really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
51,352 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace ignition switch (4 reports)
  2. allow key/cylinder locking to release key (2 reports)
  3. not sure (1 reports)
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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #7

May 202012


  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Key was stuck in ignition in the on position. Had to disconnect the battery to turn the car off and had it towed. Had my 2nd ignition cylinder put on.

- , Copper Hill, VA, USA

problem #6

Nov 012013

Cobalt LS 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,600 miles

Well I just got home and the key got stuck in the ignition and could not get the key out. The engine was off thankful but key would not come out of ignition, now the battery is dead. This should not have happened. This car had problems with key turning for the last year. I had to replace the ignition switch.

- , Council Bluffs, IA, US

problem #5

May 042012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,100 miles

This has been the biggest problem with this car so far. I try locking the wheel cylinder,it doesn't necessarily help,and if it does,it takes a VERY long time to fix. This car has seemed to be nothing but a problem since a year or so after we bought it. There have been SEVERAL problems. I will report each of them differently,as the site wants me to. It's just seemed to be more problems than it's worth. We bought it under the premise that it was a good family car and something that would be good for our family,especially with the extra air bags,as we had just gotten out of a horrible accident and wanted to ensure safety of us and our children.

- , Milan, IN, USA

problem #4

May 012012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


My 2008 cobalt has had its share of minor problems, but the worst problem has been with the key and the ignition switch. I was on my way to pick daughter from school and forgot something in the house and turned the car off. When I went to put key back in the ignition the key broke off. Well luckily the car started and I could continue on. After picking her up had a friend check Internet for any recalls and they said yes on the 09 but not 08. I took the car to the dealer and my warranty was over and they wouldn't consider the same issues that happened to the 08. So I had to have ignition switch replaced for $450.00 and sat at dealership for 4 hours. I was having issues before the incident with the key and the ignition. My advice is if you experience any problems with your key get it checked out before you get hit with $450.00 bill.

- , Jacksonville, FL, US

problem #3

Feb 152012

Cobalt LT V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,775 miles

my 08 cobolt has been nothing a problem, so much having my son drive it now and bought a different car, right now the key is stuck in the ignition and won't come out, took it the dealer and they informed me not covered on the platinum warranty i purchased, i explained that i have read that there has been problems on this and they stated still not covered. asked about the recall on this, stated that there was one on the 09, informed them maybe they should recall the 08, still would not even cover this, very upset will cost appox 300 to repair,,,

- , Toledo, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 042011

Cobalt LT 2.2L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

At the end of a cold winter day in WI, I was finishing work and realized I couldn't take my key out of my car, while it was running! I took the car to a dealership and they told me they had never seen this problem before. Nobody could get the key out so we disconnected the battery and let the engine die out in an attempt to avoid letting the fuel run out and damage the fuel pump. The dealership told me the ignition switch had to be replaced and the lock re-created. I called GM and they told me they would not cover this because my car was past 50,000 miles so its warranty had expired and because there was no recall for this problem so they would not reimburse me whatsoever. They quoted me at $500 to fix it so I went elsewhere much cheaper and filed a complaint with the BBB. Then they started contacting me and told me that they couldn't reimburse me at all because I took the car to an independent shop which would have voided my warranty, and had I taken it to a dealership they could reimburse me some. I told them their story was bullshit because before I got it fixed they promised no reimbursement, then when I took it to an independent shop they claim that's why I wouldn't be reimbursed because it voided my warranty which was already expired. They had no explanation after that.

- , Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 062008

Cobalt LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,986 miles

I accidentally slid my house key into ignition. I did not jam it, I slid it in as if were actually the right key. No problem, I tried to remove it and it was absolutely not coming out. Another person attempted as well as the truck driver when I had to have it towed! The 24/7 365 day of the year roadside assistance sent a tow truck, it arrived 1.5 hrs after I placed my call. My car only has 1,986 miles on it. There is a bumper to bumper warranty. They said the repairs, $673 and the rental car for two days is only about $60 but again, not covered. Turned it into my Full coverage auto ins. Am, Fam,and again, not covered. This was not my expectation when I purchased this new car. I felt by purchasing new with this company I would be protected. Not true. I'm heartsick.

- , Lake Tomahawk, WI, USA

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