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 13 of 28)

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problem #311

Feb 012010


  • 46,005 miles


Rattling bumping noise under car, drivers side by tire, steering wheel shakes when driving speed limit and increases with slowing down. Dealer identified problem as intermediate steering shaft and is not covered under warranty on GM vehicles.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #310

Oct 112009


  • 64,929 miles
The contact owns 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. He stated the steering looses power and it cannot be turned left or right. He doesn't recall if the power steering light illuminated before the failure. He took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer replaced the power steering motor and cleared the cost for repair was $346.26. He contacted the manufacturer. The manufacuter sent him a letter informing him that he was denied reimbursement, because the part that was replaced on his vehicle was not the part that was included in the failure. The failure mileage was 64,929 and the current mileage 75,000.

- Decatur , GA, USA

problem #309

Jan 012009


  • 31,000 miles
I own a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. January 1, 2009 in the first time I lost power steering. At first it was intermittent but know it happens every time, anywhere from 2 seconds to 2 minutes after starting to drive. When I bought the car in August of 2007, I purchased a $3600 extended warranty that said it would cover power steering issues but when I took my car to the Chevy dealership, they told me my warrant wouldn't cover the problem and that it would cost over $1000 to the power steering model replaced. Since then I've just learned how to drive my car safely. I don't have the money to get it fixed on my own and need help!

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #308

Mar 032010


  • 60,000 miles


2007 Cobalt, could not steer car straight, went into a ditch, car flipped, car hit a tree, none of the airbags deployed!!!!

- Oakridge, OR, USA

problem #307

Sep 072009


  • 50,000 miles
Power loss while driving, but the car never completely stops it goes but at a slower speed then usual. I thought maybe I was doing something wrong until they release the report. My wheel becomes hard to turn, so I thought I only needed some power steering but I had plenty in the container. It happens atleast 2 times every other month.

- Shelby, MS, USA

problem #306

Mar 032010


  • 60,223 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 35 mph and attempting to make a turn the power steering light illuminated and the steering wheel was hard to maneuver. The dealer stated that his VIN was not included in the recall. The failure and the current mileage was 60,223.

- Uniontown , OH, USA

problem #305

Oct 302009


  • 40,000 miles


I have been having issues with my 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving, usually on the highway, my car beeps twice and the words "power steering" appears on my dash. When this happens it's extremely difficult to turn the wheel left or right. I need to pull over and turn the car off and back on to regain steering. The first time I experienced this was in October 2009. I called the dealership that sold me the car and they said that it was just something that happened with Cobalts. The problem was fairly inconsistent until the past month, it now happens on a daily basis. I find it happens more frequently when I am traveling at high speeds. The car needs to be turned off and back on to regain steering. Usually the steering goes out about every ten to fifteen minutes.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #304

Jan 292010


  • 41,430 miles
I was going to park so I put the car in reverse, and tried to turn the wheel, but it did not turn it continued straight. I had to turn the car off and on again to be able to turn the wheel. It only occurred that one time. I did not correct the failure, this should be recalled. If I were on the highway, I would not have been able to steer off if I had to which could have created a serious accident.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #303

Jan 012010


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While traveling at various speeds of less than 45 mph, she heard a beeping noise in the vehicle and the steering wheel would become stuck. She was unable to move the steering wheel, however she was able to shut off the vehicle in the middle of the road. The contact was concerned with her safety and once the power steering failed, she was not able to move the steering wheel even when using extreme bodily force. The dealer was contacted and advised that they were aware of the failure, however they did not have a repair to correct the failure and there were no recalls. No repairs were made to the vehicle to date. The failure and current mileages were approximately 60,000.

- Mt. Pleasant, TX, USA

problem #302

Mar 032010


  • 15,000 miles
Loud rattle from front end, thumps when hitting any bumps, no matter how small. Rattle/vibrate noise from passenger side when traveling 40+ mph. Car wanders. Thumping and hesitating when braking.

- Middlefield, OH, USA

problem #301

Feb 032010


  • miles


2007 Chevy Cobalt the problem started happening driving down the street, out of no where the power steering went out making it impossible to steer. It happens virtually every time the car is driven... as a result the car must be slowed down as quickly as posssible, pulled over put in park, , restarted. And then start on mission again!!! nothing has been done to correct the problem, as it has started as of the recent.. we called Chevy, they have no recalls, I am sure it is somthing that we can not afford.

