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Chevrolet Cobalt



  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722 3 years/36 months bumper-to-bumper and 5 / 60 on the powertrain.
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    Saw the Cobalt coupe for the first time. Not bad looking on the outside. Looks like hard plastic and cheap looking parts inside. Had a shift knob that looked like a toy part, probably worth 50 cents. The asking price is around $16K, I would value it around $14K if you want something with a larger engine than say a Corolla,Civic or Elantra. If the extra HP is no big deal, it looks like a poor comparison to any of the other three mentioned. And there is the PT, which can be had for around $14. Sorry, but I don't see the value here. Not the worse buy under $14K in the car world, but at $16K it has to be way overpriced.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Go look and feel all the hard plastic in a Corolla. Newsflash : hard plastic is the norm in small cars. The car is fairly priced and incentives will likely bring it down to your $14K value level anyway.
  • I bought a 1997 cavalier almost 3 years for $1,400 and vowed to stay with it forever. But when the Cobalt was released I did my research, and am going this weekend to finalize a sale for a new black 5 Speed Cobalt with power everything for $11,750. For that money, power, and "upgrade", hard to beat it.
  • My cousin just bought a Sedan Cobalt. It came power everything with a sunroof for 17,000 and she got it for 15,000. I got to drive it, and I love it. The parts do not look "plastic." They look new. It is comparable to the Honda Civic in size. You would be amazed that a german shepard, a baby, myself, and my three hundred pound six foot father could fit so comfortably inside. I loved this car so much that I am going to purchase one soon.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Hopefully word on this car spreads. Many import owners will think Cavalier update rather than all new competitive car.

    Nice to hear from owners and magazines that Chevy FINALLY has a good compact.
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    Enjoy the new car(s) Sounds like you are really sold and selling on these new compacts from Chevy. Driving is fun and if it is in the car you like, that's a beautiful thing. Good to see enthusiasm for cars these days. Was a time when I thought people lost interest in cars and driving. Vanman1, and others here on Edmund's boards seem to be revved up again. Too bad there are not more driving clubs. I do some driving with a Miata club, and see some Corvettes on the road so some groups actually drive the cars. PT Cruiser clubs look interesting. I assume there is no chance of a Cobalt driving club. I bet there are Internet chat clubs though. Have fun!
  • dan165dan165 Posts: 653
    I will bet you anything you will see some Solstice clubs pop up real soon.

    Cobalt, who knows...
  • dave37dave37 Posts: 3
    Came by your post and thought you might like more Cobalt info. I researched the Cobalt hard. I bought my son a black LS Coupe: sunroof, Pioneer sound system, sport package, 4speed auto w/overdrive. $18,900 sticker. You can get into a coupe or sedan, manual tran with the basics for $14,190. The 2.2 is alittle flat at mid-range RPM's, however, this little car can make the pass when you push on it. The interior is simple and stylish. The headliner good, It has a mode type information center: coolant temp, outside temp, mileage, mpg, two trip settings etc. The pioneer sound is very good. plays MP3,s too. ( simple files only ) Gas mileage is supposed to be around 32mpg with the auto. He's got 320 miles on it and it's at 26mpg now. My research revealed people complaining of the following: Gas gauge not going to full when filled - it does, give it a couple of minutes. Steering not returning to center - haven't seen that but, it does seem to favor the left slightly. Stereo failing into "Locked" mode. I did read in the manual this is a safety feature - if someone tries to remove the radio it locks itself. Chevy dealer can reset if this happens. If you would like more info, I'll post again.
  • gmhellmangmhellman Posts: 121
    I live in the Upper Penninsula of MI. We had our central UP car show at the Superior Dome in Marquette. I drove a two door cobalt and it was fantastic. The fit and finish was impecable and the car already had 3,500 miles from multiple test drives at the dealership. Our roads suck up here so that speaks volumes regarding quality. I have seen people break tie rods on potholes at 25mph. Extremely brisk of line for a four cylinder, but still flat in the mid-range even with a stick, but I think it may be even flatter with the auto. I did notice that it was a little soft in at center. Radio excellent. This was a fully loaded two door. I own a 99 GA with the same ecotec 4 and this is 5hp more and definitley faster. The model I drove with it's package, sunroof, pioneer stereo was 15,200 on road ttl included. The dealer is a good friend of mine. He tells me all the dirt. What is a good car and what is a bad car. He said that this is way better built than the new malibu. Just my humble experience.
  • gmhellmangmhellman Posts: 121
    I like the spoiler on the performance package versus the wing on the SS. Is the wing even really functional at that height? I mean who is going to be winding up their SS at a speed where the need the spoiler? Do the wing and the spoiler use the same holes? Could the wing be removed and a spoiler from the performance package be put in it's place. It is hard to tell from the pictures. Any thoughts?
  • dave37dave37 Posts: 3
    Tell the truth. You can research any pricing you want on the net, dealer friend or not: Frei Chevrolet in Marquette has basic a Cobalt coupe with $1,575.00 worth of options and $565.00 destination charges that stickers for $15,765.00. That does not include ttl. No one is going to get into the Coupe for $15,200 with the options you listed. Not without putting down some good cash.
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    Yes, and wind is functional at that height. May help keep the trunk lid down after grocery shopping ;-) Maybe the backs of these cars have lift at say 120 MPH... I am not gonna test it to see. Could also serve as a lunch tray at tail gate parties. Looks sporty, and keeps ya up with the neighbors kids custom cars. A wing also gives those that don't like'em something to [non-permissible content removed] about, so they are happy!
    It is truly useful in many ways. Really, people ought to lighten up and just do some fun stuff with cars. That is unless the wind is so big it slows down the car, or blocks out the sun, or worse raises the front wheels off the ground - oh the horrors! They won't sell many SS models give the price being up there with Acura and such. Heck, you could buy a RWD Stang for that much too. The Cobalt is something you get for $14K, drive the heck out of, and enjoy it for what it is.

