really awful
Crashes / Fires:
21 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
16 / 2
Average Mileage:
53,524 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 6 of 7)

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problem #31

May 132011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 13,977 miles


My 18 year old daughter was driving alone at night on a hwy, when she said her steering locked and she could not turn the wheel, the car veered off the road and she crashed into some trees down an embankment. This car was in for its electric steering recall few weeks before.

- E. Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #30

Feb 042010


  • 3,000 miles
Power steering failure.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #29

Nov 042010


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving uphill 35 mph, the steering locked and the vehicle went into a ditch. The vehicle was towed to a body shop for repairs but the steering was not repaired. The contact previously had the vehicle repaired according to recall 10V073000 (steering:electric power assist system). Since the repair had been performed, there were fumes being emitted from the heating vehicle which made the contact sick. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 5,000 and the current mileage was approximately 7,600.

- Chapmanville, WV, USA

problem #28

Dec 012010


  • 7,600 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the vehicle was parked, the contact stated a strong fume smell was coming out of the heating sysyem. The contact stated this occurred after repairs where made to the power steering due to a recall 10V073000: (steering:electric power assist system) the vehicle was not taken to the dealer or repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 7,600.

- Chapmanville, WV, USA

problem #27

Oct 192010


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 20 mph, the power steering failed causing the vehicle to crash into a concrete bridge. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact sustained neck injuries and rib separation. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer had been notified. The failure mileage was approximately 35,000.

- Tullenton, WV, USA

problem #26

Nov 012010


  • 32,073 miles
The contact rented a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph the contact turned the steering wheel to the right but the vehicle moved to the left causing the contact to crash into a guard rail. The air bags deployed stopping the contact from hitting the windshield. The contact suffered chest pains from the air bag deploying. The contact was taken to the hospital. The contact was not informed if the vehicle was destroyed due to the crash. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the steering. The contact stated that the power steering malfunctioned and caused the crash to occur. The failure mileage was 32,073.

- Petersham, MA, USA

problem #25

Jul 072010


  • 32,083 miles


1.)my 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt lt, became hard to steer, I was driving about 5 miles per hour and stop at a stop sign as I proceeded thru the stop sign the car kept pulling to the left I could not control the steering wheel, the car came to a stop and hit the tail end of a park truck, left side front tire wheel was completed damage, all type of parts was on the ground under the into the front. 2)this was the first time this failure occured.3) front bumper, front lamps, front fender, body components, front inner structure, wheel, front suspension, body components, front suspension, front drive axel, front steering linkage/gear/ cowl side & door post, front door, side body, towing estimate total $5,436.85 the car was purchased 5/29/10.

- Little Rock, , AR, USA

problem #24

Feb 242010


  • 23,200 miles
Please read this complaint along with complaint #103413322. I was backing out of a friend's driveway and the car veered off the concrete and hit a fire hydrant. I fixed the driver's rear damage out of my own pocket at a cost of $553.45 to avoid another insurance rate hike. The accident mentioned in the above complaint number raised my insurance $64 per month and I did not want it raised again or cancelled. I understand there was a recall on the 2009 Chevy Cobalt because if one was driving in reverse at a speed of under 10 mph. The steering is not controllable. I mentioned this to enterprise car rental where I obtained the car and they said they were told either by GM or the rnterprise Corp. That the cars did not need to be fixed and could be rented as is.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #23

Nov 192009


  • 31,509 miles
Chevy Cobalt 2009. Two incidents involving the same model but different cars. Both rented from enterprise. Don't know what category to put the complaint in. Steering" braking? or something else" this model handles terribly on wet pavement. Doesn't brake well on wet pavement, and tires spin when starting from a stopped position. Incident 1. changing lanes on I270 md. Going about 50 mph. And slowed down to move one lane to the right. Going from a less used wetter lane to lane to the right, which wasn't quite as wet. Car spun out twice and hit the jersey wall twice. Then I was able to stop the car. Fairly heavy traffic, and no other vehicles involved, thank god. State police were on the shoulder for traffic going in the other direction across from me but did not come to the car. Incident 2. rented another of the same model. Whenever the street was wet, the car did not brake well. Seemed to be very short periods of not braking. When slowly starting from a stopped position, the wheels spun and then took hold. Could have easily been another situation for spinning out. Enterprise said there were no recalls. Insurance company raised my rates from $103 to $167 per month!

