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 3 of 28)

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problem #511

May 152015


  • 100,000 miles


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


  • 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


  • 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
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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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

problem #497

Jan 062015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I purchase the car from schofield in 2008 it has had two recalls one on the gas tank and another on the steering column now it is acting up everyday I think it is due to the cold weather and it has to be a manufacturing issue the warning lights began to flash on come on the gauges go up and down like crazy the gas hand goes up and then below empty the car loses power the power steering light comes on the brake light comes on it begins to make a clicking noise and it jerks as it drives I am so afraid to drive my car because of these defects, I took the car into scofield a couple of weeks ago they said they could not find anything wrong but it is obvious there are things that are wrong when I tried to turn a corner its like the power steering goes out I have the papers from schofield I need someone to help me please I don't want to be another victim of this car.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #496

Apr 192011


  • 100,000 miles
I purchased the car brand new in 2007. The front suspension started to make lots of clunking noises and rattling whenever I went over bumps in the road. It continued to get worse. Took the car into the Chevy dealer and they said nothing was wrong with the car. I've taken the car to a mechanic and he replaced L front control arm twice. The mechanic said the car should not be having those problems with the cars current mileage. I also have very dangerous sound in steering column every time I turn the steering wheel. I have complained about this to dealership. Of course, they initially did not hear anything. I had my steering lock on me and couldn't get the key out, thus I had the car towed to the dealership in April 2011. They fixed the ignition switch. The noise in the steering column has only got worse since that time. December 16, 2014, I took car in for the recall on the ignition. The dealer told me that the steering column was falling apart and wanted to charge me $1100 to fix. They insisted that this has nothing to do with the ignition switch. The car sounds like it is barely holding together like on squeaky hinges.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #495

Nov 102014


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning light illuminated. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the electric power steering needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Lewistown, PA, USA

problem #494

Nov 212014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 220,000 miles
Car was totaled following a loss of steering and power brakes- crashing into a guardrail the airbags failed to deploy.

- Marana, AZ, USA

problem #493

Nov 082014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 105,342 miles
Traveling along at 55 mph, vehicle began to pull toward right, brake was applied, vehicle travel straightened momentarily then suddenly veered hard to right resulting in a collision with concrete bridge wall.

- Altus, OK, USA

problem #492

Nov 052014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
I was driving in town and the power steering warning flashed across the dashboard reader. I assumed I would need to go get some power steering fluid to fix the problem. The next day I was descending rapidly down a very steep curving hill when the power steering went out completely and I could not control the vehicle! I narrowly avoided a collision with another car and some trees! since then I have done some research an found innumerable complaints about this very issue across several model years of the Cobalt. It is well documented that this is a serious and chronic issue and GM has largely ignored the safety of those who keep them in business!! what a bad business model! we are a one car and one income family and now I simply cannot let my teenagers drive at all because I don't have $1000 to fix my car right before the holidays! thanks GM!!

- Bremerton, WA, USA

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