general problems of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu

23 problems related to engine and engine cooling have been reported for the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu based on all problems reported for the 2006 Malibu.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 1
Failure Date: 07/24/2017

Engine goes into engine power reduced mode while going 55 on a highway and soon the engine becomes disabled which disables the steering and the brakes. No injuries as I was Smart enough to handle the situation, but this has occurred more than once and my car reads no codes for the situation.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 2
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

While driving the traction control light comes on and the engine turns off completely. When brought in to be looked at the system said that there was never a problem in the first place. We cant use heater or a/c without the car dying 100% of the time.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 3
Failure Date: 01/04/2016

I pulled into the parking lot at work and it said engine power decreasing and then started making strange messed up noises and I coasted into the parking lot it didn't die but it wouldn't let me go any faster. I took the car to the auto parts store and had them put a scanner on it. Of which it showed multiple codes all resulting in the same issue the mass flow sensor. I was told that since it has happened once it's liable to keep happening making my vehicle unreliable and I am a single mom.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 4
Failure Date: 05/01/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 24 mph, and shifting gears, the vehicle vibrated . The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000. Jo.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 5
Failure Date: 01/10/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the vehicle completely shut off and the engine restarted. However, the vehicle started to roll backwards down a hill. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not taken to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired or diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. Pam.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 6
Failure Date: 09/24/2014

When I try to start my chevy Malibu it doesn't catch after turning the key and will constantly die. Already replaced the starter, fuel intake, etc but continues the same problems.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 7
Failure Date: 09/22/2014

I bought this car used on September 22,2014, as I was driving home the engine light came on, and I spoke with dealer and they said they cleaned the car. If it is still on in a couple days, bring car in. Well I had my mechanic look and he said there was a bulletin out on it for mass air flow update, which is what the code was when he put the gadget on it. I called berger chevy and they said its a customer pay. Should'nt be if this was a manufacturer defect. The air mass flow is running lean, but I should not have to pay this, should I? they are saying 98 bucks.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 8
Failure Date: 08/20/2014

I filled my car and my guage says I am low on gas. I stop turn off car and restart it's ok for about 2 minutes. And it does it again.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 9
Failure Date: 03/31/2014

My vehicle is on a recall with GMC and other things are malfunctioning but GMC are only replacing one issue. Chevrolet says they dont know when the parts are going to be available to fix the sterring issue but my car has another issue in which the turn signal has a short in it and it doesnt work properly.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 10
Failure Date: 09/30/2013

The vehicle stops randomly in the middle of driving. The reduced engine power light comes on and the car stops with no warning. This has happened numerous times to my 21 year old daughter and her 4 month old baby. There are no codes detected to troubleshoot the problem. The Chevrolet service repair center has had the car for 2 days and advised that they cannot locate the problem. This is a common issue on internet forums and I am surprised no one has been called. My daughter has to drive on the interstate to attend class and the vehicle has stopped on her. They are now releasing the car back to me with no resolve. Chevy obviously does not care to address this issue as it is a common one with several of their vehicles. If I sell the car, I am literally selling a death trap to someone else. Below are links to numerous forum discussions about this issue. . Read more...

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 11
Failure Date: 08/20/2013

I filed a complaint last year in reference to the random stopping issue on my 2006 chevy Malibu. Although several vehicles have been recalled, the Malibu's and impalas have been overlooked as they have the same issues as the other recalled vehicles. I have a vehicle that is a literal deathtrap and the chevy service department has advised me that they cannot diagnose the vehicle. If you review the various car forums, the random stopping issue is a common problem with all chevy vehicles make in this timeframe. The dealerships offer little assistance in resolving the issues if no code is generated. The vehicles are engineered to stop in the event of almost any minor issue with the vehicle. I am a single parent that purchased this car for my daughter in college. She has come home in tears many times due to the vehicle stopping on her with no warning and almost being hit several times. I have spent almost $1500 trying to determine the issue that chevy could not diagnose. I had to purchase another vehicle for my daughter while the Malibu is literally useless and sits on my driveway. I would hate to even give it away knowing of this issue. If I sell this vehicle to someone else, I am selling a deathtrap that could cause another family a major tragedy. I filed another complaint with gm and was just told again last week that they vehicle cannot be diagnosed. They went by the information from the first diagnostic and did not even attempt to look at it again. Please encourage gm to do the right thing and recall these vehicles or buy them back as they are useless deathtraps. There is no such thing as not being able to diagnose a vehicle. They are merely hiding behind more defects that they are unwilling to disclose.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 12
Failure Date: 01/23/2013

The power steering goes out whenever it want to while the car is in motion. The gas hand goes down to e when the car really have gas in it, but it will go back up on its own. The engine light is on, and the car do not get as much power have to hit the gas all the way rpm go all the way up. I have not even had this car for two years but having all these problems with it.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 13
Failure Date: 03/22/2012

Se escucha un golpeteo por abajo del volante, me comentan los mecanicos que ES la columna DE la direccion y la cremallera . En realidad ES muy fastidioso ya hace rato que se escucha.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 14
Failure Date: 10/28/2011

