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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,929 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 9 of 23)

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problem #281

Dec 132014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles

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

My wife was making a left hand turn in our 2007 Chevy Malibu when the power steering assist went out making the car very hard to steer (nearly crashed). The radio display on the center dash displays "power steering". the power steering just randomly goes out. When the car is turned off and then turned back on the power steering works again. A few turns later the power steering goes out again. This is extremely dangerous and could cause a major accident. This description is identical to the issue that GM had with the '05, '06, '08 & '09 Chevy Malibu (which now have recalls). The '07 Malibu have been left out of the recall but obviously have the same issue.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #280

Jan 202010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 55 miles
I was driving my car and the power steering lock up it was hard for me to turn and a display appear on my radio power steering so I took the car to the dealer and they diagnosed it stating that the power steering motor had went out and something about the steering column the shaft was bad this was in 2010. Again I was driving my car this is in 2014 the same thing happen I take the car to the same dealer and they diagnose it this time as a torque sensors but I new something was wrong they did not want the codes to be the same as before so they used another code which is the torque sensors. So I take the car to another Chevy dealer and they diagnose the car and said the power steering motor is bad and the steering column is bad just like in 2010 and I no that this dealer is right because the car done the same thing as it did in 2014 as it did in 2010 the first dealer was trying to cover up that it was the same thing so they used different codes. I talk to GM and they agree with the first dealer and said there is nothing they can do I also wrote a letter to [xxx] but I don't think she got it only the sec. I think its sad that they no that there's problem with these cars the 2007 Malibu and wont do anything about it. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #279

Dec 152014

Malibu

  • 52,754 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate and the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the power steering module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred several years after the repair. The failure mileage was 52,754. Updated 2/9/15

- Sugar Valley, GA, USA

problem #278

Dec 122014

Malibu

  • 74,001 miles

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

Temporarily lost control of vehicle veering off to the left across yellow line, luckily another vehicle was not in lane. This issue/problem is intermittent and almost on a weekly basis.

- Hooks, TX, USA

problem #277

Dec 132014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
My vehicle's steering wheel locked up, making it very hard to steer the vehicle left or right, and a message went across my screen reading "power steering". when my steering wheel is not locked up, it continuously jumps in my hands. I am pretty sure this is all due to the electric power steering giving out, just like in the recalls given for the other Chevrolet Malibu, unfortunately, my 2007 was one of the models left out of this recall, when I am positive it has the same defect as the others recalled. The description of what happens in these situations matches mine to the tee. The risks are the same as well, I am in just as much danger as those others driving that did get recalls. The difficulty steering makes it hard to swerve out of the way when in an emergency, as every turn requires a lot of muscle. I am asking anyone in charge to please, review this and include the 2007 in the power steering recall.

- Toms Brook , VA, USA

problem #276

Dec 062014

Malibu

  • 109,528 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 65 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The failure mileage was 109,528...updated 01/22/15

- Edwardsville , KS, USA

problem #275

Dec 092014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles

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

We had tried several times to get our car fixed from the safety recall notice, but the dealership either said we don't have the parts available, or didn't think there was a recall in effect for our car (despite having the letter). On three occasions the steering locked, making it difficult to turn tight corners, one time resulting in a scrape on the bumper. Frustrating as we have tried to rectify this, but have been unable to do so because of the unhelpful dealership.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #274

Jan 202010

Malibu

  • 72,005 miles
I purchase this car in 2009 in 2010 I was driving and the steering wheel lock up and then there was a display on the radio power steering I did not have any power steering. So I take the car to the dealer to see what going on and they told me I needed a power steering motor and shaft on steering column worn so I ask is there a recall for this and they said no not on your car.ok so I paid $801.99 to have the car repaired so in Dec,2014 I was driving to work and the same thing happen again my steering wheel lock up it was hard for me to keep the car in the lane because the steering wheel would jerk and to turn was very hard so I called GM corporate office to file a complaint are to see if there is a recall. Only on 04,05,06,08,09 but not the 2007.but when I google power steering on the Malibu all these cars had done the same as mine but there is no recall for 07 Malibu. So corporate tells me to take the car to the dealer to get diagnoses and now its the torque sensor which is still in the steering column GM cant pay for it because it a different code then the first time it happen I think it is very dangerous to be driving and the steering wheel lock up while you are driving there should be a recall on 2007 Malibu power steering and torque sensor.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #273

Dec 062014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The power steering comes & goes. At this point I have no power steering!

