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GM is a Failure
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Our son bought an 07 Malibu thinking it would be a great car for college. What a mistake... he has started having issues with the steering and he took it back to the dealer and they told him they could replace the steering column but it might not take care of the problem. We have found several complaints about the steering systems on GM vehicles for that year and there are recalls on all but the Malibu. This is a 900.00 dollar fix that the kid cannot afford with the car payment. I told him to call customer service and they said they would call dealer and advised him that they would not help with the cost. I said what??? No help for a problem they caused? I am writing on every blog I can find about the GM junk that we taxpayers bailed out.

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saj80 on 02/28/2011:
You have a valid complaint, as my 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix is also prone to steering column issues, and this is a problem GM knows about. GM has started producing some nice looking vehicles, but I'm not convinced they have figured out how to solve the quality issues. Good post and good luck.
trmn8r on 02/28/2011:
While your complaint is a valid one, it is standard in the automobile industry to treat customers this way. I can think of a few foreign car examples - VW had widespread problems with window regulators and coil packs. If the failure was after the warranty expired you were on your own (I was). Then, BMW's expensive Bi-Xenon headlights ran so hot that the inside adjusters melted. After warranty, that's $900 a headlight. These are just a few examples, there must be a very large number of them.
Anonymous on 02/28/2011:
The GM from 2007 no longer exist. The US taxpayer owns much of GM these days so it's all our fault. The employees will get a nice bonus check from us this year though.
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Power Steering Going Out
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN -- We recently purchased a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. All was well for about 3 months . But then the power sterring startted to kick out, stopped functioning. Almost causing my wife to wreck.

This is very angerous as it takes all your strength to turn the steering wheel when this happens.

A complaint to General Motors has not been answered. The dealership here in west Virginia ssays it will cost about 2,000 dolars to fix . There should have been a recall on this. I did some cheking and the Malibues mfg. From 2004 - 2007 all have the same problem.

Since complaints have been issued to General Motors over these years it appears they would answer to cunsumers. But that not the case.

I for one will never buy another GM product.
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trmn8r on 11/10/2011:
Lots of complaints about Malibu steering.

Did you check out this model online before buying?
LOU on 04/14/2014:
I agree. I don't ever want another GM product either. 2008 Malibu Maxx has been nothing but trouble. Won't ever purchase from the dealer that sold it to us nor will I give them any kind of recommendation for their business service either!
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Desperate need of recall
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I have a 2007 Chevy malibu and have only had my car for 1 year. I have had power steering problems from the time I left the lot. I have had the rackin pinion, tire rod, tire shaft, and steering replaced and the problem will not go away. I attempted to have the power steering checked only to find out that its electrical. According to my owners manual they did not make 2007 V6's with electrical power steering. The car is not safe to drive and the battery is constantly drained due to this electrical problem with the steering. I have done research and discovered that hundreds upon hundreds of people with 2004- 2007 malibus have this same problem and GM has yet to do a recall. I also discovered that GM filed a lawsuit against the maker of the electrical power steering for 30 million dollars. I plan on contacting my connect at the local TV station so that we hopefully get a recall. I can't even drive the car that I am paying for because its just to dangerous. If you have the same problem please speak up and post your complaints so that we can get a much needed recall.
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Skye on 03/15/2010:
If you google your car type and year, there are lots of complaints out there, regarding the power steering. Have you tried to contact General Motors directly?
nanomarket on 03/15/2010:
GM will never be forced to recall an unsafe vehicle as long as the US government owns 60% of the company stock. Sorry for your problems, but GM is too busy criticizing Toyota to look at its own problems.
PepperElf on 03/15/2010:
that's a good point.
the government could very well be trying to downplay American car issues while up-playing Japanese car issues ... just to sway the market
Anonymous on 03/16/2010:
How do you like the government bail outs now? They own the companies so they can do whatever they want. This is what happens when people let their government take care of them.
Hugh_Jorgen on 03/16/2010:
Make sure you go to the NHTSA web site and register your complaint. That's really the only way the government is likely to get involved.

