really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,136 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 072016


  • 101,500 miles


Driver's door interior handle broke or became disconnected today, prohibiting exit from the car at that door. Can be opened from outside handle.

- Kent, OH, USA

problem #4

May 262016


  • miles
At 3:30am, the front passenger side douglas performance GT-H tire 195/60R15 88H tire spontaneously exploded while sitting in my garage. It bent the metal frame around the wheel well, blew the headlight out completely, and caused damage to the interior of the wheel well.

- Springboro, OH, USA

problem #3

Oct 292015


  • 113,000 miles
The hood latch hook part of the hood is rusting to a point where its ready to break off which will lead to the hood being opened when driving

- Bellingham, MA, USA

problem #2

Oct 032013


  • 68,000 miles
Sliding on slippery road. Fishtailed, not sure if steering locked up. With the front of my car, hit another car in the side. No airbags deployed. Concerned about the recall with the Cobalt at this time.

- Middlefield, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 212011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 68,180 miles
On February 21th, 2011, I was driving on the I-95 expressway. Suddenly, I lost the control of my car which was hit by another car driven by [xxx] (case # [xxx]). on June seventh, 2010, my wife had similar accident with her 2006 Chevy Cobalt. The fact that both crashes were so similar made dubious about our responsibility on them. I asked to inspect my vehicle twice (3/25/11 and 4/9/11), but inspectors said that my car was ok. On December 12, 2011 I presented a complaint to F. H.S. M. V. D. M. S. (complaint #[xxx]), on December 16, 2011 its answer was; your complaints do not fall within its jurisdiction. Dejected, I did not forward any more action. I have just received from GM a warning about a defect which relates to motor vehicles safety exists in 2005-2007 model year (my) Chevrolet Cobalt, then I read on tv news, and internet, that GM issued that it's possible that the air bags might not deploy if there is an accident. In this moment we realized that both the 2006 and 2008 Chevy Cobalt air bags did not deploy, regardless both vehicles crashes were on front bumper allstate insurance paid the amount of $6440.58 to repair my car. We have received a significant amount of letters from lawyers and allstate insurance dealing with injures damages and monetary compensation. Allstate paid to Mr. Sentmanat the sum of $10 000, consequently our allstate insurance premium was raised substantially. This entire situation had caused stress, economic problems and lack of confidence in both my wife I. because both crashes happened in the afternoon rush hour, I-95 traffic was crowded and slow, but in other conditions and as consequence of air bag malfunction my wife and might have died. For the reasons explaining above I, the writer, demand from GM a monetary compensation for the psychological, legal, and monetary problems caused by my car malfunction. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- North Miami Beach, FL, USA

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