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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,998 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu fuel system problems

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #28

Sep 302011


  • 55,000 miles


The fuel gauge goes from full to empty and back to full and continues the entire time I am driving. It started just when I was at a full stop at first, but now does it constantly. This triggers the check engine light to come on and stay on. At first, as soon as I would fill the gas tank, the check engine light would go off until I got back to 1/2 tank, now it doesn;T matter. It is just on all the time. I see many of the same complaints and I don't understand why GM has not done a recall!!!! I read about a gas smell starting in dome and I had just noticed that on mine this morning!! 8 more payments and now look at what I have. I have been quoted up to $650 to get this fixed. The car only has 60,000 miles. Cant we in the us build a car to last longer than that!! GM needs to accept accountability for a faulty system and do the recall!

- Fountain Inn, SC, USA

problem #27

Jan 202012


  • 68,600 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that after refueling and starting the vehicle, the fuel level gauge would not move and the check engine light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised the contact that the sending unit had fallen into the fuel tank and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the sending unit. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 68,600.

- Washington, MI, USA

problem #26

Oct 282010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 96,368 miles
Factory fuel level gauge intermittently drops to empty during operation affecting audio warning, multiple dash panel indication & warnings, and obc statistics & display. Dash -check engine (always on) & low fuel warning light (whenever gauge drops to empty only), empty or erroneously low gauge indication (mostly when rising from empty) obc -low fuel warning in display mode, fuel range mode can display either low fuel or erroneously low indications of range. Occurrence frequency increases as temperature decreases, gauge indication deviation increases as temperature decreases. I understand that the fuel level information is also used for misfire and evaporative emission (evap) diagnostics as well as other functions. Local dealer has reset the fault code twice. With check engine light constantly lit the operator will not know there is the need for service or inspection. During inclement weather, erroneous indication and, or constant low fuel warning could cause running out of fuel and being stranded in perilous conditions. I have owned 20+ older vehicles in my 36 years of automobile ownership and this is the first I have ever seen this. This vehicle, the youngest I have ever purchased was only 5 years old when it started this issue. I have used fuel system cleaner, gas dry, fuel system injector cleaner with no change. I believe this is a design flaw and since there has been no recall indicates that the risk severity and occurence frequency has not been properly analyzed.

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #25

Nov 012011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Fuel gauge works intermittently - from full to empty and then to full again. Enough cycles, this will trigger the service engine light.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #24

Dec 202011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 49,855 miles
After filling the gas tank on my 2007 Chevy Malibu the gas gauge went to empty and began acting erraticaly. This has happened 6-7 times over the past month. Typically when this happens the check engine light also comes on but not always.

- Glenshaw, PA, USA

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problem #23

Oct 032011


  • miles
Steering shaft failure - power steering motor failure steering box replaced gas gauge sensor replaced struts replaced passenger door won't seal I have hated this car almost from the moment I bought it. So many things wrong with it. 2007 car shouldn't have all these problems. 1989 Blazer still going and has none of this crap.

- Windsor, CA, USA

problem #22

Jun 152011


  • 52,000 miles


The fuel sensor on our 2007 Chevy Malibu only works occasionally. It will typically read empty regardless of the fuel level and the check engine light comes on. Obviously a major problem with this car as many owners are seeing the same problem. The sensor is inside the gas tank so this issue cannot be due to excessive wear and tear, it is simply a bad design or a bad part. Either way GM needs to accept responsibility for the mistake and fix their mistake. With cold winter driving an inaccurate fuel sensor is a hazard. The trip meter can give a rough estimate, but as mpg changes considerably between highway and city driving as well as winter vs. Summer this is not a very safe solution.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #21

May 062011


  • miles
My 2007 Chevy Malibu fuel gauge goes to empty after a fill up and then it will go to full and then back down to out of fuel causing the engine check lite to come on - at first the lite would go out when I had less then a 1/4 of a tank of fuel - now it stays on all the time. I have been reading that this is a problem with the 2007 Malibu. The repair for this is 600-800 dollars! I have owned at least 20 cars in my life and never had a fuel tank gauge go bad?

- Greensboro , NC, USA

problem #20

Dec 192011


  • 75,000 miles
The fuel gauge will randomly go from full to empty even after being filled up at times this causes the car to start hard dur to the car computer thinking the car is out of gas there has also been times were the car will idle very rough as if starving for gas.

- Gladstone, IL, USA

problem #19

Jan 112011


  • 69,000 miles
My 2007 Malibu lt began having difficulties intermittently with the gas gauge dropping to empty after filling it up. This caused the check engine light to also come on. Initially this would clear up after about 100 miles, then it took a quarter tank, then half a tank and now requires the gas to be slightly below a quarter of a tank of gas (having used three quarters) before the check engine light goes out. My remote starter will not work when the check engine light is on. Living in northern NY this is an inconvenience. I have a friend who's Envoy was doing the same thing and it was fixed under a recall. Why is the Malibu not being recalled when obviously this is a major issue!

- Norfolk, NY, USA

problem #18

May 052010


  • miles


My 2007 Chevy Malibu's gas gauge dropped from full to E after filling up and the check engine light came on I took the car to the dealership spent $530 for them to fix the fuel level sensor / sending unit which required the whole fuel tank to be replaced in may of 2010 now a year and half later I am having the same issue and the dealership advised it was only warrantied for 12 months! this is a huge cost to have the same issue again and it also becomes a safety issue when traveling with my kids because the car is not reading an accurate amount of gas.

