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Crashes / Fires:
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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 5 of 15)

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problem #213

Aug 132014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


Pulling out of my parking space my steering wheel got stiff. I put car in park restarted car and it loosened up but as I started to drive it the power steering light came on and now my steering wheel is starting to shake and my engine light is on.

- Eatontown, NJ, USA

problem #212

Aug 112014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received recall notices for NHTSA campaign numbers: 12V460000 (power train), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The parts needed for the repairs were unavailable and the dealer could not provide an estimated date of arrival. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- St Petersburgh, FL, USA

problem #211

Jun 022014


  • 159,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated hat while driving at various speeds, the power steering assist failed and the vehicle veered into another lane. The contact also stated that the power steering warning light illuminated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) however, the parts to do the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 159,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #210

Aug 142012


  • miles


All the dash board lights coming on and off then car would not start all the computers burnt out don't see how 1,400 dollars later she got it back some things don't work as they did.they said she did something to it. She's a 78 year old woman she can't even check oil. So U tale me what happen it. I think there was a problem and blamed it on her, I had to pay the bill she could not. This car dose not steer rite. This car steers from side to side never in the center. An when the wind blows its 5 times worse. They say its's a hard car drive U have to work the steer the car turn signals keep breaking.been this way since she bought it.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #209

Sep 022013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
My vehicle started making a loud popping noise in the front when making a turn. The loud popping noise has now been happening just driving down the road and even worse at lower speeds of 20-35 mph. Along with a squeaky bouncing noise that is constant. I took it to my local dealership and I was told it had something to do with the steering column loosing it's lubrication and nothing can be done put replace the whole thing. The problem is so annoying and I feel like everyone can hear it. I am about to just trade it in on a Honda or Toyota even though I have only ever owned a Chevrolet.

- Greenville, KY, USA

problem #208

Mar 112014


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the vehicle became hesitant to accelerate and stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart however, the power steering failed causing the steering wheel to seize. The problem recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #207

Jul 132014


  • 66,240 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the dealer stated that the parts were not available for repair. Additionally, the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) however, the contact stated that the recall had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 66,240.

- Merchantville, NJ, USA

problem #206

Jul 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to sudden loss of power steering recall. The consumer was informed, the parts were not available, and they wouldn't be available for two months.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #205

Jun 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The contact received the recall notification in June of 2014. The dealer advised that the manufacturer had not provided the part and uncertain of when the part would become available. The vehicle did not experience a failure...updated 08-26-14 updated 9/2/2014

- Mount Vernon, AL, USA

problem #204

Jul 052014


  • 117,927 miles
The vehicle was traveling and the steering wheel locked up preventing the driver from steering. This caused the driver to crash into a pole.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #203

Jul 102014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles


While driving at a rate of 35 mph, the steering on my car began to act up. The steering felt like it wanted to lock up but then it would jerk to the left then to the right. After driving a few blocks, it stopped. I remained in the "slow" lane because I wasn't sure what was going on. After driving a few more blocks, it began to do the same thing. This behavior continued until I reached my destination. I also increased my speed to 55 mph when I approached the expressway. I received a notice about a recall on the steering; however, the part is not available at this time. The dealership only replies with, we don't have a part. Is it safe to continue driving the vehicle" is my family in danger at this point" this is my only means of transportation & as a single mom, I need my car! please review & advise.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #202

May 202014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 10,800 miles
While driving on the interstate going 65 mph my steering start jerking and locking up couldn't turn left or right pull over to the side and let the car rest for about 15 mins. It starting to drive right after I let it rest the next day the same problem and now the power steering light is on. If I wouldn't held tight to the wheel I might would have crash.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #201

Sep 092013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 62,100 miles
The first incident began while sitting at a traffic light. The steering wheel started to abruptly move to the left and right, oscillating back and forth quickly, with no contact from my hands. The wheel oscillated for about 10 seconds made a chime noise then stopped. I drove on towards the interstate and all appeared fine. I was traveling about 60 mph on the interstate when the steering wheel started to jerk to the right when I was trying to drive straight. When steered to the right to change to the far right hand lane, the wheel jerked to the left. The pavement was smooth and clean so I knew it was the car and not the driving surface. This continued for several miles. Holding the when in an effort to drive straight the wheel would jerk to the left and then the right. A couple of times it was so forceful I thought I would lose control of the vehicle. This problem reoccurred randomly for months until I paid the dealer to repair it. Googled Malibu steering issue and read that GM has recalled Malibu?S, and other GM models, doing the same thing. Took the car to the dealership and was told that even though my car had the same it was not included in the recall. I paid to have the steering motor and shaft replaced. It has been just over a year and the car is acting up again.

