Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
12,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 222008

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles


2005 was 1st year for Cobalt. Figured there would be a bug or two. After they replaced the turn signal switch, it was ok for a few thousand miles, but it is doing it again. This time I would have to pay to get it fixed. Maybe I will, maybe I won't. If it gets worst, I will. I haven't decided if I would buy a Cobalt again.

- , Elwood, IN, USA

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