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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,780 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt brakes problems

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 282011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 68,122 miles


At random the vehicle will suddenly exhibit ESC failure, traction control failure, and several other trouble codes while simultaneously losing all gauge function and power steering. The error will continue to escalate causing a malfunction in the electronic stability control mechanism causing grinding while turning. The error often subsides after shutting the ignition off for several minutes.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

May 172012


  • 110,000 miles
When driving the traction control and ABS warning come on together and it makes the car shake during braking.

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 302012


  • 91,000 miles
The electronic stability control light is on all the time as well as traction control. Also I took the car in for the key not coming out of the steering and came out of dealership with a broken turn signal (it works but I hear a clicking sound when I turn the steering wheel).

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 302010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the low traction warning light illuminated and the vehicle would not accelerate when the accelerator pedal was applied. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who checked the tires and test drove the vehicle; the dealer stated that there was nothing wrong. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Holland, MA, USA

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