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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

steering problem

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 17 of 23)

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problem #133

Nov 072012


  • 53,678 miles


In mid-2008, I started noticing a popping in my steering rack. The car was a rattletrap to begin with and always made noise. I went to the Chevy garage in mt and told them there was a clanging under the car & tgry fixed the sway bars. A few months later, the popping gets louder and more severe - my friend thinks it's the cv joints, I go to my mechanic (who's GM certified) to get them checked out and to have the brakes fixed. He tells me that the steering rack is going out and it's a huge safety as it could pop out and cause a serious accident - he didn't want me to drive that car until he fixed it. 7 mos later, which brings us to 6/11/13, I notice a popping noise again and bring it in - it needed to be fixed again! these are GM certified mechanics & a GM certified shop. The steering rack was so torn up, he thought I went offroading - and I live on paved roads!

- Nampa, ID, USA

problem #132

Jan 092008

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
Loss of power steering. Problem started shortly after purchase. Went several times to ferman dealer on SR60 in brandon, Florida, from where purchase was made. Took several visits before they stated they detected the problem, which was a wire that was touching steering column. Days later it occurred again and have been occurring intermittently since. The safety issue here is immense. Let alone, you get no enjoyment in driving. There have been numerous complaints about same for a number of years, some with accidents. Does there have to be a loss of life in order for the manufacturer to step to the plate and correct this problem? please help us! we need a voice!

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #131

Jun 102013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 125,487 miles
While driving on the 91 freeway, the power steering went out causing the vehicle to jerk to the right and I nearly collide with the vehicle to my right. In addition the fuel gauge and the engine light came on. I notified GM asking to please take some responsibility since many other drivers are experiencing the same problem, and the defective parts could cause an accident with serious consequences. The response that I received was that it is the government responsibility to place a recall and not theirs.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #130

Jun 012013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles


Diving down the road and the steering just stopped working, it was very hard to steer, this not safe at all, does some one have to die before they do a recall.

- Upton , KY, USA

problem #129

Jun 172013


  • 210,000 miles
The power steering went out and jerked my car into a guard rail.

- Lodi, CA, USA

problem #128

Jun 112013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
The power steering went out with no warning in the middle of a right turn. This is very dangerous. I looked on the internet and there are a ton of complaints about this. I suggest you people get a recall notice from GM quickly. Get moving pronto......lots of accidents and near accidents.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #127

Sep 152010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the electronic power assist failed. The steering wheel shook and sporadically seized. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where it was determined that the electronic power assist needed to be replaced. The contact also stated that the fuel gauge would provide inaccurate fuel level readings and would only provide readings of either full or empty. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for the fuel gauge failure. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 116,089.

- Chiloicothe, IL, USA

problem #126

Aug 282012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
I was driving my 2007 Chevy Malibu and my steering went out causing me to hit a fire hydrant. I could not realign the car it pulled so hard to the right when it cut off. I have never had this problem with the car before. I went out to drive the car the other day and it was working just fine. I had the car repaired by my insurance company but they said the were not going to fix the steering problem since they could not prove it was not already broken when the accident happened. I am shocked there is no recall on this vehicle for the steering issues.

- Alcoa, TN, USA

problem #125

Apr 012012


  • 150,000 miles
On my 2007 Chevy Malibu, the cruise control will shut off by itself going down the road, the brake lights work backwards by step on brake they are off, foot off brake the lights are on. The steering wheel will lock up and have to shut car off and restart to get it to unlock and idling the car the steering wheel shakes and while driving down the road it shakes also. The part of the fuel pump that controls the gas gauge no longer works. I have taken to the dealer and they don't know of any recalls as of yet. But I have researched and have found this to be common problems, so why aren't there any recalls?

- Shelbyville, TN, USA

problem #124

Mar 072013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel would seize. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 106,000. Updated 06/18/13 the consumer is a car dealer who claims to have come upon another Chevrolet Malibu with the same condition. Updated 06/20/2013

- Macy, IN, USA

problem #123

Mar 072013


  • 154,000 miles


While I was entering the cloverleaf ramp of the highway my power steering stopped working. Luckily I was able to get it under control before going off the road. Warning on the dash said "power steering" it is an electrical assist power steering unit. I was able to pull over and restart the car and the steering started to work again. Short while later while driving down the highway it quit again. It's been intermittently working ever since.

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #122

Mar 012013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Please help. I was leaving the bank when the steering wheel locked itself (it read on the monitor power steering) and I could not move my car luckily I was able to move forward and found a parking space in the street. I was there for about 1.5 hrs when I decided to drive it home I did not move my car for 2 days and started using it just to go to work then in happened to me again twice. I am no longer using the car.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #121

Feb 132013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Driving down the highway and the steering went out. Completely unable to turn the steering wheel in any direction so my daughter had to coast until the car slowly drifted to the shoulder of the road. She had absolutely no control of the car. Having it repaired and it is the power steering motor. It is an electric asst motor. It is a $800 repair. I am lucky that of my three daughters that drive she is the one with better judgment and thinking.

- Twin Falls, ID, USA

problem #120

Nov 022012


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that she started the ignition and the steering wheel began to move independently for several seconds. The sporadic failure also occurred when the contact was driving at various speeds, accompanied by the illumination of the power steering warning indicator. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who stated that the failure was contributed to the power steering motor. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

problem #119

Nov 012012


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the power steering suddenly failed. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road. The engine was turned off and restarted. Upon resuming, the steering malfunction continued. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the steering module was replaced. The failure recurred after the repair was performed. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and was currently being diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Kimberling , MO, USA

problem #118

Jan 282013


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was driving approximately 60 mph and experienced a complete loss of power steering with the illumination of the power steering warning indicator. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer, who advised the contact that the power steering motor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 107,000.

- Newton, IA, USA

problem #117

Dec 282012


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering failed while driving 30-35 mph. The failure initiated as an intermittent failure, but over time became a permanent failure. The power steering warning light illuminated before the failure occurred and the steering wheel would become hard to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic test was performed, which located the failure as the steering wheel position sensor. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure was experienced numerous times. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the approximate current mileage was 111,000.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #116

Jan 172013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 119,946 miles
I was driving at 55mph when I lost my power steering. This now happens within 5 minutes of driving. When I shut the car off and back on I have power steering for approx 5-10 minutes. When I do have power steering the steering wheel vibrates really bad and moves on its own. I drive 600 miles a week to work on a highway. This is not safe. I called GM and they said to have a diagnostic test done, I did this on Friday 1 25 13. The code was CO545. There has already been a recall on 2006 for the same reason, the power steering mechanism should not go out on a car that is 6 years old.

- Connersville, IN, USA

problem #115

Jan 072013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Electric power steering assist fails intermittently to operate. No power assist when vehicle is started. Requires waiting from 30 seconds to 3 minutes for system to function.

- Santa Rosa , CA, USA

problem #114

Jan 182012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I bought the car used without a warranty im driving it home and the steering is clicking on turns and sometimes pulling to the right of the road I keep bring the car to my local mechanic and he keeps on replacing part after part its been a few months now and the problem is still here and dangerous not only that sometimes steering completely fails making me swerve in and out of traffic pls help.

- Spring Valley, NY, USA

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