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:
45 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
27 / 5
Average Mileage:
62,740 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 39 of 51)

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problem #244

Sep 112009


  • 72,000 miles


I was driving for less than a mile at about 45mph when the car's driver information screen read "power steering" and the wheel locked up and found it very difficult to steer. I was able to make it home safely. I turned the car off and then on again and the problem went away. I also have a newer car of the same model that had this issue and the steering column had to be replaced. I have filed a separate complaint with your office for this vehicle; the conformation number I was given is 10283738 for a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. I have not had my 2005 Chevy Cobalt repaired yet as I can not afford it and it's warranty has expired. When the 2007 was repaired the service advisor told me that it was a very common problem with the Cobalts and the Chevy HHR because they have electric power steering as opposed to hydraulic. I don't feel safe driving in these vehicles and I surely don't feel comfortable having my wife drive them either.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #243

Sep 112009


  • 32,000 miles
For the 3rd time my 19 yr old daughter's 2005 Chevy Cobalt's power steering went out. This time she was on a busy tampa highway. I see there is no fix for this. I can have it replaced for 1,500 but that new part will wear out as well. When is someone going to recall this problem" does someone have to be hurt or worse" I see complaints all over the internet on this!

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #242

Jun 142008


  • 100,000 miles
My 2005 Chevy Cobalt power steering keeps going out. It started only doing it ever so often but now does it every time you get in the car. Right after you turn on the car and start driving it quits working. It is very hard to turn and makes it difficult to drive. If you turn off the car and turn it back on, it works but only long enough for you to drive half a block.

- Hearne, TX, USA

problem #241

Aug 292009


  • 50,200 miles


My steering wheel locks up out of the blue in the highway or anywhere, I have to shut the car down and re-start it so it can be operational again but I have been close to get into a serious accident because of this problem. It happens repeatedly without warning.

- Tolleson, AZ, USA

problem #240

Jul 102009


  • 65,000 miles
The electric power power steering on my 05 Chevy Cobalt has failed on numerous occasions, when the car is started it works and turns off shortly after aprox. 1-3 minutes. The repair cost about $1000. To replace the motor and steering column. I'm finding many reports of premature failure on the web for several GM models that use this same design.

- Saint Cloud, FL, USA

problem #239

Sep 092009


  • miles
I have always taken great care of my 2005 Chevy Cobalt. I've taken it in for regularly scheduled check-ups and oil changes. Within the last year I have experienced several things wrong with the car. Recently it was the power steering. A warning flashed on my dashboard and my power steering automatically switched off, leaving me to manually steer the car! after almost turning into another vehicle, I stopped my car, turned it off and started again. The car has been going in and out of the power steering mode for the last 48 hours. After researching the cost to repair the issue, I am furious to see that it will cost nearly $1000-$2000! I have seen thousands of complaints about the same exact issue. When will GM decide to do something about this and put a recall on the issue??

- Hilton Head Island, SC, USA

problem #238

Sep 102009


  • 63,200 miles


Power steering went out on my 2005 Chevy Cobalt while driving.

- New Prague, MN, USA

problem #237

Sep 082009


  • 50,000 miles
My 2005 Chevy Cobalt powersteering comes across my dash. Steering rough and whole car jerks like the transmission is jumping out of the car. Dangerous for consumer who put their faith in the american brand GM, rather than buying foreign. And GM want stand up and admit bad design and fix the problem for their consumers. As soon as we buy foreign they yell we are sending american jobs cross tax payers we bailed your company out bail us out with your defective design without costing us $2000.

- St.Louis, MO, USA

problem #236

Sep 072009


  • 69,900 miles
Power steering failed and reset upon restart but failed again shortly thereafter, in a busy intersection.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #235

Sep 062009


  • 74,800 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that she replaced the power steering column since it was faulty. While driving 20 to 40 mph the power steering failed and made it difficult to turn the steering wheel. There were no warning lights before or after the failure occurred. The dealer informed the contact that the steering wheel had to be replaced at her expense. The dealer also confirmed that there was no warranty or recall on the vehicle. The failure mileage was 74,800.

- Dalbo, MN, USA

problem #234

Jul 052009


  • 33,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that intermittently while driving the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel. Steering also became difficult and this failure could result in a loss of steering control, the restricted ability to turn the vehicle in one direction and increased the risk of a crash. The vehicle will be inspected to determine the cause of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 33,000.

- Wakevillage, TX, USA

problem #233

Sep 062009


  • 63,000 miles
Loss of power steering while driving.

- Langhorne, PA, USA

problem #232

Aug 012009


  • 60,000 miles
Vehicle loses power steering while driving, making it very difficult to drive safely. Requires engine restart to restore, but problem often returns.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #231

Sep 072009


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 40 mph, the warning light illuminated, within seconds there was no power steering and the steering wheel was difficult to control. The contact turned the engine off which allowed the vehicle to reset itself; however, it failed again. The dealer is currently diagnosing the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Danville, AL, USA

problem #230

Aug 182009


  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving the warning lights illuminated on the dashboard and it became difficult to control the steering wheel. The failure occurred frequently. The dealer replaced the steering column at the owners expense for $894. The following day after the vehicle was repaired, the failure recurred. The dealer stated that a motor needed to be replaced for an additional $100. The manufacturer confirmed that there were no related recalls and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 79,000.

- Hackettsown, NJ, USA

problem #229

Sep 052009


  • 63,000 miles
There was not any warning. The power steering message came on in the car and I loss power steering. Thankfully I was at a red light, but could have been traveling at 65mph on the highway going to/from work. Several complaints are out there online about the same issue. Paying almost $500 to replace power steering motor; but was also told that this may or may not be the true issue, that the steering column may be the culprit..cost of $940 to replace!!! who has that kind of money"?"

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #228

Aug 152009


  • 58,000 miles
2005 Chevy Cobalt power steering goes out. Some days its every 10 min some days its every hr.

- Grayson, KY, USA

problem #227

Aug 202009


  • 39,000 miles
Power steering on 2005 Chevy Cobalt goes out leaving the car very hard to steer. Turning left or right requires two hands and a lot of muscle. If the car is turned off and restarted problem goes away and comes back. The problem occurred about the 39,000 mile make.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #226

Aug 292009


  • 67,000 miles
My 2005 Chevy Cobalt had a power steering failure at 67000 miles. This happened while I was going 60 mph on interstate 95. My car made a noise and beeped at me and power steering came lighting up on the dash. My car then revved up to 6000 rpms and caused me to sway in the middle of traffic and I had to pull the car over, fearing I was going to crash into other cars. I will have to replace the steering column which includes the sensor that helps with power steering. It occurs often. I will be fine for a ride but then I get back in it and start driving and get up to 30 of 40 mph and power-steering will come up on my dash and all of my instruments go whack. My speedometer goes to 0 and the engine revs but doesn't increase speed. It will cost anywhere from 1250 dollars and 1800 dollars to fix this problem at my local dealership.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #225

Sep 032009


  • 80,100 miles
2005 Chevrolet blue 4 D sdn complete steering failure caused control failure while operating vehicle. The following actions occurred simultaneously; audible alarm, power steering message displayed on dashboard led screen indicating inoperable, steering failure. Replacement of steering column asm, intermediate steering shaft performed by keddie Chevrolet, Inc. Route 56 West, 200 Lincoln ave. Vandergrift, Pennsylvania 15690; 724.567.5683; total cost of replacement = $866.36.

- West Leechburg, PA, USA

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