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:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,309 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt fuel system problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 10 of 10)

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problem #13

Jul 122012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Smelled gas found out fuel pump was cracked from the out going supply line, had it fixed and paid for it.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #12

Jul 232012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving she smelled a heavy gasoline odor from within the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a personal mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the plastic supply or return port on the modular reservoir assembly was cracked and fuel was leaking onto the manifold. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was unavailable.

- Moneta, VA, USA

problem #11

Apr 232012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
In March, 2009, my daughter purchased a 2007 Chevy Cobalt from a Chevrolet dealer in gilbert, AZ. The car has been well maintained, and there have been few maintenance issues until recently. In April, 2012 she noticed that she was having a hard time starting the vehicle, and when it did start it smelled strongly of gasoline. We took it to our local mechanic who determined that the car needed a new fuel pump and filter. The car then started ok, but when the gas tank was full we continued to smell gasoline outside the vehicle. We took it back to the mechanic in June for an oil change, and told him about the gasoline smell (plus the check engine light had come on). The vehicle was then diagnosed with an evaporative gas leak, so the gas cap was replaced. Again we thought that the issue was corrected until two weeks later my daughter filled up her gas tank, and when she parked at work smelled gas strongly again, and this time noticed fluid dripping from underneath the car. The next day we took the car back to the mechanic, and this time he found a crack in the port assembly. He repaired it with an epoxy repair kit to the best of his ability, but told me to check with General Motors to see if there had been a recall of any sort. I checked with the NHTSA at and there it was. There most definitely was a recall that we were never notified of regarding this fuel leak issue. I sent a letter to General Motors requesting a copy of the recall, asking why I wasn't originally notified in February of 2010, and requesting reimbursement for my expenses, totaling $976. Customer service at General Motors denied my request, and refused to accept responsibility. They said that my vehicle VIN was not listed. They would not tell me why. All I know is that if my vehicle had been repaired at the time the recall occurred, I would not have had this issue.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #10

Jul 262012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


My 2007 Chevy Cobalt began leaking fuel which sent strong vapors into the car causing me to nearly faint. After researching 2007 Chevy Cobalt recalls, I found that it was recalled in 2009 for a defective fuel system which can cause fires. When I notified two different tucson Chevy dealerships of this defect and requested it be replaced immediately, both turned me away saying my VIN is not on the recall list, though it is the same year, make and model. I even took in forms proving that the recalls for the 2007 Chevy Cobalt did not state it is only on certain ones.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jul 052012


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, he smelled an odor of gasoline fuel. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The failure and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Columbia , MD, USA

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problem #8

May 072012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
I was driving on 78 going to sams when me and my family noticed a loud smell of fuel and some motorist passing by point at my car stating that we had leakage coming from my vehicle. So as I was trying to get over the car suddenly cuts off right in the middle of the freaking freeway almost off the road but not quite. So a good person stopped and helped me push the car off until the police showed to have other moving cars move to the next lane until we were in a safe place. Sure enough the fuel under my car was pouring out. I only had my car a year and never had something like this happen with any cars I have ever had this is actually the first car from Chevrolet I ever owned. I called the dealership I got the car from but it was not under warranty at all and this is very upsetting. So now I am without a car for now. Until I get this fixed I looked up recalls but nothing with my VIN number [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #7

Jul 022012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 93,000 miles


Over the last couple days was smelling gas from under my hood. So I checked recalls and found out that a certain VIN number was recalled on some 2007 Cobalts which was not my VIN. But it also included saying that my car which came from one of the states that they would consider replacing part but would charge a fee to fix it. They would honor but upon calling my GM dealer in which I bought the car said there was no recall but I informed them I found it on the same sight in which I had my steering fixed from a recall and she said they would not fix it because there was no such recall then I also called the GM main number and they refused a recall even though I said there was and what bothers me is that there is document of fires from the vehicle that starts from the ignition and my grandchildren ride in my vehicle so to me loss of life is not worth there excuses when obviously there is a problem with the fuel pump causing fires hope I get some response to maybe make sure nobody dies from this problem.

- South Roxana, IL, USA

problem #6

Jun 292012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 100,213 miles
I am in atlanta, Georgia where the weather is 104'. I began to drive on the highway and parked my car in a garage where I began to smell gas. Then as the days went on I smelled the gas stronger and fumes. I was riding my little 1 year old cousin around when I noticed a gas leak from the car. He then began to cough and I immediately switched vehicles for his safety. I was told that the Cobalts had a recall on fuel systems but mine was not covered. I did have a power wheel steering recall which I did not understand why I didn't have a fuel system recall. I would think they messed up both at the same time. I need this fixed as soon as possible because the heat is rising outside and the gas is actually spilling from the tank. This is a dangerous issue which I shouldn't have to fix if the manufacturer created so many.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #5

Jun 222012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 31,900 miles
Car began to have a strong gas odor, then car began to be hard to start, car now has gas leaking on ground when parked after driving.

- Fairmont, WV, USA

problem #4

May 162012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 120,500 miles
Noticed a strong fuel odor around my car. Discovered the fuel pump supply line was broken at the fuel pump module and gas was squirting everywhere. I see where there is recall on certain vins over this problem and wonder why mine is not included.

- Morgantown, KY, USA

problem #3

Jan 012012


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when she smelled a strong fuel odor. The contact also stated that the odor was strongest when the vehicle was parked after being recently driven. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, but the failure was not yet diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Little River, SC, USA

problem #2

May 102011


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that within 20 miles after refueling to capacity, the fuel tank had burned one quarter of a tank of gasoline. The contact also mentioned that there was an overpowering odor of gasoline from within the vehicle. The overpowering odor would cause the contact headaches whenever she operated the vehicle. The dealer was notified of the failure and informed the contact that there was nothing that they could do to assist with the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

May 142012


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that after parking the vehicle, gasoline fuel fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The contact mentioned that after inspecting the vehicle she realized that there was a fuel leak. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the fuel pump was cracked. As a result, the fuel pump and the fuel tank needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 63,000.

- Holden, LA, USA

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