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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
65,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. remove housing and it works temporarily (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt lights problems

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 052011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


I went to the beach, blinker went out on the way down, i'm assuming. Came home, replaced bulb. No big deal, right? 3 Weeks later, same blinker goes out. Ok..,maybe a bad bulb....Repeat. It's happened so many times now I've lost track. The driving light will still work, the park the blinks will just randomly stop. Not sure if the bulbs or what. The bulbs don't look burnt out when I remove them to change them. Suggestions?

- , Roebling, NJ, USA

problem #2

Aug 022005

Cobalt LS 2.2L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles

I have had my turning signal light on my drivers side replaced 4 times since July 2005 and my passengerside replaced probably more then 10 times since July 2005 the first serveral times GM replaced it under the warrenty and i am still have the issue and now they will not fix. the problem they told me that when the light bulb when out it was so hot it melted some of the wires in the housing causing it to keep going out so while it was under warrenty appearly they say it wasnt like that so they will not replace the wireing or housing bc they said they didnt notice it til after it was out of warrenty. so now everytime it goes out i still take it to GM so they have record of it and it costs me 13.00-15.00 which isnt that much but when looking at it that tends to add up, and per this there is also other people having the same problem so again this seems to be to be a GM issue not the person who bought this POS car's issue however the last time i took it they put some type of glue/liquid substains on it and hasnt went out since and i think that was last summer in July 2009

- , Hoopeston, IL, USA

problem #1

May 072008

Cobalt 2.2L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

it truelly unsafe to go down the high way or any speed limit with 2 young children in the car and hit a bump for the right rear turn signal to stop working.when light assembly gets pulled out the bulb starts 5 days i've have the light go out 4 times and almost got rear ended. not safe considering the battery is in the trunk w/ the gas tank

- , Triangle, VA, USA

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