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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,828 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 062012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 143,500 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle was shut off and parked, with the key removed from the ignition when it began to roll away in reverse. The contact entered vehicle and applied the brakes however, the vehicle would not remain secured in park. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop for diagnostic testing. The technicians diagnosed a failure with the transmission shift cable. The vehicle was repaired by replacing the transmission shift cable. The manufacturer was made aware of failure however, there were no recalls for the failure and no further assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 143,500. The current mileage was 144,000. Updated 11/13/12 the shift cable was replaced. Updated 11/19/12

- Adrian , MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 042010


  • 50,000 miles
My 4 year old son was in the vehicle with me helping to clean out the car when he was able to put the car into drive without any keys or anything. Luckily, I was in the car and was able to get the car back into park but only after it hit a fence and damaged the vehicle because of this issue. I am able to put the vehicle into drive while the car was not running and there were no keys in it. There have also been several instances where I was able to leave it in drive after turning the car off and taking the keys out. It will also allow you to put the vehicle into drive without pressing the brake first. There have been several computer related issues that have also began to happen such as the gas gauge not working properly. It says that I am on empty when in fact the tank is full. The air bag indicator switches back and forth from on to off so I never know if my air bag is actually on or off. All of these issues occur on a daily basis. No repairs have been made to the vehicle.

- Roland, AR, USA

problem #4

Mar 192010


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated upon starting the vehicle, the gear had to be shifted into neutral so that the vehicle would start up. The shift linkage malfunctioned which caused the inability to shift gears. Furthermore, the catalytic converter had been replaced on two occasions but the check engine light remained illumnated. The vehicle was not in drivable condition at the time of the complaint. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealership regarding the shift linkage at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 91,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 042009


  • 57,000 miles


I have a 2007 Chevy Malibu that shudders and wants to jerk forward when I come to a stop. The problem has happened to my wife and I on four separate occasions; always after a trip of more than 50 miles. The first time this happened was on a trip to las vegas when we got off the freeway. We took the car to a transmission specialist and after waiting 45 minutes, he ran some tests and could not duplicate the problem. We drove home to ca and the same thing occurred when we arrived at the first stop. Two weeks ago we drove 98 miles to moore park and experienced the same problem. Last week we drove 48 miles to victorville and the car kept shuddering at every stop sign and traffic light we came to. It does so when I decelerate and start hitting the brakes. Acts like it is searching for gears and wants to lunge forward or pull away. I took the car to the dealer yesterday April 23 and after putting out $98, the technician could not duplicate the problem. I called GM yesterday and their customer service advisor was of no help. Now I know why american car manufacturers are in trouble.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 202007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,422 miles
I purchased my 2007 Chevrolet Malibu in March '07. For the past month or so I had been hearing a popping noise when I would turn the steering wheel. I called bartow Chevrolet and asked them if anyone else had any problems with the front end on the Malibu's. the service manager had informed me there were a few people who brought their vehicles in. I made an appointment and took my car this morning to have it checked. They replaced the intermediate shaft. After that was replaced one of the mechanics test drove the car and still heard a popping noise in the front end. Needless to say, I have to take the car back next week so they can also replace the bushings in the front end.

- Bartow, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 182006

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,048 miles
: the contact stated there was a loud knocking noise when the transmission was shifted into drive. All other gears were smooth and quiet. Three separate service dealers had inspected the vehicle and were aware of the knocking sound, but informed the contact the noise was common with the vehicle and would diminish with time. Computer diagnostics found nothing wrong. The manufacturer was notified. The consumer complained of a vibration when the brakes were applied. The dealer resurfaced the rotors. Updated 12/01/06

- Lancaster, PA, USA

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