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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,800 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 012010


  • 19,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 60 mph she began to hear a clanking sound coming from the front end. The failure recurred whenever she operated the vehicle at any speed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where she was informed both front lower control arms were popped out and the front tires were worn. The vehicle was repaired and the failure has not recurred. The failure mileage was 19,000 and the current mileage was 20,000.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 202009


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the lower control arm was failing. She heard a loud noise coming from the vehicle, which affected the tires. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer for inspection. The contact has taken her vehicle to other mechanics and was informed that the lower control arm needed to be replaced. She believes that the mechanics are trying to get over on her. The vehicle will eventually be repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 082008

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought my 2005 Cobalt in June of '05. Had numberous problems with it but the one I'd like to know more about is the lower control arm rear bushings. I replaced 'bad' ones in June of 2007 and have to replace them again. I do not feel as though this should be necessary. Any information on these?

- Lerory, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 052008

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,200 miles
(2( bolts that hold the lower control arm broke or came loose and fell out causing loss of steering.

- Batavia, NY, USA

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