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:
56,550 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 27 of 28)

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problem #37

Jul 312009


  • 53,900 miles


Power steering is randomly failing on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt. My teenager drives this car, very scary for her to lose power steering. Researching the internet this seems to be a common problem for the Cobalt, a very dangerous common problem. A recall needs to be done by GM before someone dies. The cars are generally used by commuters and teenagers. Just got off the phone with GM, they acknowledge part failure.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #36

Apr 162009


  • 65,000 miles
My Chevrolet Cobalt started to fail when I was driving, , I took it to the shop and they told me it was the power steering. Its going to cost me 1000 dlls to fix it I think this is to much. I have done some research and I am not the only person. With this problem, this is a very serious problem and it could cause major accidents. This something that always happens when im driving. Please take the time to talk to Chevrolet so this can be fixed.

- Roma, TX, USA

problem #35

Jun 042009


  • 60,000 miles
My power steering is out on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt. I have looked online and there are so many people who are having the same exact problem. The power steering light flashes and if you turn the car off and back on it goes away, only to come back on a few miles downt he road. It normally occurs most when it's hot outside. The car is barely able to turn at all. It is an accident waiting to happen. I have two little children. I would hate for anything to happen. The car is no longer under warranty, however with this many problem having the same exact problem, I think there would be something someone can do??

- Bellmead, TX, USA

problem #34

Jul 102009


  • 41,000 miles


2007 Chevy Cobalt-electric power steering failure while driving. Car must be turned off and then back on to reset the power steering. If temperature outside is over 80 degrees it will failure constantly until the next day (when the car has had a chance to cool off overnight) there is documentation all over the internet stating thousands of drivers are having the same problems and even crashing due to the power steering failure. Chevy needs to issue a recall on this part!

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #33

Jul 172009


  • 95,404 miles
Last year a bought a 2007 Chevy Cobalt for my daughter who had just turned 17. The car rode smoothly and I was impressed with the overall handling. This unfortunately only lasted for 9 months. My daughter was driving home from work at 1230am on Sunday night only to call me hysterical that the steering got hard all of a sudden. I told her to calm down and pull over and I would be there as quickly as I could. Well after explaining to an officer that stopped me for speeding, the officer and I both got to my daughter and sure enough, the power steering did fail on her. I proceeded to drive the car home carefully, and ever since then the steering has been an ongoing problem. I can't unload the car cause I owe $9000 on it. So now I'm researching to replace what I need to replace on this piece of junk. I do hear a click under the dash right when the steering gives out, so I'm replacing both the power steering control module and the assist motor. Here's hoping this solves the problem. To GM, I am never, ever buying another vehicle made by you again!! may you mercilessly go out of business once and for all. We could use another domestic car maker to replace your incompetence.

- Locust Grove, GA, USA

problem #32

Jul 182009


  • 58,778 miles
Power steering indicator light came on while I was out and about running errands (at least 3 times). Fortunately, I was able to pull over, stop and start again. It would run fine for a short while and the light would come on again. I also experienced a great deal of trouble 7/17/09 with the key getting stuck in the ignition and it not turning. I have recently spent $1,600 plus to repair/replace the cylinder head gasket.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #31

Jul 062009


  • miles


2007 Chevrolet Cobalt ls must have steering column replace.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #30

Jul 062009


  • 66,408 miles
Owner of 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt ls. I was told I needed to replace the steering column, this car is only two years olds, a $1400 job that shouldn't be.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #29

Jun 202009


  • 49,889 miles
2007 Cobalt lt with 40,000 miles on it--two weeks ago I was driving it when the warning light flashed power steering and 2 seconds later there was no power steering--fortunately I was in a parking lot so I pulled over turned it off and went inside to complete my business (including buying some power steering fluid-what a waste F money that was) when I started it up again it was fine and it drove just fine --very limited use though. The exact same thing happened 8 days later. So I took it to dealer for routing maintenance and to have it checked. They said the electric steering was bad and that I would have to replace the entire steering column for $800 (this did not include the $100 they charged to tell me this) per a bulletin put out by Chevrolet. I took the car and contacted Chevrolet about it. In the mean time my nineteen year old nice borrowed the car and it happened to her as she was driving on the highway at 70 miles per hour--luckily she was able to get to the side of the road without incident. I bought this car for my 76 year old mother and fortunately it has not happened to her because she would not be able to control it. So basically she has a car right now that she can not use.

