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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

steering problem

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 26 of 28)

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problem #57

Jun 152009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at any given speed on normal road conditions. The power steering failed. The driver experienced extreme difficulty steering the vehicle, the power steering warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel and it remained lit until the engine was turned off. The driver pulled over to the side of the road and turned off the engine. When the vehicle was restarted it resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. They stated that the power steering failed. The dealer stated that there is nothing they can do to repair it. The failure mileage was 45000 and current mileage was 51000. Bl updated 09/18/09. Updated 09/18/09.

- Lewis Center, OH, USA

problem #56

Aug 082009

Cobalt

  • 47,000 miles
Power steering failure.

- Rosenberg, TX, USA

problem #55

May 012008

Cobalt

  • 30,000 miles
The power steering goes out with no warning. This happens now every time I drive my car. For some reason it seems to be related to the temp outside. I took it to the dealership and they quoted me $ 700 to fix this problem. As a single mother this is beyond my means. I feel this is dangerous for myself and my child.

- Haltom City, TX, USA

problem #54

Jul 202009

Cobalt

  • 45,000 miles

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

Bought 2007 Chevy Cobalt certified used with 38,000 miles. About 5 months later the power steering starts to fail. Power steering reads in the information box and wheel becomes extremely hard to turn. This problem is off and on and has been getting worse (happening more often) as time has passed. This has been revealed to be a very common problem in Cobalts and makes driving conditions very dangerous. Am told the entire steering column and associated parts may need replacement.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #53

Aug 202009

Cobalt

  • 53,216 miles
The power assist in the steering system fails without warning while driving making steering extremely difficult if not impossible. This happened to me while I was turning left ahead of oncoming traffic and I was unable to hold a tight radius that would allow me to clear the intersection properly.

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #52

Aug 172009

Cobalt

  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. While driving 25 mph the power steering warning light began flashing and the power steering in the vehicle disabled. The dealer is aware of the failure; however, no remedy has been made. The contact is aware of the safety risk since he has no control steering the vehicle while driving at high speeds. The current mileage was 57,390 and the failure mileage was 57,000.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #51

Apr 152009

Cobalt

  • 62,000 miles

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

I have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt and the power steering has motor has gone out.. while researching how to fix it I have found that there are thousands of people who are in the same situation. Chevy wants 1000 dollars to fix a problem that should be a recall issue... I could understand if only a couple of people had the problem but it seems to be a wide spread issue.. this could be a potentially serious issue.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #50

Aug 032009

Cobalt

  • miles
I bought my 07 Cobalt ss in February in August the power steering started going out. I would be driving and it would just quit working but if I turned it off and turned it back on it would work for a few minutes then stop working again. It does this everytime I drive the vehicle. I called my dealership and they told me there was nothing they could do. So I called a repair shop and he told me it was the power steering motor and that they are not cheap. I have not purchased a motor yet because I do not have the money right now. This is a very dangerous situation and I think something should be done to correct it.. also another problem I am having is the ignition.

- Orange, TX, USA

problem #49

Aug 172009

Cobalt

  • 47,000 miles
Sudden loss of power steering.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #48

Jul 102009

Cobalt

  • 48,000 miles
I own a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The power steering failed without warning and nearly caused me to hit a tree. Luckily, I was able to avert the crisis and drive safely home. I contacted Chevy and they told me that I had to get a $150 diagnosis before they would even consider addressing the issue. After I completed the diagnosis, they told me that the dealership I went to had recently gone out of business and I would have to get another $150 diagnosis before I they would review my case. In order to fix it, they are trying to charge me over 1,000 dollars and are refusing to lend assistance. This is an extremely dangerous issue that Chevy must fix before somebody gets into a very serious accident.

- Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

problem #47

Aug 112009

Cobalt

  • 34,512 miles

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

I have a 07 Chevy Cobalt and I was driving on the express way when my power steering light can on and as I was turning the wheel it locked up. I was very afraid do to the fact that my child was in the car. I pulled over on the shoulder and turned the car off. I didn't know what to do but I couldn't stay on the eway. When I started it back up the wheel loosened up but sure enough a couple miles down the road it did the samething. I am sending this complaint because I think that is very dangerous especially when you are trying to turn a corner or even switch lanes. In doing research about the part I located a site "topix Chevy Cobalt steering failure" were there is over five hundred post about the same thing. But yet recall on this car. When will they recall it when someone is seriously hurt or even killed!!!!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #46

Aug 082009

Cobalt

  • miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt power steering light came on and steering wheel gets locked up for no reason and hard to turn the wheel, while driving. Almost wrecked and could not turn the wheel. The only way to fix it was to turn the car off and back on. Happens every day now, when driving out of nowhere. I feel very uncomfortable driving the car now, scared to get in an accident. It is really sad when the car is practically new.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #45

Jun 022009

Cobalt

  • 36,000 miles
I own a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt approx 37K mi...at approx 36K my power steering notification came on while driving in traffic and becomes hard to steer. I have to turn veh off and resume driving in hopes that it won't come back on. This has gotten gradually worse and more frequent in the heat of summer. GM recall your defective parts!

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #44

Aug 032009

Cobalt

  • 67,000 miles
I recently got my wheel bearings replaced on my 07 Chevy Cobalt lt. A day later my power steering light comes on. It comes on every day and continues to come on while driving every 5 minutes because when you shut the car off it resets. I have taken it to the place where I got the wheel bearings fixed and they cant find the problem.

- Dundalk, MD, USA

problem #43

Apr 082009

Cobalt

  • 50,000 miles
I have had my 07' Chevy Cobalt for a yr now and about 4 months ago my power steering light came on making my wheel really hard alot while driving. I have done recent searches and have realized that this is happening to alot of the Chevy Cobalt.

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #42

Jul 212009

Cobalt

  • 41,162 miles
The Chevy Cobalt has a major issue with the power steering motor. Around 41-44,000 miles the motor fails. It is an electric motor and all of a sudden just stops working and you loose power steering to the car. There are multiple cases of this that can be found by simply goggling Chevy Cobalt power steering. The motor has to be replaced and it can be very expensive. This is a defective part that should be recalled. I have a 2007 but I've heard of it on 2005's also. Please do something soon to protect would be consumers from the danger of this happening to them. When it happened to me I almost had an accident.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #41

Aug 032009

Cobalt

  • 104,000 miles
I was almost involved in a head on collision due to the power steering failure of my 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt lt. I was turning left onto a busy street. The power steering failed and the message "power steering" was displayed on the dash. This caused me to drift into the on coming lane. If I hadn't acted quickly enough I would have been injured. It took a lot of effort to turn the wheel and save my own life. I understand that this is a know problem on all Chevrolet Cobalts due to the electronic steering assist. From what others have said, this happens randomly. Please help and save others. This will most certainly cause someone to have an accident.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #40

May 212009

Cobalt

  • 27,890 miles
2007 Chevy Cobalt steering is defective and dangerous! I purchased a 2007 Cobalt in may of 2009 and have had in the shop 3 times since. Power steering column needed to be replaced twice. There needs to be a recall. Others have reported that their power steering goes out randomly creating a very dangerous situation!

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #39

Aug 032009

Cobalt

  • 30,500 miles
Driving and power steering goes out.

- Neptune Beach, FL, USA

problem #38

Jul 282009

Cobalt

  • 85,126 miles
Power steering goes out while driving - 'power steering' indicator lights up on dash. Only way to get power steering back is to shut car off and re-start. There is no warning or any apparent way of predicting when the power assisted steering module stops working. Potentially very dangerous situation if traveling at highway speeds!

- Plainfield, IN, USA

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