hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,967 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt fuel system problems

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 032014


  • 147,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. After the ignition switch had been repaired, the contact experienced difficulty starting the vehicle after it had been parked for short periods of time. The contact smelled fuel vapors inside and outside the vehicle. An independent mechanic discovered that the fuel pump assembly was leaking on top of the tank. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 147,000.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #5

Feb 062013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle emitted a fuel odor while the vehicle was off as well as when it was running. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the fuel pump modulator needed to be replaced. The dealer also informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 12V459000 (fuel system: Gasoline). The failure and current mileages were 118,000. Updated 3/14/13 the consumer stated another dealer installed a module kit at a cost of $ $745.12. 04/10/13

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 082011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that he could smell gasoline fuel inside of the vehicle when parked. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician noticed fuel leaking from the vehicle and informed the contact that the pump housing was cracked. The vehicle was repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump) however, the contact's VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000...updated 01/30/13 updated 2/1/2013

- Crosby, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 162012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that he could smell gasoline while outside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the vehicle was included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump) however, because the vehicle was over 120,000 miles, they would not service the vehicle under the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 175,000. Updated 12/19/12 updated 01/09/13

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #2

Jul 022012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer states difficulty starting vehicle and smells gas the consumer was informed the fuel line was cracked and was leaking. The consumer discovered there was a recall on the 2006/2007 models for the fuel pump, the same fuel pump that had to be replaced in the vehicle. The consumer is seeking reimbursement.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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problem #1

Sep 162011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 47,800 miles
Noticed a faint smell of gas while driving my Cobalt on Thursday September 15th, 2011. Gas smell grew stronger later in the day and, on Friday, was so strong that it was overpowering, even with the windows rolled down. Upon taking my car to the mechanic, they found that a plastic supply port on the modular reservoir of my fuel pump had cracked and it was creating a severe fuel leak. I had to replace the fuel pump in order to fix this situation, but, three days later, my car still has an existing gas smell to it. On Friday when the incident occurred, I felt like I had ingested gasoline all day, and it took a while for that feeling to go away. In addition, I know that gas leaks are potentially very hazardous and can start fires. In conducting research, it seems that this problem is consistent with recall id # 09V419000 dated 10/29/2009 in which 2006 and 2007 year Chevrolet Cobalts were recalled for the same problem in some states including Arizona, where my car was purchased and registered. Service members at a Chevrolet dealership have stated that this issue has become common with my year Cobalts, so perhaps the 2008 Cobalts should be recalled as well? this is a hazardous problem that has turned in to quite an expensive fix for me, and I believe that it needs to be taken care of immediately.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

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