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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2007 Cobalt inherited most of the problems from the 2005 and 2006 model years, but toned them down (a bit). Sure, the power steering still fails and the car has a chance of going up in flames due to a cracked fuel tank, but it’s not as prevalent as the older models. At least not yet.

In 2012, the Cobalt was recalled for gas tank fires but only for owners in certain states.

Then in 2014, the 2007 Cobalt was part of a massive GM recall due to a defective ignition switch that could cause the airbags to not deploy during an accident. The problem led to 13 deaths, government investigations and multiple class-action lawsuits.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,087 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.

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt electrical problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #12

Jul 012014

Cobalt

  • 70,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was unable to restart. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where the technician diagnosed that the ignition and the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number 14V171000 (electrical system). The vehicle was towed to another dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated that a few days after the repairs while driving at 55 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel was difficult to turn. As a result, the contact veered to the left into a ditch. In addition, the contact stated that the left turning signal did not function properly and remained on after turning. The contact had to manually push the lever to stop it from flickering. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000. Djr

- Hinesville, GA, USA

problem #11

Aug 082013

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the key would release from the ignition when the vehicle was not in park. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Danville, IL, USA

problem #10

Feb 282014

Cobalt

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the key failed to enter the ignition after several attempts. Once the key was finally inserted into the ignition, the key failed to turn to start the vehicle. The contact received recall notifications for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V171000 (electrical system) and 14V047000 (electrical system), but the parts would not be available for several months. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was also contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the parts would arrive. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #9

Mar 222014

Cobalt

  • 127,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 35 mph, the loss of power warning indicator illuminated and the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign numbers: 14E021000 (electrical system: Ignition switch) and 10V073000 (steering), but the failures recurred. The contact also stated that the key would not turn in the ignition and the steering wheel was still difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the computer module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 127,000.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #8

Sep 042013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 60,791 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that there was a crack located at the seal of the fuel tank. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,791. Updated 9/11/14 updated 1/20/2015

- Brighton, TN, USA

problem #7

Jun 172014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the vehicle stalled due to ignition issues and caused the contact to crash into another the vehicle. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 97,000. Updated 09/15/14 updated 1/13/2015

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #6

Jun 132013

Cobalt

  • 58,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while driving 25 mph, he heard a clicking noise after he turned the steering wheel in either direction. The contact stated that he took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Alpine, TX, USA

problem #5

May 192014

Cobalt

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that when turning the ignition off, the key did not turn all the way to the lock position and would fail to exit the ignition switch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where there were no repairs performed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 100,000.

- Abbeville, AL, USA

problem #4

Oct 042010

Cobalt

  • 68,000 miles
When the vehicle is turned off, the steering column locks as does the ignition and the car cannot be restarted. The car has been stranded several times due to this defect.

- Lake Ridge, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 062009

Cobalt

  • 39,000 miles
Key stuck in the ignition of a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. My daughter went to the mall and realized that she could not remove the key from the ignition. She had to drive all the way back home and park in the garage(thank god we had one). It was the weekend so there was no service that could be done for the car. Since it was in the acc position, her battery died over the weekend. Roadside assistance provided jump however, the car had to be taken to the dealer and at the rate of $99 per hour they will diagnose the problem (which is already reported as a tech service bulletin. Where does the madness stop?... this is a known problem yet, the dealer can still charge for repairs. This is crazy.

- White Plains, MD, USA

problem #2

Oct 112007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,551 miles
I purchased a new 2007 Cobalt on 8/1/07. I could not start the car at night on two occasions when I was trying to go to work as a nurse and the third time the car would not turn off. It kept running and was towed.

- Notth Royalton, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 212007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,700 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the key could not be removed from the ignition while it was parked. The dealer replaced the shifter assembly. The front passenger rim was dented and also replaced. The failure mileage was 2,700 and current mileage was 8,000.

- Sulphur Springs, TX, USA

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