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Chevrolet Cobalt



  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    A KIA Spectra. Problem is, they're too reliable - Chevy buffs would miss the "involvement" they associate with Mexican-made iron...
  • Chevy has not had the best reputation, but up until yesterday I owned 3.
    1. 2005 Cobalt
    2. 2005 Colorado
    3. 1997 Cavalier

    All three were purchased in 2005; the Cobalt in April, the Colorado in June, and the Cavalier in August. At the time my husband worked as a sales consultant for a Chevy dealer.

    The Cavalier was purchased to give to my mother when she gets her license (which she hasn't gotten yet)so the car has sat in storage for almost 2 years and we go out and start it and it fires right up. Great Car!!!!

    The Colorado was purchased as an economical decision with soaring gas prices. Dodge Ram or Chevy Colorado? Great little truck!!!!! minus the recent recall on the brake lights??????

    We have been pleased with both cars.........

    Then there is the Cobalt with numerous problems arising once it hit between 12-15 thousand miles (basically within the last year) The car has spent more time parked at the dealership then in my drive way for my use. I traded it in for Sebring Convertible when the Cobalt had only 20,000 miles on it yesterday.

    I really would not reccommend this car .... my husband sells cars and he wouldn't reccommend this purchase to anyone. He sold the Cobalt to me when I bought it and we have spent this past year trying to find a way for me to get out of the car and deal with the negative equity that the car incurred so I wouldn't have an out of site car payment.

    If you are in the market for a small car buy something else .... Hyundai Accent, Ford Focus, etc.. Don't buy a Cobalt .... you may regret it.
  • People dig it because its a pretty little car. Kind of like some people -- they seem to have great personalities or be reliable. Then after a couple years and some wear on the tires the truth comes out. I believe lemons exist ... but if consumer reports is giving bad marks you may want to listen after all it is a CONSUMER REPORT!!
  • cooterbfdcooterbfd Posts: 2,770
    Yes, it is a consumer report. My question was, is and always will be: What is a red dot? A black dot? How many "reports" get you a black dot? With JD Power, you get a rote figure (102 problems per 100 cars or 1.02 per car). Now, is a broken knob the equivalent of a blown engine when they count problems, I don't know, but I'd rather take a real number and form my OWN opinion as to a car's reliability, than to trust CU to take those numbers, and give me their opinion, because I have to trust that their opinion is truely unbiased, even though it is human nature to have youor own likes and dislikes about a particular brand, model, etc.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    I was wondering if the "cloth seats" in the Cobalt do the same as those in the Chevrolet Equinox. They easily get stained (even with water). I'm about to buy a Cobalt but I wonder if I should get the cloth or leather seats. What do you have in yours? and, Are you satisfied with them? Comfortable?
  • gman55gman55 Posts: 5
    After reading the last couple of pages here I would like to give my two cents worth.

    - Bought my LS Coupe in June of '06
    - Have 12,000+ plus miles (will avg. 20K per year)
    - Wished I had power windows.
    - Power locks seem useless since locks engage when in drive and open when in park.
    - Took awhile to get used to "new" blind spot

    The Good,

    31 MPG
    Great handling
    Good price (12K)
    Good looks

    The Bad,

    Poor spoiler fit (leaks water from left pylon after wash)
    Wheel covers "squeak" over bumps (dealer re-taped, starting to squeak again)


    Great car for the money and does what I needed it to do.
  • Have heard about a couple of Cobalts that will not start and GM can not fix it. I have just ordered a Cobalt and am getting antsy about it. Anyone heard about this problem?
  • alan34alan34 Posts: 11
    I have a 2006 Cobalt LT/5 speed. For the past several months the front suspension makes a loud noise if the car is driven over anything but a ultra smooth road. My dealer has replaced my steering shaft twice but this does not seem to help. I am getting very frustrated with this problem. My 2004 Impala LS has been problem free and for this reason we went back to GM for our second car. Has anyone had the same problem? If so is there a fix for it that I can tell the dealer? Thanks!!!!
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    Is the Cobalt's front suspension equipped with "struts". If so, I've encountered lots of Chevrolet Equinox with the similar description as yours and the problem was the struts. The noise is worst on "speed bumps" even at a very low speed.
  • I do not recommend this car to anyone. I have had nothing but problems from day one. Yes, it does have a problem with not starting and if I don't press in the clutch a certain way, it won't start. I brought a 2007 SS Supercharged and you have to use premium unleaded in it. My has a problem with wanting to speed up even when I don't have my foot on the gas pedal. The chevy dealership tells me it is how I am driving it. When the car had 500 miles on it, the clutch master cylinder went out and left me stranded. My car is a lemon....I am going to be trading it in soon....and it doesn't have that many miles on yourself some headache and heartache...don't buy this car.... :sick:
  • 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: 1,974
    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: 1,974
    "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: 1,974
    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: 1,974
    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.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
    Sounds like you are each happy with what you've got and that is what is important. So, end of argument. :shades:

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  • 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: 1,974
    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: 1,974
    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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