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

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problem #351

Mar 232018


  • miles
The car keeps dying and shutting off. I have replaced 2 new batteries and an alternator. When I am driving the car will either just die or start to die and all of the lights come on, power steering, ESC emergency brake all of them and then the car eventually dies.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #350

Mar 272018


  • 138,000 miles
I have a 4 cylinder 2009 Chevy Malibu. I know there was a recall for the issue that I am having but not for my specific vehicle. My power steering keeps going in and out at random times. Sometimes if I shut the car off and turn it back on it will correct itself. I don't understand why my vehicle wasn't on the recall. Many other complaints have come in for this issue and my type of vehicle. I will start the car and it will flash powrt steering ESC. This is so dangerous! it went out on me with my 2 young children in the car and I couldn't control the vehicle.

- Flat Rock, MI, USA

problem #349

Mar 232018


  • 78,000 miles
The power steering stopped working while driving making it very difficult and dangerous to turn the vehicle while turning, especially at low speed.

- Angola, NY, USA

problem #348

Mar 212018


  • 151,000 miles
The vehicle was driving great then one day while driving the ESC light and power steering light came on and the power steering had gone out. Lucky for me I made it to my parking garage.

- Troy, OH, USA

problem #347

Mar 162018


  • 65,000 miles
Just bought the car a few weeks ago and out of nowhere the power steering ESC light pops on. I didn't ever hit pot holes or anything just a basic home to work car.

- Mishawaka, IN, USA

problem #346

Mar 122018


  • 165,000 miles
The vehicle was driving great then one day while driving the ESC light and power steering light came on and the power steering had gone out.

- Trenton, MI, USA

problem #345

Mar 122018


  • 102,000 miles
My car has sudden loss of electric power steering. I receive an alert saying powering steering service ESC. If I turn my car off and turn back on it will go away, however when IżM in park or stopped my steering wheel is moving by itself. It just now has 102K miles on it.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #344

Jan 052018


  • 118,600 miles
Power steering becomes stiff after idling for a few moments. Shut the engine off and restart and problem goes away. Brake lights work intermittently. Power door locks work intermittently when lock button is pushed several times. Unlocking doesn't work at all unless car is put in reverse then back into park.

- Bellevue, KY, USA

problem #343

Mar 132018


  • 140,000 miles
While driving the electric power steering stops working. ESC warning light goes on. May happen multiple times per drive. Resets when car turned off, but recurrs.

- Mukwonago, WI, USA

problem #342

Mar 122018


  • 130,000 miles
Lost power steering when attempting to leave the driveway. Low speed. Electric power steering unit failed. I have not received any information or recall notice for this problem. I have parked the car until I determine how best to proceed with repairs.

- Germantown, OH, USA

problem #341

Mar 062018


  • miles
I have had the car serviced 3 times for the headlights going out on me. I was driving home from work at 930pm and noticed my lights were not on. It was pitch black because I have to go through the park to get home. I almost hit the curb because I could not see. I panicked but I tried the brights and they worked so I used them to get home. The greenwood Chevrolet replaced the head light bulbs 3 times but it has to be electrical being that it went out 3 times in 2 months I haven't even had the car a year! on my way home from the grocery store on 3/6/2018 I almost wrecked because the power steering went out on the vehicle. I attempted to turn and almost ran into the back of the vehicle in front of me. The suspension doesn't work either. As of today I cannot drive at night because I do not have any head lights (that's been for 3 months) I cannot drive the car now because I do not have power steering to drive the car. I'm making payments on a death trap because I almost wrecked twice thank goodness god was with me.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #340

Mar 072018


  • miles
Have lost all power steering, sensor is messed up, brakes are barely working, why wasn't a recall issued for all 2009 Malibu? this is beyond dangerous.

- Holly Springs, MS, USA

problem #339

Mar 052018


  • 210,000 miles
Power steering failed while on interstate, and caused the ESC and traction to turn off as well. Cruise control continues to function. Shutting vehicle completely down and starting the vehicle again resets everything.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #338

Feb 202018


  • 130,358 miles
Steering wheel jerking while in park and while driving to the point you had to put a lot of strength into keep car in lane, service ESC: Power steering warning light chimes and comes on while driving, steering wheel locks up while trying to pull over on the side of the road. I took the car to kipo Chevrolet, the codes that came up were C0545(00), U0121, and C0661. Kipo Chevrolet stated torque sensor readings were surging around not holding steady, would have to replace torque sensor and re-evaluate concern.

- Wilson, NY, USA

problem #337

Feb 282018


  • 200,000 miles
Power steering goes out and traction control light comes on at intermittent times. Can be driving down the road, or making turns and the power steering will go out. This is a 2009 Malibu with the electronic power steering. Very unsafe to drive. If car is turned off and restarted sometimes it will come back on and other times it will just stay in manual steering. Car has right about 200,000 miles on it. It is a 4-cylinder.

- Vinton, IA, USA

problem #336

Feb 262018


  • 168,000 miles
Lost steering while driving down the highway at 70 mph. Service ESC and power steering message came on.

- Caledonia, MI, USA

problem #335

Feb 152018


  • 165,000 miles
My power steering light is on in my car. The power steering is acting up. I have the electronic powering steering system on my Malibu that was recalled due to malfunctioning. My car is currently experiencing this problem. Chevy recalled over 1.3 million vehicles for this same problem. My VIN # is apparently not listed on the recall list but I still have the problem. I would like Chevy to have to fix this. My steering power steering is acting up and I feel this is dangerous.

- Columbus, MI, USA

problem #334

Nov 222017


  • 265,000 miles
Service ESC lights comes on and the service ABS

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #333

Feb 242018


  • 108,000 miles
No steering at all. Got in this morning to go to work and can't turn the wheel left or right. This is very dangerous. I'm thankful it didn't happen when I drove home from work last night on the thruway. The car is undriveable. I am a full-time college student with a part-time minimum wage job. I can't afford this repair. Others online have stated it's between $700 - $1,000 to fix. GM please extend my warranty to fix this. I only have 108,000 miles on the car and need this car to last me at least two more years through college

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #332

Feb 202018


  • 5 miles
Chevrolet Malibu lt 2009 4 cylinder escoff electric power steering goes out on its own. Seems to be a sensory issue. If it does go out, it is usually right after starting the ignition. Shutting the vehicle down and starting it again has take care of this problem over the last year. Over the past few weeks, ESC turns itself off and locks power steering on its own while IżM driving. It doesnżT seem to matter if IżM going 75 on the highway or 35 on a bend, or from stationary at a light moving through the middle of an intersection to make a left turn. Only thing Iżve noticed is the heightened frequency of the issue in cold temperatures and again in moist conditions such as a rainy day. Although it still happens in all weather. I work in transporting children and this has nearly gotten them killed and Iżve put myself in the same situation several times over the last two weeks because I canżT afford to have a dealership fix the issue without shelling out $800-$1200. Not including the $80-$100 ABS scan they must charge you firsthand. Other variants of the Chevrolet Malibu 2009 have released a recall for this problem exactly, and for some reason, my VIN is not included on the recall, though same make, model, year, and life-threatening problem that came bundled with the car straight from the manufacturer. This is my daily driver, I have toughed it out myself because I still have places to be and things to do. I canżT work because I refuse to put the life of any of my youthful clients at risk. This still leaves others on the road and myself at risk of serious injury, major destruction of property, and once more, death!!! Chevy forums mention many people experiencing this problem with their 4 cylinders whose VIN # are not included on the recall. Please recognize this as a serious safety concern and help save the lives of poetially countless numbers of innocent lives. I beg you.

- Jeddo, MI, USA

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