Made a transponder key, parts person at the gm dealership just started the engine with it and said it was already programed. ( he just tested to see if the key will start the engine. ) when got home with original key and turned off the engine I tried to secure car with the remote and it did not work. Tried original key to start car everything was dead including battery. Disconnect and reconnect battery, now the security light does not come on, car can't start, there is nothing only the lights on dash with other icons. I don't know if the chip key that was made cause the system to fail. I hate to have to tow the car cause I know the dealer would charge me an arm and a leg. I hate to get the parts person in trouble. Is there someone on line can help solve this problem?.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 15
Failure Date: 09/29/2011

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 120,000.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 16
Failure Date: 07/30/2011

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while changing lanes on a smooth road surface, the vehicle felt like it was driving over a groove. The steering wheel also seized and there was an increase in engine rpms, nearly causing a crash. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they stated the ignition coil assembly and the ground strap would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000 and the current mileage was 121,000. Updated 08/24/11.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 17
Failure Date: 07/01/2011

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle intermittently experienced a failure in which it would not start. The contact would have to wait a few days before the vehicle would successfully start. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the fuel pump was replaced yet the failure continued. The vehicle was not taken back for additional repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 109,000.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 18
Failure Date: 01/01/2010

Several years ago vehicle started to exhibit ignition misses when making slow speed turns 10-20mph. Condition would correct itself when coming out of turns or entrance ramps merging into traffic. In 2013 and 2014 occurrence became more frequent (2-3 times weekly). Chevrolet dealer advised me two months ago that it appears to be caused by defective ignition switch and advised me to remove unnecessary weight from ignition key chain. I immediately did this and problem has not happen again. However, dealer advised that I could add my name to wait list for a new ignition switch, but would have to pay for the repair since my 2006 is not on the recall list. Since many other gm models have been recalled for this same latent defect I feel my vehicle should be added to the recall list for this problem.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 19
Failure Date: 12/20/2009

Steering wheel locks up while driving - happens at random - at all different times. Dealer acted like it was no big deal and of course they want me to pay for it when I have now found out that I am not the only one complaining about this problem. It is dangerous, and it could cause fatality. Problem seems to go away for a while after I change out the spark plugs. But I am at 160,000 miles and on my 8th set of spark plugs. Something is not right, spark plugs should last longer than 20,000 miles. Gm should take this complaint seriously before someone is killed. Something is wrong, otherwise why would there be so many people complaining about the same problem. I am working at paying off this car as fast as possible so that I can get into a safer vehicle. Sadly, I will *never* buy a chevy again :-(.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 20
Failure Date: 10/19/2009

On 11/15/2011 the USA today reported that federal safety regulators were investigating problems with the automatic shift levers on several general motors cars. The national highway traffic safety administration says on its website that it's looking into the same problem on other gm cars like the 2004-2008 Chevrolet Malibu. I am the original owner of a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu which has been meticulously maintained and can be verified through carfax or maintenance records. I had to replace the transmission at gordon Chevrolet in tampa, florida. The cost of the transmission replacement was $3,086. 01. The symptoms of the transmission problem were the exact same thing as reported in the USA today article. The vehicle wasn?t finding the right gear. The shift lever would feel like it was in-between gears and it wouldn?t catch in a certain gear. The rpm?s would surge up while it still wouldn?t catch into gear. On several occasions when it was placed in reverse it would travel forward as soon as you took your foot off the brake, almost like on a hill but on completely flat ground. On the highway I could be driving at a consistent speed and the rpm?s would be jumping up and down which it never did in a proper gear. It would increase rpm within seconds and continue to do so even though I maintained speed and the elevation on the road remained the same.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 21
Failure Date: 09/26/2009

Odi number) 10285336 increasing engine rpm above 2500 resolved the problem. . . . Until the next time it is triggered by what ever the cause is.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 22
Failure Date: 03/15/2008

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. On some days, the vehicle will start immediately, but on other days, it will not start at all. On occasion, while driving at any speed, the vehicle will shut off. The vehicle has also shut off while waiting at a stop sign or traffic light. The vehicle had to be towed on three different occasions after shutting down and not restarting. The dealer stated that the cause of the failure was the fuel pump, and it was replaced for $1,000. At times, the vehicle still will not start. The contact has gone back and forth to the dealer, but they could not identify the cause of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The current mileage was 40,000 and failure mileage was 37,000.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 23
Failure Date: 11/05/2007

I purchased a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu and had to have the engine replaced shortly after purchase. General motors was excellent in this matter. I have been searching for another and in doing so, I have noticed several of the 2006 Malibu that are on recall at various dealers for sale. This is a danger to the purchaser and possibly children that may be in the car. Can something not be done to get all these vehicles off the streets? I am a christian woman and I don't want to see anyone hurt. I believe in general motors but it is the people out here not adhering to the recall letters. They were generous in their offer. Maybe if they had made the offer a little longer. I don't know exactly how it was handled, I am just concerned about the lives of the people.

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