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Chevrolet Cobalt



  • tcaloftcalof Posts: 29
    Since a diagnosis based on your symptoms is impossible without actually hearing the origin and type of noise, my advice is take it to someone you can trust.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    My new neighbor just moved in an he owns a 08 Pontiac Vibe still on warranty.
    He was asking me if he can go to our local G.M. dealer for some repairs on his car? The problem is, we don't have a Pontiac dealer in our town only a Chevrolet dealer. I told him that any G.M. dealer will repair his Vibe even if it's a Chevrolet dealer.
    But just to make sure because there's nothing that Chevrolet sales that resembles a Pontiac Vibe..
    What do you think?
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Se, Pa.Posts: 372
    Wrong forum however,

    Any GM dealer "might" repair it for him. However, since Pontiac is still a franchise getting warranty payment is unlikely. Best ask before inserting foot.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    If I have this right, the're won't be a 2010 Cobalt next year?
    I heard it will be replaced by the "Chevrolet Cruze"?
    When will the production and sales of the "Cruze" begin?
    What will be the MSRP?
    They said that the Cobalt replaced the Cavalier would be superior to it and now I heard that the Cruze will replace the Cobalt and be superior to it to.
    Looks like the Cruze will be something to look at in 2010.
    Will the "Cruze" be out in the same time for the U.S. and Canada?
  • steve333steve333 Posts: 201
    Yup, they changed the car's name to Cruze. How messed up is that? A horrible name and all it really will be is a better Cobalt, with a wider track, a better interior and a Korean designed exterior and interior.
    Cost is not known at this time and availability will be determined later.
    I am not a happy camper.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    I was looking forward that our next car would be a 2010 or 2011 Cobalt Coupe but with that "Cruze" replacing the Cobalt, they kind of slam the door in my face.
    Well.....I'll wait to see what the Cruze looks like but as I see it's going to be only in the Sedan Coupe? Yuck!
  • aladdinsanealaddinsane Posts: 182
    There WILL be a 2010 Cobalt, but only for a limited time until the Cruze makes it debut in the latter part of '10. Minor tweaks expected, maybe a new exterior color, but that's about it. NO coupe with the Cruze. Bummer! I agree with you concerning the lack of a coupe: YUCK! :(
    Peace!<-AladdinSane<- :shades: -
  • dispencer2dispencer2 Posts: 299
    I think that GM is shooting themselves in the foot. I wouldn't consider a compact 4 door because frankly they look like econoboxes. I rented two 4 door Cobalts on trips and they felt cramped. Small doors, small windows, etc. I have a Victory Red 09 LT1 coupe and will probably keep it for years since I only put about 6,000 miles a year on it. At least it looks sporty. If I were going to buy a 4 door smaller GM car the Malibu would be my first choice..If GM doesn't build a sporty compact coupe lots of other people do and that's where I'll head.
  • snappy3snappy3 Posts: 13
    I am about to purchase a Cobalt. I always buy snow tires and put them on their own rims. Are there any aftermarket bargains to be had to buy rims and tire pressure sensors? thanks
  • tcaloftcalof Posts: 29
  • bporter1bporter1 Posts: 229
    For the last few days when I get in my car in the morning or the afternoon, the radio automatically will start flipping through a couple of stations on its own. For example; if I am listening to XM 8 it will go to XM 7 or 6. It does te same thing in CD mode too. The tracks start changing and so on. It seems to happen when I touch the volume control, and or go over a bump. I drove over to the dealership this afternoon, but by the time I got there it had stopped. Very hard to duplicate. Of course dealer says "well come in when it is doing it". This is not the first time for this problem, and I am afraid that after the warranty runs out I will be stuck with a bad radio. Any suggestions would be helpful. My car is a 2007 Cobalt LTZ with the CD changer. :confuse:
  • And you DO NOT want to have a problem with a GM radio outside of warranty. There is no repair. GM just replaces the radio at $300 plus. There are some companies that repair GM radios but they are hard to find outside of very large cities or require you to mail in the radio. In the past GM (Delco) wouldn't sell repair parts. I had a '97 LeSabre with a bad tape drive. This is a unit which simply unplugs from the main radio but it wasn't for sale anywhere. I ended up buying a used Olds radio that was identical. The car radio shop got them from salvage yards. If you have the least problem with your radio while the car is under warranty make a big fuss until the radio is replaced. Do not give up. Take the car in until the people are sick of looking at you. This goes for all GM cars unless something has changed.
