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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2007 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

steering problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 23 of 29)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #122

Dec 142009


  • 75,900 miles


My 2007 Chevy Cobalt was running normally, then the steering column locked up while I was driving. I barely missed a telephone pole as the car was almost impossible to steer. I was by GM to wait until the problem duplicates itself and lights the check engine light so they know what to diagnose. I'm afraid to drive this car.

- Edgewood, MD, USA

problem #121

Dec 102009


  • 64,000 miles
Electrical power steering fails while driving the vehicle making it almost impossible to turn.

- Grenada, MS, USA

problem #120

Dec 092009


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving between 5-10 mph he lost power steering. The failure occurred twice. The vehicle was repaired.. the current mileage was 54,500. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN number was not available.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #119

Oct 102009


  • 47,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt ls. While reversing out of parking space, she experienced a loss of power steering. She restarted the vehicle and resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure. After the inspection the failure would occur whenever the vehicle was in operation. The failure mileage was 47,000. The current mileage was 50,000.

- West Carrollton City, OH, USA

problem #118

Nov 272009


  • 44,000 miles
Beginning about 2 weeks ago, I have had issues with my power steering. It will arbitrarily shut off while driving and the screen on the dash board will flash "power steering". I have to pull over and shut the car off, and upon restart the problem is fixed. So far I have not had any real safety issues, but this will cause a severe issue one of these days while I am on the roads. I looked online and saw that I am not the only person with the exact same issue with this vehicle, give or take a year. A recall should be made asap before it causes serious injuries to drivers or passengers..

- Toano, VA, USA

problem #117

Dec 082009


  • 41,353 miles
On December 08, 2009, I was on my way home from work when the power steering message was activated on the dash display panel followed by the malfunctioning of the power steering assist. I pulled off the freeway and to a convenience store to check the engine compartment. I discovered that there is no place to add power steering fluid I discovered that the power steering is really power assisted mechanically assisted and they problem went away by turning off the car and then restarting the car; however, the problem recurs once on the hwy. This is extremely dangerous to the public and should be address immediately by GM before some gets killed.

- Mcallen, TX, USA

problem #116

Oct 152007


  • 60,000 miles


I bought a '07 brand new Chevy Cobalt. When my odometer was around 60,000 miles, I made a left turn and lost my power steering. Pretty much within 5 minutes of beginning driving, every time I drive my car, the power steering goes out. I have to turn my car off and restart it in order for it to correct itself. I have taken it into a mechanic and they told me because of the mileage it wouldn't be covered by any form of warranty because one was factory( up to 36,000 miles) and the extended warranty wouldn't cover it all.

- Aplington, IA, USA

problem #115

Dec 072009


  • 25,000 miles
My daughter was driving my 2007 Chevy Cobalt and she lost the power steering - she lost control and moved into other lanes and no accident occurred.

- South Ozone Park, NY, USA

problem #114

Dec 042009


  • 40,000 miles
While I was driving on the highway, the words power steering flashes on the screen under the speedometer, and my power steering suddenly goes out on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt. When I turn off my car and turn it back on the power steering works again. But the problem of the power steering shutting down again happens regularly at random intervals.

- Smyrna, TN, USA

problem #113

Dec 052009


  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the power steering on the vehicle failed while driving 50 mph. The contact was forced to shut the engine off and on so that the power steering could reset itself. The failure continued to occur until the contact reached her destination. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The VIN number was unknown. The failure mileage was 69,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #112

Dec 032009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 37,175 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 55 mph the power steering failed. The contact shut the engine off and restarted so that the power steering would reset itself. The failure occurred consistently for two days. The dealer agreed to research the problems and advise them accordingly. The contact stated that there was a warranty on the vehicle but not sure if they will honor it. The failure mileage was 37,175. Updated 1/14/10 updated 01/15/10.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #111

