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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,800 miles

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1997 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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1997 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 202004

(reported on)

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles


Consumer denied reimbursement for power steering rack assembly replacement. Also, as consumer received recall notice dealership refused to perform recall repair since steering rack was replaced recently.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #4

Mar 172004


  • 64,000 miles
The vehicle's steering rack malfunctioned at 64,000 miles. The part was repaired twice, however the problem still exist. The cause has not been determined. Please provide any additional information.

- Westminster, MD, USA

problem #3

Feb 232004


  • 85,000 miles
After having the vehicle for 4 days dealership failed to replace the lower pinion bearing, but indicated they performed steering gear bearings recall 03V527000 repairs.

- Hallandale, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 062001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at low speeds, the right side inner and outer tie rod broke, causing wheel to separate from the vehicle, the power steering rack boots were torn and replaced, consumer states the metal is defective.

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 041997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer purchased vehicle 7-29-97/ 8-04-97, the steering rack was determined defective. Whenever turning a curve the rigt front tire rattles, otherwise any bump in the road causes the vehicle to make rattling noises. Dealer has replaced steering rack eight (8) times already, and says that until GM redesigns steering rack there is no need to replace again. Brakes vibrate, front rotors warped. Clicking noise comes from the motor of the driver side window express down feature. Consumer had vehicle in shop 8 different times, however the rattling noise has not been corrected, manufacturer has a newly designed steering rack, however consumer declined due to pursuing the lemon law. Lower control arms replaced, caused a thumping noise.

- Long Bottom, OH, USA

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