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

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 18 of 23)

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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

problem #99

Jun 232012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving on a straight part of the road going about 45 I felt the steering wheel jerk to the left turning the car into on coming traffic, I had to pull very hard to the right to keep from hitting another car head on. Then a few days later the same thing happened only this time it jerked to the right causing me to run into a ditch. I am scared to drive this car but have to it is the only one I have to get to work and back. GM needs to recall this car a fix the steering problem before some gets killed.

- Portland, TN, USA

problem #98

Jun 112012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 155,399 miles


This happens whenever I first start driving. The driver info center says power steering and sometimes it gets hard to turn but then comes back after a few seconds and is fine until I park and return to vehicle to go home or work.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #97

May 072012


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the front end of the vehicle emitted a popping sound when turning. The contact also stated that the steering column shook when the vehicle was traveling between 50 and 60 mph. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, but was not given a reason for the shaking. The ball joints, bearings, and control arms were replaced, but the failure continued. The failure mileage was 130,000 and the current mileage was 132,042.

- Lyons, IN, USA

problem #96

May 222012


  • 113,000 miles
Power steering completley went out while I was driving! I ran up on the curb almost hitting another car coming out of a driveway!

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #95

Apr 042012


  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While parked, the contact heard a clunking noise coming from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a diagnostic test. The mechanic stated that the steering shaft would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #94

Aug 062010


  • 40,000 miles
Steering at low speeds the wheel locks up and cant be turned.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #93

Feb 102012


  • 29,500 miles
I was driving my Malibu when suddenly the steering became uncontrollable. I managed to pulled the car to the side of the road. I shut the engine down. I pulled out my manual for the 2007 car and I was directed to the kind of power steering that was supposed to be installed in my car. The manual indicates that the 2007 manual for my Chevrolet Malibu ltz with a V6 engines should have a hydraulic power steering system in place. It also shows by illustration the position of the power steering reservoir. I took the car to a Chevrolet dealer in arlington, MA. And the mechanic said this car has no power steering reservoir. I showed him the manual and he said there's something wrong here. Call GM customer care and maybe they can resolve the problem because they wrote the manual.

- Watertown, MA, USA

problem #92

Feb 162012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Complete failure of the electric power steering system leaving the 5 year old vehicle completely inoperable. After stopping and parking for 5 mins the car was restarted and the power steering was completely gone with no prior signs or symptoms of pending failure. Vehicle was not drive-able and had to be towed.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #91

Feb 072012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 72,500 miles


While making a turn and accelerating in my 2007 Malibu, the electric power steering went out and the car continued to go straight, almost causing me to go up the curb. After letting off the gas, the steering came back and I was able to gain control. During this time, the dash displayed "power steering" and made a chime.

- Evergreen Park, IL, USA

problem #90

Oct 282011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
The car steering wheel locks up. It never locks up while driving. It only does it at crank. Sometimes, when I crank the car the power steering does not unlock until about 20 mins into driving and sometimes it doesn´T at all making it difficult to turn the wheel.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #89

Oct 032011


  • miles
Steering shaft failure - power steering motor failure steering box replaced gas gauge sensor replaced struts replaced passenger door won't seal I have hated this car almost from the moment I bought it. So many things wrong with it. 2007 car shouldn't have all these problems. 1989 Blazer still going and has none of this crap.

- Windsor, CA, USA

problem #88

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 #87

May 302008


  • 32,892 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that he intermittently heard a noise coming from the steering column. In May 2008, the dealer made two attempts to duplicate the failure and replaced the steering shaft. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 32,892 and the current mileage was 68,860.

- Pinole, CA, USA

problem #86

Nov 212011


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering failed and caused the contact to have a head on crash at 45 mph. A police report was filed. The contact's insurance company planned to inspect the vehicle to try and determine the cause of the power steering failure. The failure and the current mileages were 59,000.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #85

Nov 182011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
While my wife was operation on the interstate, with no warning at all the steering locked up, she had to muscle it to the side, once tow truck came he cranked the car and no issue, once she made it home while turning into driveway, it locked up again, according to internet research several, I mean several complaints are against the steering on same make model cars, Chevy will not fix, nor can I afford the 500+ to fix nor can I loose my loved ones and have them held responsible for someone else's death, , I have a 25K dollar flower pot for sale......

- Valdese, NC, USA

problem #84

Oct 042011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 89,542 miles
Upon starting the car the power steering indicator came on and there was no power steering. I had to shut the car off and turn it back on. This has happened over 10 times since the first time. The steering wheel has vibration when turning to the left like the motor is skipping. GM needs to do a recall on these before someone gets killed. I am considering getting a petition together to see about a class action lawsuit to force them to repair these defects.

- Jeffersonville, IN, USA

problem #83

Oct 132011


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering failed and the steering wheel became hard to turn. The power steering warning light illuminated while the failure occurred. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to be diagnosed or repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 65,000.

- Covington , GA, USA

problem #82

Oct 012008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was driving at 25 mph when the vehicle exhibited a popping noise at the front end and the wheels wobbled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic that located the failure at the intermediate steering shaft. The dealer replaced the steering shaft and the tires were replaced several times, but the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was contacted and advised the contact to take the vehicle back to the dealer for further inspection. The dealer performed a second diagnostic that located the failure as the front lower ball joint, tie rods and the steering column having to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 34,000 and the current mileage was 76,600. Updated11/29/11 updated 12/02/11

- Uniontown , PA, USA

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