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:
52,850 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt drivetrain problems

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 272010


  • 49,500 miles


My 2005 Chevy Cobalts power steering completely shut off while I was accelerating up onto a twisting highway on ramp at approximately 65 mph. Tw*

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 252009


  • 61,500 miles
While driving the power steering goes out and the power steering light comes on. If the car is turned off and back on the power steering works fine, but will go out again while driving. This happens everytime I drive. I have been researching online and this seems to be a problem with many Cobalt, Malibu and other models.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 112008


  • 47,551 miles
Clutch pedal went to floor. Could not shift gears. Luckily this happened while pulling away from a traffic light at low speed. If it happened pulling on to a high speed merge onto an interstate, I could have been killed. Car is dead in the water and inoperable. This is an event that should never happen. Dealer said clutch is hydraulically activated and has a sealed unit.

- Aiken, SC, USA

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