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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

steering problem

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 1 of 12)

problem #222

Oct 052016

Cobalt

  • 41,890 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While attempting to make a turn, the steering wheel required excessive force. The steering wheel also emitted a roaring noise and the power steering failed. The contact also noticed that the vehicle was missing a reservoir to place the power steering fluid into the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 41,890.

- Huntersville, NC, USA

problem #221

Aug 122016

Cobalt

  • 133,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at low speeds, the steering wheel tightened up when turning and made an abnormal popping noise. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 133,000.

- Russellville, OH, USA

problem #220

Oct 012016

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While making a turn, the power steering failed to function. The contact had to abruptly coast the vehicle and exert force to turn the steering wheel into a parking lot. The vehicle was turned off and restarted, but the failure randomly continued. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #219

Oct 012016

Cobalt

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While straightening the steering wheel from turning near a curb, the steering wheel became tight and seized. The contact was able to pull into a store parking lot and, upon reversing, the steering wheel seized again. The contact turned the vehicle off and back on to reset the computer. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence and parked due to the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Castleberry, AL, USA

problem #218

Sep 292016

Cobalt

  • 89,000 miles
Loss of power steering assistant multiply times during a week

- Tolleson, AZ, USA

problem #217

Sep 122008

Cobalt

  • 107 miles
Electrical dash panel gauges bounce. Power steering comes and goes. Engine cuts out & idols oddly, ever since I bought the vehicle I have problems with the power steering and electronic dash cluster.

- North Pole, AK, USA

problem #216

Sep 092016

Cobalt

  • 75,000 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 any speed, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken to local mechanic who diagnosed that the steering column fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. There were no recalls. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #215

Jul 152016

Cobalt

  • 97,000 miles
While driving at low speeds (30mph) the power steering light came on. The car stalled, the wheel tightened up, the symbol with a locked car turned on. The speedometer started moving up and down crazyly. Check engine light came on as well. I moved to the side because it was really difficult to control and as I did the car just kept stalling worse and worse. Once I pulled over I turned off the car. I wasnt as freaked out as the first time this occurred since this has happened numerous of times and I've taken it to 3 different mechanics who don't know how to fix it at all. It's very scary it also happened while going at 60mph and all I do is pull over and then call the tow or drive it at low speeds home. I'm sure I fall in the category for a recall but have never gotten a recall letter. Its extremely dangerous and scary to drive with fear of this happening at anytime specially when you carry passengers. Alot of other people have the same problem as me and it's annoying hopefully GM fixes this problem for us all.

- Royal City, WA, USA

problem #214

Sep 052008

Cobalt

  • 200 miles
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 #213

Jul 012016

Cobalt

  • 73,169 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the steering wheel was extremely tight and difficult to turn. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection, but the diagnostic results and repair details were unknown. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 73,169.

- Hewlett, NY, USA

problem #212

Jul 142016

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 driving at any speed, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The failure mileage was 80,000.

- League, TX, USA

problem #211

Jul 162016

Cobalt

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at an unknown speed, the power steering failed and the steering became extremely difficult to steer. The contact mentioned that the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and refused to provide any assistance since the vehicle was previously repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Pinson, AL, USA

problem #210

May 232016

Cobalt

  • miles
Power steering is lost at times hard to turn once car is started at times.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #209

May 272016

Cobalt

  • 81,344 miles
Started car and received error code stating that power steering was not working. Drove around my apartment complex and confirmed that it is not working. I understand there was a recall for my year, make and model for power steering but I did not receive notice of that recall.

- Allison Park, PA, USA

problem #208

May 092016

Cobalt

  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. When the vehicle was started, the power steering light remained illuminated. When the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle accelerated, but the power steering failed. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 129,000.

- Melrose Park, IL, USA

problem #207

May 232016

Cobalt

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that after the vehicle started, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver as the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure and it was unknown if the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The failure mileage was 36,000. The VIN was not available.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #206

May 032016

Cobalt

  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized when driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and a dealer. The vehicle was repaired less than year ago under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering) but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 138,000....updated 06/30/16

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #205

Feb 102016

Cobalt

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the steering wheel became tight when driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Corydon, IN, USA

problem #204

Mar 262016

Cobalt

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While making a left turn at approximately 25 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was previously serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The failure mileage was 86,000. Updated 05/18/16

- Bismarck, ND, USA

problem #203

Mar 282016

Cobalt

  • 5 miles
08 Chevy Cobalt sudden loss of power steering while driving in heavy atl traffic. Called the Chevy dealership they informed me that my recall was fixed an I would have to pay out of pocket to correct the problem.thank god I didn't get into a accident because they could care less. Power steering disaster

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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