Chevrolet Cobalt: Problems & Solutions

Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
edited March 2014 in Chevrolet
This is the place to report your Cobalt's problems and share any possible solutions.


  • gsemikegsemike Member Posts: 2,194
    Poncho and Superfatman, known problems are still problems. GM messed up the air conditioning, the shift solenoid and probably the headlights. Just because a problem in known, doensn't mean it's OK. This isn't the 70s where they get three years to work out the bugs.

    I've had my Nissan for 3 years and 34,000 miles and have never taken it back to the dealer for any dumb problems like this.
  • poncho167poncho167 Member Posts: 1,178
    But where does Nissan rank as far as defects per vehicle? It is one of the worst ones for defects per vehicle, warranty claims.

    As with most first year cars (look at Honda Civic forum) there are problems that need to be resolved. The issues with the Cobalt are first year problems.
  • gsemikegsemike Member Posts: 2,194
    FIRST YEAR PROBLEMS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE!!!!!!!! GM has you so used to this BS that you think it's completely normal. It's not and at the prices of even the cheapest cars today, we deserve better than a "few kinks to work out".

    You can deride Nissan all you want, but my Altima is an early 2003 model (2nd year) and I haven't had to deal with any dumb stuff like the air conditioning leaking all over the interior, the car going haywire because I spilled coffee in the cupholder or the headlights acting like a fishbowl.

    It's that mentality of "we'll put out a new model, claim that it's world class but we really will take three years to get it right" that has GM losing a billion dollar every quarter.

    Ifr you dropped 15 grand for a first year car, you'd be OK with that? Why do you aim so low? This isn't the 70s anymore.
  • mopowahmopowah Member Posts: 68
    It's not just a GM thing. It's pretty much been proven that most first year models of any brand can have teething problems. Just because you personally didn't have problems with your Nissan doesn't mean that Nissan was perfect in it's Altima launch. A sampling of 1 is not statistically significant.
  • gsemikegsemike Member Posts: 2,194
    It's pretty much been proven that most first year models of any brand can have teething problems.

    By most, you mean GM. In the year 2006 we should all expect better.
  • poncho167poncho167 Member Posts: 1,178
    Sorry you prefer foreign cars, I don't. It is not so hard to understand that problems do commonly occur for newly released cars, and this is the norm in the auto industry, it has always been that way. I never said it was acceptable and have said that in this forum before if you would read back a month or two.

    It is good that you haven't had problems with your Nissan but that is not the norm according to JD Powers and others which put Nissan toward the bottom. I only buy American cars and they all have been reliable. So you and I must be the lucky ones.
  • adammadamm Member Posts: 2
    As far as I'm concerned the cobalt has been nothing but trouble. I bought my 2006 october 2005. It was fine till it hit 2,100 miles then the trouble started. First the key would stick and wouldn't come out of the ignition. The dealer changed the ingnition saying this was a common problem with the car, Ok. Then it started stalling. Another trip to the dealer, This time it was some ignition coil.Ok I figured it has some bugs, I'll live through the few trips to the dealer. Next My drivers seat began to losen up another trip to the dealer, They said it was never tightened correctly. Then while driving in the rain the wipers stopped. Another trip to the dealer, this time tey said there was a short in the wiper switch. Now I notice the tail light on the drivers side fills with water ad=fter a car wash or heavy rain. I find this un acceptable for a new car. Has anyone else experienced this with there cars or did I just get stuck with a lemon. :mad:
  • wallstfunwallstfun Member Posts: 12
    I have had good luck with my cobalt but just recently had to have both the ignition and a shift selenoid replaced for the key not coming out of the ignition. It seems to be fine now, with no other problems after 8 months of ownership.
  • mweltonmwelton Member Posts: 1
    I bought my 05 cobalt in november 05. My wipers also quit working in the rain and they said the bolt was stripped. My button for the sunroof keeps falling out and my little door for my trunk release broke. Something is wrong with my brakes already. The thing I am most concerned about is when I got my first oil change, they found about 50 big metal shavings in it. I am still waiting for the gm represenative to contact me and do something about this. I just wonder if when trying to replace the cavalier a rush job was done in production to hit the due date for sales.
  • gsemikegsemike Member Posts: 2,194
    "I just wonder if when trying to replace the cavalier a rush job was done in production to hit the due date for sales."

