Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 2 problems related to frame rust (under the structure category).
While parking I heard a noise in the front end and upon turning the wheel harder the power steering went out. I could barely turn the wheel. Later in the day put in more power steering fluid thinking that was the problem but had the same issue. I thought the power steering was going out as I was hearing a grinding type noise in the front end. The next day I could feel something under the driver floor board and louder noises when turning hard. Took it to my mechanic and was told sub-frame is rusted and needs replaced as well as the rack and pinion; this will start out as a $2000. 00 repair and could go up to $4000. 00 depending on what else they find when they work on it. This is a safety hazard and should be fixed by gm as they used shoddy materials building this vehicle. My mechanic said I shouldn't drive it as I may loose control of the vehicle. This car was kept in a garage for the first 10 years I have owned it and has only been parked outside for about 5 years. At only 89,000 miles I am disgusted at the way this vehicle was built. I have also replaced the head gasket, not once, but twice!.
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The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at various speeds there was a noise present in the front of the vehicle. A local mechanic determined that the frame and bolts had rust on them which caused the rack and pinion to fail. The contact was given a quote of $2,000 to repair the vehicle; however, he refused to make the repairs because the vehicle is not worth the repair cost. The manufacturer informed the contact that the vehicle was no longer under warranty and no compensation would be offered. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage 80,010.