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10.0

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

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 3 of 22)

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problem #399

Jan 012009

Malibu

  • 157,000 miles

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

Randomly every now and then the steering wheel will move back and forth on it's on when sitting in park. While driving the steering wheel will start to move as well and start jerking to one side causing you to swerve back and forth a little while you fight it. I have done research, this is happening to others of this model as well if you search the internet. As well as a youtube video which the same thing can be seen on a 2008 Malibu at https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=px6uegwmvbi

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #398

Sep 142015

Malibu

  • 54,610 miles
I had just cranked, backed out of carport, still in my driveway. Steering wheel not turning smoothly. Was catching as when something moves from one notch to another. Drove slowly one street and aborted my planned drive down interstate, afraid of losing control of the steering. Drove slowly 3 miles to GM dealership service dept., noticing problem once en route. The shop did some test. Serv. Mgr. Said he believed what I said but their testing showed nothing at the time... that there is a bulletin on my car: Special policy 15356 good thru 4-3-2017 and 150,000 miles. He wrote that down for me in case I needed it later... said I did not have to worry about steering going out while driving on interstate, that some messages would appear if any problem. Searched online at home, as I had received nothing from GM on this problem and feel unsafe in my car. Saw other complaints and that GM and safety board is doing nothing. Today, 9-17-2015, I received notice from GM.on this problem. I know there is a problem, having experienced it 9-14-2015, but service dept. Did not say they would do anything since their test showed nothing. The letter says if the condition occurs, the condition will be repaired for me at no charge. Does some major incident have to occur before repairs can be done" or those messages have to appear while at the service department" it should be fixed now so that I can drive without being subjected to additional chance of accident due to the steering.

- Valley, AL, USA

problem #397

Sep 012015

Malibu

  • 139,000 miles
Electric power steering intermittently would stop while driving. While in park the steering wheel would oscillate approximely 30 degrees back and forth by itself. Serviced at dealership for steering recall twice. First trip replaced torque control sensor, didn't even make it off the lot before problem reoccurred. Second trip reprogrammed torque sensor and steering position sensor, problem reoccurred two days latter.

- Pryor, OK, USA

problem #396

Aug 172015

Malibu

  • 79,000 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 while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel seized intermittently and required excessive force. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electric motor module failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

problem #395

Jul 012015

Malibu

  • 48,000 miles
I noticed the power steering shake while driving low speeds and when a left turn it jerked to the right. I have talked to GM and they denied a recall for my VIN # but others of the same make, model, and year have been recalled. Chevy dealer wants $994 to replace the power steering motor, more than I can afford.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #394

Aug 202015

Malibu

  • 85,000 miles
When going up a hill, turning too the left, sometimes just trying to turn the wheel from a dead stop there is no power steering, etc the power assist for the steering cuts out and there are 3 chimes. When it happens pulling out from a parking space there are no chimes, just no power steering. These are the same symptoms as the GM recall but they say my VIN is not part of the recall. Maybe because my radio doesn't display steering. Or it's a bigger recall than they want to pay for, what do you think, should they get away with it? do I have to have GM spend money for me to get a lawyer to have this fixed, its the same problem as recalled vehicles.

- Lower Burrell, PA, USA

problem #393

Dec 252014

Malibu

  • 115,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving, the steering wheel seized intermittently and required excessive force. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the electric power steering failed. The steering column was replaced, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #392

Jul 182015

Malibu

  • 170,000 miles
My wife and I have been experiencing power steering issues, pooping and clicking while turning, days prior to the vehicle losing complete control and crashing into the median on the highway in atlanta, ga. Driving at the appropriate speed simply maneuvering around road debris, the car body leaned right then left while attempting to straighten the wheel. At that moment the vehicle no longer had traction nor was the braking system effective. At that moment the car veered left resulting in the Malibu hitting the center median totalling the front end. I sustained minor injuries but my brother broke his arm.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #391

