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Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,820 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 17 of 22)

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problem #119

Nov 012012


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the power steering suddenly failed. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road. The engine was turned off and restarted. Upon resuming, the steering malfunction continued. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the steering module was replaced. The failure recurred after the repair was performed. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and was currently being diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Kimberling , MO, USA

problem #118

Jan 282013


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was driving approximately 60 mph and experienced a complete loss of power steering with the illumination of the power steering warning indicator. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer, who advised the contact that the power steering motor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 107,000.

- Newton, IA, USA

problem #117

Dec 282012


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering failed while driving 30-35 mph. The failure initiated as an intermittent failure, but over time became a permanent failure. The power steering warning light illuminated before the failure occurred and the steering wheel would become hard to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic test was performed, which located the failure as the steering wheel position sensor. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure was experienced numerous times. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the approximate current mileage was 111,000.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #116

Jan 172013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 119,946 miles


I was driving at 55mph when I lost my power steering. This now happens within 5 minutes of driving. When I shut the car off and back on I have power steering for approx 5-10 minutes. When I do have power steering the steering wheel vibrates really bad and moves on its own. I drive 600 miles a week to work on a highway. This is not safe. I called GM and they said to have a diagnostic test done, I did this on Friday 1 25 13. The code was CO545. There has already been a recall on 2006 for the same reason, the power steering mechanism should not go out on a car that is 6 years old.

- Connersville, IN, USA

problem #115

Jan 072013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Electric power steering assist fails intermittently to operate. No power assist when vehicle is started. Requires waiting from 30 seconds to 3 minutes for system to function.

- Santa Rosa , CA, USA

problem #114

Jan 182012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I bought the car used without a warranty im driving it home and the steering is clicking on turns and sometimes pulling to the right of the road I keep bring the car to my local mechanic and he keeps on replacing part after part its been a few months now and the problem is still here and dangerous not only that sometimes steering completely fails making me swerve in and out of traffic pls help.

- Spring Valley, NY, USA

problem #113

Jan 072013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 88,744 miles


Re: Chevy Malibu 2007 power steering motor needs to be recalled immediately! when passing on highway, the steering locked and made a rattling sound in front driver side, I had to force steering around the vehicle I was passing or I would have hit the other vehicle. The steering was not operating safely. This could have been a bad accident. I took to my Malibu to an auto repair, they looked for recalls and checked for warranty of the power steering motor, but none was found for this model/make/year. The power steering motor had to be replaced, the day after I almost had the accident. I was afraid to drive it. I looked on-line at home and saw that the cobalt and other make/model/year had been recalled for a defective power steering motor in Canada-the United States needs to recall this in the states. There may already have been fatal accidents caused by the defective power steering motor. If my daughter or son had been driving this could have been a deadly accident, since the steering was out of control. Get this recall done for the power steering motor on the Chevy Malibu 2007. There is a defective power steering motor in the Chevy Malibu 2007 and it should be recalled immediately! I contacted GM, and GM said there was no recall on this model/make/year. I reported that my power steering motor had to be replace for $867.51 to GM and requested a reimbursement from GM on the expense that were incurred, but was denied by a tier one GM customer service person and also his supervisor in the tier one GM department.- I wonder how many tiers you have to go through to get action done. GM customer service said it takes a long time for recalls through the government. I hope it doesn't. I told GM, they should be taking care of this by going to the top at GM to get the recall done, before more accidents or deaths are caused by this defect. Get this recall done!

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #112

Jan 042013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while turning at a traffic light, the power steering failed and the vehicle stalled. The contact mentioned that the power steering warning lamp was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the technician diagnosed that the steering system was defective. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was unknown.

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #111

Jul 012010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
There are two issues which are occurring with the steering in this vehicle. First, when the car is or is not moving (any speed) the steering wheel "twitches" and moves on it's own. Second, without warning, the vehicle's steering assist stop's working 100% and there is total lost in the power steering. This is the most concerning because it happens while turning corners and while going down the highway at high speeds. GM recalled a lot of other models for this exact problem but not the Chevy Malibu. To top it off, the repairs are going to be astronomical.

- Wayland, MI, USA

problem #110

Nov 062012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 96,465 miles
My son was driving the 2007 Chevy Malibu I bought for him for work/school when the electrical power steering system went out. He was driving down a busy three lane road, and as he began to change lanes, the steering became very stiff. He heard a chime and then saw the dash flash "power steering". since he wasn't expecting this, he couldn't control the steering right away, and the Malibu continued to drift toward the outer lane in which another vehicle was in. He barely avoided hitting the side of this other vehicle by turning the steering wheel of the Malibu the other way by using a lot of force. Since then, the power steering goes out intermittently. This is very unsafe and needs to be repaired as soon as possible, before someone is injured or killed, and it should be repaired by the manufacturer, since this seems to be a general problem with the 2007 Chevy Malibu.