Inat on 03/16/2010:
nano tooks my words - I can only guess that from here on out, GM and Chrysler will be 'perfect' and all the other manufactures will be crap!... or so our Gov't would have you believe :)
tony valdez on 11/20/2013:
did you ever get this resolved, we have the same issue
we own a 2007 Malibu. we bought it based on the good reputation and experience we had with GM. we have had issues with our steering, upon turns it would make a klunk noise as if the
transaxles were going out. one day my wife had her power steering fail . we took it to our local dealer (High country Chevrolet Aztec NM) we had a extended power train warranty. they said it was
a steering arm and we were charged almost 500.00 well that did not fix the issue, we have since had this happen again a few time. the power steering seems to go out, the dash warning alarm
come on and the steering jerks to the left. I have read that there are countless complaints about this issue and still there is no recall. although you have recalled the 2004, 2005 2006, and 2008 Malibu models for this issue.
we can not afford to just throw away our family vehicle we still owe some 2700.00 till it is paid off. My wife is a disabled Vet and we are on a limited income. would you please issue a recall for this
issue. our car is well cared for and only has 112k miles on it. we paid through our teeth already to have the problem fixed and the dealer did not fix the problem. When purchasing this vehicle from a dealer we purchased a
extended powertrain warranty to avoid this issue. and we are told this is not a power train issue.
please return our request with a recall authorization.

Sincerely Tina and Anthony Valdez
Justin on 11/27/2013:
I have the same problem. I can't believe how many people have the same issue and GM has done nothing about the '07 models. GM sucks!
Quan on 12/27/2013:
I am having the same issues with my 2007 Chevy Malibu. The wheel jerks left to right while at a stop light. It makes a cracking noise. Then, the power steering signal comes on making it very hard to turn the wheel.
jay on 03/08/2014:
We have a 2007 Malibu and we are going through similar issues, the power sterring light comes across the dash then the car sounds like you have a flat tire then the brakes will become harder to use and the car will not go past 20 mph. And will not go into reverse or drive you have to sit parked until it rearrange itself
Toni McGuire on 07/02/2014:
Two fridays ago i was driving home from work i had just picked up my 5 month old from his baby sitter, i got on the freeway and minutes after reaching freeway speed, i herd a ding ding ding, and then the security indicater came on, moments after all the gages went to 0 my dashboard begin to flash power steering, at that moment the steering wheel locked on me!!!!! ON THE FREEWAY!!!! It took so much muscle to change lanes so that i could get off the freeway!!! it almost caused an accident!!! i contacted GM they told me i needed to take my car to the dealership and pay for the diagnostic. I did, and 12 codes came up in the history of the car, they are now telling me the BCM needs to be replaced, thats the only thing they could come up with, but they said it is no safety concern, well i did my research and found the bcm of my make and model including year had been recalled but the dealership says there is no recall on my vehicle!!! but my vehicle is having the same problems as the recalled cars!!! This is an internal problem which consequently could increash my risk of a car crash!!! i have a newborn, i am a single working mother, and this is my only means of transportation! but gm has declined paying for the problem the company has caused!! i need help, i guess i can try to contact an attourney and file a lawsuit!! any help advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated...
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Engine, coolant, reliability problems
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This car is TRASH!!!! I have had this car only for 2 years and have had to get a new engine...thought my brake light went out, but of course it was a brake light switch. Then my coolant cracked and had to get that replaced. Oh and my fuses keep messing up even after I get them fixed. For all the money I have spend on this POS car, I could have gotten a foreign-made car like a Toyota and not have these ridiculous issues. Seriously, GM would do us all a favor if they jus went out of business and stop taking ppl's money for poorly made, unreliable vehicles!
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MRM on 11/08/2009:
Your nic is straight banging!
old fart on 11/08/2009:
How many miles does it have on it..?
Starlord on 11/09/2009:
How can coolant crack? It is a liquid. If you mean your radiator, gee, golly, Captain Obvious, radiators are man-made objects and do occasionally have problems. How many GM vehicles did NOT have their radiators crack on the day yours did? I would bet hundreds of thousands. People are not perfect, so how can you imagine them to make something that will last forever and never break? I have had a couple of foreign cars, and can assure you they are no more reliable that American-badged vehicles. I once had a Toyota Corolla that buying parts for was a nightmare. Every time I needed a part, I would have to get a different number off of the car somewhere, or I got the wrong part.
tnchuck100 on 11/09/2009:
Thanks, starlord, you saved me some typing. As I was reading the review I was mentally creating my comment. Your comment pretty much covered it.
redmx3racer on 11/09/2009:
Yes Starlord. Being in the car business myself-and dealing with all makes and models-I can tell anyone who wants to listen that any and all cars have issues. Foreign made or not. As I've said on here before-I seem to have more trouble with my Nissans and Toyotas than I do with my Chevy's and Fords. This may have not always been true-but both companies are on the rebound from the dismal 80's and 90's. On the flip side-I see Toyotas quality going down.
As far as "cracked coolant". I'd wager a guess that the OP means the coolant leaked into the engine, therefore cracking the head. This is usually caused by a bad head gasket-and-if the OP has the 3.1L V-6 in the Malibu, this was a somewhat common problem with that engine for years. Or-someone could have used the wrong coolant in the car-which can eat away at the head gasket and cause that type of damage.
Anyway-to the OP. You bought a used car. Did you get the service records? Do a carfax? Have a mechanic check it over prior the the purchase?
PepperElf on 11/09/2009:
red - there's the issue.