- Robinson, IL, USA

problem #28

Jun 252009


  • 60,000 miles
Power steering on my Chevy Cobalt went out in the middle of the highway, almost causing me to have a wreck. Hundreds of other people have reported this problem all over the internet. This needs to be addressed.

- Red Oak, TX, USA

problem #27

Jun 132009


  • 15,000 miles


2007 Cobalt with power steering failure.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #26

Jun 122009


  • 54,000 miles
I own a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and the power steering system intermittently fails at no particular time leaving the car without power steering at any moment. This happened to my daughter today and fortunately she was able to pull over to have the car towed without incident. I researched this online and found a website within 5 minutes which has 387 exact complaints and they describe everything from no accident to being towed and unfortunately some collisions. I am paying to have it repaired as there is no recall for this defective motor. It is a new type of electric steering assist and not the traditional hydraulic assist type. This needs to be recalled before someone gets hurt.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #25

May 152009


  • 40,000 miles
Power steering failure. Power steering goes out abruptly while driving in normal driving conditions. After turning car off and back on, power steering is restored but will abruptly go out again at random, sometimes it gives out 4 or 5 times within a single driving trip ranging from 4 to 10 miles. I am currently in the process of replacing the steering control module, and power assist motor hoping that fixes the problem.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #24

May 062009


  • 9,801 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the steering has become loose several times while the vehicle was in motion. While driving 70 mph, the contact lost control of the steering and a power steering failure indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact was able to safely maneuver the vehicle to her destination. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they determined that the steering wheel column failed. The vehicle was repaired. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 9,801 and current mileage was 21,304.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #23

Apr 192009


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 15 mph, the contact noticed that the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel. He lost complete steering functionality. The vehicle then jerked to the left and the steering column became very stiff. The contact was able to safely maneuver the vehicle to his destination. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the power steering motor failed. The vehicle was repaired at the cost of $1,000. The manufacturer stated that because the vehicle was not included in a recall, no compensation would be provided. The failure mileage was 20,000 and current mileage was 44,000.

- Hudson, FL, USA

problem #22

Apr 122009


  • 40 miles
While driving on a 2 lane road about 2 weeks ago, steering locked to the right while trying to turn to the left, went off road and when got my car back on road barely moving by this time, then car went left, almost hit car in other lane, stopped and checked tires, and went on, about another mile or two did it again, took car to dealership, they found nothing. I love my car but I am finding there is too many steering complaints with this car. GM is no help, they said they would call me each week to check on me. In the mean time I am afraid to drive it, so I have a pretty lawn ornament. Please help us. I filed a formal complaint today on the phone, waiting on my paper work to sign and return, please every one do the same, get the number from this site and file, and also call GM corporate, not just your local dealer. So afraid there will be severe injuries or worse before something is done.

- Birch River, WV, USA

problem #21

Apr 082009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 40,833 miles
-the contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 25 mph on normal road conditions and proceeding into a left turn there was difficulty steering the vehicle. Unexpectedly, the vehicle pulled to the right unexpectedly. The vehicle uncontrollably swayed off the road. The driver inspected the vehicle and resumed operation with caution. There were no warning light indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic tests. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the malfunction. The vehicle has not been repaired. The contact had concern of the safety risk involved. The failure and current mileages were 40,833. Updated 05/26/09 the consumer also stated the warning sound indicator workes intermittently. Udated 05/28/09.

- Brich River , WV, USA

problem #20

Apr 132009


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The power steering randomly failed while driving approximately 45 mph. The vehicle will became very difficult to control; however, occasionally, it would reset itself. There were no warning lights on the instrument panel before or after the failure occurred. The dealer agreed to pay half of the $1800 repair cost and the contact requested the repair be no charge. The failure and current mileages were 49,000.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #19

Dec 012008


  • 45,000 miles
After 1 month of use, the electronic power assist began giving out on random intervals and continues to do so to this day. The failure does not occur at predictable intervals, sometimes taking a few minutes following the start of driving, up to a half hour. This has almost lead to many accidents due to steering going out during a turn.

- Goodfellow Afb, TX, USA

problem #18

Feb 212009


  • miles
I was driving out of my apartment complex and power steering came up on the little screen, then with no warning my power steering went out. It was very difficult to steer and was very unsafe. This was on a weekend so I could not get to a dealership. The next day I went out to look at my car and it worked fine. When I drove it around all of a sudden my power steering went out again. Once again, a dangerous situation. I have not taken it in yet but have looked on the internet and seen that many people have had this problem with their Cobalts and even though they take it to get fixed it keeps happening.

- Concord, NC, USA

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