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Desperate need of recall
Posted by Nell27 on 03/15/2010
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 law suit 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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Posted by Skye on 2010-03-15:
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?
Posted by nanomarket on 2010-03-15:
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.
Posted by PepperElf on 2010-03-15:
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
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-03-16:
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.
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2010-03-16:
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.


Posted by Inat on 2010-03-16:
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 :)
Posted by tony valdez on 2013-11-20:
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
Posted by Justin on 2013-11-27:
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!
Posted by Quan on 2013-12-27:
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.
Posted by jay on 2014-03-08:
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
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GM is a Failure
Posted by Siouxboy on 02/28/2011
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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Posted by saj80 on 2011-02-28:
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.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-02-28:
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.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-02-28:
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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Engine, coolant, reliability problems
Posted by Jbeezyoffdaheezy on 11/08/2009
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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Posted by MRM on 2009-11-08:
Your nic is straight banging!
Posted by old fart on 2009-11-08:
How many miles does it have on it..?
Posted by Starlord on 2009-11-09:
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.
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2009-11-09:
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.
Posted by redmx3racer on 2009-11-09:
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?
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-11-09:
red - there's the issue.

"Anyone who wants to listen"

Posted by redmx3racer on 2009-11-09:
very true Pepper haha.
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Engine Tapping
Posted by Rubia1522 on 02/12/2007
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....

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Posted by tnchuck100 on 2007-02-12:
Most likely the head gasket failed. That resulted in water in the oil. Not the other way around. You have 77,000 miles on this car. Things do happen. GM is not at fault here.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-02-12:
Sounds like you drive the thing hard. As chuck pointed out, you got water in the oil from a failed head gasket. Put some stop-leak in your radiator, change the oil and sell it to a high school kid.
Posted by nstigator3920003 on 2007-02-12:
I agree, after that many miles and buying it used, you never know how the previous owner treated and serviced the engine. GM gets enough bad press and blame that is their fault, but in this case, I don't believe that they are to blame.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-02-12:
Real sound advice, pirate. Pathetic!
Posted by andreastu on 2007-03-29:
OP is correct. There is a serious problem with GM and the Dex-Cool coolant they shipped these cars with and instruct in the owner's manual must be used. Blown head gaskets resulted through no fault of the owner and caused completely by the Dex-Cool coolant. There are numerous class action suits against GM and Dex-Cool because of this. Co-lead counsel is the Girard Gibbs firm in San Francisco. Go to http://www.girardgibbs.com and click on "our cases" then choose "consumer cases" from the drop down. You'll find Dex-Cool listed among the current cases. They have a form online where you can sign up to get involved with the lawsuit.

Note to the folks who replied above: Maybe you should find out if you know what you are talking about before you are so critical of the OP.
Posted by maxxman on 2007-08-06:
I just wanted to mention that the water in the oil was a result of the cracked head gasket, not the other way around.Please check out any car you are thinking of buying at any of the many web sites that show car reviews. Buying foriegn cars do not mean you won't have repairs. Domestic cars are rating higher than ever before. The lastest Malibu design is a very good car. very reliable
Posted by anniea24 on 2008-05-10:
I have a 2002 Chevy Malibu. I had an awful experience with a corrupt Toyota dealer. For the money it was and still is a great car, not great, but reliable,and easy to drive. when my granddaugher arrived, we fit 4 adults comfort. with her in the back in her car seat. I had an accident and the Chevy dealership where I purchased it honored the warrenty, and fixed everything that the body shop didn't. It's not a BMW or Mercedes, The only problem is that they depreciate a lot faster than the foreign cars if you plan to resell, which I never planned on when I bought it at the end of 2002. So far I've only paid for routine maintenence and it still drives great.
Posted by anniea24 on 2008-05-10:
I have a 2002 Chevy Malibu. I had an awful experience with a corrupt Toyota dealer. For the money it was and still is a great car, not great, but reliable,and easy to drive. when my granddaugher arrived, we fit 4 adults comfort. with her in the back in her car seat. I had an accident and the Chevy dealership where I purchased it honored the warrenty, and fixed everything that the body shop didn't. It's not a BMW or Mercedes, The only problem is that they depreciate a lot faster than the foreign cars if you plan to resell, which I never planned on when I bought it at the end of 2002. So far I've only paid for routine maintenence and it still drives great.
Posted by jen m on 2008-06-05:
i can't believe some of these comments! i have had the same trouble with my car and we take excellent care of it, also if you google chevy malibu you will find many complaints, as well as a class action law suit against GM. so before people make smart comments maybe they should do some research!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-05:
I agree jen m...GM has some serious quality issues. Poor paint adhesion is one and it affects the other major automakers as well. The security system on GM cars is problematic...the BCM (body control module) fails and the system no longer recognizes the key...some cars simply stop running until the BCM is replaced...an expensive part. The Malibu developed so many 'issues' that many police departments abandoned it (a LOT of PDs used them) in favor of Ford Crown Vics and such. Good luck poster.
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Power Steering Going Out
Posted by Csbeach47 on 11/10/2011
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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Posted by trmn8r on 2011-11-10:
Lots of complaints about Malibu steering.

