Last post on Jun 17, 2008 at 11:39 AM
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Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Steering, Suspension, Hatchback
#211 of 306 Re: 2005 Chevy Malibu...not MAXX [ba32347]
Nov 24, 2008 (7:23 am)
doubt you will have anything covered under warranty...the problems you mentioned are common to the 04-07 MY Malibus.....the electronic steering was an issue...man examples of replaced columns..the popping sound was probably corrected with proper lubrication........the starting issue is common too....mine does the same thing....no fix....I use my remote start most fo the time to avoid that issue.....yours may or may not be equipped with remote start as it was an option based on certain models.....front suspension.....engineering design issue in my opinion....you will have to live with it....the alarm and shut down issue...I dont have a clue...dont recall seeing that anywhere.....perhaps a ECM reflash issue...
with all that said...04 Malibu Maxx here with 135K on it.....and no steering column issues....do have the start issue on once in a while and do have the "loose" front suspension......but doesnt seem to have any long term effect on the auto...
#212 of 306 Re: 2005 Chevy Malibu...not MAXX [pao]
Nov 24, 2008 (4:34 pm)
thanks for the info you sent hope mine last for 6 yrs lol until it paid for...looks like cheve would do something about the problems since alot of people have it.
#213 of 306 Re: 2005 Chevy Malibu...not MAXX [ba32347]
Nov 24, 2008 (5:57 pm)
they seemed to have fixed all the problems with the new designed 08 Malibu from what Im seeing....the steering problem seemed to do away in the 06 MY car..but believe they went away from the electronic steering then.....suspension was better as well by then.....good luck
#214 of 306 Re: 2005 Chevy Malibu...not MAXX [ba32347]
Nov 27, 2008 (11:36 pm)
(A) You could read all these postings and then try calling the 1-800-CHEVROLET number and try to negotiate for some extended warranty coverage of the steering troubles. (B) Mine has the start trouble, too; as far as I know, the occasional starting motor "running on" does no harm, so I just think of it as an occasional annoyance. (C) If the only steering/suspension problem you end up with is some "loose" sensation in the front, I'd recommend paying the Chevrolet dealer to do a 4-wheel alignment, which can help greatly; also, buy a new dial-type tire guage and always make sure all tires are properly inflated.
#215 of 306 Add my '06 to the list...
Jan 01, 2009 (5:58 am)
With just 55k miles on it, I started up my MAXX last friday and lo and behold no power steering. Had to have the steering column replaced as apparently the sensors on it for the electric steering are not servicible. This is on top of the power steering failure in June that was remedied by the ignition coil TSB. One more strike and Maxx is outa here.
Mar 26, 2009 (11:55 am)
To all the owners of 2004 to 2007 Malibus, you should know that if you have a problem with your shifter, and it needs to be replaced you will have a long wait. The reason for this is that all the cables have been pulled from the market because they are faulty. Many of these cables were also installed on the cars presently on the road. This is across North America. The scrap yards are also empty.
I have been waiting 4 weeks for a cable, and was told I might get one by August 09. I don"t deal with the dealer on this but directly with GM.
#217 of 306 Re: shifter cable [madhatter4]
Mar 26, 2009 (12:22 pm)
Can you elaborate on this cable thing? My wife's '06 is working fine at the moment,
(to the tune of 40K miles) So is this a failure thing (works for a while and then breaks)
or what? What happens when it breaks (can't select certain gears?)
Mar 26, 2009 (5:24 pm)
My Malibu had around 80,000 Km. when the cable broke. I had just driven in to a parking space for a minute ,turned off the car, and when starting it up, nothing happened. Looking under the hood I noticed that the aircraft cable that is used was at a 90 degree angle to the shifter rod. I am glad the shifter failed then and not when I was in reverse gear. In that case after putting it in what I thought was drive , would still be in reverse gear. The car would shoot backwards possibly hitting another car, or worse still running down a pedestrian.
The fact that GM pulled all the cables from their shelves and have no supply makes me think that they are trying to hide something. time will tell.">
#219 of 306 Re: shifter cable [madhatter4]
Mar 26, 2009 (6:26 pm)
So the car is undriveable I take it? Is GM doing anything on a loaner or rental with no cables available? If it's as bad as you say with them pulling all cable stock it sounds like this one should be free if beyond warranty . (I can see it as a safety issue and everyone getting a recall)
#220 of 306 Re: shifter cable [comem47]
Mar 28, 2009 (8:42 pm)
I never had trouble with my shifter cable, but then my Maxx just got past 47K before it was traded.