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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 3 of 5)

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problem #41

Sep 162014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles

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

Strong smell of gas... gas leaking.

- Phoenix , AZ, USA

problem #40

Feb 242010

Cobalt

  • miles
I bought the vehicle new. I was driving the vehicle and it cut off. I heard a pop. Vehicle would not crank back up. I parked, locked vehicle and had to walk to get help. By the time I returned, the vehicle was gone. The vehicle had caught fire after I left to get help and the police called the fire departement and had fire put out and vehicle towed.

- Phenix City, AL, USA

problem #39

May 282014

Cobalt

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 50 mph, the contact noticed a burning odor. Approximately 15 minutes later, the contact turned off the vehicle and it would not restart. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #38

Nov 152012

Cobalt

  • 65,000 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 the vehicle was leaking fuel. The vehicle was taken to dealer. The technician diagnose that the fuel line that connected the pump to the fuel tank needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, the problem recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The technician stated that the return port on the fuel pump was cracked causing the leak. As a result, the fuel pump and fuel tank needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline). The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #37

May 122014

Cobalt

  • 148,400 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that fuel fumes were emitted inside of the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 148,400.

- Woodville, MS, USA

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problem #36

Feb 012011

Cobalt

  • 63,000 miles
Fuel leaks from fuel tank filler neck. Verified that fuel was not coming from fuel pump as was addressed in the current recall for model year 2007. A check of online forums resulted in several owners experiencing the same problem, being referred to the fuel pump recall, and the problem not being addressed.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #35

Dec 032012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles

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

Strong odor of fuel coming form the fuel pump / tank area. Some of the various models & years were recalled, but not this car. When the car became hard to start, I replaced the fuel pump myself and that solved the problem and the fuel odor went away. We took the car to the Chevrolet dealer in December of 2011 to address an unrelated recall. They were made aware of the problem and acknowledged that there was a problem but stated "this car was not covered by a recall". in the last few weeks we didn't park the car inside of the garage because we thought it would catch fire.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #34

Apr 032013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
I received a letter from Chevrolet warning me of the chance of a leak in a part leading to a fuel pump and the chance of a vehicle fire from the leak of gasoline. They did not offer to replace the part. I could not believe this. I think of the senario where one driving on the highway late at night and the leak of gasoline occurs in a desolate area. Chevrolet says to take the car to a Chevrolet dealer when you smell the gasoline. An ignition spark can cause a fire in your vehicle. The car should immediately be parked and the engine shut off. Chevrolet's response is ridiculous. That part should be replaced before that senario occurs. Please make Chevrolet recall the 2008 Cobalt before someone is seriously injured.

- Catlettsburg, KY, USA

problem #33

Jan 232013

Cobalt

  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, she smelled fuel inside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who informed the contact that the plastic component on the fuel pump had fractured. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA camapign id number 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline). The failure and current mileages were approximately 99,000.

- North Lake, TX, USA

problem #32

Aug 082012

Cobalt

  • 67,839 miles
My vehicle had a strong gasoline smell which persisted although I could find no trace of leakage. When I took it to my independent repair facility I was informed that the pump had a cracked supply port on the fuel pump which was leaking when the current was applied, being that this is my only vehicle, I was compelled to have the repair done at a cost to me of $961.42 which included the replacement of the fuel filter as my mechanic advised me that not replacing the filter would impede the efficiency of the new pump module. The following day, I inquired of Chevrolet as to whether this problem was involved in any ongoing recall and was told at that time that it was not. In November, I was notified by mail that this vehicle was now included in a safety recall (12190) [NHTSA# 12V459] following the instructions included in my correspondence, I took the vehicle into a Chevrolet dealer (power Chevrolet / mesa, AZ) at which time the module was inspected and found to be acceptable and approved. I submitted my documentation for, and requested a full reimbursement. In early January of this year I received a check in the amount of $700. When I contacted Chevy as to why I did not receive full reimbursement, I was told that my independent repair facility had "over charged" me for the fuel pump module and, had I taken it to the dealer initially, it is standard procedure to not replace the fuel filter!! in the correspondence I received from Chevrolet informing me of this safety recall it is stated in two places that this situation would be rectified "at no cost" to me. After many ambiguous phone calls I was informed that the $700 was a "final decision". what can be done to inform other owners of this vehicle that they cannot expect full reimbursement, other than expressing my dissatisfaction on my social network? ref: Chevy case#[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #31

