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 12 of 29)

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problem #342

Apr 162010


  • 52,000 miles


While driving on the freeway my power steering seemed to suddenly go out - it became difficult for me to steer the direction I needed to go. I was able to pull off the freeway where a gas station attendant told me that he had another customer experience a similar problem and that the problem went away by turning the car off and then restarting it. I am so concerned that the steering is such a safety issue that I cannot let my petite 21-year old daughter drive this car'she definitely would not have had the strength necessary to control the car and safely get it off the road.

- San Clemente, CA, USA

problem #341

Apr 192010


  • 94,000 miles
Incident report: Driving 70 miles on the interstate and felt a sudden resistance in steering, the power steering message came on the dash and when I accelerated or pushed on the brake it became hard to steer. Pulled into the first exit and after using all my strength parked and shut the car off. When I got back in the light was off and the steering was back to normal. We all know that unless the message is on they won't read for the error in the diagnostic so I came on home. I did call the dealer and he looked up and said there was no recall for my Cobalt. So who decides which ones to recall when the problem happens and I am away from home where do I take it. Who will pay for towing? makes me want to go buy a Ford and I have never had anything but Chevy except for one lemon that was a Dodge durango (another recall that didn't effect my car).

- St David, IL, USA

problem #340

Feb 152010


  • 56,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) GM 2007 Cobalt [xxx] late at night cold and rainy I was driving slow trying to turn on 9th ave from fairfield dr. The car steered itself as I could not steer it, into a deep drainage ditch. My passenger head almost went through the windshield, my safety belt bruised my neck and shoulder, painfully. My passenger was bleeding profusely, a person stopped and took us for help. I was so shaken up and it happened so fast, that I could not find my cell phone to call 911. The next day my grandfather who helped me pay for the car, had the car put on a trailer and stored in a covered secure area where it is still stored and untampered with. We contacted GM, it has been over two months, we just received a letter from their attorney. To top this all off, I received a recall letter two days after it happened! and then I was told that my insurance does not have collision coverage but only comprehensive. I work hard and go to college for two months I have been paying for taxes, over $35 per day. I loved this car but now I will not ride in one. I still have night mares on the crash. I am behind in my bills. Thank you GM for not helping me. I wish to have this car examined. I can not afford to pay someone to inspect the steering nor can I pay for an attorney. Your help is desperately needed, as my grandfather believes that GM will delay this repair or replacement. I hope you can help. Also the air bag never deployed. The car is totaled. I cleaned the blood with 3 bottles of hydrogen peroxide to save the leather seats. My passenger's hospital bill was over $11,000.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #339

Apr 102010


  • 22,000 miles


'power assist' to steering intermittently fails. No "power steering warning light"came on.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #338

Feb 012010


  • 50,000 miles
I was driving down the highway when the power steering first failed. The car became slightly more difficult at high speed and extremely tuff at low speeds. This occurred around 50K in the manual it says to shut off the car and turn steering wheel all the way around completely. This temporarily fixed the issue until it became a daily matter in which it happens within the first ten seconds of starting the vehicle. This is a 2007 Chevy Cobalt ls 2 door, auto. There has been a recall on certain Chevy Cobalts but not all of them. My VIN number is told not to apply yet is clearly the same issue. This is an extreme safety issue. That I would like to be covered by GM.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #337

Dec 152009


  • 34,000 miles
Power steering failure--began occasionally, now occurring every time car is driven.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #336

Apr 052010


  • 13,405 miles


Chevrolet Cobalt steering failure.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #335

Mar 082010


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevy Cobalt lp. The contact stated that when driving at speeds of 5 mph, the power steering would fail. He was able to reset the power steering assist by shutting off the engine and restarting it within a few minutes. The power steering would function as designed once it was restarted. The failure would occur intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000 and the current mileage was 57,600.

- Walkerville, MD, USA

problem #334

Dec 302009


  • 31,000 miles
I own a 2007 Chevy Cobalt and have has intermittent power steering loss during low speed maneuvers in parking lots and at stop lights. Power steering was replaced in December of 2009 but still problem exists and dealer was able to pull a code from cars computer that says electric power steering is overheating but dealer says that is normal customer service has been no help at all in getting my car fixed.

