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Chevy Cobalt Accessories & Modifications

Recently I purchased a 2005 Chevy Cobalt Sedan. I absolutely love the car. The only problem isthat it is the most basic model availabel. Now I want to upgrade the radio so I can have XM without having a clunky unit sliding around next to me.

How would I go about disassembling the dash so I could pull out the existing radio and replacing it with the upper level XM radio?


  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    to the poster who offered a solution via email, but the best thing to do would be to post it here for all to benefit.

    And please note that we don't want you to post your email address right here on the public web page where you are subjecting yourself to all kinds of malicious intentions. There's a note to that effect right over the post box.

    So, please, fill us in on how this can be done...
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
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  • Hey, I just got my '06 Cobalt LS 2 weeks ago, and I LOVE IT! I was wondering if there were any websites dedicated to cobalt accessories or aftermarket parts? Or, does anyone know of any websites that offer those? I was looking to get some sideskirts, front/rear bumper, stick shift knob, spoiler . . .ect.

    Any help would be great.

    btw, CAN you change your shifter knob in the '06 cobalt? If so, please explain how.

  • Im in the same boat as this guy, can someone provide the forum w/ a link for things like this?

    #5 of 5 Where to Find Accessories and Aftermarket parts by mrradman11 Jul 24, 2006 (12:59 am)
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    Hey, I just got my '06 Cobalt LS 2 weeks ago, and I LOVE IT! I was wondering if there were any websites dedicated to cobalt accessories or aftermarket parts? Or, does anyone know of any websites that offer those? I was looking to get some sideskirts, front/rear bumper, stick shift knob, spoiler . . .ect.

    Any help would be great.

    btw, CAN you change your shifter knob in the '06 cobalt? If so, please explain how.

  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    What is the difference between driving a Cobalt with a "touring suspension" (Cobalt LT) and a "sport-tuned suspension" (Cobalt SS)?
    How does those two suspensions change the performance of the car.
    Which one is better?
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    "Touring" suspension is firmer for better rebound control and reduced sway. "Sport-Tuned" is way firmer yet for track work. Which one is better than the other (or better than the stock suspension) all depends on what you want out of a car and how sensitive your butt is.
  • bren69bren69 Posts: 2
    Good questions. I would love to hear from some people about some of the performance mods they did to their cobalt LS, and what it boosted them and cost them. Also...and this is ridiculously tough to get an answer on, has anyone found any half decent seat covers for a cobalt? front and rear especially..but it seems like any I have tried look like *&% potatoe sacks on those seats. Anyone else have luck?
  • bren69bren69 Posts: 2
    by the way..for tires and rims is ncredible..good prices and very fast delivery
  • My 2005 LS Coup 5-speed did not come with fog lights, but I wanted them. We ordered a set thru the dealer. The bumper inserts were packaged with the actual lights, but no brackets were included. Multiple calls to multiple dealers in a 50 mile radius has resulted in no answer on how to mount the light to the grill insert. The SS version has everything molded into the bumper; there are no inserts nd the light bolts directly to the bumper itself. But I've seen other models with these black grill inserts containing the fog lights. Can someone with this setup check how the lights are mounted and reply please? It's a bit of a PITA to get to them b/c the headlight blocks the view from above, and cowling blocks view from below. Just need someone willing to take peek to help us out. ;)
  • mszekemszeke Posts: 9
    ...went to order a new 2007 Cobalt base coupe with manual transmission. I wanted one option - cruise control. I was told that was not possible. Any thoughts on an aftermarket c/c? Thanks, mike.
  • nyguy1nyguy1 Posts: 23
    Aftermarket cruise works fine, I have had it installed on several cars over the years with no problems. They operate just like the factory unit. Cost should be in the $300 range installed.
  • mszekemszeke Posts: 9
  • mszekemszeke Posts: 9
  • GM accessories are available thru the dealer or online. Good mod is the center console/armrest for 90 bucks. It is a genuine GM part and has easy to follow directions. Installation takes about an hour for the first timer. They claim it is for the automatic model only but it will work on the 5 speed.
  • chevyguy55chevyguy55 Posts: 3
    Has anyone put a KN filter in their cobalt. Im debating on getting one because i dont want it to screw up my sensor.
  • neilt49neilt49 Posts: 1
    Hi, I just bought a Cobalt SS/SC and want to add the center console/armrest. The dealership staff say it's not available for an SS/SC`model. Have you installed one on a 5 speed SS/SC Cobalt?
    Please reply to [email protected]
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    just put the le bra on z cobalt and it looks very nice. mine is the ss/sc and was a little tricky but patents won the day
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    see my blog for more info
  • rlenkerrlenker Posts: 13
    I have a cobalt 2007 LT with remote key and doors.
    Can I add a start function? Can I add a GM module and change key fobs?

  • Hello all,
    I just bought the 07 Cobalt Coupe LT. I love the car. I was thinking about putting tint on the rear window and back seat window. I heard it looks stupid tinting them without tinting the front windows. In NY it is illegal to tint the front windows and I don't want to get any tint tickets. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you all. Drive fast and give'em hell.

  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    it's your car do what you want. i don't think it looks bad at all. and will cut down on headlight glare from higher riding vehicles.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I see people do the side back windows somewhat frequently. Personally, I would just do the back glass only. The back side glass looks more normal on an SUV.
  • Thank you for you opinion. I appreciate it. Take care, J.
  • Thank you for the responce. I appreciate the input. Take care, J.
  • I put one on my SS/SC and it works great! If you plan to get an after market cold air kit then it will come with a place to mount your sensor.
  • do any of you guys know if i can switch out my 200 head unit to the newer 2007 unit? any answers would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  • Has anyone put performance upgrades on their LS? I'm trying to figure out if its worth it, or if I should just wait til I get a car w/ more hp thats "worth" doing modification to.
    Only reason I'm thinking about spending money on the car is because I only pay for the insurance (including my dad's) and will probably have this car for a good bit of time.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Well the decision is yours. As you know people put thousands of dollars in upgrades to compact cars. There are people with $10-20,000 or more in their Honda Civics. Cobalts have a pretty good following for a performance upgrades. In fact the Cobalt since its release has been dominate at drag strips nation wide from amatuar and pro-stock classes, to the Bonaville Salt Flats in Utah. The Guiness book of world records has the Cobalt shattering many previous Honda Civic records.

    You can buy engine parts through GM, which has a special engine/accessories catalog available where you can buy every engine part needed. The catalogue costs $20 or more from the parts department.
  • Thanks. =] I like my cobalt alot, especially for a first car so I probably will stick with for now. I'm going to get the book and see what available now. =]
  • 2awesome2awesome Posts: 1
    I just had my windows ( side and back) tinted and was very pleased with the outcome and appearance.
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