really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,104 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt brakes problems

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #13

May 122014


  • 47,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, she attempted to engage the brakes but it failed to stop the vehicle. The contact mentioned that in order to stop the vehicle she had to shift into neutral. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 47,000.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #12

May 252012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to recommending a recall concerning seat belt stops the consumer stated the seat belt stops failed twice. When they broke, the seat buckle dropped on the strap below the seat between the rocker panel, which made it nearly impossible to retrieve the buckle. The consumer stated the part was an inexpensive two-part button that went through the strap which stopped the bucket from sliding down on the belt. The dealer replaced the driver's seat belt stop. The consumer stated the rear brakes did not adjust. The dealer indicated the rear brakes need to be adjusted. The dealer indicated, he would have to pay to have them adjusted. However, it appeared the dealer acknowledged that the rear brakes were suppose to automatically adjust, upon backing up. The consumer also stated one day while driving, he heard a loud sound. Soon after, about 1/2 gallon of water spilled onto the passenger floor and then continued to drip down the blower motor/ the dealer stated the ac drain evaporator box filled up from the outside drain. The dealership did not nothing to clear off the cowl area and they did not attempt to vacuum up the water. Updated 08/20/12

- Far Hills, NJ, USA

problem #11

Jul 062011


  • miles
Driving a rented 2010 Chevy Cobalt lt, 4 door. Had rented the vehicle from alamo rental cars on 7/2/11 the accident happened on 7/6/11. My wife and I were driving on I-4 East just outside orlando, fla. When the driver in front of me put on his brakes, I applied the brakes on the Cobalt and immediately the car was violently out of control. The car going out of control was so violent I thought we had been hit from the rear. Once the car went out of control I could not control it at all. We crossed all 3 lanes of freeway and hit the left rear tandem wheels of an 18 wheeler. The car finally came to a stop in the center lane facing in the opposite direction of traffic flow. Just a few more inches toward the passenger compartment when contact was made with the 18 wheeler and this would have been a fatal accident. I have been beating myself up trying to figure out why just applying the brakes would cause such a violent and uncontrollable turn of events. Then I started research on the web and found that brake issues with the Cobalt is not a new issue. There is data on brake problems and individuals accounts of what happened to them when their Cobalts went out of control just from applying the brakes. Many of these accounts stated that dealers found no problems with the brakes following these instances of going out of control and in many cases being involved in accidents. This was the most horrific incident my wife and I have ever been involved in and the reality is that we were involved in this incident simply because I applied the brakes on the 2010 Chevy Cobalt rental. We were not hit from behind and there were no other vehicles involved with the exception of the 18 wheeler.

- Los Lunas, NM, USA

problem #10

Mar 282011


  • 7,000 miles


Squeking brake pads in the rear.

- Hammond, IN, USA

problem #9

Jul 082010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
I purchased the vehicle in February 2010 and I didn't start noticing problems till around summer but they were not that bad till September were the car started showing strange electrical and steering issue. I received the recall letter in October and had the power steering issue fixed but its still have issues were the vehicle will swerve back and forth in return I will have to keep my hands on the steering wheel to try to keep it from hitting other vehicles on the highway. Then the blower motor that blows the hot and cold air sometimes istatically revs up high and I have to turn of the heater. Also I have noticed that the brakes squeal and I only have 10,300 miles. I have also noticed that the needles on the gauges in the dash tend to twitch radically when I turn the vehicle off sometimes. Then at times the car when turned on will start to act as if it was to shut off and the lights would all dim and then it would stabilize. It has done that on the highway making steering difficult at times. The engine as well had made knocking noises to its been an off and on thing.

- Berea, OH, USA

problem #8

Dec 142010


  • miles
Front brakes squeal squall at low speeds when coming to a stop, rear brake pad life is very poor...only 13,000 miles on car and already looking at pads in 6,000-10,000 miles.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #7

Jul 012010


  • 2,500 miles


2010 Chevrolet Cobalt ss. Very loud brake squeal coming to a stop 20km and under (louder than a city bus). This has occurred consistently from 2500km. The car has been in the shop a dozen times, every time they machine the brakes and tell me the squeal is normal for high end brakes. I have driven porches, high end performance vehicles like sti's, 350Z's, S2000's even high end BMW's, corvettes and ferraris, none of which have a "normal" squeal.

- Thornhill, 00, USA

problem #6

Nov 252010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 12,800 miles
Rear brakes wear extremely fast, make screeching noise.

- Chatham, IL, USA

problem #5

May 152010


  • 1,000 miles
Brand new car with brake problem....not covered under warranty"??" what is going on here!!! I bought my Cobalt ss 2010 brand new and start having problem with my brake system right away and GM is telling me then it's cause by debris on the road. Something must be done here quick.

- Cold Lake, 00, USA

problem #4

Sep 202010


  • 50 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that when she depressed the brake pedal, the vehicle shook and pulled to the left. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where unknown repairs were performed on the vehicle. However, the vehicle continued to pull to the left. The dealer stated that there was rust on the rotors. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership and repaired again. The contact noticed no problems until a few days after receiving the vehicle back. The vehicle was taken back several times but the problem still occurred. The current mileage was 1,041. The failure mileage was approximately 50.

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #3

Jul 262010


  • 2,000 miles


Rear brakes on a Cobalt ss in 2010 squeak after 1,000 to 2,000 miles and start to put big gashes in the rear rotors.

- Rosedale, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 272010


  • 7,000 miles
Every 7K miles, I need to replace rear brakes pads and get them resurfaced by the dealer until it will go out of warranty.

- Val-D'or, 00, USA

problem #1

Feb 012010


  • miles
Uneven brake pad wear in rear at 20 000 kms. The inner brake pad is almost completely worn compared to the outside bad. The caliper is almost touching the rotor.

- Surrey, 00, USA

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