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 22 of 29)

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problem #142

Aug 252009


  • miles


The power steering fails on 2007 Chevrolet Cobalts. Mine has failed and from my research this is not an isolated incident. There are thousands of these dangerous autos on the road. Chevrolet knows about this and needs to be held accountable.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #141

Jan 052010


  • 47,179 miles
My son's car is a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. He has a problem with the power steering. It goes out without any warning. It happened last week for the first time and today it went out 4 times just on his way home from work. He is not able to drive the car to the dealer ship and had to get it towed. I have checked on different websites and have found out that there are a lot of people with the same problem.

- Junction City, KS, USA

problem #140

Jan 022010


  • 24,550 miles
The power steering fails every several minutes under normal driving conditions. After restarting the vehicle, the problem disappears for less than 5 minutes. This sudden and unexpected failure makes driving extremely difficult and dangerous. As an infrequent driver (less than 3,000 / miles per year) I have not taken the steps necessary to remedy this issue myself...public transportation is safer and widely available.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #139

Jan 032010


  • 38,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 55 mph the power steering warning light flashed and the then the power steering failed. The contact stated that it was extremely difficult to turn the steering wheel. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle needed to be diagnosed to determine what needs to be repaired. The contact viewed numerous complaints via the internet regarding the power steering failure. The contact is aware of the safety risk since a tragedy could occur. The failure mileage was 38,000.

- West Field, NC, USA

problem #138

Jan 012010


  • 30,100 miles
While driving, suddenly the power steering stops working, a message "power steering" appears and it's making hard to drive. The only thing that makes it work again is stopping the car and starting the engine again. This happened twice three days ago and now its doing it up to six times per day.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #137

Dec 312009


  • miles
When your driving the vehicles power steering goes dead in the middle of driving very dangerous.

- Valaparaiso, IN, USA

problem #136

Dec 012009


  • miles


Power steering light pops on and power steering goes out. Car is under three years old. This is a known very common problem with these cars. Completely unacceptable. Happens over and over, once you turn the car off and back on it will work again until the next occurrence which could be two minutes later or fifteen minutes later. I cannot afford to replace this so nothing has been done about it the quote to get it repaired was around $2000. These should be recalled!!!

- Trainer, PA, USA

problem #135

Dec 012009


  • 43,000 miles
While driving my car, the dash will ding three times, flash "power steering" and then the steering wheel will lock up. I will have to pull over, turn the engine off, and restart the car. Upon restarting the car, it will work fine. This will happen several times in a row. It is a hassle while driving, I've had to stop in the middle of the road to turn my car off at times when there isn't a shoulder to pull off on. From what I have read, this is something that happens a lot with 2006-2007 model Cobalts, cost upward T $1000-$2000 to fix and obviously needs to be recalled.

- Toano, VA, USA

problem #134

Dec 092009


  • 67,200 miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt with power steering system failure. The car currently has 67,000 miles and had not had any issues with it until this randomly happened on the street. A "power steering" message came up on the dashboard of the car and seemingly the steering column locked up. This was with my 2 year old nephew in the car. I am glad I was not on the freeway when this happened. After that occurrence it has continually happened over the last 2 weeks every time the car is used. It is random and there is no pattern to what sets it off. The power steering fails and it is dangerous to drive that way. I cannot afford to take it back to the dealership to pay the $2000 they want to fix this dangerous issue, so this is still occurring. I am trying to find another way to get this fixed but this needs action against as there are countless others that are experiencing this as well.

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #133

Dec 252009


  • 42,000 miles
We have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt in which while driving the power steering goes out. Really scary and dangerous. Since GM has been aware of this failure since 2005 and nobody has done anything about it is even scarier. If you turn car off and back on power steering will work again only for period of time then shut off again while driving. There are thousands of complaints on-line. Please do something before someone is seriously injured.

- Fairborn, OH, USA

problem #132

Dec 272009


  • 47,800 miles


Power steering suddenly went out, nearly causing a collision. Power steering came back after engine was turned off and then back on.

- Half Moon Bay, CA, USA

problem #131

Dec 262009


  • 510,007 miles
I have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt ss. It has 51,000 miles and the power steering just went out suddenly while I was driving. I almost got into an accident I was barely able to turn into a gas station. I am not very strong, thankfully my brother was with me. I was 50 miles from my home and would not have been able to steer home. This is very dangerous. I got home and researched to see how to fix this, and I noticed several people had posted complaints on several different websites stating the same problem.

- Lake Jackson, TX, USA

problem #130

Dec 252009


  • 24,000 miles
While driving at 45 mph on a windy and dangerous mountain road, lost the power steering and almost went over the edge of the mountain. Turned the vehicle off and back on and power steering seemed to work ok, but keeps going out. Very dangerous and still under warranty and trying to get into the dealer asap.

- Kirkland, AZ, USA

problem #129

Dec 212009


  • 45,000 miles
Car: Chevy Cobalt 2007 - power steering power steering randomly goes out while driving with no warning. Restarting the car temporarily fixes the issue. There are many complaints on this very dangerous issue.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #128

Dec 192009


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 70 mph and making a left or right turn the steering wheel locked. The failure has occurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed by the dealer. The failure mileage and the VIN were unavailable. The current mileage was 64,326.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #127

Dec 112009


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 65 mph he experienced difficult steering and then the power steering light illuminated on the instrument control panel. She was able to safely pull to the side of the road and restart the vehicle. The dealer was notified, and she was advised that she would have to pay $800 dollars to repair the vehicle since the warranty expired. No repairs were made. The failure and current mileages were 40000.

- Kress, TX, USA

problem #126

Nov 272009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,692 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 75 mph the "power steering" warning light illuminated on the instrument panel, and there was a loss of power steering. The driver exerted great effort to turn the steering wheel. The driver pulled over to the side of the road and restarted the engine to resume operation. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The technician stated the failure could possibly be contributed to the power steering motor. The vehicle has not been repaired at this time. The failure mileage was 50,692. The current mileage was 51,000. Updated 01/12/10 updated 01/13/10.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #125

Dec 142009


  • 24,620 miles
My Chevy Cobalt 2007 becomes very hard to steer. The power steering light comes on. When the vehicle is turned off and back on it works fine, but it could be very dangerous for me and my family since it usually happens while driving.

- Galveston, TX, USA

problem #124

Dec 142009


  • 36,600 miles
Chevy Cobalt - 2006... while driving car the steering goes out. Car will not turn to the left or to the right... simply freezes up. I am a small business owner. My company is a molly maid franchise. I have 15 cars for work. I own 5 Chevy Cobalts, years 2006 and 2007.... this has happened to me with 3 out of 5 vehicles so far! when I call Chevrolet they tell me it is not a defect, but I believe it is - and very dangerous!!

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #123

Nov 272009


  • 40,000 miles
My power steering went out. Cant get my inspection sticker!!

- El Paso, TX, USA

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