really awful
Crashes / Fires:
33 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
22 / 5
Average Mileage:
55,252 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 5 of 12)

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problem #143

May 042014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles


Power-steering function has begun to produce a constant electrical "whine" while active during turns. On occasion, it seems to barely function, requiring greater effort during a turn.

- North Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #142

Apr 212014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 68,367 miles
My 2008 Chevy Cobalt lt started having problems steering. I do not know where the power steering unit is but it acts like it is low on power steering fluid, it is a struggle to turn sometimes.

- Wills Point, TX, USA

problem #141

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 #140

Apr 112014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles


Taking a right hand turn, power steering stopped working, making it hard to continue making the turn. This is now happening every day and makes it difficult to drive the vehicle.

- Morris, NY, USA

problem #139

Sep 182009


  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel would make a loud popping noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the steering shaft was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred three times after the initial repairs. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer each time, where they replaced the sway bar, control arm bushings on both sides, and the electric power steering motor. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 11,000 and the current mileage was 48,500. Updated 06/10/14

- Harvard, IL, USA

problem #138

Apr 022014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 161,634 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the power steering assist suddenly malfunctioned and caused the steering wheel to become difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the steering power assist was faulty. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 161,634. Updated 6/10/14

- East Lansing, MI, USA

problem #137

Apr 012014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles


2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to steering wheel column recall. The consumer stated in 2010 he steering motor was recalled, and corrected. Recently, the consumer had to replace the steering wheel column, which was part of the key ignition that has been in the media. The consumer spent $1200 for repairs and notified Chevrolet about the situation and reimbursement.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #136

Feb 082014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
In November 2013 my vehicle steering wheel got stuck at work. It took a couple of times on turning the key to turn on the vehicle. It happened 4 more times and I decided to make an appointment at the vara Chevrolet dealership service center. I told the lady that was helping me what happened to to the vehicle in December 2013 and she told me to leave it overnight in order for them to check the vehicle. When I picked it up they said they didn't see anything in the computer system. I told her that it happened a couple of times and I knew it was a problem. She told me then I guess when the cars steering wheel gets stuck again you'll have to bring it in how it is. I asked her if there was any recalls and she said no. I thought then maybe then there isn't nothing wrong. In February 2014 my husband took the vehicle to have it serviced and then when he parked it at the service center they were going to move it inside the shop and it got stuck like it had done to us before. The service members then were unable to turn it on or move it. They put rolls under the wheels and said they were going to check it there. When we picked it up after three days they said they fixed it. My husband and me never asked what was wrong with it as long as they fixed. I started then hearing on the news about the recalls on General Motors with ignition problems on Cobalts up to the year 2007 and the complaints. It was exactly what was happening to us but the only difference was it was a 2008. I am concerned that there might be other problems with the same vehicles with other years. If the service center knew there was an issue with this vehicles and recalls why didn't they voice concerns to their management or to us. I am very upset about the treatment we received and my biggest concern is that it is happening with earlier models not just up to 2007 Cobalts. This needs to be addressed.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #135

Apr 092014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 137,000 miles
The key locked causing car to roll forward. I attempted to remove key but electrical system was disabled. I was not able to restart auto until jump starting it. Then the check engine light appeared and the traction control off warning appeared. Additionally, the power steering light indicated it was off. No injuries occurred as I was coming to a stop when incident happened. When driving my auto to the dealer, I noticed the RPM reached 4500 at about 50 mph. Steering took some effort without power steering.

- Shepherd, TX, USA

problem #134

Jul 272013


  • miles
I previously contacted GM befcause of a power steering issue weeks before my accident.I was crossing the railroad track when I lost all power to my car and it caught on fire.

- Prattville , AL, USA

problem #133

Jul 092013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 54,140 miles


Left and right front control arm bushings failed. Very dangerous !!!

- Fridley, MN, USA

problem #132

Oct 102013


  • 39,000 miles
The very first incident I experienced with my power steering was nothing major. I was trying park my car and it suddenly became very hard to steer. I powered the car off for a minute and then restarted it. Once the car was restarted the problem went away. Shortly after that the doors would not unlock. I was unable to get into my car for hours. After much prying, we were able to get into the car but now the driver's door lock has to be locked manually or unlocked with the key in door. Months down the line the power steering issue came back but only worse. It happened while I was driving. A dinging noise went off, "power steering" flashed across the dashboard, and all the gauges went wiggling. It startled me. Again, I pulled over and cut the engine for a spell and waited. After a few moments I turned the car back on and it was like nothing ever happened. The third time was the worst time thus far. I was exiting the highway and suddenly the noise came back and flashed power steering. It was much worse this time. The car was hard to steer, the car roughly jerked, and I could not exelerate. Thankfully I made it home 5 minutes later, but by then the engine light had come on. I found out that my car was recalled for this very reason. When I called Chevrolet they said that the previous owners had to have brought my car in during the recall because my car didn't have any open recalls. If my car was truly brought in for the recall then why is my car not fixed" and more importantly why do they expect me to pay for it? they are endagering my life as well as others'. passing cars off as though they are fixed when really they are not is criminal and something needs to be done. If need be I will pay for my own car but what about all the other cars that they've "fixed"" a young lady died from her power steering failing and you would think that would be enough to fix their mistake.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #131

Mar 072014


  • 64,000 miles
I was on my way to work this morning on and noticed my car 'stuttering' as few moments at a time. After I proceeded from a stop position and continued off the highway, the car dashboard began to light up, almost as if it was shortening out. The speedometer, fuel gauge, and my RPM kept moving back and forth quickly. There were multiple messages flashing such as powersteering, low traction, no traction. My check engine light, antitheft light, and the traction light kept flashing. Then I lost power steering and my car ultimately 'died' on the side of the road.

- Lombard, IL, USA

problem #130

Jul 252013


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the ignition module failed, causing the vehicle to stall sporadically and without warning. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure several times but did not provide a remedy for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 10V073000 (steering) but was advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 15,000.

- Oak Hill, WV, USA

problem #129

Dec 042013


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact stated that after restarting the vehicle, the vehicle operated normally. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The contact also stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the power steering sensor light illuminated as the power steering assist failed. The contact indicated that after shutting off and restarting the vehicle, the defect was corrected. The failure was intermittent. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 97,000.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #128

Feb 062014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 101,653 miles
Tried to back out of my parking spot at home to go to work. Could not turn wheels at all. Had car towed to chapman Chevrolet because my bother, who is a mechanic, advised me that there was a recall for this model and year. After chapman received the car they blamed problem on steering column and wound up charging me $960.73 to replace it. My brother advised me that power steering unit is part of power steering operation. Information system on dash board said power system failure. Fortunately this did not happen while driving to work as I could not have handled the car and would have has a serious accident.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #127

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 #126

Oct 012013


  • 99,124 miles
Took car into have it inspected for noise coming from the from end told it was the lower control arm bushing and that Cobalts where good for that part to fail so why does Chevy not fix the problem?

- St.Clairsville, OH, USA

problem #125

Jul 212012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to replacement of sway bars, links, wheel bearing and engine. Vehicle currently has steering wheel mechanical issues.

- New Hyde Park, NY, USA

problem #124

Jul 292013


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the steering wheel seized. The contact notified the dealer and informed them that the vehicle had been remedied in 2011 under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection and was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the incident and referred the contact to the dealer. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- New Hyde Park , NY, USA

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