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Crashes / Fires:
8 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
68,425 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 12 of 15)

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problem #73

Mar 292010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles


2008 Malibu Chevy has major clinking noise in steering and steering is shifting to the left just bought it preowned and Hyundai of 112 in long island is giving me a run around even though the car is under a 90 day warranty. And they don't seem to wanna keep to there end of the bargain. They have ripped me off and are doing illegal actions against consumers like me they. Have taken advantage of me and I don't have the type of money to fix these problems when the dealer should have taken care of this.

- Hauppaugge, NY, USA

problem #72

Feb 022011


  • 85,000 miles
The power steering in the vehicle jumps from left to right going down the road. It is very hard to maintain your lane when this happens. It happens at all different points whether the car has been running or just started, it can last up to 30 min. Quit then start again it is very unsafe. My catalytic converter has also gone out in this car. It looses transmission power, doesn't accelerate promptly. When we first got the car we had it in the shop for the back trim leaking, trunk release not working, the car wouldn't start do to the aftermarket alarm the dealer ship placed on it, and the paint peeled. No I am having major issues and it is out of warranty. I will never buy another Chevy. This was the worst mistake ever and those car is unsafe to drive.

- Euharlee, GA, USA

problem #71

Dec 242010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 79,200 miles
2008 Chevrolet Malibu with 80K miles has steering issue with steering wheel shaking left to right uncontrollably. I have to fight to keep car straight in my own lane. It also jerks left to right while being stopped and while in park. I have almost gotten into a few accidents. This happens without warning at least every day or every other day. I strongly believe there needs to be a recall on all 2008 Chevrolet Malibu's due to the potential deadly occurrences that may be caused.

- Strawberry Plains, TN, USA

problem #70

Sep 012010


  • 41,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at various speeds, the contact noticed that the power steering went out, making it difficult to steer. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The contact did not inform the manufacturer nor was the vehilce repaired. The current mileage was approximately 46,000. The failure mileage was approximately 41,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Blue Island, IL, USA

problem #69

Aug 112010


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph and making a right turn the steering wheel locked causing the vehicle to crash into a fence. The tire was damaged when the crash occurred. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The dealer had not informed the contact what caused the steering wheel to lock. The steering wheel malfunction could have caused a major crash. The failure mileage was 16,000.

- Terrebonne, OR, USA

problem #68

Dec 152010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The next day while driving in reverse at a very low speed the steering wheel became very stiff. The driver experienced difficulty turning the wheel. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed and was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 62,000. The consumer stated while trying to pull over for an emergency vehicle, he was unable to steer the vehicle as if there were not power steering. Updated 10/12/11

- York Haven, PA, USA

problem #67

Dec 012010


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the steering wheel began shaking and grinding; the power steering seemed to malfunctioned. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000.

- Manorville, NY, USA

problem #66

Sep 042010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 65,600 miles
On August 30th my power steering light came on, I read the manual and discovered this car doesn't have power steering fluid, it has an electric power steering motor. 5 days later my steering wheel started jerking continuously while parked and while driving, it was difficult to drive. I took my car to the dealership and they said the power steering motor had gone out and it happens quiet often on these cars just as the cobalts. The cost was $465, I contacted GMC and they would not help at all, I told them I found several complaints online and that I think the power steering motor needs to be recalled on this model also and they said they do not track stuff like that. The car had 65,600 miles at failure.

- Angleton, TX, USA

problem #65

Oct 122010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The power steering motor on our 2008 Chevrolet Malibu has gone out with only 45,000 miles on the car. This causes the car to pull right to left violently while the wheel is trying to center itself. This requires the driver to fight the wheel at times to keep it centered on the road. This type of system failure is unsafe and dangerous for any driver. Given GM's history with other vehicle recalls for the same issue, the Chevy Malibu should be included.

- Tama, IA, USA

problem #64

Jul 012010


  • 32,000 miles
2008 Chevrolet Malibu power steering issues. Issues began occurring at approximately 32,000 miles. Problem will appear and disappear at any speed, including while stopped, without warning. While stopped, the steering wheel will rapidly oscillate left and right on its own approximately 20 degrees. The best analogy is that it is "shivering or shaking" uncontrollably. Also, while driving at any speed the steering wheel will suddenly go from a smooth range of motion to a range of motion with only a few very distinct and segmented directions. Typically the two choices are left of center or right of center with no smooth motion in-between. These issues can last anywhere from 5 to 10 seconds to 30 minutes. If the problem does not correct on its own, it can be corrected by turning off the car and then restarting the car. Car now has approximately 37,000 miles and the power steering issues described above are occurring more frequently and lasting for longer periods of time.

