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.
I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER GM PRODUCT AND I WILL POST THIS EVERYWHERE I CAN FIND. I AM THINKING OF PAINTING "GM JUNK " ON HIS CAR AND PARKING IT BY CHEVY DEALERS THAT I CAN DRAG IT TO. I WILL NOT EVER RECOMMEND A GM PRODUCT AGAIN...
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 rack and pinion, tie 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 owner's manual they did not make 2007 V6s 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 it's 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.
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 just went out of business and stop taking people's money for poorly made, unreliable vehicles!
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- I purchased my 2002 Chevy Malibu in great condition with only about 30,000 miles on it. Since I purchased the vehicle I have had several issues. It started with the rotors and brake pads needing replaced about once a month, and then it escalated. One morning out of the blue my car wouldn't start. After replacing several costly parts, we figured out that it was the anti-theft system from an article on the internet.
The fix was that the key had to be inserted into the ignition and turned to the on position and left to sit for 10 minutes and then turned off before attempting to start the car. About two weeks after fixing that problem, the car started to make a funny noise. It turns out that there was a rod knocking and now the engine needs to be replaced on the car. I cannot believe that GM could deny an issue with this car, and I think that they should either fix the problem or replace the car.
NORTH BERGEN, NEW JERSEY -- I have a 2001 Chevy Malibu that I bought in 2002. Since I had this car in the 1st year I had the hazard switch replaced, I had the ignition switch replaced, and my brake drums replaced because they were warped and they were already cut once. Also my a/c and heater temp control switch does not work on numbers 1 and 2.
Now after six years and only 77,000 miles I need to have the engine replaced because of water in the oil which caused my head gasket to crack. I see a lot of people with the same exact problems as mine and I really think that GM should do something about this because my next car is going to be a foreign car....
DETROIT, MICHIGAN -- We recently purchased a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx. All was well for about 3 months. But then the power steering started to kick out, stopped functioning. Almost causing my wife to wreck. This is very dangerous 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 says it will cost about 2,000 dollars to fix. There should have been a recall on this. I did some checking and the Malibus 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 consumers. But that not the case. I for one will never buy another GM product.
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!!!
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 too 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 too tight for tall driver's headroom. Good exterior, nice styling. Needs body side molding standard. Should be hatchback or make a wagon. It's almost Sonata is better, Sebring is a cheap mess but is more comfortable to drive. Interior color choices are lousy. Sick of grey. Overall a second choice.
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.
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 performs 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.