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I love/hate my Cobalt



  • This was my first new car pruchase and I had a couple requirements: It had to be inexpensive without looking like it, it had to be good on gas, and last but most important it had to be a GM. I bought one of the last 2007's in January. A Victory Red LS coupe. The only option was the auto tranny. After rebates, trade in, etc I got it for $10,300. I got $1,000 off because I was related to a former GM employee. My last car was a 2001 Chevy Cavalier Z24 which wasn't too reliable (rare for a Cavalier) but I decided to give Chevy another shot and so far so good. With a difference of 2hp and 3ft/lbs of tourque the car is just as quick as the Z24 although the handling is softer. I love the look of the coupe better than the sedan... the only thing I want to change is the wheels since the hubcaps look kinda dorky. The interior is alot better than the Cavalier although the door panels should be dual color like the dash. I love the DIC and auto headlights. The only thing that I miss from the Cavalier was the RDS and keyless entry (I have manual locks on the Cobalt). I don't miss power windows since the manual ones are more reliable. I would compare this car favorably against any other car in its class. In response to that comment about Consumer Reports saying this car is unreliable I will quote George Costanza (Seinfeld) "I am the consumer." If this car stays reliable I will be back in a Chevy showroom again.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Consumer Reports is not a legitimate source for auto information based on their surveys only given to subscribing members and other contraversal practices they have employed including last years child safety seat apology.
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    amen poncho!!
  • Really? I'm glad that I use my own judgement. I know some people to consider that publication as the Bible lol.
  • gerald41gerald41 Posts: 37
    Consumer Reports is a Joke. Even though I just bought an 08 LT-2 Cobalt loaded after my 06 Cobalt was totaled I still own a 94 Cavalier which I've owned since new. Consumer reports gave my car a terrible write up in it's day needless to say the Car is still running as a second car to my family with 165,000 miles on it and it still has many original parts in it. The car has been trouble free since new and has never left me stranded. So much for consumer reports,lol.

    As for my 08 Cobalt I love the car , better than my 06. Seems like the ride is better, I never liked the Michelins that came on my 06. The Hankooks on my 08 ride much better. I put a set of Goodyear Assurance tires on my 04 Impala and love them, probably would put them on my Cobalt when the time comes for new rubber.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 181
    Well, I knew it would happen. I took her car one day to do some work in it at my buddies garage. When I got home my car was gone, with her in it!

    I was informed this weekend she was taking it every day.

    Can't really blame her, can I?
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    It's interesting that a car that gets a red dot with CR for reliability can be as little as having a bad history of power window or driver seat motors being defective, or subpar. It does not reflect on the cars ability to start every day and be virtually maintenance free nor accumulate longterm high mileage. Most consumers think that reliability is based on the car being able to get them to work or start every day.

    An Astro/Safari van not to long ago got a bad reliability rating based solely on a seatbelt buzzer being less than 1-second too short in going off. Other than that the van was rated very good.
  • dispencer2dispencer2 Posts: 295
    Rented a Cobalt for a week in Kauai in January and am sold on it. I never got less than 28 mpg and it had a comfortable ride. Has anybody done any long trips in it? I sold my 2006 Impala because the seats were uncomfortable and my back hurt after 6-8 hours in it on the road. I can drive my '03 Deville all day on a trip and actually walk upright when I finally get out. Not so the Impala. In any event despite CU the Cobalt seemed like it would be a good economy car that looked good. I had the silver LT coupe with the Alloy wheels and the neat white gauges. The only other thing I may order is the Pioneer stereo. Has anybody compared it to the regular stereo? I had the Bose on the Impala and it wasn't worth the extra money. The regular stereo was fine.
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    the pioneer is a good factory system. it has a sub and a couple more speakers. i also had a bose system in a gp. i like the monsoon in the wife's car best. i am just not much for after market systems for new cars. :shades:
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I have only driven Cobalts for short rides. The Cobalt seats before the car was released were designed by a world famous auto seat builder for comfort. I read an article on the seats alone that said they may be slightly on the firm side but that is because they will give less fatigue on long highway miles. So yes, from what I read and heard you should be able to drive this car cross country and be wel rested afterwards.

