really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,674 miles

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problem #71

Oct 022004

Malibu 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,412 miles
On October 2, 2004, the power steering stopped working for the second time. Steering was very difficult and even more difficult since I am 4 months pregnant. I had to drive the car about 10 miles to the dealership to have them to look at it again. They had to keep over the weekend. The service advisor turned the car off and back on again to see what would happened and the power steering begin to work again. For several months now I have had issues with the steering on this Malibu and nothing has been done to resolve those issues. Either the problem had to be duplicated by the technician or they were not able to find the codes in the diagnostic system to see what the problem was. I was just informed by the service advisor that the car is ready and the power steering column module had to be replaced and that should fix the problem. I hope so. I have only had the car for a little while now. Ea04018_cat

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #70

Aug 012004


  • 8,000 miles
While driving steering wheel vibrated out control to the point it felt like the steering wheel was going to jump out of the window. When making right turns consumer could hear a clicking sound. Took the vehicle to the dealer. They repaired the steering problem. However, . the noise problem recurred. Ea04018_cat steering wheel jerking back and forth.

- District Heights, MD, USA

problem #69

Sep 282004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,893 miles
While driving power steering pump failed. The consumer took the vehicle to dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. Ea04018_cat currently the vehicle still does not steer properly. The vehicle was taken four times before the service dealer to say it was okay. The headlights shined too high, there was a vibration when the vehicle was in motion and was unable to be duplicated.

- Coeburn, VA, USA

problem #68

Sep 062004


  • 4,000 miles
While driving consumer lost power steering. Consumer pulled over and restarted the vehicle. Dealership was notifed, but did not resolve the problem. Ea04018_cat the consumer stated that the power steering is electric not hydraulic on this vehicle.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #67

Sep 062004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,800 miles
When driving vehicle in reverse steering wheel locked. Also, steering wheel shook and vibrated, even when the vehicle was not in motion. Ea04018_cat

- Danville, IL, USA

problem #66

Sep 152004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,102 miles
While driving, the power steering failed. The consumer had great difficulty controlling the vehicle. Manufacturer stated that there were no complaints on this defect. Ea04018_cat.

- El Segundo, CA, USA

problem #65

Sep 082004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,300 miles
Vehicle lost power steering assist while coming to a stop light. Thevehicle was taken to the dealer. Dealer replaced a column kit. Ea04018_cat

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #64

Sep 112004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,100 miles
Steering problem. Steering in the morning was erratic seemed to hunt. Took the car to the dealer and was told it was a sensor problem, dealer had to order part, car still drivable. Next morning the steering was the same, after work I came out started the car, steering was still shaky, after pulling out onto the road I lost all power steering, service alarm light came on and power steering failure notification on console. I took car directly to the dealer, received loaner while they repair car. Was told all parts must be returned to determine failure mode. Ea04018_cat

- Sewickley, PA, USA

problem #63

Sep 132004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,750 miles
On 4 occasions during the past week the power steering feature failed while car was in operation. This could have caused collisions. Ea04018_cat

- Satellite Beach, FL, USA

problem #62

Sep 112004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,720 miles
Our 2004 Chevrolet Malibu lt (V6, loaded with all options except for onstar) has between 5500 and 6000 miles on it now. Recently, my wife reported an issue with the steering wheel brating "nervously" while idling in line to drop my daughter off to school. This vibration / movement did not actually move the wheels, and she returned home safely.the problem was intermittent, but one morning as she prepared to leave, she noticed the vibration problem again, and wishing to show it to me, called me to the garage. I witnessed the palsy-like movement of the steering wheel and again noted that the tires didn't move with the wheel. After this occurred, I returned to the house (making a note to myself for our next visit to the dealership's service department). Less than five minutes later, I heard a knock at the door, which turned out to be my 8 year old daughter (who had gone with my wife). She told me that the steering had "broken" and that my wife was trying to maneuver the car back to the house. I went out to the end of the drive, to find my wife attempting to fight to get the car back onto our street. I stopped her, took over the car, turned off the ignition, then restarted the car. This restored the power steering, at which point I parked the car in the garage, and the wife took our other vehicle. I had already read of this issue on several bulletin boards around the web, and my car is a relatively early 2004 build Malibu. However, there has as yet been no official recall from Chevrolet, and as I see that there is an ongoing investigation by the NHTSA into this issue, I felt I should report yet another instance of the same problem as was experienced by the other 8 drivers mentioned by the investigation. I consider the twitching steering wheel to be a single failure, and combined with the actual loss of power assist once so far, have indicated 2 failures. My car is currently scheduled to be looked at by the local dealership later today. Ea04018_cat

