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 17 of 29)

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problem #242

Jan 082010


  • 60,000 miles


We have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. The power steering is going out intermittently while driving.

- Highland, IL, USA

problem #241

Nov 152009


  • miles
Was driving all at once had no control over steering. Was able to get to shoulder. Turned of car, let sit a few minutes. Started back up had done good since. I am scared to drive this car. I hope it doesn't go out again with my grandkids in car with me. Thank you for looking into this matter.

- Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #240

Nov 212009


  • 80,534 miles
My 2007 Chevy Cobalt's power steering keeps going in and out, causing a tremendous disadvantage when trying to steer the car. I have had one incident of sideswiping a pole because I could not make the turn as the power steering failed at that point. It has failed multiples times over the last 8 months. So far no injuries or major accidents, but am concerned as there is no warning when it goes out.

- Norwood, NY, USA

problem #239

Feb 092010


  • 89,000 miles


I have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt ls. For approx 3 months I have been having problems starting my car due to the steering wheel being locked up. Since then, I have had various types of rattling, vibrations, and complications with my steering column. Today (February 9, 2009) I went to leave for work and my key only went to the first position (not start position) and is currently stuck there. My steering wheel wont move, and nothing, nothing, worked on trying to remove my stuck key. I have had a mechanic look at it, and he believes that it is the steering column now interfering with the ignition. I am very very upset that this has happened, however, I'm glad this was not while I was driving. This type of incident is exactly why there needs to be a recall. I love my car, but the safety issues need to be fixed!!

- Blanchard, OK, USA

problem #238

Jan 022010


  • 40,567 miles
I own a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. On my way home from a friends house the power steering failed and it became very hard to steer. When you turn the car off and back on it must reset itself because it starts working again. Then without any warning it will quit working. The car only has 40K miles on it. I was told by the dealer it would cost over $900 to fix. I went online to see if other people were having this problem and it was full of people with the same problem.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #237

Jan 042010


  • 50,000 miles
Vehicle is 2007 Chevy Cobalt. The electronic power assist fails repeatedly and make for a very unsafe situation. GM refused to acknowledge the problem when I first contacted them. We have since had the system repaired out of pocket. My research on the internet found this problem has existed for several years. Your jumping all over Toyota right now, so let see you jump on General Motors a bit. Incidentally this is not an isolated incident, before we had the vehicle repaired it couldn't make it out of the driveway without the power steering going out.

- Green Cove Springs, FL, USA

problem #236

Nov 182009


  • 41,185 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 45 mph the vehicle became difficult to control when the steering wheel malfunctioned. The power steering warning light was illuminated continuously. The VIN was unavailable. The vehicle will be repaired by the dealer. The failure mileage was 41,185.

- Jackson, LA, USA

problem #235

Jan 222008


  • miles
My daughter was driving to work around 7:30 a.M., on the highway in rush hour traffic, so was only traveling around 30 -35 mph at the most. She somehow lost control of her vehicle, veered off the road, hit the guard railing and took out about 15 - 20 ft. Of it, and landed down a small embankment. No other cars were involved. She had no idea how this happened, nobody had hit her, the roads were clear, no bad weather, no traffic problems, just slow moving traffic. Her car was totaled!!! after hearing of the steering related problems with the Cobalt, this would certainly explain what happened to her. She did hurt her neck and back and was taken by ambulance to the er, scared to death!. luckily she was not seriously hurt, but bruised and sore muscles, with muscle spasms for about 3 months after accident. She had owned this car less than 1 year. Chevy and the NHTSA definitely needs to look into this and recall the Cobalts so this doesn't happen to others!

- Brighton, CO, USA

problem #234

Oct 202009


  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt, and at around 45,000 miles the power steering simply went out while I was going down the road. The cab was filled with a burning smell, and the vehicle became nearly impossible to turn. I pulled over and turned the car off. I waited about 3 minutes and restarted the car and the power steering was working again. I began driving again, and made it about two or three more blocks when it went out again, and again the car was filled with a burning smell. I contacted a Chevy dealer who told me there was a service bulletin out saying that the whole steering column needed to be replaced due to a faulty power assist motor. This starts at around $2500. I did some research online and found that hundreds.. maybe thousands of people were having the same problem with the same car. Many had paid the $2,000-$2,500 to have this motor replaced only to have the same problem reoccur weeks later. So, I have yet to have it fixed. Today I got a recall notice for a fuel pump on this car, but Chevy still refuses to correct the faulty power assist motor which acts as the power steering. Its only a matter of time before someone losing steering on a major highway and deaths occur. As for my Chevy Cobalt.. its parked in my driveway until I can finish paying it off, and then I'll be calling a junkyard to come get it. Just a thought... but its amazing how for any other product.. a dishwasher... a child's toy.. if a company sells a faulty product, you can take it back to the store and get your money back legally... if its a car, you're stuck.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #233

