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 25 of 29)

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problem #82

Oct 032009


  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 50 mph. The power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel, and then she lost power steering. She was able to safely restart the vehicle. However she continued to experience difficult steering. The vehicle was in the process of being taken to the dealer, and contacting the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 42,000. The current mileage was 42,359.

- Colony, TX, USA

problem #81

Oct 052009


  • 35,915 miles
Driving down the road with my 2 year old daughter in the car, and all of a sudden the power steering on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt ls went out. Almost caused a pile up as it was on a busy, main road. It was working okay if you turn the car off then on, but now it's stalling every minute or two. I have read this is an ongoing problem with the Chevy Cobalt. I don't understand, will it take lives being lost for this problem to be taken seriously? I am taking it to the dealer tomorrow and since it's under warranty I am assuming they will replace what needs to be replaced, but as I have read in other's complaints that isn't any guarantee that it will stay fixed.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #80

Sep 152009


  • 47,750 miles
I have a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. At the time of the problem, it had approximately 47,750 miles. As I was driving down the road the check power steering message came across the dic. At that point it was nearly impossible to turn the car as the power steering had failed. I drove the vehicle home and parked it for the night. When I went out the next day to drive to work, I turned the car on and the power steering worked just as it did the day I purchased the car. Upon taking it to the dealer and having the diagnostic test run on it, they said it appeared that there was a failure in the power steering motor.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #79

Oct 042009


  • 45,281 miles


The power steering on my 2007 Cobalt went out while I was driving at 45 mph on a curvy road. I turned off the car and when I started it back up it was working again. I then started back home and it went out again. The car is very hard to steer when it goes out. I have called the dealership to set an appointment up to have it worked on. I bought the extended warranty when I bought the car new.

- Milton, KY, USA

problem #78

Sep 262009


  • 32,000 miles
Chevrolet Cobalt 2007, power steering freezes completely. It happens every time 10 minutes after turn on. Complete power steering column need replace (the mechanic said).

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #77

Oct 012009


  • miles
The power steering in my 2007 Chevy Cobalt locks up and makes steering next to impossible. The car needs to stopped and restart for it reengage and than only for a few minutes before locks up again.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #76

Sep 242009


  • 105,110 miles


The electric power steering assists goes out without prior warning and stays off until the cars is turned off and restarted. Once the car has been restarted the power assist stays on for an indeterminate period of time before going out again. This happened four times today alone. This has happened while traveling at various speeds from 25mph to 65 mph. It doesn't seem to be triggered by the amount of time or miles driven and is totally unexpected. When the power steering assist goes out steering becomes immediately stiff and requires quite an effort. If this were to happen while entering a sharpe turn it could easily have tragic consequences.

- Chesapeake Beach, MD, USA

problem #75

Sep 262009


  • 30 miles
Bought the car in May 2008, since then within one year we replaced tires on front 3 and needing a 4th time now. Brakes and rotors also have been changed 3 times each and still having trouble at 55 miles an hour shakes and some lose of control. Problem needs to be addressed but dealer and Chevy says nothing!! vehicles tires are losing tread on the front outside of the tires.

- Wellsville, NY, USA

problem #74

Jul 282009


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 35 mph the power steering warning light illuminated intermittently, and then there was a loss of power steering. As a consequence, it became difficult to control the steering wheel. She was in the process of having the vehicle inspected by the dealer. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 54,371.

- Hawthrone, CA, USA

problem #73

Aug 242009


  • 46,400 miles
My power steering went out while driving in a city road! not a good idea! I had to turn the car off and start it again to gain control! what happened next the power steering was lost again. I looked this problem up and found that many other people have this problem! I'd rather not crash my car because of something GM wont fix.. make this a recall! it's needed.

- Middletown , PA, USA

problem #72

Aug 252009


  • 44,000 miles


My power steering goes out while I am driving. I have children and this is not safe. If you all would read all of the complaints and do something before someone gets hurt. I have told everyone I know to never buy a Cobalt!!!!!! I thank god that there was been no injuries reported yet. Please do something about this.

- Alvin, TX, USA

problem #71

Sep 152009


  • 68,000 miles
Power steering failed. Turned off the car restarted and it happened again in less than five minutes.

- Canonsburg, PA, USA

problem #70

Sep 142009


  • 39,755 miles
My wife was driving down the highway at 65 mph when the power steering went out. While researching this problem online I have found hundreds and hundreds of people with the exact same problem with the Chevy Cobalt. She nearly had an accident.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #69

Sep 032009


  • miles
My name is crystal marie torres, and I purchased a 2007 Chevy Cobalt and it's barely going to be 2 years in December that I've purchased it! the power steering is already going out and the light appears. I don't believe if I'm paying for practically a new vehicle it shouldn't be doing this so soon. I've always done my best to take care of my vehicle, so why is the power steering failing!!! I got on the internet to investigate this situation with other Cobalt customers, they too are having the same issue.... something needs to be done, otherwise there will be lawsuits going into action for false advertisement on such a great car! not fair to the public who has been nothing but loyal customers!!! help resolve this issue soon!!! here is the sight where others are posting their issues with the same conflict on their Cobalts!

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #68

Sep 052009


  • 79,000 miles
I am having an incident with my power steering locking up in my 2007 Chevy Cobalt and I have replaced the gear box Nov of 2008 and it is back to doing it again. I am afraid that if it locks up on a curve with my children in the car on a curve it may not stay on the road and lead to an accident. I have reported this problem to GM and have had no luck.

- Sedalia, MO, USA

problem #67

Sep 142009


  • 27,000 miles
I was driving back from work and I had the power steering fail on my car. I pulled over and shut the car off, when I restarted the car everything was fine. About 10 minutes later the same thing happen. I pulled over again and shut off the car. This continued about every 10-20 minutes on the way home.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #66

Aug 092009


  • 93,456 miles
My 2007 Cobalt purchased in amid May 2009 has a defect in the power steering which is located in the steering column. I have researched and found out that over 10,000 customers have the same issue. The repair costs $649 at al Sierra in grand blanc mi intermittently the car randomly looses its power steering and it can occur at any time. I presume this can be dangerous especially on icy roads.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #65

Jul 142009


  • 26,000 miles
I was driving my car on a straight stretch of road for about 5 miles at about 45 mph when the car's information screen read "power steering" and the wheel locked up. I was able to safely pull into my place of work but with a lot difficulty as the power steering was out. I turned the car off and then on again the problem was gone. I took it to the dealership the next day and they said it was a very common problem and they would need to replace the steering column. This is an extremely dangerous problem and needs to be addressed by GM. How many accidents need to happen before GM does something about this. I have an earlier model of this same car and have the same issue now only GM refuses to fix it because it is past it's warranty period. This is a serious defect and I now im not the only one having this issue. Two of the same model cars with the same issue at the same house is a problem.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #64

Sep 112009


  • 64,234 miles
I have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt with power steering problems, it has stopped on me several of times on streets and freeways and have been very lucky so far of avoiding and dodging major accidents but I have tried to fix it but I am still having problems with it more then a couple times a month it is unsafe and unreliable.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #63

Sep 112009


  • 18,482 miles
Power steering failure in my Chevy Cobalt.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

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