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 13 of 29)

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problem #322

Sep 092009


  • 34,000 miles


We were driving through a parking lot about 10 miles an hour when my power steering went out. We heard a beeping sound and could not turn the wheel. There was a car coming towards us and we started freaking out and to swerve to miss them so we would not wreck. We had no choice to pull over and try to figure out what was wrong, but since it is electric we could not find what was wrong. Since this happened away from our house I missed work. This problem occurred for about four days before we could get it fixed. We took it to the Chevy dealership and they said they were unable to help because it was not under warranty. We were also told that the dealership could not help because no one was in a wreck or hurt. The dealership wanted to charge us 1200 dollars. We ended up taking it somewhere else for 800 dollars. We had to buy a new power steering column and the part of the electrical power steering.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #321

Mar 112010


  • 50,293 miles
Driving vehicle and power steering failed, warning light came on as well.

- Millbrook, AL, USA

problem #320

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 #319

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 #318

Feb 272010


  • 50,000 miles
Loss of power steering. 8 times in 3 hours. Have to pull over to the side of the road, shut the car off and then turn it back on. Power steering lasts for a few minutes then shuts down again.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #317

Mar 052010


  • 27,800 miles
In the last week, my 2007 Cobalts power steering light has come on about 9 times. On 3-9-10 alone it came on 3 times. When this happens, the power steering is out. Pulling the car out of traffic I turn the car off and restart it and the power steering is back.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #316

Sep 012008


  • 74,000 miles


I am an unfortunate owner of one of the worst cars ever made, a Chevrolet Cobalt. I bought this car in 2008 with hopes that it would stand up to my older cavalier and sunfire. I was sadly wrong about my choice. After only two months of owning my vehicle (I bought it at a used car centre with 54000 kms. Jim gilberts in fredericton, nb) and 500 kms over my 60000K warranty my sway bar links had to be replaced. One month after I replaced them I had to replace both control arm bushings. After replacing all of that I started to hear rattling coming from my steering wheel. I came to find out that my steering column will need to be replaced. Before I bought my car I had a vehicle history report done and it came back clean. It was used as a city courier car. I had thought that maybe because of city driving these parts had been worn out prematurely. After doing some research I found hundreds and thousands of people who are experiencing the same problems. Almost all of them claim that these problems were with cars bought directly off the lot. I know 5 people personally who also had the same problems. One of my friends had his steering column replaced 4 times. I replaced my sway bar links twice and they need to be replaced again and I am on my second set of control arm bushings. I have yet replaced my steering column because I can not afford the bill. I have learned of the recent recall for the power steering motor. That is one of the problems that I don't have, yet. Could someone please explain to me how recalls are decided on" does someone have to get into an accident for these companies to take some kind of action" I am waiting for the day when I am driving on the highway and the front end of my car falls off.

- Fredericton, 00, USA

problem #315

Mar 022010


  • 9,057 miles
I drove my 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt into a hardware store parking lot and was making a left turn to find a parking space when the power steering failed. I was unable to complete the turn and as a result hit the cement pole that was protecting the cable that was attached to the telephone pole. I was able to drive the car home, but later that night I had to go to the emergency room as I was in a lot of pain. After reading my X-rays, the doctor said I had rib contusions and whiplash. A week later I am still suffering pain and unable to function normally from the accident. I have not had the damage to the car addressed yet and I don't intent to drive it again.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #314

Mar 022010


  • 107,166 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the contact was driving 65mph he attempted to change lanes and noticed that the power steering light had appeared on the dashboard, moments later the vehicle no longer had power steering causing the contact to crash into a nearby guard one was injured and a police report was not filed for the incident. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 107166.

- Emporia, VA, USA

problem #313

Feb 232010


  • 59,381 miles
The contact owns 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Her daughter was driving at 57mph she didn't see a warning light for power steering. The steering got hard and pulled to the right, she pulled the steering back to the left and lost control of the vehicle and collided into a guard rail. The vehicle was totalled. She did not receive any injuries. A police report was filed. The failure and the current mileage was 59,381.