- Gallup, NM, USA

problem #109

Dec 072012


  • 125,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering assist failed while driving 65 mph. The steering wheel became hard to turn as the power steering warning light illuminated. The contact was able to drive the vehicle home. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 125,000.

- Garland , TX, USA

problem #108

Nov 082010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
The first incident occurred in 2010, but has progressively become worse and most constant. The vehicles electrical steering will shake and jerk uncontrollably at times. The car does not always shake and jerk, but this occurs at least once per day. Some days it will shake and jerk non stop for long periods of time, others it will be short and quick. The car generally will shake and jerk for a few minutes, then will display on the display "power steering" and chime. The shaking occurs while driving and also when in park. Depending on the severity, the jerking can jolt the car into that direction. This is a safety hazard as it is very possible that this could cause an accident. The jerks are not controllable by two hands. Often while driving, the car looks as if it is jerking back and forth in its lane due to the rough jerking of the steering wheel. This is the most nerve racking while driving in weather such as snow or rain, where the road is slick or slippery. Having the car jerk around on ice is just an accident waiting to happen. When the problem first occurred, I took my vehicle to a GM dealership and had it inspected. The mechanic told us that the only option was to replace the entire steering column but they could not say if this would fix the issue. After reviewing many complaints and concerns online, I researched for recalls. I found that many models similar to ours have been recalled, but not our specific year.

- La Crosse, WI, USA

problem #107

Nov 282012


  • 130,000 miles
I got in my car to go to work and when I started it the message power steering showed up on the dic. I shut off the car and restarted it to no avail. Later in the day when I started my vehicle the power steering was back but the steering would pulse back and forth and eventually the message appeared again and I lost power steering. I believe this should be recalled because the power steering goes in and out randomly and when not expecting it could cause an accident and because it happens at all speed it could ultimately lead to death. I know there is a bulletin out for this type of problem but I don't see how and ignition coil has anything to do with the power steering.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #106

Nov 092012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 78,500 miles
The power steering went out while making a turn on roadway at about 25 mph. Came back then went out again few minutes later. Came back has done it a couple of times since.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #105

Nov 242012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the steering wheel locked causing the driver to loose control of the vehicle and crash against a guard rail. A police report was filed. The contact mentioned that both the driver and passenger sustained minor bruising and contusions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 100,000.

- Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #104

May 012012


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50-60 mph, the steering wheel would seize without warning. The failure recurred on an intermittent basis when the contact would suddenly accelerate. The contact stated that when he released the accelerator pedal, the steering wheel would reset independently. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was contacted and advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in the manufacturer's recall for the power steering assist. The failure mileage was approximately 56,000. The current mileage was approximately 60,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #103

Aug 152012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 88,560 miles
Bought this car from a Nissan dealer as a used car in June 2012, it is the lt ve model. The problem is: While turning left with acceleration the steering wheel jerks right, at times it can be jerked out of the hands (depends on acceleration speed), also a clunking noise from left front wheel at times (with or without engine running). Sometimes while driving at 55 mph or better, taking a left handed curve, steering will become stiff and hard to turn. This has not caused any accidents yet but it could in the future resulting in serious injuries or death.

- Coos Bay, OR, USA

problem #102

May 012012


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the steering wheel became abnormally loose. The failure caused turns to be completely abnormally wide. In addition, the steering wheel seized without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic and located the failure at the power steering pump. The dealer replaced the power steering pump however, the failure was not corrected. The failure recurred later as the contact was driving 55 mph. The contact was unable to turn the wheel in either direction. The vehicle was turned off momentarily and once restarted, the power steering function had returned to normal. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer for further inspection. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure and current mileage were 130,000.

- Sturgis , KY, USA

problem #101

Jul 102012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Vehicle became hard to turn and shortly showed power steering code on radio. GM was contacted offered no help because it ran out if warranty a couple of months ago. All other year Malibu with same electric power steering have been recalled except 2007 models, which has same mechanical components as other models and same complaints. Two days ago power steering completely went out can no longer move vehicle. Was driving at approximately 30 mph slowing down when it decided to quit. GM still offers no help. Someone is going to get. Hurt if they do not include this vehicle, 2007 Chevy Malibu, in the recall.

- Bradford, PA, USA

problem #100

Jul 172012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Power steering not working.

- Belpre, OH, USA

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