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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,500 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 192011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


My 2008 Malibu has a power steering problem. On a daily basis the power steering becomes erratic and fails to react properly under normal driving conditions, usually at highway speeds. While stopped, the steering wheel will turn left and right on its own. When this occurs at highway speed control of the car is dangerous. Two hands are needed to keep car in lane and not cross the line into other vehicles. Problem began when mileage hit 45,000 miles. Occasionally, a chime will occur and indicate power steering in the display but by the time the chime occurs the steering problem is gone. This issue is consistent and intermittent on a daily basis. I have researched this problem for Chevy Malibu and have found that thousands of Malibu owners are experiencing this problem. This is not a problem caused by improper routine maintenance. This steering problem is a failure of a component in the steering assembly that is not subject to routine maintenance. This is a defective part!!! as a percentage of Malibu on the road that have this problem I would Venture that it is very high and the number is increasing. The electronic assist power steering in the I4 Malibu's is a road handling nightmare and GM has no interest in fixing this problem. I would expect a serious problem like this to be made a recall issue before there is a fatality and then GM and obama motors will be sued for reckless endangerment.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Nov 162010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving, the power steering failed. The contact stated that the information system light illuminated after the failure occurred. The contact turned the vehicle off and back on; after the restart, the power steering functioned properly. The failure mileage was approximately 68,000 and the current mileage was approximately 75,000. Updated 02/09/11 updated 02/28/11

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

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