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:
55 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
46 / 3
Average Mileage:
57,029 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 11 of 29)

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problem #362

Aug 152010


  • 24,969 miles


I was driving and suddenly lost power steering when attempting to make a right turn. Continued driving though very difficult to even change lanes. Once I reached my destination, had extreme difficulties in parking my vehicle. I turned off the vehicle, turned it on again and at that point power steering was restored. No where in the vehicle manual did it indicate I can turn off the car and restart should I suddenly lose power steering. I have already contacted Chevrolet and they informed me of the power steering recall of which I never received a recall notice as well as a recall for the fuel pump modular, again, never received a recall notice. I have scheduled an appointment for tomorrow to have my vehicle serviced at a Chevrolet dealer to have both items fixed.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #361

Jul 032010


  • 88,100 miles
Hi my name is [xxx]-I have bought a 2007 Chevy Cobalt lt. And it has a pretty dangerous failure with the power steering. It happened to me the first time when ever I was driving on the highway, I didn't know so I almost crash, I was about to turn and that's when ever I realize that my power steering was totally gone. It was so hard that I had to used both hands to turn the car to the side. Now its happening every 5 minutes, and I need to turn my car off and them turn it on. So I can reset the electronic power steering.. they need to recall this cars. Its not fair that we have to paid more than $1500 for something that they already know that its happening. How can a 2007 car, had such a dangerous failure like this.. they need to recall all Chevy Cobalts. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #360

Jul 272010


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving at 55 mph when the steering wheel became stiff and extremely difficult to maneuver. The contact took the vehicle to a local dealer and was advised to have an authorized dealer diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was awaiting an email response from the manufacturer. The failure and current mileage was 52,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #359

Jul 152010


  • 40,000 miles


Power steering my wheel tightens up and it is very hard for me to turn and switch curvey lanes.

- Phila, PA, USA

problem #358

Jul 172010


  • miles
We were simply driving to the hairdresser, and my mother complained that the power steering sign came on and she was hardly able to turn the steering wheel. The Cobalt is a 2007 and has about 44,000 kilometers on it.

- Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, 00, USA

problem #357

Jul 112010


  • miles
It started out of no where a warning of power steering problems appeared and the steering goes out. When it happens I have to turn it off and then the problem is fixed for a few minutes and then it happens again it happens around every 20-30 min. Its dangerous because at times im not able to finish a turn and I get stuck in the middle of the street.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #356

Jul 122010


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 40 mph the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel and the steering wheel became very stiff. The vehicle was driven onto the emergency land and when it was restarted it began to function normally and within a few minutes, the failure recurred. The failure continued to recur until the contact reached his destination. The vehicle was not examined to determine the cause of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 50,000.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #355

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 #354

Jun 022010


  • 32,043 miles
The steering wheel locks, while I am driving and happened to almost collide into a passing vehicle on the lane next to me. It happens within 5-10 min. After I turn on the Chevy Cobalt 2007. It occurs every single time I intend to drive the vehicle. The vehicle is not in use for I have small children and I am afraid an accident will occur. I have not yet changed the part but the mechanic at the Chevrolet dealership said it was the motor for the steering wheel pump. I will be changing the part and I will hold on to the factory part.

- Laredo , TX, USA

problem #353

Jun 142010


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact had recall campaign 10V73000 for the power steering defect repaired and now the vehicle is driving worse. The contact stated that the vehicle is extremely hard to keep straight. An alignment was performed and the tires replaced when the recall repair was performed and now when the vehicle is being driven at any rate of speed the contact had a very difficult time getting the vehicle to drive in straight line. The vehicle had not been taken back to the dealer at the time of the complaint.the failure mileage was 32000 and the current mileage was 34000.

- Longoak, TX, USA

problem #352

Jun 142010


  • 57,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. She stated while driving at 70 mph, the power steering light illuminated causing the power steering to lock. She was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and maneuvered the vehicle onto the emergency lane. The dealer advised that the fluids, filters and spark plugs would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 57,000.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #351

Oct 182006


  • 1,000 miles
I purchased a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt in 2006, they sold me the vehicle that they used for test driving, which I told them was out of line and they still made me purchase it. I bought it back a week later and they had to line it up because it was all over the road. A month later, the steering wheel would not turn, the service department told me I had to pay $1200 to get it fixed until I notified the district manager and he made them fix it.then the security air bag light stayed on and it would not pass inspection and they tried to make me pay for that. I have been spending money on tires all the time, spend money on brakes all the time, have problems with the electrical units to the radio keeps going out, bearings in the wheel is gone, and it keeps cutting off. I have had nothing but problems since I purchased this vehicle. I got a letter for the recall for the power steering and when I got my car back, the check engine light stays on, they messed up my boot and now telling me I need to fix it when they had someone to drive my car for 12 miles. Now all I get is a lot of disrespect fromthem and they don't want to repair what they messed up. I also wanted to purchase another car last month for my son who graduated from college and I had to look through the windows to see vehicles instead of the salesman opening the door and letting me look in the inside. Mind you I bought a $16,000 car from they and that's how they appreciate my business. I am heart broken because I feel as if I was robbed of my money. I should not have been given a car that they use for test driving. Also the security airbag light would not go off and they would not let it pass inspection.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #350

