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 8 of 12)

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problem #83

Jan 012011


  • 47,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 50 mph, the power steering failed making it impossible to control the vehicle. The dealer advised the contact to bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The contact did not inform the manufacturer nor was the vehicle diagnosed or repaired. The current mileage was 53,628 and the failure mileage was 47,000.

- Hamet, CA, USA

problem #82

Sep 052010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and began vibrating abnormally. The contact shut off the vehicle momentarily and when restarted, the steering resumed normal operation. The failure was experienced numerous times yet the vehicle was not taken to the dealer to be diagnosed nor was the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 44,000.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #81

Feb 012011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 108,400 miles
The steering in my car all of a sudden became hard to control, hard to turn and you have to pull the steering wheel back after a turn and then the car jerks. This happened after my car was recalled for power steering defects, and after the appropriate work was done to replace the recalled part. I now have a problem with my power steering ( even though I had no previous steering difficulties prior T recall ). that the mechanics at the dealership have been unable to diagnose as apparently it is not the power steering( yet two other mechanics from other shops are reporting to me that it is indeed the power steering at to go back to my dealership as this is on recall ) this is a driving hazard and I am thoroughly disappointed in this car, the amount of maintenance it has required. I have put more work into this 2008 Chevy Cobalt in the past three years than my ten year old 10 year old Mazda ever had. I will never again buy a Chevy as this is the second vehicle I have owned that has required a lot of maintenance and, the quality is very poor. I have had to replace the alternator, sway bar (twice ), brakes, shocks, tires, bushel's and my fuses are constantly blowing in my car and now continue to have a problem and a very serious steering and safety issue.

- Leduc, Alberta Canada, 00, USA

problem #80

Mar 062011


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 25 mph, the steering wheel locked and the driver was unable to turn the wheel. As a result, the vehicle was involved in a crash in which the air bags did not deploy. The driver and a passenger were reported injured and a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a lot and was not examined for the cause of failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V073000 (steering:electric power assist system). The failure and current mileages were 55,000.

- Coal City, WV, USA

problem #79

Jan 122011


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving 35 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was unable to remove the key from the ignition while the steering column froze. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who diagnosed the failure as the ignition lock cylinder needing to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 52,948.

- Aurora, IN, USA

problem #78

May 152010


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph the power steering would malfunction making the steering wheel vehicle very difficult to control. The contact stated that when the steering wheel locked the vehicle crashed into the garage. The contact previously took the vehicle to the dealer to repair to the steering system but that did not correct the failure. The vehicle was in the dealers possession when the complaint was filed. The contact stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive due to the power steering. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #77

Nov 182010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


While heading South on 8 mile road in cincinnati, Ohio. My car went out of control. When the car landed against the guard rail I was heading North. This is the second accident this year with this car. First one was Feb.2010 ODI #10307249. I was going about 35 mph, it had stopped raining and the street was still a little wet. The recall of the steering motor, had been replaced. My concern now the none of the air bags deployed. The car will more than likely be totaled. Which would be a good idea to get this lemon off the road.

- New Richmond, OH, USA

problem #76

Nov 012010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received recall notice 10V073000 steering electric power assists system in August of 2010. The dealership advised him that they could not schedule an appointment, because the part wasn't available. On November 1, 2010 while the contact attempted to start the vehicle the steering wheel locked. She was unable to unlock the steering and was not able to turn the key in the ignition. The vehicle was towed to the dealership for diagnostic testing which determined that the power steering column caused the failure to occur. The manufacturer will be contacted. The vehicle wasn't repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 54,000. Updated 01/31/11 the ignition lock cylinder was replaced. Updated 04/18/11

- Stilwell , OK, USA

problem #75

Nov 012010


  • 49,761 miles
I was on my way home in my 2008 Chevy Cobalt when the power steering failed. The warning chime came on and the message read on the dash "power steering" luckily where I live the roads are fairly straight and traffic wasn't heavy. I made it home and parked and then contacted the dealer asking why a car I had found to be under recall online since March 2010 had been into the dealer several times and not had the problem fixed. I happened only an hour ago and so I haven't driven it since but I'm not taking any chances with it.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #74

Oct 072010


  • miles
I had been having trouble with a 2008 Chevy Cobalt; the power steering would go on and off but even when the computer said the power steering was off it might still be working or it might not. This past week I was driving home and started to go across the line in the middle of a curve. The computer said the power steering was off but it wasn't. it caused me to over-correct, hit a ditch and flip my car. The car was totaled.

- Bardstown, KY, USA

problem #73

Aug 252009


  • 33,000 miles


The contact owned a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph when the power steering failed. The vehicle abnormally swayed back and forth and the contact was unable to regain control of the vehicle. The vehicle independently veered into another lane and crashed into a vehicle. There were no injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact stated that there was no prior indication of a steering failure. The police responded but did not file a report. The manufacturer was contacted but could offer no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 33,000.

- Northridge , CA, USA

problem #72

Jun 162010


  • 17,200 miles
The contact owns 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 45 mph the power steering failed and she lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over. She was taken to the hospital with injuries. The police towed the vehicle and stated that it was destroyed. A police report was filed. There was only one occupant who was wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that they will contact with him within a few days. The failure mileage was 17,200.