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #22

May 132010


  • 9,580 miles
Driving down the street at 30 mph, less than 10000 miles on the car, and the steering went out.

- Altus, OK, USA

problem #21

Feb 122010


  • 7,900 miles


The night of Feb. 12 2010 started out fine until....I started my little Cobalt and the steering wheel was making some sort of buzzing noise every time I turned the wheel. Didn't think much of it until I started driving. The car has always had very bad torque steer, but this was worse than usual. The car made a abrupt left turn, after going over a shallow puddle. If this is what I'm buying for $14000, I want a more safe car. Should have bought a Subaru. : )

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #20

Apr 152010


  • miles
I have 5000 miles on my 09 Cobalt ss and I took my car in to put stage 1 on and look at my brakes because they already had grooves in them. There needs to be a higher quality brake and rotor put on the rears.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #19

Feb 202010


  • 34,650 miles
I was driving my 2009 Chevy Cobalt within the posted speed limit when the power steering failed resulting in a fairly horrific crash, with the car coming to rest on the drivers side against some trees. I suffered a head injury and thank god my son was not hurt although we have both been suffering from headaches since the accident. Were it not for the small trees lining the road the car would have continued to roll possibly killing us both since none of the airbags deployed. The car was totaled and I do not have access to the VIN#.

- Waymart, PA, USA

problem #18

Jan 292010


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact states that the door handle broke. The muffler fell off of the vehicle while driving 35 mph. Two months later, the gear shift was broke. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The gear shift was repaired; however, the contact was unable to shift into fifth gear. The weather was not a factor. On February 17, 2010, the power steering failed and the steering wheel began pulling to the left which made it difficult for the driver to maneuver the steering wheel to the right. The dealer offered the contact $13,500 for the purchase of the vehicle. The contact stated that the vehicle was being repaired by the dealer for one month and one week. The current and failure mileages were 7000.

- Convington, GA, USA

problem #17

Feb 282009


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the contact was driving 50 mph the steering wheel suddenly turned sharply to the right causing the contact to crash. The contact was not injured and a police report was filed for the incident. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 33000.

- Picayune, MS, USA

problem #16

Oct 152009


  • 500 miles
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt has unsafe steering. Mine pulled to the left so bad at times it was hard to hold on my side of the road. Took to dealer three times. First time they said they fixed it. Next two times they said they found no faults. I traded it off. Unsafe to drive to me. Stop selling that car till it's fixed. It's unsafe.

- Alvin, TX, USA

problem #15

Jan 292010


  • 21,000 miles
My power steering went out. There was a clicking noise and then my power steering was gone completely.. that was the first time and the second time my power steering went out on me after the dealership put a new power steering column on it. The second time my two year old son was with me and it was dark on our way home for the day. Luckily I got to the side of the road without incident. This time I had my power steering motor replaced. Very irritated with this car. My trust is gone.

- Pickens, MS, USA

problem #14

Aug 082009


  • 8,000 miles
My daughter and serval pearson were hurt in and accident due to staring problem result of 2009 Cobalt being total and sued by many pearson

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #13

Sep 142009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
The stering wheel went out of control and the car started swerving. It has done this twice. Nothing has being done yet.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #12

Sep 292009


  • 23,000 miles
While driving my 2009 Cobalt to work in September 2009 I was involved in a serious single vehicle accident which totally demolished my car. I was driving along the interstate on a clear dry morning with light traffic, around 70 mph when I went to change lanes while slightly braking. The car went out of control and I was not able to correct. I hit the cable barrier in the median going backwards and the car spun around after hitting the barrier repeatedly. From the minute the highway patrol arrived I have been asked what happened. I explained to the officer that the car just went out of control, like hitting sand or gravel but there was none on the highway. There was nothing on the road that we could see and he did not issue me a ticket. My insurance company wanted to know if I was texting or blacked out and if I was drug tested. No to all of the above! I have been driving for 30 years and have never had an accident. My driving record is clear. I believe now that I look back on the accident that the power steering my have failed sending me out of control. I own two other Cobalts that my children drive and this concerns me greatly. My Cobalt was replaced with a Chevy Impala.

- Festus, MO, USA

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