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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 1 of 15)

problem #289

Aug 222016

Malibu

  • 118,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the steering column made an abnormal knocking noise. The contact stated that the control arms, inner and outer tie rods, sway bar links, ball joints, front shocks and the axle were all replaced on the vehicle; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #288

Aug 182016

Malibu

  • 76,000 miles
My steering wheel shaking/vibrating while in park, in motion and while turning. Was a recall on it. Unfortunately I bought the car in 2015 and can only find that the recall was supposedly done. No one can tell me where, and I looked online and find that these electrical power assists have been replaced and still yet failed again. Called Chevrolet and they will do nothing--my case for my car "has been closed out"...therefore it will be $700 out of my pocket. Is there any way to be sure a recall was done and/or find out if the parts they replaced were also defective? started acting up in Aug./Sept and has worsened in the last month. Having it looked into while having a separate recall for break lamp malfunction done. Oct. 12, 2016

- Painted Post, NY, USA

problem #287

Sep 042016

Malibu

  • 76,000 miles
I was turning right at about 20 mph, the normal speed I turn at. My Malibu slid and I couldn't turn the steering wheel. The car beeped at me and it said ESC on the dash computer. I called about the recall for eps, and my car does not have one. Kind of weird to see when others are recalled for this issue. I did have the power steering torque replaced in 2015. The car is still drivable, but to me I feel unsafe because the steering wheel now has a mind of its own when turning, and I cannot afford a replacement right now, as well as an accident.

- Lakemoor, IL, USA

problem #286

Sep 272016

Malibu

  • 200,000 miles

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

Takata recall I lost control of my 08 Chevy Malibu as it was in motion. Driving to school the ABS, brake, traction control and battery light turned on and the power steering locked. I had to forcefully turn the steering wheel to get out of traffics way and park somewhere to avoid an accident.

- Hidalgo, TX, USA

problem #285

Aug 152016

Malibu

  • 159,127 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 5 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle. "power steering" was displayed across the message board. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the vehicle needed to be repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 159,127.

- Louiseville, KY, USA

problem #284

Aug 272016

Malibu

  • 150,101 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact had not experienced a failure before the vehicle was repaired per a manufacturer recall for the power steering. The dealer completed the recall repair, but the steering wheel seized without warning several times months later. The contact turn the vehicle off and back on to reset the computer, but the failure progressed. The contact was to check with the manufacturer to determine if they may be able to provide a repair solution. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 150,101.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #283

Jun 022016

Malibu

  • 94,111 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 40 mph, there was an abnormal vibration coming from the steering wheel. The power steering warning light illuminated and the vehicle lost power steering. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the eps motor control unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 15V153000 (steering); however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 94,111.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #282

Jul 212016

Malibu

  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle shifted lanes without warning. The contact was able to regain control of the vehicle. The vehicle was diagnosed as having an electronic steering malfunction. The vehicle was repaired, but the issue recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 101,000.

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #281

Apr 182016

Malibu

  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a failure related to NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was repaired per the recall; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 103,000.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #280

Jan 112016

Malibu

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. On several occasions, either while driving or in park, the steering wheel would move up and down and sideways. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 109,000.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #279

Apr 262016

Malibu

  • 31,851 miles

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

Steering rack has been replaced 3 times (2011, 2012, 2016) in 32,000 mi. Noise & clunk when turning while driving on city streets. Roughly 8,000 per failure. Dealer replaced before total failure and/or accident. Worried about future failures in short times which could result in an accident.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #278

May 072016

Malibu

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 80 mph, the steering wheel began to drift and the transmission shifted erratically while several warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was able to restart after several attempts. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 140,000.

- Elacentro, CA, USA

problem #277

Apr 202016

Malibu

  • 207,000 miles
Loss of power steering and the electric assist steering, car was extremely hard to steer, I contacted GM and they have no recalls, however doing a search apparently this is a known problem with many other GM cars as well as the Malibu, the person I spoke to from GM said that they offered an extended warranty to make the repair, but only up to 150,000 miles, and my car has 207,000 and she states that I am out of warranty. This is a major safety concern and should be covered under a recall!

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #276

Aug 042014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the power steering failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable. The VIN was not available.

- Willingboro, NJ, USA

problem #275

Feb 192016

Malibu

  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While the vehicle was parked, the steering wheel moved left and right on its own. At low speeds, the steering wheel moved in the opposite direction. The vehicle remained parked at the contact's residence. The contact stated that the vehicle was diagnosed by the dealer in 2012 for the power steering failure. The dealer performed an alignment. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 165,000.

- Essex, MD, USA

problem #274

Feb 102016

Malibu

  • 113,000 miles
When driving and going into a turn, the driver assist warning light appears and there is a loss of power steering. Upon a diagnostic, the torque sensor requires replacement. Although several bulletins indicate a recall for this item, based on VIN for this vehicle, the sensor is apparently not covered under the recall. However, because of the sudden loss of steering ability, crashes are imminent and therefore it is a strong safety issue. Vehicle mileage is 113,000. This loss of power steering occurs while in motion on city streets and highways whether merging into another lane or turning.

- Nampa, ID, USA

problem #273

Jan 122016

Malibu

  • 88,328 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,328.

- Harrisville, UT, USA

problem #272

Jan 082016

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering and the electronic stability control warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was not available.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #271

Dec 312015

Malibu

  • 11,500 miles
When the car was started the information panal was not reading, it consisted of mostly dashes. The car was running much louder than normal and the check engine light came on. It started saying service traction and engine power loss. I placed the car in drive, the interior lights started flashing and locks went up and down rapidly. I shut the car off and re started it, attempted to see if it would drive but it had no power, could only reverse and there seemed to be no power steering. The next day I started the car again, this time no immediate issue until I pulled out on to the street. The steering wheel was tight, and the car failed to accelerate. Loss of engine power was on the dash, engine and traction lights remained on. Restarted the car and I was able to park again. The car remains at the dealer after being towed a week ago, and they are unsure of the cause. This is extremely dangerous, especially if it were to happen on the highway I would not have had any control of the car and most definitely would have caused an accident.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #270

Jan 082016

Malibu

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving in a parking lot, the steering wheel locked without warning while turning. The contact had to apply extreme pressure to the brake pedal and the steering wheel. The contact was not notified, but the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was not diagnosed or remedied. The vehicle was also included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 12V460000 (power train) and 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The contact did not receive notification of those two recall repairs and had to call the manufacturer to be referred to a dealer to schedule the repairs. The failure mileage was 150,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Crosby, TX, USA

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