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 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
55 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
46 / 3
Average Mileage:
55,931 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 10 of 28)

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problem #371

Sep 152010


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving 20 mph when the steering wheel began to jerk violently and the power steering assist failed. The contact stated that the failure would occur sporadically and when it did, the vehicle would have to be shut off for two days before the power steering would independently reset. The air bag warning light also remained illuminated. The vehicle was never taken to the dealer for diagnosis or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #370

Oct 312006


  • 369 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact noticed many problems with the vehicle since the date of purchase in October 2006. The contact stated that the alignment was incorrect so the vehicle was taken back to the dealer for alignment immediately. Also, the check engine light, and the air bag light would illuminate intermittently so sensors were replaced by the dealer. The steering column and power steering motor, headliner. Catalytic converter, wheel bearings, struts, and the heating/cooling system were all replaced. The vehicle also stalled completely on an intermittent basis. The contact stated that the problems were consistent. The manufacturer had not been notified. The current mileage was approximately 104,000. The failure mileage was 369.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #369

Oct 042010


  • 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 #368

Oct 042010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 118,423 miles


I have just got back from work, and on my way home my power steering went, I live in a city so this is very dangerous, also I have 3 small children, this is the first time this has happen and as I have read the comments I assume this isn't the last time, this car is a piece of [xxx], I have told many people not to buy this car, since I got it I have to do alot of part replacements which aren't cheap.. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Halifax, 00, USA

problem #367

Jul 152009


  • 37,000 miles
I purchased a 2007 Chevy Cobalt in 2008, with approx. 30,000 miles. When I had around 35,000, miles it started to get loud, rattling noises, like metal on metal, coming from under the car. They usually happen when I go over ripples or bumps in the road, at slower speeds. I took my car back to the dealer and asked him if they had heard of any problems or received any technical service bulletins about this problem and he said they had not. (July 2009) I told him to inform me if they did. In the meantime, my warranty expired. At that time, I had already started to research the problem online and network with some other persons, locally, to see if they had any such problem. Well lo and behold, it seems that there was a technical bulletin issued on 11-9-2005 (# 050232005) that details this problem. And yes, apparently, other persons that I have talked to, and also with the research that I did online, definitely showed that many others are also having this same problem! I feel that as a responsible auto manufacturer that GM needs to correct this horrible rattle.a recall for this is in order, especially since they were aware of this since 2005. I do not feel that we, ,the consumer, should be responsible for this repair, as GM is trying to repair their image, "do the right" and fix this at no cost to the consumer--recall.

- North Smithfield, RI, USA

problem #366

Sep 222010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 35 mph, there was a loss of power steering without warning. The contact experienced difficulty turning the steering wheel. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired for the malfunction. There was a recall associated with the defect under NHTSA campaign id number 10V073000 (steering: Electric power assist system). The contact was uncertain whether the VIN was included in the recall and was in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #365

Sep 182010


  • 33,000 miles


I am a owner of a 2007 Chevy Cobalt and I just hit the 33,000 mile mark. As I was driving on the freeway at a speed of about 60 mph, my steering got really hard when I was turning on a small curve. Then on the dash board "power steering" came out and it started making a beeping noise. Since that happen I exited the freeway, as I was turning into a save area to check the car, the steering became impossible to maneuver. "

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #364

Aug 242010


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated she was involved in a crash in which she could not recall the events. A police report was available. There were no reported injuries. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the steering wheel locked, which caused the crashed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 10,000.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #363

Aug 102010


  • 37,800 miles
Well I bought a 2007 Chevy Cobalt 2 weeks ago. They did the recalls on it and the power steering column I then drove the car down a gravel driveway at my girl friends dads house and the front end sounded like it was about to fall apart. So I took it back to the dealership, they then basically disassembled my entire dash and replaced the steering column. Unfortunately in the process of doing this they tied practically all my wiring in knots and taped it all up with electric tape. The steering still rattles and the problem is better but still exist. I don't think dealerships should be selling cars with this defect. I mean I thought I was buying a car in good condition with 37,000 miles and I end up with the hunk of crap.