    Todays car stereo's are so good that I don't see a reason to swap radios. My last four vehicles had Alpine stereo's, but no more. The standard Delco may be just fine because Delco's have always been the best stock radio on the market.
  • im sorry to hear you had such bad luck with your cobalt. the one i bought im the 2nd owner. its an 06 cobalt ss. i bought it with 5100 miles on it. its everything i could ever have wanted in a car. my car now has almost 12000 miles on it. i only have had it since oct of 07. i had one problem and that was my car was vibrating when i was trying to stop. i took it back to the dealer and they turned my rotors. thats all it was..i know that every car has trouble at one time or another. it may be just a default car. not all cobalts are bad. i would not trade mine for anything. every one has their own oppinion. im really sorry to hear that you had such bad luck with it. :shades:
  • gvsunursegvsunurse Posts: 28
    I drove my 05 Cobalt from Lansing, Michigan to Philadelphia...and it SUCKED...seats are very uncomfortable for that long of a drive. My 2001 Grand Am's seats were MUCH more comfortable. Cannot wait to get out of my lease...I've had nothing but problems with this car...but it was the first model year so I would hope they've got all the glitches out...I was one problem away from it being declared a lemon.
  • gvsunursegvsunurse Posts: 28
    Re. the stereo - I test drove one with the Pioneer system...honestly, there's no need to spend the extra money...the base system in the Cobalt is better than the Monsoon stereo that was in my Grand Am.
  • gerald41gerald41 Posts: 37
    Depending on the Model your considering you can get a Cobalt LT -1 for 13,000 when GM runs there special rebates and you get it for Invoice. My neighbor bought a 2008 LT-1 for 12,900 with an automatic tranny. Where are you going to get a car with power windows, locks cd-mp-3 player ac power steering and brakes new for that price. Plus the coupe has a nice aporty look to it. 3 on my block have bought cobalts since the start of the year. Loved the car sold after they saw the price.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Yes, most of us have heard your stories before.
  • steve333steve333 Posts: 200
    I just got Michelin Primacy tires. They replaced a set of Goodyear Assurance Comfortreds that I originally bought to replace the OEM Pirelli P6.
    The Comfortreds are not a good fit for the Cobalt. The rubber is not stiff enough and control is poor.
    The Michelins are much better however they tend to track in the rain grooves of the freeways in San Diego. Its very annoying but theres nothing I can do about it. The other thing I noticed about the Michelins was that there is a lot of excess rubber on the tire. I expected to see a little of it but some pieces are big enough to grab with my fingers. I found that a little odd.
  • I am currently renting a new Cobalt and it it the worst car I have ever driven. It is very uncomfortable. The handling is poor. The gas milage is below average, only 15 mile per gal. for the city and 28 for the highway. If you want a much better car get the Mazda3Speed. Better pickup, handling, comfort and gas milage. My 2003 Honda Accord V6 has a better pickup and better gas milage than the Cobalt!
  • steve333steve333 Posts: 200
    You're renting a Cobalt and you already know what the mileage is?
    I smell a troll.
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    kinda comparing apples to oranges aren't we. :P
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    That's interesting because I rented a Mazda 3 2-months ago because they were out of Aveo's and it was a descent car, but not quite to my liking for a compact car but I had no reason venture over to the Mazda forum to trash it. Though the Mazda probably has the best style in the compact class, the front seating is rather cramped and because of its design there are too many blind spots. Though descent cars, Mazda's aren't known for mileage and are usually at the bottom of the charts in that catagory. Cobalts have very good sure footed handling, mileage, and arguably best in class engines (Ecotecs) no matter which level of car you get. The recent Car & Driver buyers guide said this is a great all day driver.

    I also felt you had a made up a story for whatever reason, and don't sound sincere. Why even bother coming over to this forum?
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