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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,690 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt fuel system problems

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #18

Aug 012014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 114,000 miles

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

Getting into car after work, noticed gasoline smell, got out of car walked around and looked under car, did not see any visible leaks on ground. Smell had not been noticeable all of the time and is now worse, can also smell inside car as well as outside. To this day still not seeing any leaks under car have been parking over cardboard larger than the car have also checked under the hood and not seeing anything. Today became sick from the strength of gasoline to the point of vomiting. After reading tonight that others have experienced similar incidents, feel it is necessary to report this issue as I do live in a very hot and humid location that is not part of the listed states that Chevrolet is allowing for this recall, that is unjust. Looks like Chevrolet needs to step up to the plate before people start dying for something they are clearly aware of, again!

- Fayetteville, TN, USA

problem #17

May 142014

Cobalt

  • miles
I was driving and had to pull to the side of the road because the lights kept on going from dim to bright and the automatic lights kept on switching up and down real fast and the car just lost its powersteering there is a strong smell of gas coming from the car and when I put gas in it takes a few minutes to actually crank back up. Im afraid while driving fast the electric problems will cause serious harm. There was a recent recall on this model and all the problems I stated and I need them fixed.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #16

Mar 012013

Cobalt

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (electrical system:ignition:switch) but was not able to have the vehicle serviced because the parts needed would not become available until April 21, 2014. The manufacturer could not provide an exact date for when the contact could schedule an appointment to receive the recall service. Additionally, there was a fuel leak and a strong odor of gasoline in the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who confirmed that the fuel pump was spewing fuel over the top of the engine. The dealer advised the contact that the seal, fuel tank and the fuel pump would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id numbers: 12V459000 (fuel system and gasoline) and 09V419000 (fuel system and gasoline) but was advised that the vehicle was not included in either recall. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #15

Aug 152013

Cobalt

  • 62,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that when starting the vehicle, there was an overpowering gasoline fuel odor inside the vehicle. The contact did not take the vehicle to a dealer or mechanic for a diagnostic test or repairs. The failure mileage was 62,000.

- Towson, MD, USA

problem #14

Jul 222013

Cobalt

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. She employed the assistance of an associate, who was an independent mechanic, and diagnosed the failure to be the fuel pump. He also discovered that the top of the fuel pump had been burned off and caused wires to be exposed, effectively creating a ticking time bomb. The fuel pump was removed and taken to a dealer, who confirmed that there was a defect. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 72,000.

- Willseyville, NY, USA

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problem #13

Feb 172013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The fuel pump plastic part broke causing fuel leakage which then caused the port and module to melt and burn. This caused the car to stop running altogether. Called dealership and was told no recall exists for this manufacturers defect, I called GM an they said its VIN specific and I do not qualify although it's the same model year and defect.

- Needles, CA, USA

problem #12

Dec 302011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 97,567 miles

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

After driving the cabin and trunk area filling up with gasoline fumes.

- New Baltimore, MI, USA

problem #11

Nov 142012

Cobalt

  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle intermittently stalled after starting. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the fuel pump assembly was cracked, and the wires were burned. 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 56,000.

- Doylestown, PA, USA

problem #10

Oct 152012

Cobalt

  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that a strong gasoline fuel odor was noticeable from the exterior and the interior cabin of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician informed the contact that the fuel pump failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The approximate failure mileage was 71,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #9

Nov 072012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The outlet port on the fuel pump cracked and starting leaking gas. There is a recall for this exact problem for my car but it does not include my state of illinios just the warmer states. But we had an extremely hot summer this year. Called GM and they stated my VIN was not under the recall. I have read numerous comments where this same problem has happened to other people in states that we not under the recall.

- Colona, IL, USA

problem #8

Jun 152012

Cobalt

  • 50,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that there was a gasoline fuel smell in the interior of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who inspected the vehicle and advised that the fuel pump module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified who advised the contact that there were no recalls for the failure and offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Springer, NM, USA

problem #7

Sep 042012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
Fuel pump was cracked causing a fuel leak.

- Seminole, FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 012009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
There is a strong fuel odor. It appears the problem is the same as the NHTSA campaign id number: 12V459000. That id number covers recalls in several states but Tennessee is not included. I believe Tennessee should be included in the recall as well.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #5

Sep 272012

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle was consuming more fuel than normal. In addition, the vehicle lost acceleration power and a gasoline fuel odor was present in the vehicle cabin. Upon inspection, it was discovered that the vehicle was leaking fuel. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline: Delivery: Fuel pump). The failure and current mileages were unavailable.

- Lehigh Acres , FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 122012

Cobalt

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited a gasoline fuel leak. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they advised that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. In addition, the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The vehicle was not repaired.the manufacturer was notified and confirmed that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 116,000.

- Purcell, OK, USA

problem #3

Sep 112012

Cobalt

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that there was a crack in the fuel line of the fuel pump module, which was mounted on top of the fuel tank. The vehicle was parked when he noticed a pool of gasoline on the ground. In addition, the contact stated that while the engine was running, gasoline was leaking on top of the fuel tank. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who inspected the vehicle and informed him that the fuel pump module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified who advised the contact that there were no recalls for the vehicle and that they could file a complaint for the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Wake Village, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 192012

Cobalt

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at any speed fuel fumes were emitted inside the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed a fuel leak. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who decided to replace the fuel pump. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump) that may be related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Converse, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 052012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
Noticed a fuel smell in the car for about 3 days. Disconnected the fuel tank and noticed fuel leaking from the fuel pump. Upon further inspection it was the plastic sending line on top of the fuel pump that had developed a crack, resulting in fuel leak. Replaced the fuel pump, now no fuel leak or fuel smells.

- Pomona, CA, USA

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