Notes: The Cobalt was introduced to replace two of Chevy’s smaller cars, the Cavalier and Prizm. But the compact’s fresh start that Chevy was hoping for was riddled with issues, most notably widespread power steering failure.

The power steering failed so often that GM was forced to issue a recall in March, 2010. Great, but what about other problems like the key getting stuck in the ignition or all the other electrical demons this car possesses?

And, oh yes — then there’s the terribly dangerous issue where the Cobalt randomly shuts off while driving. As it turns out, that problem is related to GM’s massive 2014 recall for a dangerous ignition switch defect. A recall that eventually ballooned to 2.6 million vehicles in one of the automotive industry’s biggest scandals.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,708 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 032014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


The blower for heating and cooling began to work sporadically, then one day it just stopped working all together. I removed the HVAC control rand noticed the orange wire had overheated which caused the control knob and wiring plug in connector to fuse together.

- Granville, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 112010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while exiting a residential driveway at 1 mph, the vehicle lost all power steering capabilities. The vehicle was shut off and upon restart, the failure persisted. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V073000 (steering: Electric power assist system) seven months prior to the failure. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer. The dealer advised the contact that they could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle was released to the contact November 12, 2010. The contact stated that the power steering warning alarm sounded and the warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the contact was awaiting repairs. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The failure and current mileage was approximately 124,000. Updated 04/12/11 the consumer also stated the brakes locked up on a consistent basis. Also, the defroster worked intermittently.

- Elma, WA, USA

problem #1

Dec 182004

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 125 miles
I purchased the vehicle new and there has been problems with the fuel gauge not registering full when it is filled up. Sometimes it goes to the 7/8 mark and sometimes it doesn't even go to there. They told me that it was a programming problem, and there should be an update for the computer. I took it in for the update and apparently it was not fixed. Also, the fan motor on the vent controls only works on high. I have had the car in to the dealer twice for this issue.

- Warren, OH, USA

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