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Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,782 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 14 of 23)

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problem #193

Feb 062014


  • 131,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph in reverse, the power steering warning light illuminated as the steering wheel became very difficult to turn. The contact stated that she restarted the vehicle and it functioned properly. The vehicle was taken to a certified mechanic for inspection where they stated that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 131,000.

- Bethany , OK, USA

problem #192

Mar 142014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
Again, I file a complaint. I lost my power steering, a message was displayed to inform me of the loss. Steering was very difficult to maintain at manual steering.. at this time no recalls were made. On 3/31 a recall was made for Chevrolet Malibu models from 2004 and 2005, and some from 2006, 208 and 2009. Mine is a 2007 and is having the same problems. My auto has been unsafe to drive because of this steering problem. Why isn;T my automobile on the recall list. You corrected the problem for 1 year and then went back to a cheaper way "?????" what was done different to the 2007 models, that they didn;T appear in the recall. I have asked for the phone number of [xxx], GM's newly appointed vice president of global vehicle safety, no one will give me his number. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Larsen, WI, USA

problem #191

Mar 242014


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, a chime sounded as the power steering assist failed. The power steering warning light was also illuminated. The contact had to maneuver the steering wheel forcefully and shut off the engine. Once restarted, the vehicle resumed normally. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis where they stated that the steering column would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #190

Feb 012010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering assist failed with the illumination of the power steering warning light. The contact stated that the steering wheel became hard to turn. The electronic power steering assist was previously replaced however the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 89,000 and the current mileage was 149,000. Updated 05/19/14 the steering wheel positioning sensor needed to be replaced.

- Pelican Lake , WI, USA

problem #189

Sep 122012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Upon entering freeway, steering wheel locked, causing stiffness. This has been happening more often now. While driving, steering wheel jerks to the left and to the right. Have to hold on tight in order to control. This is happening now on a daily basis. Called the Chevrolet dealer, and was informed no recall for this problem. I saw a recall dated 03/31/2014 for other Chevrolet cars with the same problem. Why were the 2007 Malibu not included? this is a very serious problem, we have an 8 month old baby that travels in this vehicle. Please add to recall.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #188

Jan 062014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
I have reported to GM on three separate occasions that my power steering is faulty. It has come to my attention that the 2006 and 2008 models of this car were recently listed among the recall. I would also like to add that GM was not at all willing to disclose to me that I may report this problem to you to get this model included. Imagine that! I am wanting to inform you that factory defect exists with the 2007 model as well. I went and had tires put on my car last Saturday and asked the technician to see if anything was loose underneath, as it often felt that way while driving. He reported back, in writing, that my car's rack and pinion is not working correctly. I often encounter the power steering not working upon starting the car. I have found through reading on the internet that removing the key and restarting the car will reset the power steering. So far, this has worked. My fear is that it will eventually not reset or worse, loose power steering while driving. If my model is not being included due to lack of complaints, that is so wrong. I imagine they like me, do not know how to report it to you. It's not a lack of problem. The problem absolutely does exist with this model as well. Thank you.

- Alpine, TN, USA

problem #187

Aug 012013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles


Power steering goes out-steering wheel shakes violently and vehicle is extremely hard to steer and control. Reported this problem via complaint with ntsb and with GM in August 2013. Was advised to have diagnostic testing completed on car. Did that ($110). Now GM is recalling this defect on all years except 2007. Why? same issue as other model years. GM diagnostics provided report that states power steering column should be replaced. This is no different than all of the other power steering issues in all other model years. The 2007 model should not be excluded!! recall this year as well!!

- Powell, TN, USA

problem #186

Mar 032014

Malibu 4-cyl Diesel

  • 118,000 miles
Upon starting my car, I had no power steering and the display read "service power steering." After shutting the car off, it will reset. This incident has happened five times. Upon checking with a dealership, they informed me that there was a recall for 2005, 2006, and 2008 Malibu but not for 2007, and, therefore, I would be responsible for the repair. I'm frustrated that I'm experiencing the same problem as the other models but it is not recognized as a recall in the 2007 model. Why"?"

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #185

Apr 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
This vehicle has the same electrical power steering assist unit as other GM models that have been recalled, why is this vehicle not recalled. It will kick off randomly while driving and then sometimes kick back on while driving, now I have it immobile in my garage as it is undriveable. There have been several occasion I feared my life as I had to make quick turns to avoid potholes, etc. I no longer drive this vehicle and it remains immobile in my garage waiting for this to be a recall to find out that this model year is not included. This needs recalled or explained why it has been removed.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #184

Jun 032013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I continually experience sudden power loss while driving my 07 Malibu which my dashboard alerted power steering lost. At first this would happen randomly, however it has progressively gotten worse especially in warmer temps. I can no longer parallel park as the manual steering is much to hard. I'm scared to make any sharp turns as loss of power generally happens at that's extremely terrifying to know at any minute my steering can go out while going 60 mph on a highway (which has happened) and I cannot maneuver my vehicle how it's suppose to maneuvered. Why are all other model years being recalled but not the 2007 model year"???" dealership will fix the issue at my own expense which is close to $1,000 as the entire steering column needs to be replaced.

