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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

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 8 of 28)

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problem #417

Mar 042013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 49,800 miles

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

Pulling out of parking space turning felt steering was hard and not straightening out, turning right or left is very stiff.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #416

Feb 012011

Cobalt

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that after inserting the key in the ignition, all of the warning lights on the instrument panel illuminated and the power steering assist failed. The contact was able to drive the vehicle and the power steering assist functioned as normal, but the warning lights remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where they advised that the electrical ignition failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact mentioned that she started to notice the failure after having recall repairs performed on the vehicle under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V073000 (steering). The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000. The current mileage was approximately 101,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- East Helena, MT, USA

problem #415

Jun 132012

Cobalt

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the power steering assist failed. The failure recurred numerous times. The manufacturer notified the contact of a recall for the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V073000 (steering). The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the vehicle was repaired under the recall. The following day, the power steering failed again. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the BCM cylinder would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred the following day. The dealer was notified and the vehicle was returned to the dealer. The contact was awaiting diagnosis. The vehicle was not yet repaired. The failure mileage was 35,000 and the current mileage was 98,000.

- West Point, GA, USA

problem #414

Dec 212012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 70,000 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 while driving 45 mph, she depressed the brake pedal and the steering wheel independently turned to the left, causing the vehicle to crash into a brick wall. The air bags deployed however, the contact was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries to her left foot, ankle wrist and pains to her chest. The contact had to be cut out of the vehicle, which was destroyed. A police report was filed of the incident. The cause of failure was unknown. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #413

Nov 042008

Cobalt

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the power steering warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 99,000.

- Grants, NM, USA

problem #412

May 072012

Cobalt

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph he noticed a rattling sound coming from the steering column. After inspecting the vehicle the contact noticed the connection between the steering shaft and the steering column was about to fracture.the vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Coon Rapids, MN, USA

problem #411

Sep 282012

Cobalt

  • 151,000 miles

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

Battery died in car, had to jump the car. Car started fine, steering seemed to be a little tight. After a few minutes of driving the tightness in the steering went away. However upon arriving at home the key would not come out of the ignition, and the shifter would shift into any gear easily without having to press in the shifter button. Also in attempts to remove the key the steering wheel is now locked all the way to the right with the wheels locked in the right position. Was able to remove key from ignition by locating the emergency key release switch under the steering column but car will not start now as key wont turn all the way, and shifter still shifts into any gear without having to press the shifter button. Car was parked front first against building so I have no idea how I will get it towed out of there to a shop to fix it! I suspect the shifter cable assembly at the end of the shifter which is made out of plastic is broken. Will verify when its taken apart. I have seen at least 50 other cases on the internet where this piece breaks and causes the car not to register it being in park and will not release key from ignition. GM recalled certain years for shifter problems but not the 2007 unfortunately!

- Logansport, IN, USA

problem #410

Sep 142012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Power steering went out when I was turning around in my drive way.. causing me to hit and damage my garage door..causing 2,000. In damage. This car has already had the power steering recall work done..but the power steering is still going in and out...major problem..very dangerous!

- West Point, GA, USA

problem #409

Apr 042011

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for NHTSA recall campaign id number: 10V073000 (steering: Electric power assist system) for the power steering. The contact stated that the remedy failed to repair the problem and as a result, the gauges stopped working. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who decided to have the circuit cleared, but that the failure still occurred. The contact stated that the air conditioning failed as well. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 66,690.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #408

Sep 232009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
Sometimes while driving or sometimes when I try to start my car my gauges go crazy and the needles bounce around and the security light comes on, I completely lose my power steering at first it was just an occasional thing but now its been constant for two days.

- Otto, NY, USA

problem #407

Jun 292012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 100,213 miles

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

I am in atlanta, Georgia where the weather is 104'. I began to drive on the highway and parked my car in a garage where I began to smell gas. Then as the days went on I smelled the gas stronger and fumes. I was riding my little 1 year old cousin around when I noticed a gas leak from the car. He then began to cough and I immediately switched vehicles for his safety. I was told that the Cobalts had a recall on fuel systems but mine was not covered. I did have a power wheel steering recall which I did not understand why I didn't have a fuel system recall. I would think they messed up both at the same time. I need this fixed as soon as possible because the heat is rising outside and the gas is actually spilling from the tank. This is a dangerous issue which I shouldn't have to fix if the manufacturer created so many.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #406

May 012011

Cobalt

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the power steering assist failed. The vehicle was then shut off and upon restarting, the power steering returned. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The power steering motor was replaced. The following day, the power steering failed again. The vehicle was returned to the dealer for diagnosis and the contact was told that the failure was caused by an electrical issue and would not be covered under warranty. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 80,000. The VIN was not available.

- East Stroudsdurg, PA, USA

problem #405

Jun 062012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Started down the road and lost control of the car the power steering light came on and there was a lot of play in the wheel. I then attempted to get it back home where it was very hard to turn and the dash computer was all haywire not showing correct data. This supposedly had been fixed under a recall just 5 months prior to me purchasing.

- Gobles, MI, USA

problem #404

May 242012

Cobalt

  • 49,000 miles
The steering wheel completely died on me in a middle of a highway exit. A message came on saying power steering. It was incredibly hard to turn either way. I had about 5 miles to home and drove the car in that condition. I did not know what was going on. In April of 2010 I had received a letter from GM about a recall; however, that letter informed me not to act and worry until I received a second letter from them, which I never received. I had almost forgotten about the issue until last night!!!

- Asheboro, NC, USA

problem #403

May 242012

Cobalt

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving 20 mph when he noticed that the power steering assist failed and the steering wheel seized. The power steering warning light illuminated as the failure occurred. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacture was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 75,000.

- Wichita , KS, USA

problem #402

Mar 062012

Cobalt

  • miles
On March 4, 2011 I had my 2007 Cobalt's electrical power steering fixed due to the recall I received in the mail. This was as emich chevorlet in Colorado. Recently I have been having issues making turns at slower speeds and sometime unable to turn at all. I contacted my personal shop and was told the dealer needed to do the work and the recall should have fixed this defunct part. I contacted the dealer today who straight away told me it was not their problem. If you scour the internet numerous people are still posting that even after the recall these parts (steering) are still failing and causing accidents. I should not have top pay for a part that cannot last a year and 3 days.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #401

Jan 312012

Cobalt

  • 35,236 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the steering wheel was very difficult to maneuver when the vehicle was stopped. The contact began to drive and the steering wheel remained very stiff. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 10V073000 (steering:electric power assist system). The failure mileage was 35,236.

- Lyons, IL, USA

problem #400

Jan 142012

Cobalt

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving 10 mph when all of the warning lamps illuminated on the instrument panel and the power steering failed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 89,000.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #399

Nov 152011

Cobalt

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving 35 mph and attempting a right turn when the steering wheel seized. The steering warning light illuminated during the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 75,000.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #398

Dec 302011

Cobalt

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V073000 (steering:electric power assist system). One day after the vehicle was repaired, the driver was driving approximately 45 mph when the steering wheel seized and all of the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- West Point, GA, USA

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