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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 2 of 23)

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problem #433

Apr 192016

Malibu

  • 62,000 miles

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

When driving at low speeds and turning, the car makes clunking noises in the front end. Also, the power steering intermediately is lost when first staring the car. Randomly while driving the car will chime and the display will say power steering. I'm afraid I will lose power steering while driving at higher speeds. To correct this, the dealer will be replacing the intermediate steering shaft and the steering module.

- Roseburg, OR, USA

problem #432

May 022016

Malibu

  • 78,000 miles
Terrible clunking sound in the front end when turning the steering wheel when vehicle is in motion. Even when vehicle is parked and if steering is moved left or right you can hear the clucking noise. My mechanic said its intermediate shaft issue. Why there is no recall? so many people have the same problem.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #431

May 022016

Malibu

  • 185,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 30 mph, the power steering failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 185,000.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #430

Oct 012009

Malibu

  • 37,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering column made an abnormal noise and vibration when the steering wheel was turned. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the abnormal noise was due to the steering shaft, which needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering), but the VIN was excluded. The failure mileage was approximately 37,000.

- St.John, IN, USA

problem #429

Mar 252016

Malibu

  • 170,120 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 55 mph, the steering wheel stiffened and the power steering failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the steering portion sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 170,120.

- Breezy Point, MN, USA

problem #428

Nov 112014

Malibu

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road. The engine was turned off and restarted. The vehicle was able to resume oepration with slight force being applied to the steering wheel. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Maynard, MA, USA

problem #427

Feb 032016

Malibu

  • 155,000 miles

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

Power steering complete failure while driving

- Dowagiac, MI, USA

problem #426

Feb 222016

Malibu

  • 119,104 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 45 mph, the power steering wheel warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the power steering fuse needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 119,104. The VIN was not available.

- Lagrange, NC, USA

problem #425

Feb 182016

Malibu

  • 178,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the power steering sensor light suddenly illuminated and the power steering malfunctioned. The steering wheel became very difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power assist motor was faulty and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 178,000.

- Northwood, OH, USA

problem #424

Feb 232016

Malibu

  • 158,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 10 mph and making a left turn, the steering wheel became difficult to turn without warning. The contact proceeded to pull the vehicle over, turned off, and restarted the engine. Once restarted, the service power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was able to be driven home. The contact did not take the vehicle to a dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 158,000.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #423

Sep 282015

Malibu

  • 114,950 miles

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

Re: service bulletin 10058788--the steering stiffens at 25-35 mph and the steering wheel jerks back and forth horizontally. The steering wheel has to then be forced to move. Status update. Updated 07/27/16.

- Mason, MI, USA

problem #422

Feb 162016

Malibu

  • 160,000 miles
In October of 2015 I had placed a call to a Chevy dealer in my area regarding a notice I received in the mail about my vehicle. It stated that the eps on my 2007 Chevy Malibu could malfunction at anytime. When I had received the letter in the mail, the vehicle was having issues with the steering, such as losing power steering and then regaining it when the vehicle was turned completely off and restarted. I contacted the dealer as the notice states and was told that the issue was covered by the extended warranty issued by GM, but since the eps had not completely quit working that there was nothing they could do at that time. I was appalled, but continued driving the car as it was; with the eps going in and out. Now, a few months later and more miles, the eps quit working as I knew it was going to while I was driving down the road at 45 mph. I pulled over and contacted the dealer again, and was told that my vehicle is now over the allowed mileage to fix this issue. When I originally contacted them to fix it in October of 2015 it was under 150,000 miles and could have been repaired at no cost to me. Now, it is completely out and I have 160,000 miles on the vehicle. GM is refusing to pay for this issue; which as I have read numerous places, seems to be a huge problem. I have had several major spine surgeries and have now hurt my back trying to steer the car without the eps engaged.

