really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,485 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt electrical problems

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #15

Feb 282013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 600,010 miles


Started car normally. Went to turn it off. The key wouldn't turn off. Or come out of the ignition. I had to stall engine to turn it off. And disconnect the battery. I see, on the internet, a lot of people have had this issue. Dealership told me it was on me to pay for it.

- Camano Island, WA, USA

problem #14

Aug 232010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
In June 2010 I purchased 2 Cobalts. Less than 3 months later, my key was stuck in the on position and I could not shut the engine off. Took it to the dealer and they replaced the part. 1 year later, the 2nd Cobalt had the same issue. In July of 2012, it happened to my car again. In barely 2 years of owning theses cars, 3 incidents of the same issue occurred. Come to find out, the replacement part was also defective, yet there was no recall. I'm still waiting for the 2nd car to fail again like the first. I am appalled to say the least at GM for this issue. How can not being able to shut off your car's engine not be a recall" would if there was an accident involving other vehicles" my family has owned Chevy cars since I can remember. I was so looking forward to purchasing another car next year. Unfortunately I found out there were ac issues in the Cruze. Where I live, the summer temperature reaches an average of 115 degrees. Don't think I want a faulty ac. I am seriously contemplating trading my car in to another car company (not Chevy) to avoid this embarrassing mess.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #13

May 212012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
Ignition lock cylinder failed.

- Holland, PA, USA

problem #12

Jan 292012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 16,886 miles


Driving at approximately 10 -15 mph, the car completely lost power and stopped after making a left turn. A warning chime started and the information display showed "power steering". car was put back in park and restarted. Drove about two miles home and took it to the dealer the next morning. Updated 8/22/12 the electric power steering motor failed and had to be replaced. Updated 08/22/12

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 112011


  • 13,558 miles
The ignition and key stuck so I was unable to turn off the car.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #10

Sep 272011


  • 13,442 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact attempted to turn the vehicle off but the key would not turn in the ignition and became stuck. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 13,442.

- Stratford, CT, USA

problem #9

Feb 202011


  • 11,570 miles


On the morning of February 20th, I was driving back to my boyfriends house from work. I got off around 7:30 am so it was around 8 am when I reached the exit for his house. I slowed the car to take the exit ramp to 40 mph with my foot still on the brake. The car then veered hard to the right and I tried to straighten out the wheel as I let off the brakes. Instead the car veered to the left and I started to hydroplane. I lost complete control of the car and began to spin. My steering wheel then locked up. As I was spinning, the right side of my car struck a light reflector pole and shattered my back passenger window in the pain and dented the car and removed paint. It also messed up my back alignment. For the first few minutes my car would not even start back up and the brakes were locked in place. I then had the car towed to my home dealership to be inspected. After inspecting the car, they said that no codes for power steering had popped up, yet they did not actually drive the car to see how it drove. Therefore, I had to pay out of pocket at a different dealership to have my car fixed.

- Dardenne Prairie, MO, USA

problem #8

Apr 072011


  • 14,800 miles
I was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt on Thursday morning April 17th around 4 am. I was driving on interstate 170 going South. The vehicle was being driven in the left lane going 65 mph. I was approaching the split-off where you can go onto 64 East or West. The Cobalt started to veer towards the right. I corrected it back to the left and that's when the vehicle went completely to the right and the steering locked up and I hit the middle divider that divides the ramps exit. The car was then towed and we are currently awaiting inspection.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #7

Jan 092011


  • 1,121 miles
The contact owns 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the ignition key became stuck on numerous occasion and the vehicle could not be turned off after it was started. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who replaced the ignition switch under the warranty. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer today because the failure recurred again. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 1,121.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 132011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
Driving at a slow speed 15-20 mph, was unable to turn the wheel, seems like it locked up. I could not pull the car away from veering into a concrete planter used to keep the traffic pattern in the parking lot. Vehicle sustained damage in the wheel, steering, radiator and body of the car. When the car was towed over to the dealer we were told that they were checking the VIN for the recall that was issued for many of these cars. After checking we found that there was a recall on this model up to March of 2010, ours we are told was built in April of 2010. Obviously, there were problems with the 2010 Cobalt since this was the last year they had production on this vehicle, we were not aware they had stopped the production of this model at the time we purchased this vehicle. We believe there was a manufacturing problem with this vehicle which may have lead to the steering issues we had on January 13. 2011. Updated 8/22/12

- Lancaster, NY, USA

problem #5

Aug 222010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles


Back pass side door lock[2X], steering lockup, [factory recall] fuel guague/tacomentor bounceing, dealer replaced body control sensor, now cruize control quit working. Still not fixed, [cc]guagues still bouncing. GM tech from Corp, involved, to try to fix. In 3X's. total in 6X's,3 dirr repairs.no car loaner/or rental, kept 2-days.had eye surgery at veterans hosp, had to find another ride.

