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

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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 ┐ power steering service ESC┐ 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 couldn┐T 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 isn┐T part of the recall. I can┐T pay for the problem right now and I shouldn┐T 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

problem #319

Jan 012018


  • 116,000 miles
My 2009 Malibu has an intermittent steering and traction control problem. I was turning into my driveway (under 10mph) and lost power steering and traction control, almost hit our snowmobile trailer the first time. The message center displayed both. There is a recall (recall number 14V153000) for other 2009 Malibu's for the electric power steering but not for the 4 cylinder model like mine. This is a common safety problem with GM and I done understand why some cars with the same safety problems and parts were excluded from the recall.

- Mishicot, WI, USA

problem #318

Jan 022018


  • miles
Issue with steering vehicle when in motion or parking.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #317

Jan 042018


  • 159,000 miles
01/04/2018 while driving on the freeway the power steering went out and service ESC light came on. Continued to drive it all the way into work and had no power steering.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #316

Jan 012018


  • 161,000 miles
Everytime I start my car my steering wheel is almost impossible to turn, & comes along the dashboard screen "service ESC"" this has been going on since I've purchased the car and it's only getting worse. Recently even started to out of the blue just lose all steering wheel movement while driving, went and had it estimated for the cost of repair & the dealership wanted $1,398" something needs to be done!

- Sikeston, MO, USA

problem #315

Dec 292017


  • 150,000 miles
Takata recall. I was starting my car in a parking lot an hour from home and my dash lights come on after starting. It went through ABS, power steering and others. This has happened in the past but had never done power steering. As a result, the power steering turned off. I turned the car off and restarted it and it was fine up until the next day. This time it happens at night as I was driving down the road. Thankfully, I was able to manhandle through the turn until I was able to come to a complete stop on the shoulder of the highway. It all makes for a dangerous situation. I'm hesitant now about driving the car. I've done some research and GM has made a recall for this particular issue in 2014 but, unfortunately, they only recalled so many. I feel as if this becomes an issue with vehicles that were not part of the recall that they should honor there product and pay for the correction, especially because it is an issue that should almost only be corrected at a certified dealership.

- Kilbourne, IL, USA

problem #314

Dec 292017


  • 47,200 miles
Electronic power steering stops working randomly and then just stops with messages: Power steering, service ESC, ESC off. Power steering stopped working driving on the expressway in the middle of traffic and in regular city driving which is completely unsafe. Steering wheel also shakes back and forth by itself. It happens while driving, while at a red light. This could be potentially dangerous due to not being able to steer away quick enough because of the strength needed to turn the steering wheel

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #313

Dec 012017


  • 48,000 miles
Engine light constantly on. Dealership does not know what is wrong. Showing code P1174 & no one knows what this is. Power steering quit working while driving on city street.ESC light will turn on. Dashboard lights will go on and off. Doors will lock them selves locking me inside.this is happening since August 2017-present (12-29-17).multiple trips to dealership where vehicle was purchased and all they do is reset sensor and tell me to wait until it breaks. I'd say it is already broken.

- Philipsburg, PA, USA

problem #312

Dec 282017


  • 1 miles
My 2009 Malibu 4 cylinder power steering(ESC) locked while driving in my community.

- Spring, TX, USA

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