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

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problem #411

Feb 012019


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While attempting to park the vehicle, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and the steering wheel became very difficult to turn in either direction. When the vehicle was restarted, it operated normally. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The dealer was not notified. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Nebraska City, NE, USA

problem #410

Feb 042019


  • 173,000 miles
Power steering goes out randomly while driving or when parked, dash reads: Power steering, ESC off, service ESC. This has happened multiple times on the highway, on city streets, while turning and while going straight. There was a recall on other models of Chevy Malibu but my 4-cylinder was excluded. There are many other similar complaints. A new recall to include our models is needed. Mileage is at approx. 173,000

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #409

Feb 032019


  • 1,200,000 miles
Power steering notification comes on dash and steering wheel is hard to turn. I turn the car off and restart and then its fine but shortly after driving notice flashes on dash again and am unable to turn steering wheel.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #408

Jan 302019


  • 100,006 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. When the vehicle was started, the steering wheel seized and the power steering assist and traction control warning indicators illuminated. The contact called bomnin Chevrolet manassas (8000 sudley rd, manassas, va 20109, (703)-368-2111) and was informed that the vehicle was not included in a recall. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that there were no recalls or warranties. The failure mileage was 100,006.

- Stanley, VA, USA

problem #407

Jan 182019


  • miles
The power of steering does not work. When driving or when I turn the car on the power of steering stops working. I looked online and notice a lot of people had the same problem. Why was their never a recall on this?

- Westville, NJ, USA

problem #406

Jan 012019


  • 111,000 miles
The power steering message comes on when you start the vehicle and then says ESC off. Steering wheel won't turn. Turn the car off and most times if U turn the steering wheel while starting the car it will go off. Other times it takes 2 to 3 times of restarting. Tonight driving home the power steering light came on and the steering went out. Had to pull over and turn off the car and restart it. The steering wheel is shaking and vibrating all the time now.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #405

Jan 242019


  • 106,000 miles
The electric power steering assist motor is malfunctioning, almost causing an accident, the steering wheel is "twitching" the steering will give out unless I restart the car. Most of these are on recall but unsure why my car wouldn't be. Almost caused a serious accident on highway.

- Saco, ME, USA

problem #404

Jan 092019


  • 154,000 miles
Driving, power steering freezes, cannot change lanes, or turn. It will suddenly turn into old school power steering, and I can muscle it home. This is a known safety issue P, due to median of error. They seem to think all of the other 2009 Malibu's do this, but not mine. What a ridiculous notion. I am a single mother, nursing student, hoping I had bought a really nice car. Now I fear my death daily.

- Miamisburg, OH, USA

problem #403

Jan 212019


  • 140,317 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the electronic stability control off and traction control warning indicators kept randomly flashing. Also, the steering wheel made an abnormal noise and vibrated during the failure. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V153000 (steering) and 14E044000 (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 140,317.

- New Brighton, MN, USA

problem #402

Jan 222019


  • 221,700 miles
ESC light came on while driving on 01-21. Morning of 01-22 was complete loss of power steering while trying to leave driveway. Ecs light remains on and power steering never returned even after 20 miles of highway and rural road travel. Extremely dangerous. Furious that only certain VIN #S are part of recall when it clearly affects the vast majority of vins for this model year.

- Rural Retreat, VA, USA

problem #401

Jan 122019


  • 75,000 miles
Loss of power steering while driving on a curvy backroad (sr 724). I returned the car to my house and switched vehicles. Later I took the car to the garage for repair --there was no power steering problem. Upon looking up the code, the garage said it was the steering shaft torque sensor. Garage (autopro, Inc - shillington, pa 19607) replaced the part. Issue seems very similar/the same as recall 14V153000 which was for "certain 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu's." based on online research, there are many owners of the same vehicle that have had this issue and were also told that their VIN was not covered.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #400

Dec 062018


  • 86,000 miles
When driving down the highway power steering will quit working and it becomes extremely hard to steer(very unsafe condition). By turning off the ignition and restarting, steering will be fine until it happens again(which it does, can happen at any time, again very unsafe)

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

problem #399

Jan 192019


  • 120,000 miles
Vehicle was in drive but stopped in a drive thru. Service ESC, power steering light came on. Power steering went out and wheel would not turn. Turned off car. Problem went away after restarting.

- Virginia, MN, USA

problem #398

Dec 232018


  • miles
I have no power steering when it goes out the steering wheel will shake and service ESC message will appear in the message box on the dash it happens as soon as I start the car!

- New Haven, CT, USA

problem #397

Jan 052019


  • 176,000 miles
Power steering and service ESC/traction light comes across the dash as IżM driving randomly. When this happens my steering wheel becomes stiff and hard to turn. I can turn the car off and back on and itżll be fine but it does come back eventually.

- Centerville, OH, USA

problem #396

Jan 022019


  • miles
The power steering goes out causing an electrical stability concern which is very dangerous and has nothing to do with my own upkeep. The car is in motion at the time that the stability of the steering wheel gets really stiff. This increases accidents

- Ellenwood, GA, USA

problem #395

Jan 042019


  • 200,000 miles
My ESC light came on randomly while in park and I lost power steering. Shut the car off and then back on it was fine, light went away. A few days later driving down the highway ESC light comes on, wheel begins shaking and lost power control, tried to pull off and turn the car off, like before, the light will not go off. No power steering at all in my car for about 3 days.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #394

Dec 072018


  • 135,000 miles
The ESC was turned off making it difficult to steer the vehicle. There was a recall for this issue but my vehicle was not included. How is that possible?! I have also had issue with the fuel pump, headlights and arm bars. I bought this as a used vehicle 3 years ago and have had nothing but mechanical issue after issue. Poorly manufactured vehicle. Including having to change out the entire fuse box.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #393

Nov 242018


  • 100,000 miles
Power steering goes out anytime it wants and I need to let it sit or turn off vehicle.

- Franklin Park, IL, USA

problem #392

Jul 102018


  • 155,207 miles
The contact called on behalf of the driver who owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 60 mph, the steering wheel seized and the electric power steering warning indicator illuminated. The contact coasted the vehicle over to the side of the road and powered off the engine. The vehicle was restarted and able to drive normally. The failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering column torque sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 155,207.

- Loda, IL, USA

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