May 292010


  • 35,100 miles
Power steering went out in my 2007 Chevy Cobalt when I was coasting in a parking lot. I shut the car off and then restarted it. It drove fine until I slowed down and then the power steering went out again. It has happened several times since that day. Every time it happens, I pull over, shut the car off, wait and then restart it. It usually only happens when I am driving through a neighborhood or parking lot. My car has 35,000 miles on it. I contacted a GM dealership repair shop and was told that the factory my car came from has not had the recall yet. They also said it could take up to five years before there's a recall on my vehicle. I know that there is a recall on the power steering component for Cobalts years 2005-2010.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #349

Jun 102010


  • 45,495 miles
Ok, I have a 07 Cobalt ls and 2007 Cobalt ss the first one I wrecked one night going around a turn at about 30 when all the sudden the power steering went out and I couldn't stop in time I popped the curb went through a fire hydrant and smashed into a fence totaling my car with well over 8500 dollars in repairs the second ones power steering just went out on me on the way home with my pregnant girlfriend in the car luckily we were turning on our street so there was no accident involved. Both cars just hit 40,000 miles and ran perfectly intel the power steering went out leaving me with no ride.

- Watauga, TX, USA

problem #348

Apr 202007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer states safety defect in steering system the consumer began to have problems with the HVAC system wiring and connector which was replaced on April 20, 2007, the second time on July 3, 2007 the HVAC system relay had to be replaced and the third time on July 6, 2007 the body control module had to replaced. Also, the steering shaft and steering column had to be replaced, there was a bubble on the tire which required replacement. The window regulator and fuel pump module was also replaced.

- Zephyrhills, FL, USA

problem #347

Jun 042010


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at approximately 30 mph, the power steering locked up. The contact stated she coasted the vehicle to the side of the road and turned it off. Upon restart, the power steering functioned properly. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the failure was within the power steering. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 48,000. The current mileage was 48,413.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #346

May 072010


  • 51,000 miles
The events leading up to the failure, no previous issue until the power steering failed causing my daughter to fly off the road and crash. I had the car repaired, new axle, tie rod ends, wheel spindle, etc but not the power steering unit. The cars power steering unit has failed 4 more times since repairing the front end parts. As I stated I didn't know there were issues with the power steering or I would have had that fixed also.

- Dallas, PA, USA

problem #345

May 122010


  • 47,000 miles
Car drifted to left, striking utility pole and flipping. Driver did not sense any steering problem but could not correct. Driver had experienced problem before, clipped a curb, driver stopped the car to examine damaged tire. Vehicle drove ok afterwards.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #344

Aug 162009


  • 55,000 miles
My 2007 Cobalt drove fine, until it reached 55000 miles. One day it felt and sounded like the front end was going to fall out. If I would go slow over a hump, you could hear a knocking noise at the bottom of the steering column. I took it to 6 different mechanics, who checked everything, struts, springs, rack & pinion, etc. Finally, one mechanic, turned the steering wheel left to right about a 1/2 an inch and you could hear a knocking. He said, take it to the dealer, it is the steering.I made at least 10 trips to get it worked on. I was on the phone daily with GM. I explained when I am driving down the road, the car is all over the road, they think I am drunk, it does what it wants to. The steering wheel turns way farther than a normal steering wheel, alot of play. I can park and the wheel will be upside down, but my tires will be straight. Or driving straight and wheel is turned to one side. I was soo upset, mad, because this is a 2007 vehichle. I knew nothing of a recall.they replaced my 2 front lower control arms and my lower steering column. I had to pay $900 for all of the work. It fixed my problem about 60%.the dealer was so nice and understanding, that he reimburse me. Which I am soo thankful. So I haven't even bothered to get back intouch with them. I am to the point that I do not care. If I wreck, I wreck. I am tired of all the hassling, time, money, aggravation and days on the telephone. I still hear a knocking going over a small hump. I drive slow, stop at railroad crossings, because I try to take care of my car. I have always bought Chevrolet and have never had this kind of trouble. I really do hope they figure this out and they probable do to. They are not allowed to sale any Cobalts off the dealer lots at this time, until it is resolved. I am sure it is not all Cobalts with these problems. I believe atleast 50% of the people have heard or read of these steering problems and are saying that theres does the same thing. I just know that I would hate to be in GM's shoes right now. Thank you.

- Brenton, WV, USA

problem #343

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

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