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

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problem #371

Sep 132018


  • 200,000 miles
While driving the vehicle in motion on the interstate and highway the steering would act as if a car had no power steering for 1-3 sec the steering wheel would tighten up and very easy to loose control because it tightens up this has happen while driving straight and on a curve which I almost lost control called dealership and mention no recalls for this issue (its electric power steering )

- Lewisburg, TN, USA

problem #370

Sep 102018


  • 130,800 miles
While driving, power steering stopped work. Steering got real hard and became real hard to turn my vehicle. There also seems to be some play (twitch) in steering column when stopped at a red light or stop sign. After a restart, it went away but same problem came back again the next day. There was message on dash regarding ESC sevice and power steering. It all sounds similar to the dorman recall on other GM vehicles.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

problem #369

May 112018


  • 140,000 miles
When driving you lose power steering and cant turn the wheel they have this recal on some of the Malibu cars

- Colfax, IA, USA

problem #368

Aug 242018


  • 204,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at unknown speeds, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The contact called nucar Chevrolet (174 N. dupont highway, new castle, de 19720, (302) 327-1171) and was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and referred the contact to NHTSA. The failure mileage was 204,000.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #367

Jan 012016


  • 100,000 miles
The passenger low beam light burns out frequently. Upon fixing the connection was melted. The steering becomes hard to turn while driving slow or slowing down to turn.

- Woodward, OK, USA

problem #366

Aug 082018


  • 130,000 miles
Ok so this has happned multiple times now I have owned this car for about 3 years I will be driving speed dosent matter as its happned at low speeds of 25 aswell as on the highway going 65. All of a sudden my dash indicates and says traction control failure then service ESC then my power steering cuts out. When I pull over and turn the car off then back on everthing goes back to normal as it never happned. Please review this because ive herd other people saying they have had the same issues. This can be extremely dangerous as if this issue decides to act up when I navigate a turn

- Marion, OH, USA

problem #365

Mar 072018


  • 120,887 miles
Electrical steering system operated sporadically for several weeks, then quit functioning completely. Had to drive home with significant physical effort to steer, worse than any manual steering I've ever operated. Been parked in driveway ever since. GM lists this as a recall item (#14V153000) for several Malibu models, but my VIN wasn't included. Obviously an error, but I'm getting no help.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #364

Jan 012018


  • 130,000 miles
The steering wheel almost locks, have to use all my power to make any turns. This happens on all road ways whether stationary or in motion. I have see there are recalls for this in the exact year make and model. However, it says there is no recall with my VIN.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #363

Mar 012017


  • 135,000 miles
While driving service ESC light would come on followed by power steering light. The steering wheel would become difficulty to turn. I would turn into a safe place turn the vehicle off for a minute and the vehicle would work fine. This will happen off and on at different times. The service ESC light come on followed by power steering and the steering wheel locking up making it difficult to turn all this will happen while I'm driving scared the day lights out of me every time it would happen. Being looking around to see if there are any recalls on the vehicle as far as this goes. Will happen every time I'm in motion on city street or interstate very scary as I'm a female driving this car 2009 Chevy mailbu ltz 4cyl this has being going on for months now still making payments on the vehicle started purchasing it in 2017 not sure of the exact time it started

- Tuskegee, AL, USA

problem #362

May 142018


  • 180,000 miles
I was driving the car and the power steering went out and the ESC light, traction light, battery light, air bag light, and all speed went all the way down as I was driving the car down the road. This problem has happened before but it has started again.

- Farnham, VA, USA

problem #361

Dec 272017


  • 110,000 miles
Sudden loss of electric power steering when I drive in cold weather, am accelerating and turning to the left at any variation of degree. Frightening that it happens while IżM driving and have no upper body strength. The sensor flashed and then disappeared. Once the car was shut off and turned on again there were no more issues. Took it to the dealer and they said they could not recreate the issue so IżD have to bring it back to them while the problem was happening.

- Warminster, PA, USA

problem #360

May 132018


  • 102,900 miles
On May 13, 2018 at aprox 7:30am, I was traveling on ct-9 highway at 55mph preparing to exit the highway when suddenly car alert chimes came on and warning message about "service power steering"and I lost power steering as I was exiting. I had difficulty making a left turn at the end of the exit and pulled over to investigate. Shut car off and inspected under hood/belts, everything ok. Restarted car and message went away and car handled normally again.

- New Britain, CT, USA

problem #359

May 012018


  • 146,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact heard an abnormal noise when the steering wheel was turned. The vehicle was taken to lumberton Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac (500 linkhaw road, lumberton, nc 28358). The dealer noticed that the steering wheel was loose and needed to be replaced. It was unknown if the vehicle was officially diagnosed by the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was approximately 146,000.

- Lumberton, NC, USA

problem #358

Jan 182017


  • 70,000 miles
Every time car is driven power steering and ESC errors show on display and traction control is turned off. Errors show up while driving and also while stationary. There was a recall for this year and model but does not show for my VIN.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #357

Dec 012017


  • 75,000 miles
I am not sure where to start. Door locks intermittently don't work, bluetooth just stopped working, have had to change headlight bulbs 3 times in 2 years, power steering went out (had that repaired by dealer at not cost), ac/heater/defroster used to shut off intermittently, now it just stopped working, driver's side seat heater stopped working, instrument panel randomly throws up error code (example: Service airbag, service engine) oh and the paint is fading on hood roof and trunk. Car has 75,000 miles and I used to love it. No I won't drive it out of town.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #356

Apr 102018


  • 170,000 miles
2009 Chevy Malibu ls power steering wheel hard to steer, traction control light oni have a 4 cylinder 2.4

- Waukegan, IL, USA

problem #355

Apr 052018


  • 157,000 miles
In both motion as well as stationary the traction control light comes on and lose power steering.

- Sandy Hook, CT, USA

problem #354

Apr 152018


  • 146,200 miles
The power steering light came on while driving on I-57 expressway at a speed of 55 mph and I lost my power steering. When I stoped the car and restarted it 30 minutes later the warning was gone and my power steering worked. I'm now afraid to drive my car on the expressway after reading about this same problem on a Chevy Malibu forum.

- Frankfort, IL, USA

problem #353

Apr 022018


  • 123,000 miles
I almost had an accident driving when my wheel locked up on me, now it's hard for me to drive...

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #352

Apr 022018


  • 90,900 miles
Only 90,000 miles on my car and just a few days ago the power steering would fail when starting up the car and I get warnings and chimes saying power steering then ESC now disabled. This problem would correct itself if I turned off the car then turned back on again. A few days later that no longer worked to get the power steering to work/activate. Now I have to apply slight turning force to the steering wheel while starting the car to get it to work. But now I have a new issue to this problem as of today the power steering fails while driving the car. I was changing lanes and the power steering failed the steering wheel became very stiff and I almost crashed into the car in front of me because I could not complete my lane change. Im now scared to drive my car. I keep good care of my car and have it maintenenced well. Its in excellent condition and this is the only thing wrong. I tried calling GM to ask if this is a recall issue because I find everywhere online this is a major issue with my year and make but GM on the phone said my VIN has no recall and im stuck to pay full bill to fix and is not a defect or GM problem. I do not think this is my problem and is a defect. I feel GM should fix this. My car still has 2 years left on bank loan to pay off. I cannot afford to fix a manufacture defect. I also strongly feel this is a major saftey issue as this can result in major car accident. I do not have strong arms and I cannot operate manual steering to avoid crash if loss of power steering on highway at high speed or even in city at slow speed.

- Janesville, WI, USA

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