really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,328 miles

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problem #10

Apr 022008

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Took car in for semi annual service, car is just off warranty (105,000 km aprox 62000 miles). Service light for the power steering came on, but no loss in steering. Was told that the steering column needs to be replaced, but until failure happens, leave it because it is a costly repair. This seems to be a common failure and should be addressed by the company and not the consumer. I have no problems paying for repairs, but this seems to be a safety hazard.

- Winnipeg, 00, USA

problem #9

Feb 142008

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Steering goes out. Just driving down the road and steering failed. I could not turn the wheel. I am past the warranty and three different stories from three different people. It sounds like this is a known defect.

- Bradley, IL, USA

problem #8

May 112007

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,400 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While attempting to make a left turn at 35 mph, the vehicle's steering wheel felt loose, as if it could keep turning nonstop. However, the contact had difficulty when turning the wheel to the right. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the motor inside the steering column failed and was a very common failure. The current and failure mileages were 51,400. The consumer states the vehicle was repaired. The consumer stated wants to reimbursed for repairs. Updated 06/06/07

- Milwakee, WI, USA

problem #7

Aug 162006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,929 miles
2004 Chevrolet Malibu max steering failed making the vehicle undriveable. Rear hatchback door is rusting. When the steering failed the vehicle was towed 38 miles tot he consumer's home. The rear hatch molding clips and gaskets failed to prevent salt induced swirl rust

- Tamarack, MN, USA

problem #6

Dec 212004

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,406 miles
1. power steering failure 2. noise in steering 3. noise in steering steering column was replaced in each incident, now making clunking noise again. Dealer said its "normal characteristic of vehicle. Noise is getting worse.

- Sun City Center, FL, USA

problem #5

Mar 052006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
In warm weather, when making low speed turns, power steering makes groaning, popping sounds, and occasionally stutters. Afraid that steering might fail completely.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #4

Feb 262006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,500 miles
Own 2004 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. Power steering fails ocassionally. Presents dangerous situation upon failure. Steering column was replaced one week ago but problem remains.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #3

Dec 302005

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,850 miles
While driving the vehicle I lost all power steering. I was pulling out of a parking lot across 3 lanes of traffic. A sensor light came on and I could not turn the wheel. I was able to put the car in reverse and back into the lot. I turned off my car and when I turned it back on my power steering was back.

- Cambridge, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 022005

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact stated the brakes and steering malfunctioned, resulting in an accident. The steering locked up while attempting to make a right turn. Prior to this incident she heard a squeaking noise in the brakes. She took the car to a mechanic, and was told brakes were in good working condition. She has not contacted the dealership. A police report was taken.. the contact suffered a concussion, and had nerve damage. Updated 12/30/05.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 132005

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,200 miles
I was turning right onto a street and the car died. I turned it back on and everything seemed fine. I then turned into my office parking garage and as I was going down one of the levels I noticed the steering acting strange. It felt like it was loose or not catching. I went a little further and the power steering went completely out. I had an extremely hard time getting into a parking space but I did. Later in the morning when a tow truck came to pick up the car, I got in and started the car and the power steering was working. I let the tow truck take the car to the dealership since I was concerned about the power steering going out and the car dying. It is as the dealership at this time.

- Plano, TX, USA