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Chevrolet Cobalt



  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 179
    We've been AAA members for about 15 years. FWIW and IMO we're not "throwing" our money out the window.

    Recent case in point.

    One night my nephew was screwing around and locked my Jeep doors while the engine was running. No spare keys handy! Called AAA, they had a tow truck on the scene within 30 min. Got the doors open and off I went.

    That one service more than paid for the cost of our annual fee.

    I've also found in my work that most of my customers with AAA generally tend to get better and faster service than if they called some random name in the phone book.

    Now, with our new vehicles I have an arguement with the wife on this. Since we have road side service as part of the warranty protection I've wanted to drop AAA but she won't due to past experiences.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    Thanks for the reply. That's why I was wondering if I should join AAA because my vehicule just got off the G.M. roadside assistance plan and I want to still have some kind of protection. Thanks again.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    My insurance (State Farm) offers towing coverage for next to nothing, maybe a couple dollars per six month premium. I suppose most insurance companies have similar deals.

    Also, my insurance covers locksmith charges, and I don't believe I have to pay anything extra for that feature.

  • dispencer2dispencer2 Posts: 295
    Does anyone know the differences between the 2008 and 2009 Cobalt LT. They seem to be identical but there must be some difference in features, options, etc.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    Found this... might help a bit. Looking for more.

    New for 2009
    The Chevrolet Cobalt gets variable valve timing on its 2.2-liter engine in an effort to improve mileage. GM's OnStar communication system becomes standard on all models, and the high-performance SS model is available as a sedan.

    All Cobalt body styles feature a horizontally split grille with a gold bowtie badge. Built on a 103.3-inch wheelbase, the Cobalt measures a bit more than 180 inches long overall, making it longer than any of its competitors. At 67.9 inches wide, it's narrower than the Civic and Corolla but wider than the Focus by more than an inch. At 57.1 inches, the Cobalt is about half an inch taller than the Civic but still shorter than the Focus and Corolla.
    New wheel options in 15-, 16-, 17- and 18-inch sizes depending on model
    High-performance SS model available in coupe or sedan
    Sport model dropped
    Available Sport appearance package with spoiler, body molding, 17-inch wheels and other items
    Different rear-end designs for sedans and coupes
    With front bucket seats and a 60/40-split folding rear seat, all Cobalts seat five occupants, and the trunk can be accessed from inside the car. On models with an automatic transmission, an optional remote start system allows drivers to start the engine with a key fob. Seats with heated, leather surfaces are optional on LT models, and SS models have unique interior trim bits. Bluetooth connectivity is available. Standard equipment includes:
    CD player with auxiliary input jack
    Air conditioning
    XM Satellite Radio on all models
    Driver information center
    Under the Hood
    LS and LT models use a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine with new variable valve timing. GM says the engine will be more powerful and fuel-efficient, but it has not been tested for fuel economy. The SS model uses a turbocharged and intercooled 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which uses direct injection. The LS and LT are available with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission, whereas the SS is only available with the manual.
    155-horsepower, Ecotec 2.2-liter (150 pounds-feet of torque)
    260-hp, turbo 2.0-liter (260 pounds-feet of torque)
    New final drive axle ratio improves fuel economy
    Four-wheel disc brakes on SS models
    Standard electronic stability control on SS models
    Antilock brakes are standard on 2LT and SS models and optional on LS models. Cobalts with the automatic gearbox and antilock brakes also have traction control.
    Free one-year subscription to OnStar, which alerts authorities in the event of a collision and provides crash data
    Side curtain airbags are standard on all models, but side-impact airbags for the front seats are not available
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    Very helpful post. Thanks. This is awesome:

    155-horsepower, Ecotec 2.2-liter (150 pounds-feet of torque)

    That's SVT/performance car territory.
  • dispencer2dispencer2 Posts: 295
    Motor Trend has a list of 2009 cars with descriptions and makes the comment that the next Cobalt will be far better. What are they talking about? Is there supposed to be a completely new and different Cobalt in 2010?
  • dispencer2dispencer2 Posts: 295
    Thanks for all the information. I'll order one in January unless I hear that the 2010 will be completely different. If so I'll wait and get an old Cavalier in the meantime. Won't lose anything on it in a year with the increase in gas prices.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    My wife has a 2005 Cobalt (new). Now I wonder when would be the best time for her to trade it in so it would be to her advantage? Some say for the first 3 years you shouldn't trade a car, you loose to much. Is it better at 3 yrs, 4... 5 or more?
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    The best time to trade it would be in about 10 to 12 years. :)

    Hey, I'm a reformed "car trading junkie." I would LOVE to have the money in the bank right now that I have spent on trading cars over the last 35 years! I used to trade cars more often than most people change underwear. Car dealerships have named cubicles after me, and car salesmen have named children after me. There have been injuries as all the salesmen at the dealerships have tried to get out the door at the same time to greet me when I pulled up on the lot.

