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Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,929 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 14 of 23)

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problem #181

Jan 072014


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized and shook abnormally while driving 20 mph. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic, who stated that the power steering needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the issues. The failure mileage was 150,000 and the current mileage was 170,000.

- Harper Wood, MI, USA

problem #180

Feb 262014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 202,000 miles
I have a 2007 Malibu which I drive back and forth to work everyday on the highway. On wed. 2/26/14 I felt a pulsing vibration while driving on the highway. A short while later I lost the power steering completely which needless to say was very dangerous trying to get to the side of the highway in heavy traffic with no power steering. I had to have my car towed to my local mechanic who told me that the problem was in the electronic power steering system. The parts were ordered at a cost of $856.54 and the total cost with labor was $1272.07. I have since been on-line and read page after page of problems with the electronic power steering for this year Malibu. I, as well as many others are wondering why this very dangerous problem has not been handled with a recall. Please advise.

- North Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #179

Aug 062013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
For over a year, my 2007 Chevy Malibu ls V6 has had a problem with the power steering going out intermittently without warning for a few seconds at a time. This as resulted in a couple of near accidents--one which would have flipped the car had I not wrestled the steering wheel into compliance. I have had the car at a certified GM dealership on three occasions complaining of this problem. The first time they drove the car and said that they could not duplicate the problem, and gave it back to me. Second time they did duplicate the problem and charged me a hefty bill to replace the power steering motor. The third time, after the installation of the new power steering motor they essentially said they made some "adjustments." Nevertheless, the problem has persisted. I spoke to the service manager at the dealership who basically said there was nothing they could do (read, "would do"), and all he was authorized to do was to give me a voucher towards the purchase of any vehicle on their lot, new or used. That does little to solve my problem. I join my voice to the chorus of complains about the power steering in this 2007 Chevrolet Malibu--which is not the only GM vehicle with this issue. Will we have to wait until the body count piles up over this problem before GM is required by the NHTSA to recall these vehicles for proper repairs?

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #178

Mar 032014


  • 123,000 miles


My steering wheel pulsate whenever it feels like it. My steering wheel locks up while I am driving. I have to turn my car off and then turn it back on in order to have power steering. I have spent money for rotors resurfaced, alignment, and tie rods. I am worried about this situation causing an accident. I have taken it to dealer where I was informed there was nothing wrong. There are a ton of complaints.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #177

Feb 252014


  • 109,945 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while reversing from a residential garage, the power steering assist failed and caused the steering wheel to seize. The contact stated that the power steering warning lamp was also illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the electronic power steering assist motor and the steering column needed to be replaced due to a defect. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 109,945 and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Agawam, MA, USA

problem #176

Mar 142014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
The steering tightens up, rack & pinion needs replacement and steering box is malfunctioning car was put in park and restarted, the power steering was not working and steering became extremely difficult, almost like manual steering. Steering wheel would shake intermittently. With these conditions, I was advised not to drive this vehicle. With all the complaints about this Malibu and all the problems with the ignition, which is in the steering column, my problems are probably related. To repair would cost around $2000 without labor.

- Larsen, WI, USA

problem #175

Feb 282014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


While driving on the highway, the electric power assist steering stopped working. After I got off the highway, I shut off my car and restarted it about 10 minutes later. The steering was back to normal. This has happened several time since then and fear something tragic could happen. I contacted central Chevrolet in West springfield Massachusetts and they ran the VIN. Service department stated that there have been several recalls for that same issue it not for this particular car. What is it going to take before General Motors recalls the thousands of cars with the same issue? let's get these cars fixed before a tragic accident happens. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Agawam, MA, USA

problem #174

Jul 312013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
The power steering stopped working all of a sudden. When I got to work I shut the engine off, and when I got off work the power steering was working fine. Since then it has stopped and started working multiple times. It will no longer reset when I shut the engine off, and restart it. We thought it was the eps fuse, but I had it tested and the service tech it was fine.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #173

Jan 152014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Having a problem with electric steering that needs to be replaced along with thousands of other GM customers. GM will not fix it and it has been making a noise for 20000 miles now and getting worse. This is bad business.

- Horse Cave, KY, USA

problem #172

Jan 142014


  • 127,000 miles
The power steering will just stop working as you drive. It used to be that turning the car off and restarting it would reboot it, but now it is just not working. The dealer said it is the same unit as the cobalt and there was a recall on that, but that there has been no recall for the Malibu. Apparently there is a problem with these columns. The problem continues.

