really awful
Crashes / Fires:
25 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,388 miles

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problem #445

Mar 072013


  • 56,000 miles
Attempted to execute a turn into parking lot driveway and the steering would not respond. After passing driveway, attempted to turn in either direction and steering would not respond more than a few degrees (< 10) of direction. Traveled approximately another half mile attempting to turn around and return home before enough steering was restored to complete a turn around. Afterward, steering has been intermittent and difficult to impossible. This condition is a safety hazard and should be addressed by GM before someone is seriously hurt or killed, if they haven't been already.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #444

Feb 172013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Making left hand turn power steering failed, almost caused me to run up over curb, very hard to steer, happens fast light on dash steering gone! bought car used on 2/16/13 steering failed first time on 2/17/13 took back to dealer on 2/18/13 dealer said they replaced power steering motor.car seemed ok for about a week, then power steering failed again on 2/24/13 turning left low speed in my driveway.car going back to dealer today 2/25/13.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #443

Feb 172013


  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while parked, the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. After shutting the engine off and restarting the vehicle, the failure light turned off. The contact stated that later, while driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician advised that the steering column would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #442

Feb 182013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 181,000 miles
My wife recently experienced a major problem with the power steering unit in her 2004 Malibu while driving with the kids. She says all of a sudden, the 'wrench' light came on, the radio display read "power steering" and she lost all power steering in the car, nearly causing her to crash. This morning, I took her car as I work much closer to home. Sure enough, there is no power steering in the car at all. After reading online, I am confused as to whether there is or is not a recall on this unit, as there appears to have been alot of trouble with the power steering in this year of vehicle, and even have a recall on the 2005 model. We have had the car for several years and had little trouble with it until recently. My local dealership tells me it would cost $96 just to look at the car and then whatever it would cost to fix the problem, but unable to guarantee the problem would remain fixed. I am in a similar position as many, unable to afford a new car or even pay an exorbitant amount for repairs that may or may not fix the issue. I need clear answers. Can you please let me know my options. Is there a recall I can look for" if there isn't, why not, since there have been so many issue with the power steering in this model" needing help,

- Blacklick, OH, USA

problem #441

Jan 022013


  • 113,528 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel seized. The powered off the vehicle and once restarted, the power steering assist resumed normally. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where a diagnostic was performed however, was unable to generate a failure code. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 113,528 and the current mileage was 113,588.

- La Crosse, WI, USA

problem #440

Jul 112005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
The electric power steering fails unexpectedly. The steering resets itself after turning the car off and restarting it but then it happens again sporadically. The steering column was replaced by the dealer but the problem is recurring over the past few weeks. It happened 3 times.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #439

Feb 042013


  • 66,000 miles
Power steering went out unexpectantly. Nearly adverted a wreck.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #438

Feb 072013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 57,600 miles
Pulling out of the garage the power steering went out. I drove it without power steering for about 3 miles, parked the vehicle and shut it off. Went inside the business & came out about a half hour later & the steering worked fine. I've researched this issue on line and have found that GM has recalled vehicles for this issue but not the 2004 Malibu. This vehicle has also been serviced 3 times in past years for steering related parts including a rack & pinion unit. My daughter has a 2005 Chevy cobalt & her vehicle was recalled for this very same issue.

- Garfield Hts, OH, USA

problem #437

Feb 012011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel turned independently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. After diagnosis, they were unable to determine any failures. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and advised the contact to take to the vehicle to a dealer. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000. The current mileage was approximately 70,000....updated 04/25/13 the consumer stated the power steering sensor failed. The was a recall but, the consumer's VIN was not included. The vehicle was repaired.

- Rodchester, NY, USA

problem #436

Feb 042013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
My son, at college, was driving home when a chime sounded, power steering went out, and warning light came on. He pulled over and called me. First time this has occurred since we bought car in 2008. I talked to a mechanic, a couple of service managers, and looked this complaint up on the web. Found out that hundreds of Malibu owners have had the same problem. GM has not issued a recall for the 2004, but has for later years about this problem. This is a potentially life-threatening problem that could lead to a serious accident if it occurs while driving on a curvy, back-road highway or during a quick evasive turn. It looks like it will be an expensive fix that each owner must pay themselves. GM should stand behind their product and issue a recall.

