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 15 of 28)

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problem #271

Dec 022008


  • 35,600 miles


Purchased used 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Nov 08 35,503 miles. Check engine light came on 2 Dec 08. Dealer switched out cam sensor fuse. Check engine light came on end of Jan 09 in germany. German mechanic turned light off. Check engine light came back on a few days later, but continued to drive. Power steering started to fail Sep 09. Car intermittently lost power while driving. Pulled over, turned key to off, waited a few minutes, turned the key, and the car started back up with no problem. Power steering kit replaced end of Nov 09. Check engine light came on again. Power steering motor replaced middle Dec 09. Check engine light came back on again code P0230. Replaced fuel pump relay Jan 10. Car continues to lose power intermittently while driving. Check engine light came back on code P0230. Chevrolet dealership switched out fuel pump relay 15 Feb 10. Chevrolet dealership suggests replacing ECM if check engine light comes back on. Check engine light came back on 17 Feb 10 and car continues to lose power intermittently while driving. Scheduling appointment with Chevrolet dealership to diagnose.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #270

Feb 012010


  • miles
We bought it new and was having trouble with steering wheel locking up they said there was no defect now we are having trouble with the powersteering failing and we bought the steering column kit(385.06) and had it installed and it still is doing the same thing, when it goes out it is hard to control the car.

- Cusseta, GA, USA

problem #269

Jan 132010


  • 71,000 miles
Everything was working fine in my 2007 Chevy Cobalt until it got to about 70,000 miles and then while I driving down the road the power steering shut off. This has continually occurred every time that I drive and it happens at random times. It's only a matter of time before it happens at a bad time and some one gets hurt. I've taken it to a few mechanics who have said they have encountered at least a dozen other people who have the same problem with their Cobalt. They then tell me to take it to the dealership who said that the total cost would be about $900. That's ridiculous I wont pay that much money for something so stupid. GM needs to get their act together before someone gets seriously injured from their crappy made cars.

- Layton, UT, USA

problem #268

Jan 242010


  • 42,000 miles


Electronic power steering -

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #267

Feb 192010


  • miles
The steering suddenly froze up and could not steer the car. Luckily, we were in our own residential neighborhood.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #266

Feb 172010


  • 50,000 miles
Nothing out of the ordinary, just driving, and a warning 'beep, beep, beep, ' the 'power steering' warning comes on in the dash where the temperature and mileage are, and the power steering is not working. The wheel is very hard to turn and control is lost if already in a turn. My son had to help me steer. Shift into neutral, turn the car off and restart it, and then the power steering will come back on, but the interval of operation gets shorter and shorter. Not driving car now. Too dangerous, cannot steer.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #265

Dec 222009


  • 36,400 miles


2007 Chevrolet Cobalt -- in December 2009 the power steering went out while exiting interstate. That was near the end of a 2-hour trip. The next day it was working again. Since that first incident the power steering has started failing more frequently (almost every time) and on shorter trips. Turning off the engine and restarting the car restarts the power steering, however sometimes it recurs within a few minutes. The car is difficult to drive without power steering and I'm afraid it will lead to a wreck. After the first incident we called the local Chevrolet dealer service department and was told the car was just out of warranty and therefore we would have to pay for the repair. (this is obviously a manufacturing defect, not a worn out part.) the car is scheduled for repair next week and the service department said could cost about $400.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #264

Feb 042010


  • 41,000 miles
Was driving along when a dashboard warning indicated a problem with the power steering and it became very difficult to steer. Pulled off, turned off car and restarted and problem was clear. Drove a few more miles and had the same issue. It has been a couple of weeks and the issue hasn't happened again. But concerned that it will.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #263

May 182009


  • 41,500 miles
I purchased a used 2007 Chevy Cobalt about 2 years ago. There were approximately 11,000 miles on it at the time. Early last summer it was nearing the 40,000 mark and my power steering started going out. I assumed that it was out of fluid, so I took the car and had an oil change and all the fluids checked. As I was leaving the mechanic, it went out again. I went back into the office, told them my issue and that's when I found out there was no place to put power steering fluid, that it was a closed transmission. (I later learned that it was electric.) the power steering continued to come and go for another few months. I stopped driving for about 8 weeks and when I resumed driving, it was fine. I thought maybe the problem had fixed itself. It went out again about 6 weeks ago; it had around 41500 mile on it. I live in the back of a neighborhood, where I have to make lots of turns and that is generally where it goes out. I do not do a lot of interstate or highway driving, mostly just inner-city. I rarely travel over 50 mph. Because the power steering continues to go out, it makes it hard for me to make turns and drive. I have not yet been involved in any accidents because of the issue, but I have had several close calls. I try to remain extra aware of my surroundings to prevent any incidents.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #262

Jan 082010


  • 15,151 miles
Power steering failed then worked intermittently.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #261

Oct 012009


  • miles


2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Power steering failure at 32,000 mi. Power steering motor replaced under warranty. Old part kept at dealership.

