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:
3 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
33,876 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #20

Nov 242013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles


2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle engine problems. The consumer stated the vehicle was recalled for the exact problem she experienced.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #19

Nov 152012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 52,300 miles
I was driving southbound on the lodge freeway in detroit, Michigan in snowy conditions. My car stalled and I spent out with no control. I have been driving for many years and I have never had a car stall out on me and spend out of control such as this one. My rear driver's side bumper and fender was crushed. I was unaware of the GM recall until present and had GM disclosed the recall information before I purchased the vehicle (paid in full) with my cash, hard earned money I would have never driven to monroe Michigan to get such a vehicle as this could have happened to my wife or daughter. General Motors had no right to withhold this information as this could have been fatal. In conclusion, I think GM owes me a refund.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #18

Feb 202014


  • 70,000 miles
Was driving car, heard a clicking noise, smelled smoke and car busted into flames. Still waiting for insurance company to look at car. Was a total loss,

- North Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #17

Apr 022010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 18,565 miles


Was driving on freeway going 55 mpg, weather clear, road clear, went to apply brakes and no power to car what so ever, car did complete U-turn on freeway and hit side curbing on freeway which caused tire and rim damage. Lights came on dash and car was not on when it crashed. Car was taken to rally Chevrolet for repairs and I told them that car just quit responding and I had no control of car. They said they found nothing mechanically wrong, my insurance had to pay for repairs and I had to pay deductible for repairs, an investigator came out to check mechanical issues with car, but codes had been erased from rally Chevrolet.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #16

Jun 142013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
Check engine light with the code 0410. On Friday I took my car to a shop because my car started to smell like electrical wires were burning and that is when I noticed the my engine light was on. When the shop checked it had a code for 0410. I looked this code up and I had said there was a recall on this code but I noticed that my car was not on this list.

- Spencer, OK, USA

problem #15

Nov 062010


  • 36,000 miles
I was driving my 2007 Cobalt and stopped at a stop sign, when I saw smoke rolling out from the car. Luckily my children were not in the car. Within minutes my car was up in flames. The entire car, except the trunk was gone. There was no saving the car. Everything was burned to a crisp. Today I heard about the recall, I was wondering if that had something to do with my fire. I do know im not satisfied.

- Alexandria, KY, USA

problem #14

Apr 272012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles


I have a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. My power steering light started to flash when I was headed to work then my gas gage went from 1/2 a tank to empty, it then started to feel weird like it was getting harder to turn so I parked it and shut the car. When I come back after work and started it and was able to make it home and parked it cause im to scared to drive it with my two kids. What should I do I been reading up on these kind of cars and it seems there are alot of problems just like mine.

- Butte , MT, USA

problem #13

May 302011


  • 50,000 miles
My husband and I purchased the vehicle in question in April 2007, at approx. 50,000 miles my car started to miss, then began to accelerate on its own and lunge as I was coming to a stop. We brought the car back to dealer where purchased, we were then sent on "wild goose chase, " first we were told it was a fuel pedal sensor, nxt they replaced the computer, followed by the wiring harness, this however, did not fix the problem, we took it back for a fourth time and the ended up rebuilding the head on the motor, car has not ran correctly ever since. We tried to file a lemon law claim but needed four receipts to prove warranty work, we had three and after the fourth when picked up car the dealer would not release fourth, that was a year ago. My car now has 88,000 miles on it, it is beginning to idle rough again and when I put fuel in it, the car does not want to start, at first it will not do anything, and then it will try to turn over but will not start I then have to slam the fuel to it in order to get it started, once it starts it will idle rough and I have to keep giving it fuel in order for the idle to smooth. This is the worst vehicle I have ever owned, I will be hard pressed to ever buy another Chevy!!!!!!!

- Cabin Creek, WV, USA

problem #12

Oct 222011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
My husband bought his car Nov.6, 2008 and since that we didn't have a problem anything but that one window on the right of the back seat won't move. Anyway, on Oct.22, 2011, my husband was coming home from work when the power steering went off, thank god he made it safe to our home. On Monday, he made the appointment to the dealer place for the recall we kept on putting off. So the following morning, Tuesday, the dealer replaced the electric power steering. The car was working fine that whole day. The next morning, the car won't do anything at all. The un/lock button won't work as if there's no power and the car won't start.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 122011


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while driving approximately 65 mph and the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor was it repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure and current mileages was approximately 45,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Wheatland, CA, USA

problem #10

Jul 122011


  • 100,000 miles


When coming to a stop, the car will accelerate on its own. It does this at random times, today at stop sign the car speedometer accelerated to 80 mph and car shut down while at a complete stop. No codes to read nor did check engine light come on.

