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.


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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 172010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles


I am the owner of a 2005 Chevy Cobalt ls. My major problem (there of course are other small ones) with this car is that it dies" it just shuts down. The vehicle has died/shut down when stopped at red lights, while making a turn, while in stop and go traffic on the freeway, well basically it does it all the time while driving it. When the vehicle dies/shuts down, it gives no warning, it just does it. The ac/heater, radio, and lights will stay on, however the car shuts down. I either have to put it on park or on neutral and start it up again. This problem is re-occurring. I have taken it in to several mechanics and they can?T find a problem. There is no warning/engine light on nothing! I am very stressed over this issue that has gone far too long. I drive my car to and from work praying that it won?T shut down on me while on the freeway, which it has happen several times now. I feel that everytime it shuts down on me I?M going to have a panic attack and not be able to act fast enough to turn it back on. This is extremely dangerous and I am very grateful that I haven?T been hurt because of this car. I have found soo many people online with the same problem and I am appalled that this issue has not been recalled yet. This system is very disappointing. So much for trying to support our country by purchasing american cars"

- Chino, CA, USA

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