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 11 of 28)

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problem #351

Oct 182006


  • 1,000 miles


I purchased a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt in 2006, they sold me the vehicle that they used for test driving, which I told them was out of line and they still made me purchase it. I bought it back a week later and they had to line it up because it was all over the road. A month later, the steering wheel would not turn, the service department told me I had to pay $1200 to get it fixed until I notified the district manager and he made them fix it.then the security air bag light stayed on and it would not pass inspection and they tried to make me pay for that. I have been spending money on tires all the time, spend money on brakes all the time, have problems with the electrical units to the radio keeps going out, bearings in the wheel is gone, and it keeps cutting off. I have had nothing but problems since I purchased this vehicle. I got a letter for the recall for the power steering and when I got my car back, the check engine light stays on, they messed up my boot and now telling me I need to fix it when they had someone to drive my car for 12 miles. Now all I get is a lot of disrespect fromthem and they don't want to repair what they messed up. I also wanted to purchase another car last month for my son who graduated from college and I had to look through the windows to see vehicles instead of the salesman opening the door and letting me look in the inside. Mind you I bought a $16,000 car from they and that's how they appreciate my business. I am heart broken because I feel as if I was robbed of my money. I should not have been given a car that they use for test driving. Also the security airbag light would not go off and they would not let it pass inspection.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #350

May 292010


  • 35,100 miles
Power steering went out in my 2007 Chevy Cobalt when I was coasting in a parking lot. I shut the car off and then restarted it. It drove fine until I slowed down and then the power steering went out again. It has happened several times since that day. Every time it happens, I pull over, shut the car off, wait and then restart it. It usually only happens when I am driving through a neighborhood or parking lot. My car has 35,000 miles on it. I contacted a GM dealership repair shop and was told that the factory my car came from has not had the recall yet. They also said it could take up to five years before there's a recall on my vehicle. I know that there is a recall on the power steering component for Cobalts years 2005-2010.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #349

Jun 102010


  • 45,495 miles
Ok, I have a 07 Cobalt ls and 2007 Cobalt ss the first one I wrecked one night going around a turn at about 30 when all the sudden the power steering went out and I couldn't stop in time I popped the curb went through a fire hydrant and smashed into a fence totaling my car with well over 8500 dollars in repairs the second ones power steering just went out on me on the way home with my pregnant girlfriend in the car luckily we were turning on our street so there was no accident involved. Both cars just hit 40,000 miles and ran perfectly intel the power steering went out leaving me with no ride.

- Watauga, TX, USA

problem #348

Apr 202007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles


2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer states safety defect in steering system the consumer began to have problems with the HVAC system wiring and connector which was replaced on April 20, 2007, the second time on July 3, 2007 the HVAC system relay had to be replaced and the third time on July 6, 2007 the body control module had to replaced. Also, the steering shaft and steering column had to be replaced, there was a bubble on the tire which required replacement. The window regulator and fuel pump module was also replaced.

- Zephyrhills, FL, USA

problem #347

Jun 042010


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at approximately 30 mph, the power steering locked up. The contact stated she coasted the vehicle to the side of the road and turned it off. Upon restart, the power steering functioned properly. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the failure was within the power steering. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 48,000. The current mileage was 48,413.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #346

May 072010


  • 51,000 miles
The events leading up to the failure, no previous issue until the power steering failed causing my daughter to fly off the road and crash. I had the car repaired, new axle, tie rod ends, wheel spindle, etc but not the power steering unit. The cars power steering unit has failed 4 more times since repairing the front end parts. As I stated I didn't know there were issues with the power steering or I would have had that fixed also.

