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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
33 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
22 / 5
Average Mileage:
54,938 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 3 of 12)

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problem #182

Aug 192015

Cobalt

  • 20,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the power steering assist motor was damaged an needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure occurred on two separate occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Springboro, OH, USA

problem #181

Jul 072015

Cobalt

  • 62,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at 40 mph, the power steering warning indicator illuminated, an abnormal noise emitted, and the power steering became inoperable. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 62,500.

- Maple Shade, NJ, USA

problem #180

Jul 012015

Cobalt

  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 10 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 124,000.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #179

Jun 022015

Cobalt

  • 206,110 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While making a left turn, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 206,110.

- Thibodaux, LA, USA

problem #178

May 262015

Cobalt

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at various speeds, the lights on the instrument panel illuminated and the power steering became difficult to maneuver. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Nelsonville, OH, USA

problem #177

May 022015

Cobalt

  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While making a left turn at 20 mph, the steering wheel seized and became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to turn the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the power steering motor, steering column, and another part needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The failure mileage was 73,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #176

May 022015

Cobalt

  • 70,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at 20 mph, the steering wheel seized and excessive force on the steering wheel was required. The contact stated that when making a left or right turn, there was abnormal noise coming from the steering wheel. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed with a electric power steering motor failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #175

Apr 102015

Cobalt

  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #174

Feb 102015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
I was on my way to pick up my sister, started to car and it would not turn while backing up so I re-park. The next day I tried it again, the steering wheel was fine so I drove the car again till it happen again yesterday, April 22, 2015 around 4P.M. when I was driving to pick up my grandson from his job.. I came home and it is park on the lot. Hard of steering is what happen, it is a good thing I was only going this second time, starting from a corner turn, so my speed was very slow.

- Farmington, NM, USA

problem #173

Apr 152015

Cobalt

  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized and excessive force was required to control the steering wheel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #172

Apr 112015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles

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

Sudden loss of power steering. This is the third time it happened. GM has issued a massive recall about this but refuses to include this vehicle, even though other 2008 Cobalts are covered.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #171

Mar 032015

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle seized and the power steering warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that the steering wheel became difficult to turn as the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the power steering motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number:10V073000 (steering). The failure mileage was unknown.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #170

Dec 072014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 91,500 miles
On 12/7/14, my power steering went out while I was backing up. When I turned the car off and back on a few minutes later, the power steering came back. I took the car to the dealership on 12/12/14 and was told the steering column was faulty and paid about $830 for it to be replaced. On 2/25/15, the power steering went out again. I took it back to the same dealership and was told that the steering column that was put in two months before was also faulty. It was replaced free of charge since the original repair was still under warranty. Eleven days later, on 3/8/15, the power steering went out again. This time when I took it back to the dealership, I was told the batter cables were lose and that the battery failed the load test, and that this is what was causing the power steering to go out this time, but they still insisted that it was the steering columns the first two times. I was told if I paid for the battery, the labor would be free. I had the battery replaced elsewhere and have filed a complaint with GM's corporate customer service center and the BBB. I will also file a complaint with the AZ attorney general's office since the issue has not been rectified.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #169

Feb 282015

Cobalt

  • 106,404 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at approximate 15 mph the steering wheel failed without warning and the steering wheel became hard to turn. The contact was able to merge onto the side of road. The contact also stated that NHTSA campaign number 10V073000 (steering) was performed one and a half year ago; however the repair failed to correct the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 106,404.

- Cajuas, PR, USA

problem #168

Sep 302014

Cobalt

  • 65,306 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that after the push button starter was deactivated, the front driver and passenger side doors failed to unlock. The contact activated the remote key fob to exit from the front driver's side door. In addition, both turn signals became inoperable. The air bag on indicator and tire pressure monitoring system failed to function. The failures occurred after the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure was mileage 65,306.

- Kulpmont, PA, USA

problem #167

Dec 182014

Cobalt

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the turn signal flasher and the front passenger door latches became inoperable intermittently. Also, the contact mentioned that the tire gauges were misreading the opposite tires and when attempting to turn the steering wheel a warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. The VIN was not available.

- Kulpmont, PA, USA

problem #166

Feb 062014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 101,653 miles
Power steering failed. Chapman Chevrolet in tempe AZ said that steering column needed to be replaced. Charged $970 to replace it. May 26 the power steering again failed and this time there was a recall for electric power steering motor was under recall and parts unavailable. About a month and 1/2 late repairs were made. August 2,2014 again failed and.again power steering motor was replaced. Chapman Chevrolet and GM are refusing to pay for the original amount paid for replacement of the steering column even though the steering column was replaced on numerous GM cars including 2010 Cobalts, , 2004/05/06/08/09 Malibu, Saturn aura 2008/09, chev HHR 2009/10, . it is probably the same steering column used in all these vehicles including the 2008 Cobalt.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #165

Dec 012014

Cobalt

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the power steering motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V073000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #164

Mar 212014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. When turning the steering wheel, the traction control warning light illuminated and the contact lost control of the vehicle. In addition, there was a loud abnormal noise coming from the wheels. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the power steering control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 77,000. Updated 01/23/15 updated 06/9/2015

- Dunn, NC, USA

problem #163

Dec 072014

Cobalt

  • miles
I was driving on the freeway when I changed lanes and lost control of my vehicle. My anti-lock braking system did not work as it was supposed to; my traction control did not work as it was suppose to, which resulted in me losing control of my vehicle and hitting another vehicle. A month earlier, I took my vehicle to rancho motor company to have a recall part on my vehicle fixed. They noticed that my ABS and traction control lights were on. They ran a diagnostics test on the vehicle. When I picked up my vehicle, they informed me there was nothing physically wrong with my vehicles ABS and traction control systems but the software was outdated and needed to be updated.

- Barstow, CA, USA

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