really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,275 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx steering problems

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments (Page 1 of 10)

problem #192

Jun 132019

Malibu Maxx

  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that as soon as the vehicle was started, a grinding noise began and the steering wheel shook. The steering vibration continued permanently while the vehicle was being driven. The contact stated that the failure began ever since the vehicle was purchased in October of 2018, but had become worse over time. The vehicle was not taken to an independent mechanic or a dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #191

Jun 122019

Malibu Maxx

  • 206,000 miles
There was a recall for electric power steering mine was taken care off before I purchased the vehicle. However, it lost electric power steering again and is no longer under recall warranty.

- Indiana, PA, USA

problem #190

Feb 152019

Malibu Maxx

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that there was an electric power steering failure that caused the steering wheel to seize. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V153000 (steering), 14E044000 (steering), and 15V064000 (steering). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Laura, OH, USA

problem #189

Jan 052019

Malibu Maxx

  • 150,000 miles


While driving power steering assist was lost which resulted in a dangerous driving condition. Recycling the ignition key resolved the problem for a day or two before repeating. It appears this VIN is not applicable to the GM recall for this known problem. Recommendation to NHTSA is to reopen this recall and expand the VIN range to include vehicles with this problem and not a select few just to save money. This incident occurs whether driving at interstate speeds or just starting the car and anywhere in between.

- Joelton, TN, USA

problem #188

Feb 022019

Malibu Maxx

  • 84,000 miles
Car loses it's electric power steering randomly, which is a safety concern. Apparently, there are 2 separate recalls on the steering components for 2006 Malibu. GM says that 1 of the recalls related to my car and the repair was made. Since this is a "closed" case and the repair was made I have been getting the run around from both the dealership that made the repair and GM headquarters. Please note that the issue is the exact same issue that the recall was for. Clearly, the recall was just a band-aid, not a fix as I have read several other people having the same issue! radio illuminates that the power steering has failed (which is what the recall is for). This is definitely a safety issue and needs to be 1. investigated 2. fixed by GM and not the owner of the vehicle. The dealership wants me to pay $130 to diagnose the problem and then charge me to replace the same part the recall was supposed to fix! this is crazy and do we really need to diagnose the problem when it clearly says (and I can feel) that the power steering is failing? please investigate this as it is definitely a safety issue.

- Otsego, MN, USA

problem #187

May 132017

Malibu Maxx

  • 215,830 miles
I have owned this vehicle for about 2 years and for the last year the power steering message comes across my radio display everytime the vehicle is on and stays on. My power steering pump is electric and occasionally I will lose my power steering while I am driving

- Tea, SD, USA

problem #186

Nov 012018

Malibu Maxx

  • 144,000 miles


Power steering alert on dashboard. Power steering has been an issue for my car in the past and similar models have been recalled due to the electrical system failing or having issues.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #185

Jul 022018

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While the vehicle was stationary and while driving various speeds, the steering wheel seized on numerous occasions. The contact stated that the steering wheel became extremely difficult to turn left or right. Dave hallman Chevrolet (1925 state street, erie, Pennsylvania 16501, (877) 260-0369) was made aware of the failure. There was no diagnosis performed and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #184

Aug 062018

Malibu Maxx

  • 145,000 miles
Steering gets very tight at times at all speeds. Suspected that electronic steering assist mechanism is bad. This part was recalled in 2015 for failures.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #183

Aug 272018

Malibu Maxx

  • 109,000 miles
I was driving to work yesterday morning and my steering wheel locked up so that I couldn┐T turn left or right. This continued to happen on my way home from work as well to the point it was incredibly difficult to turn the steering wheel even an inch to the left or right. The vehicle was in motion when this happened and was on both side streets (20-30mph) & the highway (65mph).

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #182

Aug 132018

Malibu Maxx

  • 173,000 miles


Power steering has failed intermittently and briefly with no warning at various speeds and upon movement from a parked position.