- Middle River, MD, USA

problem #183

Feb 072014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles


This vehicle has the same electrical power steering assist unit as other GM models that have been recalled yet they won't recall the '07. It will kick off randomly while driving and then sometimes kick back on in the middle of a curve. I have almost ran off the road a couple times because of this. I no longer allow my wife to drive my car because I fear she won't be strong enough to maneuver the car safely when the power steering disables. This needs recalled.

- Manchester, MI, USA

problem #182

Feb 262014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
While driving on a sunny afternoon at 50 mph, the power steering service message displayed on the radio and the electronic power assist went out. Was able to pull off road and into a gas station. Turned off car. When returned to the car, started the car and the power steering functioned fine. Over the past five weeks since the first incident of this happening, it has happened 6 additional times. Each time the problem resets itself once the car has been turned off, allowed to sit off for a couple of minutes, and then restarted. Other vehicles with similar electronic power assist motors have been recalled, but for some reason this model has not been recalled. A non-dealership automotive service center indicated that this problem was part of a recall, and refused to perform the service. Dealership was willing to perform the service, as long as I paid, since the VIN did not come up in the recalls for the electronic power assist. Dealership indicated that sensor in steering column was faulty, but to replace I would need to replace entire steering column.

- Columbiaville, MI, USA

problem #181

Jan 072014


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized and shook abnormally while driving 20 mph. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic, who stated that the power steering needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the issues. The failure mileage was 150,000 and the current mileage was 170,000.

- Harper Wood, MI, USA

problem #180

Feb 262014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 202,000 miles
I have a 2007 Malibu which I drive back and forth to work everyday on the highway. On wed. 2/26/14 I felt a pulsing vibration while driving on the highway. A short while later I lost the power steering completely which needless to say was very dangerous trying to get to the side of the highway in heavy traffic with no power steering. I had to have my car towed to my local mechanic who told me that the problem was in the electronic power steering system. The parts were ordered at a cost of $856.54 and the total cost with labor was $1272.07. I have since been on-line and read page after page of problems with the electronic power steering for this year Malibu. I, as well as many others are wondering why this very dangerous problem has not been handled with a recall. Please advise.

- North Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #179

Aug 062013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
For over a year, my 2007 Chevy Malibu ls V6 has had a problem with the power steering going out intermittently without warning for a few seconds at a time. This as resulted in a couple of near accidents--one which would have flipped the car had I not wrestled the steering wheel into compliance. I have had the car at a certified GM dealership on three occasions complaining of this problem. The first time they drove the car and said that they could not duplicate the problem, and gave it back to me. Second time they did duplicate the problem and charged me a hefty bill to replace the power steering motor. The third time, after the installation of the new power steering motor they essentially said they made some "adjustments." Nevertheless, the problem has persisted. I spoke to the service manager at the dealership who basically said there was nothing they could do (read, "would do"), and all he was authorized to do was to give me a voucher towards the purchase of any vehicle on their lot, new or used. That does little to solve my problem. I join my voice to the chorus of complains about the power steering in this 2007 Chevrolet Malibu--which is not the only GM vehicle with this issue. Will we have to wait until the body count piles up over this problem before GM is required by the NHTSA to recall these vehicles for proper repairs?

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #178

Mar 032014


  • 123,000 miles
My steering wheel pulsate whenever it feels like it. My steering wheel locks up while I am driving. I have to turn my car off and then turn it back on in order to have power steering. I have spent money for rotors resurfaced, alignment, and tie rods. I am worried about this situation causing an accident. I have taken it to dealer where I was informed there was nothing wrong. There are a ton of complaints.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #177

Feb 252014


  • 109,945 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while reversing from a residential garage, the power steering assist failed and caused the steering wheel to seize. The contact stated that the power steering warning lamp was also illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the electronic power steering assist motor and the steering column needed to be replaced due to a defect. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 109,945 and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Agawam, MA, USA

problem #176

Mar 142014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
The steering tightens up, rack & pinion needs replacement and steering box is malfunctioning car was put in park and restarted, the power steering was not working and steering became extremely difficult, almost like manual steering. Steering wheel would shake intermittently. With these conditions, I was advised not to drive this vehicle. With all the complaints about this Malibu and all the problems with the ignition, which is in the steering column, my problems are probably related. To repair would cost around $2000 without labor.

- Larsen, WI, USA

problem #175

Feb 282014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
While driving on the highway, the electric power assist steering stopped working. After I got off the highway, I shut off my car and restarted it about 10 minutes later. The steering was back to normal. This has happened several time since then and fear something tragic could happen. I contacted central Chevrolet in West springfield Massachusetts and they ran the VIN. Service department stated that there have been several recalls for that same issue it not for this particular car. What is it going to take before General Motors recalls the thousands of cars with the same issue? let's get these cars fixed before a tragic accident happens. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Agawam, MA, USA

problem #174

Jul 312013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
The power steering stopped working all of a sudden. When I got to work I shut the engine off, and when I got off work the power steering was working fine. Since then it has stopped and started working multiple times. It will no longer reset when I shut the engine off, and restart it. We thought it was the eps fuse, but I had it tested and the service tech it was fine.

- Arlington, TX, USA

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