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:
37,750 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 152009


  • 37,000 miles


I purchased a 2007 Chevy Cobalt in 2008, with approx. 30,000 miles. When I had around 35,000, miles it started to get loud, rattling noises, like metal on metal, coming from under the car. They usually happen when I go over ripples or bumps in the road, at slower speeds. I took my car back to the dealer and asked him if they had heard of any problems or received any technical service bulletins about this problem and he said they had not. (July 2009) I told him to inform me if they did. In the meantime, my warranty expired. At that time, I had already started to research the problem online and network with some other persons, locally, to see if they had any such problem. Well lo and behold, it seems that there was a technical bulletin issued on 11-9-2005 (# 050232005) that details this problem. And yes, apparently, other persons that I have talked to, and also with the research that I did online, definitely showed that many others are also having this same problem! I feel that as a responsible auto manufacturer that GM needs to correct this horrible rattle.a recall for this is in order, especially since they were aware of this since 2005. I do not feel that we, ,the consumer, should be responsible for this repair, as GM is trying to repair their image, "do the right" and fix this at no cost to the consumer--recall.

- North Smithfield, RI, USA

problem #1

Feb 102007


  • 38,500 miles
Strut damage causing vehicle to sway and turn abrutly.

- Furlong, PA, USA

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