- Dallas, PA, USA

problem #345

May 122010


  • 47,000 miles


Car drifted to left, striking utility pole and flipping. Driver did not sense any steering problem but could not correct. Driver had experienced problem before, clipped a curb, driver stopped the car to examine damaged tire. Vehicle drove ok afterwards.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #344

Aug 162009


  • 55,000 miles
My 2007 Cobalt drove fine, until it reached 55000 miles. One day it felt and sounded like the front end was going to fall out. If I would go slow over a hump, you could hear a knocking noise at the bottom of the steering column. I took it to 6 different mechanics, who checked everything, struts, springs, rack & pinion, etc. Finally, one mechanic, turned the steering wheel left to right about a 1/2 an inch and you could hear a knocking. He said, take it to the dealer, it is the steering.I made at least 10 trips to get it worked on. I was on the phone daily with GM. I explained when I am driving down the road, the car is all over the road, they think I am drunk, it does what it wants to. The steering wheel turns way farther than a normal steering wheel, alot of play. I can park and the wheel will be upside down, but my tires will be straight. Or driving straight and wheel is turned to one side. I was soo upset, mad, because this is a 2007 vehichle. I knew nothing of a recall.they replaced my 2 front lower control arms and my lower steering column. I had to pay $900 for all of the work. It fixed my problem about 60%.the dealer was so nice and understanding, that he reimburse me. Which I am soo thankful. So I haven't even bothered to get back intouch with them. I am to the point that I do not care. If I wreck, I wreck. I am tired of all the hassling, time, money, aggravation and days on the telephone. I still hear a knocking going over a small hump. I drive slow, stop at railroad crossings, because I try to take care of my car. I have always bought Chevrolet and have never had this kind of trouble. I really do hope they figure this out and they probable do to. They are not allowed to sale any Cobalts off the dealer lots at this time, until it is resolved. I am sure it is not all Cobalts with these problems. I believe atleast 50% of the people have heard or read of these steering problems and are saying that theres does the same thing. I just know that I would hate to be in GM's shoes right now. Thank you.

- Brenton, WV, USA

problem #343

Apr 242010


  • 40,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) loss of warning chimes due to defective drivers door speaker (2007 Cobalt and & 2007 GMC canyon). I am current awaiting repair under the 2nd recall for our Cobalt VIN [xxx](gas leak & loss of steering defects not yet repaired). The letter received from GM warning of the steering defect stated a warning chime would sound and a message on the drivers info cntr would appear. Problem is, the speaker where the warning sounds come from is intermittent. In fact, I cannot tell if I have the blinkers on without looking at the dashboard; something that's not always safe to do. Even though this started shortly after the warranty expired; I asked the dealer to repair it because I considered it unsafe. If a car manufacturer is going to change the role of a speaker from merely producing sound for radio use to sounding safety warning chimes then the speaker ought to have an extended warranty. I am approaching my middle 50's and do not abuse the sound system in the car. In my opinion; this failing speaker is a definite safety issue. In fact, our 2007 GMC canyon is experiencing the same issue. I've recently noticed the drivers door speaker is starting to distort and realized after the Cobalts speaker failed the canyon drivers door speaker also emits warning chimes. As I stated above, if the role of a speaker is to sound warning chimes, then it becomes a possible safety issue when it fails. [xxx]

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #342

Apr 162010


  • 52,000 miles
While driving on the freeway my power steering seemed to suddenly go out - it became difficult for me to steer the direction I needed to go. I was able to pull off the freeway where a gas station attendant told me that he had another customer experience a similar problem and that the problem went away by turning the car off and then restarting it. I am so concerned that the steering is such a safety issue that I cannot let my petite 21-year old daughter drive this car'she definitely would not have had the strength necessary to control the car and safely get it off the road.

- San Clemente, CA, USA

problem #341

Apr 192010


  • 94,000 miles


Incident report: Driving 70 miles on the interstate and felt a sudden resistance in steering, the power steering message came on the dash and when I accelerated or pushed on the brake it became hard to steer. Pulled into the first exit and after using all my strength parked and shut the car off. When I got back in the light was off and the steering was back to normal. We all know that unless the message is on they won't read for the error in the diagnostic so I came on home. I did call the dealer and he looked up and said there was no recall for my Cobalt. So who decides which ones to recall when the problem happens and I am away from home where do I take it. Who will pay for towing? makes me want to go buy a Ford and I have never had anything but Chevy except for one lemon that was a Dodge durango (another recall that didn't effect my car).

