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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,762 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt electrical problems

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #52

Jun 062014

Cobalt 4-cyl Diesel

  • 49,200 miles

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

On June 6 I was traveling on the highway going to my home with my family I was going about 40 miles. When I try to make a left turn the steering wheel got tight and when I try to stop I had to pull over to the side of the road I almost had an terrible accident my wife is still in shock. Thank god I did not wreak my car. Rite now I cant drive my car. I am very scared. I received a recall mail to fix my ignition switch but still waiting.I would like my steering and ignition to be fix. I will appreciate your cooperation on this matter [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #51

Oct 282013

Cobalt

  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated there were numerous attempts before the vehicle could be started. The failure occurred only after the vehicle was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bag, electrical system). The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 22,000.

- Mogadore, OH, USA

problem #50

Mar 012014

Cobalt

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 10 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact attempted to have the vehicle repaired under NHTSA campaign number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) but was informed that the parts were not available. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Towanda, IL, USA

problem #49

Apr 152014

Cobalt

  • 80,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received NHTSA recall campaign number 14V04700, (air bags, electrical system); however, the part was not available in order to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the delay. The VIN was not available. There were no failures.

- Patriot, IN, USA

problem #48

Nov 192012

Cobalt

  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and water was leaking from the air bags. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician advised that the vehicle was included in both NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and 14V171000 (electrical system). The contact was informed that the parts were not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 41,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Sumpter, SC, USA

problem #47

Apr 042014

Cobalt

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the ignition switch was replaced however, the old key continued to work in the new ignition switch. The dealers informed him that the old keys should not work. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Coeburn, VA, USA

problem #46

Sep 052013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 27,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the air bag sensor flashed intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who was not able to replicate or diagnose the failure. The failure was recurring and the air bag warning light remained illuminated and could not be turned off. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags and electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure several times. The approximate failure mileage was 27,000. Updated 06/27/14 updated 07/3/2014

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #45

Dec 112013

Cobalt

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 75 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure was recurring. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V171000 (electrical system) but the dealer did not have the necessary parts to replace the ignition switch. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure was 40,000.

- Lateville, NY, USA

problem #44

May 112012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
In the middle of driving, the vehicle will shut off and on (multiple times) which affects the fuel and RPM gauges, loss of all power steering, all electrical starts going crazy (locks and unlocks the doors), starts flashing "low fuel" and "power steering" warnings and then car will go into complete lock mode. As of 4/30: Has been fixed under the recall issue, however vehicle is still having these problems.

- Hollister, CA, USA

problem #43

Apr 162014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 57,535 miles
Me encontraba manejando mi carro en cuestion sobre la long beach blv. Y la market street cuando de repente el timon del carro SE puso duro Y SE me hacia dificil maniobrar el carro Y no podia controlar el timo npor lo duro que estaba. SE prendio una luz en la pantalla del carro que me decia power steering. Y solo con mucho esfuerzo pude parquearme en una calle Y apagar el carro.hiba con mi hija de 9 anos Y nos dimos gran susto.el carro hoy 17 de abril 2014 lo lleve al chevronlet de harbor.telefono 562 4248116.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #42

Mar 292014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles

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

I was turning left driving toward a store & as soon as I came out of the turn the car turned completely off & not even the gauges flashed.the driver behind me almost hit me due to the sudden stop because of complete loss of power and control. I stepped on the brakes & shifted it into neutral trying to start it & it took me several attempts to get it to crank up again. I turned into a parking lot just for the car to turn off once more. After I cranked it up again it was fine. Car had issues before over the years; it seemed to have loss of power put regained it in an instant; was taken to dealership, incident could not be duplicated. Car had recall for electric power steering assist soon after I purchased it on May 29, 2010. Found out recently about one recall for ignition switch when I took car to dealer on April 4, 2014 for an oil change. Called GM and they confirmed with my VIN # that there was another recall for the eps even though it had been replaced in 2010. Yesterday third recall for the ignition switch key lock. I was also informed by GM hq, when I talked to them a fourth time, that they were not sure which Cobalts 2010 had eps problem, that does not reflect the answers I received on three other occasions from GM hq's executive office. My dealers system does not reflect same recalls then GM's. I was told that "the dealers got the memos and had probably not got to them to read them yet." I saw what was on their computer. GM is not being truthful and I am starting to suspect that they used another part with the same part number with the eps problem and therefore they can not determine which Cobalt is affected. GM is not being truthful and is being negligent in informing the dealers and the vehicle owners ( I have not gotten any recall notices in the mail). Breach of contract. Sold faulty vehicle to me with knowledge of faulty part(s) on May 29, 2010.