"Anyone who wants to listen"

redmx3racer on 11/09/2009:
very true Pepper haha.
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Chevy Malibu Junk
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I have a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT it has had bad shock's&struts since it had 45,000 miles on it run over any unlevel ground and it sounds like you are beating under the wheel walls with a hammer, they also put cheap looking seats in these cars so the union employee's can get more health benefits. I will never buy another G.M product. just bought monroe shock's & struts over $400 and $200 to install. older and wiser now.
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trmn8r on 09/28/2011:
Seems to me that GM slashed the hourly cost of new employees by half or something like that after the negotiations before/during bankruptcy. Their stock has slid again, which isn't too surprising in this economy.

45,000 miles is early to replace these suspension parts in normal use, but I hope the car rides a lot better now.
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2007 Malibu
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A four year old car, and the power steering is out. No recall on my particular car, but some 07 Malibus have bulletins for the same problem. They told me my car parts didn't come from a warehouse that had problems.
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NickL11354 on 03/01/2011:
The car is 4 years old.. Is it still under warranty?? Most cars really are only good for 5 years or 100,000 miles before repair costs make it prohibitive to own.
Check to see if this repair is covered under warranty, it should be
Augustus2099 on 03/01/2011:
Correction GM didn't start the 5 year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty until mid 2007 Model year. My power steering pump went out at 87,900 miles and I had no Warranty.
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I have had my car for almost two years. It has been nothing but a pain in my ass. Within two months of owning the car I lost my power steering. It has been at the dealership more than I can count for engine reduce power. They just want to keeping trying to fix it. I don't think they understand that I drive with children in the car and when it does this I could be killed and same with my children. This has me so upset. I wish that they would just give me a different car. I don't think that they understand that it is a Lemon, and that there are lemon laws to protect consumers. I'm done with this and they need to start helping out people that buy their products!!!
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Helpful on 08/11/2010:
You've had a 2006 Malibu for two years, meaning the car was used when you purchased it. If there are "lemon laws" which cover this incident, please list them; I'd love to know. If not, I would refrain from making such claims.

The best thing for you to do is look around and buy a different vehicle.
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2009 Malibu Its Almost... A Good Car
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Review of a 2009 Malibu. I rented a 2009 Malibu for a month this is my Impression. I drove it 3500 miles.

First, gas mileage, not great for 4 cylinder, Armrests are like concrete, power and manual seat combo is plain stupid, Interior fabric on LS stains easy. Horrible blind spots Mirrors must be all the way out to see cars on
side of you, back seats don't fold flat, trunk opening is small, light in trunk is to dim and blocked if trunk is full. Fronts seats are not comfortable, Interior feels like compact car even though car has long wheel base. Tilt Telescopic wheel is nice but clumsy. Interior console is too large, makes seating to tight for tall drivers, headroom good Exterior, nice styling, needs body side molding standard. Should be hatchback or make a wagon, its almost, Sonata is better, Sebring is a cheap mess but is more comfortable to drive. Interior color choice's are lousy sick of grey overall a second choice.
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Anonymous on 10/01/2009:
nice to know they are still building stuff no one wants to buy...except maybe the new Silverado
Anonymous on 10/01/2009:
TW, I have seen the new Camaro a few times around town. I think GM missed on that one too. Don't know how it rides but it looks like crap, to me anyway.
Anonymous on 10/01/2009:
looks like gm is shutting down Saturn for good, like anyone bought those anyway.
MRM on 10/01/2009:
I liked the 2010 Malibu because of it stylish front end. But I wish this particlar vehicle wasn't named Malibu as it doesn't fit right with the styling.
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2002 Chevy Malibu
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ROCHESTER, NEW YORK -- My Malibu has 57,000 miles and a head gasket blew. The dealer originally thought it was the intake manifold, and they would fix it free if I did my 60,000 mile service at the dealer.

