2005 Chevrolet Cobalt
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com Notes: The Cobalt was introduced to replace two of Chevy’s smaller cars, the Cavalier and Prizm. But the compact’s fresh start that Chevy was hoping for was riddled with issues, most notably widespread power steering failure.
The power steering failed so often that GM was forced to issue a recall in March, 2010. Great, but what about other problems like the key getting stuck in the ignition or all the other electrical demons this car possesses?
And, oh yes — then there’s the terribly dangerous issue where the Cobalt randomly shuts off while driving. As it turns out, that problem is related to GM’s massive 2014 recall for a dangerous ignition switch defect. A recall that eventually ballooned to 2.6 million vehicles in one of the automotive industry’s biggest scandals.
Worst 2005 Cobalt Problems by Category
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- steering problems122NHTSA complaints: 970
- interior accessories problems67NHTSA complaints: 28
- engine problems60NHTSA complaints: 97
- electrical problems31NHTSA complaints: 194
- AC / heater problems18NHTSA complaints: 5
- transmission problems10NHTSA complaints: 33
- suspension problems9NHTSA complaints: 46
- body / paint problems8NHTSA complaints: 28
- brakes problems8NHTSA complaints: 64
- lights problems5NHTSA complaints: 19
- wheels / hubs problems5NHTSA complaints: 12
- exterior accessories problems4NHTSA complaints: 32
- fuel system problems4NHTSA complaints: 21
- seat belts / air bags problems4NHTSA complaints: 45
- windows / windshield problems4NHTSA complaints: 9
- cooling system problems1NHTSA complaints: 4
- exhaust system problems1NHTSA complaints: 1
- miscellaneous problems1NHTSA complaints: 20
- drivetrain problemsNHTSA: 24
- clutch problemsNHTSA: 6
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