really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,548 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt brakes problems

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #14

Sep 122008


  • 107 miles


Electrical dash panel gauges bounce. Power steering comes and goes. Engine cuts out & idols oddly, ever since I bought the vehicle I have problems with the power steering and electronic dash cluster.

- North Pole, AK, USA

problem #13

Feb 102016


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 55 mph, all the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact stated that the power steering failed and the speedometer, fuel gauge, and tachometer needles moved back and forth and displayed inaccurate readings. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the electronic brake control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the remedy did not resolve the issue. The contact stated that the failure continued to occur intermittently. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Mapleton, IA, USA

problem #12

Dec 082015


  • 96,025 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 25 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck when depressed. The contact depressed the brake pedal, but the vehicle failed to stop. In order to stop the vehicle, the brake pedal and the emergency brake needed to be engaged. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who did not diagnose the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 96,025.

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

problem #11

Nov 012015


  • 96,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the vehicle decelerated violently. In addition, the contact had to apply force to the accelerator pedal in order to increase in speed. In addition, the low tire pressure warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 96,000. Updated 1/12/16

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #10

Jul 312015


  • 151,565 miles
Wheels- the control arm bushings wear tremendously and rattle making the steering wheel shake uncontrollably. Steering- the steering wheel has a ton of "play" before it engages in a turn. Brakes- the rear drums and shoes wear excessively fast causing severe deterioration and grinding.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #9

Mar 102015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 138,400 miles
"service ESC" dash warning came on. Both "traction control and ESC" dash lights were lit.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #8

Dec 072014


  • miles


I was driving on the freeway when I changed lanes and lost control of my vehicle. My anti-lock braking system did not work as it was supposed to; my traction control did not work as it was suppose to, which resulted in me losing control of my vehicle and hitting another vehicle. A month earlier, I took my vehicle to rancho motor company to have a recall part on my vehicle fixed. They noticed that my ABS and traction control lights were on. They ran a diagnostics test on the vehicle. When I picked up my vehicle, they informed me there was nothing physically wrong with my vehicles ABS and traction control systems but the software was outdated and needed to be updated.

- Barstow, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 252014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 82,990 miles
I was just going through a green light and just as I started to hit the brake's I N my car I did not stop at all ams I was in so much shock trying to brake that I could not swerve fast enough to miss the car in front of mr and rear ended her blue Kia at 30 mph and now my cars front end is smashed I just replaces my brakes last month with my graduation money because ever since I bought the car my brakes howl all the time and I still didn't ix the problem now I have to come up with extra insurance money and fix my car even though it was a malfunction on my car..

- Rice, MN, USA

problem #6

Apr 262014


  • miles
I was driving on the everett turnpike in nh. There was a soccer net in the middle of the highway. The cars in front of me had stopped and I tried to stop, but because my power steering was out along with my anti-lock brakes. I couldn't stop. I hit the car in front of me and my airbags didn't deploy. Luckily the only damage done was psychological. If I were an inexperienced driver than I would have died.. I have already had my power steering fixed once and now it has been recalled again. The car as a whole should be recalled. I don't feel safe driving it after they fix a problem that has already happened twice.

- Woburn, MA, USA

problem #5

Mar 042014


  • 69,000 miles
When using brakes on ice roads the back brakes come on first, ,and you spin in a circle..not good!!!!!! the radio goes off and on when it wants..this happens all the time!!!

- Crosby , MN, USA

problem #4

Dec 012013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


While driving in the left lane on a multiple lane interstate highway the driver on my right changed lanes into my lane. On my left was a concrete barrier without enough room for me to avoid the other driver. I aggressively applied the brakes to try and avoid the other vehicle. Even though my vehicle has ABS (anti-lock brakes), the left front brake locked up and pulled me into the concrete barrier. At no time in the life of my car have I gotten any indication that the ABS system wasn't working properly. In this situation I would have been much better off not having ABS than having the system only to have it malfunction on just one wheel.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

problem #3

Nov 012013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
My most important issue with my 2008 Cobalt lt is that my engine is gone which I think is horrible and I purchased this car brand new I have been the only owner and have taking very good care of my vehicle, I will never buy a GM product again, through reading all the complaints I cant believe this vehicle hasn't been recalled my car started shaking really bad, and making a loud ticking noise, it was very hard to stop and also steer my vehicle I could have been in a very fatal crash or anything! my car also has the same issue about the speakers they go in and out and work when they want to. But my main issue is my engine in which my car I is longer under warranty and the dealership said it is nothing they can do for me, which I believe is totally absurd considering im still making payments on a vehicle that doesn't work, and is only 5 years old, so basically that means to me they will cover your car for 5 years or 100,000 miles then your just on your own which is horrible, to invest and buy a vehicle brand new and it just breaks down in this magnitude! I am very upset and disappointed that they aren't willing to help, so I will be suing them!

- Redford Township , MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 112013


  • 48,590 miles
Since the car was purchased new, it has made occasional grinding noises from the rear brakes. The rear brakes have worn out so quick that this is the second time they are being replaced (three sets of rear brakes in under 50,000 miles). The replacements have not been covered under warranty because they are a "wear" item. This vehicle is the four-door "sport" model with the rear disc brakes and manual transmission. The problem is that the brakes wear very quick and the parking brake will no longer hold the vehicle on an incline. The emergency brake was adjusted by the dealership twice and they said there is nothing wrong with it, but I figured out what the problem is. The springs on the rear calipers that release the pads when the parking brake is disengaged are not strong enough to release the pads. Even when the parking brake is fully disengaged, the rear pads are clamped down on the rotors causing heat, premature wear, and more rolling resistance, leading to decreased parking brake function.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #1

Aug 312012


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph and attempting O decelerate, the brake failed to engage and the contact proceeded to crash into a stop sign. The front driver side air bag failed to deploy. The contact was not injured. The vehicle was towed to a local body shop for further investigation of the failure. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 39,000.

- Zapata , TX, USA

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