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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
15 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,421 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

steering problem

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 1 of 10)

problem #190

Jul 012016

Cobalt

  • 106,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 65 mph, the steering wheel operated intermittently. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 106,000.

- Upper Sandusky, OH, USA

problem #189

Oct 262016

Cobalt

  • 80,000 miles
I was driving home this morning and a deer jumped out in front of me. I slammed on the brakes and the engine shutoff. Making the power brakes and steering shutoff. Extremely dangerous not to mention if there is no power most likely the airbags will not deploy. A serious issue for a car that is less than 6 years old with around 80,000 miles on it. Just a disclaimer it is an automatic so there is no clutch.

- Jefferson Twp, PA, USA

problem #188

Sep 272016

Cobalt

  • 28,000 miles
I took my car to have the recalls fixed although I was having no problems. Putnam Chevrolet in burlingame supposedly did it. The first time I had to parallel park my steering wheel became impossible to turn and. I had to get out and find a place where I didn't have to steer very much which living in san francisco is nearly impossible. Also my gear shift marks red in D even when I am in reverse or parked.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #187

Sep 292016

Cobalt

  • 110,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. While attempting to exit a parking space, the steering ability seized. The power steering warning message illuminated. The vehicle was driven home and the steering was very difficult to turn. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #186

Aug 082016

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 45 mph, the power steering failed without warning. The contact pulled over and restarted the vehicle. The power steering returned to normal; however, the failure recurred. The contact stated that the power steering warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Hamden, OH, USA

problem #185

Jul 292016

Cobalt

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 75 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The failure mileage was approximately 78,000.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #184

Jul 012016

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles

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

I have owned a 2010 Chevy Cobalt since 2012. Shortly after purchasing, the check engine light turned on. The power locks erratically lock and unlock. The windows will become jammed and suddenly will not roll back up. Cruise control will randomly stop working. I had issues with the transmission which cost me over $3,000 to fix. Then, there was the ignition switch recall which the dealer fixed at no cost. But now I am having problems with the power steering. I have to turn my ignition off and on for the power steering warning message to turn off but then it turns back on a few minutes later. I am aware that there was a recall for the power steering but yet the dealer refuses to address this issue with my car because they say that recall was performed by a previous owner. The NHTSA website states bulletin 14115 regarding power steering recall began July 17, 2014. Mind you I have owned this car since 2012 and have not had the power steering recall issues fixed. N140115 also states that it includes "2010 Chevy Cobalt and vehicles repaired in recall 10V-073 that received repairs prior to May 31, 2010." Therefore, they should be held accountable and fix this problem with my vehicle or provide me with a car that is safe. The first time my power steering went out I was on a freeway on ramp when my steering wheel locked up. I could have died! this is a life threatening issue and I sincerely believe this is a lemon car.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #183

May 292016

Cobalt

  • 72,000 miles
1. cruise control engages on it's own and lunges forward, even in traffic at 10 mph speed. 2. seat belt on drivers seat, while stationary, doesn't release easily and takes about 30-45 seconds at times to release. 3.while on the road driving, the car displayed all the information on the dash, such as; tire pressure, oil life, mileage, etc., then the car's speed reduces and it flashes words "power steering" and then the car died in traffic and I was almost hit from behind before I could get the car off the road. I had to call a tow truck and be taken to Chevy dealer and they found nothing wrong. This has happened again today, 5/29/2016 and I had to leave my car in store parking lot for four hours and then it started, drove 5 miles home and went out again right before I pulled into driveway. 4. while driving on the freeway, I engaged the brakes and they barely stopped me and brakes pads are good on car.

