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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 8 of 23)

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problem #313

Dec 152014

Malibu

  • 110,000 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 reversing, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply excessive force to the steering wheel in order to turn the vehicle. In addition, the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel moved independently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the torque sensor and the power steering assist motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Baxley, GA, USA

problem #312

Jan 052015

Malibu

  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering warning light illuminated several times and the steering wheel was tight along with a strong vibration. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V064000 (steering) and 14E044000 (steering). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 117,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #311

Feb 102015

Malibu

  • 135,000 miles
The power steering in this vehicle shuts off intermittently when driving. Sometimes when the car is turned on the power steering does not work at all. If the car is turned off and then back on, sometimes the power steering will return for a short period of time. When the car is on and in park, the steering wheels shivers and shakes without any input from the driver. The steering wheel will naturally turn to the left even when the vehicle is not moving. The most dangerous thing about this issue is going around sharp corners. When pulling on the steering wheel with a lot of force to turn it, sometimes the power steering returns and the steering wheel turns really fast making it hard to maintain control of the car. The power steering was recalled on this model in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2009. The problem obviously still persists on the 2007 model and it should be placed on recall.

- Muscoda, WI, USA

problem #310

Feb 122015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 235,000 miles

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

On 2-12-2015, I experienced a electric power steering failure on my 2007 Chevy Malibu at which time nearly caused me to crash the vehicle when the steering suddenly was extremely difficult to operate. I brought the vehicle to a G.M dealership where they informed me that my vehicle did not fall under the recall for this issue. It appears that this has been an issue with GM vehicles. There is a recall going on for the exact failure I'm having on my vehicle for 1 million vehicles surrounding my model year with an additional 80,000 vehicles added just this week. Could someone please look into this problem it is obvious that with vehicles made before my manufacture date and after that this vehicle should probably fall under the same recall! thank you in advance.

- Barnegat, NJ, USA

problem #309

Feb 142015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 157,067 miles
I was driving down the road the steering wheel started shaking and car was pulling to the left and then the power steering completely stopped working. Had to turn car off and start again then the power steering started working again. This has happened multiple times. When it happens I am usually driving down the road and unable to turn steering wheel. I am scared that when this happens I will not be able to control car, wreck and injury myself my children or others. I looked on online and seen where a lot of people are having the same problem with the 2007 Malibu. I feel this issue is very dangerous and unsafe.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #308

Feb 162015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 70 mph, the power steering light illuminated and the steering ability seized. The contact had to maneuver to the side of the road. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the power steering failed. The vehicle was driven home and was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000. Updated 4/29/15 updated 05/05/15

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #307

Jan 172014

Malibu

  • 148,000 miles

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

I experienced my steering wheel lock up on several instances. I automatically started my car to go to work at 5am. When I arrived to my car to leave the wheel was tight to turn. I instantly panicked because I never experience this before. I turned the car off and restarted it was fine. It was frightening as I drove my car on the expressway over 10 miles to work. I figured maybe it was some strange glitch because it didn't happen again. Recently I have experienced this issue in the worst way. I can't park and it I so frustrating to even think how am I going to turn this car at traffic lights and corners. I believe the dealership does not want to repair it in a recall because it is quoted at a costly price. Why would they choose to put an electric power steering pump on this car? Chevy was a brand I could trust. I' M not so sure about them now.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #306

Jan 152015

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 67 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply excessive force in order to turn the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that "power steering" was displayed across the message board. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to duplicate or repair the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Sylvania, OH, USA

problem #305

Feb 052015

Malibu

  • 121,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that after the vehicle was started, the steering wheel became difficult to turn without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 121,000.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #304

Jan 232015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
When stopped at a stop light, while in gear and brake pedal engaged, the steering wheel ticked or jerked. The next morning, approximately 16 hours later, when the vehicle was started the radio display screen showed power steering. Then when the vehicle was put in gear and reversed the wheel was nearly impossible to turn. The car was returned to park and left for several hours. When started after that time there was no message on the radio screen and drove just fine.

- Fox Lake, IL, USA

problem #303

Feb 062015

Malibu

  • 129,000 miles

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

Power steering went out all of a sudden after starting my car. Shut it off and turned it back on and it started to work again. Just now happened and with it being winter this is a dangerous situation. GM needs to get rolling on this before they have another wrongful death lawsuit.

- Albion, IN, USA

problem #302

Feb 042015

Malibu

  • 111,000 miles
I had been having problems with the steering wheel shaking when slowing down to stop and while being stopped. It got worse over a few days time and then on Wednesday it was extremely bad shaking violently while going at slower speeds. I made an appointment but I had to go to my doctors seeing as I am 8 months pregnant. I parked my car in a parking garage went to the appointment and when I came back to my car and turned it on the power steering message came across the radio screen. I tried to get my car out of the parking space and I was unable to control it and almost hit 2 cars before finally being able to maneuver my car back into its original spot with no steering control. I had to have the car towed to the dealership where they said its as a sensor in power steering but apparently not the same sensor as the one recalled in the 05 06 08 and 09 models. I find this extremely hard to believe considering my car has the same exact problem as those models and 07 was the only year left out. GM needs to recall this year too how did they just happen to get the right parts and put in the right parts for 1 year and not for the 2 before and after really"??" you are putting my and my child at risk while being pregnant because you refuse to take responsibility for the problems with your cars!

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #301

Mar 182014

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel seized. The failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Cahokia, IL, USA

problem #300

Dec 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
While driving kids to school the steering just went out. I almost ran off the road as it was icy. I was only able to gain the steering back after I restarted the several times. This is my 17 year old daughter's car. Had this happened while she was driving her brothers to school, they would have undoubtedly had an accident. This part cost over $600 to repair and the dealer indicated that it is a 'known issue' and they had to go through several parts during the repair to find one that worked"! seriously? this is a student level car and having issues makes a difference between life and death. What happens when this one just stops working"

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #299

Dec 182014

Malibu

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Detriot, MI, USA

problem #298

Dec 262014

Malibu

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when starting the vehicle, the power steering failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering wheel sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000. Updated 4/7/15

- Clinton, IA, USA

problem #297

Jan 232015

Malibu

  • 68,000 miles
I was pulling out of my driveway in my 2007 Chevy Malibu and couldn't cut the wheel in any direction. Power steering was totally out. The radio was scrolling "power steering", but had no idea what was going on. Managed to get to a gas station and then after many of us looking at it realized it was an electrical power steering unit. Was going to get it towed, but when starting it up again, it worked fine. Intermittent problem. This is so dangerous! my car only has a little over 68,000 miles on it. Dealer said that this is common, but the 2007 was not covered by the recall - all other years besides '07. I needed a new steering torque sensor. Cost $500 to replace. Seems crazy with such a known problem and low miles that GM excluded this year in the recall. So disappointed!

- Saint Charles , MO, USA

problem #296

Jan 182015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 259,000 miles
Power steering went out.

- Thomson, IL, USA

problem #295

Jan 162015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 118 miles
Steering works fine and all of a sudden gets hard and send alert that power steering is not working.

- Arlington , TX, USA

problem #294

Dec 012014

Malibu

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, the power steering seized and excessive force was used to maneuver the vehicle as the power steering light illuminated. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the power steering torque sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Williamsburgh, VA, USA

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