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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,002 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 112015


  • 78,000 miles


My 16 yr old son was driving in a cul-de-sac when he was about 3/4 of the way thru the curve his steering failed and he hit a light pole. He stated that the steering wheel froze up on him. He couldn't turn the wheel. We took the vehicle to Chevy dealership. They stated that the recall work was already completed. Then why are we continuing to have this problem? my son is suffering from whiplash and is going to chiropractor visits twice weekly.

- Raymond, OH, USA

problem #7

Apr 102013


  • miles
Driving West approx. 35 mph lady pulled in front of across 4 lanes traffic hit broadside on her passenger side. Little damage to her car. Over $6000. Damage to my car. No air bag deployed. Driver of my car hurt wrist and hit knees on dash. Ended up 8 months later having knee surgery because of tear in knee from wreck. Passenger hurt wrists.

- Lawrenceburg, IN, USA

problem #6

Apr 222013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
4/22/13 approx 7:30 am, approached red-light, gently applying brakes. Car started to lose power! dashboard lights dimmed while I was slowing down. This has been happening for over a yr. As soon as light turned green, car felt like it was losing power and was going to stall out! (like if you were to run out of gas. Stepped on the gas, as soon as I saw the light turn green, to try to prevent the stall out, and about 1/4 into intersection, another car was running a caution light, which turned to red... my car regained power with a thrust of the engine, which took me into the path of the other vehicle who hit me at about 35 mph, which caused us to spin completely around in the middle of intersection. Airbags did not deploy. The police report stated I failed to yield the right of way. In part that is true, as I felt I had to apply the gas to the car to keep it from "stalling! heavy damage to driver's side, front end, hood, bumper and support beam by engine. There are many recalls on this car. 5/9/2012, fuel odor or spotting on ground; 9/16/10-loss of power steering assist; 3/1/2010-recall 10V073000 power steering motor replacement; 1022/2009-fuel pump module replacement. In the pass three yrs I advised East syracuse Chevy dealer that my dashboard lights, lighted areas radio, etc; go in and out like the car has an electrical problem, door left-open, lights, low-fuel, single lights chimes all don't work. Dealer advised me there is a short in the dash somewhere causing all these problems, radio speakers are all connected I would have to pay to repair which was over $2,000. Remotes don't work. I have had many front end problems with this vehicle, I.e. sway bar, steering column bushings; struts'steering components, linkage/cv drive axle boots, control arms; repairs;11/30/11, 2/16/2011.

- North Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 182013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 104,014 miles


I was traveling on the freeway when I was clipped by a diesel truck on my drivers left rear. I spun counter clockwise in front of diesel and went straight towards center divider, upon observing a vehicle in the same lane my vehicle was head towards. Both vehicles made contact hitting me on my drivers front panel and the Cobalt hitting straight into center divider no air bags were deployed. Injuries were sustained, car was a total loss. This vehicle has nothing but problem twice in 2013 the key would break off in the ignition and were not fitting correctly causing replacement.

- Downey , CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 042009


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the driver side door opened independently without any warnings. The contact mentioned that once the door was able to be closed, it was unable to be opened to exit the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 35,000 and the current mileage was 85,000.

- Greensburg , PA, USA

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problem #3

Dec 042011


  • 68,000 miles
Door wont open from inside or out.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 122011


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet colbalt. The contact stated that both the driver and passenger side door latched detached from the vehicle. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 99,000 and the current mileage was 102,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 052011


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 25 mph, the contact stated that the passenger side door opened without warning and he was unable to close it. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who diagnosed that the vehicle had a fractured latch. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. The current and failure mileage was 59,000. The vehicle was scheduled to be repaired. The VIN was unavailable.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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