- Fayetteville , NC, USA

problem #41

Apr 102014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 96,212 miles
The turn signal lever is not consistently working any more. It sometimes will not activate the turn signals upon demand. The lever has to be pushed on or jiggled the then lights operate. It sometimes turns on the turn signals after the turn is complete at the lever automatically moves back to the neutral position. The two main drivers of this vehicle have both observed this problem.

- Bennington, VT, USA

problem #40

Jan 012013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number 14V153000 (steering) did not correct the failure. The contact received an error warning message. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer; however, the dealer stated there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The contact also stated that the engine stalled before the recall notification was received the contact was able to control the steering wheel with force and was able to restart the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 71,000 and the approximate current mileage was 74,000. The consumer stated she had no power steering, or brakes. Updated 08/27/14

- Toledo , OH, USA

problem #39

Dec 292012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Vicenza, italy. Roads were clear and it was 12am, not many cars were on the road. I was headed to work and as I was coming into a small traffic circle, the car began drifting, I let go of everything and the whole thing shut off: Engine and lights. Another car was coming in but noticed I was drifting so they slowed down. I was headed into a ramp and tried to stop with my brakes which didn't work. I tried restarting the car but the key was stuck. I tried turning the wheel, but that was stuck. I finally got the car to somewhat slow down with the emergency brake, and barely missed the ramp. I had recently had an oil change and my brakes checked, so I know my car was fine. It later happened again a few months later. Very similar situations. I have new tires and had my axles inspected, I know there is something wrong with my car and it is not safe. The most recent one was a few months ago at 0600. I used my breaks because an animal jumped in front of the car. The car slowed down, then the gas wouldn't work, the steering wheel locked and I almost hit another car as I struggled to turn it and the breaks would not work. The car then completely shut off and I was stuck with the car not waning to start. I took it to get inspected again, and thy said it was fine. I don't know who else to contact since GMC here and stateside, and he dealership I purchased it from in the states, are ignoring me.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #38

Apr 042014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and stated that the remedy part was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #37

Apr 012014

Cobalt

  • 23,800 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while starting the vehicle the air bag warning indicator remained illuminated. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 23,800.

- Fulton, NY, USA

problem #36

Mar 302014

Cobalt

  • 51,000 miles
The cruise control works sometimes then for no reason will cut off and stop working. In the last 8 days when I start up the car to drive and get on the road, severe shaking of the car like a flat tire or the front end was out of alignment. The first time I called on star for assistance. They found nothing wrong? it stopped both times after about 8 min of driving. It was scary. When I park the car the dial hands on the dash the tac. And the speed dial jump like a shortage in it. Not long after I bought the car, the power steering failed with me and the car shut off several times. I took it to vidalia ga for repair. They gave it back to me and said if it happened again to push the info button and restart the car. I am scared of my car. Help me please.

- Mount Vernon, GA, USA

problem #35

Mar 222014

Cobalt

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the horn activated independently. The contact inspected the vehicle and found that the lower area of the steering wheel and the dashboard were on fire. The contact was able to extinguish the fire however, the fire department arrived on scene to assist. The fire department advised that the fire was caused by an electrical failure, and disconnected the wiring for the horn. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard for further inspection. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure and current mileage was 98,000.

- Bristow , OK, USA

problem #34

Mar 052012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
The power steering light comes on and makes it hard to turn, it comes on suddenly and go back out after about 1 or 2 minutes. I was told that there is a recall on these cars for that reason but I haven't received a letter yet. This is so dangerous. I didn't know it had electric power steering.

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #33

Feb 092012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Had just picked up child at school when light and chime on panel displayed problem.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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