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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 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
66,529 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt fuel system problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #60

Jul 012011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles

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

I began smelling fuel, especially parked on an incline. I filled up my gas tank, and witnessed loosing over 1/2 a tank of gas! I am terrified to put more than 5 gallons of gas now. Anytime I put any amount of gasoline in, the fumes are very strong inside as well as outside of my vehicle. The engine light is on and I cannot even get this car inspected since I live in North Texas (denton). I took it to the dealer who said there are no recalls! the estimate to repair was $1100 which is more than 25% of it's value. They said it does not have a recall. I bought the car and live in Texas. So far I have had the steering assembly replaced (recall) as well as the windshield (not a recall but covered under warranty. I am so terrified of dying in this car and no one wants to fix it for under 1100.00!

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #59

Jan 302012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 63,500 miles
My daughter's car (2007 Chevy Cobalt lt, titled in my name) developed a strong fuel odor. The waranty had recently expired in December. The dealership had recently made a warranty repair and a recall repair to the vehicle 11/2011, but was not open on a Saturday. A local shop identified the problem, and I called the dealership and GM to see if they would fix based on a recall for the exact same problem & model #, NHTSA # 09V419000. They refused based a nc salvage title on the car that was due to a replaced bumper, 3 years ago, which had no impact on the fuel system. Remember they had just done warranty work 2 months ago, but said the warranty had expired, although the GM rep said the warranty had been extended for 10 years for this problem as a part of a settlement, but said the salvage title did not warrant repair. When pushed about the previous work they had performed, the recall on record, and why did they not fix it when they fixed a steering recall; he called the dealership, they said it was because it was working fine and did not show the symptoms of the recall at the time. My exact same point!!! the salvage title/bumper had no impact to the fuel system for 3 years; and their (GM) responsibility in meeting a NHTSA recall. They are trying to use a loophole to avoid their responsibility on this recall. I had to pay $593 today so my daughter's car would not catch on fire as was mentioned on several internet websites in relation to this recall. Both gentlemen I spoke to were polite, but indicated it was not their fault because it did not show on their computer as an issue, and for them to react it had to show as a VIN # they could repair, even though, here was a car with the same year model make and recall with the same defective part in the exact same defective location, they were "powerless to help". information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Columbia, TN, USA

problem #58

Dec 212011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
I can't find a recall for my fuel line leaking back by fuel tank.. the gas smell is really bad and im finding gas dripping slightly underneath my car have talked to Chevy recall line thay said there isn't one I have seen some people talking only in some states. I purchesed brand new in Kentucky not sure what to do for there part malfunction. Please help.. thx information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #57

Nov 282010

Cobalt

  • 49,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt lt. While parked, the contact smelled a strong odor of fuel outside of the vehicle but there was not a visible leak. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who informed the contact that the fuel tank would need to be removed in order to determine the cause of failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump) however, the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the continuous problem. The approximate failure mileage was 49,000. The VIN was not available.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #56

Dec 012011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
Our 2007 Cobalt ls is experiencing the exact below fuel system issue, but is not included as part of the recall due to where it was sold or registered is not in the states listed. The gas smell/fumes and visible leak when parked at an incline are extreme. We are terrified to drive it for fear it will explode or catch fire. It was purchased used in mid-2010 from a dealer who will not even look at it without charging a significant fee, let alone the cost of replacing whatever it is that needs replaced. Note - this vehicle is registered and titled in my mother-in-laws name. Summary = General Motors is recalling certain model year 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn ion vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Arizona and Nevada; and model year 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5 and Saturn ion vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada and Texas. The plastic supply or return port on the modular reservoir assembly may crack. If either of these ports develops a crack, fuel will leak from the area. If the crack becomes large enough, fuel may be observed dripping onto the ground and vehicle performance may be affected.

- Grain Valley, MO, USA

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problem #55

Nov 082011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
I have a fuel leak in the upper part of my gas tank.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #54

Nov 012011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 160,000 miles

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

I started to smell gas when the car was parked in the garage and it is getting worse. The VIN is within the range of GM's recall notice number 09226, but when I called GM customer service line it does not fall within the exact VIN, even though it is exactly the same defect impacting the other vehicles that qualify for the recall. This is a safety issue and it is costing approximately $600 to $700 to fix. That is about 20- 30 percent of the total value of the vehicle. This could cause a fire and GM knows this issue. They did provide me with a claim or complaint number. They need to include this in the recall before it is too late.

- Lafayette, TN, USA

problem #53

Nov 022011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 77,740 miles
Started smelling gas. Checked fuel system. Found gas leaking from top of fuel cell where plastic lines enter tank. Googled problem....found many, many reports of same problem. GM has issued a recall on this vehicle, but only for those sold or registered in Arizona and Nevada. I live in Virginia. Contacted GM...was informed my vehicle was not eligible for the recall because I was not in either of those states. My vehicle has 77,740 miles on it. This is a safety issue and should be taken care of by GM no matter where the vehicle is registered.

