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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 20 of 23)

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problem #73

Aug 112011


  • 97,244 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering failed while attempting a left turn with the illumination of the power steering warning light. The vehicle was taken to the local mechanic who performed a diagnostic that was unable to locate a failure code. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 97,244.

- Port Gibson, MS, USA

problem #72

Jun 012011


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the air bag warning light would illuminate on an intermittent basis. The remained illuminated and would no longer recognize when the seat was occupied. The dealer inspected the vehicle and they advised the contact that the front passenger air bag module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. In addition, when attempting turns and driving at low speeds, the contact noticed that there was a loud clunking noise. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and they advised her that the intermediate steering shaft would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 52,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #71

Jul 222011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
2007 Chevy Malibu ls 3.4 electric power steering problem, the steering wheel will start pulsating either left or right at starting the engine, while driving it will move by itself like if it is trying to correct the position of the tires. For less than 2 seconds makes you feel like there is no control on the steering unless you correct the direction of the tires by gradually compensating on the opposite direction. It will display a warning sign for the power steering on the radio, on mi case I had it for two days, then it erased by itself, I tried to look for the power steering reservoir, without knowing that this car has none, since it is handle by an electric motor. I will take the car to my mechanic to see if he knows about these problem, since is no recalls so far in this 2007 Malibu for the electric power steering.

- Niles, IL, USA

problem #70

Mar 192009

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 30,034 miles


2007 Malibu-started hearing popping when turning in 2009, a year after I bought the car. "loer I-shaft replaced. Car continues to pop and I have lost the ability to steer my car. Now told it is the steering column and gear. Apparently not covered by warrenty. I have found several complaints of this issue and believe it is a true defect that GM needs to recall and take care of for the safety of me and my daughter. Could potentially cause a wreck if steering goes out while in twon or on the highway.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #69

Jun 202011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 54,555 miles
On 6/20/2011 I was driving down a major road with my grandson in the back seat in a child safety seat. Without warning my steering wheel started jumping and pulling hard to the left. The steering was stiff and hard to pull back to the proper direction. Then it pulled so hard that it was at a point I almost put my car into head on traffic or a ditch. I was fortunate enough to find a parking lot to pull into. I turned off my engine and composed myself. I was able to get my car back home. I had no warning of power steering system on my warning system until this problem happened. This is a major problem that needs to be on a recall notice. I have researched this on the internet and I am not the only one that has had this issue. There are many. This could have been a major accident since this was a major road (hwy146). We took my car to ron craft Chevrolet for the repairs within a couple of days. We do not have the part taken off, but I am sure they have this on record. I have the invoice and cancelled check. They replaced the electric steering motor. I would like to have this on a recall as soon as possible.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #68

May 142009


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel would fail intermittently while exhibiting an abnormal clicking when turned. The steering gear was replaced but the failure recurred several months after repairs. The dealer then added lubrication to the steering column which lasted for 40,000 miles before the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 24,000 and the current mileage was 80,000.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #67

Apr 162011


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel would shake violently intermittently. The dealer diagnosed that the steering wheel column would need replacing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, but was unable to assist the contact. The failure was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 75,000.

- Baldwin, MI, USA

problem #66

May 212011


  • 78,000 miles
2007 Chevy Malibu - power steering flashing on radio system, bell dinging, rough turning. Taking it to the dealership Monday.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #65

May 192011


  • 96,000 miles
Omg I cannot believe nothing has been done about the power steering on the 2007 Malibu going out while you are driving. How many complaints are required for something to be done? I thought buy american was going to be the best. GM fooled me. I have had several issues with vibrations, brakes, drums, rotors, steering column gears but this mornings near miss accident just takes the cake. I am driving to work 5:30am on interstate 58 in suffolk, va doing 60 when all of a sudden the wheel jerks me into the next lane of traffic almost driving under an 18 wheeler. I grasp the steering wheel as tight as I can trying to pull back into my lane with the wheel fighting me back and forth. What a horrific experience. I pull off (shaking my --- off) make a phone call, sit for 1/2 hour (still afraid to drive). While the car is idling the wheel is bouncing back and forth in park. I put it in drive with my foot held tightly on the brake and it is still jumping. Put it back in park. Build up a little nerve. Put it back in drive and start to drive. Everything is fine. Get to work 5 minutes from there only to find that my car has an electronic power steering? some moron must have dreamt this up and GM needs to correct this horrible power assist crap before someone gets killed if they haven't already. I am not very happy with my Chevy Malibu and I think a class action lawsuit needs to be filed for all Chevy Malibu owners to make GM make corrections on this life threatening situation. Action needs to be taken now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Gates, NC, USA

problem #64

May 192011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 96,524 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was driving 70 mph when the power steering failed without warning. The vehicle was pulled to the side of the road and the engine was turned off for 30 minutes before the power steering was restored. The dealer was contacted who informed her to bring the vehicle in for inspection and advised that they may have to replace the power steering sensor. The manufacturer was contacted and informed her that there could possibly be a warranty for the repairs but they would give her a return call at a later date. The failure mileage was 96,524. Updated 9/27/11 the C onsumer has since sold the vehicle. Updated 10/05/11