  • Going in tomorrow for my second steering column in 6,000 miles on the 09 Cobalt coupe.. If something rattles up front when you are on a washboard surface you might as well take it in. Something to do with the electric steering. Has anyone else had this problem? It seems to be common out here in New Mexico.
  • bporter1bporter1 Posts: 229
    I will be dropping my car off this week overnight at my local dealership to see if they can duplicate the radio problem. I told them it seems to happen in the morning when it is a little cold, and sometimes it happens when it gets hot. My warranty runs out very soon. I really hope that tey can find the problem. To me it seems like a loose connection in a jack plug or something. Anyway I will keep everyone posted. :confuse:
  • bporter1bporter1 Posts: 229
    Left the car at the dealership, but of course they could not duplicate the problem. The service advisor I did talk to said "that they will order me a new radio anyway". So far the old radio is working fine. I will keep the updates coming.
  • hello i went to get my car inspected and i cant get it done because the codes on the car and got them pulled and the codes are P0030,P0036,P0102,P0135,P0141,P0443 and i went to the dealer and asked them and they told me to change some parts which was the Evap Purge Valve and the O2 sensors 1 & 2 and the MAF and the Gas Cap. But the car is still coming up as the P0102 and the P0443 and there Pending codes and i need to find out how to get the Engine light off for good and not come on no more any one help that knows about the Emissions on the Cobalts. Mine is a 2005 Chevy Cobalt (2 Door)
  • I have an 09 LT1 coupe with the ebony cloth interior and 8,000 miles on the car. I bought it in September 2008. The left side of the driver's seat -the left bolster and the left side of the middle section (where your back would be) are pilling and showing wear. This is amazing for car upholstery. I've had Buicks with velour seats that ran 100,000 miles or more and were 10 years old with no detectible wear on the driver seat. I don't wear sandpaper pants. Does anyone else have this problem? I'll probably have to get leather from now on.
  • steve333steve333 Posts: 201
    This is a warranty issue so don't hesitate to bring it back to the dealer. They will have to reapholster it or replace the entire seat. That shouldn't happen. I did have the fabric come loose from the bottom of the cushions on my '06 but they got new clips and its been fine ever since.
  • Thanks Steve. I'll take it in -I was planning to. It is amazing because automobile upholstery normally wears like iron. Has anybody else had this problem?
  • In August I took my '09 Cobalt to the dealership because water was leaking from under the dashboard onto the passenger floorboard whenever I ran the A/C. 7 visits, 6 rental cars, and 3 months later they figured out the problem (the heater core) and fixed it. They also caused a number of other problems in the process (stained upholstery, weird engine noises, broken pieces of plastic molding, areas where the dash has not been put together properly, etc.) but whatever. I was pretty okay with everything until a number of additional issues cropped up;
    the fan now stays on for about 45 sec-1 min after I get out of the car, usually only after a short drive and in both warm and cold weather. not too unusual but it never used to do that. I don't recall ever hearing the fan running when the car was off in the past. anyone have any feedback on how long that fan should stay on? The coolant is usually around 240 degrees when driving around 40mph for 15-30min
    also, it now takes an inordinate amount of time for the cabin to warmup. last winter I remember it heating up really fast, within 5 minutes. now it takes between 15-20 minutes to get warm. feedback from anyone regarding warmup time? I used to have a cavalier and it also warmed up remarkably quickly. I live in upstate NY, so its been around 40-50 degrees lately.
    last but not least, a screw just fell out from under the dash while I was taking a sharp corner. It doesnt look like a particularly load-bearing screw and more probably holds the dash together, but I think I have to take it back in to the dealer. I really wanted to never have to see them again, but I'm getting nervous. does anyone know if I have to have warranty work done at the dealer where I bought the car? can I take it to any dealer?
    any input would be appreciated. thanks!
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,319
    > I have to have warranty work done at the dealer where I bought the car? can I take it to any dealer?

    You can take it to any dealer. These days most dealers are hungry for work to do, even the lower pay work they do for warranty. It's better than idle mechanics or laying them off.

    >dealership because water was leaking from under the dashboard onto the passenger floorboard whenever I ran the A/C....later they figured out the problem (the heater core) and fixed it.

