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:
34,000 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 272010


  • 62,000 miles


The left front speaker started going out (couldn't hear words or music well). Soon after it completely quit working and when it quit so did the right side. It's only the door speakers. The back ones work fine.

- Lobelville, TN, USA

problem #2

Apr 242010


  • 40,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) loss of warning chimes due to defective drivers door speaker (2007 Cobalt and & 2007 GMC canyon). I am current awaiting repair under the 2nd recall for our Cobalt VIN [xxx](gas leak & loss of steering defects not yet repaired). The letter received from GM warning of the steering defect stated a warning chime would sound and a message on the drivers info cntr would appear. Problem is, the speaker where the warning sounds come from is intermittent. In fact, I cannot tell if I have the blinkers on without looking at the dashboard; something that's not always safe to do. Even though this started shortly after the warranty expired; I asked the dealer to repair it because I considered it unsafe. If a car manufacturer is going to change the role of a speaker from merely producing sound for radio use to sounding safety warning chimes then the speaker ought to have an extended warranty. I am approaching my middle 50's and do not abuse the sound system in the car. In my opinion; this failing speaker is a definite safety issue. In fact, our 2007 GMC canyon is experiencing the same issue. I've recently noticed the drivers door speaker is starting to distort and realized after the Cobalts speaker failed the canyon drivers door speaker also emits warning chimes. As I stated above, if the role of a speaker is to sound warning chimes, then it becomes a possible safety issue when it fails. [xxx]

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 202007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
Stock am/fm radio - cd player in vehicle would not power on upon start up of vehicle. Problem would not replicate itself for the dealer, as it occurs at random intervals. No time would display on radio. No audio through speakers.

- Willsboro, NY, USA

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