Notes: The 2007 Cobalt inherited most of the problems from the 2005 and 2006 model years, but toned them down (a bit). Sure, the power steering still fails and the car has a chance of going up in flames due to a cracked fuel tank, but it’s not as prevalent as the older models. At least not yet.

In 2012, the Cobalt was recalled for gas tank fires but only for owners in certain states.

Then in 2014, the 2007 Cobalt was part of a massive GM recall due to a defective ignition switch that could cause the airbags to not deploy during an accident. The problem led to 13 deaths, government investigations and multiple class-action lawsuits.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,333 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 272014


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled and the steering wheel seized with the illumination of the power steering warning. Additionally, the contact stated that the vehicle would fail to shift gears and the chrome covering on the door handle had deteriorated. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer, who diagnosed that the steering wheel column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The contact stated that the vehicle wasalso included in NHTSA campaign id numbers: 14E021000 (electrical system) 14V171000 (electrical system) and 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The contact stated that the dealer informed him that the parts were not available for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- San Ramone, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 082013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle repairs and requests reimbursement. The consumer stated the vehicle started smoking, as she was driving down the street. She stopped to a gas station, and had the vehicle inspected. The mechanic, informed her there was no oil in the engine. Also, the driver and passenger door locks were not working. The door lock switch was replaced.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #1

Oct 182006

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Entered car (driver's side) and did not close door completely. "door ajar" indicator did not remain lit. Drove away and while driving door opened. No car was in opposing lane (2 lane road) so nothing was struck by the open door. My safety complaint is that the "door ajar" light turns off before it should (before the door is completely closed and latched. I took the car to the dealer today (10/19) and explained the concern. They agreed that it was a problem and actually tested several other cars (same model) on the new car lot and found that they all had the same problem. They also tested the passenger side door and it had the same problem. They spoke with their regional rep and were told that it was a "known characteristic" of the vehicle and nothing could be done to fix it. I then called the General Motors national customer assistance center and was told exactly the same thing. In my opinion this is a serious safety problem since the car does not warn you that the door is not completely closed and latched as it should.

- Forest, VA, USA

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