- Plainfield, IN, USA

problem #71

May 212009


  • 35,886 miles
2008 Chevy Cobalt, I bought it brand new in Jan. 2008! I have had nothing but problems with the passengers side front end and front brakes. In the beginning, the car was under warranty, now it is not, but the problems keep happening and I have had it back in for service many, many times! always for the same issues, front end and brakes! you will see when you pull the service reports! I contacted GM and I had a wonderful lady working with me and she said she was putting someone on my acct, a guy called me said they accepted my acct, now today he called and said they were not able to do the buy back program with the car and just to keep servicing the car! im telling you they service it and then in a matter of a short period, its back in the service dept. The car should in no way shape or form, have all these issues and for gods sake front end or brakes, its still fairly new! I pray nothing seriously happens to me or anyone riding in this car due to something being broke or breaking! the service dept where I bought the car says they fix it, but shortly there after its back! now, they treat me like I don't know what im talking about and I am furious! please check out the service reports and you tell me! I believe this is a defective car! there also has been others who have had issues with the front ends and brakes with these cars even the owner of the dealer I bought it at admitted that! there are several bulletins out on it also, I know for a fact! I am one very dissatisfied customer!!! right as I speak, when you are driving 40+ mph the steering wheel shakes and you can feel it in your seat and on the floor board..is this normal? it also wants to sway to the left or the right...ya just never know! the brakes have this horrible grinding loud sound as you brake, it is sometimes, not always! I will put down the first incident date because too many to list! there were other issues with this car as you will see in reports!

- Millington , MI, USA

problem #70

Aug 152010


  • 52,585 miles
Have an 2008 Chevy Cobalt.. driving and power steering message comes on dash and cannot hardly turn vehicle... can turn off car and it will start working... it will go off randomly sometimes 2 times daily other times 8-10 times daily... will reset everytime car is turned off and started back up... noticed it will also go out when using blinker to turn.

- Bridge City , TX, USA

problem #69

Sep 072010


  • 46,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt lt. While driving approximately 15 mph, there was a complete loss of power steering. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and the engine was turned off and then restarted. The failure would occur every three minutes when the vehicle was in operation and would function correctly after the engine was turned off and restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired for the power steering failure. The contact was no longer driving the vehicle due to the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 46,500.

- Quinton, OK, USA

problem #68

May 252010


  • 42,000 miles
My son was taking me to work on May 25th 2010 in our 2008 Chevy Cobalt. On the return home the steering wheel locked it would not move. In which caused us to run off the road into a ditch and turned on its side. Also none of the 6 air bags deployed..we did not know of a recall on the power a steering until almost 2 weeks later. The car was a total loss. Our 2 insurances companies paid the car off. The insurance company took the car so we do not have the defective part. We contacted General Motors and they will not take responsibility for not sending us the recall. If we would of received the recall the wreck would not had happened it would of been fixed and our sons would not had gotten hurt.. consequences 2 hurt no vehicle gap paid car off.

- Dunkirk, IN, USA

problem #67

Jun 242010


  • 15,900 miles
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt only 16,000 miles and power steering is gone when driving on city or highway, this is a high risk problem I cannot believe it has not been solve in a 30 minutes research on the internet I have seen hundreds of this cases.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #66

Jun 152010


  • miles
The contact rented a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at 60 mph and then applying the brakes, the power steering locked up. The contact loss of control of the steering wheel, which caused a front end collision with another vehicle. There were minor injuries and front end damage to the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a body shop. The vehicle had not been inspected at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were unknown.

- West Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #65

Dec 212008


  • miles
I am reporting this complaint on behalf of my sister[xxx]. she owned and operated a 2008 Cobalt that was involved in fault wreck, where she was killed. She lost control of her car on 6-35 North in Kansas City, Missouri. There was a reinactment of the wreck but it was inclusive. I checked for recalls back in 2009 but there were none to speak of until the recent recalls of her car. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kansas City , MO, USA

problem #64

Jun 052010


  • 40,000 miles
My son was driving my 2008 Chevy Cobalt, trying to make a turn into a parking lot when he got the chiming noise and at that point was without power steering. Traveling @15-20 miles per hour and a 6ft man at 200lbs had everything he could do to navigate the vehicle off the road. Two days after the incident when my son could not move and was in immeasurable pain he was brought to the er and diagnosed with a cervical spinal sprain. The vehicle was taken to jeff wyler Chevy in springfield Ohio after the crash. In response to my request for service on the vehicle known to be part of a recall for this exact situation I was told that the they determined the code for loss of power steering was never triggered. I explained of the chiming described by my son and was told by there service manager tj that there was nothing they could do until directed by GM. I have spent four days trying to get GM to handle this issue, I was actually told I could put it through my personal insurance and request reimbursement" seriously? at this point my son is hurt and out of work, we have no vehicle and no rental which I have requested since this began. I was actually told by their customer service rep on the phone that she did not see a recall on my vehicle. I advised her I had received via mail the notification and would not accept that as an answer. How can GM continue to have this vehicle on the road does someone have to die before they are accountable. I have been working on this issue for four days and I am no closer to getting an answer from GM than I was the day I started. Can anyone help with this?"

- Saint Albans, VT, USA

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