Mar 102015

Malibu

  • 35,000 miles
While driving approximately 60 mph, a chime sounded and the phrase "power steering" appeared on the radio display. There was a sudden loss of power steering, making the vehicle difficult to control. Incident now repeats itself on a daily basis, usually at start-up but occasionally while driving too. Contacted Chevy about similar recall to this same model and year but was told this vehicle was not included. Dealer has diagnosed this problem to be a failure of the electric power steering motor which has been recalled for other models of this same model year.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #390

Jan 122015

Malibu

  • 78,752 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 60 mph, the ability to steer seized and the contact had to maneuver the vehicle to the side of the road to a complete stop. The power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was restarted and driven to the dealer. The mechanic stated that the power steering torque sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure occurred twice. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 78,752.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #389

Aug 012010

Malibu

  • 85,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 45 mph while turning left, a chime sounded and the steering wheel seized. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering). The failure mileage was approximately 85,000.

- Hunterville, IN, USA

problem #388

Dec 172014

Malibu

  • 36,000 miles
While driving to pick up pizza, electronic power steering stopped working. Vehicle became very difficult to steer. Pulled in to pizza place and noted the same problem when I came out. Drove home slowly. Next day problem seemed to have disappeared, only to reappear when I stopped again later in the day. Took car to dealer. Plenty of recalls on similar year vehicles, just not mine. Had to spend $1300 to get repaired. Hardly seems appropriate.

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #387

Dec 232014

Malibu

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel sensor failed. The steering wheel seized at any speed. The dealer was unable to locate any failures. The vehicle was repaired by the independent mechanic, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Prattville, AL, USA

problem #386

Jun 142015

Malibu

  • 153,000 miles
While driving, the steering wheel will suddenly become stiff and shifted from left to right in my hands. This lasts for about 10-15 seconds. The car doesn't seem to shift on the road but I have to hold on with both hands until the wheel stops moving and goes back to normal. This happens consistently and at all speeds since it began on Sunday (it's now Thursday) but at unpredictable intervals.

- Mendota, MN, USA

problem #385

Aug 082014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to major steering problems. Consumer sent additional correspondence. The consumer was informed her VIN was not included in the recall, even though the same part that was recalled, was replaced in her vehicle. Updated 8/6/15 the consumer stated her daughter was driving the vehicle, when suddenly she was unable to steer it. The steering wheel was very difficult to turn and was pulling to the left and right. The steering locked up for a second time, before getting the vehicle to a repair shop. The dealer was unable to find a problem. However, they suggested replacing the power steering motor/module. It was replaced and the problem ceased. Updated 09/28/15.

- Pinehurst, TX, USA

problem #384

Jun 122015

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 15 mph, the steering became difficult to maneuver without warning. The contact stated that this was a recurring issue. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- North Glen, CO, USA

problem #383

Jul 282014

Malibu

  • 112,250 miles
My granddaughter was driving my car when the cars power steering just went. She almost hit another car. I''V had the power steering fixed and it cost me about $1100/ also the car original was purchased by robert my husband but now I drive it and pay the payments. I had the car fixed at hoselton auto mall at 909 fairport road. East rochester, NY 14445. The same place my husband bought the car.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #382

May 032015

Malibu

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 67 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer determined that the VIN was not associated with NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 55,000.

- Palacios , TX, USA

problem #381

Mar 142014

Malibu

  • 80,000 miles
My son was driving home during a snow storm returning to Illinois from a job interview in grand rapids mi. When the electric power steering had a sudden and total failure. He was still able to steer the vehicle but it required significant more effort and this was made more dangerous due to the snow covered roads.

- Stillman Valley, IL, USA

problem #380

Mar 062014

Malibu

  • miles
The electric power steering has failed several times almost causing my son to crash into another vehicle. My wife almost ran into a building and other vehicles because of the failure and now refuses to drive it. This has occurred weekly for the last two years sometimes with the failure lasting several minutes to several days. GM has recalled other years and needs to include all 2007 Malibu before there are more fatalities.

- Burbank, WA, USA

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