- Ft Myers, FL, USA

problem #300

Apr 112009


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 45 mph, there was a clicking noise and the power steering light illuminated then the steering wheel locked. It became very difficult to turn the steering wheel and maneuver the vehicle onto the emergency lane. She turned the vehicle off and on after driving and within a few minutes, the failure occurred again. The dealer confirmed that the failure was caused by the power steering. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 80,713.

- Omaha , NE, USA

problem #299

Jun 262008


  • 30,000 miles
I crashed a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. I lost control of the vehicle and hit a utility pole. I feel like this could have been due to the power steering defect.

- Leighton , AL, USA

problem #298

Feb 012010


  • miles
2007 Chevy Cobalt - when driving the power steering locks up aprox every 10 minutes now was longer periods of time. I have to put the car in neutral if not able to make it to the side of the road and quickly restart the car. This is going to get me killed eventually since I travel in traffic! there is a potential recall but the dealerships are denying any reported problems.

- Red Oak, TX, USA

problem #297

Sep 012009


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Approximately six months after he noticed that the steering wheel was loose and before the steering failed and the power steering light illuminated. There was also a noise in the steering wheel. He took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer reset the computer, but the failure was not corrected. When he took the vehicle back to the dealer he stated that there was nothing to be worried about. The failure mileage was 32,000. The current mileage was 40,000. The VIN information was not available.

- Lagrange , GA, USA

problem #296

Feb 152010


  • miles
My 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt has had the power steering go out on it a few times since it started in Feb 2010. I bought this car new from a dealership. I have had it looked at and told there is no problem. However it continues to happen. I have read numerous complaints from others with this same problem and would hope that Chevy would look into this and fix it.

- New Berlin, WI, USA

problem #295

Feb 142010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Driver was changing lanes on highway in a 2007 Chevy Cobalt when her steering wheel froze up on her. She could not correct steering and her brakes seemed to lose power as well. She hit a concrete barrier, her car went airborne and started rolling. She was ejected about fifty feet. Vehicle was a complete loss. The auto insurance company won't investigate due to her car being just 12,000 miles over warranty. (economic loss rule) the car is still being held for further investigation per request of the driver. Vehicle never had trouble before this. Driver was severely injured spending 10 days in hospital, 2 of those in icu. Driver had complications due to injuries, now on round the clock iv's at home.

- Farmington, UT, USA

problem #294

Jan 202010


  • 80,000 miles
I was driving and the power steering light came on, the all of a sudden the steering wheel was hard to turn, and I was unable to make a right or left turn. When I did try turning, my car almost hit another car that was stopped at the light because I did not have enough strength to turn the wheel all the way. It has progressively got worse and when I took the car into a Chevy service dealer, I was told this is a common problem with the Cobalt and they had many of them coming in for service with the same problem and the whole system would have to be replaced. The cost I was quoted was $1,000. GMC customer service was contacted by the dealership service manager and the dealership agreed to pay a percentage of the repair cost which would still leave me paying $475. I've only had the car for 2 years and purchased it used with $14,000 miles. I was also told that this issue is occurring when and if the car has been jump started because this is a main cause of which triggers the major safety and costly issue. The first question that I was asked of me is: "has the car been jump started with cables at any given time?" this issue has caused some hardship in my family as well as transportation issues for a single mom as myself. I am currently upside down on the vehicle by 7 thousand dollars so trading it in is not an option for me. I am currently paying for a Chevy Silverado as well.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #293

Jan 012010


  • 35,000 miles
Yes, I would like to report that our 2007 Chevy Cobalt lt with 40,000 miles on it is failing 1st the powersteering goes out and almost causes us to crash. 2nd the keys our stuck in the ignition also the electronic reader is continuously blinking we have called the Chevy customer care center and the results were not in our favor I guess we need to do something about it can you please help us.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #292

Jan 282010


  • 18,065 miles
The power steering on the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt I drive has suddenly stopped working about 5 or 6 times. If I can safely turn the car off, and restart it, the power steering starts working again.

- Anderson, IN, USA

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