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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,322 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt transmission problems

transmission problem

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 252008


  • 50,000 miles


2007 Chevy Cobalt- many problems, electrical comes off and on, car rides like a bucket of bolts, at 50,000 kms front passenger wheel had 1 1/2 inch movement while parked. Very dangerous. Why no recalls for these issues? the fixer of the car replaced a suspension control arm bushing. All kinds of noise, all pot holes I thought the car was going to fall apart. Hunk of junk car. Many safety issues should be investigated. Brought back to the dealer several times for sagging doors on two door model, irregular idol, rattling sounds in the front end to no avail. Thank god I only leased it, they can keep it, it is a hunk of junk. I would never recommend this car to anyone.

- Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada, 00, USA

problem #3

Nov 122009


  • 46,000 miles
I have had a series of problems with my 2007 Chevy Cobalt in the last 4 months. First in November of 2009 my wheels were too bent up and needed to be replaced. Then in December 2009 my clutch burned out after only 47,000 miles. Everyone I ever spoke to never heard of a clutch burning out so soon. I was on the highway going 65mph when no more power was being supplied to the vehicle after pressing down on the gas. I rolled into a nearby gas station and had the car towed to the dealership and the diagnostic confirmed my suspicion. I had it replaced two weeks later when I had the money. Now its February and my parking brake will not engage. The car was bought brand new in 2007 and had regular maintenance done on the car, ie brakes, oil, filters. I could have been injured and I fear driving the car thinking something else will break down. No warning signs of any of these problems were noticeable.

- Burbank, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 302009


  • 7,200 miles
Clutch failure, theres a mechanism that does not allow you to spin the wheels into 3rd gear on the 2007 Chevy Cobalt ss. This mechanism has caused my girlfriends clutch to be burned up over a one month period. The vechicles clutch no longer fully disengages and will not allow the car to move. The part(s) have not been established yet because it is currently in the shop as of 3 P.M. today. If you would like more information on this please contact me through either my email or phone number, or even reedman of langhorne.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 162009


  • 34,089 miles
Vehicle's clutch failed at 16,793 mi. Dealer attempted to blame driver. Repaired vehicle under warranty on 05/01/08. @34089 clutch has failed again. Dealer informed consumer that warranty will not cover repair. reveals that this is a common issue with the Cobalt and dealerships are blaming consumers to avoid paying for repair!

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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