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 4 of 28)

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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

problem #491

Oct 312014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


On Friday, when I tried to back out of my parking space, my wheel was extremly difficult to turn. At first I thought it was because the weather was changing and it was cold outside. Throughout that day, the wheel began to loosen up, but it was still a little stiff. The next day, Saturday, I tried to turn my wheel and it would not turn. The wheel felt like it was stuck. I let my car warm up and eventually I was able to drive the car. On Sunday, I took my vehicle to pep boys to see what was wrong. They diagnosed that my struts were cracked and that was causing the problem. And they quoted me about $600! so I took it to precision auto tune for a second opinion. At precision, they told me that there was nothing wrong with the struts! and that I needed a new power steering motor, which costs me $423. They replaced the motor on Sunday. Monday morning, I went to drive to work and my wheel would not turn at all! I had the vehicle towed back to precision. So now they're telling me that its the steering column that needs to be repaired. And that would cost over $1000. I do not have that kind money and I'm still waiting on GM to fix the ignition switch from the recall. I'm taking the car to a dealership and hopefully they can fix the ignition and the steering free! inorder for precison to refund my money back, they took out the new motor and put the old one back in.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #490

Dec 192013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Had power steering replaced 2011 recall. In Dec 2013 power steering locked up again going down the road. Took to the GM dealership next day. They stated that I had to replace power steering column. I asked them if this was ordinary for these cars he said no that he would contact GM. Later that day he called to say GM would not fix the problem I would have to pay. I drove the car slowly and pray it didn't do it again. Today power steering went out again but this time all the gauges on car went crazy. Fuel gauge dropped to empty but I have full tank security light came on and when I tried to make it down driveway it was making funny noises.

- Hurt, VA, USA

problem #489

Aug 152014


  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 55 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system); however, the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The failure mileage was 116,000.

- Coal Grove, OH, USA

problem #488

Sep 052014


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle lost power steering and the power steering, service engine, and service air bag indicators illuminated. The vehicle stalled and was able to be restarted; however, the indicators remained illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle would not shut off, but the key was able to be removed from the ignition. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing and the transmission module was replaced. The contact stated that the vehicle never experienced ignition failure until it was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Murphy, NC, USA

problem #487

Dec 282013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to trouble with vehicle starting. Also, during accident steering locked up and brakes malfunction. The vehicle was totaled.

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #486

Aug 222014


  • miles
Steering problems at times wheel is hard to turn. Feels like wheel sticks.

- Medina, NY, USA

problem #485

Aug 162014


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving in reverse at approximately 5 mph, the steering wheel seized as the power steering light illuminated. The contact turned the ignition off and restarted the vehicle which resumed normal operation. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #484

Aug 152014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Car's power steering failed. This is my 22 year old daughter's car. Luckily she was not going at a high speed or on the highway when this occurred. I took the vehicle to the dealer and was told this was a $1200 repair. Even though a recall was made on this model, it apparently affected only models built at certain factories. GM should recall all these vehicles since this is a known issue with this model.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

problem #483

Aug 162014


  • 100,018 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the power steering failed and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 100,018.

- Berne, IN, USA

problem #482

Mar 132013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
In my words and experience that happened on the day of 03/13/2013, appx 4:30 pm on my way home from work, like any other day over crowded traffic hour, stop and go, I started to experience loss of power in my vehicle. Twice it started loosing power then the vehicle veered towards oncoming traffic I steered to the right and vehicle would not steer back into normal position causing me to go over a dirt embankment and off a cliff, at that point I do not think the engine was running, I literally thought this was the end of my life, going through trees, hitting rocks. There was nothing I could do but to wait to die. Then the vehicle hit something real hard causing the vehicle to roll over and come to a stop. I just remember wanting to get out of the car as fast as I could. I had to crawl out of the passenger side to get out. I didn't see anyone I couldn't see the roadway I was so far down. I heard people yelling if I was ok. I then remembered I needed my purse and my phone to get help so I crawled back into the car I found my purse but no phone or keys until the vehicle was recovered by chp recovery. At the time I didn't feel I needed medical attention, but since the accident my back and my balance are not the same as they use to. I've also been having difficulties with my memory.

- Lk Elsinore, CA, USA

problem #481

Jul 172008


  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the power steering failed without any warnings. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road, where it was turned off for two hours and then restarted. The vehicle resumed its normal operations. The failure recurred on two separate occasions. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 9,000.

- Palmyra, NY, USA

problem #480

Jun 172014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving along, getting off of an exit ramp onto a main hwy, I reached over to turn my defroster off, when the wheel jerked to the left, I attempted to gain control but never got total control although I did get back onto the road. A few seconds later the car jerked again and this time I realized the steering wheel was not moving-it was locked up and I could not turn it. I then hit the guard rail on the North side of the hwy and then came across to the South side hitting the concrete bridge railing. The ignition switch recall had supposedly been corrected but the ignition locked up on this vehicle.

- Prentiss, MS, USA

problem #479

Mar 222014


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 35 mph, the loss of power warning indicator illuminated and the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign numbers: 14E021000 (electrical system: Ignition switch) and 10V073000 (steering), but the failures recurred. The contact also stated that the key would not turn in the ignition and the steering wheel was still difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the computer module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 127,000.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #478

Jan 012012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
In 2012, my 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt was recalled for a power steering. I took my vehicle to a dealership in Nebraska where they performed the work but stated that they did not know how to fix permanently. About a week later, my power steering went out again. I returned to the same dealership and ended up paying to have the repairs done again only to have the power steering go out again within a week or so. I tried talking to the dealership so I could get this issue fixed but they just said they didn't have a way to fix the problem and there was nothing I could do except pay to replace the entire steering column / rack and pinion. When the ignition recall came out, I took the vehicle to hendrick's Chevrolet in cary, nc. They provided a rental car and I waited for 3 months to have that repaired. I assumed they were going to go ahead and fix the power steering since it was involved in another recall and the recall was not ever handled correctly. However, GM stated that the recall had fixed the issue and that they could not do anything for me. I let them know that the car was unsafe and that between the current power steering recall and the one from 2012, there has to be a connection that this car's steering was defective and was not ever properly fixed. GM asked that I come pick my car up and is refusing to do any further repairs because they feel the car is too old and that I waited too long (I wasn't waiting on anything - I had been expecting GM to honor the recall at some point in time. I believe that GM has taken advantage of me because I am a young woman and do not know much about the automotive industry.

- Apex, NC, USA

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