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My experience is exactly like Bambi’s from PA. The check engine light comes on then the service traction light comes on. If I shut the car off, light goes off. It’s comes on usually when I’m sitting with car running, in/out of gear and foot of the brake. Very scary. If Service traction wasn’t enough, the check engine light goes on & I have had multiple trips to mechanic to “fix” issues. I have spent a considerable amount of $$ for repairs, pulled out from having it serviced & a few miles down the road check engine light comes back on. Take it back, they say it’s a different problem. More $$.
Finally had a reputable mechanic do a thorough check on it & found the #3 cylinder is misfiring and needs a valve job! $1650! I also noticed a slipping when I change gears (automatic) with a jolt upon engagement. Is that another problem? Called Chevy to lodge complaint: no recalls for my vin # so no recourse. This reminds me of 1973 & the problem with Chevy Vega aluminum heads! Nightmare! Went to Toyota but wanted to buy American in 2008. Big mistake. I only have 57,000 miles on the car. I take excellent care of my cars. This is just unacceptable. Thought I had done my homework & made a good purchase. I can see now, in the long run it was quite costly. Should have stayed with a Toyota!
Able to escape danger quickly! Hi, I am Hover Lioness. I was able to quickly escape the vicious lion Quickmane, My Cubs were screaming and said, "Slow down mommy!" This saved the life of me and my Cubs. Thank you Chevrolet Cobalt!!!
I bought my 2006 Cobalt new because it was cheap. It is now December 2018. It now has 202K miles on it. The car pulls to the right when you take hands off the wheel, it always has and probably always will. The struts wore out in 20K miles, so did the tires. Cheap Cheap Cheap. Alignment after alignment after alignment couldn't solve the "pulling to the right" problem. Chevy told me they couldn't and wouldn't fix it. The tires wear normally now after the "creative" (cover up the problem) factory alignment was fixed.
There were two recalls on the machine (my wife calls it Trixie), neither of which made it run better or worse. The first 25K miles were stressful trying to get warranty service out of Chevy. After the first alignment problems with the car I have had NO NO NO other problems with it. It has been a stellar performer. I like the ride after replacing the struts and tires. The mileage has been as high as 38 (rare) and as low as 28 (bike rack and high wind). 90% of the miles on it are on a nice smooth highway with a daily commute of 75 miles/day, elevation change of 2200 feet. I plan on getting 250K miles before buying another car. At 202,000 miles it is starting to burn oil. I have to put a quart of oil in at 2000 miles and it is down another quart at the 4000 mile mark when I change the oil (50% on the counter).
Next summer I will have to change the water pump, which by the way is the dumbest, stupidest, idiotic-est, criminal-est, way of designing a water pump. One side of the pump is in the oil galley so if the water seal leaks, it leaks water into the oil pan. Guarantee of a blown engine when the water pump fails. Very Very VERY stupid. If you are getting brown oil, this is probably why. The engine doesn't rattle or knock and the transmission is still tight. A reminder that I drive the car on the highway about 90% on the time so wear is minimal.
The car has never quit or left me stranded. 3 windshields, two sets of rotors (they make two sizes, large for the turbo model and small for the LS) which are cheap and come with brake pads and easy to change. The water pump is not easy to change, it is rather involved. Would I buy another? I am an electronics technician so electrical problems are just a challenge. Yes I would buy another one unless I retire first.
Purchased a 2009 Chevy Cobalt with 14,000 original miles. Good car until the lines to the fuel pump dry rotted this past August. Car only had 37,647 miles on it and the lines dry rotted? My mechanic said I could get reimbursed for the $486.00 it cost us to repair it. Took it to the dealer. Dealer gave us paperwork to fill out and send in, said we would get reimbursed. Submitted all paperwork and spoke to customer service in August, was told we would be reimbursed. Never heard back, so today I call customer service and was told that I would NOT be reimbursed. Really??? I am beyond upset but what am I to do?
After being in a treacherous car accident in a previous Cobalt -- and coming out unscathed -- we insisted our next car, with our 2 young kids, would be another! We have found our Cobalt to be safe and reliable. While it is basic, it is also uncomplicated and easy to drive. We initially chose a Chevrolet because it was American-made and reasonably priced. But they no longer make Cobalts, so we would have them continued! The interior got worn out quickly though, we would have definitely made the fabric higher-quality. We have loved owning a Cobalt and will be sad to see it go.