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #200

May 052014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
My daughter was taking her 2 and a half year old daughter to visit a friend when the power steering was lost. She managed to control the car and get it back home because she was only 2 blocks away. The car has not been used since.

- Jim Thorpe, PA, USA

problem #199

Apr 142014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 76,500 miles
The steering wheel randomly starts jerking while driving and you have to very firmly grip the wheel with both hands to control the car. While the car is idling at a red light or drive thru etc it will jerk back & forth without touching it and then it starts to make a noise. Sometimes it will say check power steering on the information panel. It is just really random sometimes it does it so bad I can hardly drive it and other times it is completely normal. I called my dealership who knew nothing about the recall so I then called GM on 04/22/14 and I was told the recall was being issued & would start being sent out on 4/28/14. Also I was told the dealership do not have the parts to fix it with yet. Since I still haven't heard anything I just called GM again today 6/4/14 & was told the recall still has not gone out but there is a website I can go to and put my car information in to be able to get it fixed? I hadn't heard that one before. While I was holding for the rep to give me the website information the phone call was disconnected and I'm still waiting to see if the rep calls me back. I have also been told that this is not a safety issue which means them giving me another car to drive is not possible. I hope this doesn't become another issue like cobalt and innocent people have to die before Chevrolet will take care of the problem. When a steering wheel is jerking back and forth so bad while you are driving that you can barely control the vehicle that is a safety issue to me. We have always been Chevrolet people but I am really starting to wonder what has happened to them. These are serious issues that need to be resolved. I have a car with 77,000 miles on it and can't even drive it except for short distances. That just should not be!

- Gate City, VA, USA

problem #198

Feb 172014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Steering wheel locking up and shaking there is some clicking sounds in the steering wheel then the power steering light comes on I called they said it was a recall on my power steering but there is nothing they can do because the part has not been made and they cant give me a loaner because they don't have an approval to give out loaner for Malibu recall problems.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #197

Apr 222014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V153000 (steering). The contact stated that the part was unavailable to do the repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the delay. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Talahasse, FL, USA

problem #196

Feb 152014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
As I was driving down the highway I was attempting to switch lanes and my power steering went out in my car causing me to almost hit another car, I pulled over and looked under the hood to see where I could put power steering fluid and did not find a pump. I got back in my car and started it up and the power steering was fine, driving down the road 5 miles and it went out again, I pulled over turned the car off and restarted it and it was fine however this continued to happen every 5-10 miles. I was told of a recall concerning this same issue so I called GM and they told me yes there was a recall on the same year make and model of my car for the same thing I was having trouble with however my VIN was not included. I had to pay $1,158 to have this repaired and I do not feel it is fair. My car had the same issue as the ones under the recall and it is the same make model and year. I feel GM should be responsible.

- Unityville, PA, USA

problem #195

Dec 092013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
I was driving down interstate 85 and applied the brakes because the traffic had slowed and the ignition shut off causing the power steering to go out and the brakes stopped functioning. This has happens almost every single time you apply the brakes and it has been an ongoing issues since December of 2013. After almost being in 3 accidents I stopped driving the car for fear of my family's safety. This car should be a part of the GM ignition and power steering recalls but everytime I call GM/Chevrolet I am given conflicting information. In one call my car is a part of the recall and the next call it is not. GM is not being fair or honest in their assessment of which vehicles need to be recalled. The car will not pass inspection because of these issues. I tried driving the car with the single key as I had heard on the news and for the 1 mile that I drove the car in that instance I had no problems but I was afraid to chance it any further. The ignition switch recall needs to be expanded to include more vehicles.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #194

May 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 24,800 miles
I was entering a gas station, I heard bells, steering was affected, was very difficult to steer, caught me by complete surprise. I am 75 years old, I drive a car with less than 25M miles, always maintained by the dealership. Never have had a speeding ticket, one accident (my fault) in almost 60 years of driving, and I almost wiped out, as a gas pump was in my way. Called my dealership, and they said get it to them right away and refrain from driving my car. I did, and then the story begins. Turns out it way my power steering motor, and something to do with the steering column., both needing replacement. As there are recalls on this specific problem for my Malibu, seems that my auto does not qualify. It suspends logic, that the very problem GM required me to repair, does not apply to this instance. They did pay almost half of my bill. But would not budge on the remainder. So can one assume only 1/2 was their responsibility, one has to wonder what half that was. I had the help of my dealership, they tried their best, but when paying for the repair, which I thought would be covered, there was a whopping charge, and my car became a hostage, awaiting payment. Little choice at this point. I opened a complaint with GM, . and after 10 calls later, was told to shove it, as my car did not qualify because of my VIN #. help

- Pompano Beacj, FL, USA

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