- Aplachin, NY, USA

problem #312

Mar 072010


  • 108,627 miles


Power steering keeps going out on my sons car. I am concerned if power steering goes out while making turns could be dangerous. The power steering goes out from time to time have to stop restart sometimes that will take care of it for a little while.

- Fort Pierce, FL, USA

problem #311

Feb 012010


  • 46,005 miles
Rattling bumping noise under car, drivers side by tire, steering wheel shakes when driving speed limit and increases with slowing down. Dealer identified problem as intermediate steering shaft and is not covered under warranty on GM vehicles.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #310

Oct 112009


  • 64,929 miles
The contact owns 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. He stated the steering looses power and it cannot be turned left or right. He doesn't recall if the power steering light illuminated before the failure. He took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer replaced the power steering motor and cleared the cost for repair was $346.26. He contacted the manufacturer. The manufacuter sent him a letter informing him that he was denied reimbursement, because the part that was replaced on his vehicle was not the part that was included in the failure. The failure mileage was 64,929 and the current mileage 75,000.

- Decatur , GA, USA

problem #309

Jan 012009


  • 31,000 miles
I own a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. January 1, 2009 in the first time I lost power steering. At first it was intermittent but know it happens every time, anywhere from 2 seconds to 2 minutes after starting to drive. When I bought the car in August of 2007, I purchased a $3600 extended warranty that said it would cover power steering issues but when I took my car to the Chevy dealership, they told me my warrant wouldn't cover the problem and that it would cost over $1000 to the power steering model replaced. Since then I've just learned how to drive my car safely. I don't have the money to get it fixed on my own and need help!

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #308

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 #307

Sep 072009


  • 50,000 miles
Power loss while driving, but the car never completely stops it goes but at a slower speed then usual. I thought maybe I was doing something wrong until they release the report. My wheel becomes hard to turn, so I thought I only needed some power steering but I had plenty in the container. It happens atleast 2 times every other month.

- Shelby, MS, USA

problem #306

Mar 032010


  • 60,223 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 35 mph and attempting to make a turn the power steering light illuminated and the steering wheel was hard to maneuver. The dealer stated that his VIN was not included in the recall. The failure and the current mileage was 60,223.

- Uniontown , OH, USA

problem #305

Oct 302009


  • 40,000 miles
I have been having issues with my 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving, usually on the highway, my car beeps twice and the words "power steering" appears on my dash. When this happens it's extremely difficult to turn the wheel left or right. I need to pull over and turn the car off and back on to regain steering. The first time I experienced this was in October 2009. I called the dealership that sold me the car and they said that it was just something that happened with Cobalts. The problem was fairly inconsistent until the past month, it now happens on a daily basis. I find it happens more frequently when I am traveling at high speeds. The car needs to be turned off and back on to regain steering. Usually the steering goes out about every ten to fifteen minutes.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #304

Jan 292010


  • 41,430 miles
I was going to park so I put the car in reverse, and tried to turn the wheel, but it did not turn it continued straight. I had to turn the car off and on again to be able to turn the wheel. It only occurred that one time. I did not correct the failure, this should be recalled. If I were on the highway, I would not have been able to steer off if I had to which could have created a serious accident.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #303

Jan 012010


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While traveling at various speeds of less than 45 mph, she heard a beeping noise in the vehicle and the steering wheel would become stuck. She was unable to move the steering wheel, however she was able to shut off the vehicle in the middle of the road. The contact was concerned with her safety and once the power steering failed, she was not able to move the steering wheel even when using extreme bodily force. The dealer was contacted and advised that they were aware of the failure, however they did not have a repair to correct the failure and there were no recalls. No repairs were made to the vehicle to date. The failure and current mileages were approximately 60,000.

- Mt. Pleasant, TX, USA

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