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3.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,785 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #15

Jul 212014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 137,200 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The power steering assist suddenly quit several times while driving; both at freeway speed and while exiting the freeway at about 15 mph. When the power steering fails the steering column would make a clicking sound, sometimes there would be a chime and the battery light indicator on the dash. Only one time the center console displayed "power steering." We narrowly avoided a crash while going around a curve in the freeway. The loss of power assist required exerting more force than normal to avoid colliding with the divider. When the power steering re-engaged without warning we swerved towards a truck in the adjacent lane. We took it to the nearest dealer who said it's a faulty ignition coil causing a short in the power steering. Cost quoted was $500 to fix in addition to $450 for the shifter cable that also went out.

- Bountiful, UT, USA

problem #14

Jul 092014

Malibu

  • 85,720 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while attempting to park, the vehicle failed to shift into gear and the emergency brake had to be engaged in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer. The technician diagnosed that the transmission shift cable needed to be replaced. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V224000 (power train). The vehicle was to be repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 85,720.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #13

Mar 142014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I am having issues with my transmission shift cable. Says its in park but the vehicle is not in park. I am also having issues with my brake lights go out when I step on the brakes and come back on when I let off the brake. Being told my vehicle is not part of the ongoing GM recalls for my model year and make.

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #12

Jun 012014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 135,600 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

After shifting the car into park on a small hill, the car began rolling backwards. I applied the brakes and verified the shifter and the dash display said the car was in park. When I released the brakes the car again began moving backwards as if in reverse, despite the indicators showing the car in park. After several attempts I managed to shift the car into drive and repark the car, which then went into the correct gear.

- Bountiful, UT, USA

problem #11

May 302014

Malibu

  • 132,200 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the gear shift linkage cable failed while attempting to shift from park to drive. The contact was able to shift in reverse but was unable to shift into drive. The gear shift felt as if they were slipping but would not display on the instrument panel which only displayed reverse. The gear shift box was showing that the gears were being changed but the vehicle would not move. The contact had extreme difficulty shifting the gear into drive. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who diagnosed that the gear shift linkage cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was scheduled to be repaired. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 132,000.

- Decatur, GA, USA

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problem #10

Jun 122014

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the gear shifter became stuck in park and the vehicle began to suddenly roll in reverse. The contact had to engage the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. Also, the contact stated that the vehicle failed to start while the shifter was stuck in the park position. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the NHTSA campaign number 14V224000 (power train). The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Farr West, UT, USA

problem #9

May 302013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When I attempted to put my car in park the car kept moving. I had to drive to a safe flat area to stop it and turn off the car. The gear shift cable was ripped in half. I see this has been recalled on other years but not for 2007. I am also having problems with the power steering and the brake lights are malfunctioning. I entered my VIN on the GM site, but my car is not involved in any of the recalls. How is that possible when it is having the same identical issues as the recalled Malibu of other years?

- Ocean City, MD, USA

problem #8

May 272014

Malibu 5-cyl

  • miles
When turning left or right or merging into traffic, the steering wheel clicks and gets very hard to steer like it's pulling to the side, causing me to overcorrect by steering in the opposite direction- it feels like I am going to lose control of the car and is very frightening but then it stops. It has happened several times over the years but is becoming more frequent. I have entered my VIN on the GM site but it says I am not a part of the recall. How is that possible when I am having the exact same problem" I am also having the problem with my brake lights- they go on when I am not braking and off when I do. I had to replace the gear shift last fall because it broke and my car would not stay in park. Is there anything I can do if I am not on the recall list" this is completely unsafe- I will never, ever buy a GM car again.

- Ocean City, MD, USA

problem #7

Jan 012013

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the gear shifter failed to release from park. The vehicle was towed the contact's home. A private mechanic diagnosed the vehicle, where it was advised that the gear shifter cable had fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 150,000.

- Sulphur, LA, USA

problem #6

Feb 012014

Malibu

  • miles
I just want to know why the years for the Malibu recall includes 2005,2006,2008,2009, etc.but not 2007.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #5

Nov 012013

Malibu

  • 54,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the gear shift lever failed to function properly when the vehicle was in park; therefore, the vehicle came out of gear and rolled. The vehicle was repaired by the dealer. The manufacturer advised that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number 12V460000 (power train). The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000 and the current mileage was 55,000.

- Tolland , CT, USA

problem #4

Sep 062012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 143,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle was shut off and parked, with the key removed from the ignition when it began to roll away in reverse. The contact entered vehicle and applied the brakes however, the vehicle would not remain secured in park. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop for diagnostic testing. The technicians diagnosed a failure with the transmission shift cable. The vehicle was repaired by replacing the transmission shift cable. The manufacturer was made aware of failure however, there were no recalls for the failure and no further assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 143,500. The current mileage was 144,000. Updated 11/13/12 the shift cable was replaced. Updated 11/19/12

- Adrian , MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 122012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 90,841 miles
As I pulled into my driveway, I shifted my car in park and when I released off of the brake the vehicle started to move backwards.I shifted back into drive, then park and it was in neutral. Once more I shifted to drive then park and it stayed in drive. The transmission shift cable had snapped.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 152011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle would exhibit abnormal noises when steering and driving over bumps at approximately 30 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the front stabilizer bar was faulty and the front calipers were not properly releasing. The contact was also informed that the front calipers were burned and creating a fire hazard. In addition, the contact was informed that the master cylinder may be defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 35,000. Updated 03/05/12 the consumer stated white smoke emitted from the wheels and brake area. Also, the vehicle would not go over 10 mph. Updated 03/07/12

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 202007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,422 miles
I purchased my 2007 Chevrolet Malibu in March '07. For the past month or so I had been hearing a popping noise when I would turn the steering wheel. I called bartow Chevrolet and asked them if anyone else had any problems with the front end on the Malibu's. the service manager had informed me there were a few people who brought their vehicles in. I made an appointment and took my car this morning to have it checked. They replaced the intermediate shaft. After that was replaced one of the mechanics test drove the car and still heard a popping noise in the front end. Needless to say, I have to take the car back next week so they can also replace the bushings in the front end.

- Bartow, FL, USA

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