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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,042 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt body / paint problems

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 162011


  • 68,902 miles


I have a 2005 Cobalt that has less then 70,000km on it and have recently been hearing a loud clunking coming from the front end of the car. I have just had a licensed mechanic look at the car and was informed that my front rear control arm bushings are completely gone and the car is now a hazard to drive till it can be fixed. With such low kms the mechanic had no reason or idea as to why they would be so far gone. I was advised that if the car was driven any further, the tires could fall of and the car would crash.

- Ingersoll, 00, USA

problem #2

May 052010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 10,225 miles
I own a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. It has 10225 miles on it. It would not pass the New Hampshire state inspection because it was unsafe to drive. The front end controller arms needed to be replaced. I feel that there must be others out there with like problems.

- Portsmouth, NH, USA

problem #1

Aug 042005

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
We have owned 2 Chevy 05 Cobalts and 2 times the undercarriage has been damaged by hole in the road and a piece of metal. One car was totaled and the second one is being looked at by claims adjuster now.

- Salem, VA, USA

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