really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
36,960 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt electrical problems

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 4 of 6)

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problem #53

May 142014


  • miles


I was driving and had to pull to the side of the road because the lights kept on going from dim to bright and the automatic lights kept on switching up and down real fast and the car just lost its powersteering there is a strong smell of gas coming from the car and when I put gas in it takes a few minutes to actually crank back up. Im afraid while driving fast the electric problems will cause serious harm. There was a recent recall on this model and all the problems I stated and I need them fixed.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #52

Mar 012009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch problems. The consumer stated she experienced several incidents, with the ignition switch sticking and not being able to turn the key, including the first day she brought the vehicle home. Over the years, the switch has failed, which left her stranded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer many times, but they never replaced any components regarding the lock cylinder or switch. Updated 05/14/14. The consumer stated she was unable to shift the vehicle into gear. Updated 06/26/14 the electric power steering motor was replaced. Updated 07/10/14 updated 07/30/14 the consumer stated the vehicle was fixed. Updated 09/02/14

- Eastpointe, MI, USA

problem #51

May 012014


  • miles
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to defective ignition recall. Consumer has different vehicle complaint in artemis.

- Battle Ground, WA, USA

problem #50

Mar 012014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles


Vehicle was being towed behind class a motorhome. Key was in the accessory position; transmission (automatic) was in the neutral position; fuse block:8 (ignition switch, pass-key III+) was removed to prevent battery drain; per vehicle manual for dinghy towing. Traveling on interstate 45; 95 miles South of dallas, tx. Nothing was hit when traveling. Both front tires blew out, subsequently ruining both front tires and wheels. There is no apparent reason why this happened. Was wondering if this may be connected with current safety recall on ignition problem on Chevrolet Cobalt. The key chain had three keys and the key fob attached.

- Lewistown, MT, USA

problem #49

Apr 182014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the key overheated while in the ignition. The contact mentioned that failure was experienced multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #48

Mar 022009


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while traveling at any speed, the vehicle would intermittently become hesitant and was not able to change gears into reverse. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the unknown repairs were made to the vehicle. The contact had also experienced the vehicle stalling intermittently on multiple occasions. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id numbers:14V047000 (electrical), 14V171000 (electrical) or 09V073000 (power train) but stated that he had experienced the failure described in each recall on multiple occasions. The vehicle was scheduled for diagnosis and possible repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 15000.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #47

Apr 072014


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact mentioned that the failure was recurring. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 14V047000 (electrical system). The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Kamuela, HI, USA

problem #46

Jan 282014


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph and descending downhill, the vehicle erroneously stalled, causing the contact to lose control of the vehicle. The contact then crashed into a sidewalk and suffered neck and back injuries from the impact. The contact also stated that the key had become stuck in the ignition switch, which was not noticed until after the incident. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the failure was caused by a faulty ignition switch. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 25000.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #45

Apr 032014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Driving vehicle on highway when engine check light comes on and "reduced engine power" message appears on status bar of dashboard. Repaired at dealership by replacing throttle control body. Occurred twice more over next 3 days, repaired at different dealership saying first throttle control body was defective. Occurred again 2 days later, dealership replaced crankshaft position sensor. Occurred again 1 day later. Need to take in for more service. Basic internet research shows that this is common problem on Chevrolet Cobalts.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #44

Mar 012013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (electrical system:ignition:switch) but was not able to have the vehicle serviced because the parts needed would not become available until April 21, 2014. The manufacturer could not provide an exact date for when the contact could schedule an appointment to receive the recall service. Additionally, there was a fuel leak and a strong odor of gasoline in the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who confirmed that the fuel pump was spewing fuel over the top of the engine. The dealer advised the contact that the seal, fuel tank and the fuel pump would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id numbers: 12V459000 (fuel system and gasoline) and 09V419000 (fuel system and gasoline) but was advised that the vehicle was not included in either recall. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #43

Nov 082011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 48,459 miles


As I was merging onto the highway, my vehicle lost post without an apparent cause. I fortunately was able to steer the vehicle off to the side of the highway, where I removed my key and waited for around ten minutes. I was then able to start my vehicle. I approached a local dealer with the problem and they were unable to tell me a likely cause. It has occurred on several separate occasions in both similar and dissimilar environments since the initial incident, each time with out any precursor event or warning. It is truly frightening!

