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I love/hate my Cobalt

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  • Picked up the car on Saturday and have driven it in mixed driving. Color (Silver Moss Metallic) is very nice, interior is a little spartan, but well done. I purchased Weathertech floor liners (just in time for snow/ice).

    MPG readings on the highway (65 mph) are around 34, and in town are around 29.

    The ride seems a little rougher than the 2001 Prizm it is replacing. Handling is good, and the 4 wheel ABS came in handy at an icy intersection yesterday.

    Visibility is good, climate controls work well. XM radio is a blast and the Onstar is bluetooth capable, and it set up with an older cell phone quite easily. Great for the possible in car cell phone restrictions that are being considered here in Missouri.

    At this point I am pleased with the car. Time will tell.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Real good mileage for a brand new car just purchased. The suspension is stiffer than your previous Prism which gives better handling, etc. The bigger wheels/tires will also help you feel more of the road.
  • so i cant figure out how to hook up my phone to the hands-free calling in my car. the sales rep did say that i could not hook up my phone but the gm website and all the forums seem to say i can. the car is a 2009 LS xfe and the phone is a verizon LG chocolate.
    was the sales rep correct? am i just missing something- like perhaps is my particular model for some reason not compatible? or am i not hooking it up right?
    i push the hands free button and say 'bluetooth' which is what the gm website says to do and nothing happens- the lady refuses to recognize the word bluetooth.
    any feeedback would be appreciated.
    also for the record i am really happy with the cobalt overall. i loved my last car which was a chevy cavalier and i hoped the cobalt would live up to the standard the cav set and it totally has so far. its a great little car, dependable, really fun to drive, and it gets excellent gas mileage. the only complaint i could make is that the seats- while ok for around town, to and from work, etc- kind of suck on long drives due to lack of lumbar support. but still overall i would say its a fantastic car at a ridiculously low price.
  • in regards to that noise in your front end i have an 08 and its been to the garage twice before 9000 miles the strut mounts were shot along with the struts believe me or not every crack in the road made that front end bang and rattle good luck i paid over 18 000 for this special edition cobalt i should have kept my ford i never had any issues only with chevy that sucks cuz i like chevy
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I am surprised about your seat comment on long highway trips because that's where the firm seats are supposed to excell. I have read just the opposite. GM paid ton of money to have those seats specially made by a very well known seat manufacturer with a lot of bench/road testing. I read an article about it years ago.
  • hello everyone,
    I was wondering if anyone knows how long the supercharge should last, and if it dies if anyone knows how much it may cost to fix. I am asking because I am leasing a 2006 supercharge and am looking at buying it out at the end. But I do not want to have a huge problem after if the supercharger goes on it.
    thanks
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,261
    It's not too bad to replace---about $1400.

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  • The Bluetooth capability is an option and the lumbar control comes with the LT models. It sounds like you have a base model which may not have come with the Bluetooth capability.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    It could easily last 10-years or longer if you follow the manuals maintenance instructions.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    My 08 Cobalt LS sedan with the automatic tranny now has a little over 13,000 miles on it, and I am still VERY happy with the car. I have had NO issues with it, since the leaking rear window was fixed.

    I have pretty much just forgotten about gas mileage and no longer drive in a super fuel conserving manner. The little car gets 26 or 27 MPG with my mix of highway (but NOT super highway) driving and in-town driving. I was getting a couple miles per gallon better than that when I was really trying to maximize my gas mileage.

    I just love that peppy little engine, the nice styling, the good handling, the quiet ride (for such a small, inexpensive car), and the good front seat room and huge trunk.

    I couldn't be happier!

    Tom
  • I recently had to have raidiator replaced.They told me to watch my temp. for awhile. When i asked how hot is too hot no one could answer.They told me to check the owners manuel.No where does it mention a certain temp.I have a 2008 Chey cobalt sedan 4cyl.Any help on this question would be great.Don't want to find out what too hot is the hard way
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 191
    My 07 typically runs around 195-200 F.
  • Mine hit 212 at a stop light.Think i should be concerned or is this normal if the fan hasn't kicked on?
  • tcaloftcalof Posts: 29
    If you take the plastic engine cover off the top of the engine, your temp will typically drop about 10 degrees. I do that in the summer. The only downside is that the engine is very slightly noisier on acceleration.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Ask your dealer service about that if you really want to know.
  • We just bought a 2009 ls Cobalt LS 2.2lt and so far so good. I would like to find out how to remove to plastic engine shield so I can change the oil filter. I would put it once the oil change was done. Help Please 77 year old Dave In Ct.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 191
    Remove the oil fill plug and removing the dipstick makes it even easier.

    Then simply grasp the plastic cover on each end and lift. A slight tug might be needed.

    BTW

    You'll need a 1 1/4" short socket to remove the oil filter retainer cap. Most don't realize this so I felt it OK to mention. It's available at many auto parts stores.