- Gates, NC, USA

problem #63

Mar 312011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Power steering trouble - 2007 Chevy Malibu. Wheel is tight when starting the car, can hear a click in the dash and then the wheel is loose and can steer. The power steering warning appears on the information center. Happened twice so brought the car to the dealer (still under warranty). They found a code for a possible power steering malfunction and tightened a ground wire. The problem continued with greater frequency. Brought car back to dealer twice. They were unable to diagnose the problem as there was no code in the computer and the problem did not occur while there. The problem continued to occur and grew progressively worse where I had to sit for several minutes waiting for the click and the wheel to release. At times I would turn the car off and back on to try to reset it but it did not seem to help. The power steering warning appears on the dash after starting the car (though sometimes several minutes later) as well as several times while driving even though there is no difficulty steering. Returned car to dealer and received a loaner vehicle until they resolve the issue.

- Belchertown, MA, USA

problem #62

Sep 192009


  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that noise was inside the steering column and front suspension. She also mentioned that when she started the vehicle it responded as if the steering wheel malfunctioned and when accelerating the steering wheel locked up. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the diagnostic test revealed that the steering gear needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 47, 000.

- Suffolk , VA, USA

problem #61

Mar 202011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 65,262 miles
Was driving and went to turn left and the power steering went out. It has an electronic power steering system. I turned the car off and then turned it back on and it reset the steering and the message was removed from the display. It has occured 15 times now. Would like to know if there is a recall.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #60

Mar 032010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I own a 2007 Chevy Malibu I have been having steering failure. Research shows recall on later models for same issue but not 2007. The steering will completely fail without notice. I feel this is a very big safety concern and GM says no complaints of my problem. They will investigate but from all research I have done GM will not do anything for this obvious manufacturing defect. I guess when a death occurs they may do something then. Who knows I think they should be made to correct the problem. The steering has made a popping noise for a couple of years and now this. After steering fails there is a bell that dings 3 times and then it flashes on radio screen power steering.

- Shelburn, IN, USA

problem #59

Feb 232011


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle would move to the left but not to the right. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted who did not offer any assistance. The failure and current mileages were 73,000.

- San Marcos, TX, USA

problem #58

Jan 072011


  • 106,100 miles
The power steering failed, I was advised by dealership that the repairs are $864 I was advise the power steering is an electrical system and needs to be repaired.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #57

Nov 152010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
2007 Chevrolet Malibu, when turning left I am experiencing a loud pop sound and after reading several other complaints of this same sort of issue, possible loss off power steering and loss of control of car, intermediate steering linkage issue. This is not good. Has GM sent out a recall on the trouble? if not they should.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #56

Feb 082011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Power steering my car kept goin in and out.Feb 8 it went out completely and almost caused me to research lead me to believe Chevrolet is aware of problems with the electronic power steering problems with the Malibu. Have been many complaints online and called Chevy customer service number and local dealership, the car can not be drove due to feeling very unsafe in turns and if it locked up all together. Also fromwhat I have read the problem has gotten fixed with consumers out of pocket money and the problem rearise shortly thereafter.

- Burlington , NC, USA

problem #55

Jan 172011


  • 34,500 miles
Just bought my Chevrolet 2007 Malibu and it has been making a popping noise in the steering when making turns and driving. I have read online about numerous people having the same problem with these vehicles, and in some instances even causing them to crash.

- Hager Hill, KY, USA

problem #54

Dec 032010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 64,450 miles
2007 Chevy Malibu is having problems with the power steering going out when taking right turns. I really did not have this problem until the winter season, not saying that's the cause of the malfunction. In the mornings when I crank up before going to work, the steering wheel will move side to side motion for about 15 minutes. The power steering usually goes out when taking right turns. Never had the power steering go out when I turn left. This has been going on every since the early part of December 2010. On the day that it first happened, I pulled to the side of the road an contacted GM about the problem and wanted to know if their were a recall to the specific model. The customer service rep acted as if he never heard of the problem. I did a little research and found that their are other GM cars that have problems with the power steering as well. Chevy is fully aware of the problem. I guess that it will have to be national coverage on the news for any action to be taken. This car is in fairly new condition and should not be having these problems. I'm just happy that my girlfriend was not driving at the time. She is very tiny, and not as strong as I. this problem needs to be rectified asap. Here is the youtube link of actual footage of this problem happening

- Monroe, GA, USA

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