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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:
55 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
46 / 3
Average Mileage:
56,550 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 16 of 28)

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problem #257

Aug 182009

Cobalt

  • 63,000 miles

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

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

Cobalt

  • 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

Cobalt

  • 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

Cobalt

  • 36,000 miles

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

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

Cobalt

  • 40 miles
Steering problems with 2007 Cobalt.

- Troy, AL, USA

problem #252

Feb 152010

Cobalt

  • 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

problem #251

Jan 052010

Cobalt

  • 60,000 miles

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

I own a 2007 Chevy Cobalt lt. The power steering will go out on it after a few minutes of driving. If I turn the car off and on again I will get the power steering back for a few more minutes. This happens every time I get in the car. This is very dangerous because you don't know when the steering will go out, what if it was in a middle of a turn and im not able to keep control of my vehicle. Im told that the steering column needs to be replaced, which is 1200 dollars.

- Mukwonago, WI, USA

problem #250

Jan 142010

Cobalt

  • 43,000 miles
We bought our 19 yr. Old daughter a 2007 Cobalt last year. She was on her way back to college on interstate and her power steering went out. The car has only 43,000 miles on it and we still owe 4 yrs on it. I was appalled at how many complaints there were about this same problem on the internet. She was scared and crying. She was 4 hrs away from us. This was February 14th 2010. She could of been killed or in a wreak. Why has GM not done a recall on these cars" the warranty has run out, so this will be out of pocket for us. This is a very serious problem. I am afraid for her to even drive this car now.should I tell her not to come home any more until somebody does something about this. You can't ignore this. People will get hurt or even worse be killed by this. Is that what everyone is waiting for before someone does something"

- Plainville, KS, USA

problem #249

Feb 132010

Cobalt

  • 55,362 miles
Driving on wv rt. 10 in logan county, wv. Power steering failed. Pulled over, shut the car off, started it up again, steering ok. A few miles later, power steering failed again. I was approx 100 miles from home, and every 10 miles approx., the power steering fails. Car is out of warranty, it will cost lots of $ that I do not have to fix.

- Huntington, WV, USA

problem #248

Feb 122010

Cobalt

  • 50,425 miles
I made a complaint a month ago on my 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. I have to make another one because it is extremely upsetting having to pay a car note every month and have to get to and from work in this unsafe vehicle. All these complaints pouring in have proved it is a consistent problem. Everyday I drive my car and have to deal with never being able to make a safe U-turn or park in a near parking spot in which I can not due to my electric power steering is completely out. It doesn't even restart after cutting the car off. It is unsettling to know I am and many others are driving an unsafe car and I'm left with no other choice as to the many other people with the same problem. I know there is an investigation out on this car and the eps because the amount of complaints. I really hope it doesn't take so long that a serious accident happens from this. It would make no sense whatsoever to pay the amount of money it cost to fix this problem and it is not promised to fix the problem, it's a 2007 to make matters worse this should not be happening already. Thank you NHTSA for looking into this matter.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #247

Aug 172007

Cobalt

  • 2,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that when driving various speeds the vehicle would lose power steering and it became difficult to control the steering wheel. The failure began to occur on a daily basis. On several occasions the dealership made several unsuccessful attempts to repair the steering column. The contact has not spoken with the manufacturer to-date. The contact has also experienced the failure with other Chevrolet Cobalt's. the current mileage was approximately 30,000. The failure mileage was approximately 2,000.

- Reading, MA, USA

problem #246

Dec 282009

Cobalt

  • 14,000 miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt - electric power steering intermittently goes out, causing the vehicle to steer hard; no accident to date but potential for accident if it goes out on the highway.

