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Power steering I have the same problem with my 06 Malibu LT... This is pathetic. There are hundreds of websites with this same complaint. I'm going to report it to Gephardt (He's a consumer news reporter in Utah) He investigates, and finds out answers. Maybe if GM is put out on TV to for everyone to hear about this crappy car, than maybe they'll either fix the problem, or go out of business.

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  • hodiej15 May 20, 2009

    I'll be driving my car and for no reason the power steering will go out. It becomes impossible to turn. And it doesn't happen all the time. Its very random. So then I have to stop my car and turn it off, wait a few minutes and then I can go again. This has happened to me on the freeway, in traffic, and just backing out of my driveway. Its stupid. And then to get online and see that this is a common problem with malibu's it makes me livid that GM has done nothing.

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    Greg Bernett May 11, 2010

    There is a recall bulletin on the steering system...shoot me an email at greg.bernett@mcchord.af.mil. Can't post it here because it is a pdf file.

  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett May 11, 2010

    okay....so what is the problem you have?

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Have the dealer change your fluid.

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Wer to put power stiring on a 2006 g6


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CBS 2's investigative team uncovered hundreds of G6 owners with power steering failures. We discovered that 439 steering complaints involving the 2006 Pontiac G6 have been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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