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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 21 of 23)

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problem #53

Jan 192011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 66,511 miles


The steering on my 2007 Chevy Malibu locked up on me as I was driving down the road, it did it again as I was turning in the parking lot. It has done this several times in the past. It also makes a loud clunking noise when I turn the steering wheel sometimes.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #52

Dec 062010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 35 mph, the power steering locked suddenly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who repaired the steering three times. They were constantly repairing the steering motor. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Danville, KY, USA

problem #51

Dec 152010


  • 140,000 miles
I was in a crowded parking lot and suddenly lost power steering. I nearly hit a pedestrian because I was in the middle of a turn. The power steering continues to fail without warning. When doing some research online about this I found hundreds of entries of the same problem. There are recalls on other models and other years, just not the 2007 Malibu that I have. This electric power steering can fail at any time and is a very dangerous issue. The repair is expensive ($1300) and will not prevent additional failures.

- Sparta, MI, USA

problem #50

Dec 202010


  • miles


I have problem with power steering for Chevy Malibu 2007 sometimes its luck up when im driving or when im turn left or right and making noise.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #49

Nov 242007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2007 Chevy Malibu ltz. The steering column has locked up several times. The worse time happened about a week ago. I was having the brakes checked and the repair man drove the car and when he mashed the accelerator the cars steering locked up and he had to fight it to keep from hitting a block and concrete wall. He said the car was very unsafe to drive. I took it to the car dealer where I bought the car and they said it was the ignition switch. I was wondering if you have heard if GM is aware of this problem and if there has been a recall on this thank you.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #48

Nov 242008


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact heard rattling noises from the front end and the steering column. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where it was repaired (repair details were not given). Shortly after, the vehicle was taken in for routine maintenance and the contact was informed that the front passenger tie rod and steering knuckle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Upon receiving the vehicle back, the contact began to hear rattling noises from the front end and steering wheel intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the steering module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure continued. The failure mileage was approximately 45,000 and the current mileage was approximately 60,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Cohoes, NY, USA

problem #47

Oct 272010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 49,683 miles


Power steering fails constantly. The only wat to get it to work again is to shut engine off and restart, however this is only works for a very short time(less than 1 mile of driving ) in my research on this problem I have seen GM has recalled several other models(2005-10 cobalt and some Pontiac) for exact same problem. No crash or injuries have occcured yet. We do not drive the vehicle any more than necessary. Very difficult to turn corners and manuever parking lots. Will be impossible to control on ice & snow. This is an accident waiting to happen. This came on suddenly and without warning.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #46

Nov 042010


  • 68,804 miles
Steering has been loose while turning left and tighter when turning right since I first got this vehicle. On Nov,4 2010 I was pulling out of store and accelerated the steering seems to have locked up and rendered me unable to steer pulled on side of the road to calm down then began driving again when accelerating the steering lock up again. Brought vehicle to GM repair shop they said the steering motor and steering shaft were not working properly and need to be replaced.

- Sulphur, LA, USA

problem #45

Oct 102010


  • 60,000 miles
On several occasion the power steering indicator light comes on. When the driver resort to the manual to find the power steering reservoir, it clearly states its location. The Chevy 2007 Malibu that the driver owns does not have a power steering reservoir. The dealer was consulted there is a problem because the manual states it has a power steering reservoir but the dealer could not find it. GM was consulted about the matter and said there is a recall and problem but not on the 2007 model. The car has become considerably harder to steer but GM will not as of yet resolve this issue.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #44

Oct 202010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. When the contact started the ignition, a chime sounded inside of the vehicle with an illumination of the power steering warning indicator. There was a complete loss of the power steering. The failure occurred three times with loss of the power steering when driving at various speeds. The power steering would reset when the engine was turned off. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Grafton, WV, USA

problem #43

Feb 112008


  • 2,300 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. When driving at various speeds, the contact noticed that the steering wheel would suddenly turn in either direction without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on several occasions where the steering shaft, and steering column were replaced; however, the failure continued to recur. The current mileage was 44000 and the failure mileage was 2300.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #42

Sep 152010


  • 110,000 miles
I have a 2007 Chevy Malibu with steering problems. For a long time is has made a popping noise when turning the steering wheel at any speed. I took it to GM several months ago and they made some type of adjustment and it stopped. It has recently started again. A couple weeks ago when driving on the interstate the steering wheel began to move left to right by itself. I could feel the car move also. It will also do this when the car is running idle. It has done this several times now. When this occurred I could definitely feel a loss of control with the vehicle. It is my understanding many people are experiencing many steering problems with this vehicle and GM will not do anything about it. They told me the cost to replace the steering column is around $1000 at the owners expense. This is a very serious safety issue and should be recalled and repaired by GM.

- Berea, KY, USA

problem #41

Aug 212010


  • 7,350 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 5 mph and various other speeds, the steering wheel jerked back and forth, locked and would pull the vehicle to the left or right. The contact shut the engine off and restarted it which would reset the power steering. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that there were no related recalls and repairs would be at her expense. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was 7,350.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #40

Oct 092010


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While turning right at an unknown low speed, the steering wheel became very stiff and the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact pulled over and turned the vehicle off. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the steering column was defective. The vehicle was being repaired. The failure and current mileages were approximately 78,000.

- Loma Rica, CA, USA

problem #39

Jun 122010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 37,850 miles
2007 Chevy Malibu power steering failed when leaving gas station. Had to restart engine several times before it started working again. Happened only occasionally at first but then started happening almost every trip. Replaced power steering motor with used one but problem still there. Dangerous-happens with no warning in curves and on straight.

- Grayson , KY, USA

problem #38

Jun 102010


  • 45,000 miles
2007 Chevy Malibu lt I4, about 45,000 mile. From 2010 summer, steering wheel keeps shaking left and right, may lose power steering assistance and cause crash. Called Chevy and being told not under powertrain warranty.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #37

Sep 032010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
1. 2007 Chevrolet Malibu lt 2.2L 4 cylinder engine, problems with electric power steering. Upon start up of car it is very difficult to steer then problem goes away. This happens each time I start the car. Taking it to dealer to get diagnosis next week. This is a safety issue.

- Rantoul, IL, USA

problem #36

Jun 222010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 45,550 miles
Since my 2007 Malibu lease began, I have complained the front end doesn't feel right and took it in for this even. But in June 2010, driving on highway - it was raining, my car began to fishtail, I was not worried, I pulled out no problem, again- it did this, no problem but suddenly the steering wheel very quickly started jerking back and forth and I couldn't hold onto it, it moved so fast !!. the steering wheel started spinning then and of course so did my car. I'm a seasoned driver with no accidents before. I really feel that if the steering wheel had not done that, I would not have crashed. The airbags did not go off either my car and I were the only ones injured. My insurance told me no need to call police.

- Rh, MI, USA

problem #35

Sep 142008


  • 34,000 miles
Steering problems on a 2007 Chevy Malibu..starting approx. 2 years ago..fall of 2008..taken to certified Chevy dealer four times has been "fixed". in spring 2010 power steering motor replaced twice...taken back to certified dealer on 8/2/10 to have rack and pinion fixed for 2nd time as well..

- Cairo, MO, USA

problem #34

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

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