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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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,452 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jul 022012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer states problem with vehicle electric power steering the consumer stated the power steering failed while driving in rush hour traffic. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, where they kept it for two days. The consumer continued to experience steering problems after the vehicle was returned to her. The consumer received a recall letter in the mail regarding the electric steering. When she went to the dealer with the recall letter, she was informed it really wasn't a recall. Nevertheless, they worked on the vehicle. She was then informed there was a problem with the airbag. She stated there steering is still an issue, where it would become stiff and difficult to turn.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #20

Jun 182012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 80,100 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline: Delivery fuel pump). The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the fuel system did not exhibit signs of leaking and that the vehicle should be brought back after the contact started to smell gasoline fuel. The vehicle was not serviced per the recall. The dealer advised the contact that they were advised by the manufacturer not to make any repairs on the recalled vehicles if there were no fuel leaks discovered. The vehicle was not repaired. Updated 07/25/12 the power steering motor was replaced. Updated 07/30/12

- Otto, NC, USA

problem #19

Sep 182011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
Was driving interstate about 60mph when steering went out on the Cobalt. Beeping sound alarmed and power steering started to flash on the dash board.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #18

Oct 072010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles

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

2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer was seriously injured when the steering became unresponsive and she drove into a ditch. (lawyer wrote in on behalf of client).

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #17

Nov 012010

Cobalt

  • miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes regarding power steering problem the consumer received a recall notice in the mail regarding the electric power steering. However, when he called the dealer to make an appointment, he was informed the part was not available.

- Zephyrhills, FL, USA

problem #16

May 112001

Cobalt

  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle's steering function was shaky. She received NHTSA campaign recall id number: 10V073000, steering electric power assist system, in May 2010 and contacted the dealer. She was told that her name would be put on a list and when the part arrived they would call her. She called the dealer on July 29,2010 and they stated that her name was not on the list and they only receive two replacement parts a week. The contact was concerned about the safety risk while driving the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were approximately 25,000.

- Ford City , PA, USA

problem #15

Apr 242010

Cobalt

  • 67,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 50 mph, the steering wheel locked and the power steering light illuminated. The contact was able to merge onto the emergency lane and turn the vehicle off. When she looked under the hood there were no visible defects and she was able to continue driving normally. After driving three miles, the power steering light continued to illuminate intermittently. The contact was able to drive the vehicle home. The vehicle had not been taken to an authorized dealer. She called the dealer and was informed that there was a fee in order to perform a diagnostic test. The contact referenced recall 10V073000 (10V073000 steering: Electric power assist system) since it was related to the failure. The current and failure mileages were approximately 67,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #14

Feb 052010

Cobalt

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at speeds of 30 mph, the power steering indicator alarm activated immediately followed by a loss of power steering assist. The steering wheel became extremely tight and difficult to maneuver. The contact was able to locate a recall for the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V073000: Steering: Electric power assist system and contacted the dealer to inquire. The dealer advised she would first need to have a diagnostic performed on the vehicle, at her expense, before honoring the recall. The contact declined. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 44,000 and the current mileage was 46,000.

- The Plains, VA, USA

problem #13

Apr 052010

Cobalt

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that when she attempted to make a left turn, the power steering failed. The dealer told the contact that there were no recalls on the vehicle but the vehicle experienced the same failure as the one described in recall 10V073000 (steering:electric power assist system). The current and failure mileages were approximately 70,000.

- Summerset , KY, USA

problem #12

Apr 012010

(reported on)

Cobalt

  • miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer states power steering issues and suggests a recall.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #11

Jan 272010

Cobalt

  • 50,150 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at speeds of 65 mph, he heard a warning chime followed by the illumination of the power steering warning light. The steering wheel immediately became difficult to turn. The contact was able to use extreme force to maneuver the vehicle off of the highway. The engine was turned off and restarted within a few minutes so that the power steering could reset itself. Although there was a recall for the failure (NHTSA campaign id number 10V073000: Steering: Electric power assist system), the dealer stated that the parts needed to complete the repair were still being manufactured. There were no repairs made to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 50,150 and the current mileage was 50,811. Updated 05/11/10.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #10

Mar 012010

Cobalt

  • 50,300 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at speeds of 20 mph and higher, the power steering warning light would illuminate on the warning panel followed by a series of warning chimes. The contact was able to maneuver the vehicle off of the highway using extreme upper body force. She was concerned, due to medical reasons, that she may not be able to maintain control of the vehicle if the failure occurred again. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that there was a recall for her year (NHTSA campaign id number 10V073000), make and model; however, the manufacturer stated that they could not confirm if her VIN was a part of the recall because they had not devised an owner notification schedule. The failure persisted and there were no repairs made to the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were under 50,300.

