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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,081 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 052014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the parts needed to do the repairs were unavailable. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #10

Jul 072014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received recall notifications for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and 14V224000 (power train). The parts needed to repair the vehicle would not be available for months. The dealer did not provide a specific date for when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Rockaway Park, NY, USA

problem #9

May 272014

Malibu 5-cyl

  • miles
When turning left or right or merging into traffic, the steering wheel clicks and gets very hard to steer like it's pulling to the side, causing me to overcorrect by steering in the opposite direction- it feels like I am going to lose control of the car and is very frightening but then it stops. It has happened several times over the years but is becoming more frequent. I have entered my VIN on the GM site but it says I am not a part of the recall. How is that possible when I am having the exact same problem" I am also having the problem with my brake lights- they go on when I am not braking and off when I do. I had to replace the gear shift last fall because it broke and my car would not stay in park. Is there anything I can do if I am not on the recall list" this is completely unsafe- I will never, ever buy a GM car again.

- Ocean City, MD, USA

problem #8

Feb 012011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


The following codes are active; P0463 fuel level sensor a circuit high input, B0561 ABS $43 sys disabled and C0561 sys disabled issues. The fuel gauge was fluctuating, but has now stopped working. The service engine soon light came on and will not reset to off. The service seat belt warning message came on. The problems were intermittent prior to 50,000 miles, but now, just after 50,000 miles nothing resets. I have found that this is a common problem and the repairs are very expensive, yet nothing has been done to convince GM to recall and make repairs. We own a 2006 Malibu with 35,000 miles on it. Now, I'm worried that it is going to have the same problem as our 2007 Malibu. And, who wants to face those repair bills!

- Watervliet, NY, USA

problem #7

Oct 152011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle would exhibit abnormal noises when steering and driving over bumps at approximately 30 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the front stabilizer bar was faulty and the front calipers were not properly releasing. The contact was also informed that the front calipers were burned and creating a fire hazard. In addition, the contact was informed that the master cylinder may be defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 35,000. Updated 03/05/12 the consumer stated white smoke emitted from the wheels and brake area. Also, the vehicle would not go over 10 mph. Updated 03/07/12

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #6

Jun 112011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 45,341 miles
Mid-June, 2011:vehicle was making a roaring noise: The result was that the front wheel bearings were broken end of August 2011: Difficulty turning the steering wheel accompanied by a loud grinding sound, the result was that the steering shaft and outer tie rod were broken and had to be replaced. September 2011: Extreme difficulty applying brakes, on occasion would appear normal. Had 3 brake inspections done within a week and a half period. When brakes no longer would operate, tit was determined that the master cylinder needed to be replaced.4.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Mar 312008


  • 33,000 miles


I have a 2007 Chevy Malibu. I bought the car 2 1/2 yrs. Ago. It had 12,000 miles on it at the time. We were told at 33,000 miles that it needed a new steering gear, which we did, then at 35,000 miles a strut was replaced, then in 2009 another steering gear was put in and also a few months later it was yet again doing the same thing so they greased it..... now they say we need a steering shaft put in.....GM should recall all these vehicles.....I for one am filing a complaint with the BBB and will never own a GM product again....I as well, will do my best to deter anyone I know from owning a GM product!

- Urbana, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 152009


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 55 mph, the contact had to apply excessive force to the brake pedal. Unexpectedly, the vehicle began to fishtail. The driver was able to gain control of the vehicle. Whenever the brakes were applied with excessive force, the failure would recur. The failure resulted in a crash on one occasion. The driver sustained severe injuries and was transported to the hospital. The ambulance and police were called to the scene and a report was filed. The vehicle was damaged and towed to a body shop. The cause of the failure has not yet been determined. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was unavailable.

- Mount Ida, AR, USA

problem #3

Jan 272009


  • 31,933 miles
Driving 2007 Chevrolet Malibu when another vehicle pulled out of side street proceeded to engage brakes and vehicle skidded out of control causing accident. A B S failure and traction control failure causing vehicle to be total loss.

- Norwalk, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 152006


  • 22,300 miles
When applied right front brake locked up and left skid mark 4 feet long, no other brake wheel left any skid mark. It skidded with my wife when she had to slam on brakes on November 15th 2008 around 7:45pm it slid side ways almost causing a terrible wreck. It was on dry pavement she was traveling around 52-54 mph, it did this before with me driving I almost hit a sport utility vehicle who pulled out of a driveway in front of my path. The dealer checked it but said the computer showed nothing wrong with the brakes.

- Kinston, NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 162008


  • 313 miles
I was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu undercover police car. I was chasing an armed robbery suspect and was driving 53 mph according to the accident investigation. I left solid dark black skid marks for over a hundred feet prior to my impact. The anti-lock brakes failed and there was no discernible difference between the vehicle I was driving an one not equipped with anti-lock brakes. After about eighty feet of solid skid and no steering control, I was forced to release the brake peddle slightly to gain steering so I would not strike the car in front of me squarely on the drivers door, possibly killing the elderly driver, who ran a stop sign in front of me. I was knocked unconscious and air lifted to the hospital due to my injuries.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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