After further review, they discovered it was the head gasket. They would not budge. Not a dime!!! Customer service was terrible. I talked to 5 people at GM and they all said they had a call in to the dealer, but in 2 weeks the dealer had not called back... Lie!!!!!!!!

I finally got a pretty nasty person calling me back from GM that was definitely not trained in customer service (very rude) telling me that they could not do anything.

It would seem to me that in these hard times, GM would want to keep all the customers they have. Instead they have pushed me to another company. The end of a good relationship with Chevy. Pretty sad.
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madconsumer on 10/29/2008:
21,000 miles after warranty and you expecte 'them' to pay for it?
TGT101 on 10/29/2008:
Do you realize that these are hard times for everyone including businesses. Especially the auto industry. If they constantly did free work on all their cars past the warranty they would surely go broke. But that doesn't matter. Because this is your car.
Principissa on 10/29/2008:
Was this under warranty? If it wasn't, why would you even expect them to pay for this repair? What makes your situation so special that you deserve free auto repair? Everyone is in hard times, not just you. And I'm sick of people thinking they they are the only ones suffering and therefore deserve to get things free just because they are in hard times.
Aerocave on 10/29/2008:
Well said Princi. I've had about enough of that too. You have no idea how many people come into the dealership demanding things that should not be covered under warranty be covered because of "the hard times." They don't have to worry about 10 million dollars in new inventory sitting on the lot (so that customers have "choices"), expensive tools we are required to purchase in order to properly diagnose the technologically advanced vehicles of today, employee the best technicians who aren't cheap, and so on...In other words, we can't use "the hard times" as an excuse for not having inventory or not being able to properly diagnose a car... And its not just in the automobile business...its everywhere!
Principissa on 10/29/2008:
I know it's everywhere and it's pathetic. I've got a house, 2 kids, and bills to pay so that means I'm entitled to free stuff and hand outs because it's hard times. NO. It means that we live more frugally and cut out unneeded expenses. If that means that you have to give up cable television and scrounge by on ramen noodles with one car to make the repair that's what you have to do.
GenuineNerd on 10/29/2008:
Still, a head gasket should not blow in 57,000 miles unless the cooling system was neglected. Chances are that Malibu had the red Dex-Cool anti-freeze, and since the car has not been driven much (57,000 miles is low mileage for a 2002), chances are there may be sludge in the mother had to have the cooling system flushed in her 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass because of sludge...that car also had Dex-Cool. Sludging or head gasket failure can also occur if you mix the old-fashioned green antifreeze with the Dex-Cool. I know that GM paid for Dex-Cool related repairs on several models going back to 1995...whether the 2002 Chevy Malibu is one of the cars on that list I don't know offhand.
Anonymous on 10/29/2008:
Head gaskets can fail for a variety of reasons, the fact that it's a 2002 factors into why the manufacturer isn't backing a repair. I don't hold them liable for anything other than an inferior domestic vehicle.
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2005 Chevy Malibu
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HEMET, CALIFORNIA -- I own a Chevy Malibu (2005), and I must say it is one of the best cars I've ever owned.

General Motors is promoting it as getting 30 mpg highway, our car gets more like 35 mpg highway and 25 around town. I don't have to drive 55 mph to get that mileage, it actually preforms best when we are driving 70-75 mph.

With our economy where it is now, I believe we need, now more than ever, to buy American products, and this car is definitely a good and practical buy.

I live in Hemet CA, and not only is this a great car, we have a really good dealer too. They always go the extra mile, and their service dept. is very professional, and does a wonderful job.
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cherpep on 07/24/2008:
My mother owns a Malibu and also loves her car. It's not too big, not too small, has not required much maintenance over the years, and also gets good gas mileage. Good review! Buy American. (VH)
lepearso on 07/25/2008:
When GM debuted the new Malibu, they poked fun at the previous model as "boring" and "unnoticeable". I'm sure you didn't appreciate that, and neither did thousands of other Malibu owners. GM sold the car to all those people, then turned around and made fun of it. That was in bad taste.
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