    OK, there might be a LITTLE exaggeration there, but I really did make many, many unnecessary trades over the years. I was an "informed" buyer and got really good deals, but when you get right down to it, there is "no such thing as a good deal on something that you don't need."

    If you consider the depreciation costs, trading every two or three years just does NOT make sense.

    Cars are so dependable these days that you can easily get 200,000 miles out of them without spending a lot for repairs. Just keep the oil changed at reasonable intervals, and these modern cars will hang with you for many years.

    Hey, Grosloup, it's all about what it's worth to you. If you are aware of the costs involved and still want a new car, then good luck in finding just the right car at a great price.

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Our little Cobalts sure seem to be popular around here in western Kentucky. I see them everywhere I go.

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I had less enthusiasm for my little Cobalt than for any other new car that I have ever bought. This was strictly a "practical" matter of trading-in a truck with almost 220,000 miles on it for a car that would be dependable and get great gas mileage.

    When I trade cars, I am usually in a frenzy, just dying to own whatever it is that I am trading for. Trading cars has always been a "passionate" thing with me, a decision made in the heart, not in the head.

    I have really warmed up to the Cobalt, and even though it is practical, it is still fun to drive. I am impressed with its looks, its quality, its ride, its handling, and its power.

    It's a keeper.

  • tsjay:

    I'm glad you dig your Cobalt. I'm considering purchasing a 2009 version of this machine. I'm not looking to impress anyone with this vehicle, and I'm sure some peeps out there will assume that I'm a loser for purchasing such an automobile, but I don't care. They say that you are the car you drive, as you are what you eat...blahblahblah...I don't play that game. I could go and purchase a preowned Bimmer 3 series, or anything in that groove (if you know what I mean), but I repeat: I'm not looking to impress in NYC and driving an impressive vehicle is just asking for trouble, in a way. I'd rather play it safe and not have to worry if I'll find my Cobalt, safe and sound, from being ripped off. I know there are better machines from which to choose from, but I do want a simple machine with all the toys (so to speak) to run from A to B and back. Follow? Anyway, it's nice to read of someone who purchased a Cobalt and enjoys it instead of the many who put it down for being "junk"...I've read some posts here and elsewhere that put this machine down. Wotta shame! It's no BMW, for sure, but it's easy to buy and get fixed if need be with dealers from coast to coast. Not venting, mate...just sharing some observations...speaking for myself. ;)

    Good luck with your Cobalt!

    Peace!<=AladdinSane-<- :shades: -
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591

    I don't see how you could beat a Cobalt for the money. Mine stickered at $15,530, and GM had a $2000 rebate going at the time I bought it. What could I have possibly purchased for $13,530 that would come close to that Cobalt in terms of the whole package: room, comfort, ride, handling, acceleration, looks, fuel economy?

    I can see myself putting a couple hundred thousand miles on that puppy.

  • I'm glad for you, Tom! :)

    Which model did you get? Color? Sedan or coupe?

    Forgive all my questions, but I'm interested.

    Hope to hear from you soon, when you can!

    Peace!<=AladdinSane-<- :shades: -
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I just got a stripped down LS. It doesn't even have power locks, power windows, or cruise control. It does have an auto tranny.

  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    Just looked at an '09 Cobalt at the dealer. Spare tire and wheel are a $75 option! And we're not talking a full-size spare here, either! Sheesh!
  • bporter1bporter1 Posts: 229
    I just thought that I would update everyone on my experiences with my 2007 Cobalt LTZ. My car has 20400 miles. The gas mileage has been pretty good, but the power of this engine still impresses me. I had a few minor issues taken care of by the dealer such as loose trim in the back, and some weatherstripping that had folded over causing some wind noise. The windnoise is still prominent, but the weathersrtipping is not the issue. My front brake rotors are warped, and the dealer will resurface them under warranty. Other than those minor problems the car has been great. I would recommend it to anyone shopping for a small car. The XM radio is great on both short and long trips. :)
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,038
    > My front brake rotors are warped, and the dealer will resurface them under warranty.

    If they are warped they need to be replaced. Push for replacement no matter if teh dealer says GM won't pay. I had warped rotor on the rear of a leSabre and they turned them. But within 10K that was back. Once warped, always warped.
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