- Portage, WI, USA

problem #272

Nov 182014

Malibu

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the power steering warning light suddenly displayed. The power steering malfunctioned and the steering wheel became very difficult to turn. After turning off the engine and restarting the vehicle, the power steering would operate as normal before eventually malfunctioning again. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #271

Nov 142014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 126,858 miles

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

While drive the power steering went out while turning and almost crashed. Thankfully I was able to stop in time.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #270

Sep 272014

Malibu

  • 105,000 miles
I got a recall for my 2007 Chevy Malibu to fix a safety problem with brake lights. My vehicle was experiencing no problems when I took it to the dealer to have the recall work done, but I just wanted to keep it safe. However, about a mile after leaving the dealer, and on my way home, I went to make a left hand turn and the power steering failed. The car became very hard to steer and it was all I could do to keep it on the road. The problem persisted the next couple days but then seemed to go away. Since that time it is an intermittent problem that I can't predict. If I pull off to the side of the road and turn the car off and restart it, the steering seems to "reset" and it is ok until I make the next turn. The dealer said the problem was "unrelated to the recall" so I called GM on the phone and they gave me a case number but in the end they did not want to cover me even for just the expense of diagnosing the problem. I think this problem is a lot more dangerous than the other issues for which they have had recalls. I hope and pray that no one is going onto an on-ramp or similar situation and veers into another car because of this problem.

- Catawissa, PA, USA

problem #269

Nov 072014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 95,500 miles
Power steering failed without notice.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #268

Nov 012014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 100,700 miles
I have had my car for about 4 months. Two weeks ago I was driving up hill and trying to go around a corner. In putting on the brake to accelerate my car started beeping, my steering wheel locked and wouldn't let me turn, and power steering flashed across my radio. I let off the gas and my steering wheel unlocked but as soon as I touched the gas pedal again same thing happened. I missed going off the road by inches. I had the car in the garage and apparently this car model intermittently sends more voltage than needed so the car doesn't know what to do and locks the steering. Garage thought they fixed the problem and a week later same thing happened and yet again I almost went off the road. Needless to say now I'm petrified to drive my own car!!

- Tunkhannock, PA, USA

problem #267

Feb 202014

Malibu

  • 189,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph attempting to make a right turn, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle the was towed to an independent mechanic. The power steering pump was replaced but the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed back to the independent mechanic where the power steering pump, rack and pinion, and two pressure lines were replaced. The failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 189,000.

- Hilliard , OH, USA

problem #266

Oct 012013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel was extremely difficult to turn and the steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was restarted and operated normally. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 12/01/14

- Piedmont, OH, USA

problem #265

Mar 152014

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 50 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Bloomer, WI, USA

problem #264

Sep 222014

Malibu

  • 120,000 miles
My car has been flashing the power steering icon intermittently, the alarm will cease if you turn the car off and back on. Just a few days ago I noticed the power steering going out. The steering wheel will jerk to the left if you go faster than 55 mph. It will also shake to the right and left while in park. It becomes difficult to keep my car in its lane, and is quite terrifying. I went to the dealership to find out there is a recall on the years before and after the 2007 Malibu but not the 2007. I am submitting this complaint in the hopes that more research will be done to include the year 2007 as my mother also owns the same model (we bought them when my father passed away so we could be safe) and is having the exact same problem. I don't' feel that this can be a coincidence. Please help us in any way that you possibly can.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #263

Mar 312014

Malibu

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle veered to the left and the steering wheel became difficult to control. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #262

Mar 132014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
I was driving on the highway then all of a sudden the car beeps and the power steering stops in the steering column and power steering flashes on the stereo screen. When I stop the car and start it back the power steering works fine. Sometimes it works as it should and sometimes it stops working mostly at higher speeds. I'll cut the car off at different times then restart it and the power steering works fine. It goes in and out often.

- Arlington, TX, USA

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