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.


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
66,529 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt fuel system problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #20

Sep 302010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 62,500 miles


Smell gasoline coming from the rear of the vehicle. Looked under rear of vehicle and can see gas dripping from the top of the gas tanks fuel module. Recall only covers certain vehicles with the same problem! fumes could ignite anytime. Dealeship will not repair on recall due to VIN not falling between the numbers.

- Oracle, AZ, USA

problem #19

Jul 152010


  • 51,000 miles
While driving 07 Chevrolet Cobalt on highway in Nevada when smoke emitted filling the vehicle, rolled down windows to see and pulled over 2 lanes to get off the highway and just got out of the vehicle as it was engulfed in flames. Tires popped then vehicle exploded.

- Henrietta, NY, USA

problem #18

Aug 012010


  • 25,000 miles
I own a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt (VIN number [xxx]) which was purchased and licensed in the state of Texas. There is a current recall for some 2007 Chevy Cobalts (NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000). The dealer I contacted indicated that my auto was not part of the recall and I never received a recall notice. However, my car is experiencing the same symptions as cars that have been recalled for this issue. The symptions are: (1) gas small (2) noticable reduction in fuel mileage (from 27 mpg to 18 mpg) (3) difficult starting I believe my car should have been included in this recall as well. Is there any way to address this issue? information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #17

Jul 262010


  • 38,754 miles


I currently own a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt lt. On July 19, my husband and I noticed a strong smell of gasoline inside the vehicle. A week later, our car was in the shop for repairs (not relating to the gasoline odor), and I was informed that the fuel pump modular assembly was cracked, and leaking gasoline. The mechanic informed me that it could catch fire if it was not replaced. The warranty on the fuel pump had expired two months previous, and was on recall, but not in the state we reside in. It had to be replaced immediately, and the cost came out of pocket.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #16

Aug 102010


  • 77,109 miles
2007 Chevy Cobalt smell strong gas smell. Poor starting. Found out there was a recall issued on fuel pumps but only issued in certain states. Car is registered in Missouri which is not on list but was originally purchased in Georgia which is on list. VIN number falls within range listed on this web site on document 2410373 listed on this site by GM director scott lawson. Contacted Chevy and they acted like they never heard of such a problem. No help or concern about situation. This is dangerous, many incidents out there like this on this year of vehicle.

- St. Charles, MO, USA

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problem #15

May 202010


  • 49,000 miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt VIN# [xxx]. fuel leak coming from fuel pump module. Existing recall for same problem, that GM says does not apply to this vehicle. Car is currently registered in South Carolina, was previously registered in Alabama, and New Mexico. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #14

Jun 242010


  • 50,529 miles


My 2007 Chevy Cobalt had a strong smell of gas and I found a puddle of gas underneath the car. I took this car to a Chevrolet dealer and the mechanic said that the fuel pump module assembly failed. I really think this should be checked for a recall. I'm finding lots of complaints on the internet as this is extremely dangerous.

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #13

Jun 122010


  • miles
There is a strong smell of gas in the car when I start the care remotely. This is not the first time that I noticed this. It happened in 2007 when I first bought the car. I reported it to the dealer whose response was that they could not duplicate the incident.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #12

Mar 232010


  • 58,819 miles
In late March, I started noticing the smell of gas when I would get in the car to go somewhere. I just thought this was from gas being spilled when removing the gas nozzle after filling the tank. On April 3rd, the smell got extremely strong and I had to keep the windows down in order to drive the car. On Monday April 5th, I took the car to my mechanic to investigate the source of the smell. The mechanic called me back around mid-day to inform me the fuel pump line had broken off at the top the fuel pump assembly, where the piece should not have broken. The mechanic also informed me, there was gas all over the place once the tank was removed. He quoted: "it's a wonder the car did not explode" I have since contacted GM via the 800 #, being there is a recall for this problem. I've read the recall information, it is based on state located in hot climates area for now, but this problem is happening in other states not listed in the letter.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #11

Apr 242010


  • 40,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) loss of warning chimes due to defective drivers door speaker (2007 Cobalt and & 2007 GMC canyon). I am current awaiting repair under the 2nd recall for our Cobalt VIN [xxx](gas leak & loss of steering defects not yet repaired). The letter received from GM warning of the steering defect stated a warning chime would sound and a message on the drivers info cntr would appear. Problem is, the speaker where the warning sounds come from is intermittent. In fact, I cannot tell if I have the blinkers on without looking at the dashboard; something that's not always safe to do. Even though this started shortly after the warranty expired; I asked the dealer to repair it because I considered it unsafe. If a car manufacturer is going to change the role of a speaker from merely producing sound for radio use to sounding safety warning chimes then the speaker ought to have an extended warranty. I am approaching my middle 50's and do not abuse the sound system in the car. In my opinion; this failing speaker is a definite safety issue. In fact, our 2007 GMC canyon is experiencing the same issue. I've recently noticed the drivers door speaker is starting to distort and realized after the Cobalts speaker failed the canyon drivers door speaker also emits warning chimes. As I stated above, if the role of a speaker is to sound warning chimes, then it becomes a possible safety issue when it fails. [xxx]

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #10

Mar 092010


  • 53,143 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact had the vehicle repaired for recall #09226 to replace the fuel pump module parts#19168894W-module-ki. After the repair was performed the fuel pump, gauge and alarm are showing below red and low fuel level. When fuel was added, the gauge did not move. The dealer was contacted and was advised of the failure. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The dealer diagnosed the vehicle again and recommended that the contact only use chevron fuel. After receiving the vehicle back, the vehicle continued to incorrectly show a low fuel level. The manufacturer and service manager were called numerous times but had not returned the calls made by the contact. The failure mileage was 56,143.

