really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,391 miles

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problem #451

Apr 062019


  • 15,000 miles
Takata recall. The whole car appears to be having problems at once. We go and get a certain minor problem fix and the next things pops up. Having problems driving acceleration and breaking. Doesn┐T seem to be safe to drive.

- Cleburne, TX, USA

problem #450

Mar 222019


  • 205,000 miles
While operating my 2009 Chevy Malibu 4cyl in a turn, the electric power steering without any warning failed. A warning indicator afterwards then flashed power steering and electronic stability control failure. The result was almost total loss of control of vehicle while driving in heavy city traffic going through a traffic circle with children in backseat of my vehicle. This is because without warning the electronic power steering failed which caused me to panic emotionally and also caused me great physical difficulty as I am a woman and I all of a sudden had to garner all this strength to manually steer the vehicle in heavy city traffic. Chevy is aware of this defect and will repair this if the vehicle is less than 10 years old and had less than 150,000 miles. We could have all died in a car crash. I think this should be recalled as this is a safety hazard that comes without any warning and renders the vehicle undrivable unless repaired as it is unsafe. The Chevy mechanic indicates if both the sensor and motor need to be replaced it will cost $1200. My husband is a veteran and we cannot afford this costly repair.

- New London, WI, USA

problem #449

Apr 012019


  • miles
The wheel is hard to turn...... sometimes it hard to turn and after turning right to left it get easier to turn stationary.

- Calumet City, IL, USA

problem #448

Mar 132019


  • 121,000 miles
"power steering failure". our 2009 Chevrolet Malibu lost its power steering with no warning when my wife was driving home from work. Fortunately she was able to pull over on the highway. She turned the car off then restarted and it worked again. It worked for a few days then failed completely again when she was going shopping. Chevrolet is recalling many vehicles with this problem including many 2009 Malibu's. for some reason Chevrolet tells us our 2009 Malibu is not included. This is outrageous! my wife was shook up terribly and can not drive it till it gets fixed ( at great expense). Believe the problem is a failure of the electric power steering mechanism/sensor. This is a very serious safety issue and Chevrolet should be held accountable and responsible for correcting this problem on all affected vehicles. Thank you.

- Lake Hallie, WI, USA

problem #447

Mar 252019


  • 145,000 miles
The service ESC light came on, then the power steering light came on. I was in motion at the time about to make a turn. After a few days of the problem being intermittent, my car wouldn┐T start at all. I tried to start it and nothing. Replaced battery and a engine power reduced light came on. Car still won┐T start.

- Barberton, OH, USA

problem #446

Mar 202019


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. When making a turn, the steering failed and the electronic stability control indicator illuminated. The contact was able to gain control of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer and manufacturer were not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #445

Mar 072019


  • 150,000 miles
My car power steering goes out and comes pack after I turn my car off and on. Sometimes the car won┐T start and the ABS light and the traction control light is on on the dash and the inside lock and unlock buttons don┐T work. They will go up and down on their own in the beginning now if I open my door it locks on me. I changed the wheel barring on the front right tire because bell tire said that the sensor was bad and you have to replace the whole thing G. still having issues. I don┐T feel safe where I work I travel and I don┐T always work in the best of neighborhoods and I don┐T want to get my car broken into or robbed. And I surely don┐T want my power steering to go out again while driving on the high way and me crashing and possibly injuring or killing someone else.

- Wayland, MI, USA

problem #444

Mar 242019


  • 200,000 miles
Power steering went out while driving. Could not steer and had to get the vehicle towed home.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #443