- Maiden, NC, USA

problem #362

Aug 152010


  • 24,969 miles
I was driving and suddenly lost power steering when attempting to make a right turn. Continued driving though very difficult to even change lanes. Once I reached my destination, had extreme difficulties in parking my vehicle. I turned off the vehicle, turned it on again and at that point power steering was restored. No where in the vehicle manual did it indicate I can turn off the car and restart should I suddenly lose power steering. I have already contacted Chevrolet and they informed me of the power steering recall of which I never received a recall notice as well as a recall for the fuel pump modular, again, never received a recall notice. I have scheduled an appointment for tomorrow to have my vehicle serviced at a Chevrolet dealer to have both items fixed.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #361

Jul 032010


  • 88,100 miles


Hi my name is [xxx]-I have bought a 2007 Chevy Cobalt lt. And it has a pretty dangerous failure with the power steering. It happened to me the first time when ever I was driving on the highway, I didn't know so I almost crash, I was about to turn and that's when ever I realize that my power steering was totally gone. It was so hard that I had to used both hands to turn the car to the side. Now its happening every 5 minutes, and I need to turn my car off and them turn it on. So I can reset the electronic power steering.. they need to recall this cars. Its not fair that we have to paid more than $1500 for something that they already know that its happening. How can a 2007 car, had such a dangerous failure like this.. they need to recall all Chevy Cobalts. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #360

Jul 272010


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving at 55 mph when the steering wheel became stiff and extremely difficult to maneuver. The contact took the vehicle to a local dealer and was advised to have an authorized dealer diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was awaiting an email response from the manufacturer. The failure and current mileage was 52,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #359

Jul 152010


  • 40,000 miles
Power steering my wheel tightens up and it is very hard for me to turn and switch curvey lanes.

- Phila, PA, USA

problem #358

Jul 172010


  • miles
We were simply driving to the hairdresser, and my mother complained that the power steering sign came on and she was hardly able to turn the steering wheel. The Cobalt is a 2007 and has about 44,000 kilometers on it.

- Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, 00, USA

problem #357

Jul 112010


  • miles
It started out of no where a warning of power steering problems appeared and the steering goes out. When it happens I have to turn it off and then the problem is fixed for a few minutes and then it happens again it happens around every 20-30 min. Its dangerous because at times im not able to finish a turn and I get stuck in the middle of the street.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #356

Jul 122010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 40 mph the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel and the steering wheel became very stiff. The vehicle was driven onto the emergency land and when it was restarted it began to function normally and within a few minutes, the failure recurred. The failure continued to recur until the contact reached his destination. The vehicle was not examined to determine the cause of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 50,000.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #355

Aug 162007


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. When the contact attempted to start the vehicle, it failed to start. The engine warning light immediately illuminated on the instrument panel. There were several attempts before the engine would start. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who repaired the vehicle but didn't say what component was repaired. The contact stated that the engine stalled twice while driving without warning and the power steering failed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer five times and repaired. The dealer was diagnosing the failure so that the vehicle could be repaired when the complaint was filed. The contact will notify the manufacturer regarding the failures. The failure mileage was approximately 6,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #354

Jun 022010


  • 32,043 miles
The steering wheel locks, while I am driving and happened to almost collide into a passing vehicle on the lane next to me. It happens within 5-10 min. After I turn on the Chevy Cobalt 2007. It occurs every single time I intend to drive the vehicle. The vehicle is not in use for I have small children and I am afraid an accident will occur. I have not yet changed the part but the mechanic at the Chevrolet dealership said it was the motor for the steering wheel pump. I will be changing the part and I will hold on to the factory part.

- Laredo , TX, USA

problem #353

Jun 142010


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact had recall campaign 10V73000 for the power steering defect repaired and now the vehicle is driving worse. The contact stated that the vehicle is extremely hard to keep straight. An alignment was performed and the tires replaced when the recall repair was performed and now when the vehicle is being driven at any rate of speed the contact had a very difficult time getting the vehicle to drive in straight line. The vehicle had not been taken back to the dealer at the time of the complaint.the failure mileage was 32000 and the current mileage was 34000.

- Longoak, TX, USA

problem #352

Jun 142010


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. She stated while driving at 70 mph, the power steering light illuminated causing the power steering to lock. She was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and maneuvered the vehicle onto the emergency lane. The dealer advised that the fluids, filters and spark plugs would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 57,000.

- Howell, NJ, USA

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