hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,184 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt drivetrain problems

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #14

Aug 012016


  • 98,687 miles


Had this vehicle only 6 months and had the fluid changed. Then went to move it and reverse was only forward and forward was forward. Had it towed to the dealer. They diagnosed and said there was no gears. They said it need a transmission. Also they said it need a new radiator, because of the back flow from the transmission. The radiator would cost about 700. Dollars. Has there been any problem with the transmission with other vehicles? does the dealers diagnose or do they repair the item. I think the problem was the shifting pin went out with the shifting, but they put in and charged for a new transmission.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #13

Oct 212016


  • 100,464 miles
After starting the car the transmission bucks rough causing the front wheels to slip and causing the stability light to come on. Sometimes the vehicle bucks so hard and so many times it will stall out creating a very dangerous situation... my son's co-worker and friend has the same car and the same exact problem... I feel it is an issue with the transmissinon

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #12

Sep 272016


  • 28,000 miles
I took my car to have the recalls fixed although I was having no problems. Putnam Chevrolet in burlingame supposedly did it. The first time I had to parallel park my steering wheel became impossible to turn and. I had to get out and find a place where I didn't have to steer very much which living in san francisco is nearly impossible. Also my gear shift marks red in D even when I am in reverse or parked.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #11

Sep 292015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the vehicle was stationary, the shift indicator fractured. As a result, the contact was unable to determine which gear the vehicle was in. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 150,000. Updated 01/10/17

- Cedar Hill, MO, USA

problem #10

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

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problem #9

Oct 202015


  • 107,225 miles
While driving on nys I-90, my 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt ls 2010 went into "engine power reduced" and I was not able to drive over 40 mph. I pulled off to the shoulder and waited for about 10 minutes. I started back up, check engine light remained on and car stays in limp mode. The vehicle now idles rough, accelerates slow when at red lights and stop signs and bucks when shifting gears. First at 10 mph (hard buck) than (lighter buck) at 20 mph, and continues lighter through acceleration. Codes that are coming up are P0107 engine (map) barometric pressure circuit - low input, P0452 engine (evaporative emission system pressure system pressure sensor - switch low input, P0532 engine ac pressure sensor a - circuit low, and P0641 engine (sensor reference voltage a) circuit/open. I was able to clear out all codes except for P0641 (permanent). Please help.

- Glenville, NY, USA

problem #8

May 222015


  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at 50 mph, the vehicle vibrated, the check engine warning light illuminated, and the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, but the electrical system failed to function. The contact also stated that the accelerator pedal failed to respond when depressed. The vehicle was taken to dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact was informed that a transmission module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the transmission wiring harness needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #7

Sep 092015


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact started the vehicle and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was then placed in reverse and the brakes and steering wheel failed to function. The vehicle was restarted and resumed to normal. In addition, power steering warning indicator de-illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000. The VIN was not available.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 172013


  • miles
While driving along in my Cobalt, suddenly, without warning, the engine power dropped off and the vehicle basically came to a stop in busy traffic. This, (affecting power steering, speed, control and stability),but, .. most importantly !!,.. severely threatened the safety of vehicle occupants. It was all I could do to get out of harms way..(.. I was turning left, safely spacing oncoming traffic when this happened the 1st time..).!! very scary when cars are blasting toward you and the car won't respond as it should. This has happened many more times since that first encounter and at any time, without prior warning, it will put you in very hazardous, unsafe, dangerous and potentially deadly situations..!!!! nice engineering job GM...!!! (where's the common sense or forethought..??)

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #5

Jun 062014

Cobalt 4-cyl Diesel

  • 49,200 miles
On June 6 I was traveling on the highway going to my home with my family I was going about 40 miles. When I try to make a left turn the steering wheel got tight and when I try to stop I had to pull over to the side of the road I almost had an terrible accident my wife is still in shock. Thank god I did not wreak my car. Rite now I cant drive my car. I am very scared. I received a recall mail to fix my ignition switch but still waiting.I would like my steering and ignition to be fix. I will appreciate your cooperation on this matter [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #4

May 012014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles


I have a Chevy Cobalt lt 2010. I got it used with 40000 miles on last year. I was in my car driving back home from school. All the sudden I smelled gas or burned oil. It is happening every once a while but I never paid attention to it. I pulled over. I turned my car off and I turned it back on in some couple minutes. Also it takes me a while to switch the gear when I am in the highway. The brakes also are not working as I am pushing them hard. They have a delay to stop my car. I did not know anything about the Chevy Cobalt recall. When I got the notification letter from GM I realized that I should report these issues that have been constantly happening to my car. I am student. I do really need my car for my daily commute. I am going to ask GM to rent a car for me until the part gets fixed. However, even after this car gets fixed I am thinking that this car is not reliable to drive any more. I am not really feeling safe driving this car. I have heard that there have been some accidents due to the engine ignition issues and other issues regarding to this car. I am really scared about driving my car again, even if this gets fixed.

- Blacksburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Feb 192014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Chevy Cobalt 2010 less than 40,000 miles. Transmission went out without any warning.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 052012


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the transmission failed. The contact stated that he had to coast to the side of the road and restart the engine. The vehicle then functioned properly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that they could not diagnose the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Lincoln University, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 142012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
The little orange piece of plastic "shift indicator" that says what gear I'm in broke. And for a 2 year old car it should not have as its in a sealed enclosure. GM says I'm on my own because bumper to bumper warranty is expired.

- Ontario, CA, USA

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