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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
47,636 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt electrical problems

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #127

Sep 052008

Cobalt

  • 200 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the instrument panel gauges fluctuated and the vehicle stalled without warning occasionally. While driving various speeds, the steering failed. The failures were intermittent. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing, but the details could not be provided. The vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign numbers: 10V073000 (steering) and 14E021000 (electrical system), but the remedies failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the vehicle stalled and the power steering seized after the repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200.

- North Pole, AK, USA

problem #126

Jun 172016

Cobalt

  • 40,000 miles
Start of the problem the gauges will go eratic, my car chimes a few dings then theft light comes on. I don't have a theft system. Ls model. Also effects the transmission(automatic) cause it will shift hard and jerk the car. The ac also shuts off during this issue, it will blow air but it won't be cold. Seems like the issue always comes back when it's extremely hot outside. This is an on going issue for about 5 years and it comes and goes. Every mechanic I went to their car reader can't read my car. Also it has happened while I was driving and again when I'm parked and just started the car. And I have had all the recalls fixed that were reported.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #125

May 032010

Cobalt

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at 35 mph, the engine stalled, the steering wheel seized, and all the warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #124

Jan 182016

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving various speeds, the instrument panel gauges fluctuated, the power steering failed, and the transmission shifted abnormally. The security system warning indicator illuminated. The failures occurred sporadically. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 138,000. Updated 06/15/16 the consumer stated all codes read, a loss of communication. Updated 06/28/16.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #123

Feb 102016

Cobalt

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 55 mph, all the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact stated that the power steering failed and the speedometer, fuel gauge, and tachometer needles moved back and forth and displayed inaccurate readings. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the electronic brake control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the remedy did not resolve the issue. The contact stated that the failure continued to occur intermittently. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Mapleton, IA, USA

problem #122

Feb 112015

Cobalt

  • 110,000 miles
Power steering went out while I was driving at a speed of 45 mph. I checked fuse and it was blown. I then but new fuse in and started car. The second I started the car the fuse blew again. The strang thing was that even tho the fues had blown the power steering continued to work until the car was shut off. Also my radio started changing stations by itself and airbag warning came across the dash then a couple days after that started I went to start the car and it wouldn't. radio, outside lights and blinkers, interior lights, and dash lights would all still work, but it seemed that no power was getting to the starter nor the fule pump. At this time the car still won't start

- Marietta, OH, USA

problem #121

Aug 292013

Cobalt

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while parked, the indicators in the instrument panel began to flicker and the steering wheel required force in order to maneuver the vehicle. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Safford, AZ, USA

problem #120

May 012015

Cobalt

  • 132,000 miles
Some times the car will not start, reduced engine power, can not go long distance on turn pike, car will stall out. Fuel/propulsion system, has a problem also, but will not let me click on box above.

- Acton, ME, USA

problem #119

Sep 222015

Cobalt

  • 138,000 miles
The contact owned a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 15 mph, there was a loss of steering, which resulted in a driver side impact collision. The air bags did not deploy. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where the vehicle was deemed destroyed. Prior to the failure, the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. A police report was filed. There were no injuries reported that required medical attention. The failure mileage was 138,000.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #118

Dec 202015

Cobalt

  • miles
"takata recall" when going slow in drive and reverse my car began to have trouble steering. It physically go to the point where I was manually turning it my self with no help from the power steering. The dash lights have gone out, none of them are currently working....I have to drive with a flash light secured to my dash just to see my gauges. I am unable to see any thing else that comes up on my dash that has to be seen by a light. My gear shift lights do not work. I must turn on the dome light in order to see the gear I shift into. Heating/ac lights are gone. Tail lights also are not working. Have changed the light bulbs and still no tail lights.

- Ravenna, OH, USA

problem #117

Jan 012013

Cobalt

  • 50,577 miles

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

One morning when I started my 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt with the 2lt trim package, the airbag readiness light came on and stayed on the whole time I was driving, and at the same time the passenger airbag status indicator off symbol was lit. The car had never been involved in an accident and the approximate millage on my car at this time was 50,577. There was a person setting in the passenger seat that weighed approximately 140 pounds, so the airbag should have been on. Ever since that day, every time I start my car the airbag readiness light and the passenger airbag off lite come on and stays on. I checked the connectors under the passenger seat and all were connected. I took my car, paid out of pocket to have diagnostic testing to get the error codes for this but no codes were shown. Recently I took it to the dealership for the ignition switch safety recall repaired. After reading Chevrolet Cobalt technical service bulletins about airbags, numerous complaints from other Cobalt owners about this exact problem, recalls that had the term airbags mentioned, I decided to tell my concern to the service employees and was told this wasn't covered, that I could pay for them to do testing on it. Seeing as I had already paid for the exact same testing before with no results as to what was wrong, I declined to have it done again. I contacted Chevrolet by email concerning this. They emailed me back asking for additional information. I replyed with that information and have never heard anything back from them. What do those of us who have safety concerns associated with the airbags need to do to get Chevrolet to acknoweledge that this is a problem that needs their attention seeing as this is a common problem with the Cobalts? seeing as Chevrolet has put out technical service bulletins concerning this exact problem proves they are aware of it but have yet to do anything about it.

