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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,253 miles

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This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #48

Jun 162012

Malibu

  • miles

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

Service the airbag light kept coming on intermittently for a couple of years until it stayed on constantly. Mechanic says the (box) is burned out and must be replaced at cost of$300. I understand 07 Malibu have this problem. I want to know why it hasn't been recalled since airbags save lives and without them we are at risk.

- Mingo Jct., OH, USA

problem #47

Jan 232015

Malibu

  • 68,000 miles
I was pulling out of my driveway in my 2007 Chevy Malibu and couldn't cut the wheel in any direction. Power steering was totally out. The radio was scrolling "power steering", but had no idea what was going on. Managed to get to a gas station and then after many of us looking at it realized it was an electrical power steering unit. Was going to get it towed, but when starting it up again, it worked fine. Intermittent problem. This is so dangerous! my car only has a little over 68,000 miles on it. Dealer said that this is common, but the 2007 was not covered by the recall - all other years besides '07. I needed a new steering torque sensor. Cost $500 to replace. Seems crazy with such a known problem and low miles that GM excluded this year in the recall. So disappointed!

- Saint Charles , MO, USA

problem #46

Jun 112014

Malibu

  • 119,700 miles
There appears to be an issue with the ignition on the 2007 Chevy Malibu's. I've been told by several dealerships that the starter needed to be replaced in my car. I had it replaced twice and the vehicle still does not always start. The battery is brand new.

- East Barre, VT, USA

problem #45

Nov 252014

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles

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

The passlock system in the car enables whenever it wants to leaving you stranded. The whole car shuts down all methods of disarming the system fail. You have to wait X amount of time for the passlock system to disable on it's own. It could take an hour to 48 hours! huge inconvenience!

- Butte Des Morts, WI, USA

problem #44

Jan 152015

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and 14224000 (power train). The part needed was unavailable to repair the vehicle. The dealer was unable to inform when the part would become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Castleberry , FL, USA

problem #43

Sep 012014

Malibu

  • miles
I did not have a crash, or driving incident. This complaint is due to the following: I received the recall (14152) letter back in June of 2014. The needed part was not available at that time so I waited for another letter to come and finally received a month or so later (August). I took my car to the wesley chapel GM dealer and they completed the recall work for free. Although, they ended up charging me $2,400 for electrical, and fuse damage to my car that they say was not related to this recall, although based on everything I have read I believe these charges were a reflection of the recall. My hands were tied as I need my car so I paid the fee at the dealership and called GM and had them open up a ticket to look into my issue, charges, and what the dealership fixed. GM responded to me that they could not help me. Now, thinking all of this was behind me, I receive another recall letter with the same recall number this month (Jan 2015), now telling me I still have an open recall. When I put my VIN number into the system it still reflects this as an open recall on my car. I'm so confused, and really feel like im being taken advantage of by GM, and the dealership. I refuse to take the car back to the dealership as they will find another way to charge me when this is all GM's responsibility. At this point I have no idea what to do, nor do I even know if my car is safe to drive or not.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #42

Jan 062015

Malibu

  • 88,000 miles

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

Vehicle's cruise control was engaged when reaching and hill the cruise control sped up and as soon as it did I lost engine power completely it was not until I was able to safety make it to the side of the interstate coasting that I realized the engine had cut off. I then parked the vehicle turned off all electrical components and turned the ignition to the off position; and attempted to restart to engine switch resulted in nothing but the engine light coming on and the lights of the vehicle coming on but no firing of the engine or even a click from the starter at this point I was glad a had all my blankets and thing in the vehicle because in North dakoda and Montana its cold. After a few failed attempts at turning the key and nothing happening waiting 5mins in between I began calling my insurance company 10 more mins pass by and I'm on hold I decide to try the car again in which it fired right up the check engine light remained illuminated for about 2 days after the incident now it has disappeared from my dash lights my car goes in for repair next week to get engine heater installed and recalls taken care of however I don't see what would cause the listed above issue to occur under any listed recalls but I am also not vehicle savvy.

- Westport, KY, USA

problem #41

Dec 132014

Malibu

  • 145,000 miles
My vehicle's steering wheel locked up, making it very hard to steer the vehicle left or right, and a message went across my screen reading "power steering". when my steering wheel is not locked up, it continuously jumps in my hands. I am pretty sure this is all due to the electric power steering giving out, just like in the recalls given for the other Chevrolet Malibu, unfortunately, my 2007 was one of the models left out of this recall, when I am positive it has the same defect as the others recalled. The description of what happens in these situations matches mine to the tee. The risks are the same as well, I am in just as much danger as those others driving that did get recalls. The difficulty steering makes it hard to swerve out of the way when in an emergency, as every turn requires a lot of muscle. I am asking anyone in charge to please, review this and include the 2007 in the power steering recall.