- Farmington, MO, USA

problem #435

Sep 232011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The power steering went out on my 04 Malibu while driving, almost causing an accident. Took it to two different repair places. Spent over $600 for it to not be fixed. I google my car and find a website with hundreds of people who are having the same problem. I don't understand why the 05 has been recalled for the same problem, yet not the 04. I'm a single mother with two kids, I can't afford to spend money on a maybe fix or a new car. Will it really take one of us dying before the problem is taken care of" and why is GM not being held responsible for it's quality issues"

- Niles, MI, USA

problem #434

Feb 032013


  • 83,456 miles
I was driving my sons 2004 Malibu when suddenly there was a few dings followed by the car symbol light with the wrench inside it on the dash light up. The wheel immediately became difficult to turn. It's as if the power steering stopped working. I drove to a safe location, turned off the car and the problem was gone. This does not seem right to me. Please have GM rectify this issue.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #433

Feb 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 132,200 miles
2004 Malibu ls-driving down the highway today and the bell goes off, the yellow wrench appears and the radio shows power steering. The power steering just went out all at once and I almost ran into a truck. Called the Chevrolet dealership and they stated there is not a recall on this and it is also not covered under the powertrain warranty. NHTSA please issue a recall on this power steering problem before it causes someone to loose their life. I have a 1998 Malibu ls and a 2004 Malibu ls and they both have gave me problems. I will never purchase another one. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Dermott, AR, USA

problem #432

Nov 252011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
I was driving home from work and I lost power steering the wheel got so hard and the radio said power steering but I pulled over and turn the car off and when I turn the car backon it goes back to normal..... know I'm at a red light and the steering wheel shakes and it gets hard on me all the time I'm tired of this happening to my car I asked my dads mechanic and told me it would cost me....1500.00 to fix it I don't have that kind off money and the dealership and said it was something normal...... what can I do.....

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #431

Jan 032013


  • 101,300 miles
I was driving my daughter to a doctors appointment, and my car dinged 3 times and "power steering" came across on the radio face, and I lost power steering. I shut the car off and when I started it again it was fine. Today (1-23-13) I was driving with my daughter in the car, and I was driving around a curve, when the car dinged 3 times again and power steering displayed across the radio screen. I lost power steering in mid turn, and had to fight to keep the car under control. Does someone have to die for this to ne corrected? ## VIN failed ##

- Martinsville, IN, USA

problem #430

Jan 212013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
As for the lighting I cannot count how many light bulbs I have replaced on this vehicle to the point that I had the auto shop replace them since I thought I was doing something wrong. They only last about a month or two and burn out which is really dangerous when you don't know if will work or not. The steering issue is a much more dangerous problem, this is my wife's car and she got stuck leaving the house and physically could not turn the steering wheel which she described as locking up. I can not imagine if she were to be turn down a busy intersection on not been able to turn the vehicle to the proper lane. This is dangerous and should be a recall item as the 2005's were!!!

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #429

Dec 032012


  • 130,031 miles
Upon slowing down the car to make a right turn, the power steering failed causing the car to veer into an oncoming lane of traffic.

- Greenville, TX, USA

problem #428

Dec 062012


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5-10 mph, the power steering assist failed as the steering wheel became extremely difficult to maneuver. The contact moved off the roadway and restarted the vehicle. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were approximately 85,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Mason City, IA, USA

problem #427

Dec 062012


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph and completing a turn, the power steering assist failed and the steering wheel became very difficult to maneuver. In addition, the power steering warning light illuminated immediately after the failure. The contact shut off and restarted the vehicle, as it performed normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where they advised that the they could not get the vehicle to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 93,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #426

Sep 192011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
One morning last month, I was driving my kid to school at speed 30 miles per hour, when suddenly the electronic power steering problem light turned on again, and the steering power was gone and the steering was totally locked, I could not make any turns. Because this is the 4th time it happened, I knew what to do. I stopped the car at the middle of the road ( I am lucky it is happened during local not highway driving). I turned off the engine, then turn on the engine again, and everything back to normal. So far it happened at least 5 times to me. The current mileage of my car is 116000.

- Mercer Island, WA, USA

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