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #42

Mar 302014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 100,192 miles
My car is not working. At first I thought it was the battery, so I had it changed. I have power but it still will not start. I doesn't make any sounds when I turn the ignition key to start it. There is no hesitation, just pure silence. This is ridiculous! I'm just glad I decided not to go out of town the day it happened. I would have been stranded!

- Kenner, LA, USA

problem #41

Mar 192014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 53,679 miles
I shut my 2009 Chevy Cobalt off after I returned home. Upon re-entry, the key would not turn. The car was clearly in park, and the steering wheel was unlocked. Locksmith is coming to replace the ignition key, in the hopes it will fix. I just wanted to report this since the 2005-2007 models of my car are being recalled for the exact same reasons (per GM's number for this recall is 13454). It did not disengage while driving, except for once a week or so ago when I hit a speedbump and had to restart the vehicle, which did work after several attempts.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #40

Oct 062010


  • 4,100 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while driving over a road bump at approximately 25 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted and resumed normally.the failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the lock cylinder was replaced. The failure persisted after the repair was performed. The vehicle had not been repaired. The contact was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 4,100.

- Brokklyn, OH, USA

problem #39

Sep 232010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 36,099 miles
I was driving home from work and put my Cobalt in park and could not turn the car off. I went to the Chevrolet dealer and they said it was a faulty ignition switch. I asked how this could happen on a new car. And the dealer said the switch was electronic. The switch was bad. I had to pay to get the switch fixed because the original warranty had expired. I recently contacted General Motors, when I heard about the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. General Motors said they could not help retrieve my money back because the recall was not on 2009 Cobalts. I believe Chevrolet was still using the faulty ignition switches on later models. I will not get my money back, but maybe people with later model Cobalts who have the same problem with the ignition switch fixed as a recall. I have since traded in my Cobalt because of the problems with the ignition switch.

- Nottingham, MD, USA

problem #38

Aug 012011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 75 mph and descending down a hill the engine suddenly stalled. The contact restarted the engine and the vehicle operated as normal. The contact indicated the defect occurred a second time while descending down the same hill. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #37

Dec 272013


  • 97,000 miles
My car radio automatically switches to aux on its own. This is not just when I go over a bump, or when I'm driving. I can be sitting in a parking lot listening to a radio waiting and out of nowhere the radio cuts out and I look and its in aux mode. I first noticed it doing this when I would come out to my car. I have a remote start and my radio is always on but the volume turned down. For the past month or two I noticed when I came out to my car it was on aux. I knew I didn't leave it that way, so I was so confused on how this could have happened. I would switch it to radio and while I drove to my destination it was fine. Then it started to get worse, happening while I'm sitting in my car in the morning. I'd turn it to radio and seconds later it was switching to aux. I'd be driving down the highway and out of nowhere I lose the radio and look and it's on aux. It's not happening just because I'm driving over a bump, or its getting bumped somehow. It now happens everytime I use my vehicle. If I've remoted started my car, I always come out to it on aux, even though I know for a fact I have not left it that way. I started just turning the radio off when I get out of my car.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #36

Nov 162013


  • 48,700 miles
I was driving in a local, when all the sudden, the windshield wiper started pumping water by itself and the wipers went on by itself. When all the water was pumped out, the was a burning odor and smoke started coming out through the ac vents. I turn the ac off; parked on the side, opened the hoop and there was not any smoke coming out any where. I returned inside the car turned on, kept the windows down because of the smell inside, and went back home. I refilled the windshield pump with cleaning fluid, turned the car on, tried the windshield and the are ok. I noticed right after that my ac and or heater is not working at all. I check with a mechanist who told me after several test, that it seems the ac/heater control panel when bad. This incident scared the expletive out of my son who was in the car with me at that time.

- Greenacres, FL, USA

problem #35

Aug 032013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 47,300 miles
When I drive my car over 60 I get a sway side to side and I feel like its going to sway in to another car when I go by them. I had it in a Chevy dealership to have it fixed and they did nothing but put a pull in the car and it sill sways. I think it has to do with the rack in the car and or the electrical steering in the car. The dealership says " its been fixed in the first recall" well I am saying its not so I think it should be recalled again and fixed right this time....

- Williamson, NY, USA

problem #34

Oct 062010


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the brake light would remain illuminated at all times and functioned properly only intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the BCM needed to be re-calibrated. The vehicle was diagnosed on a later date by a dealer, who stated that the BCM needed to be replaced. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was taken to a dealer on numerous occasions for the same failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired and the failure recurred. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000 and the current mileage was 59,000.

- Jersey Shore, PA, USA

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