- Toms Brook , VA, USA

problem #40

Aug 052014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the parts needed to do the repairs were unavailable. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #39

Oct 162007

Malibu

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and all of the warning indicators illuminated. After repeated attempts, the vehicle started. The failure occurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #38

Jul 072014

Malibu

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received recall notifications for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and 14V224000 (power train). The parts needed to repair the vehicle would not be available for months. The dealer did not provide a specific date for when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Rockaway Park, NY, USA

problem #37

Aug 202014

Malibu

  • 0 miles
Car drives without key turned all the way to 111. Brakes are unreliable...scares my wife and I!! car dies out upon acceleration.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #36

Aug 192014

Malibu

  • miles
There are so many issues with this car and I am not at all happy. Just received 2 recalls on it for the electrical system and for the transmission shift cable. There are issues with the steering having a clunking sound and now I have to replace a tire because of it. Tires were purchased last October. I have read several complaints on this specific vehicle and other recalls. My son has to use this car to go back and forth to work which is only 7 miles one way, and I do not even trust it that far. We get told we will be contacted when the parts for the recalls are available, meanwhile something can happen and if it does you may just have a lawsuit on your hands. I just want to give the car back and get something else without having to add the remaining balance due to a new loan.

- Saxonburg, PA, USA

problem #35

Jul 152014

Malibu

  • 75,000 miles
It's happened 3 times, driving various speeds the steering locks up. First time I was making a right turn and the car instantly locked up. I put the car in park and powered car off then started it back up it was fine. Second time about 3 months after the first time went threw a stop light started up a hill and the dash lights all flicker the radio powered off and the seat belt noise went off 2 or 3 times and the car locked up. I parked the car powered it off. Started it again it was fine. Last time it happened I was at a stop light making a right turn and again the steering locked up and I had to park my car and power it off on a main street where it's very busy. I started it again and it was fine this last time was on July 15, 2014. This car with all the recalls I feel is a death trap.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #34

Jul 212014

Malibu

  • 137,200 miles
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 #33

Jun 112012

Malibu

  • 84,344 miles
The brake lights come on while driving without pressing brake pedal. When brake pedal is pressed, brake lights go off. First noticed this because cruise control would not set. Took it in for repairs at local dealership. They found the stoplamp switch to be faulty and replaced. Three days later, brake lights are on again without pressing brake pedal. Took it in again. This time they found a bulletin on problem and applied dielectric grease to the BCM connectors. Within a month, the problem occurred again intermittently, but did not take in. Since May 2014, brake lights are almost always on while driving even though brake pedal not pressed. Looked up similar problems on safercar.gov and found recall notice on vehicle. Called GM, gave them my VIN and GM recall number (13036) and they said that my vehicle was not included in the recall because they could not find any documented problems in my service history and I should go to local dealership to have electrical diagnostic test done. Went back to dealership and showed them printed copy of recall from safercar.gov and relayed conversation with GM. Dealership stated, after an afternoon with car, that recall number did not exist and they could not find any active recalls for my car. I asked about the service record and how come the 2012 services were not included, they said that it was only electrical and not really significant so they did not to document it. They also stated that because safercar.gov is not GM, they could not believe its reliability. After a long conversation, I asked if there was a recall on the Malibu in general, they said they did not know unless they had specific VIN. Dealership applied dielectric grease to BCM connectors. Frustrated at not getting answer, did own research and found recall numbers (103652, 103653, 103654) and a service bulletin (sb-08-05-22-009A) on the problem within 30 minutes.

- Normal, IL, USA

problem #32

May 242014

Malibu

  • 135,405 miles
While turning onto a freeway on-ramp the power steering failed entirely for several seconds and a clicking sound similar to when the turn signal comes on came from the steering column. After traveling about 100 meters, the power steering came back on causing us to over-correct and narrowly miss the barriers.

- Bountiful, UT, USA

problem #31

Dec 112007

Malibu 4-cyl Diesel

  • 23,000 miles
Fuel gauge an fuel tank reader has not worked since we bought in 2007.

- Saint Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #30

Mar 032014

Malibu

  • 62,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that she would like to be reimbursed for work that was already done on her vehicle. Referred contact to Chevrolet manufacturer. Lnc

- Holliston, MA, USA

problem #29

Nov 132013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Since purchasing my car in August 2013, I have had to make three fairly costly repairs. Each time the mechanic told me this was a "known problem" for Chevrolet. The first was the intake valve. I hadn't experienced problems but took the car in for what I thought was a squealing belt. The squealing turned out to be the water pump. Since that was secondary in importance to the intake valve, I had that replaced first. Followed by the water pump a couple of months later. Then about a month ago, I was out of town and my car suddenly would not shift into park or reverse. It was a worn and stretched shifter cable. However GM says my car is not part of the recall.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

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