- Alpha, MI, USA

problem #181

Jun 292018

Malibu Maxx

  • 202,000 miles
Under acceleration when changing lanes to pass power steering locked and warning chime rang

- Chippewa Falls, WI, USA

problem #180

Jan 022016

Malibu Maxx

  • 159,000 miles
14V153 recall was done and problem came back was told I needed to pay for inspection / diagnostic. Computer scan shows same fail of shaft torque sensor

- Whitman, MA, USA

problem #179

Apr 032018

Malibu Maxx

  • 150,000 miles
Lost power steering on acceleration onto highway several times over the last 2 weeks. Could not steer untill it reset at speeds of 50+ mph

- Clarksville, IN, USA

problem #178

Apr 022018

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
Steering column replacement 8/17/2009 and again 10/29/10 after recall. Failed again and just had to replace. GM did not notify customers that there was a special coverage adjustment - power steering adjustment issued 5-23-2012. Under this I was covered by miles but not by date. This was clearly a way for GM to not fix this persistent problem. They clearly knew this was a problem but did not notify customers. They would not cover this work even though they clearly used sub par parts in there recall work.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #177

Mar 262018

Malibu Maxx

  • 117,000 miles
Power steering loss: When starting the car and attempting to drive, the power steering light intermittently displays on the dashboard and power steering is no longer active. If the driver stops the vehicle and turns the engine off, the power steering may be reactivated by restarting. This vehicle had a recall issue serviced at a GM dealer for a torque sensor on 10/8/2014. 3-1/2 years / 30,000 miles later, the vehicle was just diagnosed with the same issue (torque sensor) at around $800. The dealer and GM is refusing to provide any financial assistance with this current repair. It is very frustrating that a safety issue such as this, which appears to be a common issue for this model year, is not backed by the manufacturer. The loss of power steering, requiring extensive effort to turn, can potentially cause personal injury or death to this vehicle's occupants as well as others. If a repair for a safety recall only lasts 30,000 miles before resurfacing, I would call this a temporary band-aid, not a "repair".

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #176

Mar 242018

Malibu Maxx

  • 119,000 miles
My steering wheel suddenly started moving back and forth while stopped or parked. I call GM re: Recalls. It seems they are not acknowledging the problem. My coworker has a Malibu and has the same problem. Hers is 2008. I've been researching through social media and have come across 25 people thus far with the same problem

- Wilkes Barre, PA, USA

problem #175

Mar 262018

Malibu Maxx

  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated while driving 45 mph, the steering wheel seized as a result the vehicle became difficult to steer. No warning lights illuminated before or during the failure. The dealer vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnosis or repairs. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering) as a possible solution however the VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was notified and informed the contact that NHTSA regulated what vehicles was included in the recall and to contact NHTSA. The failure mileage was 190,000.

- Trotwood, OH, USA

problem #174

Feb 202018

Malibu Maxx

  • 75,000 miles
Warning comes on radio with warning beeps and all power steering is lost until you turn off car and restart. It can happen during any driving situation at any speed. The car has already had the initial recall taken care of for this same problem even tho we never experienced a problem with it then. Now even tho another recall was issued they say my car isn┐T in that group. Makes no sense.

- Bushnell, FL, USA

problem #173

Jan 052018

Malibu Maxx

  • 76,000 miles
Recall 14116, steering shaft torque sensor was performed 1 April 2016 at 37560 miles. On approx. 1-05-18, at approx. 76000 miles, the steering failed completely resulting in extremely difficult control of the vehicle. This was less than 2 years after the recall replacement. Upon diagnosis technicians found that the steering shaft torque sensor and the electronic power steering motor control module had failed. The motor control module probably failed due to increased stress on the system due to the torque sensor having failed. The repair shop had two original equipment replacements for the motor control module fail out of the box before a good one was provided, and both units had to be repeatedly tested and adjusted before acceptable performance was reached. Based on the history of these type failures it is apparent that GM has not corrected the problems with these system components. It cost $747.36 for parts, and $234 labor for the repair, not including tax. It is not acceptable that GM is not actually correcting the apparent design issues with these systems, but is continuing to use them in vehicles even with their history of failure. GM customer service offered no help at all for the cost of this repair even though their parts appear to be defective in design. Their only response was that they had made the recall corrections at no cost once and would not do it again. Yet the oem replacement parts failed repeatedly out of the box. It seems that GM should have some responsibility as they continue to produce defective products that appears to fail repeatedly..

- Springfield, MO, USA

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