Dec 062009


  • 33,874 miles
Power steering went out on a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt while driving. Took to dealer ship and they replaced the power steering pump. I had to pay deductible.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #232

Feb 032010


  • 42,000 miles


I purchased a used 2007 Chevy Cobalt on December 30, 2009. Since the purchase, it has had intermittent power steering failure. Last week, during a 7 mile trip, the power steering failed on four occasions. Previously, turning car off and then back on resolved the issue. However, since this issue was getting worse, we took the car into a Chevy dealership for service. They ran diagnostics and reported that it needed a new power steering motor. This was replaced for a total of $371 plus diagnostics for $95. This car has less than 45,000 miles on it. Apparently this is an issue with Cobalts - recall might be a good solution!! this car was being driven by a 16 year-old driver. Thankfully she was able to control the car when the power steering failed and no accidents occured.

- Chippewa Lake, OH, USA

problem #231

Dec 232009


  • 96,000 miles
I have an 07 Cobalt I bought brand new and the power steering has started going out while I am driving. If I turn the car off and restart it the problem goes away but the power steering goes back out about 45 seconds later.

- St. Joseph, MO, USA

problem #230

Mar 012009


  • 42,500 miles
The power steering function would randomly go out on the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. This occurred at various speeds and at various times of driving. This started with an approximate mileage of 43K and began occurring early in 2009. The power steering mechanism was replaced in early March 2009. I do not have the old part. The primary driver of this vehicle was a 16 year old and I felt I had no choice but to get this repair. I did some research of my own and found a technical bulletin (bulletin 07-02-32-007) issued regarding this problem. I brought this up to the dealership and told them I thought this was a safety issue and that a recall should be done by Chevrolet. I also wrote a letter to General Motors expressing my concern for the safety of other drivers out there and the fact that his power steering failure happened so early in the vehicles life. Luckily, my daughter was neither injured or any property damage was done to my vehicle or others but it was very scary to her to have the power steering fail when traveling down the interstate.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #229

Oct 012009


  • 45,000 miles
Power steering goes out without warning, car feels like it is skidding on ice and is nearly uncontrollable. The service airbag light keeps coming on. Called dealer, told nothing to do about either one, they don't know of any problems with the car. Suggested I replace tires and get a front end-alignment, which I did. The problem persists. Called dealer again and was given absolutely no information or offer to find out what is wrong with the vehicle, even at my expense.

- Collinsville, VA, USA

problem #228

Oct 192009


  • 59,000 miles
After owning my 2007 Chevy colbalt for nearly 3 years, the power steering randomly started going out on it. The frequency in which the power steering goes out has increased and it goes out without warning.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #227

Apr 032009


  • 38,005 miles
At low speeds, the steering goes completely out and makes it impossible to stay on course. During the first time I experienced this problem, the steering started making an awful swishing noise. Now the steering makes this noise at all times but it gets worse when the steering goes out. How many people will be injured or even die before General Motors fixes this problem?

- Richlands, VA, USA

problem #226

Feb 062010


  • 50,000 miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. I was driving going about 40 mph when "power steering" flashed across the screen. Although it wasn't impossible to steer, it was very difficult and very dangerous, as I was on a very cramped road. I then turned off my car, and when I turned it back on, it began to work again, about 2 miles down the road, "power steering" flashed across the screen once again, and it was no longer working. I have done nothing to correct this as of right now(just happened yesterday) but I have been doing research and have found hundreds of pages and forums regarding this topic.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #225

Jan 142010


  • 17,000 miles
My 16 was in a head on collision in his 2007 Chevy Cobalt. I have since realized they may have a power steering defect. The car is totalled and is at a copart salvage auction. I would like to know if anything can be done to investigate the car before the car is sold for scrap.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #224

Feb 052010


  • 38,200 miles
My 16 year old daughter was driving her 2007 Chevy Cobalt ltz and the power steering went away. The dash light came on stating power steering. She pulled over, stopped the car, turned off the ignition, and restarted the car and the problem went away. She managed to arrive at home without the problem recurring. She told me about it and I went to the car and started it, back out of the driveway, started down the street and the power steering lit up on the dash again and iu had no power steering. I stopped, turned off the car and restarted it and the problem went away. I need for something to be done about this from GM before my daughter, or anybody elses child has an accident due to this problem.

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #223

Jan 062010


  • miles
While making a hard U-turn in my 2007 Chevy Cobalt ls, the power steering went out and would not recover until the car was turned off and restarted. This has happened twice in the last three months. Very dangerous situation.

- Florissant, MO, USA

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