- Parkland , FL, USA

problem #9

Sep 032009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
We own 2007 Cobalt our daughter drives. She started complaining in Sep '09 of a gas smell but we really didn't pay her any mind. Then, about 6 wks. Ago when she had to drive me to an appt. I could really smell the gas fumes. It made me sick. I called huffines Chevrolet lewisville, tx (where we got the car) & was told her VIN # didn't have a recall. He didn't do anything else. Then, I called a dealer in frisco, tx where my daughter lives. The mechanic dept. Looked up her VIN & said "no recall for that VIN # but you have extended warranty we can fix it." So, at no charge it was taken care of. Then, a few weeks later I get a recall for the mra to be replaced as it can be dangerous"! letter states that if there is a crack, fuel can leak & there could be a fire?! besides the recall you have just issued for the power steering "why don't you make sure recalls are sent out in a timely manner for mra parts in Cobalt's as well especially as dangerous as it can be!!! I was told that her VIN# fell through the cracks in your system & that's why our car VIN # didn't get a recall" anything to do with a leak in the fuel area is a very hazardous issue. Our daughter was inhaling gas fumes for months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hopefully there is not any lung or brain damage.

- Coppell, TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 012010


  • 75,000 miles
Dealership and manufacturer will not honor NHTSA campaign id number : 09V419000 - recall on 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt - GM recall no. 090226 this is my daughter's vehicle. Received a notice from GM last week advising of safety issue and pending recall. Appointment scheduled with dealership for 3/1/10 and vehicle taken to dealership at 9am est. After 2 hours, dealer inspected vehicle, found no problem, and advised my daughter she would incur a charge of $250 if fuel tank was dropped and no problem found. Called GM, who advised vehicle was not subject to any recalls, even though I referred them to the recall post on NHTSA site. GM advised to keep driving the vehicle until the "fuel smell" became worse, as the dealership could not duplicate the problem or find any evidence of fuel leakage. GM case number assigned. Picked up daughter and left vehicle at dealership. Contacted NHTSA via phone re: Recall interpretation. Contacted GM again, who finally acknowledged vehicle was subject to recall but couldn't authorize repair specified in recall without approval at GM district level. Advised GM that the recall notice did not say "inspect and replace as necessary" but did say "replace fuel pump system. The car has been recalled and specific action requires "dealers will replace the fuel pump module free of charge" was specified. GM will not perform the required action without approval at the district level and advises they will respond within 24 business hours. Vehicle remains at dealership.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Feb 102010


  • miles
I received a safety recall notice and I called mission Chevrolet in el paso tx to schedule and appointment as per the recall notice, I spoke to a representative in the service department and he told me that I could not schedule an appointment since he did not anticipate having parts available because he was only receiving 15 parts and they would be used for first come first serve customers. I work full time and am a distance away from the dealership so I have to have an appointment and according to him the recall check would require my leaving car for the day. All of which is quite different to what was described on the recall notice of a 15 minute check and an hour and a half replacement time if necessary. So now I am at a disadvantage if I can not take care of this issue and could be jeopardizing my safety.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #5

Nov 262009


  • 45,000 miles
Power steering failure, power steering locks up and power steering flashes on communication system after hearing 3 dings. Also smell gas in car smell is very heavy at times, this is a 2007 Chevy Cobalt and car is not under warranty.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 202009


  • 70,000 miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt with 68000 miles on it has fuel leaking from top of tank. Mechanic and parts house say this is very common for this vehicle. This seems to be a real safety issue that I and others believe should warrant a recall.

- Quinlan, TX, USA

problem #3

May 312009


  • 21,900 miles
Problem: I have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt that is leaking fuel from under the car at the gas tank. I called the parts department were we purchased the car to see were the fuel filter is located. He told me that just yesterday a customer came in who owned the same year and model who also had a leak at the same location at the fuel tank. The parts person told me that the fuel pump is in the tank. The smell of gasoline in the car is extremely bad. It almost smells like it is leaking into the car. Question: Is this a problem that other 2007 Chevy customers are having" what can I do about this dangerous situation"

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 132008


  • 10,641 miles
Purchased a 2007 Cobalt Aug 13, 2007; 1 year later and till date had to bring car in for all issues pertaining to the fuel system of the car. I have broken down as a result of the fuel system in my car, have had to pay for rental car's and miss time from work. Dealership and GM does not feel my car should be replaced.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 052009


  • 64,784 miles
Yesterday I filled up the car with gas and I smelled the gasoline. I checked out my car and I found out that my gas tank was leaking from the connector that connects the gas tank to the rubber hose that leads to the metal pipe that you insert gas from. This happened two times after filling up completely. It appears that the weld process that seals the connector to the gas tank was not sealed properly and started to crack. Today I had to replace my gas tank for the first time and I don't believe I am going to be the only one with this problem. Personally I think its a problem Chevrolet has had for awhile. I also heard on the radio that the new version of the trial Blazer had a recall on their gasoline tanks for leaking problems too. My purpose for my complaint is to prevent this from happening to anyone else and notify Chevrolet of the problem so they can fix it. Yes I do still have the old part.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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