- Woodsfield, OH, USA

problem #9

Oct 312006


  • 369 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact noticed many problems with the vehicle since the date of purchase in October 2006. The contact stated that the alignment was incorrect so the vehicle was taken back to the dealer for alignment immediately. Also, the check engine light, and the air bag light would illuminate intermittently so sensors were replaced by the dealer. The steering column and power steering motor, headliner. Catalytic converter, wheel bearings, struts, and the heating/cooling system were all replaced. The vehicle also stalled completely on an intermittent basis. The contact stated that the problems were consistent. The manufacturer had not been notified. The current mileage was approximately 104,000. The failure mileage was 369.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #8

Aug 012010


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 1-2 mph the vehicle started jerking. He engaged the accelerator and the vehicle hesitated, back fires and then began driving normally. The failure started approximately two weeks ago and the failure was constant. The vehicle has not been taken to an authorized dealer or local mechanic. The failure mileage was 63,000 and the current mileage was 63,500.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 162007


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. When the contact attempted to start the vehicle, it failed to start. The engine warning light immediately illuminated on the instrument panel. There were several attempts before the engine would start. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who repaired the vehicle but didn't say what component was repaired. The contact stated that the engine stalled twice while driving without warning and the power steering failed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer five times and repaired. The dealer was diagnosing the failure so that the vehicle could be repaired when the complaint was filed. The contact will notify the manufacturer regarding the failures. The failure mileage was approximately 6,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #6

Jan 272009


  • 5,600 miles
My stepbrother had two Chevy Cobalts. The first one he wrecked on a country road where he skidded on gravel, his car burst into flames. Fortunately, he was able to get out of the car. He replaced it with another Cobalt. In January 2009 he had another wreck, single car. His car hit a pole and immediately broke out in flames. Unfortunately for my family he was not able to get out, he couldn't get his seat belt undone and the flames were melting the interior causing caustic flames. The policeman broke out the back window to get him out and the policeman was hospitalized from smoke inhalation my brother didn't make it, he died. I believe this should be checked out. I wrote to Chevrolet with no response.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #5

Oct 072009


  • miles
I am the not so proud owner of a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. I have less than 30,000 miles on the vehicle and have already had the head gasket replaced. Upon doing some research to see if this was a common problem, I found that the power steering failure issue is huge!!!! I have not had the problem myself, but know a couple of people who have and as I'm sure you are aware, there are hundreds and hundreds of people who have. Some have gotten into accidents, others were extremely lucky. What will it take to get Chevy to announce a recall" will it take the ultimate sacrifice" how many people will have to die to have this taken care of. Driving the Chevy Cobalt is like driving a time bomb......just waiting for anything to freeze up and make driving a nightmare. Please get with Chevy and issue a recall. I really hope something gets down about this issue and soon. There are many, many new, inexperienced drivers behind the wheel of this car. Let's save those young lives, as well as everyone else who drives this dangerous vehicle.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #4

Oct 252009


  • 36,000 miles
My 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt power steering just die. Is there some kind of recall for this car? I was driving on a curved road when the power steering signal came on and I had to slow down too fast to control the car. I could had been rear ended...

- New Bern, NC, USA

problem #3

Oct 052009


  • 35,915 miles
Driving down the road with my 2 year old daughter in the car, and all of a sudden the power steering on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt ls went out. Almost caused a pile up as it was on a busy, main road. It was working okay if you turn the car off then on, but now it's stalling every minute or two. I have read this is an ongoing problem with the Chevy Cobalt. I don't understand, will it take lives being lost for this problem to be taken seriously? I am taking it to the dealer tomorrow and since it's under warranty I am assuming they will replace what needs to be replaced, but as I have read in other's complaints that isn't any guarantee that it will stay fixed.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 182009


  • 58,778 miles
Power steering indicator light came on while I was out and about running errands (at least 3 times). Fortunately, I was able to pull over, stop and start again. It would run fine for a short while and the light would come on again. I also experienced a great deal of trouble 7/17/09 with the key getting stuck in the ignition and it not turning. I have recently spent $1,600 plus to repair/replace the cylinder head gasket.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 222008

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Knocking noise from rear of vehicle from cold start. Has occurred numerous times.

- Willsboro, NY, USA

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