- Bolingbrook, Il, IL, USA

problem #171

Dec 052013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering assist suddenly malfunctioned, making the steering wheel very difficult to turn. The contact stated that the failure was recurring. The vehicle was diagnosed by an independent mechanic, who advised that the entire steering control would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not yet repaired. The manufacturer was notified and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Holmen, WI, USA

problem #170

Feb 182014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
(Chevrolet Malibu 2007) my power steering intermittently went out and the wheel jerks when your just sitting idle. Now my power steering is completely gone. Many Chevrolet vehicles had this exact issue and were recalled however they did not recall my vehicle. GM dealership performed diagnostic test and informed me I needed to replace steering column which would cost $1000, they would not cover any of it. Im not happy with Chevy and do not plan on purchasing anymore vehicles with them.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #169

Feb 012014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 56,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the power steering failed and the power steering warning lamp illuminated. The contact mentioned that when the failure occurred, the steering became very hard to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the power steering motor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 56,500 and the current mileage was 53,953. Updated 4/22/14 updated 04/25/2014

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #168

Jan 022014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 1,000,000 miles
Traveling 60 mph on mountain pass and power steering alert came up on my radio screen then I lost power steering causing the vehicle to pull hard to one side. I had absolutely no power steering. I pulled the car over and turned the vehicle off. When I turned the vehicle back on it reset itself and the power steering worked again. It has done this to me several times. I travel across the mountain pass several times a month sometimes on very icy roads. If this were to happen on the icy roads, I run a severe risk of a wreck that could easily cause major injury or death.

- Pasco, WA, USA

problem #167

Feb 182014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 171,000 miles
When starting the vehicle, I receive the 'power steering' message on the dic (dashboard information center) on the radio display, and there is no power steering on the vehicle. When I turn the car off for about 15 seconds and then restart it, the power steering functionality is restored. This scenario has been intermittent for about a week. Also lost power steering while driving (however all other equipment was fine - electrical, engine running), at about 20 mph with same display on dic. Was able to turn car off for same 15 seconds and restart vehicle and power steering was restored. Seeing multiple similar complaints online for same year vehicle with no recall on this model year.

- Three Rivers, MA, USA

problem #166

Feb 142014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
I was driving on the interstate and my car jerks over and almost hit a 4 wheeler. On my radio it shouted power steering and went out. I have called GMC 3 times total regarding this issue. I just wanted to take it to them to get problem fixed, but they never got back with me. First time it happened the customer service rep was very rude and didn't want to help me. The second time I called the representative stated that she will get the local dealership to call me so we can sell a appointment, never received a call. The third time I chatted online they spouse to contact me and it never happened. I will never buy GMC again. They don't stand behind their product and definitely don't value their customers business. This is dangerous and needs to be addressed.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #165

Feb 182014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
Power steering notice randomly appeared on my radio. The power steering shut off while driving my car almost causing a crash. I had to turn the car off and start it again in the middle of the road to get it to work. I was told by GM customer service that they do not cover this issue even though many people are experiencing the same problem. This is a dangerous issue that needs to be addressed.

- Alburtis, PA, USA

problem #164

Feb 112014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
On the 11th my steering wheel started to shake when I was stopped. It continues to shake whenever I'm stopped at a light. The next morning I tried driving and the steering wheel would not move also, the power steering light showed on the dashboard!

- South Holland, IL, USA

problem #163

Sep 172013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 60,989 miles
Driving on freeway steering off to access road, when steering wheel started alternating between pulsating and locking up. Managed to gear into side of road.I was scared.checked tires. I did not have a blow out. Called family at the hospital, where my mom was dying, told them I was going back home.drove real slow with emergency lights on.steering wheel would start gyrating at times.thought all it needed was an a estimate in access of $700. Another good mechanic stated it did not seem like that was the problem as he checked it well.well I got a big lemon.P.S. after the first incident I parked it for a long time.

- Kingsville, TX, USA

problem #162

Feb 192014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The problem started as a clunking noise when I would turn my steering wheel. Power steering would intermittently go out and come back upon restarting car. Now it's almost always gone and if it does work it goes out at any given moment, after dinging to let me know. After having my car looked at I found out the entire steering column needs replaced along with the electronic assist module costing me almost $1400 in repairs for a faulty electronic power steering system. I am legitimately concerned for the safety of all '05, '06, and '07 Malibu drivers. This is so unsafe. I've come close to having an accident 5 times now due to this problem. When I called General Motors the woman said that they changed the power steering on all Malibu's after '07 this tells me they know it's a problem but just don't care. They also offered to help pay for the fix with their 70,000 mile/5 year warranty, but won't recall the parts or vehicle and most fail around or after 100,000 miles. This is unjust and dangerous not only to the drivers of these cars but also to everyone else on the road.

- West Lafayette, IN, USA

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