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Crashes / Fires:
8 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
68,425 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 15)

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problem #233

Dec 262014

Malibu

  • 86,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 30 mph, the steering wheel felt abnormal and an unknown warning light illuminated. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who diagnosed that the electronic steering motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Panora, IA, USA

problem #232

Dec 252014

Malibu

  • 50,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while making a U-turn at approximately 10 mph, the gear shift failed to switch gears and the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the contact stated that the steering wheel seized without warning. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the shift cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V224000 (power train) and 14E044000 (steering). The failure mileage was 50,500.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #231

Dec 022013

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, the steering wheel would shake 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. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- East Lansing, MI, USA

problem #230

Dec 172014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles

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

While driving on city roads or 65-70 mph on the highway, the steering wheel shakes. As of now it's a "mild" shake (but it seems as if its getting "shaker" as the days go by. Im not sure if there an alignment needed. I had a new tire put on (passenger back tire) approximately 3 months ago had tires rotated back in July 2014?

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #229

Dec 112014

Malibu

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when making a turn, the steering wheel seized. The contact would have to use extreme force in order to control the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Cumberland , MD, USA

problem #228

Dec 092014

Malibu

  • 40,850 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the steering wheel became stiff and failed to respond. The contact had to use extreme force to turn the steering wheel. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). However, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 40,850.

- Harpersville, NY, USA

problem #227

Dec 132014

Malibu

  • 175,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the power steering warning indicator was illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 175,000. Updated 02/09/15

- Toms Brook , VA, USA

problem #226

Dec 092014

Malibu

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 35 mph, the power steering seized and a warning alarmed activated. In addition, the service wrench warning light illuminated. The vehicle restarted and the power steering was difficult to maneuver. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #225

Dec 012014

Malibu

  • miles
2008 Chevrolet Malibu power steering just went out. The consumer also experienced problems with the shifter and the brakes.

- Semmes, AL, USA

problem #224

Oct 012014

Malibu

  • 110,000 miles
Frequently the electronic power steering system will fail. Because this system is electronic and not hydraulic the car cannot be steered safely and has resulted in extremely unsafe condition. The local Chevrolet dealership has verified the failure and advised me that the electronic power steering system torque sensor is the cause of the failure. General Motors has a recall on this failure but it has three different repair procedures, the procedures are performed depending on the build date of the vehicle. GM document # 102644 addresses the failure. Procedures # 14116 and 14117 include replacing the torque sensor. Procedure # 14118 only replaces the electronic power steering motor controller unit. Repair # 14118 is the repair GM performed on my car but it did not solve the complaint. I have spent hours on the phone with a GM customer rep. And she will not offer any assistance, I even agreed to pay for the labor if GM will cover the part but GM refused. In summary GM has recalled my car for this failure. GM replaced a part on my car when they knew it was not going to repair my car. GM now refuses to offer any assistance to properly repair this safety defect on my car. The dealership is harvey ellis motors and they have been very helpful in the diagnosis and asking GM for assistance but GM declined to assist them also.

- Campbellsville, KY, USA

problem #223

Nov 152014

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles

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

Power steering failure. Almost crashed while on the highway!!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #222

Sep 232014

Malibu

  • 124,169 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 10 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the check engine and ABS warning lights illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that when the front driver seat was adjusted, all of the warning lights on the instrument panel illuminated. While at a traffic stop, the brake was applied but the vehicle accelerated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 124,169.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #221

Sep 012012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 700,000 miles
Recall: 14118 and 13036 due to these recalls I drive around holding on to the steering wheel so not to loose controll into another car or run off the road. My electrical system is faulty all the time. I am preventing this car from crashing while driving with family and friends. I have called the local GM dealer ship who in turn will not call me back regarding the recall parts. I have been driving like this for 2 years and have already put an extra over $900 in this car. I am telling you this so to have it documenting for feal of getting killed while driving. I have no other choice to drive this car.please help. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bourne , MA, USA

problem #220

Oct 202010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,833 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the steering shaft U-joint. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 15,833. Updated 12/01/14 the consumer stated the failure was caused by a defective plastic type of synthetic which was worn out where the steering column meets the rack and pinion. The consumer has spoken to numerous other Malibu owners with the same malfunction. Updated 9/14/2015

- Baldwinsville, NY, USA

problem #219

Dec 192011

Malibu

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel automatically moved and began to shake. The failure occurred numerous times. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering); however, the part needed to remedy the recall was unavailable. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Manchester, CT, USA

problem #218

Sep 242014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received recall notifications for NHTSA campaign number: 12V460000 (power train), NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), and NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #217

May 192014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
There is something wrong with the steering that cause the cruise control to accelerate while driving, there is issues with braking in the, the transmission is sticking or not always working, and the car shakes or requires you to force turn it at low speeds like up exist ramps. This has gone on for quite a while I have called several dealerships and the main number on the recalls and they just keep telling me no parts are available. This is my only car and I have no money for another how do they expect people to depend on their cars or survive when transportation is needed. Why aren't these parts being made faster or why aren't people provided any other solutions?

- Hastings, MN, USA

problem #216

Feb 032014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). However, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Atlanta , GA, USA

problem #215

Sep 022014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
There was no incident. I currently have 4 recalls on my car and only one part is available for the recalls. I got the first letter in June about power steering. I think the recalls are a big safety issue for me. I have a 2 yr old son and not able to get the pieces fixed. I have called GM and the dealership for over 2 months and haven't gotten any satisfaction.

- Broad Run, VA, USA

problem #214

Apr 142014

Malibu

  • 120,000 miles
My daughter was driving the Malibu and the steering cut out on her. She managed to get the car to the side of the road. She turned the car off and restarted it and the steering came back. About two months later my son-in law was driving the car and the steering cut out again. I asked both of them if there were any lights or chimes involved when the steering cut out. Both of them said no. The past couple weeks my son-in -law told me that it cut out again. I told him to take it to a dealer to find out what the problem is. The dealer told him that it might be the steering column, power steering motor or control unit, and it would cost around 700 - 1,000 -dollars. My son-in -law asked if there was a recall and the dealer said there is one but its hasn't been sent out yet. Then they had the audacity to charge him 55 dollars for the time spent on troubleshooting there own problem

- Collierville, TN, USA

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