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So far, I have been having good luck with this 2007 model year Chevrolet Cobalt. It is easy for me to drive. It does not have a high entrance and fits in my garage well. I got over the need for a 6 cylinder car and am perfectly happy with this 4 cylinder vehicle. It has every bit as much acceleration as my previous Buick. But this car is pretty spartan; wish it had a back seat that could be lowered. Also, it has a seal leak in the brake system; it is too difficult to go in and fix it, so I have to add DOT 3 brake fluid every couple of months. My mechanic has been a bit frustrated trying to fix something wrong with the emissions control system; the dashboard light keeps coming on. Had a problem with the front end, but other than that it's been good.
I chose Chevy Cobalt because it is sporty looking and the dealership was having a special on it. I like this model because it has a cd player, am-fm radio, and excellent speakers. It has plenty of trunk space and bucket seats. This car has been a great value to me. It is thirteen years old and I have not had any problems with it. I have put two sets of tires on it and replaced the battery once. I really like my car. But sometimes I wish I had leather seats instead of cloth because I have a dog that likes to ride and her hair is always on the seat.
Chevy Cobalt was a very good choice for me and my small family. It was in my price range. It gets great gas mileage and they had the white color I wanted in stock (white). It was used but had low mileage. I also love that it had tinted windows and black interior. Other features I loved were satellite radio option and OnStar. It's a cozy and compact fit. Very reliable and dependable. It’s also very pleasing to the eye. Great car, love it. But I don't like that if the battery dies, the keys can get locked in the ignition which is bad because the battery is in the trunk which won't open unless you have the key. The pop the trunk button don't function when the car is dead and it took a while to figure out the Manual key release process.
It was a nice looking car and we kind of needed a second car right away when we bought it. It drove fine and we didn't see any fluid leaked or anything seriously wrong with it. We had looked at a few cars and really we just decided on the one that looked the best and ran the smoothest without knocks, or pings and was in the price range we had decided on. I like that it is small and is easy on gas. It has a spacious trunk area which fits with my lifestyle.
We bought it used in 2017 (it's a 2007) and we have had one problem after another. I know used means some problems but, wiring, lights, AC, heater fan, etc. I do not like having the battery in the trunk. Very inconvenient. There are several fuse boxes, so you have to hunt for fuses. There are also only 2 doors, we thought that really wasn't an issue when we bought it but turns out it is. And crank windows!! It was winter and very cold when we bought this car so we didn't pay attention to the fact it did not have electric windows. I wish we would have kept looking.
It is great, it runs well and it has a lot of space. It has a spacious trunk too, and is just the right size. It is four doors and has cup holders and is automatic. It is easy on gas as well. Also I like the color red and it is red. But I would make it a little cheaper. Maybe a little bit bigger would be nice and a little more leg room would be great too. All in all it is a great running car and fits my family's needs perfectly. We love it.
I love my Chevy Cobalt. It is a good and nice little car. It was definitely well worth the purchase. I got way more for my money than I would have expected with it. I did not need nor want a big car. So its simplicity was what drew me to it. Plus it was not very expensive. It also has good mileage (30mpg on highway) a definite benefit. But there were quite a few recalls on the car. After I had one of them repaired my key would get locked in the ignition and I had to press the release button to get it out which was kind of inconvenient. I was able to do self-repairs on it quite simply for the most part. In the end it is falling apart, but still hanging in there well enough to still get me where I need to go every day.
I was very happy owner of Chevrolet Cobalt 2008 LS since two days ago when I was in major car accident. Van hit me at my driver side with 50 miles per hour and I wanna say that all the airbags of that car open and I am really glad that I am all safe after this kind of accident. Car was perfect unfortunately I didn’t have chance to drive it a lot!