- Sweetwater, TN, USA

problem #116

Nov 162015

Cobalt

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While parked, the vehicle would not start. The contact stated that when the key was placed in the ignition, the vehicle would not start and the security light became illuminated. The contact attempted to remove the key, but it was locked in the ignition. The vehicle was not towed and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Sparta, WI, USA

problem #115

Apr 072014

Cobalt

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000(electrical system), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the air bag warning light remained illuminated after the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #114

Oct 292015

Cobalt

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that wires melted near the electrical fuel pump and the fuel tank had a crack. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline). The failure mileage was approximately 93,000.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #113

Mar 052015

Cobalt

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While parked, the contact noticed a strong smell of fuel and also noticed a small puddle of fuel on the ground. The vehicle hesitated before it would start. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #112

Sep 012015

Cobalt

  • 84,000 miles
Purchased this vehicle off a used car lot Feb/2015 within a month of use the transmission fluid lines broke. Got back on the road, several months later the check engine light comes on and the power steering sensor as well. The car immediately started to become harder to handle. I'm scared that it will cut out on my wife and infant.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #111

Sep 012014

Cobalt

  • 104,650 miles
Electrical/electronics problem. Symptoms: Dash warning lights (ie: Engine, traction, theft) came on. Digital display warning: Low fuel (over 1/2 tank of gas) power steering (which stopped operating) and transmission service (transmission stopped shifting smoothly). Gauges (speed, fuel and tach) operated erratically, not at all or combination of the two conditions. This condition started with a few of the listed symptoms which initially cleared them selves. Later as more showed at same time, I was able to clear them or sometime they cleared themselves. This happened over a years time. When all symptoms showed and would not clear, I took the vehicle to trusted mechanic. He could not locate problem but due to outstanding ignition switch recall, suggest that repair may fix the problem. Vehicle was taken to dealership and recall service preformed and no other outstanding recalls were found. Vehicle operated without a problem for almost a month before the listed symptoms reappeared. Was able to clear the fault codes but symptoms returned within the day and won't clear. A check of recalls found that a recall for power steering loss as described was issued and done at approx. 49,000 miles. Several electrical system checks were found in maintenance history (done after power steering recall) and preformed before I purchased the vehicle. The issue describe has become worse over time and has effected the safety of not only those operating the vehicle but any one else on the road when this problem manifest itself. Given that the ignition was replaced and the problems persist, I can't believe it was the ignition causing these problems. I will contact GM to see what my options are. Given that GM is paying 900 million to the government in fines, maybe uncle sam could held those of us with GM engineered lemons replace them with something that is safe to drive on the road.

- Ellington, CT, USA

problem #110

Sep 072015

Cobalt

  • 116,500 miles
Multiple times (not only today) my vehicle did not let me open the doors, the passenger door handle had too much give and did not allow my passenger to open their (passenger) door. I had to walk around the car and try to open it from the outside, which did not work, either. After a few minutes of trying I banged my fist next to the lock, which allowed the car to open. This has also happened to me on the driver's side door. Luckily, there was not an emergency, but if there were, if we were in an accident or the car was on fire, we might have been trapped in the vehicle. Another issue the car is having is stereo problems and speaker malfunction. My front speakers do not work at all and the front left (driver speaker) is the one warning chimes come out of, including the blinker. I have researched this problem and it is a very common malfunction. It is not dangerous per SE, but a blinker left on unknowingly could easily result in an accident. I have researched both of the issues online, especially the latter is very common for Cobalt owners. I have contacted GM, and was told I need to get the vehicle diagnosed for my own money, even though it clearly is a malfunction by the parts/flaw in design to get GM customers to pay premiums for fixing parts that should not go wrong.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #109

Jul 302015

Cobalt

  • 92,500 miles
The air bag switched turned on and does not cut off and now the car hesitates to start up. All my recalls have been due to either electrical, steering and ignition problems. Now their is an issue witj the air bag and ignition. It chokes them starts after turning the key all the way to the right but it hesitates to start. This dudnt not happen unitl the air bags light started to stay on.

- Canal Winchester, OH, USA

problem #108

Apr 112015

Cobalt

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the key failed to release from the ignition switch. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system); however, the remedy failed to correct the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

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