10.0

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

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problem #311

Dec 242017

Malibu

  • 140,000 miles
Service ESC will come on and power steering will lock

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #310

Dec 272017

Malibu

  • 140,000 miles
Lost power steering ability-turns off and on at certain times. Occurs while driving or is already on immediate to starting car. Very difficult to turn wheel. All other VIN's were fixed or replaced by GM for this exact same problem.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #309

Nov 062017

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the ESC warning indicator illuminated and the steering wheel became difficult to turn left or right. The vehicle was pulled over, restarted, and the warning indicator dimmed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Jersey Shore, PA, USA

problem #308

Dec 132017

Malibu

  • 164,000 miles
The servie ESC power steering notification is on my dash and the power steering went out while I was driving and almost caused me to wreck. I cannot drive without the power steering and there was a recall #14116 but it doesn┐T cover the 2.4 4 cylinder models and my car also has 164,000 miles so GM stated that it is not covered.

- West Blocton, AL, USA

problem #307

Dec 032017

Malibu

  • 144,000 miles
Ive been seeing my power steering light come on sometimes when I crank my car and the steering wheel wouldnt turn. I would turn off my car and then restart my car and it would go away. On Sunday December 3rd 2017 I was headed home and all of a sudden the power steering light came on and my steering wheel locked up and I could barely force my car to turn an inch to miss the light pole I was about to hit. Now my steering wheel will not turn at all and I am unable to drive my car.

- Canmer, KY, USA

problem #306

Dec 022017

Malibu

  • 143,000 miles
Turned right out of a parking lot at low speed. The power steering stopped working, making the steering wheel very hard to turn. The power steering warning illuminated on the information panel. Drove home several miles, turned off the car, restarted it to diagnose it, and the power steering worked correctly. This would have been very dangerous at highway speeds. Other '09 Malibu have been recalled for this problem, but not my VIN.

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #305

Nov 012016

Malibu

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering warning indicator illuminated. Whenever the contact attempted to make a left or right turn, there was a clunking noise underneath the hood. Whenever the power steering warning indicator illuminated, it became difficult to maneuver the steering wheel. The contact would have to shut off and restart the vehicle in order to regain full control of the power steering. The contact called the palmettto Chevrolet dealer (122 4th avenue, po box 766, conway, SC 29528; 843-248-4283) where it was diagnosed that the power steering motor and sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #304

Dec 042017

Malibu

  • 80,000 miles
Power steering came on randomly and steering wheel would not turn left or right. Vehicle had never had a power steering problem before.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #303

Sep 212016

Malibu

  • 160,000 miles
It takes great effort to steer the wheels because the electrical power steering is off. On the dashboard, it says that my ESC is off and it needs service.

- Mount Enterprise, TX, USA

problem #302

Oct 202017

Malibu

  • 155,500 miles
Takata recall when I turn my vehicle on the ESC light and powering steering light comes on and I can not turn my wheel. I have to turn my vehicle off and back on for it to go away, it happens every time I turn it on now that it is winter

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #301

Nov 232017

Malibu

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at any speed, the steering lost power and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer stated that there was no recall and referred the contact to NHTSA. The failure recurred. The failure was not diagnosed. The failure mileage was approximately 200,000.

- Harvest, AL, USA

problem #300

Nov 172017

Malibu

  • 195,658 miles
My seventeen-year-old daughter was coming home from cheering at a basketball game at 9:30 P.M. she was driving up signal mountain from dunlap Tennessee on hwy127 about three-quarters of the way up the mountain her power steering stopped working. While trying to get control of the car she was unable to make a turn and ran into the guardrail, destroying the guardrail and then shot across the road ending up in a embankment. Thank god she was not physically hurt. Her car is totaled and she is completely traumatized, having nightmares and not wanting to drive ever again. I never received a recall notice or any kind of warning that this was a possibility of happening or I would have most definitely had it fixed. The power steering head went out one other time before and she parked the car and by time my husband got to where she was the power steering was barking again we had the car inspected by a mechanic and he said he could see nothing wrong with it this was about a year ago so we just assumed it was a one-time occurrence little did we know it almost killed our daughter had this happened 15 ft sooner where there was no guardrail she would have went off the side of the mountain and more than likely died. It's very disturbing that I knew nothing very irresponsible of Chevrolet I do have a police report with all of this stated on it I was not able to get it at the time of reporting this that would be more than happy to send it if needed. At this time my daughter has no car she is a senior in high school fixing to go to college in less than a year so we are stuck paying for college and a car because she only had liability insurance. I think the recall number is N140115. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu power steering failure

- Signal Mtn, TN, USA

problem #299

Oct 282017

Malibu

  • 151,025 miles
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu's have been recalled for the "electric power steering assist". I currently own a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and had an incident over the weekend in which my power steering assist was lost and steering wheel would not move and was locked in place. After taking the vehicle to the local Chevrolet dealership service center, they advised that these models have a recall for this issue, however, my vehicle was 1025 miles over the mileage to have it fixed under the recall. After research on GM site on the NHTSA site, we found information collaborating this recall, in which it stated that under this recall the dealership has to fix this; however, my Chevrolet Malibu's VIN number did not pop up on this recall. NHTSA states that this problem affects 2009 Chevrolet Malibu's and does not list VIN's affected. We would assistance in having this vehicle also added to the recall list and having GM fix this problem which is a huge safety issue.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #298

Oct 182017

Malibu

  • 130,000 miles
While I was driving on a street I suddenly felt the steering wheel lock up on me making it extremely hard to turn. Thankfully I was able to get my car into a parking lot without causing an accident. I was then told my the auto shop that the issue was the steering column problem which apparently is a common issue with my car but for some reason my VIN number was not included in the recall?

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #297

Oct 192017

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While making a turn, the steering seized, and the power steering and service ESC warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to bellamy strickland Chevrolet (145 industrial blvd, mcdonough, ga 30253), but had not yet been diagnosed. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000. Consumer was turning right while driving on mcdonough pkwy and realized it was harder to steer, at the same time a warning light came on. Updated 8/22/18

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #296

Oct 152017

Malibu

  • 64,000 miles
Loss power steering on express way, being 77 years old had hard time trying to stay on highway. Look on internet and seen recall in 2009 for problems with dorman parts for steering.want to by new chev but afraid next buyer might get in bad accident what should I do.

- Worth, IL, USA

problem #295

Oct 112017

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
There has been a recall issued for certain 2009 Malibu mine does not fit in that recall but I am experiencing the problem on that recall my steering went out like it says in that recall and I almost had an accident because I could not steer my car

- Laurel Run, PA, USA

problem #294

Sep 272017

Malibu

  • 70,898 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 25 mph, the power steering ability seized. Also, the power steering warning indicator illuminated and the chime sounded. The contact had to pull over to the side of the road and turned the vehicle off. When the vehicle was restarted, the failure went away. The contact also stated that the failure occurred at least twenty times previously. The vehicle was not taken to an independent mechanic or the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 70,898.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #293

Oct 062017

Malibu

  • 195,000 miles
They try to fix everyting but they still come

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #292

Jun 012017

Malibu

  • 130,000 miles
Our 2009 ltz has the same low-speed steering issue as described in your 2014 recall for the 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu. But, the local Chevrolet dealer says that our VIN was not included. Obviously, this defect extends beyond the VIN numbers recalled by the NHTSA. Recall number 14V153000 recall date 03/31/2014 component steering: Electric power assist system

- Magnolia, TX, USA

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