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:
36 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
31 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,214 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #17

Sep 122011


  • 52,000 miles


Service air bag light is constantly on. Dealer says its caused by sitting something in the passenger seat that isn't very heavy (purse, book, shopping bag, etc) and "confusing" the sensor, though I do not place anything in the seat. When the service light is on, the airbag will not deploy in an accident. Was told by a dealer service manager that they really weren't sure how to/if they could fix it.

- Asheboro, NC, USA

problem #16

Aug 182011


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet colbalt. The contact stated that the airbag warning light was illuminated and the fuel pump was leaking fuel onto the exhaust pipe. A local mechanic diagnosed that a replacement pump was necessary. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer were notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 88,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Odon, IN, USA

problem #15

Jul 102011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Strong smell of gas when im driving the car in and outside. The car has trouble starting, I had it checked and was told there was a fuel leak. Called GM and was told even though their was a special coverage for my state they would not fix the leak. This is a dangerous leak due to a faulty plastic part. I hope my family doesn't die from inhaling fumes or blow up. Kinda makes you think its another pinto exploding gas tank deal. I guess they wont do anything until someone dies. I have had many problems with this car starting a week after I bought it new. Knocking when the engine starts, using oil now, airbags not working, small electrical things keep going wrong. When I take it in im told they cant reproduce the problems.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #14

Dec 032010


  • 53,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the steering wheel locked and the vehicle abnormally accelerated to 11 mph before crashing into another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy yet there were no injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not repaired or inspected. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was approximately 55,000 and the failure mileage was approximately 53,000.

- West Allis, WI, USA

problem #13

Sep 152010


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving 20 mph when the steering wheel began to jerk violently and the power steering assist failed. The contact stated that the failure would occur sporadically and when it did, the vehicle would have to be shut off for two days before the power steering would independently reset. The air bag warning light also remained illuminated. The vehicle was never taken to the dealer for diagnosis or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

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problem #12

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 #11

Jun 012010


  • 31,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the air bag light on the instrument panel continued to illuminate. When the contact took the vehicle to the dealer they could not diagnose the failure. The dealer informed the contact to bring the vehicle back if the air bag light continued to illuminate. Two months later, the light came on and the contact was concerned that the air bag would deploy at any time or that it would not deploy if the vehicle was involved in a crash. The contact made an appointment with the dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact does not feel safe driving the vehicle. The failure mileage was 31,000.

- Redding , PA, USA

problem #10

Mar 012010


  • 64,000 miles
I have had a 2007 Chevy Cobalt for almost a year, and it has been wrecked, but was fixed and it has just around 60,000 miles on it and the power steering goes out in it. I can turn the car off and then back on and it will work just fine for a few more minutes and then go out again.

- Salem, AR, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Mar 032010


  • 60,000 miles
2007 Cobalt, could not steer car straight, went into a ditch, car flipped, car hit a tree, none of the airbags deployed!!!!

- Oakridge, OR, USA

problem #7

Apr 122009


  • 37,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The air bag warning light has illuminated since the vehicle was purchased. The contact has taken the vehicle to the dealer and they reset the air bag sensor and replaced the seat belt sensor. Three months after the repairs were made, the air bag light came on. The dealer stated that the vehicle was repaired. A month and a half later the air bag light came back on. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer again and the diagnostic test indicated that failure was caused by the wiring in the ignition and the air bag coil which were repaired. Three months later the failure recurred. The contact is concerned that in the event of a crash, the air bag will not deploy. The failure mileage was 37,000.

- Fairlawn, OH, USA

problem #6

Jan 142010


  • 67,000 miles
My husband and I have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt ltz, for about three weeks we had been noticing vibrations in the steering. Also when braking the steering would shake. During that time we got a letter from our dealership about the side airbags. They said that they had sold it as if it had side airbags, but it didn't have any.on our way up there to the dealership we began to experience tightness in the steering just as we started on the interstate. We had not gone very far when our Cobalt began to fish tail and my husband was unable to control the car and we then went into two 360S and began to roll according to witnesses we rolled 4 or 5 times before the car rested on the right side. Also front airbags did not come out. It felt as if the car had no power steering at all.

- Crystal Springs, MS, USA

problem #5

Dec 152009


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. A truck rear-ended her vehicle, which caused her to crash into another vehicle. None of the airs bag deployed. Another occupant in the vehicle went to the hospital. A police report was available. The failure mileage was 25,000.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jun 012007

Cobalt 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 50 mph, the contact struck a deer head on and the air bags failed to deploy. The mechanic stated that the air bags did not deploy because of the way the vehicle struck the deer. Six months later, he struck another deer head on and the air bags failed to deploy again. The vehicle is currently in the shop for repairs. The contact believes that the air bags should have deployed no matter how the deer was struck. The current mileage was 19,000 and failure mileage was 7,000.

- Westminster, MD, USA

problem #3

Oct 182007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,251 miles
I was in a car accident on October 18th of this year. I hit the rear end of another car at 50mph. My airbags did not deploy. This is the second Chevy car that this has happen to me.

- Clairton, PA, USA

problem #2

May 242007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,833 miles
While driving E. on highway 60 in AZ, I noticed my steering wheel sticking once in a while. After driving thru devel's canyon the steering kept pulling to the right a little then it would stop pulling, over and over. When I was on flat road again the steering pulled real sharp to the right and would not turn left, after a second of this the steering finally freed itself again but making the steering very touchy, when this happened the car started sweerving side to side and ended up hitting the guard rail on the East bound side of the highway. I was going aprox. 52 mph in a 55 mph area. When I hit the guard rail the car hit almost head on and the air bags never went off.

- Globe, AZ, USA

problem #1

May 012007


  • 3,105 miles
I had a front impact collision with my new 2007 Chevy Cobalt. I was traveling 40 to 45 mph when the impact occured. My airbags failed to deploy. By the grace of god I walked away from the accident unharmed but my car was totaled. I contacted GM and they had an engineer inspect my car and determined the airbag should have gone off but since the car was a total loss and no one was hurt they will not do anything about it.

- Chardon, OH, USA

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