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:
29,624 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 282012


  • 111,256 miles


The rims on these 2007 Cobalts bend easy with the size of tire they are sold with. Any pot hole hit at speeds of 30 - 55 mph will bend these tire rims. I have replaced 2 rims at $ $111 a piece and my back rims are bent also. Wal-mart, tiemans tire and other tire stores are aware of the bad rims on these Cobalts. You can not find any used rims anymore due to all are used to replace other bent rims on Cobalts. This can cause you to loose control of your car if a pot hole bends a rim an you loose all air pressure in the tire. It will act as though the tire blew out with sudden air pressure loss. It is not a safe car to drive with this problem.

- Linton, IN, USA

problem #8

May 212009


  • 40,862 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact drove over a pothole and the rear passenger side wheel bent abnormally. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic and the mechanic replaced the wheel. Later, the failure occurred again when the contact drove over another pothole. The vehicle was again, taken to a local mechanic and the bent wheel was replaced. The contact stated that on a later date, the vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the front vertical bushing on both front lower control arms were replaced as well as both end links for the front sway bar. In addition, the contact stated that the steering shaft and column assembly would also need replacing. He called the manufacturer and they advised him that they could not assist with the cost of the repairs. The vehicle was not repaired for the steering failures. The failure mileage was 40,862 and the current mileage was 58,000.

- Oak Creek , WI, USA

problem #7

Jan 092010


  • miles
I drive a 2007 Chevy Cobalt with defective steel wheels. Have had GM dealer send photos to GM rep in the area, denies my claim on my defective steel factory 15inch wheels. There are cracks that start in the center of the wheel then they travel right to the circles in the wheel.

- Tenino, WA, USA

problem #6

Oct 312006


  • 369 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact noticed many problems with the vehicle since the date of purchase in October 2006. The contact stated that the alignment was incorrect so the vehicle was taken back to the dealer for alignment immediately. Also, the check engine light, and the air bag light would illuminate intermittently so sensors were replaced by the dealer. The steering column and power steering motor, headliner. Catalytic converter, wheel bearings, struts, and the heating/cooling system were all replaced. The vehicle also stalled completely on an intermittent basis. The contact stated that the problems were consistent. The manufacturer had not been notified. The current mileage was approximately 104,000. The failure mileage was 369.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #5

Oct 052010


  • miles
GM's steel wheel rims (part number: Stl08021U45 / base part# : stl08021U ) are dangerously weak metal/ - they bend very easily. I have 3 bent rims on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt. (these same model was also standard on 2007-2008 Saturn aura, and 2006 -07 Chevrolet Malibu ) I have 3 bent rims according to a GM dealership and another repair shop - and was told that need to be replaced. I tried to buy replacements but was told they are on "hold" by GM. No replacement. These rims are ruining my car by straining the wheel bearings, the alignment, and tires, not to mention jeopardizing my safety and those driving around me. There should be a recall on these cheap dangerous rims!

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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problem #4

Nov 152009


  • 61,203 miles
2007 Chevy Cobalt, 61,000 miles, both front wheel bearings needed replacement. Severe grinding sound and pulling to the left. I had to pay to replace both wheel bearing assemblies for $850.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Nov 012008


  • 41,000 miles
I bought my 2007 Cobalt in July 2008, used only as a rental car with enterprise, with 34K miles. Within 2 months, my rotors were warped and had to be replaced. Milwaukee has a terrible problem w/ potholes so I've had to put 4 new rims and tires on it too and an alignment. It still shakes when I go between 45-60mph. Also, the gear shift keeps getting locked in park, like a sensor is broken or something. I have to continuously press on the brake until it gives. And there must be a short somewhere because occasionally the blinkers noise (tick tick) and the left speaker go out, come back on, go out, etc. I've had the car 8 months and have this many problems with it" of course the dealership is charging an arm and leg for repairs that I can't afford but I think they should be responsible for this because there is no way these problems can be "operator error." This is a manufacturing problem! I can understand the tires & rims because I've hit too many potholes but everything else? come on. Anyone else complained about similar issues"

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #1

Feb 262007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,900 miles
- the contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at 35 mph the vehicle began to slide from side to side and vibrate. The weather conditions were snowy at the time of the incident. The dealer stated the failure occurred due to the snow trapped in the wheels. The contact stated that the wheels were a defective and a safety hazard. The current and failure mileage were both 119,000.

- Colby , WI, USA

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