  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    "The Cobalt is something you get for $14K, drive the heck out of, and enjoy it for what it is"

    Totally disagree. Having tested the car I will tell you it's as good as any of the best small cars out there in terms of performance, build and refinement.

    This is no Cavalier!!
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Think there was a question about this about 20+ posts back. ml

    The system looks at overall driving pattern, not just miles driven. Somewhere (couldn't find it this time) there's another web page that has animation showing how the process works.
  • gmhellmangmhellman Posts: 121
    When I mentioned the 15,200 on the road ttl. It was just an estimate. I am sure that was rough numbers, not including the interest from any loan. I noticed your math and the destination charge removed equals just about the qoute I was given. I went to high school with this guy and his dad owns the dealership...we have dinner monthly. I am sure that he is willing to wave the destination charge and probably cover my ttl. Our area runs on three major business/companies. 1) Northern Michigan University 2) Marquette General Hospital and 3) The mines up the road in Negaunee and Ishpeming. None of these businesses are doing well and therefore people are not buying many new cars. They are motivated to sell them....even if they have to do some by covering destination charges and ttl. I am telling the truth...also we had a large car show (No I am not comparing us to the big car shows) and it is very competitive locally. (Dealerships from 2 cities compete and often do the most sales at the car show and right after....they want to make sales in front of hundreds of people to give the impression that the customer must buy now because the cars are "moving".)I know that you can look up invoices and prices online. Do you really think I would post a fictional price when obvously many of these people are informed and passionate about this topic? Please don't treat me like a juvenile...I am not. I just really like this car and was posting a deal that I had offered to me to help others negotiate price.
  • ericf1ericf1 Posts: 54
    My local Chevy dealer will give me a price for an automatic base coupe w/ABS+Side Airbags for ~$14,500. I can live without the power windows, etc.

    But, I can get a automatic 5-Door Elantra GLS LOADED for the same price. Power everything, keyless entry, better stereo, etc.

    Hmm. Which to chose?
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
  • prdmprdm Posts: 145
    The car we ordered from the factory on March 2 was just delivered to the dealer in CT today - much faster than anticipated. Pick it up on Fri or Sat.
  • occupant1occupant1 Posts: 408
    From my "comparator" research here on Edmunds, I've pretty much determined that a basic Cobalt compares well to the Corolla CE and Civic DX/VP sedans. It's cheaper, more powerful, more spacious (except front headroom), and has better warranties. The only downside is fuel economy, the Civic/Corolla each get 38mpg on the highway, which is significantly higher than the Cobalt's number. Car is for my s/o. I would be happier to see her in an Elantra, though, for the lower price, the certain features (cassette instead of CD, std power windows and locks,) and the 10yr/100K warranty on the powertrain.

    Anyone have a lot of miles on their Cobalts yet? Like 15-20K? Anyone doing courier work or something? S/O is going to be traveling all over the southern US with this thing and will probably put 40-50K a year on it.
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