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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
32,400 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace brakes with ones that won't eat rotors (1 reports)
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt brakes problems

brakes problem

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 132011

Cobalt LT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,550 miles


I have had my '' brakes'' fixed 5 times in 8 months there"s no possible way for that to happen without a defeact!! Brake pads replace all 5 times rotors 3 times! The $550 is what Chevorlet charged the last time and said that we never changed the back brakes so it was causing the front to continue to go out!! Well apparently B/S B/C it is happening again 3 wks later!!!!! i refuse to pay for another brake change all in all i have spent about $1300 on brakes and rotors for my car in 8 months!!! Im callin GM tomorrow and telling them to fix this problem, i refuse to spend another $1000 for more brakes or rotors!!! Chevorlet Colbalts r made very cheap and they suck!!!

- Jessica C., Elgin, SC, US

problem #2

Mar 012009

Cobalt LS 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles

The mechanic said that the brake pads are "too good" in the way they don't wear down. He said they looked really good considering they're are the original factory brakes. My car started shaking violently when applying the brakes a little over a year after purchasing it brand new!!!! I bought a new car so that I knew it was taken care of and to minimize the risks of surprise repairs. So far its cost me $150 to replace the rotors and its back in the shop now because the front right suspension has gone out and it rattles constantly going over the smallest bump. The mechanic replaced what he thought was wrong with it and that cost me an additional $200!!! I'm running out of money! But as I said its back in the shop with something else making a horrible metal on metal bang when I turn the wheel and go in reverse and again when I put it in drive and move forward!

- ahowell, Morgantown, WV, US

problem #1

Jan 072007

Cobalt SS 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,600 miles

After the last time i had this in to be fixed the dealer told me that any other repairs to my rotors would not be covered under warranty. I have had to have the rotors turned 3 times and replaced 2 times and they are bad again and pulsating violently at high speeds.

- Ronald N., Muncie, IN, US

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