- Ripley, WV, USA

problem #421

Feb 132016

Malibu

  • 202,000 miles
The power steering light activated back last winter when I started the vehicle. I attempted to pull out of the driveway and I realized the power steering failed. I shut it off and called my work. I returned a few minutes later, started it up and the power steering was working. Just last weekend at 202,000 miles the power steering failed again and this time it continues not to work at all. The dealership says it will be about $1000 to fix it, money I do not have at this time. Chevy knows there is a problem with the steering in these vehicles. Chevy needs to own it and repair the problem at no charge before someone gets seriously hurt or worse. I have owned several vehicles thus far in my lifetime and none off the vehicles ever had a similar problem. If my vehicle had less than 150,000 miles Chevy would fix it so the letter that was sent to me states. Obviously the problem is a manufacture error and needs to be covered no matter what the mileage.

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #420

Feb 052016

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
About a week ago, turned car on, and had no power steering. Dash indicated power steering problem. Turned car off / on three times, and power steering came back to life. Now the steering is vibrating / jerking slightly under low speeds or while parked. Problem seems similar to earlier model Malibu's with bad torque sensor. Have scheduled an appointment with dealer.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #419

Nov 242015

Malibu

  • 180,000 miles
The power steering does not work at all. As soon as the car is started up the steering wheel is shaking vigorously. I have to manually drive the car like I am in a video game. There is a recall out for certain models but my VIN is not included in the recall. All 2007 Chevy Malibu's need to be included in this recall. It is going to take multiple deaths of people before GM adds all vins to the existing power steering recall.

- Midloothian, VA, USA

problem #418

Jan 282016

Malibu

  • 195,953 miles
Power steering goes out while driving and becomes extremely difficult to control and turn. Sometimes the steering wheel turns on its own. Car has to be turned off then restarted and power steering returns for a little while. It is occurring more and more frequently.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #417

Nov 102015

Malibu

  • 184,000 miles
Power steering fails 99% of the time! I have no power steering at all when I am driving. It has completely fails. It's on for two seconds right when I start my car, shaking back and forth vigorously and then power steering assistance is gone! all manual from then on out! I drive with kids in the car and even bumped into things while turning because I cannot steering! this recall needs to apply to every 2007 Chevy Malibu, not just a specific time frame group! it's so dangerous for me to driving even on my own street and highway when I go to work! the wheel shakes when I'm not driving and even in motion even when the power steering fails! I have been waiting to hear back from you for over a month about my vehicle being unsafe to drive, but you must think it's okay for it to be driven since you're not doing anything about it! pretty soon I'm going to be involved in a serious accident and I will be suing GM and potentially ntsha for not reassuring my safety! someone always has to get hurt enorder for someone to fix something!

- Goshen, IN, USA

problem #416

Jan 192016

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
Power steering light keeps going on when you first start it and when car is restarted it goes off. Steering wheel vibrates back and forth while idling and power steering was going in and out while driving and is now completely out. This happened for about 3 days before power steering went completely out.

- Lexington, MI, USA

problem #415

Jan 142016

Malibu

  • 151,000 miles
Recently while driving approximately 30 mph, I began to make a right turn while applying my brakes and my steering wheel locked up so that I could not turn. I was in a neighborhood and fortunately no other traffic was around me. Eventually it started working again. The steering wheel will also seize up sometimes when I am driving 5mph or less and making a sharp turn. I have not had the Feb 2015 (NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000) or July 2014 (NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 ) recall work done and the NHTSA website shows 0 open recalls for my VIN #. I believe this happened in December of 2015 and the slow speed steering loss happens regularly.

- Wheatland, OK, USA

problem #414

Jan 062016

Malibu

  • 124,000 miles
While driving on the freeway in rush hour traffice my steering wheel stopped working and it became very hard to steer. I was nearly hit while having to cross three lanes of traffic and while stopping on the side of the highway I hit the guardrail because I could not steer the car. This also caused a traffice jam.

- Euclid, OH, USA

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