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Chevrolet Cobalt



  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    If you find one bad apple in a basket, are you going to throw the entire basket away?
    If your dentist finds one bad tooth cavity in your mouth, are you going to tell him to pull all of them out.
    You're right, there are lemons out there in every kind and brand of vehicule. Unfortunately, you got one. Get rid of it, but don't declare the Cobalts all lemons, lots of my friends own Cobalts and all are trouble free.

    Better luck with your next car.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,743
    Oh puleeeeeeeeze. Sometimes poor reputations are well earned.

    If you heard that a restaurant had bad food and went there anyway and got a bad meal, would you go back?

    Pay the extra couple of grand for a Civic and stop dealing with those problems.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    DUH! If somebody would tell me that a restaurant had bad food I wouldn't be so stupid and go there in the first place to have a meal.
    I often go at a famous steak house. My first times there we're great but it happened once that my steak was burned but I returned and all the other times the steak was excellent (as usual).
    Maybe that Cobalt SS was a bad steak and the others are great. (Like my friends).

    Yeah! Buy a Civic and put one of our citizen on unemployment insurance. Great for our economy.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,743
    "DUH! If somebody would tell me that a restaurant had bad food I wouldn't be so stupid and go there in the first place to have a meal."

    Yet you disregard all the reviews of the Cobalt and recommend it to others.

    All Civics sold in America are made in Ohio. The Cobalt is probably made in Mexico. I'm a patriot, but I'm not buying an inferior product. I was a GM loyalist, but after getting burnt by them I have no intention of going back.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    You must be a very unlucky person. I'm a loyal G.M. owner since my first car and all were G.M's 1971, 1975 (used) and then 1977, 1983, 1990, 1994, 1999, 2005 (new) and I'm looking forward to buy a new Cobalt, YES A COBALT in 2009 and I'm not afraid at all of that car's performance. All those cars, trucks, vans, suv's that I owned gave me satisfaction and no major problems. On average I drive 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year.
    My father and grand father were G.M. maniacs. I guess it runs in the family cause my son is in love with his car. Can you guess what he's driving? A COBALT SS.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,743
    My lucks been great in the last dozen years that I've owned 2 hondas and a nissan..... go figure. My Altima has 40k and has never had any repairs (not just major repairs but any repairs). My Camaro on the other hand was falling apart at 50k.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    I agree with you, the camaro and firebird were real "junk" cars. Unfortunately, lots of people who didn't know to much about cars fell for them and got caught.
    I see that your Altima, hondas and nissans are as good as my chevrolets, pontiacs and G.M.C. were.
    The only repairs I've done on all my previous cars were normal repairs, tune-ups, brakes, mufflers, shocks, light bulbs etc... One of these days, you'll have to change (repair) those parts to.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,743
    One of these days but if I bought a Chevy I'd be changing them already. I'm the only import buyer in a family of domestic loyalists. None of their recent cars have been horrible but they've all dealt with stupid little problems that they just accept as normal. I'd rather not deal with it.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    Like they say "Every family has a black sheep"
    We'll, good luck anyways with your japanese toy.
  • Sounds like you are each happy with what you've got and that is what is important. So, end of argument. :shades:

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • I definately agree! My parents bought a 1993 Chevy Lumina Euro brand new, it had 3 miles on it. Wheny I got my license, they gave it to me and when I finally got a new car, my lumina had 185,000 miles on it. My sister bought it from my parents, and then sold it to one of her friends who is till driving 15 years later. It has 250,000 miles on it, and my sis's friends says it runs great. It goes to show ya, if you take care of a car its going to last you. Chevy is a good a good product and I will probably buy chevy for the rest of my life! By the way, I have a 2005 Cobalt, and I absolutely love it. The SS gets great reviews.
  • I have never heard of a problem. The only big problems are the ignition and a seal on the air conditioning hose. I had both problems, but my warranty covered them, and the problem is completley gone now.

    The ignition: The key gets stuck, and when you turn the car on, you can take the key out and put the car in gear and everything, its kinda funny at first.

    The Seal: I live in Michigan, and we have some pretty hot summers. Summer of 06 was hot, and I used my air everyday it seems like. One day I noticed this huge puddle of water on my passenger floor. I immediately took it the dealer, they fixed it and end of story.

    So, for the Cobalt being a completely new model, I am going to expect some problems. But GM is working the kinks out, and I believe the Cobalt will do nothing but get better. Nice replacement for the Cavy.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,743
    They're supposed to work the kinks out before you buy it. You set the bar too low.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    "but if consumer reports is giving bad marks you may want to listen after all it is a CONSUMER REPORT!!"

    A little late for a response, but I couldn't resist.

    Consumer Reports, auto's, you have got to be kidding me.

    CR is a good source for toasters, lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners, etc., but I wouldn't go much further than that. Their recent scandal involving the child safety seats and the outsourcing of the test was not good for them, not to mention other questionable practices.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I haven't been on the message board since the big Edmunds change over.

    The early Cobalts had the starting ignition problem and I thought they corrected that. The issue was with the ignition model if I recall. This was also an issue with some Toyota's and others as well.

    The notion that a Civic is far superior is a false. The cars are so close that there really is no gap in quality to speak of. Most of us already know that Chevy's are long runners. The Civic has been a real good car for Honda for a long time but in 2006, it was one of the most recalled models so that inconvenience is not good for their reliability rating.
  • kate17kate17 Posts: 3
    Set the bar too low? Ok, Donald Trump. What do you drive, a Mercedes Benz? :P
  • bporter1bporter1 Posts: 229
    If all goes well, I will be the owner of a 2007 Cobalt LTZ on Saturday. The color is the Sport Red, and some of the options are the sunroof, Onstar, and the CD changer. I have driven the LTZ, and I must say I am amazed at how quiet it really is. My Buick was no where near this quiet. Anyway I will keep everyone posted :D
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    Amazing. What model of Buick are you comparing the Cobalt to.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    The Cobalt may be quiet for a small car, but Buick sets the standard for quiet.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,743
    No Kate. You can drive a lesser car than a Benz and still reasonably expect to not have to deal with multiple warranty repairs.
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