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:
14 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 2
Average Mileage:
53,490 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt electrical problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 1 of 12)

problem #224

Jan 112017


  • 48,000 miles


Fuel gauges go crazy, the gas acceleration and speed gauges sometimes do not work and if the do they go up and down. All the lights I my dashboard light up as well. This usually happens when you turn on the car but it is not constant. It will sometimes happen two weeks in a row, but sometimes after two weeks. The gas tank is also leaking and the left speaker goes out sometimes. Once in a while my keys will get stuck in the ignition.

- Los Lunas, NM, USA

problem #223

Jan 022013


  • 140,000 miles
I own a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. In 2013 my car went crazy. Power steering stopped working and all the electric components were all over the place. RPM's were going up and down, full tank of gas said it was empty, gear shifter was clicking, and the car was jerking like it wanted to stall. I called Chevy and they told me there were 2 recalls, during the same time my garage smelled strong like gas. I had the problem fixed twice. Now in December 2016 the car is going haywire again.power steering goes out, all electric components start flipping out and the anti theft system light comes on along with every other light on the dash. My 17 year old daughter now drives the car and it is completely unsafe considering she is unable to steer and all the electric components go out. This must be treated as a recall! I've seen thousands of the same complaints. This is extremely unsafe and can easily cause an accident. GM needs to take responsibility for this! does someone have to die before a recall fixes the problem? I paid cash for my car and bought it in 2007 with 12 miles on it. This is unacceptable and there needs to be a lawsuit against GM!

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #222

Oct 102016


  • 97,563 miles
See attachment.....have invoices for 3 times car at dealers including original recall

- Garfield Heights, OH, USA

problem #221

Sep 072016


  • 99,550 miles


Takata recall. My car was turned on for about 5 minutes and I was driving to my inlaws 2 miles away to pick my children up when I started smelling smoke about 1/2 mile into my ride. My car quickly filled up with smoke and I pulled into a random driveway. Flames started in the trunk. I had the A/C on and used my turn signals. Put my driver side window down.

- Hermitage, PA, USA

problem #220

Jul 202016


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the rear of the vehicle jerked and felt as if it would seize. All the gauges on the instrument panel fluctuated and the anti-theft warning indicator illuminated. The contact stated that the failures occurred after the ignition switch was replaced on the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken back to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #219

Jun 112016


  • miles
The defect: No audible warning chime when the drivers door is opened after turning off the ignition and leaving the key in the cylinder. There is also no audible chime when the seatbelt is not connected while driving and the turn signals make no audible sounds when on. All audible sounds are played using the vehicles sound system. I saw there has been a recall issued for other GM models with similar problems. This problem is common with this make and model and other similar GM vehicles. My chimes haven't worked right for awhile now. A quick google search shows this is a on going problem with GM radios for a long time. A recall has been issued for newer GM vehicles with similar problems General Motors recalls Chevrolet sonic, trax and spark over radio compliance issue read more:

- New Franklin, OH, USA

problem #218

Jan 062014


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the power steering failed and the battery warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering motor, keys and the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering) but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000. The VIN was not available.

- Nitro, WV, USA

problem #217

Dec 072015


  • 43,703 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. After having the vehicle repaired for the ignition key to be removed from the starter, the engine light illuminated and the steering was in dic mode. Also, the power steering failed. When depressing the accelerator pedal, the vehicle failed to accelerate accordingly. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who stated that the vehicle was repaired with an aftermarket part that needed to be replaced. The part was replaced, but the failure recurred. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and provided no resolution. The approximate failure mileage was 43,703.

- Clatskanie, OR, USA

problem #216

Oct 262015


  • 100 miles
Power steering not fixed on open recall in 2010 power steering rack failure caused an accident in motion 3rd party dealership diagnosed the problem with the power steering rack failure, but was unable to fix.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #215

Jul 222015


  • 70,000 miles
Key was stuck in ignition and was unable to start. Replaced body module control and now the check engine light wont go off, says air bags need service, radio is locked out, with a slew of other problems. Took it car to the dealership to find no resolution. My car also lost power steering briefly after only driving about 15 minutes.

- Belmont, NC, USA

problem #214

Dec 202015


  • 108,000 miles


The car shuts completely off while driving, it has only happened at low speeds and acts like it just stalled. Once restarted, the car runs fine. This happens at random times both when first starting the car and also after driving long periods.

- Versailles, OH, USA

problem #213

Dec 232015


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While attempting to start the vehicle, the ignition seized and the security system warning light illuminated. The contact also stated that the instrument panel became inoperable randomly. The failure was persistent. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 180,000.

- Stanford, KY, USA

problem #212

Nov 012015


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving the vehicle, the key was accidentally removed from the ignition switch and the vehicle continued to operate. On several occasions, while driving various speeds, the vehicle suddenly shut off and the front driver seat belt was faulty. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the linkage was faulty. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 35,000. Updated 2/4/16

- Washington Township, MI, USA

problem #211

Dec 192015


  • 89,000 miles
The driver side headlight stays dim. Check engine light keeps coming on with something different. Had two fuel pumps installed. The car last night had power but would not turn over or attempt to start. When driving at highway speeds the steering is loose, at low speeds power steering sometimes works. Loud popping in slow sharp turns. Just had it checked and new tires said suspension was great.

- Hazard, KY, USA

problem #210

Jun 102013


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 35 mph, the instrument cluster began to malfunction and various warning lights illuminated. In addition, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The contact pulled over and switched off the vehicle, but it required multiple attempts to restart. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the anti-theft alarm system caused the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Randallstown, MD, USA

problem #209

Nov 022015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch reimbursement for repairs issue. The consumer was informed he would not be reimbursed because the recall was not performed by an authorized Chevrolet dealer.

- East Providence, RI, USA

problem #208

Jun 202015


  • 50,000 miles
While driving the vehicle lost power. At times it could be re-started and at times it had to be towed for repair. Multiple dealerships and local mechanics attempted numerous repairs but could not locate problem. After years of unsafe driving the issue was resolved. The problem was described in service bulletin 07-06-04-0190 electrical intermittent reduced power dated 6/28/2011. The dealerships could not find the problem but my local mechanic finally did. In our small village he has since repaired numerous Cobalts with the same problem. I asked him if a recall would be issued and he said not until a significant number of people die as a result and the problem could be pinpointed. This is not acceptable. It took almost two years of unsafe driving before the problem was discovered and repaired.

- Bethel, OH, USA

problem #207

May 152015


  • 53,000 miles
The both front speaker quit working. That the turn signal chime did not work either this after take mi car to the dealership cause something about power steering recall

- Ukiah, CA, USA

problem #206

Feb 142014


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the key was difficult to remove from the ignition. The failure recurred multiple times. The contact also stated that the vehicle failed to start. After several attempts, the vehicle was able to start. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) however, the failure recurred. While driving approximately 20 mph and making a right turn, the vehicle stalled and the contact crashed into a curb. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #205

Oct 012015


  • 110,000 miles
My key has been getting stuck in the ignition for not reason, I have to take extra time to start my car about 5 times and put it in all the gears before it will allow me to remove my key from the ignition.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

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