- Sandston, VA, USA

problem #52

May 012011

Cobalt

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle would hesitate to start. Also, the vehicle would lunge forward when driving at any speed and the steering wheel would become stiff when attempting a turn. A local mechanic diagnosed that the fuel injector was defective. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 81,000 and the current mileage was 92,600.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #51

Sep 032011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
There is a recall issued for a faulty fuel pump on 2007 Chevrolet Cobalts but it did not include my VIN number. I smelled gasoline both inside and outside the car. I looked online and found the following website showing many people are having the same problem. www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2007/Chevrolet/Cobalt/fuel+system I saw that people had reported fires and I did not feel safe driving the car. I had it fixed at the place I bought it because it was close to home, it was a Chevrolet dealer but is no longer and is now an acdelco repair center. It cost me $615.86 to get the faulty fuel pump repaired and I was told that my problem was the exact same problem as the problem in the cars included in the recall. I have called Chevrolet many times and have sent them my receipts but they do not return my calls. I do have an open case number with them but have had no success in receiving reimbursement.

- Lake Oswego, OR, USA

problem #50

Aug 312011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 69,144 miles

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

It's my mother inlaws car she started smelling strong gas smell inside the car and outside the car and gas leaks on the ground while it is running I looked to see where it was coming from because I am a mechanic it's leaking from the plastic fuel lines on top the gas tank they're cracked and leaking gas the fummes are strong I aslo notice online that they had a recall on the fuel lines cracking on 2006 and 2007 Cobalt but I guess it doesn't cover Virginia I don't know but it seems like we are not the only ones with this problem but I would for it to get fixed its a fire hazzard if the other states covered the recall for free then they should cover the other states complaints because it did get very hot and dry this summer and that's what they say causes them to crack something should be done about this problem it's not safe for the enviroment having 2007 vehicles leaking gas due to manufactures parts it's not our fault the lines crack it's the manufactures who built or made the cheap plastic lines my kids and her other grand kids ride in this vehicle it's her only means of transportation she bought hopeing it would be reliable thanks for listening.

- Front Royal , VA, USA

problem #49

Oct 172011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 83,207 miles
Experienced strong fuel odor in and around vehicle after driving. Contacted dealer service department and scheduled appt to have vehicle inspected and repaired. Owner researched the issue and found vehicle recall 09226A. When vehicle went in for service, owner was advised by service rep that recall was not for the vehicle and charges would apply. VIN indicates it was in the VIN breakpoints but vehicle was not associated with any of the states identified (Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, and Texas). Appears the GM and/or the service departments have misinterpreted the recall to mean both the VIN breakpoints and the affected states have to be valid for the recall to apply. Repair was done under warranty. Owner never received recall notice which should have been sent to all vehicle owners with vins within the breakpoints with no consideration given to a particular state.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #48

Oct 032011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
The odor of gasoline around the vehicle after it has been driven. The dealership says there is a fuel system problem and there is a recall on them, however my VIN is not under the recall list and I will have to pay out of pocket for it. The issues that are under the current recall for this car are what is wrong with my car, yet my car is not under the recall list.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #47

Oct 072011

Cobalt

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle had a fuel leak that would spill fuels under the passenger compartment. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who verified the failure and diagnosed that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 112,000. Updated 10/28/11

- Springfield , MO, USA

problem #46

Sep 282011

Cobalt

  • 94,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt ls. The contact stated that the vehicle emitted the smell of fuel from the interior and exterior of the vehicle. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle failed to start properly at times. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the mechanic suggested that the fuel pump could possibly need replacement. The manufacturer was contacted and they confirmed that the VIN did not qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number:09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 94,500 and the current mileage was 94,642.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #45

Jun 112011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 24,866 miles
24,866 mile fuel tank defect. Crack in the tank close to the filler neck. No impact, no collision. Supplier defect.

- Zeeland, MI, USA

problem #44

Sep 262011

Cobalt

  • 51,174 miles
The contact owns 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated there was a fuel leak in the fuel tank and gasoline fumes coming from the inside of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated there were no recalls and they did not see any fuel leaks. The manufacturer was notified and stated the mechanic also did not see any fuel leak and offered no other assistance. The failure mileage was 51,174.

- Casa Grande, AZ, USA

problem #43

Sep 222011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Fuel pump started leaking fuel.

- Chickasha, OK, USA

problem #42

Jul 062011

Cobalt

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, fuel fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local shop who diagnosed that the plastic supply fuel module in the fuel tank cracked, causing a leakage. As a result, the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 42,000 and the current mileage was 44,000.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #41

Aug 172011

Cobalt

  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, fuel fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the fuel pump was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 104,000.

- Hallsville, TX, USA

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