    Heater core leaking coolant would have had the smell of engine coolant, sort of sweet. Did that water have that smell or was it water from the AC core that collects water from the air and drips that--which is supposed to go out a drain tube below the car? That water has no smell (unless wet carpet and pads have gotten musty).

    >Fan running
    I notice the coolant fan on my Cobalt starts running on startup sitting in the garage and turns off after a time, even though the motor is cold. I'd ask the other dealership if what you're seeing is normal. If short trips are overheating the car in 40-50 degree weather, there may be something else not right in the coolant, heater setup.

    >slow heating
    The only check here for me is under the hood after the car has run from a cold start for 3-4 minutes and that's to turn off motor and reach hand to touch hoses going to heater through the firewall. I'd have to locate them in advance and wear heavy long-sleeved shirt to avoid burns from hot motor. Both hoses should be warm after 2-3 minutes.My Cobalt is exremely quick to warm up compared to leSabres I own and past cars.

    I'd make a list of concerns based on symtoms and visit another dealership service guy, under warranty, and tell them your concerns. Make copies of the service records you were given on each visit and hand them to the service manager. They should also be able to see them by computer if GM is set up the way I think they are by checking your VIN in the computer.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • I purchased a 2005 Cobalt in July '09 with 48,000 miles for my son to drive to High School, this being his senior year. The car has an air leakage problem at the rear seat side window seal on the passenger side. As soon as the car reaches 40 mph, you can hear the wind rushing in and gets much louder as the speed increases. We both test drove the vehicle with the windows down in the summer, so the problem went unnoticed. I had the vehicle back to the dealer last week, but they DID NOT or COULD NOT fix the problem. I would just like to fix the problem myself before winter gets here in central NY.If anyone has had this problem or knows how to correct it, please let me know how to do it and what I will need and where to get it. Thank you.
  • bporter1bporter1 Posts: 229
    I had the same problem on my 07 Cobalt. I had the dealership replace the rubber gasket around the door. It worked for a while, but I think the problem is back again. The factory warranty already ran out, so I do not think it will be repaired again, because I am not footing the bill. :)
  • I took it to an upholstery place and GM paid for it. Not a really good advertisement for an 09 with 8,000 miles on it. Guess I'm through with economy cars by GM after driving this one a couple more years. For a few bucks more you can get a base Malibu or something else.
  • The Chevy dealer has a stethoscope that can tell exactly where the leakage is coming from. I'd have him mark the spot and use some liquid rubber to seal the spot.if the dealer won't do it.
  • alternatoralternator Posts: 629
    edited February 2010
    Buried in the specs for the 2010 Cobalt is a statement that the battery is located in the trunk.

    Is this true for all models? Where is it located in the trunk? Is it covered so as not to come in contact with luggage, etc. stored in the trunk? For what reason is it located there? Aren't there some safety concerns for having it there?

    i have found no photos on the Internet that would answer any of my questions.
  • Yes, the battery is in the trunk in my '08. And it is covered as not not come in contact with items in the trunk.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,319
    The battery is in the middle of the rear of the trunk. And they left it uncovered and put the wrench for the tire changing right on top of it to be sure to short out. :blush:

    No, actually it's covered. I'd have to go look at mine to determine what is around it. I suspect it's a lot less likely to suffer damage than a battery under the hood sitting where most accidents will mangle the metal around the battery under the hood. I can't count the number of accident I've seen with the firemen having to rip into the hood to get at the battery because it's shorted out and there's smoke coming from that area.

    A battery under the rear seat also is a safe location.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • Thanks for rapid replies.

    Years ago a friend owned a Chrysler made car that had the battery located under the driver's seat. One day we pulled into an unpaved parking lot next to a swimming pool where we were headed. Suddenly there came smoke from under the driver's seat. There was a short where the battery cable had failed. With no extinguisher at hand we ended up sloshing mud from the parking lot onto the short to put out the fire.

    Hence my being sensitive to the location of the battery in a car I am thinking of buying !
  • alternatoralternator Posts: 629
    edited February 2010
    My real concern is that a battery in the trunk requires that a heavy live battery cable must then pass all the way forward to the engine. I would think that makes more likely the chance of shorts and fires because of battery cable failure or as a result of crashing.
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