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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
55,365 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt electrical problems

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 4 of 13)

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problem #182

Oct 162009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to reimbursement for ignition switch recall. The consumer stated her daughter was driving, when the vehicle suddenly stalled.

- Repton, AL, USA

problem #181

Jun 012011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Not sure exactly when it happened, but it has been occurring for years now. I have spent thousands of dollars in diagnostics, parts, and labor trying to fix the mystery problem! I'm fed up! it seems to happen randomly and fix itself randomly. Sometimes it lasts a couple days and sometimes longer than a couple weeks. The problem: My car will lose power steering, it starts shifting really hard and the gauges inside get all screwed. Occasionally when it happens it just won't shift at all. It will stay in first gear. The inside gauges: The speedometer will bounce all over the place, never staying still. The radio will also get loud and quiet by itself. The power locks would frantically go up and down themselves, until I took out the spark plug for those. It is very difficult to drive when the power steering goes out, not like cars that were built without it in the first place. The very hard shifting cannot be good for the car and is dangerous when I am driving during winter months or rainy weather. I live in Michigan and it snows a lot. Even the Chevy dealership can't tell me what is wrong and I have paid to have numerous parts replaced that have not fixed the problem. I've read other boards online with people having the same issue. I just cannot afford to keep paying to not get the problem fixed. I hate driving such an unreliable car with two young children, four years and 10 months. It happened multiple times when my little one was a newborn. Felt like I was giving the poor baby whiplash when the car switched gears. It's an automatic so there is nothing I can do about it.

- Baroda, MI, USA

problem #180

Jun 202008

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
I have this problem on my 2005 Cobalt of the gauge cluster going nuts, speedometer and RPM gauge jumping up and down, the lights in the cluster, ABS, security, brake, engine and some others start flashing, the transmission starts clicking near the shifter and the automatic transmission shifts very hard, in fact when slowing for a stop sign or traffic light I have to shift to neutral and then pull the shifter to 1st just to get it to go without stalling, the worse part of this problem is when this starts while traveling down the hi-way and the power steering stops working and I am going around a curve and it intermittently starts working and I have to try not to over steer causing an accident, this first appeared in 2008 and has done it since, no one can fix it not even the dealership.

- Crowder, OK, USA

problem #179

Apr 012014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My Chevy dealer still does not have the needed equipment to fix this recalled item ignition switch 135454 I am seriously concerned by this because I have had 2 other replacements. Can you look into why this is taking so long when safety is at stake.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #178

Nov 012013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch and stalling problems. The consumer stated the vehicle began stalling out and running on reduced power in November 2013. The consumer attempted to fix the problem himself, but to no avail. He then took the vehicle to two different mechanics who were unsuccessful at resolving the issue. He then went to the dealer, where he was informed multiple codes were displaying, and they spent quite some time, in fixing the issue. Everything seemed ok for a while, and then the problem returned. The dealer then replaced the ignition switch and lock cylinder. The consumer did not believe, the ignition switch and lock cylinder were the main problem which caused his vehicle to stall. The stalling continued to be an ongoing issue.

- Avoca, PA, USA

problem #177

Mar 272014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign id number 14V171000 (electrical system). However, the contact was not able to have the vehicle serviced under the recall because the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Allendale , SC, USA

problem #176

Jun 022014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer write in regards to ignition key and dealership problems. The consumer stated the vehicle stalled on a constant basis. She felt as though the dealer was giving her the run-around.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #175

Jun 022014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall. The consumer was informed the parts were not available.

- Troy, MO, USA

problem #174

Jun 192013

Cobalt

  • 80,000 miles
Ignition failure.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #173

Feb 042014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The contact stated that the part was unavailable to do the repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Hawaian Garden, CA, USA

problem #172

Feb 132014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition key problems. The consumer stated the vehicle has been un-driveable since Feb 13, 2014. The key would not go into the ignition.

- Lumberton, NC, USA

problem #171

Mar 052014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that he was concerned for his safety since the parts were still not available in order to do repairs for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system). The dealer was contacted. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The vehicle had not experienced the failure. The vehicle current mileage was 28,000.

- Sunnyside , NY, USA

problem #170

Apr 042014

Cobalt

  • miles
I wanted to express my frustration over the GM recall regarding my car. Upon receipt of the notice of the recall, I immediately contacted my local Chevy dealer. They had no information on when new parts might be available. I was told to call back and did so weekly until they finally said they could order the recalled part. I was then told that it would take at least another month for the part to come in. It has been several months since I received the recall notice. I am disappointed in GM's lack of urgency and blatant disregard for the safety of consumers. I have been very proactive in this process and yet have been continually delayed in getting my car repaired. As a result of GM's mistake I am forced to drive an unsafe vehicle and have no definite time frame on when this issue might be resolved.

- Pataskala, OH, USA

problem #169

Apr 302014

Cobalt

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the ignition key continued to get stuck in the ignition. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA recall campaign number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system); however, the failure continued to occur. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer; however, they could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Flushing, MI, USA

problem #168

Apr 042005

Cobalt

  • miles
TL- the contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V171000 (electrical system) and14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) had passed a reasonable amount of time for repair. The dealer stated that the parts were not available. The manufacturer was not notified that the parts were not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle rolled away on several occasions. The failure was related to the recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was not available.

- Wilkes- Barre, PA, USA

problem #167

Apr 142014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to a customer reimbursement request form. The consumer was involved in an accident. During the accident, the vehicle shut off. Also, the air bag did not deploy. It was confirmed, the vehicle was included in the current GM recall. The vehicle was totaled.

- Westfield, IN, USA

problem #166

Feb 212014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and immediately burst into flames. The fire department extinguished the fire. There were no injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 125,000. Updated 12/17/14 updated 01/26/15. Updated 06/2/2015

- Swissvale, PA, USA

problem #165

May 012014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice. The consumer stated the first week of owning the vehicle, it would not start. When she called the dealer, the told her to move the steering wheel up and down and tap on the accelerator pedal. There were times through out the years, where the vehicle would not start. Also, the vehicle would pull to the left, the oil pan was leaking, the ignition switch was replaced, the left turn signal was inoperable, and the oxygen sensor was replaced.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #164

Jan 142014

Cobalt

  • miles
The tops of two of my car's four lock plungers has broken off rendering it impossible to unlock manually. This coupled with electronic lock failure is a great safety concern. If there were an accident it would be impossible for myself and any passenger in the rear passenger seat to exit safely.

- Hereford, TX, USA

problem #163

Sep 012013

Cobalt

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled and the power steering warning light illuminated without warning. The vehicle was able to be restarted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the motherboard needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate mileage was 90,000.

- Brokville, IN, USA

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