I owned this car since 2014 and it has never fail me. However when it comes to the electric parts it really sucks. First my power locks would lock and unlock all the time by themselves. So I took that fuse out. Then the anti-theft thing would come on randomly and since I don't have the remote to deactivate it I would have to use the key to shut it off. Such is embarrassing when you are in public or outside church. Power steering comes on sometimes but I just turn it off and back on and it fix it. I lost power one time but after I turn it off for a couple minutes it was fine. I haven't had that problem for a year. What can I say? Man this car is great but when it comes to the electric part that's just something else. Just remember whenever lights and whatever message comes on the dash just turn it off and most of the time they go away.
After the ignition switch recall was repair. We, my daughter and myself we're in a very bad accident. My airbag didn't deploy, leaving me with a head contusion and chest contusion. I shattered the driver's side windshield. Due to the severity of the accident my car was totaled out by my insurance company. I emailed GM own dummy crash test with the same make as mine only 2 door 2005 Chevy Cobalt. I was told that the vehicle used in the dummy testing wasn't mine. I don't have proof that after the ignition switch was repaired then my airbag didn't deploy to protect me as did the dummy in there dummy crash test. I will not stop. They are wrong. Even a dummy could see the airbag was faulty after the ignition switch was repaired. And repaired at a GM dealer. Weber Chevrolet. And your website won't allow me to upload photos.
My boyfriend bought his 2008 Chevy Cobalt nearly new in 08. I have to say this is one of the best cars I have ever owned. I would really love to give the Cobalt 5 stars but of course no matter how much I love the car, 5 stars would be unrealistic. So giving the rating not only as an owner, but also as a mechanic, I can say that the Cobalt is a pretty mechanically sound vehicle. Electronically is where the Cobalt suffers. We have had all of the recalls fixed and the vehicle now has 164,000 miles on it and this vehicle has never left us stranded. It runs great and I can always count on it starting for me everyday. It has the wiring issues that the Cobalts are known for with the radio and speakers cutting in and out. This is because the door panel wasn't sealed well and moisture gets in there and creates a short, preventing the front speakers and internal chimes from working. It does in fact have a pretty noisy undercarriage and also ticking lifters as well.
Some of the complaints I have read are actually normal things that go bad on all vehicles, not just specific to the Cobalt, which I think unfairly hurts the overall rating of the Cobalt. I keep the oil changed every 3,000 miles using a good quality full synthetic oil, and done transmission and fuel filter services, tune ups and all other maintenance all at the factory recommended intervals and we have never had an issue whatsoever with this vehicle. The only repairs I have made on this vehicle are all normal wear and tear things that need done on every vehicle. If you can deal with the small things like the noisy suspension and lifters, and are able to keep it properly maintained, then I recommend the Cobalt for anyone.
I came on here to read about complaints about the Chevy Cobalt and see if any matched what has been going on with my car. As expected, I read several complaints that related to mine. I purchase a 2010 Cobalt for my daughter. She did have problems with the ignition before the recall. I had to pay to tow the vehicle only to find out that there was an ignition problem. I didn't get a reimbursement for the tow.
Shortly she began experiencing wiring problem with the car. The brake (stop) light goes on while she is driving and goes off when she stops. While on vacation, I took it to Pep Boys on Vine St, Kissimmee, Florida. They ordered the parts. After waiting most of the day, I was told that they could not calibrate the vehicle. I was told to go to Starling Chevrolet, Orlando, Florida to have the calibration done. Less than six months later the same problem showed up. My daughter, who goes to college in Florida, took the vehicle to Chevrolet dealer in Orlando. They refuse to correct the problem claiming that it must go back to Starling Chevrolet.
I brought it back to the dealer. It was calibrated and still acting up again. The dealer couldn't figure out what's wrong. A search on Edmund.com shows that the problem exists with the 2008 which were recalled. I called Chevrolet Company (866-790-5600) and spoke with Justin who claimed he did see any recalls and will look into the matter. Just like I told him, it appears that Chevrolet is waiting for something devastating to happen to my daughter or someone before they fix the issue.
The technician suggested we go for a ride and while on the ride the car acted up and he was able to see what I was talking about. When we got back to the service dept he told the service manager that he thought it was the cluster panel but the tech said he would have to look at some technical manuals and give a call to GMAC, and they would call me. I waited a day then I called them. They said that because I told them I started having problems with it after they changed the ignition they would replace the ignition again as a recall. I brought it in today. The car seemed fine but when I jumped on the highway just 1 hour after getting it fixed it was doing the same exact thing. I just paid my last payment today, after having paid on it for 5 years. I had planned on having no payments for a couple of years because I have a student loan and mortgage and I felt like at last maybe I could have a little breathing room financially with no car payment.
