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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 4 of 23)

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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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

problem #379

May 162015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
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
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

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