

Oct 182009

Malibu Maxx

  • 89,000 miles
The power steering freezes up on my 2006 Malibu maxx. It seems to happen when the rpms are way up, like when passing. When this happens there is no steering at all!!! the wheel is locked right tight. The dealer said that it could not happen that way. The car also looses steering at low speeds. The steering wheel turns but the tires do not.

- Onaway, MI, USA

problem #26

Jan 272010

Malibu Maxx

  • 55,000 miles
I have a 06 Malibu maxx and the power steering keeps going out. When I first got the car, it was driving fine and the all of a sudden I lose power steering and the words "power steering" is displayed. I have to turn of the car and turn it back on so it can reset. It has been doing it more and more lately, and a few times I almost have hit someone. I called Chevy to see if there was any recalls on this problem and they said no. There was a recall on the 2004 and 2005 Chevy Malibu with electronic power steering, but nothing on the 2006. Chevy also told me to take it to the dealer and let them inspect. Which I did and they can find no problem.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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