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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,830 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt brakes problems

brakes problem

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 102010


  • 20,660 miles


On February 10, 2010, while traveling West on 14th street another driver in the left lane entered my lane (right lane), and I slammed on brakes to stop from hitting the other drivers vehicle. Despite the fact it was a sunny very cold day outside and the streets were dry the brakes on my vehicle locked up as though I have an anti-locking braking system, which I don't have on my car. The steering wheel became none responsive and my car ended up jumping the curb and hitting a telephone pole on the front driver side of the car. There is damage to the driver side headlight and a dent in the same area in the shape of the pole; furthermore, the airbag never deployed. The car is currently at a GM body shop being repaired by the other drivers insurance; however, in light of the recent GM recall about an issue with the steering wheel I am bringing my accident to your attention just in case the issues are related.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 052008


  • 15,000 miles
I have a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and at approximately 15,000 miles began having some slight vibrations when braking. I went to have the brakes checked to make sure everything was okay and was told that my brake pads were good. I drove more until approximately 20,000 miles and the vibrations increased. I finally ended up getting it into the dealership at 26000 and they told me my rotors were warped and they resurfaced them and they were fixed. Now only an additional 15000 miles and the vibration is back but even worse. I believe they just resurfaced them knowing that they are malfunctioning so that when it happened again they were not covered under warranty. When I contacted the dealership back to inform them that they are not fixed they informed me that it was my own maintenance problem even though they are obviously defective. I am at a loss as new rotors will surely find the same fate and it is very expensive to replace rotors every 15,000 - 20,000 miles. I have never owned a vehicle that I even had to have rotors resurfaced or replaced with regular maintenance. Very disappointed and upset that this is not being researched and recalled by Chevrolet as a defect and safety issue.

- Maryville, TN, USA

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