- St David, IL, USA

problem #340

Feb 152010


  • 56,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) GM 2007 Cobalt [xxx] late at night cold and rainy I was driving slow trying to turn on 9th ave from fairfield dr. The car steered itself as I could not steer it, into a deep drainage ditch. My passenger head almost went through the windshield, my safety belt bruised my neck and shoulder, painfully. My passenger was bleeding profusely, a person stopped and took us for help. I was so shaken up and it happened so fast, that I could not find my cell phone to call 911. The next day my grandfather who helped me pay for the car, had the car put on a trailer and stored in a covered secure area where it is still stored and untampered with. We contacted GM, it has been over two months, we just received a letter from their attorney. To top this all off, I received a recall letter two days after it happened! and then I was told that my insurance does not have collision coverage but only comprehensive. I work hard and go to college for two months I have been paying for taxes, over $35 per day. I loved this car but now I will not ride in one. I still have night mares on the crash. I am behind in my bills. Thank you GM for not helping me. I wish to have this car examined. I can not afford to pay someone to inspect the steering nor can I pay for an attorney. Your help is desperately needed, as my grandfather believes that GM will delay this repair or replacement. I hope you can help. Also the air bag never deployed. The car is totaled. I cleaned the blood with 3 bottles of hydrogen peroxide to save the leather seats. My passenger's hospital bill was over $11,000.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #339

Apr 102010


  • 22,000 miles
'power assist' to steering intermittently fails. No "power steering warning light"came on.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #338

Feb 012010


  • 50,000 miles
I was driving down the highway when the power steering first failed. The car became slightly more difficult at high speed and extremely tuff at low speeds. This occurred around 50K in the manual it says to shut off the car and turn steering wheel all the way around completely. This temporarily fixed the issue until it became a daily matter in which it happens within the first ten seconds of starting the vehicle. This is a 2007 Chevy Cobalt ls 2 door, auto. There has been a recall on certain Chevy Cobalts but not all of them. My VIN number is told not to apply yet is clearly the same issue. This is an extreme safety issue. That I would like to be covered by GM.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #337

Dec 152009


  • 34,000 miles
Power steering failure--began occasionally, now occurring every time car is driven.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #336

Apr 052010


  • 13,405 miles
Chevrolet Cobalt steering failure.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #335

Mar 082010


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevy Cobalt lp. The contact stated that when driving at speeds of 5 mph, the power steering would fail. He was able to reset the power steering assist by shutting off the engine and restarting it within a few minutes. The power steering would function as designed once it was restarted. The failure would occur intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000 and the current mileage was 57,600.

- Walkerville, MD, USA

problem #334

Dec 302009


  • 31,000 miles
I own a 2007 Chevy Cobalt and have has intermittent power steering loss during low speed maneuvers in parking lots and at stop lights. Power steering was replaced in December of 2009 but still problem exists and dealer was able to pull a code from cars computer that says electric power steering is overheating but dealer says that is normal customer service has been no help at all in getting my car fixed.

- Knoxville , TN, USA

problem #333

Aug 142009


  • 21,000 miles
Power steering motor is out, making it very hard to steer.

- South Gate, CA, USA

problem #332

Apr 012010


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the power steering failed while she was making a turn at approximately 5 mph. The vehicle became difficult to maneuver. The power steering failed again while she was driving on the highway. The power steering warning light illuminated and the odometer reading was no longer visible. The contact shut the vehicle off and restarted it. After restarting it, the power steering functioned normally with no failures. The current and failure mileages were approximately 31,000.

- St Louis , MO, USA

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