My car only has 59,800 miles on it and I don't know what is going to happen. The tech said he would call GMAC on Monday. Today is Friday, so I am stranded because after reading all these complaints and because of my own instincts in feeling that my car is not safe to drive, I don't dare go anywhere and even if I try and get rid of this car or trade it in they are going to see it has problems and so I won't get anything for it. So I have paid on a car for 5 years and it is worth nothing. I am so upset right now and that is a mild description on what I am really feeling right now. I am single and work two jobs to make ends meet, I have a student loan to pay and I'm thinking now that I am going to have to have another car payment.
COBALT SAFETY ISSUES. I've had the vehicle 2 days this month. Problem started last year just vaguely then went away so I paid no attention to it. These last few months oh my god!! All my dashboard lights come on from anti theft lock, service traction (tc), low fuel (when there is fuel in there), brake fluid, power steering, check engine, gauges start flopping back and forth. Car kicks when changing into next gear, shifts very hard from park to drive, power steering loss. Just the other day getting off freeway I was so terrified because I lost power steering control.
I've contacted my local Chevy dealer and GM corporate. Both basically told me there is nothing they can do because recall issues have been replaced already. I asked, "If recall issues have been replaced then why are numerous people still having the same issue." Their response was, "I'm sorry. There's nothing more I can advise you to do other than take it to your local dealership and have repairs made." I don't want to have to pay for things that are clearly not fixable!! Please help me.
Thankfully, I never had many problems with my Chevy Cobalt. That might be because it is a 2010 (which I've heard is the best model year) and it was taken care of very well before I purchased it. The only real issue with it was one of the sensors would occasionally go out on it after about 30 minutes of driving. It would start "glitching", and by glitching I mean throwing itself forward when accelerating, and not in a good way. I've found that if the car is shut off for about 10 to 20 minutes, the problem goes away. It can come back randomly, just a forewarning (or a warning to those who have recently purchased one). There were a couple times however that the problem didn't grace itself with its presence at all. One example is where I was driving with an ex down in Oregon for 3 hours straight without stopping. The car showed no sign of "doing its thing" whatsoever.
Overall, the performance is awesome. It accelerates quite quickly and is just a cool car all around. However, I have found less problems with my other vehicles, a Buick Century and a Volvo S60. Those are some cars I would very much recommend, along with the Chevy Silverado (truck). To be completely honest, a Chevy Cobalt isn't the best car to rely on, and should only be a starter car; that's hard for me to say, considering I'm an all-out Chevy fan.
I have had my Cobalt 11 years. Bought it about 1 yr used in 05. Had issues with the ignition shutting off but after recall work was done it's never done it again. I have put many parts on her due to wear and tear. The problems that upset me the most are the noisy chassis/undercarriage, and the keyless entry!! I have replaced the fob a couple times before realizing it was just the silicone button pads wearing out. Of course the DEALERSHIP just kept reprogramming the fobs and not pinpointing the real problem. (3$ item on eBay) I used to think the headlights were faulty but I was recently schooled on the fact that I wasn't completely tightening the plastic collar that holds the bulb itself and that's why so many of my headlights in past have gathered water inside. I love my grocery getter, but I must admit General Motors has a lot of brushing up to do in the ethics and integrity departments!
I have had the recall work done for the ignition that was required. However, in the past 3 months my car while at lower speeds dies - total loss of power without warning, I have loss of steering and cannot push down on the brake. Both instances put me in the path of serious injury - once while turning at an intersection and the other also at an intersection at a stop light proceeding down an icy hill - part way through the intersection I lost power could not steer or brake and inched over to a flatter spot. I have contacted Chevrolet Canada and was told that the recall is over and it's my problem as is any costs associated with it.
I am horrified that I put my life and perhaps the life of others in jeopardy. I question whether the parts that were installed for the recall were faulty or sub-standard, or even if the dealer had in fact replaced them or replaced them with non-approved recall part. I have an appt. with the local dealer here and will be requesting any parts they replace and would like to send them in for inspection. Is there anywhere that I can send the parts? Is this unrealistic? I feel that I may not be the only one experiencing this issue.
