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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:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,809 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt fuel system problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 1 of 10)

problem #190

Aug 152016

Cobalt

  • miles

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

When driving on the road or when I stop, the car has a strong gasoline smell. It is getting worse each day.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #189

Aug 112016

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact smelled a strong fuel odor coming from the vehicle. There was also fuel leaking from the top of the fuel tank. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that there was a fracture in the fuel line that needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V459000 (fuel system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

- Marlboro, MA, USA

problem #188

Apr 042016

Cobalt

  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving various speeds and also while the vehicle was parked, fuel fumes emitted from the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where a fuel leak was noticed; however, the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 165,000.

- Lawrence, MA, USA

problem #187

Sep 202016

Cobalt

  • 65,000 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 the vehicle had an abnormal fuel odor. Upon inspection, the contact noticed fuel leaking on the exhaust manifold. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer prior to the contact's inspection where it was determined that the vehicle was fine. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 65,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Greenville, PA, USA

problem #186

Aug 212016

Cobalt

  • 187,667 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle was experiencing fuel leakage. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the fuel pump failed and leaked fuel. The mechanic stated that the failure was dangerous and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was experiencing the same failure as listed in NHTSA campaign numbers: 09V419000 and 15V459000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 187,667.

- Riverview, FL, USA

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problem #185

Aug 292016

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Strong fuel smell in and around the car for the last month while parked in my driveway, today I see puddle of fuel in front of left rear tire, I crawled under the car and see gas running down the gas line, removed the heat shield around the gas line to see gas lines have excessive rust behind the heat shield and gas running out all over the place. It's not from the gas tank like the recall, it's from the gas line itself leaking and is a very dangerous to anyone walking by smoking or children playing that may cause a spark yet I can't find a recall but see lots of complaints about this while looking for recalls. Something needs to be done about this before someone is killed by this. I put a pan under the leak but it is still open gas and a lot of fumes that could ignite. I'm very concerned about this dangerous situation that needs to be addressed before bodily harm is done. Thank you.

- Cornish, ME, USA

problem #184

Aug 262016

Cobalt

  • 150,000 miles

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

When the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt is being driven or sitting still, there is a strong odor of gasoline inside and outside of the car. We took it to the dealership and they said it is a leak in the fuel system. They stated that this issue is covered under a safety recall, but because the vehicle title is showing salvaged, they cannot make the repair without a copy of a recall letter that we should have received. I contacted GM customer service to find out if I should have received a letter and they said I would not need a letter. They contacted the dealership and were told about the title. After that, they stated they would not cover the repairs. If this is a know safety issue (NHTSA campaign number: 12V459000 & NHTSA campaign number: 09V419000 ), what does the title have to do with needing to repair a known problem. We have received other safety recalls (NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000, NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000, NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 & NHTSA campaign number: 10V07300) and they have made these repairs. Since this is the vehicle my daughter drives to college, I am concerned for her safety. The dealership is saying that she does not need to drive the vehicle but we cannot afford the repairs right now.

- Bono, AR, USA

problem #183

Aug 132016

Cobalt

  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the vehicle was parked, there was an abnormal fuel odor coming from the vehicle. The contact stated that there was no physical evidence of a fuel leak. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 138,000.

- Boligee, AL, USA

problem #182

Aug 112016

Cobalt

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle emitted a fuel odor. A certified mechanic stated that the vehicle was leaking fuel onto the exhaust pipe. The certified mechanic also informed the contact that the axle fuel lines had severe corrosion. It was diagnosed that the axle fuel lines needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #181

Mar 122014

Cobalt

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. When the vehicle was parked, the contact smelled fuel. While driving at an unknown speed, the steering lost power and the power steering and check engine lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer who stated that a recall repair was previously performed and would not be repeated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures and stated that nothing could be done. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #180

Jul 262016

Cobalt

  • 121,501 miles

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

A leak has occurred in the fuel line by the gas tank where the plastic clip is that holds all the lines. The leak is about 3" from the exhaust and is a severe fire risk.

- Manton, MI, USA

problem #179

Jun 272016

Cobalt

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving various speeds, the contact noticed a strong fuel odor coming from the vehicle. The fuel mileage was affected and the vehicle experienced a fuel leak. The contact stated that the failure was related to NHTSA campaign number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline). The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The technician stated that the vehicle was unable to be diagnosed until the fuel tank was removed from the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #178

Jun 032016

Cobalt

  • 179,000 miles
Strong odor of gasoline. Looks like small leak from top of tank. Recall issued on car long before I purchased one but the problem still exists. Whether driving or sitting still it's very strong

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #177

Jun 012016

Cobalt

  • 0 miles
Smelling strong odor of gasoline in and outside the vehicle.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #176

Jun 062016

Cobalt

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Without starting the engine and also while starting the engine, the contact smelled fuel inside and outside the vehicle. There were no visible fuel leaks. While driving, the fuel odor became stronger as it emitted from the air conditioning vents. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #175

Jun 052016

Cobalt

  • 125,000 miles
Have a fuel leak where the line meets the fuel tank. There has been a recall on the same model for the same problem, but only for models in certain states. Seems to be a problem with many more individuals too. Take care of your mistakes GM! you thieves!

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #174

Feb 012016

Cobalt

  • miles
My fuel pump needs to be replaced, . the issue is the same for the recall of 2007 Chevy Cobalts, but was not sold/registered in the states listed. My car smells like gasoline and has trouble starting

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #173

Apr 072016

Cobalt

  • 135,000 miles
First I experienced fule excel ration. Called manufacture told me I was experiencing a known problem but my VIN was not on the recall list. Took it in for ignition recall shortly after my head lights dim or one goes out then it comes back on then the other one will go out or dim took it to machanic they fixed it but it is now doing the same thing then the power steering sundenly went out almost had a collison light never came on. Restarted the car everything worked then power steering light came on took it to machcanic turned the car off to have him check it he pulled it in to the shop and light was not on. So he told me I had to bring it back when light came on in order to run a test. Light never came back on then 5 days ago lost power steering again almost had an accident. If I am at a complete stop in traffic or at a red light the car will excilerate with out me touching the gas when I break to keep from hitting the vehicle in front of me the rear end will fish tail. I am 60 years old this car has almost caused me to have several accidents. It is unsafe the manufacturer admitted when I took it in for the ignition switch that there were issues with the promlems I have been experiencing but my VIN was only on the ignition recall. They told me the dealer would fix them at my expence. I get 950. Dollars a. month and have cancer. I have no means to pay for the defects in 2012 my daughter bought me the car and paid $10,000 for it. I have no other means of transportation to my doctors ect. Please help me. While driving at night my head light will dim or one will completely go out. Causing me to almost miss the exit and run off an embankment.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #172

Mar 152016

Cobalt

  • miles
Gas line drip rear left passenger near rear tire discovered after parked.

- Collins, OH, USA

problem #171

Feb 152016

Cobalt

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that there was an abnormally strong fuel odor coming from the vehicle. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the vehicle was leaking a large amount of fuel. The contact also stated that the vehicle had trouble starting. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Lebanon, PA, USA

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