- Grand Island, NE, USA

problem #245

Oct 142007

Cobalt

  • 5,000 miles
I purchased a new 2007 Chevy Cobalt 4-door in June 2007--in September I told my mother that my steering was strange, that sometimes I felt like I wasn't really steering my car. In October I was on my way to work on the highway, it was raining and I slowed down. Upon slowing down to approx 15-20 around a curve I couldn't steer my car. I was in an accident because my car just seemed to go on its' own. That same December, I was turning into a school parking lot and again couldn't steer my car and hit a parking block. My mom thought it was my tires and invested in a new set of tires on a new car. Two weeks ago (again on the highway) I came upon an accident, slowed down to almost a complete stop and once again lost my steering just long enough to turn the car a little trying to get it over to the shoulder, hit the guardrail support and smashed the headlight. I backed up, felt my steering grab and continued on. My steering I am convinced caused all 3 accidents. There is still damage on my car and my insurance rates have gone up. I want my damage fixed, my steering fixed, my mom reimbursed $500 for my deductible and a letter I can give my auto insurance company. It occurs fairly frequently, but luckily there has only been three accidents and no fatalities there is still damage on the vehicle because I can't turn it into my insurance company without my rates going up. When I told people at the dealership what was going on they thought I was nuts and so did I until a tow driver who also happened to own a Cobalt had the same thing happen.

- Grandville, MI, USA

problem #244

Oct 142007

Cobalt

  • 5,000 miles
I purchased a new 2007 Chevy Cobalt 4-door in June 2007--in September I told my mother that my steering was strange, that sometimes I felt like I wasn't really steering my car. In October I was on my way to work on the highway, it was raining and I slowed down. Upon slowing down to approx 15-20 around a curve I couldn't steer my car. I was in an accident because my car just seemed to go on its' own. That same December, I was turning into a school parking lot and again couldn't steer my car and hit a parking block. My mom thought it was my tires and invested in a new set of tires on a new car. Two weeks ago (again on the highway) I came upon an accident, slowed down to almost a complete stop and once again lost my steering just long enough to turn the car a little trying to get it over to the shoulder, hit the guardrail support and smashed the headlight. I backed up, felt my steering grab and continued on. My steering I am convinced caused all 3 accidents. There is still damage on my car and my insurance rates have gone up. I want my damage fixed, my steering fixed, my mom reimbursed $500 for my deductible and a letter I can give my auto insurance company. It occurs fairly frequently, but luckily there has only been three accidents and no fatalities there is still damage on the vehicle because I can't turn it into my insurance company without my rates going up. When I told people at the dealership what was going on they thought I was nuts and so did I until a tow driver who also happened to own a Cobalt had the same thing happen.

- Grandville, MI, USA

problem #243

Oct 142009

Cobalt

  • 40,000 miles
Whether you are driving down the road or making a turn and your power steering all of a sudden goes out it is very scary. My car has been doing this for a couple of months and there are times that it is very hard to manage. There has been alot of snow lately which just makes everything worse.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #242

Jan 082010

Cobalt

  • 60,000 miles
We have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. The power steering is going out intermittently while driving.

- Highland, IL, USA

problem #241

Nov 152009

Cobalt

  • miles
Was driving all at once had no control over steering. Was able to get to shoulder. Turned of car, let sit a few minutes. Started back up had done good since. I am scared to drive this car. I hope it doesn't go out again with my grandkids in car with me. Thank you for looking into this matter.

- Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #240

Nov 212009

Cobalt

  • 80,534 miles
My 2007 Chevy Cobalt's power steering keeps going in and out, causing a tremendous disadvantage when trying to steer the car. I have had one incident of sideswiping a pole because I could not make the turn as the power steering failed at that point. It has failed multiples times over the last 8 months. So far no injuries or major accidents, but am concerned as there is no warning when it goes out.

- Norwood, NY, USA

problem #239

Feb 092010

Cobalt

  • 89,000 miles
I have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt ls. For approx 3 months I have been having problems starting my car due to the steering wheel being locked up. Since then, I have had various types of rattling, vibrations, and complications with my steering column. Today (February 9, 2009) I went to leave for work and my key only went to the first position (not start position) and is currently stuck there. My steering wheel wont move, and nothing, nothing, worked on trying to remove my stuck key. I have had a mechanic look at it, and he believes that it is the steering column now interfering with the ignition. I am very very upset that this has happened, however, I'm glad this was not while I was driving. This type of incident is exactly why there needs to be a recall. I love my car, but the safety issues need to be fixed!!

- Blanchard, OK, USA

problem #238

Jan 022010

Cobalt

  • 40,567 miles
I own a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. On my way home from a friends house the power steering failed and it became very hard to steer. When you turn the car off and back on it must reset itself because it starts working again. Then without any warning it will quit working. The car only has 40K miles on it. I was told by the dealer it would cost over $900 to fix. I went online to see if other people were having this problem and it was full of people with the same problem.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

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