I bought a 2005 Chevy Cobalt in 2008. I still have it as my work car. I have had no major problems just keeping it lined up. So I got my wife a 2008 Chevy Cobalt and there was no major problems until now. The timing chain slipped and when it does that it breaks the Pistons and headers so you have to rebuild the whole top of the engine. Had it towed to the shop he says 1400 to fix it but she's also had electrical issues with the car and problems keeping it lined up. After reading these reviews I think the 2008 Chevy Cobalt is a piece of junk. Seems like they're getting cheaper and cheaper as they make these.
Check engine light came on about 116000 miles in on my 2008 Cobalt, checked code and it was accelerator position sensor. Bought entire accelerator pedal from local dealer as that is the only way to replace the sensor. Installed it, but same error code keeps my check engine light on. Bought the exact right part, and it has NOT fixed the problem!
I live in California, so I have to pass a smog check every other year, but the check engine light is an automatic fail regardless of how low your emissions are, so I am truly screwed. Worse than that is the o2 sensor monitors. I have changed out the o2 sensors with proper parts, but the monitors are still not communicating! I cannot make my car legal to drive because no matter how many freeway miles I put on this heap of junk the monitors still won't reset. I was told by my mechanic that 75 to 100 miles of freeway driving should do it... I did 200 miles that night and still nothing. Chevy now owes me big in my opinion. The car ran great until the stereo went out late last year, now I have screwed up sensors and monitors that will cost an arm, a leg, and my first born to repair. It feels like a scam to me. I have put almost 1000 miles on this car since the repairs and cannot get relief of the problems.
I bought my 2008 Cobalt used in 2011 with 47000 miles. I needed something with good gas mileage, cheap payments, and was able to get me from A to B. I was quite satisfied with the overall dependability and functionality of the vehicle for a good while, then in 2012 is when my power steering would randomly turn off. I didn't have the other issues other users were describing, with the warning lights flashing but I did have to turn the vehicle off then on for the power steering to work. Once that part was replaced, I have not had another problem with that issue. In late 2014, I started to have issues with the ignition switch. One morning it was so bad I couldn't start the car, but fiddled with it once I got home and it worked. It also took a very long time for the part to arrive at the dealership, but once it was installed I have had no further issues.
Overall, I am pleased with the longevity of the vehicle because for about 3 years, I could afford no maintenance and struggled hard just to afford oil changes once a year and not once has the vehicle given any indication of the strain that was put on it. Only last summer did my left wheel bearing start making noise. I am a little frustrated how much running the AC slows down the engine because here in Arizona it's 115 when I leave for work and you NEED that AC, yet have to turn it off every time you accelerate off a light for it to accelerate quick enough. The car's already slow as it is accelerating and it's frustrating for someone who learned to drive on a V8 Yukon and a 6L GTO, but other than that, it's been a very good to me. When I finish paying it off at the end of the summer, I plan to keep it until I can afford something more suited to my driving style.
After driving this vehicle and putting up with the car for WAY too long, TONIGHT was almost the end. The vehicle will beep and T/C light comes on and my power steering light along with all of my gauges going out. Well tonight it added just shutting OFF!!! This vehicle has been taken in for EVERY recall each time it has had one!!! The VID # ** IF anyone wants to take this on please do. Tonight if work and money wasn't needed tomorrow the baseball bat would be taken out just and I would have just taken this car down to nothing because as a Cobalt owner, American car owner NO ONE should EVER have to feel like death could come at any time because of the vehicle failing while driving. I AM ANGRY as I should be and other owners that have had this issue should be here with me. Do not lie young kids/new drivers/owners with little money. NONE need to ever purchase a used vehicle and feel like I have felt tonight!!! Never EVER!!!
I bought a 2008 Cobalt LT in 2015. For the past 6 months I've had detrimental problems. It happens randomly but when it does, the car is undriveable. All of the gauges will go up and down super fast and my anti-theft light will come on. Power steering and low fuel messages will erratically display and power steering usually goes out completely. When shifting into drive the car lurches into it and I cannot shift into 2nd gear when driving. (Automatic transmission). I've taken it to my local chevy dealer and they said they couldn't duplicate the problem. I payed over 100$ so they could tell me they don't know what's wrong. I am so frustrated and lost as to what to do. Please help.