    Also, when replacing cover. Take your time to ensure you line up the pegs as it is placed back in position.
  • tcaloftcalof Posts: 29
    An 1 1/4" short socket is specially made by Lisle, part # 14700.
    Here's a link:
    http://www.amazon.com/Lisle-14700-Filter-Wrench-2-2L/dp/B0009OMYAQ
    Otherwise, good luck finding a short socket unless you pay a ton with Snap-on or Mac. You'll also need a short extension for the socket when using the 3/8 drive ratchet.
  • Thanks for info.

    I removed the Oil filler car and dip stick lifted off easley and put bit of lube on the two spuds went back fine. I traded in our 05 Malibu 4 cyl Euro tech I all ready have 1/2 drive 1 3/4" 6 point socket for the filter cap I drilled two holes through the top of the socket so a small steel rod can turn the socket .

    Thanks all who responded.
    Dave Peters
  • stachestache Posts: 2
    I have a 2005 sedan with 67,500 miles on it and have had no problems with the car until this week. When the engine RPM's are low the engine lopes and has stalled out a few times. Anyone else have this problem and know what was causing it?
  • steve333steve333 Posts: 200
    Sounds like its time for a tune-up and get the air filter checked and have them scope the computer for trouble codes.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Well, Stache. Your baby is telling you it's "tune-up time". Fuel injectors dirty, filters need to be change, a little check on those spark plugs (even if they say not before 100,000 miles) ect...
    Time to go to the doctor for a good "tune-up" that's all and your kitty will be purrrrrrring like before.
  • stachestache Posts: 2
    I wish it was that easy! At 67,150 it had the Air, Fuel, and Cabin Air filters changed. The oil and oil filter, the trans flushed and filter changed AND the injectors cleaned. The plugs and "wires", brakes and tires all the way around.
    I'll take her back in if I need to but would like to know whats wrong before I do?
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Sorry Stache but it would have been easier for us to if you had mentioned that in your first post that you had made a tune-up recently.
    Now we're talking about something else that's really strange. It might be as simple as a little hose that the mechanic left unplugged somewhere while doing his work. Human error.
    My best bet is that you go back and tell them what's happening.
    Can't help but good luck.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Well, it sounds like the car was running fine BEFORE the tune-up work, so I would have to believe that they did something wrong when they were working on the car. Maybe they used the wrong type of spark plug? Who knows?

    Take it back to them. That would be my suggestion.

    Tom
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Or, one of the spark plugs was dropped and cracked before installation.
  • gerald41gerald41 Posts: 37
    The Cobalt is a great car, It's a shame that most people only post when they have issues and not when they don't. I'm in my 50's and have always owned Chevy small cars. My first was a 76 Monza, Never had any issues drove it well over 100,000 miles before buying a Citation which only gave me minor issues and never stranded me. I then bought a 91 Cavalier and then bought a 94 3.1 Cavalier which I still own with 145,000 on it. I sold my 91 for a 06 Cobalt which was totaled in 12/07, My wife slid on ice into oncoming traffic at around 30 mph and walked out of the car without a scratch. For that reason alone I replaced it with an 08 Cobalt. The 08 now has 17,000+ miles on it and the only issue I had was a steering shaft changed because of a minor thumping noise when I turned the wheel hard in either direction. The steering has been perfect since. In my opinion Chevrolet has put out some of the best small cars ever built. Keep in mind these are the bottom line rides, for what I paid I feel I got more than my monies worth out of all of them. Kudo's Chevy. :)
    I change the oil every 4 months or 3,000 miles, always do maintance before it's due not after, wash the car every week and wax them every 3 months.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Your right, it's nice to read positive posts but 90% of the time it's always negative, that's a shame.
    I've always been a Chevrolet owner myself... 73 Camaro... 77 Chevelle Malibu... 83 Blazer S-10... 91 Astro... 94 Blazer S-10... 99 Venture... 05 Equinox... and they where great vehicles.
    Like you see I've been driving S.U.V.'s and Vans for a couple of years and now I'm planning on going back to a car (small & economical) so I figured out a Cobalt.
    I'm in my 50's also and don't need those big machines anymore. The only thing that scares me a bit it's about winter driving with a Cobalt.
    Your wife had a accident and was lucky for her she was alright.
    Do you spend winter with "winter tires" or the original 4 seasons?
    Is your Cobalt a Sedan or Coupe? LT model or LS?
  • gerald41gerald41 Posts: 37
    I live on Long Island , N,Y. We have some crazy winters, and have a job that never closes because of the weather so I always make the trek. I have a 2LT Cobalt Coupe with the sport appearance package, Leather heated seats ( which I Love) and the Hancook performance 16" wheels. The car handles the snow with ease. I would say it handles like most other front wheel drive cars, driving with a little caution and you'll get anywhere you want safely.

    I read that there might be a AWD Cobalt in 2010, that might be a nice addition if it holds true.

    Again, Love my Cobalt. :)
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Thanks for the reply gerald41.
    It would be nice if AWD comes as an option on the Cobalt 2010.

    I wasn't sure about buying the Sedan or Coupe, but I surely love the styling of the Coupe. I will probably go for the Coupe and since winter tires are now mandatory here since last year (15 nov --- 15 march) and from now on every year... unless I want to pay a 300$ fine, It will be pretty safe and even safer with AWD.
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