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 21 of 28)

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problem #151

Jan 092010


  • 41,300 miles


The power steering on our 2007 Chevy Cobalt periodically fails for no apparent reason. Obviously this is very disconcerting and very dangerous.

- Elkton, FL, USA

problem #150

Dec 292009


  • 50,000 miles
While picking up my friend's children from school, I heard a few beeps and noticed power steering on my dash to which then my steering became stiff. It resets at start but has become more frequent, almost constant. I did an online search and it seems that every single Cobalt has this problem at some point in its lifetime and GM has not cared to fix it or pay for it to be fixed (hopefully this has changed with new owners). So until I can find a cheap way to fix it I am driving a death trap.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #149

Jan 152009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that there was a rattling in the steering wheel as well as a vibration. He noticed no difficulty in turning the steering wheel. The failure has occurred since January 2009. He took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the motor in the steering mechanism needed to be replaced. He has not spoken with the manufacturer regarding the failure. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was approximately 52,200. The failure mileage was approximately 48,000. Updated 02/02/10 updated 02/05/10.

- New Marshfield, OH, USA

problem #148

Nov 152009


  • 56,000 miles


Power steering goes out without warning. I went to the Chevy dealer who acknowledged it is an electronic assist and their have been some problems. It is not covered under the extended warranty. Their is no notice prior to the failure and no set of duplicating conditions which initiate the problem. This would appear to be Chevrolet design flaw. I found out that this is a major problem with the Cobalt series of vehicles and saw many internet related sites one of which directed me here. I believe Chevy is aware of the problem and will not remedy the situation until prompted by a major lawsuit from a death or the intervention of the government. At the cost for a replacement it will be a buying decision for most consumers as the problem continues to be intermittent.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #147

Dec 282009


  • 42,000 miles
Power steering goes out on 2007 Cobalt 2 door coupe. Goes out daily at random intervals.

- Edwards, MS, USA

problem #146

Jan 022010


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph the power steering light flashed on and then the power steering failed. The contact called the manufacturer to report this failure; however, there was no remedy. The contact is concerned that the failure could cause a crash to occur. The failure mileage was 43,000.

- Price, UT, USA

problem #145

Nov 012009


  • 56,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt which was purchased in 2008. She stated that the power steering in the vehicle continued to malfunction. While driving, the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel. The dealer stated the power steering pump failed on the vehicle and needed to be replaced. No repairs had been made. There were no recalls for the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 56,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #144

Nov 102009


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt which was purchased in 2007. The power steering failed on the vehicle while driving approximately 55 mph and the steering wheel became extremely hard to maneuver. The driver had to utilize extreme force in order to get the steering wheel to function. The dealer stated that they received several complaints on the same year, make and model; however, there were no related recalls. No repairs were made on the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 40,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 01/1410 updated 01/20/10.

- Fitzgerald , GA, USA

problem #143

Jan 062010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the contact was driving 65 mph she noticed that the vehicles steering wheel had suddenly became harder to turn, moments later the contact noticed that a power steering warning had appeared on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that the steering column needed to be replaced. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 55000. Updated 02/19/10.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #142

Aug 252009


  • miles
The power steering fails on 2007 Chevrolet Cobalts. Mine has failed and from my research this is not an isolated incident. There are thousands of these dangerous autos on the road. Chevrolet knows about this and needs to be held accountable.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #141

Jan 052010


  • 47,179 miles


My son's car is a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. He has a problem with the power steering. It goes out without any warning. It happened last week for the first time and today it went out 4 times just on his way home from work. He is not able to drive the car to the dealer ship and had to get it towed. I have checked on different websites and have found out that there are a lot of people with the same problem.

- Junction City, KS, USA

problem #140

Jan 022010


  • 24,550 miles
The power steering fails every several minutes under normal driving conditions. After restarting the vehicle, the problem disappears for less than 5 minutes. This sudden and unexpected failure makes driving extremely difficult and dangerous. As an infrequent driver (less than 3,000 / miles per year) I have not taken the steps necessary to remedy this issue myself...public transportation is safer and widely available.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #139

Jan 032010


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 55 mph the power steering warning light flashed and the then the power steering failed. The contact stated that it was extremely difficult to turn the steering wheel. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle needed to be diagnosed to determine what needs to be repaired. The contact viewed numerous complaints via the internet regarding the power steering failure. The contact is aware of the safety risk since a tragedy could occur. The failure mileage was 38,000.

- West Field, NC, USA

problem #138

Jan 012010


  • 30,100 miles
While driving, suddenly the power steering stops working, a message "power steering" appears and it's making hard to drive. The only thing that makes it work again is stopping the car and starting the engine again. This happened twice three days ago and now its doing it up to six times per day.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #137

Dec 312009


  • miles
When your driving the vehicles power steering goes dead in the middle of driving very dangerous.

- Valaparaiso, IN, USA

problem #136

Dec 012009


  • miles
Power steering light pops on and power steering goes out. Car is under three years old. This is a known very common problem with these cars. Completely unacceptable. Happens over and over, once you turn the car off and back on it will work again until the next occurrence which could be two minutes later or fifteen minutes later. I cannot afford to replace this so nothing has been done about it the quote to get it repaired was around $2000. These should be recalled!!!

- Trainer, PA, USA

problem #135

Dec 012009


  • 43,000 miles
While driving my car, the dash will ding three times, flash "power steering" and then the steering wheel will lock up. I will have to pull over, turn the engine off, and restart the car. Upon restarting the car, it will work fine. This will happen several times in a row. It is a hassle while driving, I've had to stop in the middle of the road to turn my car off at times when there isn't a shoulder to pull off on. From what I have read, this is something that happens a lot with 2006-2007 model Cobalts, cost upward T $1000-$2000 to fix and obviously needs to be recalled.

- Toano, VA, USA

problem #134

Dec 092009


  • 67,200 miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt with power steering system failure. The car currently has 67,000 miles and had not had any issues with it until this randomly happened on the street. A "power steering" message came up on the dashboard of the car and seemingly the steering column locked up. This was with my 2 year old nephew in the car. I am glad I was not on the freeway when this happened. After that occurrence it has continually happened over the last 2 weeks every time the car is used. It is random and there is no pattern to what sets it off. The power steering fails and it is dangerous to drive that way. I cannot afford to take it back to the dealership to pay the $2000 they want to fix this dangerous issue, so this is still occurring. I am trying to find another way to get this fixed but this needs action against as there are countless others that are experiencing this as well.

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #133

Dec 252009


  • 42,000 miles
We have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt in which while driving the power steering goes out. Really scary and dangerous. Since GM has been aware of this failure since 2005 and nobody has done anything about it is even scarier. If you turn car off and back on power steering will work again only for period of time then shut off again while driving. There are thousands of complaints on-line. Please do something before someone is seriously injured.

- Fairborn, OH, USA

problem #132

Dec 272009


  • 47,800 miles
Power steering suddenly went out, nearly causing a collision. Power steering came back after engine was turned off and then back on.

- Half Moon Bay, CA, USA

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