really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,402 miles

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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

problem #331

Feb 132018


  • 218,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 65 mph, the stability and traction indicators illuminated and the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken to parkway Chevrolet at 25500 tx-249, tomball, tx 77375 where it was diagnosed that the torque sensor assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure and informed the contact that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 218,000.

- Magnolia, TX, USA

problem #330

Feb 062018


  • 145,000 miles
My 2009 Chevy Malibu lt (2.4L, 4 cylinder) showed me a message on the dashboard screen stating ż power steering service ESCż after my steering wheel was extremely difficult to turn while driving in my neighborhood at 25 mph zone. I believe that I have an electric power steering wheel assist since I couldnżT locate the steering power wheel reservoir around the engine. Please help. Thank you

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #329

Feb 032018


  • 226,000 miles
We already had the power steering fixed once two years ago. It has recently went out again. My husband was driving 70 miles a hour down the highway. When I was driving it also went out on the highway. It mostly happens when you start the car. You have to keep shutting it off and starting it to turn it back on.

- Medford, OK, USA

problem #328

Feb 102018


  • 175,579 miles
Power steering comes and goes as vehicle is in motion. This happens whether in town or on the highway straight or going into a turn.

- Richmond, IN, USA

problem #327

Jan 152018


  • 224,000 miles
The power steering shuts off while driving displaying the code ESC on the dash. It makes the vehicle very difficult to steer especially at slower speeds. There is a recall currently on this model and year but I have been informed by two dealers that my vehicle is not included. This is really peculiar seeing it's the exact same problem.

- Carolina, RI, USA

problem #326

Feb 072018


  • 204,000 miles
I experienced sudden loss of power steering while driving on multiple occasions. The driver information center flashes a warning regarding the loss of power steering and also traction control. There is no power steering until the car is turned off and re-started. This happened while driving on surface roads and also on the expressway driving at over 50 mph. It has happened in the process of turning at low speeds and also while driving straight at higher speeds. Steering the car is very difficult when the power steering is lost.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #325

Feb 012018


  • 84,000 miles
My car was working perfectly fine until the power steering just completely stopped working. The ESC comes up and stops working as does the power steering message. This makes it near impossible to turn the wheel and it is the same problem as other recalled vehicles but for some reason my vehicle isnżT part of the recall. I canżT pay for the problem right now and I shouldnżT have to because this is clearly a problem on many other vehicles and something GM needs to take care of. Also my vehicle was stationary thank god. Thank you

- Ridley Park, PA, USA

problem #324

Jan 022018


  • miles
My son's 2009 Malibu's power steer is going out at times. If he turns off the car and restarts it will come back on. This is a huge safety concern due to the potential of the steering going out while driving the car.

- Fremont, OH, USA

problem #323

Jan 272018


  • miles
My Malibu has experienced an issue with the power steering torque sensor going out which causes the power steering to fail while driving. There is a recall on other Malibu vehicles for this issue, but not mine. We are having our vehicle fixed as this is a huge safety issue. I have seen other Malibu with this issue outside of the recall. Should the recall be expanded?

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #322

Jan 192018


  • 154,000 miles
I lost power steering while driving. My ESC light came on at the same time as a warning about my power steering. This has happened intermittently since 1/19/18. It is very hard to control the car at this point, of course and is a safety issue. My car is also very well-maintained.

- Charleston, ME, USA

problem #321

Jan 192018


  • 150,000 miles
Takata recall I was at a stop sign at a very busy intersection. When I pulled out my power steering went out. I had no way in turning the vehicle. I had to reverse the vehicle and put it in park then turn off the vehicle. When turning back on vehicle was fine. Drove a mile to local bank and it did it again in the drive thru. As I was trying to make it to work it went out as I was pulling into parking lot. The first time power steering went out two lanes of oncoming traffic had to stop to keep from hitting my vehicle. I was completely exposed. This is a family vehicle and in 9 years this should not be a concern for my family. The car said "power steering" & "ESC" when it locked down. There is a recall # 14772 for 2004-2007 Malibu's that state the same issue I am having.

- Sylva, NC, USA

problem #320

Jan 082018


  • 135,000 miles
While driving my steering wheel locked up making it impossible for me to turn and the ESC off displayed also with power steering alert

- Canton, OH, USA

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