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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,410 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #2

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 #1

Feb 072006

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,819 miles
1) months prior to the accident at high way speed (65 to 75 mph) after several hour (from 1 to 4) with the cruise control engaged, when disengaging the cruise control, the car would vibrate violently. GM claims they can not duplicate the problem. 2) brakes failed - applied brakes in traffic, pedal was soft and then went hard like the power brakes was not working, but the car did not slow down, causing the impact in the rear of a pick-up truck. 3) according to the air bag report the car was traveling over 30 mph, but the air bags did not deploy on the frontal crash.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

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