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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,750 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt body / paint problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 042014


  • 138,000 miles


I am extremely upset with my 2007 Chevy Cobalt, I do not want to complain, however, something must be done. For as long as I have had the car I have had a number of problems. However, the dealership failed to acknowledge the warranty. I needed to replace multiple keys and door handles. Recently. The car has failed and is sitting. I find this ironic since my warranty recently ran out. The timing chain jumped and bent the valves. This is a very serious repair and is very costly. I have had everything check regularly. There was no warning and I nearly wrecked my car, as I was driving when it happened. I recently received another recall for the ignition switch. The car was recalled before for a similar issue. Prior to the engine issues recently, I had noticed an ignition and steering problem. However, now I cant even move the car to get the recall issue resolved. This vehicle was my first car, the car is nearly new and was when I bought it. This should not have happened. Especially so close to the warranty expiration and with no warning. There was no way to prevent this from happening. I was not aware that Cobalts had zero tolerance. This should not be the case. I would not have bought the car if I knew of these potential problems. I have faith that GM will help to resolve these issues. Thanks so much.

- Hollsopple, PA, USA

problem #3

May 012013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The drivers side door handle does not work from the inside. This is dangerous because it could trap a driver inside the vehicle.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 102012


  • miles
Periodically, the driver side door handle would not work. It could be pulled, but the door would not open. This has happened several times over the past few years. It cannot be opened from the inside either. Today, it happened again, and this time, the outside door handle came off in my hand.

- Vestaburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 062011

Cobalt 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Chrome plated door handle on 2007 Chevy Cobalt. The chrome has come off and sliced opened my hand. You are taking to long to force GM to recall vehicles with bad handles. You are already investigating the 2007 Tahoe for the same problem. Now that we are all part owner of GM and taxpayers keep NHTSA running, stop taking so long with the "red tape" and do the right thing.

- Erue, PA, USA

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