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Crashes / Fires:
8 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
67,593 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 11 of 15)

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problem #89

Jul 122011


  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 65 mph the steering wheel became stiff and the power steering stopped functioning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians were unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the dealer the power steering failure was a known issue caused by a defective power steering module. The power steering module was replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. Updated 2/22/12

- West Bend , WI, USA

problem #88

Jul 062011


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds and while stopped, the steering wheel would begin to turn back and forth. The vehicle was in the process of being taken to have the failure diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 17,000.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #87

Jul 012011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Letter from senator brown on behalf of constituent re concerns about 2008 Chevrolet Malibu (respond to cleveland office the consumer stated the transmission cooler lines and front hub assembly were replaced. Also, the power steering light illuminated and the headlights had condensation which caused the bulbs to blow out. The dealer found a seal around the parameter of the capsule was not properly sealed at the factory. The intermediate steering shaft and power steering control module were replaced. Also, the front seat heater switch had to be replaced, due to the heater coming on when the seat was occupied.

- Swanton, OH, USA

problem #86

Jul 112011


  • 36,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the steering column locked and the electronic power steering was pulling the steering wheel to the left and right involuntarily. The steering wheel began to vibrate once the vehicle was stopped. The failure recurred at different speeds on an intermittent basis. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostics. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #85

Jul 052011


  • 50,045 miles
Driving on I 40 at 70 mph steering became erratic and jerking, it took extreme effort to stay in proper lane, pulled to shoulder and stopped. I killed the car and restarted and steering was normal until I exited freeway and there was a short episode of loss of power steering but soon started to work normal. A popping noise is now heard sometimes at slow turning speeds and is not always heard.

- Fairfield, TX, USA

problem #84

Apr 132011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
2008 Chevy mailbu. The steering wheel shakes and pulls from left to right when the car is in park and first turned on. It also happens when driving on and off the highway. The problem is intermittent. Car had 36,000 when problem stated. Pulling and shaking is getting worse and harder to control and keep car in lane.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #83

Jun 012011


  • 51,852 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while the vehicle was in park the steering wheel would move from left to right on its own. The failure was not diagnosed by the dealer. Whenever the contact made a left or right turn the power steering system shut off and the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 51,852.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #82

May 292011


  • 51,000 miles
Steering wheel moves left and right 20 degrees at stop or while moving. Problem comes and goes.

- Stover, MO, USA

problem #81

May 072011


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle, the power steering light was illuminated on the instrument panel. Over time, the contact began to hear a popping noise coming from the steering column while making turns at various speeds. The contact also stated that the steering wheel would shake whenever the vehicle was shifted into gear. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were in the process of diagnosing the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 59,000.

- Kingston, TN, USA

problem #80

May 102011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
2008 Malibu - drivers door latch does not work. Often driver gets stuck in vehicle. In addition, there is a loud knock in the steering and it has had a ring gear replaced already, same problem 12,000 miles later.

- Churchville, NY, USA

problem #79

Mar 232011


  • 67,000 miles


Steering wheel shakes intermittently throughout each day for approximately the past 50 days as of May 20, 2011. Sometimes occurs when car is initially turned on (shakes quickly to the left and right as if a little child was playing with the steering wheel). Shaking will also take place spontaneously while driving at various speeds. On May 10, 2011 passenger side power locks began to malfunction-would not lock or open when using power button inside car or using remote. Locking and unlocking had to be done manually by pulling up or pushing down lock.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #78

Jan 012011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Steering wheel will "wobble" left to right while car is stopped, in parked position, at idol. Event occurs daily and a noise will accompany the motion at times. "wobble" motion seems to increase with slight rev of engine. While driving at any given speed and on any road surfaces the steering will jerk from left to right, causing the vehicle to rapidly swirve from side to side. Feels like all control could be lost at any given moment. I have a 60 mile commute to and from work and it is extremely frightening as it occurs while other vehicles are in close proximity to mine. I am surprised that I have not been cited for careless and imprudent driving by law enforcement or ultimately killed in a horrible accident. I first mentioned the event to the service department while there for scheduled maintenance. Event did not occur upon mechanic test drive, however, their answer was an unscheduled tire rotation that I was responsible to pay for and the event occurred again the next day. The problem was mentioned for the second time with the next scheduled maintenance which included another tire rotation. The mechanic did witness the faulty steering at this time and evidently some torque something or other was recalibrated and the steering angle was readjusted. Upon leaving the dealership, the steering was obviously not corrected. I immediately returned to the service department at that time. The technician and I went on a 20 mile drive and unfortunately it ended without any occurances. The mechanic made a comment that it was more than likely the electronic power steering motor that had been recalled in other Chevrolet automobiles and he didn't understand why the Malibu was not included. I currently have an appointment to leave my car with them so that they may randomly drive it, "in hopes" to pinpoint the problem. It seems to me that they know exactly what the problem is but want to get as many billable hours of labor out of me in the meantime. Not happy!

