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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 4 of 22)

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problem #379

May 162015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles

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

The 'tight steering' has caused my fingers to develop curvatures and twisted and enlarged arthritic knuckles. It is causing my shoulders to become painful requiring physical therapy. Carpal tunnel from the MINItrauma pushing and jerking the steering wheel to overcome its resistance to turn. (nexteer calls this 'torque overlay' and this torque overlay is effecting many other people like myself. My friends that drive a Malibu, Chrysler, Cadillac, and other vehicles with steering that can't be turned with one finger (too tight) are having numerous back/neck Fusion operation as I have. The stiff suspension results in 300+ shaking forces traveling through my body. Not a smooth soft-riding vehicles. These 300+ shaking forces cause my back, hips, neck to develop pain. My stomach become upset from the bouncing. The suspension is hard (like race car). The seating is hard molded foam which does not prevent these shaking/bouncing/jerking force from reaching my body and organs. Here is a link to my web site which has pictures of adults injuries from the tight 'torque overlay' steering. miketomich.com/pictures-adults-driving-injuries-1.html this is a link to the back injuries caused by the tight 'torque overlay' steering and the stiff suspensions. miketomich.com/driving-injuries-back-and-spine.html additional information is on miketomich.com module 2 and all six (6) line items. Please contact me with a contact confirmation complaint number. I have additional information/pictures that I will put into a report and send this to dr. [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). Updated 7/23/15 updated 11/9/2015

- Gagetown, MI, USA

problem #378

May 012015

Malibu

  • 93,000 miles
Owner of a 2007 Chevy Malibu. Had to replace fuel pump out of own pocket yet recall has not been extended to my VIN#. also, while driving at a high rate of speed my power steering cuts out and the steering wheel is physically turns itself and locks the wheel throwing me into adjacent lanes and erratically moving my car on the road. This has been a safety recall on other 2007 Chevy Malibu with the identical part number that is also on my car but after contacting GM I have been told that this is normal wear and tear on a vehicle and that to their knowledge it is safe for me to operate my vehicle, even though I have already had to repair 2 other recalls out of my pocket, had 2 taken care of by GM, yet now have an additional 3 or more parts on my car that are under recall but not extended to my VIN# but already showing identical symptoms for failure for parts that have been recalled. I feel like my life is in danger driving a vehicle GM is telling me that is safe. Not to mention the depreciation of the vehicle due to these mechanical issues. I have had numerous other issues with this vehicle and GM does not care about my safety or my money. I feel robbed.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #377

Mar 052015

Malibu

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 65 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn without warning. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the torque sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #376

Aug 312010

Malibu

  • miles

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

Complaint is that the steering column shakes and power steering light goes on and stays on. Very difficult to drive. I took it dealership immediately on beltway 8 and 225 in houston, tx but was told even back then that cost was greater than car was worth. I've been driving it ever since with faulty steering because I cannot afford to fix and still pay car note. I know they have recalled some but they keep saying my VIN doesn't have a recall. And I don't know how to get my VIN number in the recall.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #375

Apr 192015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering failed and the steering light illuminated on the instrument panel. The manufacturer was contacted regarding NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering); however, the vehicle was not included. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 7/10/15

- Wellsboro, PA, USA

problem #374

Apr 242015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 162,000 miles
Getting ready to make a turn and power steering completely went out.

- Hickory Grove, SC, USA

problem #373

Apr 062015

Malibu

  • 14,357 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 power steering seized and the warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician determined that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering); however, the contact had experienced the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 14,357.

- Fleetwood, PA, USA

problem #372

Apr 072015

Malibu

  • 102,531 miles
I got in my car and when I started it the steering wheel started vibrating and jumping. It then became very loose while driving and the all of a sudden while turning the corner the steering wheel locked up. It was very hard to turn the wheel which caused my car to hit the curb and side swipe a parked car. This problem is going to get someone hurt really bad if not fixed.

- Euclid , OH, USA

problem #371

Sep 302014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
It is extremely hard to turn my steering wheel. I was told by a Chevy dealer mechanic that my electric assist steering is not working. For some reason, my 2007 Malibu is not covered by the recall even though it is having the same issues as the other 2007 Malibu included in the recall.

- Bolingbrook , IL, USA

problem #370

Mar 102015

Malibu

  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the park assist module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

- Otisco, IN, USA

problem #369

Apr 112015

Malibu

  • 300,000 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 power steering warning light illuminated and there was a complete loss of power. The contact stated that the failure occurred at slow speeds. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering). The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 300,000.

- Montezuma Creek, UT, USA

problem #368

Apr 092015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
The electric power steering completely failed as I was driving up interstate 95 at approximately 65 miles per hour. Luckily I was able to pull safely to the side of the road. I shut the vehicle off and restarted it, which reset the power steering. I drove approximately another mile when the power steering failed again. I again attempted to pull to the side of the highway and restart the car to reset it. This time the power steering did not reset. There is a recall for this exact problem on most other vehicles this year, except for a few months which my vehicle falls into. There are still issues with the vehicles beyond what vehicles are included in recall 14772.

- Fairfield, ME, USA

problem #367

Dec 112014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 25 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #366

Mar 012015

Malibu

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel started to shake. In addition, the contact stated that the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the contact had to apply force to the wheel in order to turn the vehicle. Additionally, the power steering was displayed across the message board. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the steering wheel torque input sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering) but the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 114,000.

- Stevensville, MD, USA

problem #365

Mar 262015

Malibu

  • 103,700 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn after the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle was powered off and on several times until the power steering warning indicator went off and the steering wheel began to operate normally. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering wheel torque sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 103,700.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #364

Apr 062015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
Loss power steering on the highway and show power steering on the radio...makes if very hard to handle the car and could cause accident should be a recall on this. Did a check and not included in current recall.

- Nashua , NH, USA

problem #363

Mar 222015

Malibu

  • 76,923 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 55 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to turn the vehicle and a chime sounded. In addition, the power steering warning message displayed on the message board. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the torque sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering), but the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 76,923.

- Mount Union, PA, USA

problem #362

Mar 032015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
While driving the car, the power steering in the car stopped working suddenly we had no control over the car. Luckily we avoided crashing the car. Appears that the electronic power steering torque sensor has failed.

- Billerica, MA, USA

problem #361

Nov 152014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 117,264 miles
Driving down hwy going about 70mil pre hour and my power steering went out and I lost total control of my car. Was able to pull over without hurting myself or anyone else. Check recall and found out my car wasn't a recall but all other Malibu was this is a big problem and really need to be address on 2007 Malibu before someone get killed and I pray its not me. Thanks

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #360

Mar 212015

Malibu

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 60 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and jerked to the left lane without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the intermediate steering shaft and the power steering module 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 110,000.

- Richford, NY, USA

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