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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,152 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt clutch problems

clutch problem

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 152015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles


2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle electrical issues. The consumer stated she experienced problems with the cruise control and clutch not working upon purchasing the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the repair shop 2-3 times. In July 2015, the vehicle stalled.

- Yantis, TX, USA

problem #5

May 032007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,000 miles
When traveling in any gear in my bone stock 2005 Chevy Cobalt 2.2 coupe, if I attempt to accelerate quickly the clutch slips and the car wont accelerate at all. It feels like the pressure plate doesn't apply enough pressure to hold the disc. It has almost caused me to be rear ended a couple of times now. The car has a little over 20,000 miles on it so it's still fairly new and I am not a first timer driving a manual. All of my vehicles have had manual transmissions. I drive the car in a normal fashion, I don't abuse it. The clutch assembly should not be failing on such a new vehicle.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 192006

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,800 miles
I have a new 2005 Cobalt ss with 10,000 miles on it I just purchased this car 4 days ago and the clutch slips pretty bad.

- Coon Rapids, MN, USA

problem #3

Jan 282006

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Clutch on my 2005 Cobalt ss will not clamp down at high rpms in second gear. It feels like the pressure plate is not grabbing hard enough.

- Farmingville, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 252006

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,780 miles
My problem is with the clutch I have 12000 miles on my car and clutch is slipping under load.

- Bullhead, AZ, USA

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problem #1

Oct 152005

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,334 miles
Clutch will slip under load.

- Winnipeg, Mb Cda R2m 4l4, 00, USA

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