Did you check out this model online before buying?
Posted by LOU on 2014-04-14:
I agree. I dont 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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Chevy Malibu Junk
Posted by Bitten once on 09/28/2011
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 benifits. 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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Posted by trmn8r on 2011-09-28:
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
Posted by Hages on 03/01/2011
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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Posted by NickL11354 on 2011-03-01:
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
Posted by Augustus2099 on 2011-03-01:
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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Posted by Bright7733 on 08/11/2010
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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Posted by Helpful on 2010-08-11:
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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Chevrolet Malibu
Posted by Hillbillie58 on 02/05/2010
My son has bought 2000 Chevrolet Malibu with the 3.1 V6 engine. Only had it one week when the intake gasket started leaking. Contacted GM using the 800 number and was told that there was nothing wrong with that engine. I have spent numerous hours talking to many auto mechanics, and was told that it is a common problem with that engine.

The phone technician informed me that GM will not be doing anything about it, and if there is a recall it will need to be issued from the federal government.
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Posted by GenuineNerd on 2010-02-05:
I remember reading where GM has had cooling system issues with certain engines, mainly because some GM V-6's used plastic intake manifolds that did not hold up well to extreme heat over long periods of time, as well as issues involving the Dex-Cool antifreeze used in those cars. Your son would be better off having the head gasket replaced and the cooling system completely flushed, since at this point, GM will not do anything about that engine, although there have been issues with those in the past. His car is 10 years old.
Posted by dan gordon on 2010-02-05:
let me get this str8. You bought a ten yr old car and think that GM should fix it? Why would they? You bought a used car, stuff happens. Your expectations are pretty unrealistic no matter what car you buy your going to have to do some repairs.
Posted by FaireMaiden on 2010-02-06:
Agreed. Your son bought a 10-year-old used car. GM is under no obligation, legally or morally, to fix any problems arising from said used car, (whether a common problem or not), unless he bought it from a GM lot and purchased an extended warranty to go along with it. Example, in 2006, my husband and I bought a used 2000 Mitsubishi Montero from our local Subaru dealer; but we also purchased an extended warranty along with it. Everything that has had to be repaired has been done at no cost to us because of that warranty.
Posted by let me see? on 2010-02-06:
Please this is a joke right?! Your son buys a ten year old car and can't believe GM will not fix it. The warranty has been expired for about 7 years. And you called GM on the 800 number and someone told you there was nothing wrong with engine?? How would they know by you calling the 800 number. As always dan gordon speaks the truth "your expectations are pretty unrealistic" why didn't your son have the car checked BEFORE buying it?
Posted by saj80 on 2010-02-06:
The government will not force a recall unless it is a safety issue; an intake manifold gasket my result in a TSB to the dealerships, but it is not a safety matter.
Posted by anniea24 on 2010-04-21:
I have to agree with everyone else. The car is 10 years old & you have no idea how it was taken care of. you didn't mention how many miles it has. I have a 2002 Malibu, which I love, bought new, and it was the one I test drove. Try buying a one or two year old car that you can buy an extended warrenty on.
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2009 Malibu Its Almost... A Good Car
Posted by Davcar on 10/01/2009
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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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-01:
nice to know they are still building stuff no one wants to buy...except maybe the new Silverado
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-01:
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.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-01:
looks like gm is shutting down Saturn for good, like anyone bought those anyway.
Posted by MRM on 2009-10-01:
I liked the 2010 Malibu because of it stylish front end. But I wish this particlar vehicle wasnt named Malibu as it doesnt fit right with the styling.
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