- East Windsor, NJ, USA

problem #63

Sep 202010


  • 37,000 miles


The vehicle just recently purchased has had a problem with the steering. The drive shaft was replaced within 2 weeks of the purchase then another problem occurred and another part was replaced. But now one month later the steering wheel starts to jerk and wiggle while I am driving or even when I turn the car off. Then 2 days ago the powersteering alert keeps coming on. Allow since I bought the car the traction light will come on and sometimes I am just seating at a red light.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #62

Feb 152010


  • 53,000 miles
My 2008 Chevy Malibu 1lt has several problems, let me explain. First the problem was a slight clicking, popping in the steering column when turning the wheel, then it starting doing it every time I slightly turn the wheel you can feel it through the steering column, nothing bad but its annoying, then suddenly within a couple months of that my power locks suddenly started going up and down by themselves periodically whether it's parked or being driven, locked me out two times, I was late for work because I had to call door unlocking service, also the manual locks on the door used to lock and unlock won't work at all, you have to manually use your hand, then to beat it all my seatbelt wont lock I tried to click it but it wont even go down hardly at all, this is only the seatbelt in the drivers side. This is a real bad safety issue and the law in ky (click it or ticket) so far that's all I can say is going on for now. I do know this for a fact I will never buy a Chevrolet.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #61

Sep 112010


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 40 mph, there was a complete loss of the power steering. The contact experienced extreme difficulty turning the steering wheel. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where they informed the contact that the failure was contributed to the steering column, rack and pinion and control arm. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #60

Aug 062010


  • 45,000 miles
My son's 2008 Chevy Malibu is having problems with the steering column suddenly shaking and jerking back and forth while driving and occasionally while in park. The brake lights will also come on without him pressing on the brake and disengage the cruise control, if it is on. We have had a switch replaced that was faulty, but it did not fix either problem. Now we have been told that the steering unit needs to be replaced.

- Marion, IL, USA

problem #59

Aug 062010


  • miles
I own a 2008 Chevy Malibu with electronic power steering. While driving or at a stop, the steering wheel will either shake or suddenly pull to the left or right. I had it in the dealership for repairs and they replaced a steering column that needed to be replaced but that did not fix the steering. The dealership believes that it is the electronic power steering itself even though nothing is saying that it is defective. With the problems with electronic power steering in Chevy cobalts for 2004 to 2009, I'm concern that the issues with electronic power steering may not be just in one model car but the component itself.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #58

May 042010


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when driving 65 mph the steering wheel locked abnormally. The failure would occur intermittently and also when accelerating from a complete stop or attempting a left turn. The dealer performed a diagnostic test but was unable to locate or duplicate the failure. The manufacturer advised taking the vehicle back to the dealer for them to run a diagnostic test. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 67,000.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #57

Aug 142010


  • 64,000 miles
Steering wheel is having an issue where it will jerk to the left and right by itself and then pulsate while sitting still. I have been driving on the highway when the steering wheel jerks left and then right. When wheel jerks, it is extremely hard to hold it in the correct lane.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #56

Aug 182010


  • 38,400 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was driving 65 mph when the power steering failed without warning, causing limited steering capability. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired for the failure. The failure mileage was 38,400.

- Salem, CT, USA

problem #55

Sep 152009

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact noticed that every time he drove the vehicle, he experienced a loss of power steering. Before the failure, he noticed that the power steering warning light was illuminated. He had to pull over, turn the vehicle off and restart it in order to reset the power steering and it would function properly for a period of time. The contact called the dealer who advised him that he would be responsible for all of the repair costs. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired when the complaint was filed. The current mileage was approximately 49,000. The failure mileage was approximately 15,000. Updated 11/11/10 updated 11/18/10

- Brodhead, KY, USA

problem #54

Jul 242010


  • 23,450 miles
I have a 2008 Chevy Malibu with a power steering problem. I went on vacation so the car was not driven for a couple of weeks. I washed the car and then started to have problems with the steering wheel shaking and felt like the power steering would work off and on. It continues to be a problem off and on. Sometimes the problem is there and sometimes its not.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

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