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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,195 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 202015


  • 80,390 miles


I am using my partner's grandparent's 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt ls to get back and for to work. This morning I got up as usual, and went out to my car to let it warm up. I started my car, mind you I keep the driver's side door open because my car automatically locks, and started the car. Doors locked as per usual. However, upon hitting the unlock button on my key fob, the driver's side door would not unlock, passenger side did. I rolled down the window and closed the door, I didn't have a choice, I have to work. Anyway, I had to climb in through either the open window or the passenger side. I called reeder Chevrolet in knoxville and they stated that it would be several hundred dollars to fix potentially one of two parts in the vehicle. I wouldn't have minded if I hadn't done my research and found out that there have been several hundred different people who have had the same problem, and no one has done a recall on this or done anything about it. The dealers half the time say they don't know what is causing it or they have never heard of it before. I would greatly appreciate it if someone actually did a recall because this is ridiculous.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jul 092010


  • miles
Chrome cover on 2008 Chevy Cobalt driver side door handle. Upon searching the internet found four other incidents in regards to this problem.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

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