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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,782 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 12 of 23)

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problem #233

Mar 312014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles

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

My power steering went out as my wife was driving down the road. Before it went completely out the steering wheel was moving when the car was stopped. The wheel appeared to be jumping. This happened on the same day that GM announced the recall for the steering issues on 2006 and 2008 Malibu's. I called GM to tell them about my car and they told me to bad that mine was not part of the recall. I'm sure GM used the same parts in all three years 2006, 2007, & 2008.

- Kingsville, MO, USA

problem #232

May 082013

Malibu

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and would shake while parked. The failure occurred on three occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they performed a steering calibration of the sensors. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #231

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 #230

May 232014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 39,135 miles

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

Wow, me and wife [xxx] almost crashed Friday evening after the steering got so tight and couldn't control or steer the car. I've owned car since 2007 and this was really very very violent surprise to us. We are still in shock and very scared.. at this age I wonder what would happen driving with our grandsons [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- San Ysidro, CA, USA

problem #229

May 012014

Malibu

  • miles
2007 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to steering wheel problems. The consumer stated the steering wheel started to shake while driving and when parked. After doing some research, the consumer discovered a recall was issued for this model for defective steering. However, her model year was not included, in the recall.

- Hawthorne, NJ, USA

problem #228

Dec 272013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 55 mph, the power steering failed and the warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The contact pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road and deactivated the engine. Once restarted, the vehicle operated normally. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that a part associated with the power steering needed to be replaced. The ignition switch was also defective. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000. Updated 09/02/14 the consumer stated while attempting to avoid a pothole the steering became difficult to maneuver. The tire hit the pothole and broke the hub cap. The consumer pulled a muscle in the right arm. The consumer did seek care with a physician. The vehicle's ignition began to fail making it difficult to start up. The vehicle may or may not have been included in a recall. Updated 09/16/2014

- Roxboro, NC, USA

problem #227

Feb 042014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles

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

Intermittent / occasional "steering lock","torque steer". while turning, under acceleration a warning bell rings, the steering "locks" for a "second". foot off the accelerator and normal steering returns. It took me a little while to understand the "bell" as I was concentrating on the steering and don't notice any warning lights. While only happening "rarely" it happened three times in one day last week. Curious why other years of this model (with electric power steering assist) are under recall and not this model.

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #226

Sep 012013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Power steering continues to light up on radio from time to time and makes car difficult to turn. It usually happens when I first start my car starts then goes a way a few minutes after starting. Was only happening like once every 2 weeks but it has been becoming a common occurrence lately.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #225

Feb 162012

Malibu

  • 55,000 miles
2007 Chevy Malibu started having power steering issues. While driving out of a parking lot my power steering went out and began flashing on my display screen. I pulled over and turned the car off, when restarted the power steering worked again. It was fine for awhile and then out of no where the power steering would just go out. It has happened on multiple occasions and at various speeds. Then the power steering began flashing and beeping on my display screen but the power steering was working just fine. Now it is beginning to go out while driving again. This is a serious problem and I am not sure why every other model with this problem is being recalled and this one is not.

- Spanaway, WA, USA

problem #224

Nov 192013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
I was driving my car and the power steering went out and I hit an embankment. The dash dinged to let me know that it had went out. It comes and goes when it goes out. It will stay on and then it will go out. When it does go out the dashboard indicator will ding and let me know.

- Caulfield, MO, USA

problem #223

Dec 012012

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles

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

While driving my car in town going around 25-35 mph, the steering wheel became hard to control. The on board display showed "power steering". after a while the power steering turned back on. After a few weeks of this happening the power steering only works for the first few seconds when the car is started then you can hear a "click" sound in the steering column and the power steering turns off. Took to dealer #1, advised the entire steering column needs replaced. Took to dealer ship #2, advised the power steering module needs replaced. Tried switching out the fuses for the power steering, still no good. Advised that this is an electric power steering and there is no power steering fluid or pump. Advised by GM to take to dealer ship and have it looked at. Est. Cost to fix power steering is roughly $700 out of pocket. I currently don?T have $700 to throw at my car and still drive with no power steering. GM as recalled Chevy Malibu for power steering all except the year 2007. This needs looked into as it seems that there 2007 year is having problems as well.

- Muscatine, IA, USA

problem #222

Apr 142014

Malibu

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel would turn independently when the vehicle was in motion or in park. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who stated that the steering column and the power steering motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 14V153000 (steering), however the 2007 model year was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #221

May 022014

Malibu

  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle became difficult to steer. The contact mentioned that the power steering warning message displayed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 71,000.

- Visalia, CA, USA

problem #220

Mar 052014

Malibu

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the power steering assist failed. The contact would have to shut off and restart the vehicle for the steering assist to return to normal function. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 96,000.

- New Milford, NJ, USA

problem #219

May 012014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
Steering is sticking and making odd noise.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #218

Mar 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
As driving down the road the steering locked up and could not steer. Drove home and parked the car it was leaking on the manifold pipe. They wanted $1,000 to fix it and would not work with us as we are on a fixed income they eventually came and reposessed the vehicle in the none working condition and hauled it off.

- Longville, LA, USA

problem #217

May 222013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 99,987 miles
The power steering had gone out repeatedly at different times, both while driving and not. It would come back on at times and now for the last 5 months has been out completely and is a danger to drive. It is my only vehicle and I drive 3 children around regularly. It is nearly impossible for someone of my strength and size to drive. I fear it is a matter of time before we have an accident. I was absolutely amazed to see there was not a recall on my make and year but every other year Malibu. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). Updated 10/21/2014

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #216

Mar 172014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle became difficult to steer. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the power steering torque sensor had failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was not available. Updated 7/16/14

- Richland Center, WI, USA

problem #215

Sep 012011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Noticed after I first purchased the vehicle that when ever pulling into traffic or just accelerating quickly at all the power steering will go out causing the wheel to be "straightened" back up which yanks the car really hard causing for quick correction which can lead to over correction and then a wreck. Very dangerous in the rain or snowy/icy conditions since it yanks the wheel back straight and causes the car to slide. When this happens you can hear audible clicking noise coming from the column and sometimes even the warning dinging that the traction control failed. Seriously needs to be fixed because eventually it will cause wrecks and quite frankly deaths! very frightening when this happens! and apparently its not just my car.

- Buford , GA, USA

problem #214

Oct 172013

Malibu

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the fuel gauge was defective and would show that the fuel tank was empty when it was full. Also, the contact mentioned that the power steering would fail and would cause it to become very difficult to maneuver the steering wheel. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 105,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Chanhassen, MN, USA

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