- Masury, OH, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Sep 202010


  • 2,000 miles
I purchased a G.M. Chevy Cobalt lt. 2010 on Aug. 30. on clearance sales. And then I found that the car"S door ajar sensor does not work properly. All sensors of the doors didn't work until the door was opened over 5 inches. I visited a dealer shop, and asked to fix it. A sales person knew that all Cobalt lts have the same problem after checking other vehicles. Also, all technicians had not known the problem until my claim. After searching, a technician said to me ?it can?T fixed, usually other vehicles are installed two sensors each door, but the Cobalt has only one.? about 10 days later, service manager had tried to adjust all sensors and told me "it is fixed permanently." But 2 weeks later, driver's side sensor came out from the vehicle, from time to time the door ajar sign shows up on the dash board with ding! ding! sounds. Even though all doors are closed completely, it's a very funny car! I visited G.M. dealer shop again. They tried to replace the sensor, didn't, because I want to fix it the proper way, not a temporary nor tricky way. My wife and I drove on the highway while a rear door was ajar without any warning. Also sometimes my Sunday school kids have to use my car come to church. Therefore Cobalt"S problem is very serious for all our safety. Especially who lives with kids. I know that my mistake is buying a GM car, but I'm trying to minimize it. I know, G. M. Cobalt has another problem regarding power steering, also door ajar sensor has serious potential problem. Please investigate it carefully for safe driving.thank you.

- Duncan, 00, USA

problem #2

Nov 122010


  • 19,865 miles
2010 Chevy Cobalt pulled into a parking spot and put my car into neutral and the emergency brake up and went to turn the key to the off position and it would not turn. I checked to see if there was a locking mechanism on the steering wheel and if I hadn't fully put it into neutral and neither was the issue. Tried to get it out a couple times then eventually called onstar and they told me the tow guy would be able to get the key out of the ignition. They sent a tow truck but when the tow truck came he couldn't get it off I spoke to him and told him I did not have a ride home and I was an hour away from home. He said I could drive it home. The car was idle for over 2hrs and used about a quarter of a tank of gas. I drove it home and stalled it by puttin it in 1st gear and letting up off the clutch. Then un hooked the battery. I will be bringing it to the nearest Chevrolet dealership in the morning. Today's date 11-12-2010 8:21pm previous issues as well when its very cold out when I go over a bump the radio will shut off and when I push on the console near the radio it shuts off as well.

- Epsom, NH, USA

problem #1

Mar 012010


  • 0 miles
Electronic devices engaging passenger airbag and seatbelt notification. When I put an ac adaptor (lightweight), or most electronic devices, sometimes even just my ipod, on my passenger seat it thinks a person is sitting there. If I were to crash this would be a big problem airbags are expensive, plus the car is always beeping at me. I went to the dealership while my car was under warranty and they said, well you just cannot put it there. There is nothing we can for you, I even asked if they could at least put a center console in. (answer: No) I am reporting this as property damage because they won't fix my car which is obviously not functioning correctly, then let me drive off with an unsafe car. So be careful with putting your electronics on your passenger seat it could mean totaling your car, airbags are expensive. Also my Cobalt does not have a center console so there is no where else to put my electronics, which to me seems like a bought a damaged vehicle. I cannot use the functions it is supposed to have, like the aux input, because I have nowhere to put the MP3 player without activating the passenger seat alarm/airbag. Be careful and help me complain. This is very shady, also right after I got my car they (the Chevy dealership) acknowledged my Cobalt was part of the affected "unintended acceleration" cars, now there is nothing about it anywhere. They said they would call me when they had a fix for it, and yet I was never contacted and I just got contacted about my power steering recall with no mention of the other problem they had previously acknowledged, affected my car. I don't think there is coincidence recalls are controlled by the same people that control GM, the government. It took GM 5 years to start fixing this power steering problem, think twice before buying General Motors, you are really buying government motors, and your protected by their wonderful recall coverup program.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

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