Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.

Print this page

10.0

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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2007 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2007 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 22)

problem #439

Sep 242016

Malibu

  • 89,000 miles

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

I intermittently lose power steering, now it is happening every time I drive the vehicle and it is not safe. The wheel begins to take over for its self, so to speak. The wheel will shake some times aggressively enough to be pulling me whichever way it pleases. It even does this at an idle, the VIN is pulling up no recall but the articles on this subject say it is included in the expansion of the recall. I just bought the vehicle Sept 24, 2016

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #438

Sep 012016

Malibu

  • 93,000 miles
I was driving on the highway and the steering started to become very difficult if I wanted to switch lanes or if there was a curve in the road. I took the vehicle to an auto repair shop and they diagnosed the issue as the power steering assist motor was starting to fail. They told me that if it was not fixed, it could completely fail and cause my vehicle to get into an accident.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #437

Jan 152014

Malibu

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at a low speed and making a turn, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the contact lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14E044000 and 15V064000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000.

- Baldwinsville, NY, USA

problem #436

Sep 202014

Malibu

  • 177,000 miles

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

When driving or turning car there is a clunking, cracking noises coming from under car. When driving on highway the car pulls to the other side or jerks. I brought car used and the cracking clunking noises is getting worse. I need to know if this a recall because it will cost a lot to fix it.

- Lake City, SC, USA

problem #435

May 192016

Malibu

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle lost steering power and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the failure was due to the torque sensor assembly. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,000. Updated 09/06/16

- Richfield, MN, USA

problem #434

Jun 012016

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
A few months ago, we purchased a 2007 Chevy Malibu for our military daughter to take to her air force base in tx. The used car had less than 50,000 miles and was owned by an older lady. We expected many years of safe, reliable Transport for our airman! unfortunately, we noticed steering problems as soon as we purchased the vehicle. The power steering would just randomly go in and out. It is very unnerving. We found a couple of steering recalls related to the 2007 Malibu, so we took the car to a dealer in hillsboro, il. They said the recall work had already been performed, and they could do nothing for us. We tried another dealer in highland, il. They kindly re-did the recall work related to a power steering sensor, but unfortunately were still able to replicate the problem afterwards. They said, without a doubt, this car's steering problem is related to the recall. They presumed that having bad parts in the car for too long has caused issues elsewhere in the steering. However, to replace the steering parts that could be causing the problem was going to be over $2,000!! my military daughter cannot afford that, and we should not have to pay to replace faulty parts caused by a known recall. GM knows the steering in this car is problematic and should be fixing it! as it stands, the car is unsafe but must still be driven. Is there anything you can do to help us? thank you in advance! [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sorento, IL, USA

problem #433

Apr 192016

Malibu

  • 62,000 miles

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

When driving at low speeds and turning, the car makes clunking noises in the front end. Also, the power steering intermediately is lost when first staring the car. Randomly while driving the car will chime and the display will say power steering. I'm afraid I will lose power steering while driving at higher speeds. To correct this, the dealer will be replacing the intermediate steering shaft and the steering module.

- Roseburg, OR, USA

problem #432

May 022016

Malibu

  • 78,000 miles
Terrible clunking sound in the front end when turning the steering wheel when vehicle is in motion. Even when vehicle is parked and if steering is moved left or right you can hear the clucking noise. My mechanic said its intermediate shaft issue. Why there is no recall? so many people have the same problem.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #431

May 022016

Malibu

  • 185,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 30 mph, the power steering failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 185,000.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #430

Oct 012009

Malibu

  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering column made an abnormal noise and vibration when the steering wheel was turned. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the abnormal noise was due to the steering shaft, which needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering), but the VIN was excluded. The failure mileage was approximately 37,000.

- St.John, IN, USA

problem #429

Mar 252016

Malibu

  • 170,120 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 55 mph, the steering wheel stiffened and the power steering failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the steering portion sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 170,120.

- Breezy Point, MN, USA

problem #428

Nov 112014

Malibu

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road. The engine was turned off and restarted. The vehicle was able to resume oepration with slight force being applied to the steering wheel. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Maynard, MA, USA

problem #427

Feb 032016

Malibu

  • 155,000 miles
Power steering complete failure while driving

- Dowagiac, MI, USA

problem #426

Feb 222016

Malibu

  • 119,104 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 45 mph, the power steering wheel warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the power steering fuse needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 119,104. The VIN was not available.

- Lagrange, NC, USA

problem #425

Feb 182016

Malibu

  • 178,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the power steering sensor light suddenly illuminated and the power steering malfunctioned. The steering wheel became very difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power assist motor was faulty and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 178,000.

- Northwood, OH, USA

problem #424

Feb 232016

Malibu

  • 158,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 10 mph and making a left turn, the steering wheel became difficult to turn without warning. The contact proceeded to pull the vehicle over, turned off, and restarted the engine. Once restarted, the service power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was able to be driven home. The contact did not take the vehicle to a dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 158,000.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #423

Sep 282015

Malibu

  • 114,950 miles
Re: service bulletin 10058788--the steering stiffens at 25-35 mph and the steering wheel jerks back and forth horizontally. The steering wheel has to then be forced to move. Status update. Updated 07/27/16.

- Mason, MI, USA

problem #422

Feb 162016

Malibu

  • 160,000 miles
In October of 2015 I had placed a call to a Chevy dealer in my area regarding a notice I received in the mail about my vehicle. It stated that the eps on my 2007 Chevy Malibu could malfunction at anytime. When I had received the letter in the mail, the vehicle was having issues with the steering, such as losing power steering and then regaining it when the vehicle was turned completely off and restarted. I contacted the dealer as the notice states and was told that the issue was covered by the extended warranty issued by GM, but since the eps had not completely quit working that there was nothing they could do at that time. I was appalled, but continued driving the car as it was; with the eps going in and out. Now, a few months later and more miles, the eps quit working as I knew it was going to while I was driving down the road at 45 mph. I pulled over and contacted the dealer again, and was told that my vehicle is now over the allowed mileage to fix this issue. When I originally contacted them to fix it in October of 2015 it was under 150,000 miles and could have been repaired at no cost to me. Now, it is completely out and I have 160,000 miles on the vehicle. GM is refusing to pay for this issue; which as I have read numerous places, seems to be a huge problem. I have had several major spine surgeries and have now hurt my back trying to steer the car without the eps engaged.

- Ripley, WV, USA

problem #421

Feb 132016

Malibu

  • 202,000 miles
The power steering light activated back last winter when I started the vehicle. I attempted to pull out of the driveway and I realized the power steering failed. I shut it off and called my work. I returned a few minutes later, started it up and the power steering was working. Just last weekend at 202,000 miles the power steering failed again and this time it continues not to work at all. The dealership says it will be about $1000 to fix it, money I do not have at this time. Chevy knows there is a problem with the steering in these vehicles. Chevy needs to own it and repair the problem at no charge before someone gets seriously hurt or worse. I have owned several vehicles thus far in my lifetime and none off the vehicles ever had a similar problem. If my vehicle had less than 150,000 miles Chevy would fix it so the letter that was sent to me states. Obviously the problem is a manufacture error and needs to be covered no matter what the mileage.

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #420

Feb 052016

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
About a week ago, turned car on, and had no power steering. Dash indicated power steering problem. Turned car off / on three times, and power steering came back to life. Now the steering is vibrating / jerking slightly under low speeds or while parked. Problem seems similar to earlier model Malibu's with bad torque sensor. Have scheduled an appointment with dealer.

- Peoria, IL, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?