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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
45 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
27 / 5
Average Mileage:
62,118 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 39 of 50)

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problem #236

Sep 072009


  • 69,900 miles


Power steering failed and reset upon restart but failed again shortly thereafter, in a busy intersection.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #235

Sep 062009


  • 74,800 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that she replaced the power steering column since it was faulty. While driving 20 to 40 mph the power steering failed and made it difficult to turn the steering wheel. There were no warning lights before or after the failure occurred. The dealer informed the contact that the steering wheel had to be replaced at her expense. The dealer also confirmed that there was no warranty or recall on the vehicle. The failure mileage was 74,800.

- Dalbo, MN, USA

problem #234

Jul 052009


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that intermittently while driving the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel. Steering also became difficult and this failure could result in a loss of steering control, the restricted ability to turn the vehicle in one direction and increased the risk of a crash. The vehicle will be inspected to determine the cause of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 33,000.

- Wakevillage, TX, USA

problem #233

Sep 062009


  • 63,000 miles


Loss of power steering while driving.

- Langhorne, PA, USA

problem #232

Aug 012009


  • 60,000 miles
Vehicle loses power steering while driving, making it very difficult to drive safely. Requires engine restart to restore, but problem often returns.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #231

Sep 072009


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 40 mph, the warning light illuminated, within seconds there was no power steering and the steering wheel was difficult to control. The contact turned the engine off which allowed the vehicle to reset itself; however, it failed again. The dealer is currently diagnosing the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Danville, AL, USA

problem #230

Aug 182009


  • 79,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving the warning lights illuminated on the dashboard and it became difficult to control the steering wheel. The failure occurred frequently. The dealer replaced the steering column at the owners expense for $894. The following day after the vehicle was repaired, the failure recurred. The dealer stated that a motor needed to be replaced for an additional $100. The manufacturer confirmed that there were no related recalls and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 79,000.

- Hackettsown, NJ, USA

problem #229

Sep 052009


  • 63,000 miles
There was not any warning. The power steering message came on in the car and I loss power steering. Thankfully I was at a red light, but could have been traveling at 65mph on the highway going to/from work. Several complaints are out there online about the same issue. Paying almost $500 to replace power steering motor; but was also told that this may or may not be the true issue, that the steering column may be the culprit..cost of $940 to replace!!! who has that kind of money"?"

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #228

Aug 152009


  • 58,000 miles
2005 Chevy Cobalt power steering goes out. Some days its every 10 min some days its every hr.

- Grayson, KY, USA

problem #227

Aug 202009


  • 39,000 miles
Power steering on 2005 Chevy Cobalt goes out leaving the car very hard to steer. Turning left or right requires two hands and a lot of muscle. If the car is turned off and restarted problem goes away and comes back. The problem occurred about the 39,000 mile make.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #226

Aug 292009


  • 67,000 miles


My 2005 Chevy Cobalt had a power steering failure at 67000 miles. This happened while I was going 60 mph on interstate 95. My car made a noise and beeped at me and power steering came lighting up on the dash. My car then revved up to 6000 rpms and caused me to sway in the middle of traffic and I had to pull the car over, fearing I was going to crash into other cars. I will have to replace the steering column which includes the sensor that helps with power steering. It occurs often. I will be fine for a ride but then I get back in it and start driving and get up to 30 of 40 mph and power-steering will come up on my dash and all of my instruments go whack. My speedometer goes to 0 and the engine revs but doesn't increase speed. It will cost anywhere from 1250 dollars and 1800 dollars to fix this problem at my local dealership.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #225

Sep 032009


  • 80,100 miles
2005 Chevrolet blue 4 D sdn complete steering failure caused control failure while operating vehicle. The following actions occurred simultaneously; audible alarm, power steering message displayed on dashboard led screen indicating inoperable, steering failure. Replacement of steering column asm, intermediate steering shaft performed by keddie Chevrolet, Inc. Route 56 West, 200 Lincoln ave. Vandergrift, Pennsylvania 15690; 724.567.5683; total cost of replacement = $866.36.

- West Leechburg, PA, USA

problem #224

Aug 252009


  • 49,932 miles
On Friday August 25th 2009 I was driving my car when all of a sudden the power steering indicator came on in my car and immediately the power steering went out while I was driving. On Tuesday August 29th 2009 I had my mechanic look at the problem and discovered that my 2005 Chevy Cobalt has an electric power steering system and it can only be fixed by replacing the entire steering column. I immediately contacted GM Chevrolet to inform them and they stated that there has been no recall scheduled for the 2005 or 2006 Chevy Cobalt. I did an internet search on the Chevy Cobalt and discovered that power steering going out is a common problem among Chevy Cobalt owners and Chevy is failing to do anything about it. This is a safety matter because the power steering will go out at random and Chevy says that it will cost $800 just for the part not including labor cost. This is a manufacturing error that Chevy needs to correct.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #223

Aug 292009


  • 59,724 miles
The power steering on my 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt keeps failing at random intervals. Usually when it fails, I have to stop and restart the engine to restore it, and it continues to happen while on the road.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #222

Aug 012009


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt which was purchased in 2006. While driving, the power steering warning light illuminated indicating that the power steering was off. She was unable to turn the steering wheel left or right. She also stated that whenever utilizing the air conditioning unit in the vehicle, the power steering would fail shortly afterwards. No repairs had been made to date. The VIN was not available. The current and failure mileages were under 75,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #221

Aug 302009


  • 100,000 miles
The power steering fault keeps coming on turning the electrical power assist off. I have to restart the car to get it to work again.

- Fredericton, 00, USA

problem #220

Jul 302009


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 55 mph he lost power steering which made it difficult to maneuver the steering wheel. He was able to safely drive to the emergency lane, shut the vehicle off and restart it. The power steering disengaged and resumed normal driving function. A local mechanic determined that the electrical power steering unit was failing and the repair cost would be approximately 2,000. The manufacturer stated that the failure is a common occurrence; however, since the warranty expired no compensation would be offered. The failure mileage was 89,000 and the current mileage was 91,000.

- Providence , RI, USA

problem #219

Aug 282009


  • 21,000 miles
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt with electronic/power steering defect that has caused the steering in my vehicle to fail and/or work improperly. This failure first occurred around 21000 miles it was repaired under the warranty that I had purchased for the vehicle when I bought it. My car now has 36000 miles on it and the same problem is occurring again the dealers will no longer cover the repair even though the car is still under warranty.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #218

Aug 132009


  • 44,853 miles
I was driving down the highway, when my vehicle became difficult to steer. The steering locked and the power steering indicator light came on. I had the vehicle towed to a dealer. They state there was a "short in the electric power steering motor". they replaced the power steering motor. This vehicle has less than 45,000 miles. I had to wait a week and a half for the dealer to get the part. Previously, I had to have the ignition and gear shift replaced.

- Pflugerville , TX, USA

problem #217

Aug 242009


  • 64,000 miles
Power steering light keeps coming on in the dash, car will miss its shift points, powersteering goes inop, speedo goes from 40 to 60 mph, brakes pulsate when trying to stop. No repair has been found yet.

- Theresa, NY, USA

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