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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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
76,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 042010


  • Manual transmission
  • 76,000 miles


I noticed one day when I turned it off that I popped the clutch. I couldn't figure out how that happened when it was off. Then I noticed the next time when I turned it off the keys were in my hand and the engine was still running. The power steering light came on also. It then wouldn't start so I bought a new battery. The next day it wouldn't start again so I jumped started it and took it to my mechanic. They couldn't even get it to jump start. When they finally got it started they did do the diagnostic test on it and told me that it had "MAJOR COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEMS" going on with it. They called GM and they told them that it sounded like the starter switch went bad so it was replaced costing $215. They gave me a break on labor know my financial situations. This did not fix the problem. Estimate to try to see if its a module is starting at $700. Thats just to start. If it is more than one module it would be $300 to $400 for each module. I am allowing it to be repossessed. I can not afford this kind of problems. My mechanic told me he could figure out what the problem is with it or tell me where to begin with it. He would get rid of it. Everyone I have talked to about this has never heard of a car that will not turn off when the keys are not in it.

- , Leesburg, VA, USA

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