hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,277 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx steering problems

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #8

May 092012

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the power steering assist would intermittently fail without warning and the vehicle would become increasingly difficult to control. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 12,000 and current mileage was 15,000.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #7

Jan 172012

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 56,719 miles
Electrical power steering failed while operating vehicle.

- Navarre, OH, USA

problem #6

Dec 232009

Malibu Maxx

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the power steering would fail intermittently and would become extremely difficult to maneuver. The power steering warning light was illuminated during each failure. The dealer advised that the failure was caused by the electronic power assist module, which could be replaced at the contact's expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 104,000.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #5

Jul 192010

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While driving 50 mph, the vehicles chime and power steering light illuminated on the dashboard. The steering wheel locked when the accelerator pedal was engaged and unlocked when releasing the pedal. The failure occurred three times and was repaired twice. The dealer stated that there were no related recalls. The electronic steering motor was being repaired by the dealer when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 28,000 and the current mileage is 86,000. Updated 10/01/2010. Updated 10/04/10

- Steubenville, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 202009

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the power steering warning light would illuminate intermittently. Within moments, the power steering would fail. The dealer replaced the power steering column however, the failure persisted. The current and failure mileages were 107,000. Updated 05/24/10 the consumer stated he has almost several accidents due to the failure of the power steering. The consumer stated on one occasion, he hit a block of wood in the road and blew a tire, due to the power steering failure. Updated 05/28/10

- Saint James, MN, USA

problem #3

Apr 162008

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
In week leading up to the problem, steering was soft when turning the wheel to the left, and tight when turning to the right. A short time later, while driving, the power steering warning light came on and the on board display listed issue as power steering. The dealership has replaced the power steering motor 3 times and today, it has gone out again. I love the car, but I am tired of taking time out to take it to the dealership.

- Hinesville, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 132007

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,500 miles
The electric power steering on my 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx (51,500 miles at occurrence) went out suddenly as my daughter was pulling out of a parking lot onto a busy highway. There was no warning and the car was extremely difficult to steer. She was able to pull into a home depot parking lot and call me. She could have easily been in an accident and I am really concerned what might have happened if she had been taking a curve at a higher speed or had been in heavier traffic. Would you please investigate as I am finding that there have been similar incidents occur with the electric steering with this car?

- Quitman, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 012006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
I had an uncontrollable immediate right hand turn at a very high speed that was not initated by me. I had pressed the accelerator pedal to pass another car when the steering wheel did an extremely hard right hand turn taht took the car off of the regular roadway and onto the outer edge of the shoulder. When I released the accelerator pedal the wheel snapped back to the left and my vehicle was now sideways on a major freeway at 60 mph! I was lucky in that no accident/incident with anyone else occured. I turned this vehicle into my local dealership for repairs immediately that same day. They found the problem and corrected it. The vehicle, 2005 Malibu maxx has electronic steering. The dealership said that a electronic part was putting out too much voltage and that is what caused the problem. I have since that time had other steering related prob lems that have been corrected by the same dealership. The dealership has been very helpfull with the corrections to this vehicle. My concern is that someone else that may not be able to handle a situation like this would lose complete control should it happen to them. I'm a defensive driver and usually keep both hands on the wheel. If I hadn't of had both hands on the wheel I probably would have rolled the car or at the least spun out into other traffic. I was lucky!

- Buffalo, MN, USA

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