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:
56,924 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 2 of 29)

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problem #541

Apr 052016

Cobalt

  • 72,430 miles

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

I had just got off work on my way home, I saw that the dash was saying power steering and then the steering went out completely I pulled to the said of the road the best that I could it was very hard for me to turn the wheel it took all of my effort to turn the wheel. I could of gotten into a accident. I'm scared to drive the car in fear that this will happen again an I will be seriously hurt or killed.

- Berlin, MD, USA

problem #540

Oct 262015

Cobalt

  • 154,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While making a right turn, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and caused the steering wheel to become very difficult to turn. The vehicle crashed into a utility pole. The air bags deployed approximately 5 minutes after impact and the steering column caught fire. The driver suffered left knee, back, neck, and hand injuries that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 154,000.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #539

Mar 102016

Cobalt

  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact could not steer and crashed into a tree and bounced to the other side of the road into oncoming traffic. The vehicle came to a complete stop. The two front tires were destroyed and the passenger side of the vehicle was damaged. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. A police report was not filed. There were no injuries. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 119,000.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #538

Mar 122016

Cobalt

  • miles

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

Loss of power steering assist

- New Paris, PA, USA

problem #537

Feb 212016

Cobalt

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while turning at various speeds, the power steering failed and caused the steering wheel to become difficult to maneuver without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer had not been made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Rossville, GA, USA

problem #536

Mar 172016

Cobalt

  • 103,272 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the power steering malfunctioned which made it extremely difficult to steer the wheel. The contact mentioned that the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 103,272.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #535

Mar 092016

Cobalt

  • 251,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and the steering wheel became very difficult to turn. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notifed. The failure mileage was 251,000.

- Milwalkee, WI, USA

problem #534

Mar 082016

Cobalt

  • 153,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at any speed, the power steering failed without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 153,000.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #533

Mar 072016

Cobalt

  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 50 mph, the steering lost power and the power steering light illuminated. The contact pulled over to the side of the road, waited a few minutes, and restarted the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 127,000.

- Rhome, TX, USA

problem #532

Jul 222015

Cobalt

  • 70,000 miles
Key was stuck in ignition and was unable to start. Replaced body module control and now the check engine light wont go off, says air bags need service, radio is locked out, with a slew of other problems. Took it car to the dealership to find no resolution. My car also lost power steering briefly after only driving about 15 minutes.

- Belmont, NC, USA

problem #531

Feb 082016

Cobalt

  • 116,000 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 while driving at 20 mph and making a turn, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the contact was almost involved in a crash. The contact continued to drive the vehicle and the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 116,000.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #530

Feb 172016

Cobalt

  • 126,929 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at 10 mph, the steering wheel seized which made it difficult to steer the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 126,929.

- Hurley, NM, USA

problem #529

Nov 012015

Cobalt

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel became inoperable without warning. The failure occurred randomly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 150,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #528

Dec 142010

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 40 mph, there was a loss of power steering without warning. The engine was turned off and, after restarting, the vehicle resumed normal operation. The failure recurred on a separate occasion. In 2010, the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering); however, the failure recurred recently. The vehicle was not repaired for the second time. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #527

Dec 192015

Cobalt

  • 89,000 miles
The driver side headlight stays dim. Check engine light keeps coming on with something different. Had two fuel pumps installed. The car last night had power but would not turn over or attempt to start. When driving at highway speeds the steering is loose, at low speeds power steering sometimes works. Loud popping in slow sharp turns. Just had it checked and new tires said suspension was great.

- Hazard, KY, USA

problem #526

Nov 222015

Cobalt

  • 89,162 miles
This is my second complaint on the power assisted steering failing on my 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Terry cullen Chevrolet supposedly made the recall repair on this car in 2010. However, the power steering has failed twice. The second time it failed, I was in my driveway on November 22, 2015 at 11:36 am and had just backed out of my garage. The car felt like a stall; I could not move the steering wheel and on the dashboard the message read "power steering". this flashed on, remained lit up for awhile. I turned the car off. After a minute or so I started the car again, and was able to drive without failure of the power assisted steering. I have requested again that General Motors repair this problem under the original recall notice in 2010 since the problem still exists and shows up unexpectedly at any time. I requested terry cullen to ask that General Motors repair this problem free of charge to me. I also have spoken to a female csr at General Motors about repairing this problem without charge to me. She stated that terry cullen would repair the problem for $99. I am a senior citizen and do not have $99 for this repair. So, I am faced with the problem of risking my life when I must drive. I have informed the manager at terry cullen, lee powell, and the General Motors csr that if I am in a fatal accident due to failure of the assisted power steering that I have instructed my family to take legal actiion by filing a lawsuit against General Motors corporation, terry cullen Chevrolet dealer in jonesboro, ga and lee powell, the service manager at terry cullen Chevrolet.

- Hampton, GA, USA

problem #525

Dec 062015

Cobalt

  • 81,769 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. As a result, the contact crashed into a parked car and a tree. The contact sustained injuries to the right leg that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 81,769.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #524

Nov 272014

Cobalt

  • 103,326 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at 70 mph, the steering wheel locked up and the steering icon illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road and towed to a local dealer who replaced the steering power motto. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and referred the contact back to the dealer. The failure mileage was 103,326. The VIN was not provided.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #523

Jun 262014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 97,850 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving various speeds, the power steering warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The VIN was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering), but the failure recurred twice. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,850. Updated 02/12/16 the consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer. A diagnosis revealed an issue with the fuse block. However, he was two blocks from the dealer, when the steering failed again. Updated 03/09/16. The consumer stated he has experienced power steering failure four times. Updated 03/15/16.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #522

May 152015

Cobalt

  • 53,000 miles
The both front speaker quit working. That the turn signal chime did not work either this after take mi car to the dealership cause something about power steering recall

- Ukiah, CA, USA

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