Feb 152019


  • 133,000 miles
Approximately 2 months ago my daughter was driving her car and steering became incredibly difficult to steer. Fortunately, she managed to make it home. Took to local mechanic and was told power steering was the reason. He told us to take to local Chevy dealership D/T the fact that there was a special warranty/recall on power steering. Took to local Chevy dealership and confirmed was power steering but stated it was a warranty of 10 year or 150,000. Car has current mileage of 133,000. 10 year was said to be up on 12/13/2018 so refused to fix. Did some research and saw an article about recall from vp of GM. Said in article that they are taking responsibility for safety concern and will fix all the cars that have this problem. Spoke with executive car center at GM and refuse to fix vehicle. Sent numerous letters to vp of safety at GM. (xxxx) with no response. Luckily for my daughter she was on local street when power steering went out and not on highway etc. Parts of this document have been redacted to protect personally identifiable information pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Dardenne Prairie, MO, USA

problem #442

Mar 012019


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While operating the vehicle, the service ESC and power steering warning messages appeared. The cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was notified and did not assist. The local dealer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 112,000.

- Granite City, IL, USA

problem #441

May 012018


  • 90,000 miles
Car loss of power, and steering assist, engine stops. May start after a minute.

- Greendale, WI, USA

problem #440

Jan 312019


  • miles
My power source in car won┐T work, my cruise control won┐T work, my power steering went out fist I would just have to restart the car and it would be fine not anymore. Some times my car completely locks up in the middle of driving, my headlights sometimes work and sometimes don┐T

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #439

Mar 042019


  • 171,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 75 mph, the power steering failed. Also, the ESC device, power steering, and traction control indicators illuminated. The contact had to use extra strength to steer the vehicle. The contact's parent had to come pick up the contact. The vehicle was not towed. The contact called kelley Chevrolet (5220 value drive, fort wayne, in 46805, (260) 484-5566) and was advised to call GM's customer service line. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 171,000.

- Huntington, IN, USA

problem #438

Mar 082019


  • 140,000 miles
2009 Chevy Malibu experienced intermittent power steering failures identical to the problem described in the GM #14116B product safety notice (document id 4006770), which affects some 2009 Chevy Malibu. The issue often occurs when the vehicle it just started, then will go away once the car is restarted after it has warmed up. GM says this safety recall in not applicable to our vehicle's VIN. I have no way to independently verify which torque sensor was installed in this vehicle, and wanted to report this issue.

- Lafayette, CO, USA

problem #437

Feb 282019


  • 190,000 miles
Power steering quits without warning. Randomly.... turn the car off and back on it comes back. Sometimes gotta turn it on and off several times before it works. Then driving down the road outta the blue no power steering. It becomes a real fight to keep the car on the road at that point

- Mount Union, PA, USA

problem #436

Feb 202019


  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While operating the vehicle, the power steering malfunctioned and the steering wheel became difficult to turn in either direction. Also, the traction control, electronic stability control, and service power steering warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle became difficult to stop. Griffin Chevrolet (11100 w. metro auto mall, milwalkee, wi) and the manufacturer were notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 170,000.

- Milwalkee, WI, USA

problem #435

Mar 072019


  • 107,800 miles
My steering wheel wobbles/shakes extremely during stop of vehicle as well as in drive. At one point it said power steering service etc. I came across recall #14V153000, dealers and website says not found on my vehicle. I am wondering why that is since my problems are the same as the ones stated along with the same make, mode and year

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #434

Feb 222019


  • miles
Takata recall I have has this issue for about 2weeks now when driving my esp light appears on the dash and the word power steering as well I done took it in for a full diagnostic and by my vehicle being electric nothing can be done due to this issue a few repair shops stated my car has a recall I just want to get this handled correctly because its time consuming please help me out thanks

- Brown Deer, WI, USA

problem #433

Mar 092019


  • 116,000 miles
Power steering, along with some other electric problems I am having with this car. I have only had the car for 3 years and already the steering wheel locks up frequently while driving my car on the highways, and traveling through the city. Last night the power steering locked as me and my child was driving home. I had to leave the car parked on a side street because the car would not allow me to turn the steering wheel to operate the car properly. At this time I am seeking immediate help with this issue.

- Dundalk, MD, USA

problem #432

Mar 082019


  • 95,000 miles
My power steering just quit. I had to turn car off and then back on. It's done it twice now.

- Goshen, IN, USA

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