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:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
116,340 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Jun 302016


  • 206,686 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 65 mph, the brakes engaged. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was later taken to an independent mechanic were it was diagnosed that the front driver and passenger side brakes had to be recalibrated. The brakes were repaired, but the failure recurred numerous times. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 206,686.

- Griffin, GA, USA

problem #22

May 252014


  • miles
Replaced all of the following components since purchase: Both front lower control arms due to bushing failures; both front shock and strut assemblies due to shock failures/leaks; both sway bar links due to failed components; both front sway bar bushings due to dry-rot; both front rotors due to failed/warped components caused by defective brake calipers; harmonic balancer due to defective/weak component; both rear shocks due to failures/leaks. Still need to replace rear coil springs due to weakness, all wheel hub bearings due to unstable driving/steering and the vehicle speed sensor causing high idle and erratic idling after warm-up.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #21

Nov 132012


  • 56,000 miles
I was on the lodge freeway, highway 10, heading East when I loss control by 7 me rd, skinned out, hit the wall on the rear left fender and bumper.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #20

Sep 112013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles


Brought 2007 Cobalt on 7/09/14. Reported the problem of the vehicle shutting- off on me and no inspection sticker was on the car 7/10/14. They wrote a work order out. Brought the vehicle to archer auto to get work performed and for a inspection sticker. Archer auto kept my 2007 Cobalt for 3 months. Until I called BBB business and filed a complaint. Archer auto said they fix my vehicle but didn't. archer auto put a illegal inspection sticker on it to pass the emission test. Archer auto returned my vehicle. Then the power steering went out. Brought it to Firestone to get fix. Then later found out there was a recall on the power steering. The 2007 Cobalt was shutting-off on me and losing all power..then I took it back because their was another recall on the vehicle. Then on 9/13/14 the engine shut-off on me. Losing all power, locking the brakes and power steering also. I ran into the back of a vehicle and totaled put the 2007 Cobalt.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #19

Feb 122015


  • miles
My head lights will not go off unless I unplug my battery, and my signal light won't go off the chavy dealer claims not to know what's going on with it unless I pay them $200, first. Its been about 30 days now that this has been going on.

- Oxford, NC, USA

problem #18

Aug 282014


  • miles
I was stopped at a stop sign my brakes suddenly stopped working and the car accelerated and I hit another vehicle.

- Bloomington , IN, USA

problem #17

May 012014


  • 125,000 miles


I was driving on the highway with my son and my car died due to the ignition switch, luckily it was in the early morning and there was nobody around. I have a standard vehicle so I just shifted down and coasted. I pulled off to the shoulder and put my emergency brakes. I immediately took my vehicle to a GM dealership and got the problem taken care of. Within a month of getting my vehicle back, I was on the highway with my son and the brakes disintegrated and totally failed on me. I fortunately knew how to handle my car in a situation such as this but I had to get it towed to the dealership I purchased it from. I expressed my extreme concerns for safety and how I needed to get into a safer vehicle. I have not been helped and I have been without a vehicle for a month. I need help to get into a safer vehicle for myself and my son.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #16

Mar 132013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
In my words and experience that happened on the day of 03/13/2013, appx 4:30 pm on my way home from work, like any other day over crowded traffic hour, stop and go, I started to experience loss of power in my vehicle. Twice it started loosing power then the vehicle veered towards oncoming traffic I steered to the right and vehicle would not steer back into normal position causing me to go over a dirt embankment and off a cliff, at that point I do not think the engine was running, I literally thought this was the end of my life, going through trees, hitting rocks. There was nothing I could do but to wait to die. Then the vehicle hit something real hard causing the vehicle to roll over and come to a stop. I just remember wanting to get out of the car as fast as I could. I had to crawl out of the passenger side to get out. I didn't see anyone I couldn't see the roadway I was so far down. I heard people yelling if I was ok. I then remembered I needed my purse and my phone to get help so I crawled back into the car I found my purse but no phone or keys until the vehicle was recovered by chp recovery. At the time I didn't feel I needed medical attention, but since the accident my back and my balance are not the same as they use to. I've also been having difficulties with my memory.

- Lk Elsinore, CA, USA

problem #15

Jul 092014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 77,653 miles
Driving down the highway @ 55mph and the power steering cuts off, the power brakes cut off, the ABS light comes on, the turn signals start going on and off at random, the gauges jump up and down nonstop. I just picked up my car and was told it referenced tsb#08-07-30-021 (NHTSA#10025402). The check engine light is still on because of this problem. The shop referenced the following error codes from the check engine light: P0575 U7300 U0121 U0140 thank goodness no one was behind me or around me at the time because I was unable to properly steer the vehicle, brake, or accelerate. This is a major problem that should be addressed by GM.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #14

Jun 022014


  • 70,987 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated the emergency brake failed to engage. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,987 and the current mileage was 71,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Kent , WA, USA

problem #13

Jun 062014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 112,850 miles


When im driving it feels like my rear brakes want to lockup. I smelled abad odor come from my brakes. My car sometimes moves really slow when my car has that feel with the brakes, my brake pedal is loose sometimes and sometime it is tight im scared to drive my car but I have to because I work don't have no other transportation, im scared im going to have accident please help.