- West Newton, PA, USA

problem #17

Jan 012011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
My car for the last year or so has said that my fuel tank is empty, even right after I fill it up. I've been told by auto zone that it's my fuel sensor in the fuel tank that is broken, that's why my check engine light is on and my gauge is always on empty. They told me that there is no recall for my car and that it would be at least 400 to fix not including labor. I've looked at all the complaints and the majority of them are dealing with the same problem that I have. I'm not made out of money and I'm worried that one day I might run out of gas or something could happen. I usually always have my toddler in the car with me and if I had the money for a new car, this wouldn't be a problem. I'm guessing since this is an expensive fix, nobody wants to recall these cars and own up to their mistakes. What happens if there is a crash one day because of this. I'd like to know why there's no recall but a ton of complaints about the same thing.

- House Springs, MO, USA

problem #16

Nov 102011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
I filled my car up for the first time since purchase to find the gauge goes from full to empty at any time. In a 10 minute drive, it went up and down 6 times. The fuel light comes on and the check engine light turns on. As I researched the problem online, I see many complaints about this happening. It's an expensive fix, which is why I believe nothing is being done about it. This is more than a nuisance, as most have stated. How am I to know when there is a real problem with my engine if the light is on always" how am I to travel any distance not knowing if my tank is full or almost empty? what if I run out of gas in the middle of no where"

- Florence, AL, USA

problem #15

Oct 172011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
My car for the last couple of months have been having problems with the fuel gauge going up and down as I drive the diagnosis says that it is the fuel sensor and was trying to find out if there is a recall apparently I am not the only one with a 2007 Malibu that I having problems with this check engine light going on and the gas gauge goes up and down as I drive. It I frustrating because it started of when I go to a quarter of a tank the gauge would drop and the engine light would go on. Ten it would progressively get worst, startedat a half a tank and ten to tree quarters of a tank and now when I fill up it still fluctuates as I drive and the check engine light stays on. I believe that this is unsafe for my small children to be driving around in because I ca be stuck something could happen wit a fuel line and a fire can be caused I would really like a notice on the recall so I can be reimbursed for my troubles and money to have this replaced. Thankyou for listening and I hop that there is something going to be done or I will help spread the word not to buy this car even though I love it is has been causing me problems with this I am a single mom of 2 little girls and I cant be throwing away money for a manufacturers problem.

- San Dimas, CA, USA

problem #14

Nov 282008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
Have had problems with the fuel sensor, thought it was fuel level sensor but apparently from all others reports these are several problems with the fuel system. This causes the check engine light to come on and will not allow the remote start to work. Also have problems with sensor in passenger seat. Just works randomly. Very concerned this will interfere with air bag deployment. All of these things were fixed while still under warranty but started doing it again after it expired and too costly to fix on my own.

- Irvine , KY, USA

problem #13

Sep 122011


  • 117,000 miles
The fuel gauge will randomly go to empty turning on the low fuel light this also caused the check engine light to come on it will go up and down all the time every few minutes when driving no matter what the speed or type of driving conditions it is believed to be a fuel sensor and interference with a vent tube.

- Gladstone, IL, USA

problem #12

Mar 092010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that after refueling the vehicle, the fuel gauge would not provide an accurate fuel level reading. The check engine light was constantly illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic and after inspection the contact was advised that the vehicle needed a fuel sensor. The manufacturer was not notified and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 89,455. The VIN was not available.

- Riviera Beach, FL, USA

problem #11

Jun 102011


  • 40,100 miles
For more than two months now, since June 10, 2011, my gas gauge keeps jumping up and down, and can remain to the "empty" or "0" sign for more than a hundred miles. Then I receive messages that my gas tank is empty even when it is full. This occurs at the moment when I add gasoline in the tank or fill out the tank. Then, since June 17, the empty sign has been accompanied by the alert engine sign. Until the end of July, the two alerts would routinely disappear after I have driven for about 100 miles or after a day or two days. But for more than three weeks now, the two alerts can stay for a week and beyond 100 miles. But they would eventually disappear and would reappear once I put new gasoline in the car or fill out the tank. On August 18, 2011, I brought the car to a mechanic and the diagnosis was that is was the failure of the gas tank sensor. Saying that the gas tank will need to be taken out to install a new sensor. When I went to google for get additional information for this specific issue for Malibu 2007, I found out that other people were complaining about the same problem with their 2007 Malibu. I called Chevrolet asking if Malibu 2007 has been recalled for this particular problem, I was informed that the recall can only be issued by the NHTSA. That's why I am filing this complaint.

- Frostburg, MD, USA

problem #10

Jul 012011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2007 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer states problems with gas gauge the consumer stated when she re-fueled the vehicle, the gas gauge reached approximately 3/4 full, the fuel gauge needle dropped to empty and the check engine light illuminated. The gas gauge continued to read empty and the engine light stayed on until three to four gallons of gas was used. The gauge would then begin to read the correct amount of gas in the tank and would continue to do so until the tank was filled again. The check engine light would remain on for several days until gas was put in the tank above 3/4 full. The consumer believed the fuel gauge lever sensor was poorly designed. Updated 06/19/12

- Monroe Township, NJ, USA

problem #9

Apr 152011


  • 90,000 miles
When attempting to refuel the vehicle, the gas gauge would decrease to zero and the check engine warning light would illuminate. Normal operation would resume after the tank was half empty. In order to correct this problem the dealer stated that his would require a complete replacement of the sending unit all sensors as the common cause of this is corrosion if the float by the gas, the dealer said this is a common problem.

- Mannsville , NY, USA

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