Ok. So Chevy Cobalt so called fixing recall issue on steering. Yet my 2008 cobalt has same steering issue. As a result. Every bump my tires jump to the right or left. And steering wheel remains straight. Resulting in no control of car. Replaced control arms. Brand new tires. And in snow. I'd rather drive a dog sled to work. This type of steering should have never been passed. I feel very unsafe in this can. Even if just in rain.
I bought a brand new 2008 Cobalt about 8 years ago. I have had many of the same problems others have had. Ignition key getting stuck, automatic shifter not wanting to move from park, etc. But the one that really has me frustrated is at 61000 I started getting a clunking noise from the front end. I took it to my local Chevy dealer and they said they had to replace the control arms to the tune of 900.00 including front end alignment. Now less than 2 years later and only 11000 miles I am getting the same clunking noise. I've have heard the control arm bushings can go out on these often. I will be very mad if they try and sell me new control arms again after 11000 miles. I told them I have driven GM cars since 1970 and never had to do front end work like this at 61K. I may be buying a Nissan next time.
My car is a 2005 Chevy Cobalt. Wiring harness recall fixed, power steering recall fixed... Ignition recall fixed. All of these recall issues threatened my life and I had needed all these repairs that scared the life out of me. I have extreme panic disorder. The extreme emotions has triggered other disability issues and literally I've been trying to trust my car again but these 2 new problems have me more afraid for my life.
GM has another cover up and now they just need to go to jail!! My car is leaking gasoline at the gas tank and I don't know how long it's been leaking. Just found it yesterday. Reading about the stories online on the fuel system recall and it only covers the 2006 Cobalts in the southern states. This has me furious!! This recall came out in 2009 and it was a very hot summer in Portland, OR that year and a blistering hot summer last year.
Here's the problem... GM knows my 2005 Cobalt has the exact same fuel delivery system and parts but deliberately excluded my car out of the recall knowing since 2009 that it is a life threatening situation... Another 7 years driving a potential car bomb!! The last issue in my car that I can't find a recall for is my locks. I panic at stoplights wondering if a bum will jump in my passenger door since the locks are loudly unlocking and locking constantly!! I'm afraid of this car and I want my money back with pain and suffering!! Waiting to see what the dealer says on my gas leak today :(. I will never buy a GM car again!!
I purchased my 2008 Cobalt in May of 2008. Last week I was driving my car and without warning my car shut down. I made sure my maintenance was kept up. My oil changes were done and I used high mileage oil as I realize the car was approaching 150,000. I called for a tow truck and the car was taken to the shop. The mechanic told me he had bad news, my engine was locked. I recently had my oil changed and had just had the car check prior to this. I was told there were no problems with the car at all.
There was never an indication of any kind that the oil was low, oil leaks or anything. I can't complain too much because my car always started for me. That morning when I checked my car everything was fine. Could it just have been time for the engine to die. This is weird and I don't understand. I did start to notice a slight stall in the car when I hit the gas and when I shift the gears it was like they were sticking a little. So curious as to why this happened!
I have had electrical problems with this car ever I bought it in 2010. The door locks will randomly start locking and unlocking while driving down the highway or sitting in my garage. The issue is worse when the weather is humid or rainy. The door locks will not work at all when I want to lock my car. If I go into a store and lock the doors by hand, I will find them unlocked when I return. If I leave them unlocked, when I return they will be locked. When I open the trunk of the car with my key will also cause this to happen.
The electrical passenger windows will roll down and sometimes not roll back up. I've gone for days with the windows open in the car. Think my insurance will cover that if it is stolen from a parking lot because the windows were down or the door unlocked? I doubt it. The electric mirror control does not work at all and never has. I have to adjust the side mirrors by hand. I've had the wiring checked - no problem, they say. I've had all the fuses changed, that will fix it, they say. I bought this car used and it had less than 25K miles on it. I've had to deal with 10 different recalls on this car - that goes beyond the ordinary and Chevrolet should replace these cars.
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