- Ironton, OH, USA

problem #12

May 052014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 1,110,000 miles
I was driving at about 35mp and it felt like my right rear brakes was sticking like they where stuck, then I was driving and it the car didn't want to move I push all the way to the floor with the gas pedal and it still wouldn't move, so I put it back into park, try again the it went in reverse.but it moved really slow, the key wouldn't turn most of the time had to keep turning it also took car to dealer to have key ignition fix said they don't know how long it would take to fix, then I get on internet and see there are up to six recalls on this car but how do I find out if I can have them fix them too. Only got one letter which was for the ignition switch.

- Ironton, OH, USA

problem #11

Jan 072014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while driving 60 mph, the brakes engaged independently and the vehicle came to a complete stop. The problem recurred every time the vehicle was driven. The dealer was not notified of the problem. The contact also received a recall notification under NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system); however, the part was unavailable to do the repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Hallandale Beach, FL, USA

problem #10

Jul 012012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The first incident happen in 2012 and caused a crash. I was driving down the street and needed to stop at a red light and put my foot to the floor on the brakes and it did not stop me. I could not move the steering wheel either so I could not avoid hitting the lady in front of me. Luckily, I was not going very fast and everyone was okay. While exchanging insurance information, I noticed my keys were in the floor board of my vehicle. I didn't think anything of it, because when it came out of the shop it seemed just fine. Then, I was on the freeway on my way to work in 2013 and my knee bumped my key ring and they fell to the floor. I could not slow down or switch lanes. I got a speeding ticket. Then in November, 2013, the same thing happened as the first time which caused a wreck. I could not stop at a red light and rear ended a vehicle in front of me. I was barely moving whatsoever though, so I got lucky again. Recently, my check engine light came on and I took it to the autovbody shop in town and had to pay 800 dollars to get the timing chain replaced. I have had nothing but issues with that car and now I find out that many recalls have been issued on the vehicle and I have not been notified of a single one. Apparently GM was supposed to notify owners with their registration information. My registration just came up for renewal as of May 1st and I have not been notified or instructed what to do. It has gotten to the point now where I duct tape my key so that it will not come out while I am driving. I limit my driving to necessity travel because I am too afraid that something else, possibly worse, than what has already happened thus far.

- Trinity, TX, USA

problem #9

Apr 062014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while parked, the emergency brake failed to engage after numerous attempts. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Poughkeepise, NY, USA

problem #8

Feb 282014


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, she attempted to engaged the brakes but the vehicle failed to stop. As a result, the contact crash into another vehicle and the air bags failed to deployed. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 120,000.

- Kunkletown, PA, USA

problem #7

Nov 102012


  • miles
On November 10, 2010, I was on my way to work. It was about 10:00am if I remember correctly. I could not even make it out of my subdivision before my Cobalt began to give out on me. I made a right turn at a stop sign, and my car suddenly started to "roll" I would say, because I was not able to steer or press the brakes. Basically the car had cut off without me knowing. I definitely didn't expect it to happen since it was on a full tank of gas. But anyways as it was rolling it was pulling towards the right since that's how my steering wheel was already turned from me making a right at a stop sign. I could not get the car to stop and I was rolling down the hill drifting off into peoples yards. The car rolled into a brick mailbox. It hit pretty hard. The brick mailbox came completely out of the ground and luckily fell in the opposite direction. I slung forward one the car hit the mailbox. I blacked out for a few seconds, and then immediately went into a panic attack which caused me to go into an asthma attack. I have asthma pretty bad. The air bad did not deploy. The front end of the car was all smashed in and all the fuels had leaked out. Because I slung forward I had whiplash, and also a knot on my head and a swollen busted lip. I was wearing my seat belt. I was out of work for a while due to the pack neck and head injuries. The police was called and a police report was filed. And of course the car was totaled out, which also left me with no transportation.

- Hampton, GA, USA

problem #6

Feb 142014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 86,855 miles
While exiting the freeway, the car engine and electrical system suddenly went dead for no apparent reason. The driver steered the car to the side of the road without power steering or brakes. After it stopped, the driver put the car in park and restarted the engine. There were two people in the car at the time of the incident.

- Brighton, IL, USA

problem #5

Jul 232013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 81,999 miles
Today pulled the parking brake to park (manual transmission) and the brake handle would not engage.

- Jenkinsburg, GA, USA

problem #4

Oct 122012


  • 69,000 miles
I have an extreme vibration and some clanking noise in the front end of my 2007 Chevy Cobalt whenever applying my brakes on a downhill slope. I do mostly freeway driving and fortunately there aren't a lot of hills, so my brakes are not under much stop and go strain. I was told the my control arms and bushings will have to be replaced and that it may cost $900 or more after labor. Due to the cost, I have not been able to do the repairs and after looking online, I see that several other people have had the same issue and replaced these parts only to find they need to be replaced again in as little as a year. My last Chevy had nearly 300,000 miles on it and there was never an issue with the control arms, so this definitely should not be happening.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

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