- Old Fort, NC, USA

problem #61

Aug 132004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
After driving 2004 Malibu about 5 minutes, the power steering failed while waiting at a stop light. The orange warning symbol was flashing on the instrument display. Got car to a safe area and shut off engine and checked owners manual for more information. *akrestarted engine and streering resumed working. Drove home without anymore problems. Called Chevrolet toll free assistance number for advise and they advised having the car towed to a dealer for repairs - they were not aware of any service bulletins or recalls. Local dealer found a service bulletin and ordered parts to correct problem - changed defective part and tested. No further problems to this time. I was informed by NHTSA that a improved part was made available in July to correct this potentially dangerous problem. I have not received any notification from Chevrolet that an "improved' was used in the repair and the problem has been in their opinion corrected.

- Mt. Iron, MN, USA

problem #60

Sep 072004

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,440 miles
Vehicle 3 times would not start. Took into dealer and was told they could not find anything. On 9/5/04 was driving and the car made a ding ding and steering wheel locked. Stopped and turn car off and back on and was okay. Two days later was making a left hand turn and again the ding ding and steering wheel locked. Had car towed to dealer. Dealer called and said they had to replaced steering column and would call when complete. Dealer called and said steering column was replaced but new steering column during same thing. Currently I have a rental from dealer ship. Ea04018_cat

- Whitaker, PA, USA

problem #59

Sep 032004


  • miles
At approximately 10,000 miles, my 2004 Chevrolet Malibu developed a steering problem. Upon starting the car, the steering wheel visibly shook and pulled when I tried to turn right. I called the dealership and they had to order a replacement part. When the part came in a week and a half later, they replaced the steering column. Ea04018_cat.

- Sumner, WA, USA

problem #58

Aug 222004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,355 miles
Loss of power steering while vehicle is in motion. Vehicle has just reached 10K miles. Steering the vehicle during failure is difficult. Reported failure to dealership on the afternoon of failure. Instructed to immediately return vechicle to dealership for repair. Ea04018_cat.

- Sherman, TX, USA

problem #57

Jul 202004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,500 miles
Without warning the power steering system failed twice making the vehicle to hard to steer, almost causing an accident. The steering column was replaced twice within two weeks because the first replacement also failed. Ea04018_cat this is like an accident waiting to happen.

- Verona, PA, USA

problem #56

Aug 062004


  • miles
Fax ltr fm james ballou wadford (va) owner of a my 2004 Malibu reporting loss of steering capabilities suggest NHTSA recall vehicle safety defect. While driving the consumer lost all steering capability. The service engine light illuminated on the dash as the driver attempted to pull the vehicle over onto the side of the road. The vehicle was taken tot he dealer where they indicated that he received a service bulletin on this problem in May. The consumer feels the problem should be recalled. Ea04018_cat

- Wilsons, VA, USA

problem #55

Aug 242004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,491 miles
While makeing a right turn onto major street wrench icon lit upon on instrument panel, information panel indicated power steering failure, had to manhandle car to parking lot of K-mart. Restared engine, drove to chev dealer, left car with them, they replaced steering column. Do not feel safe with this car as there other reports of failure after the steering column had been replaced. Ea04018_cat

- Hixson, TN, USA

problem #54

Sep 022004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,730 miles
I was traveling at highway speeds to work on the expressway when the second occurrence of (epa) steering failure. The first occurrence was on 8/30/04 and the second occurance was on 9/2/04. The car was taken to dealer on 8/31/04 for repair they connected the computers and found no code errors. Today when power steering stopped working I found a safe place to pull onto exit ramp shoulder to park car and shut down. I waited a few minutes restarted no problems. But my car is at dealership for service the second time. Ea04018_cat

- Booneville, MS, USA

problem #53

Aug 312004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,444 miles
Stopped at red light after driving approximately 45 miles per hour on the way to work. Steering whell "jiggled" a bit. When I accelerated, the power steering was gone. Car was hard to steer; was able to drive approximately four miles to the dealership. Dealership said there was a part in the steering column that needed replaced, and that they would replace the steering column. They ordered the part (from Michigan), but due to hurricane frances, they could not fix the car until next week. The dealership was very nice and gave me a loaner car at no charge; but my car is now sitting out in the open at the dealership with the possibility of hurricane force winds damaging the car. The fact that the part was not readily available concerns me. Ea04018_cat

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #52

Aug 052004


  • 7,332 miles
While the consumer was pulling into his driveway the vehicle's power steering unit failed and caused loss of steering control. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who replaced the electric power steering unit per a service bulletin issued by GM. The vehicle has been working properly since repaired. Ea04018_cat

- Jersey Shore, PA, USA

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