- El Reno, OK, USA

problem #9

Feb 152010

Cobalt

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph on normal road conditions. A chime sounded inside of the vehicle and the power steering warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. Immediately, there was a loss of power steering. The driver continued with caution; and experienced extreme difficulty steering. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The power steering module was replaced. The identical failure occurred within a two to three week period after the repair was performed on the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the failure was contributed to the power steering motor. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 10V073000 (steering:electric power assist system). However, the VIN was excluded from the recall defect. The vehicle has not been repaired at this time. The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Sullivan, MO, USA

problem #8

Mar 072010

Cobalt

  • 43,943 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph. There was a loss of power steering without warning. Suddenly, the vehicle swerved off of the road uncontrollably and rolled over into the bushes. The contact was ejected from the vehicle without usage of the seat belt. The driver sustained injuries to the lungs, and ribs. A police report was filed. The vehicle was completely destroyed. The current and failure mileages were unavailable. Updated 5/3/10 the consumer stated she received a recall notice regarding the steering a month after the accident. Updated 07/07/10.

- Valliant, OK, USA

problem #7

Feb 192010

Cobalt

  • 14,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving approximately between 30-40 on normal road conditions. Suddenly, there was a loss of power steering. The driver continued with caution experiencing extreme difficultly in steering. The vehicle was taken to a service station. The engine was turned off. The vehicle restarted and resumed normal operation. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle has not been repaired at this time. The failure 14,500.

- Waverly, WV, USA

problem #6

Feb 192010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The vehicle was purchased new in 2007. She noticed that the key was hard to release from the ignition. In February 2007 the power steering failed under normal driving conditions. The vehicle will be taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The current and the failure mileage were 16,000. Updated 07/19/10 updated 07/21/10

- Hilliard , OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 022010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 45,283 miles
Driving down the road and the power steering goes out on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt. You have to turn the car off and then turn the car back on.. drive 2 more miles, the power steering goes out again. I stopped to get power steering fluid and found out that it is electronic. My mechanic told me it costs $2,000 to get fixed. I bought this car for my 17 year old daughter and I will not let her drive now because it's just too dangerous...only has 45,000 miles on it...pissed off in Georgia!

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #4

Dec 032009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 37,175 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 55 mph the power steering failed. The contact shut the engine off and restarted so that the power steering would reset itself. The failure occurred consistently for two days. The dealer agreed to research the problems and advise them accordingly. The contact stated that there was a warranty on the vehicle but not sure if they will honor it. The failure mileage was 37,175. Updated 1/14/10 updated 01/15/10.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #3

Feb 062009

Cobalt

  • 45,200 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving between 55-65 mph, the steering wheel locked up and the vehicle began to steer in one direction. The contact experienced difficulty steering the wheel. Immediately, the speed was reduced. The power steering warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel and remained lit until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road and the engine was turned off and then restarted. The driver was able to resume normal operation. The failure occurred spontaneously. The authorized dealer was notified of the failure and they stated that the electric power steering was the cause of the failure, but there was no resolution. The failure mileage was 45,200 and current mileage was 51,000.

- Atlanta , GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 152008

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,000 miles
Re: 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Spokane, wa. Events: In a mix of ice, deep slush and snow (with michilin X-ice winter tires on all four wheels), very slippery conditions, low speed (e.g., driving down alley from my garage), failure: The electronic steering became erratic. I felt out of control, couldn't keep the car moving directly forward until I slowed to almost a stop. This was not slipping or skidding that occurs when sliding on ice or snow. Rather, it was the steering wheel having a feel of being disconnected from the wheels. What was done: No repair was sought. I just was especially careful at low speeds. In normal driving, even in icy or snowy condition on the highway at higher speeds there was no problem steering. The steering problem occurred on every occasion throughout the winter that the specific conditions outlined above occurred.

- Spokane, WA, USA

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