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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 3 of 28)

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problem #517

Aug 302015

Cobalt

  • 49,000 miles

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

I was attempting to exit my driveway to the right when suddenly I could not steer the car. My street curves, and as I was leaving the driveway a car was coming around the curve and I just missed hitting it. The driver was nice enough to stop and got my car back in the driveway. He told me to look on the dashboard, and I saw the 'power steering' light lit. I was extremely shaken up by this incident and called my dealer, lou bachrodt Chevrolet in pompano beach. This was a Sunday and the service dept. Was closed. I spoke with a salesman, alex, who left a message for jeremy in the service dept. I spoke with jeremy early Monday morning and explained to him what happened. I told him my husband drove the car when he came home from work and the light was not on and there was no problem with the steering. Jeremy said it's becoming a common problem called intermittent power steering failure. He checked my VIN number and said there was no recall. I am very afraid to drive the car since jeremy said there's a very good chance this will happen again. He said it's a motor problem and has to be repaired. I am not paying for yet another Chevy problem. I had the ignition switch replaced last year. This car is my transportation for work. GM needs to step up and do the right thing and recall all Cobalts for this problem. That day I sent an email to GM, but have heard nothing.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #516

Sep 012015

Cobalt

  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 25 mph, the power steering warning indicator suddenly illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer stated that the power steering module cracked and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 47,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #515

Aug 242015

Cobalt

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and the power steering light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000. The VIN was not available.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #514

Nov 132012

Cobalt

  • 56,000 miles

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

I was on the lodge freeway, highway 10, heading East when I loss control by 7 me rd, skinned out, hit the wall on the rear left fender and bumper.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #513

Jul 172015

Cobalt

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 45 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #512

Dec 102014

Cobalt

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the power steering warning light illuminated on two occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000. Updated 09/21/15

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #511

May 152015

Cobalt

  • 100,000 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 the front end of the vehicle shook intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and it was determined that the front bushings, electronic stability control, steering column, and the front driver and passenger side lower control arms needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Eaton, OH, USA

problem #510

May 292014

Cobalt

  • 50 miles
I have to drive the car to work everyday around 50 miles everyday. I have had all this work done the the car I have tried to get General Motors to help with the problem which after all this work the car shakes and makes very loud noises on the steering wheel. I called a General Motors helper last week who was supposed to get me some information and have not been contacted back yet. I have to have the car to go to and from work, is it going to take the car being wreaked and me and or another person on the freeway to be killed before anybody takes this problem seriously? this problem is all over the internet so I am not just trying to say it is just me. I have spent all money I had put back trying to get this car safe on the freeway, I bought the car from rodney cobb in eaton, Ohio and was hoping General Motors would take this seriously but I guess not so I am hoping and praying to get some help from the government. Please I need help and I cannot afford to pay anymore or get rid of the car. General Motors and rodney cobb Chevrolet will not help me on my own I have tried, they expect me to pay money for a faulty car that I cannot afford, so I am asking you to please help....thank you.

- Eaton, OH, USA

problem #509

Apr 302015

Cobalt

  • 62,195 miles
The vehicle lost power steering today in traffic. The dealership said the power steering recall was performed I'm March of 2011. I had the vehicle in for a knocking noise previous to this date (2007). Nothing was ever found. I found out today that the knocking was related to the power steering. I ignored the knocking because I cant afford for the dealership to find nothing. This is a recall that was never fully corrected. I feel as though GM ignored the real issue. I still have knocking noise and now, loss of steering.

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #508

Apr 172015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 156,800 miles
Vehicle loses power steering at slow speeds and at a stop can not steer at all for a min then it re engages but then is stiff. Seems intermittent, but seems as it should be addressed.

- Plainfield , IL, USA

problem #507

Mar 232015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles

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

Power steering failed to work. Have not been able to drive vehicle. I did not own vehicle when original recall was sent out.

- Garden City, KS, USA

problem #506

Feb 062015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 105,371 miles
I was backing up out of my driveway to let another car out and as soon as I put the car in reverse the car made the chime noise as if it was telling me to put on my seatbelt seconds later power steering was flashing on the dashboard the RPM gauge was jumping, the fuel gauge was jumping back and forth, low fuel blinking on dashboard with full tank of gas, steering wheel very hard to turn, check engine light is on, security lock light is on, transmission clicks when shifting. Called the dealer I financed the car from he told me to take it to a shop called precision auto services he couldn't figure out problem said most likely it was a computer issue so I called GM customer service to inform what was going on they had the car towed to bob johnson Chevrolet and they did a recall on the ignition switch also said there was a broken shift cable installed a new cable, they also had to replace serpentine belt. After all that I pick up car and make payment a week and a half later car does the same thing. I call and explain to service assistant manager he says that he didn't check for power steering after I explained was the whole purpose of having the car looked at long story short he gave me the run around so I thought to look elsewhere I took it to another shop where it was diagnosed free of charge he said that there were lots of codes on my car. But the car was back to normal after diagnosis then about 3 weeks later same problem took it back he explained to me that whoever disconnected a remote starter on my car didn't do it properly causing the modules in the car to not communicate. I paid to have that repaired 2 weeks later same problem now mechanic tells me its transmission control module which costs almost $500 which is over my budget. I'm making payments on something that I should be able to drive to and from work safe and comfortably. Please help!

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #505

Mar 192015

Cobalt

  • 60,300 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that after turning the vehicle on, the entire instrument panel illuminated. Also, the contact stated that the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,300.

- Portsmouth, OH, USA

problem #504

Jan 312015

Cobalt

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owned a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 70 mph, the ability to steer was lost without warning. The contact lost control and the vehicle struck a guardrail and entered into oncoming traffic. The contact was assisted by a state trooper and a police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a private yard. The contact sustained head trauma that required medical attention. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- State College, PA, USA

problem #503

Jan 012015

Cobalt

  • 168,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 60 mph, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and caused the steering wheel to become very difficult to turn. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 168,000.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #502

Feb 072015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
The car was in for a recall for the power steering assist motor in 2011, after driving the car for about 20,000 miles the power steering kept going out while driving. Not only is this extremely dangerous, but also scary while driving. Considering the power steering assist motor was supposed to be replaced under recall and I am still having problems I would guess that shortcuts or defective parts were used during the recall repair. Jack maxton Chevrolet and GM has been giving me the run around about the repair and asking me to pay $336 for the repair. Ridiculous!

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #501

Feb 012015

Cobalt

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, there was an abnormal noise coming from the steering wheel. The contact mentioned that the noise would get louder when turning the steering wheel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Winter Garden, FL, USA

problem #500

Jan 162015

Cobalt

  • 143,623 miles
My steering wheel get lock when I was driving at lowest speed and also a steering signal appear in my dashboard.

- Columbus, NE, USA

problem #499

Mar 262012

Cobalt

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The contact stated that once the vehicle was repaired, the failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to dealer. The technician diagnosed that the steering module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #498

Jul 012014

Cobalt

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was unable to restart. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where the technician diagnosed that the ignition and the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number 14V171000 (electrical system). The vehicle was towed to another dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated that a few days after the repairs while driving at 55 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel was difficult to turn. As a result, the contact veered to the left into a ditch. In addition, the contact stated that the left turning signal did not function properly and remained on after turning. The contact had to manually push the lever to stop it from flickering. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000. Djr

- Hinesville, GA, USA

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