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 21 of 29)

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problem #162

Jan 172010


  • 63,000 miles


Power steering light comes on and steering goes out.

- Foster, WV, USA

problem #161

Dec 132009


  • 49,000 miles
Intermittent failure of power steering while driving a 2007 Chevy Cobalt with only 49000 miles on it. To fix it temporarily you restart the engine, but will turn off again a few miles later. To fix it you have to replace the power steering motor which requires replacing the entire steering column.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #160

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 #159

Oct 282009


  • 300 miles


Within a month of purchasing a new 2007 Chevy Cobalt - I began hearing rattling noises from my vehicle. I have had the car in for repairs numerous times. Multiple components have been replaced and or repaired. I currently have 15,000 miles on the vehicle - to this day I can still hear rattling noises and clunking noise coming from the steering-suspension. The mechanics have now told me they don't know what's wrong and suggested I try a different dealership. I have contacted Chevy and received no help in settling this issue. If Chevy would of had their return policy when I purchased - I would of gladly returned the vehicle - I make car payments on a lemon. I don't even like my daughter to ride in the vehicle for fear of her safety. I fear I will be driving down the road the front end will fall apart. It scares me to death.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #158

Jan 152010


  • 50,500 miles
I was driving home and went to take a right turn when the steering wheel locked. It was very difficult to turn and I went into the opposite lane. Luckily, there were no cars in the other lane. I managed to pull over and restart the car. The steering worked long enough to get me back home. This is a very dangerous defect and needs to be recalled.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #157

Jul 102009


  • miles
Bought 2007 Chevy Cobalt used from a local car dealer last March, went on a family trip to the smoky mountains and while going through the mountains power steering goes completely out. Stopped at the visitor center and my father tries to see what is wrong. He cant find the power steering pump/fluid because we didn't know it was electronic. The problem persisted through out the trip but as we got back the problem seemed to stop, then a few weeks later the power steering constantly goes out. This problem occurs every time I drive my car, it has made driving an annoying task and I have come close to multiple collisions during the failure. This has also caused me physical pain in both my wrist and elbow while trying to turn my car. Nothing has been done to correct this due to lack of finance and my research on the topic said it costs around $4000 to correct.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #156

Dec 092009


  • 41,000 miles


We bought a new 2007 Cobalt and now at 43,000 miles only 7,000 miles past warranty the power steering goes out you can shut car off and restart and it fixes the problem for a short period of time but this is a ongoing issue with other Cobalts we have contacted GM and they are unwilling to fix it so that's why we are here.

- Ottawa, KS, USA

problem #155

Jul 012008


  • miles
Power steering on 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt goes out constantly. Its on when you first start the car, but then goes off after a mile or so of driving. Power steering motor was changed twice, and it worked for about 2 weeks, then went right back to the old way.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #154

Jan 072010


  • 30,355 miles
When making a U-turn the steering turns by itself to the steering lock about 1/2 turn before hitting the stop. It happens both directions but not when doing this in reverse gear. It becomes hard to correct until the steering wheel is turned about 1 turn back towards center. It almost feels like the wheels are going past center and that is why it is hard to correct. It is in the dealer for this problem.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #153

Dec 202009


  • miles
It was running smooth until about roughly a year then just a few weeks ago the power steering went out and the warning lights came on. It was taken back to the dealer they didn't find anything wrong with it and said nothing can be done until its recalled. You can't steer it, you need to restart your car and hope it goes away. It seems like when the engine or the car is warm it goes out. I am a college student who has to commute from home by going on highways and busy streets this isn't safe! parents buy these cars for their teenagers. Everyone who own this car has this issue and waiting for an answer. Many lives are being put at risk because of this problem. Please don't wait until an accident happens and live(s) are taken away because you have to wait for enough people to complain. Please recall it and get it solved. Before something serious happens to someone(s). Please help everyone!

- Catasauqua, PA, USA

problem #152

Jan 102010


  • 43 miles


I have a Chevy Cobalt ls and in having a problem with the power steering but it doesn't have a place to put it on it and I was diving and it make me have a accident.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #151

Jan 092010


  • 41,300 miles
The power steering on our 2007 Chevy Cobalt periodically fails for no apparent reason. Obviously this is very disconcerting and very dangerous.

- Elkton, FL, USA

problem #150

Dec 292009


  • 50,000 miles
While picking up my friend's children from school, I heard a few beeps and noticed power steering on my dash to which then my steering became stiff. It resets at start but has become more frequent, almost constant. I did an online search and it seems that every single Cobalt has this problem at some point in its lifetime and GM has not cared to fix it or pay for it to be fixed (hopefully this has changed with new owners). So until I can find a cheap way to fix it I am driving a death trap.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #149

Jan 152009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that there was a rattling in the steering wheel as well as a vibration. He noticed no difficulty in turning the steering wheel. The failure has occurred since January 2009. He took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the motor in the steering mechanism needed to be replaced. He has not spoken with the manufacturer regarding the failure. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was approximately 52,200. The failure mileage was approximately 48,000. Updated 02/02/10 updated 02/05/10.

- New Marshfield, OH, USA

problem #148

Nov 152009


  • 56,000 miles
Power steering goes out without warning. I went to the Chevy dealer who acknowledged it is an electronic assist and their have been some problems. It is not covered under the extended warranty. Their is no notice prior to the failure and no set of duplicating conditions which initiate the problem. This would appear to be Chevrolet design flaw. I found out that this is a major problem with the Cobalt series of vehicles and saw many internet related sites one of which directed me here. I believe Chevy is aware of the problem and will not remedy the situation until prompted by a major lawsuit from a death or the intervention of the government. At the cost for a replacement it will be a buying decision for most consumers as the problem continues to be intermittent.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #147

Dec 282009


  • 42,000 miles
Power steering goes out on 2007 Cobalt 2 door coupe. Goes out daily at random intervals.

- Edwards, MS, USA

problem #146

Jan 022010


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph the power steering light flashed on and then the power steering failed. The contact called the manufacturer to report this failure; however, there was no remedy. The contact is concerned that the failure could cause a crash to occur. The failure mileage was 43,000.

- Price, UT, USA

problem #145

Nov 012009


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt which was purchased in 2008. She stated that the power steering in the vehicle continued to malfunction. While driving, the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel. The dealer stated the power steering pump failed on the vehicle and needed to be replaced. No repairs had been made. There were no recalls for the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 56,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #144

Nov 102009


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt which was purchased in 2007. The power steering failed on the vehicle while driving approximately 55 mph and the steering wheel became extremely hard to maneuver. The driver had to utilize extreme force in order to get the steering wheel to function. The dealer stated that they received several complaints on the same year, make and model; however, there were no related recalls. No repairs were made on the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 40,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 01/1410 updated 01/20/10.

- Fitzgerald , GA, USA

problem #143

Jan 062010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the contact was driving 65 mph she noticed that the vehicles steering wheel had suddenly became harder to turn, moments later the contact noticed that a power steering warning had appeared on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that the steering column needed to be replaced. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 55000. Updated 02/19/10.

- Victorville, CA, USA

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