- Rolla, MO, USA

problem #77

Apr 102011


  • 51,000 miles
2008 Chevrolet Malibu power steering faulty.vehicle is hard to control at any speed. Happens quite frequently. Brought it to the dealer, it will be very expensive to repair.

- Mountlake Terrace, WA, USA

problem #76

Apr 152011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 50,499 miles
The power steering is acting up, there is no warning or engine light signals, I have looked up for recall and all I have found in many other Chevy Malibu owners 2004 -2009 having the power steering issues. In some cases this has cased some of the drivers to lose complete control of their vehicle power steering an result in a crash. Today my wife swerved off the road and just barely hit a guard rail and almost ran into the bridge due to the power steering just going out with out any notice and no warning lights. GM has no recall for this but it has been happening to many of people for almost a decade now, what are they wait for someone to get seriously hurt. GM service personnel tell you to turn of the car and a will work again for a little while, what happens when it goes out again? also they said it runs about $800 to fix then there are reports of it going right back to not working, this is unacceptable I don't have $800, I spent 24,000 on this vehicle I should have to turn my vehicle off to just postpone a serious problem.

- Ludowici, GA, USA

problem #75

Mar 012011


  • 37,000 miles
Steering wheel jerks and shakes left and right even at a stop without holding wheel. While driving, the wheel moves and seems sticky when turning, jerks left and right causing the vehicle to be difficult to control. This problem was intermittent but is becoming increasingly consistent. Vehicle is at service dealership currently, but clearly has become a safety issue.

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #74

Feb 122011


  • 60,000 miles
2008 Chevy Malibu with 60,000 miles - I encountered problems with steering- the car was pulling, the steering wheel was moving when the car was stopped. Took it to the dealership was told it needed an alignment. Had the alignment, the problem got worse. Took it to another mechanic was told it was the steering column. When they called the dealer to order the parts, the dealer advised them that they see this problem 3-4 times a week on the Malibu, but never told me about it. The steering column was replaced at a cost of $1300, yet the problem is still not resolved. We were also told that this particular part is also the same part used on the Pontiac G6 which has been recalled, yet there is no recall on the Chevy Malibu.

- Hop Bottom, PA, USA

problem #73

Mar 292010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
2008 Malibu Chevy has major clinking noise in steering and steering is shifting to the left just bought it preowned and Hyundai of 112 in long island is giving me a run around even though the car is under a 90 day warranty. And they don't seem to wanna keep to there end of the bargain. They have ripped me off and are doing illegal actions against consumers like me they. Have taken advantage of me and I don't have the type of money to fix these problems when the dealer should have taken care of this.

- Hauppaugge, NY, USA

problem #72

Feb 022011


  • 85,000 miles
The power steering in the vehicle jumps from left to right going down the road. It is very hard to maintain your lane when this happens. It happens at all different points whether the car has been running or just started, it can last up to 30 min. Quit then start again it is very unsafe. My catalytic converter has also gone out in this car. It looses transmission power, doesn't accelerate promptly. When we first got the car we had it in the shop for the back trim leaking, trunk release not working, the car wouldn't start do to the aftermarket alarm the dealer ship placed on it, and the paint peeled. No I am having major issues and it is out of warranty. I will never buy another Chevy. This was the worst mistake ever and those car is unsafe to drive.

- Euharlee, GA, USA

problem #71

Dec 242010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 79,200 miles
2008 Chevrolet Malibu with 80K miles has steering issue with steering wheel shaking left to right uncontrollably. I have to fight to keep car straight in my own lane. It also jerks left to right while being stopped and while in park. I have almost gotten into a few accidents. This happens without warning at least every day or every other day. I strongly believe there needs to be a recall on all 2008 Chevrolet Malibu's due to the potential deadly occurrences that may be caused.

- Strawberry Plains, TN, USA

problem #70

Sep 012010


  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at various speeds, the contact noticed that the power steering went out, making it difficult to steer. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The contact did not inform the manufacturer nor was the vehilce repaired. The current mileage was approximately 46,000. The failure mileage was approximately 41,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Blue Island, IL, USA

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