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10.0

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

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 8 of 15)

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problem #149

Jun 012013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 25,900 miles

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

Whether in park or driving the steering wheel shakes. While driving it is a constant fight to keep the car between the lines. The motion of the car is enough for passengers to notice the movement. This car is the 2.4lt. 4 cylinder. It has electric power steering. Having experience with syncro servo systems this kind of effect could result in catastrophic failure of the transmitter or receiver resulting in loss of control. However Chevy dealerships don't seem to have any mechanics qualified to work on these systems or a clear understanding as to how they really function.

- Myrtle Point, OR, USA

problem #148

Feb 012013

Malibu

  • miles
Power steering light comes on gone to dealer several times GM is horrible I will never buy another GM made car I have had nothing but problems with this car I will be researching under lemon law.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #147

May 092013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the steering shaft failed without warning. The contact was able to drive the vehicle to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where it was determined that the steering shaft needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #146

Jun 012011

Malibu

  • 49,000 miles

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

Steering wheel shook violently when the car was at rest and then began to shake while driving down the highway at approximately 49K miles. Took it to dealer and had the steering column replaced. Then the power door locks began to fail; both passenger door locks and the driver's lock must be operated manually now (well, the driver's door lock works 1/2 of the time...never know if it is actually engaged unless you do it manually). No outside keyhole exists for the passenger door side to be unlocked, which is very inconvenient and potentially unsafe, especially when you are driving alone and cannot get the doors locked by pushing the button. Have driven GM vehicles my entire life, but this is the last time the company will ever get my money. Sad....

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #145

Jul 302011

Malibu

  • 20,000 miles
I bought this Malibu 2 years ago I have had steering problems ever since the wheel shakes back and forth when I'm at a stop sign. It has gotten worse in the last couple months I have almost wrecked my car multiple times I can not let anyone drive this car.

- Lititz, PA, USA

problem #144

Mar 122013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 94,319 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel moved on its own while sitting still. The contact also stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel moved back and forth. No warning lights illuminated when the failure occurred. The vehicle had not been to the dealer for inspection. The failure mileage was unknown but the current mileage was 94,319.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #143

Mar 052012

Malibu

  • 72,000 miles

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

We was getting ready to park and the steering column got really stiff and I couldn't move the car to park. I had to shut the car off and restart the car and it loosing up. I was in the city of South bay, Florida. ## VIN failed ##

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #142

Mar 182013

Malibu

  • 64,000 miles
First steering wheel pulsed when the vehicle was parked and then and then when I drove it felt almost like a magnetic pull back and fourth on the interstate, as im swerving between lanes because its so strong! turn off car sometime resets problem temporarily. Eventually it all happens again and again. Needs to be recall on power steering. Before someone gets hurt. Thanks GM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Tea, SD, USA

problem #141

Mar 202013

Malibu

  • miles
Steering wheel shakes while car is stationary or on the move violently, power steering light comes on in information screen. This is a very serious problem that could get people in accidents!!

- Brownsville, TX, USA

problem #140

Mar 012013

Malibu

  • 133,000 miles
First steering wheel pulsed very rapidly and then power steering went out completely. Turn off car sometime resets problem temporarily. Eventually it all happens again and again. Needs to be recall on power steering. Fast before someone gets killed, like a child or family. Then it will be to late. Thanks GM.

- Pronceton, IL, USA

problem #139

Feb 072013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 59,854 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 approximately 50 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the vehicle became difficult to steer. The vehicle was able to be driven to the dealer where the steering module was replaced. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle was previously repaired twice under a manufacturer's recall for the steering column. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 59,854. Updated 04/17/13 the consumer stated on three separate occasions, the power steering light illuminated and the steering went completely out. On one occasion, she was unable to back out of a parking space. She had to turn the vehicle off and back on, in order for the steering to resume normal operation. Updated 04/18/13

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #138

Jul 252011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
When sitting at a stop sign or sitting in drive way after starting vehicle, the power steering trouble light will come on and then the steering wheel will shake for no apparent reason. This has also happened while driving and makes the driving of the vehicle difficult (makes it seems as though there is a flat tire, when there is none!). when I first purchased the vehicle in July 2011, I put the car into the dealer to get it fixed and they could not find anything wrong. The current mileage of the vehicle is at 83000.

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #137

Feb 182013

Malibu

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while at a complete stop, the steering wheel shook without warning. Also, the contact mentioned that while driving at different speeds and switching lanes, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 60,000.

- Brick , NJ, USA

problem #136

Jan 012013

Malibu

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while sitting at a traffic stop, the steering wheel would independently move. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where they advised that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the steering column. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were approximately 116,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Eden, NC, USA

problem #135

Jun 062012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Steering shakes violently, while driving or stopped, to the point of losing control. Condition is intermitent. Vehicle has been checked by dealer and diagnosed as needing a steering control module. So far Chevrolet has not offered a fix, except to replace it at a cost of 743.00$ with the same part that is defective? engine light came on at 70000 miles and dealer replaced cat conv at no charge. The third issue is door locks stopped working at 74000 miles, and will only open manually. The steering is a very dangerous condition and I fear will cause a accident.

- Oceanside , CA, USA

problem #134

Jan 282013

Malibu

  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated as the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the power steering module would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 149,000.

- Warrenton, MO, USA

problem #133

Jan 222013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road. The engine was shut down. Upon restarting, the steering wheel began to operate normally. The failure occurred four times. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000. Updated 03/01/13 updated 03/07/13

- Elpaso, TX, USA

problem #132

Jan 272013

Malibu

  • 89,602 miles
While sitting in a parking lot the steering wheel started to move back and forth by itself. The car was not moving. When I went to take off the car would pull to one side the jerk back and forth. It kept doing this most of the way home. My wife will no nolonger drive the car because it is not safe to drive. Why wont the government make Chevy fix this problem. I know from doing research about it that it is happening way too often. I guess somebody has to get hurt before they will do anything.

- Mondovi, WI, USA

problem #131

Aug 012012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the power steering assist failed, preventing her from completing a right turn. The contact mentioned that the power steering warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the torque steering sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 35,000 and the current mileage was 43,000. Updated 3/20/13 the dealer replaced the steering wheel torque input sensor. Updated 04/17/13

- Rochester , NY, USA

problem #130

Dec 172012

Malibu

  • 87,015 miles
While traveling down the highway the steeringwheel on my 2008 Chevy Malibu started to shake back and forth by itself. It nearly made me lose control of the car. It now does this at any speed and at any time or driving condition. It will also do it when the car is just sitting still.

- Mondovi, WI, USA

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