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Told by gm dealer we need a new steering colum for our 2004 malibu maxx, $1,100.00,plus a rack because it is binding and leaking 586.00,plus a shaft 300.00? it has 140k miles. never in an accident all straight away highway miles from nj too baltimore. Sound right? no noise when turning wheel, couldn't the rack be seping?

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  • David Clough Feb 07, 2010

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for your valued information, I forgot to mention the dealer said this was the first year they started electronic steering in the Malibu? It doesn't have the power steering? Any comments? Thank you Sincerely and God Bless you!!

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    yeap, that sounds about right



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Very rarely does the steering column go.....It sounds like you have a power steering fluid leak somewhere or the rack and pinion went bad. Go to a small garage and have them look at it if you can't. But, don't tell them what the Dealer said! They just might confirm it and give you a better deal than the Dealer!!! Tell them you don't have alot of money and just let them find the problem...You will probably be surprised about the diagnosis this time. It might be something alot more simple to fix....and cheaper too! I sincerely hope that this was helpful for you. Take care and God bless.


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  • Bryon Agin Feb 08, 2010

    Certain models of malibu's 2005 yr if your vin falls between 5F100001 - 5F250216 call Chevrolet they have a Technical Service Bulletin # 07126 - SPECIAL COVERAGE ADJUSTMENT - LOSS OF POWER STEERING ASSIST - 7 yrs or 70,000 miles regardless of ownership - they will cover the cost of the repair ~ Chevrolet 1-800-630-2438 or
    1-800-833-2438 - They will help you from having to pay out of pocket !!!
    It also covers 2005 Malibu Maxx

  • Bryon Agin Feb 08, 2010

    I borrowed this info from another Tech ( carey935 ) Hope this will work for you as well.



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