Oct 102012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles

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

The car began smelling strongly of gas and became difficult to start. There is a leak in the fuel system. There are recalls due to fuel leaks in my state for the 2007 and 2009 Cobalt, however, for my 2008 model the recall is only in Arizona. My vehicle is having the same issues and should be recalled as well.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #30

Nov 012012

Cobalt

  • 61,767 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while parked, she exited the vehicle and smelled gasoline fuel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician advised the contact that the fuel pump module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and the current mileage was 61,767.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #29

Nov 152012

Cobalt

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle was leaking fuel at an alarming rate. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was confirmed that the fuel pump had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The failure mileage was 40,000.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #28

Oct 042012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The cabin of the vehicle had the smell of fuel fumes, especially when filling up the vehicle. Saw on tv that the Cobalt had a fuel system recall and assumed that was the problem. The problem was the fuel tank was cracked at the fill neck. I had to pay to replace the fuel tank ($690), GM paid for the part being recalled.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #27

Oct 172012

Cobalt

  • 73,429 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that gasoline fuel fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that there was a fuel leak and the fuel pump module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included on any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 73,429.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #26

Oct 262012

Cobalt

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 40 mph, the contact smelled a gasoline fuel odor coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician advised that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 108,000.

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

problem #25

Sep 282012

Cobalt

  • 52,277 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited a fuel leak from the top filler and onto the fuel tank. The vehicle was taken to an auto mechanic who replaced the fuel pump unit. The manufacturer was notified who stated that although there was a recall for the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline: Delivery: Fuel pump), the contact's VIN was not included in the recall campaign. The vehicle was repaired by the contact. The failure mileage was 52,277.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #24

Sep 042012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Upon parking my 2008 Cobalt, I could smell raw (unburned) gas. I did not see any drips on the ground but when I inspected underneath the vehicle; the fuel pump area near the gas tank, I could see liquid gas trails coming down and a build up of dirt which had coated the surrounding area due to the gas that had leaked and dried. The Cobalt was hesitating, the engine was surging and I also noticed a small drop in fuel mileage. I took my Cobalt to a local repair shop and they told me there was a crack in the fuel pump assembly and showed me the fuel pump assembly and I observed a leak at the connection where the fuel lines are attached to the fuel pump. They were unable to repair the leak because it is all plastic so they replaced the fuel pump assembly. It appears that in time this new assembly will fail again due to its design and I will have a recurring problem.

- Azle, TX, USA

problem #23

Sep 182012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 57,300 miles
My vehicle started have a slight gas odor when stopped or parked. Within a couple of days the gas smell from fumes are very strong. I have to drive with the windows down to even use the vehicle (living in Texas is it hot and makes it hotter with the window down) the car seems to now make a clicking noise when starting, and seems to not have the gas mileage that it use to. I am afraid of something igniting the gas with such strong fumes. I called parkway Chevrolet in tomball Texas as was told that a recall was coming, but it was not out yet. I was told that I have to pay out of pocket or fear ignition of the fumes from the vehicle. We are in the middle of international adoption and money is tight. Can you give any indication of when this would be an actual recall" and when it might be mailed out" it saddens me to see that they know a recall is coming and wont fix a vehicle with apparent dangers. Also now my passenger airbag light is coming on saying that it needs attention.

- Spring , TX, USA

problem #22

Sep 142012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 63,800 miles
Within the past few weeks I have noticed a strong smell of gas outside my car. The smell is very strong right after making a trip, even short trips, and still has strong smell when car hasn't been used. Others have noticed the gas smell when approaching my car while it is running and after I stop the car! there is nothing leaking out from under my car or around the motor that I can see. It is beginning to have smell in my car now, and makes me very nervous to drive it cause I don't know what is causing this and if it will catch fire!!! something needs to be done about this serious issue!!

- Thibodaux, LA, USA

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