really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,667 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt body / paint problems

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 012016

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


I have owned a 2010 Chevy Cobalt since 2012. Shortly after purchasing, the check engine light turned on. The power locks erratically lock and unlock. The windows will become jammed and suddenly will not roll back up. Cruise control will randomly stop working. I had issues with the transmission which cost me over $3,000 to fix. Then, there was the ignition switch recall which the dealer fixed at no cost. But now I am having problems with the power steering. I have to turn my ignition off and on for the power steering warning message to turn off but then it turns back on a few minutes later. I am aware that there was a recall for the power steering but yet the dealer refuses to address this issue with my car because they say that recall was performed by a previous owner. The NHTSA website states bulletin 14115 regarding power steering recall began July 17, 2014. Mind you I have owned this car since 2012 and have not had the power steering recall issues fixed. N140115 also states that it includes "2010 Chevy Cobalt and vehicles repaired in recall 10V-073 that received repairs prior to May 31, 2010." Therefore, they should be held accountable and fix this problem with my vehicle or provide me with a car that is safe. The first time my power steering went out I was on a freeway on ramp when my steering wheel locked up. I could have died! this is a life threatening issue and I sincerely believe this is a lemon car.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 032013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 65,600 miles
On Sunday November 3,2013 my son was on his way home from the james madison university traveling East on Virginia route 66 heading towards the capital beltway (495). At mile post 26 on route 66 he lost control of the vehicle in the fast lane. The car was traveling at the speed limit (approximately 70 mph) the car moved into the median where the vehicle rolled over three times smashing the front bumper area, the hood and crushed the roof (blowing out all windows).landed upside down in the oncoming traffic lane on the West bound side of the divided median. The front air bags did not deploy.the car ended up on its roof. An ambulance and police both arrived as well as other people stopped on the opposite side of the median. The passenger had to crawl out of the passenger window. The driver was trapped in the vehicle and was removed by emt personal and flown to a trauma center. The passenger was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. They both survived with injuries.we have pictures of the car showing the damage.

- Catonsville, MD, USA

problem #4

Nov 092013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
I was stopped at a red light heading West on bell rd. And 43rd ave in phoenix Arizona. When the light turned green I proceeded into the intersection. Then out of no where I was hit almost head on by a 1993 Buick causing me head to hit the driver side window, and no airbags had deployed to prevent my head from hitting the glass.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jun 102013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


Doors won't always open. Hard to get open even from the inside. We do not have power locks.

- Geneva, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 212013


  • 60,404 miles
Upon arriving home from the hospital, I closed and locked the drivers door to secure the vehicle for the night and discovered the next morning that the door was not latched or locked. Luckily nothing was missing from the car.

- Goldn Valley , AZ, USA

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problem #1

Mar 192013


  • miles
Driving down a gravel road when I had to swerve to avoid an on coming car that was in my lane. The steering seemed to lock up and as a result I hit the guard rail.

- Oxford, MI, USA

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