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2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,582 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt fuel system problems

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #61

Mar 052015

Cobalt

  • 80,000 miles

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

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 #60

Sep 022015

Cobalt

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While parked, there was a fuel odor coming from the fuel tank. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the vehicle was unable to be diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline). The approximate failure mileage was 112,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #59

Sep 282015

Cobalt

  • 150,000 miles
Fuel line leaking gas at fuel tank. Dealer said not covered by any recalls or campaigns, although this seems to be a common problem with this vehicle. Quoted $950 to repair. Appears campaign covers Cobalts from southern states, but not others. Very serious safety issue as car could catch fire. Car has 150,000 miles

- Ravenna, OH, USA

problem #58

May 282015

Cobalt

  • 89,000 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 there were fuel fumes emitting intermittently in and around the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the fuel pump module and the fuel lines were corroded which were causing fuel to leak. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that the vehicle was included under NHTSA campaign number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Kent, OH, USA

problem #57

Aug 242015

Cobalt

  • 89,759 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. After the vehicle was parked, a fuel odor was present. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the fuel line was fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline). The failure mileage was 89,759.

- Springfield , MO, USA

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problem #56

Sep 082015

Cobalt

  • 120,000 miles
Fuel is pouring out of the top of fuel tank.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #55

Aug 282015

Cobalt

  • 101,263 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 vehicle was turned to the on position and there was a strong odor of fuel coming from the vehicle. The contact stated that after exiting the vehicle the odor was strong. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline). The failure mileage was approximately 101,263.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #54

Jan 062015

Cobalt

  • miles
Car splitters when pressing gas. Car won't go but 40 mph while driving and shuts off. Dash shows fuel power reduction message. Car is not safe to drive.

- Stone Mountain , GA, USA

problem #53

Jun 252015

Cobalt

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that there were strong fuel fumes emitting from the outside of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Monroe, GA, USA

problem #52

Jun 012015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Car hesitates when trying to start. Strong smell of gas but no sign of leaks. Updated 09/01/2015 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired at no charge to the owner. The fuel pump and lines were replaced. Updated 10/27/2015

- Maumelle, AR, USA

problem #51

Apr 102015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 79,251 miles

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

When the car was left running gas was found leaking from under the drivers side door. The channel that the gas lines run in was soaked in gas, a open flame would have caused the car to catch fire. I had the gas lines replaced and there were 7 leaks on both gas lines and they were 90% rusted from the front of the motor to the gas tank.

- Auburn, MI, USA

problem #50

Apr 012015

Cobalt

  • 67,297 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that fuel fumes emitted into the vehicle. The contact noticed a fuel leak above the tank. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a diagnostic of the failure. The technician verified there was a fuel leak and the fuel pump module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline). The approximate failure mileage was 67,297.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #49

Jan 102015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 207,634 miles
1/10/15, kept thinking I was smelling gas while driving for several weeks, then on the 10th of January 2015 I pulled in and parked car in garage. Several hours later, I returned and noted a small puddle by drivers door. I inspected it and smelled it, yes it was gasoline. I started the car to move it back to see how much it leaked, it was then that fuel began running out everywhere around my shoes, had 1/2 tank. I shut off the car, as it scared me. And low fuel light came on. It still sets I'm my garage now. I noted many!!! complaints about this same problem. I am upset as I was not aware of this and a fire could have occurred with small children in car seats in the back. Thanks GM.

- Nashville, IN, USA

problem #48

Dec 292014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
My fuel tank is leaking and this is apparently an issue that GM is aware of, as they have discontinued the fuel tank. This is a major safety issue and should be subject to recall.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #47

Oct 222014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
Noted fuel smell under car. Found puddle of fuel and corroded fuel lines at a plastic chassis bracket. Lines are coming from the pump running forward under the passenger door. Witnessed fuel dripping. Fuel lines are only inches from exhaust pipe which could be a source of ignition fire. Several online discussion boards mention this same issue as a problem with the Cobalt. There is a recall on the fuel pump but not on the fuel lines? this defect/poor quality fuel line material should be recalled as its a major fire/safety issue.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #46

Oct 062014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Owner of a 2008 Chevy Cobalt, recently started having a strong smell of gasoline in and around vehicle after driving and even after the car had sat over night. Had vehicle diagnosed and was told that fuel was leaking on top of the fuel tank. Upon research I found that there have been several recalls and many complaints for this exact problem, but recalls are only in certain states. I'm sorry Chevrolet doesn't take the safety of it's customers seriously as I no longer feel safe driving my young children in this car. Chevrolet please explain how being in a different state changes the fact that you made a car with yet another defective part yet you will not take responsibility for all the vehicles that you put it in"?"

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #45

Oct 012014

Cobalt

  • 87,608 miles
Once my ignition switch was repaired per the recall, I began smelling gas inside and outside of the vehicle. No check engine light has come on but the smell has been getting worse and worse. When the car sits for a long or short period of time it has difficulty starting; also since the ignition switch was replaced an electrical issue began.

- Langehorne, PA, USA

problem #44

Sep 012014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving various speeds, the contact smelled fuel inside the vehicle. The contact discovered that the plastic tubes attached to the fuel tank were covered with fuel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 57,000. Updated 11/20/14 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired by the dealer free of charge. Updated 5/4/2015

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #43

Sep 012014

Cobalt

  • 57,000 miles
Strong fuel smell after driving, noticed wet spots on plastic tubes going into gas tank that smelled like gas.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #42

Sep 252014

Cobalt

  • 105,000 miles
Strong smell of gasoline. Fuel leaking onto the ground. Repair garage stated the problems was cracked port on the fuel pump exactly like existing recall states (GM campaign number 12190). According to GM my vehicle is not part of the recall even though it is the same make, model and year, with the same defect. This recall needs to be expanded to include other vehicles (including my own) that are clearly defective.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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