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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,000 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 112005

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles


I am the owner of a 2005 Chevy Cobalt ss/SC. I have 5000 miles on the car and the shift linkage has failed. The problem lies in fact that Chevy/GM does not offer a replacement part for this. My car has been in the dealership for 3 days and still no idea of when a part will be located and if the part can be located. I was able to research and found out that Saab uses the exact transmission setup. Saab does offer this part but the Chevy dealership will not put or attempt to try the Saab part since it does have the Chevy part number on it. At this point my brand new car is sitting in the storage of a dealership that is hoping they can find a part to fix the car with. Why would Chevrolet sell a vehicle that they cannot support with parts.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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