- Canby, OR, USA

problem #182

Apr 202016

Cobalt

  • 106,000 miles
On 4 occasions the steering stopped working and locked up. Three of the four times was when vehicle was moving in a busy shopping area. In order to regain steering the car would have to be stopped shut off and restarted. After each incident the dealership was notified and vehicle was brought in. The steering column was replaced and car returned to us. At the present time the car is at dealership for the same issue the steering locking up while moving. The car remains at dealership and we notified GM of the situation we received a case number, senior advisor and were told to keep lender and they would be reaching out to dealership. As of this time the dealership has not responded to GM email and we have not heard from dealership or GM about the status of the car. We have experienced this very dangerous and stressful issue several times and do not believe this vehicle is safe and no longer want our lives put in danger.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #181

Mar 312016

Cobalt

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and caused the steering wheel to become very difficult to turn. The driver lost control and crashed into a pole. There were no injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Kenwood, MI, USA

problem #180

Jan 062016

Cobalt

  • 45,000 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 power steering assist warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 45,000. The VIN was not available.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #179

Nov 082015

Cobalt

  • miles
Everytime I start my car the svc light stays on all the time, my tires are always wobbly while slowing down and driving. My passenger air bag constantly stays off it's also a rattling inside my wheel and a squeak sometimes when im breaking. Im un sure whats going on my engine light comes on wen the car is half way turned on I don't know what that means but I just brought this car and im finding out problems my aux part on my car is messed up N150075

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #178

Mar 012015

Cobalt

  • 59,000 miles
Power steering assist is lost while I was trying to parallel parking early this year. Laterly I changed a new electric power streering motor, but when I try to do parallel parking, the power steering assist is lost again.

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #177

Feb 022015

Cobalt

  • 58,000 miles
"recall subject:sudden loss of electric power steering."my car is 2010 Chevy Cobalt which has this problem, but why my car isn't on GM recall list" GM has conducted two times recall regard this issue, march31,2014, NHTSA campain number:14V15300, GM number:N140115. Mar03,2010, NHTSA campaign number:10V073000, GM number:N100023. Why my car isn't on their recall list"

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #176

Aug 282015

Cobalt

  • 27,000 miles
Earlier this year (maybe in June or July), I took my car into bob bell Chevrolet for the ignition switch and power steering recall. Then, approximately two weeks ago (August 31), my power steering failed, again, while I was parallel parking. I called the dealership to let them know that it appears that the repair wasn't done correctly or isn't working. They told me that I needed to bring the car in to see if that's the problem. They didn't express any type of apology for the failure or suggest that they would check with GM or report the failure of the replacement part. They just suggested that there was no way for them to know what is going on with the care this time.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #175

Apr 172015

Cobalt

  • 61,788 miles
I had slowed down to make a right turn and my steering wheel had tightened up, making my car go towards oncoming traffic. Had to use both hands to forcefully turn the steering wheel. Has happened about 10 more times since the first incident. I just bought this car 03-17-15.

- Tollesboro , KY, USA

problem #174

Jun 292014

Cobalt

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owned a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at approximately 60 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a ditch and flipped over approximately four times. The air bags did not deploy. The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. The vehicle landed on top of the driver. The driver sustained four fractured ribs, a fractured forearm on the left arm, a puncture wound on the lower left calf, a punctured lung, and nerve damage to the hips and shoulders. Medical attention was required and a police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system), 14V171000 (electrical system), and 14V153000 (steering). The failure mileage was approximately 85,000.

- Winchester, KS, USA

problem #173

Mar 312015

Cobalt

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Goshen, OH, USA

problem #172

Aug 042014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
I took evasive action by swerving to avoid collision with other vehicle that abruptly changed lane and collided with my vehicle. A results, my vehicle struck a concrete barrier wall of the roadway, then burst into flames upon impact. My vehicle was completely burnt out at a total loss before fire rescue responded. The airbag never deployed. Prior to accident I was having numerous ignition related problems with my Chevy Cobalt.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #171

Aug 102010

Cobalt

  • 39,010 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, an abnormal noise emitted from the steering wheel. The contact stated that the steering wheel began to shake whenever the brake pedal was depressed. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 39,010.

- Houston, TX, USA

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