- Shepherdstown, WV, USA

problem #260

Sep 242009


  • 45,500 miles
I bought a 2007 Chevy Cobalt ls from stearns Chevrolet in graham, nc in June 2009 with just a little over 32K mi. Some where between 45K & 50K mi. My power steering began to randomly go out. The first time, I was in first gear switching to second on a right hand turn. Since then, it happens extremely randomly, usually in town where I have to switch gears the most. If appropriate, I can usually just pop in the clutch & restart the vehicle & it resets the motor and everything is fine for a while, sometimes it just goes right back out. I do not feel safe driving the car but I have no choice. I took the car to the dealer I bought it from (which is now closed) and it was determined that the power steering motor in my electric power steering system had gone bad and GM agreed to pay 1/3 of the $700 to fix it. I did not have the money to fix it.

- Burlington, NC, USA

problem #259

Nov 282009


  • 62,000 miles
The vehicle is a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt with approximately 62,000 miles on it. It was purchased used a week before incident occurred. My daughter had just got off work and was starting to drive home when she noticed power steering failure message come across the message board on the dash. At the same time she felt the steering get hard to control. She was able to pull over and stop the vehicle without incident. My daughter called home and I went to her location, thinking power steering fluid must be low. To my surprise I learned it had no pump and it was electrical. I restarted the vehicle and message was out and steering appeared to be fine. I drove it home. The next day I went out and after starting vehicle noticed the message coming across the message board read steering problems. I tried to drive the vehicle but it was very hard to maneuver the steering. It had no power assist in the steering. It became sporadic off and on over the next few days. Took vehicle to local Chevrolet dealer and learned inorder to fix problem, the power assist steering needed to be replace. I had the dealer replace the steering column which housed the power assist computer module and the electric power assist motor. Our total expense was $730.27. I learned from the dealership that 2005 thru 2007 model years were known to them to have a problem with power assist steering going out. I still have the old steering unit that was replaced. I read where NHTSA was looking into the steering problem. I just wanted to let Agency know I too had a problem with the steering going out.

- Lake Jackson, TX, USA

problem #258

May 012009


  • 30,000 miles
The electronic power steering went out in my Cobalt while driving down the road. The dealership replaced it since it was under warranty, but I have read that this is a frequent problem, and that the units they replace also fail in the same amount of time. I am worried that this will happen again to not only me but someone else. This problem could easily cause an accident if not fixed.

- Spring City, TN, USA

problem #257

Aug 182009


  • 63,000 miles
When we drove our 2007 Chevy Cobalt the power steering went out. We had to stop the car off and re-start it. The power steering came back on but went out again. We were on the highway when it went out and we lost control of the car. We were able to avoid a crash. I took the car to our service guy and we told that it would be about $1200 to fix the problem. At this time we cant afford such a large repair. We were also told that the local dealer was aware of the problems that the model car had been having because they had multiple incidents.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #256

Dec 102001


  • 52,200 miles
Intermittent and unexpected loss of power steering in my 2007 Chevy Cobalt. Loss of function has occurred approximately ten (10) times since Dec 09 when first occurred. Power steering return after car is turned off. Vehicle was inspected by a mechanic who computer tested it but found no malfunction codes. Vehicle has approximately 52,200 miles.

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #255

Nov 152009


  • 36,001 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph in a parking lot; proceding to make a right turn. The "power steering" warning light indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. Immediately, there was a loss of power steering. The driver pulled into a parking space;the engine was turned off. The vehicle restarted and resumed normal operation. Whenever the vehicle was in operation the failures occurred intermittent. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The repair part was on a back order. The technician recommended the vehicle be repaired by an authorized dealer. The vehicle has not been repaired due to the unavailability of the manufacturer part. The failure mileage was 36,001.

- Sacremento, CA, USA

problem #254

Nov 072009


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while driving at 35 mph the lights inside the vehicle went dem and soon after the steering wheel became hard to turn and the vehicle lost power steering. The contact stated the power steering failure happens everyday and previously caused a crash. No one was injured during the crash and there were damages to the front passenger side. The contact feels this vehicle is unsafe to drive and the manufacturer should issue a recall. Failure mileage was 36,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #253

Dec 282009


  • 40 miles
Steering problems with 2007 Cobalt.

- Troy, AL, USA

problem #252

Feb 152010


  • 25,000 miles
Power steering problems on our 2007 Chevy Cobalt. Our 18 year old daughter drives this car and the power steering goes off. Completely. This could cause a serious accident, especially with an inexperienced driver. We will be contacting the dealer tomorrow in hopes of fixing this problem. Car is not under warranty.

- Palmyra, NY, USA

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