- Knoxville , TN, USA

problem #333

Aug 142009


  • 21,000 miles
Power steering motor is out, making it very hard to steer.

- South Gate, CA, USA

problem #332

Apr 012010


  • 31,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the power steering failed while she was making a turn at approximately 5 mph. The vehicle became difficult to maneuver. The power steering failed again while she was driving on the highway. The power steering warning light illuminated and the odometer reading was no longer visible. The contact shut the vehicle off and restarted it. After restarting it, the power steering functioned normally with no failures. The current and failure mileages were approximately 31,000.

- St Louis , MO, USA

problem #331

Mar 302010


  • 52,985 miles
2007 Chevrolet colbalt. 03/30/10, power steering went out seven times in thirty two miles on my way to work. Has caused near accidents on curves and icy roads many more times. Problem is corrected temporarily when vehichle ignition is turned off (while still in motion) then turned back on and started. Power steering has went out in the middle of negotiating a corner causing me to inadvertantly go into oncoming traffic lane and over correct when returning to lane of travel.

- Rock Springs, WY, USA

problem #330

Mar 152010


  • 99,081 miles
Contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt lt. The contact stopped at a stop sign and proceeded to make a right turn at 3 mph. While turning, the power steering failed and the vehicle veered to the right toward a curb. The driver was able to avoid an accident and took the vehicle to an authorized dealership the following day. The dealer informed her that the failure was caused by defective struts and not the power steering. The contact then took the vehicle to a local repair shop and the mechanic told her that the struts were not defective. The failure mileage was 99,081. The current mileage was 99,312.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #329

Sep 012008


  • 40,000 miles
Steering column is rattling brought the car in they said it was the I shaft I brought it to 3 others to look at and they said it was the whole entire steering column and it needs to get replaced with a new this part of the recall and if it is why is my car not one of them?

- Menomonie, WI, USA

problem #328

Mar 192010


  • 96,298 miles
I drive a 2007 Chevy Cobalt and I was driving down the road today bring my son home from the hospital after surgery, and I get a warning light about the power steering, and all of a sudden I cant turn left or right in the road, I turn hard left it turns and I read the owners manual to find out if I need fluid or what ever and it doesn't take fluid I get home and read on the internet about the same exact problem from hundreds of other people and owners I can not afford to go fix my car my husband just got laid off, I have to wait and hope this is a recall please work on this before someone was hurt, I praise god that me and my child got home safe today, until further I have to park my car..

- Arlee, MT, USA

problem #327

Mar 192010

(reported on)


  • 18,000 miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer states with brake system problems. The consumer stated every time she applied the brakes, the steering wheel would vibrate and there was hesitation when she braked from high to moderate speeds to slow down or to come to a complete stop. Also, aside from that, as she began to drive, the vehicle would pull to the left. The vehicle was inspected several times. All four tires were replaced and a front wheel alignment was performed, but the problem continued.

- Moneta, VA, USA

problem #326

Mar 142010


  • 36,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 55 mph the contact noticed that the power steering light appeared on the instrument panel and then the steering wheel become harder to turn. The dealer had not diagnosed the failure when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage and current mileages were 36,500.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #325

Mar 072010


  • 48,000 miles
I was driving my 2007 Cobalt on March 7th 2010 when the wheel became almost impossible to turn. The words power steering were showing on the dashboard.

- Honaker, VA, USA

problem #324

Mar 112010


  • miles
Power steering failed it caused difficulty driving the car where you could barely drive. Sometimes you can't even turn the steering wheel.

- Welch, WV, USA

problem #323

Aug 012007


  • 83 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. When traveling at speeds of 25 mph or less, the steering wheel would become extremely hard to turn. The failure also made it impossible to control the steering wheel. The failure mileage was 83 and the current mileage was 13,500.

- Washington, DC, USA

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