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 26 of 29)

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problem #62

Sep 102009


  • miles


Power steering on my Chevy Cobalt goes out while driving, fortunately I haven't had a wreck. I read about this all over the internet and a bunch of people have the same problem. I think GM should do a recall on these vehicles.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #61

Sep 062009


  • 40,000 miles
Failure of power steering in 2007 Chevy Cobalt. I have been driving and the computer alert flashes saying power steering and the steering wheel locks and becomes not movable. This has happen to me twice. The mechanic has replaced a blown fuse and the problem came about again. The steering column will now be replaced.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #60

Sep 062009


  • 19,000 miles
While driving my Chevrolet Cobalt the power steering will cut out. The only way to get it to come back on is to turn the ignition off and start it back up. You do not have to turn the car off, just to acc. Thankfully this has only happened to me while I had to negotiate turns at slow speeds and straight roads of 45+. I would not like this problem to occur while I am on the highway at speeds of 55+.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #59

Sep 012009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 48,877 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 45 mph the consumer noticed that the power steering light appeared on the dashboard and suddenly the power steering failed. The dealer stated that the power steering motor needed to be replaced. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 48877. Updated 10/21/09 the consumer stated when she made a turn, the steering failed. Updated 10/22/09

- Smoot, WV, USA

problem #58

Nov 162008


  • 4,857 miles
Steering wheel shaking makes noise, popping, grinding while driving and turning then doesn't feel right. Have had the problem four times this is the fifth time. The steering column and parts have been replaced four times this would be the fifth we were told by the first tech the steering wheel column would fall off in our hands and we wouldn't be able to steer the car and we have been fishing over this safteyissue with GM since. Before there is a fatality they keep replacing it cost money we are without vehicle for time to fix stress neverknowing if or when it will fall off we don't want to die in a car accident or kill someone they will not replace the car keep saying its safe thenwhy do they have too keep replacing it if it isn't a defect in how its attached to frame. We are scared enough to keep taking it back when it starts making the noise etc instead of waiting for it to fall off in our hands or lock up so we couldn't steer enough is enough we don't know what else to do or how to get help we still owe on the car bought it new and this all started 4-6 months after we bought it.

- Pgh., PA, USA

problem #57

Jun 152009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at any given speed on normal road conditions. The power steering failed. The driver experienced extreme difficulty steering the vehicle, the power steering warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel and it remained lit until the engine was turned off. The driver pulled over to the side of the road and turned off the engine. When the vehicle was restarted it resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. They stated that the power steering failed. The dealer stated that there is nothing they can do to repair it. The failure mileage was 45000 and current mileage was 51000. Bl updated 09/18/09. Updated 09/18/09.

- Lewis Center, OH, USA

problem #56

Aug 082009


  • 47,000 miles


Power steering failure.

- Rosenberg, TX, USA

problem #55

May 012008


  • 30,000 miles
The power steering goes out with no warning. This happens now every time I drive my car. For some reason it seems to be related to the temp outside. I took it to the dealership and they quoted me $ 700 to fix this problem. As a single mother this is beyond my means. I feel this is dangerous for myself and my child.

- Haltom City, TX, USA

problem #54

Jul 202009


  • 45,000 miles
Bought 2007 Chevy Cobalt certified used with 38,000 miles. About 5 months later the power steering starts to fail. Power steering reads in the information box and wheel becomes extremely hard to turn. This problem is off and on and has been getting worse (happening more often) as time has passed. This has been revealed to be a very common problem in Cobalts and makes driving conditions very dangerous. Am told the entire steering column and associated parts may need replacement.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #53

Aug 202009


  • 53,216 miles
The power assist in the steering system fails without warning while driving making steering extremely difficult if not impossible. This happened to me while I was turning left ahead of oncoming traffic and I was unable to hold a tight radius that would allow me to clear the intersection properly.

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #52

Aug 172009


  • 57,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. While driving 25 mph the power steering warning light began flashing and the power steering in the vehicle disabled. The dealer is aware of the failure; however, no remedy has been made. The contact is aware of the safety risk since he has no control steering the vehicle while driving at high speeds. The current mileage was 57,390 and the failure mileage was 57,000.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #51

Apr 152009


  • 62,000 miles
I have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt and the power steering has motor has gone out.. while researching how to fix it I have found that there are thousands of people who are in the same situation. Chevy wants 1000 dollars to fix a problem that should be a recall issue... I could understand if only a couple of people had the problem but it seems to be a wide spread issue.. this could be a potentially serious issue.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #50

Aug 032009


  • miles
I bought my 07 Cobalt ss in February in August the power steering started going out. I would be driving and it would just quit working but if I turned it off and turned it back on it would work for a few minutes then stop working again. It does this everytime I drive the vehicle. I called my dealership and they told me there was nothing they could do. So I called a repair shop and he told me it was the power steering motor and that they are not cheap. I have not purchased a motor yet because I do not have the money right now. This is a very dangerous situation and I think something should be done to correct it.. also another problem I am having is the ignition.

- Orange, TX, USA

problem #49

Aug 172009


  • 47,000 miles
Sudden loss of power steering.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #48

Jul 102009


  • 48,000 miles
I own a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The power steering failed without warning and nearly caused me to hit a tree. Luckily, I was able to avert the crisis and drive safely home. I contacted Chevy and they told me that I had to get a $150 diagnosis before they would even consider addressing the issue. After I completed the diagnosis, they told me that the dealership I went to had recently gone out of business and I would have to get another $150 diagnosis before I they would review my case. In order to fix it, they are trying to charge me over 1,000 dollars and are refusing to lend assistance. This is an extremely dangerous issue that Chevy must fix before somebody gets into a very serious accident.

- Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

problem #47

Aug 112009


  • 34,512 miles
I have a 07 Chevy Cobalt and I was driving on the express way when my power steering light can on and as I was turning the wheel it locked up. I was very afraid do to the fact that my child was in the car. I pulled over on the shoulder and turned the car off. I didn't know what to do but I couldn't stay on the eway. When I started it back up the wheel loosened up but sure enough a couple miles down the road it did the samething. I am sending this complaint because I think that is very dangerous especially when you are trying to turn a corner or even switch lanes. In doing research about the part I located a site "topix Chevy Cobalt steering failure" were there is over five hundred post about the same thing. But yet recall on this car. When will they recall it when someone is seriously hurt or even killed!!!!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #46

Aug 082009


  • miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt power steering light came on and steering wheel gets locked up for no reason and hard to turn the wheel, while driving. Almost wrecked and could not turn the wheel. The only way to fix it was to turn the car off and back on. Happens every day now, when driving out of nowhere. I feel very uncomfortable driving the car now, scared to get in an accident. It is really sad when the car is practically new.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #45

Jun 022009


  • 36,000 miles
I own a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt approx 37K approx 36K my power steering notification came on while driving in traffic and becomes hard to steer. I have to turn veh off and resume driving in hopes that it won't come back on. This has gotten gradually worse and more frequent in the heat of summer. GM recall your defective parts!

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #44

Aug 032009


  • 67,000 miles
I recently got my wheel bearings replaced on my 07 Chevy Cobalt lt. A day later my power steering light comes on. It comes on every day and continues to come on while driving every 5 minutes because when you shut the car off it resets. I have taken it to the place where I got the wheel bearings fixed and they cant find the problem.

- Dundalk, MD, USA

problem #43

Apr 082009


  • 50,000 miles
I have had my 07' Chevy Cobalt for a yr now and about 4 months ago my power steering light came on making my wheel really hard alot while driving. I have done recent searches and have realized that this is happening to alot of the Chevy Cobalt.

- Odessa, TX, USA

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