Nov 252009


  • 33,000 miles
I have an 07 Chevy Cobalt. I've been reading online about the problems with the electronic power steering going out on people, and I've been experiencing the same exact problem. This is very dangerous, for I will be driving along on my way to school or work and the steering essentially shuts off, and is so hard to steer that a strong 185-pound man, such as myself, can barely move the steering wheel. This has happened both on the freeway and on normal roads. It is worse on the normal roads, because I can't even turn off onto a parking lot or side street to get out of the way. This problem has been known about for years now, and Chevy has done nothing to fix the problem (a faulty electronic motor that Chevy admits wears out after a certain amount miles, so even if you take it to get it fixed it will just go out again) and you people have not enforced a recall. This problem is becoming more frequent, and one of these days someone is going to lose their life or kill someone else because of this. I've been reading numerous complaints that others have been contacting you people about this issue, and yet nothing has been done. Fix it before I or someone else gets killed because of this ridiculous piece of hardware!

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #110

Nov 192009


  • 61,800 miles
The powersteering goes out on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt creating some serious situations. The steering can go out at any time under any driving conditions.

- Shepherdsville, KY, USA

problem #109

Nov 282009


  • 50,592 miles
I was driving to tn from Florida on I95 in SC when the power steering on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt went out. I pulled off at exit 60 to buy power steering fluid (thinking that was the problem) turns out the Cobalt has electronic power steering! anyway, turned the car back on as I couldn't just sit at the exit forever (it was very late at nite). Power steering worked fine! but only for a few minutes. It went out again after I got back on I-95! so I pulled over again, turned the car off then restarted and it worked! back on interstate, it goes out again! so this went on and is still the case (it is now Monday and I made it back to Florida after a very long drive due to not having power steering and no choice but to come home.) called dealership and Chevy corporate and they do not know what the problem is and are not sure they can take care of this problem. I have read many blogs and posts about this problem and feel it should be placed on the recall list and taken care of by Chevy and not the consumer! any help would be much appreciated as I do not have the money for this very expensive repair. Chevy should not be placing so many unsafe vehicles on the road. Thank you.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #108

Nov 242009


  • 39,935 miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt lt has power steering problems. Many other owners have same problems with the power steering. I have had the car in the shop at the dealer and they found a lower control arm bushing bad and replaced the bushing however it did not fix the power steering problem. The steering is loose and feels like part of the steering may break at any time while driving the car. The rack and pinion that is electric power steering system is at fault and hundreds or thousands of owners of these cars are having dangerous steering problems. Please help GM understand that peoples lives are on the line that drive these cars. I feel GM should have a recall to save lives and take care of this dangerous problem with the Chevrolet Cobalt. Thank you

- Sophia, WV, USA

problem #107

Nov 202009


  • 35,100 miles
I purchased a preowned 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt two weeks ago. The power steering just turned off making it almost impossible to steer. I have been doing alot of research and it is a very common problem with these cars. It isn't cheap to fix ranging from 900 to 2500. General Motors should recall and fix the problem before some gets hurt or pays the ultimate sacrifice.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #106

Nov 182009


  • 45,000 miles
On the 07 Chevy Cobalt ls my power steering went out completely leaving me with no steering. My mileage on the vehicle is less than 46,000 miles. When the vehicle ignition is turned off and turned back on it works fine until it randomly stops power assisting which seems if I usually drive a 5-6 mile radius.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #105

Feb 182009


  • 43,000 miles
Power steering light came on when I was out of town with my two children. The car became very hard to turn. It is still on today since I do not have 1000 dollars just lying around to fix it.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #104

Nov 082009


  • 2,600 miles
I was driving down the road in my 2007 Chevy Cobalt(2600M) when all of a sudden my power steering goes out while im turning a corner causing me to almost hit another car...I pulled over turned my car off and restarted it....and it worked fine...a week later and now every time I turn it on and drive about 5 min. It goes out.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #103

Nov 092007


  • 46,000 miles
Power steering.

- El Paso, TX, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?