    It actually seemed like this car had a long development cycle. I'd swear that we were hearing about it and how they were doing it right this time for at least a couple of years before it came out.
  • adammadamm Member Posts: 2
    I have to say it's not just a Cobalt problem , it's a GM issue. When I was waiting to have my wipers fixed on my Cobalt ( shorted switch) I heard many in the waiting room complaining about constant problems. To give an example a person with a 2004 impala had a folder an inch thick with paperwork from repairs. 32,000 miles and it already had a leaking intake manifold, warped rotors, 3 yes 3 steering joints replaced. Windshield leaks and fogging headlamps and that's just what I remember. I can't believe that a company can let junk like this happen. For the person with the shaving in the oil, another customer there had a camshaft changed because it was defective, 11,000 on a 05 malibu. He said the car started running rough and when the dealer chaecked it out they said 2 lobes were round and the valve wasn't opening. Unreal.
  • ambullambull Member Posts: 255
    I was thinking about getting a Cobalt for the reasons mentioned above - torque and low price, but you people are starting to scare me. These little problems are annoying, but bit metal shavings in the engine is frightening.
    For the people with the sticking ingition, if you're out and about and can't get the key out, what do you do, drive home immediately, or leave the car with the key stuck in it and hope somebody steals it? :P
  • wallstfunwallstfun Member Posts: 12
    Let me first say There are 2 cobalts in my family and in general have been great cars. My first issue was the key being stuck in the ignition. I have never owned a new car without a few glitches needing attention. I had a 83 olds that needed a transmission at 4,000 miles, so I always expect something. I would still highly reccomend the Cobalt. For the money they cost it's a super car. The ignition is an ongoing problem according to my dealer. He kidded around saying we'll wind up changing them all in time.
    Yes I left the key in the ignition for the day, I just through a towel over the colum till the next morning. I just want to add that I'm not crazy about the oil canister compared to the old style filter. It's messier to change and there seems to be oil left in the bottom that I feel as the car gets older will collect sludge. That's really my only beef so far.
  • poncho167poncho167 Member Posts: 1,178
    I hear you. People have to remember that most posters come here to vent their frustration, not to give praise. Problems can be found on every forum-Toyota, Honda, etc. If there was a common problem with a particular model, GM would be the first to announce a recall, unlike the hard time Toyota has given their customers with the engine sludge and other problems. It took them a couple of years, and many law suits, to finally admit there was a sludge problem, and they extended the engine warranty on effected models.
  • ambullambull Member Posts: 255
    "If there was a common problem with a particular model, GM would be the first to announce a recall..."
    I don't think I agree with that statement considering there are so many problems with the key sticking in the ignition, but they have not issued a recall. I guess that is because it is not considered a dangerous situation because it only happens when the car is stopped and the engine turned off, so they can get away without a recall.
  • m1miatam1miata Member Posts: 4,551
    Wow! Are you saying that GM will recall all the cars with engine problems. First I ever heard of that one. You live in a fantasy world. Best do a little research on class action suits regarding their engines, before worrying about Toyota sludge problems. When engines and trannys fail on GM cars, you honestly think there is a recall? Perhaps a silent recall, or a TSB is issued.
  • poncho167poncho167 Member Posts: 1,178
    I stand by what I said. What GM engine problems of significance? The quad 4 had known intake manifold problems on some cars, but that was resolved. They are known for the longest lasting engines, at least here in the Midwest. If they continually had problems with a particular engine it would either be recalled or replaced. GM stands by their customers unlike some of the Japanese manufactures-Toyota, Mitsubishi..
  • poncho167poncho167 Member Posts: 1,178
    I really don't know how widespread the ignition thing is even though we have seen it a couple/few times here on the forum. You are probably right about it not being a safety issue which companies are more aggresively fixing to keep Ralph Nadar from breathing down their throats.
  • gvsunursegvsunurse Member Posts: 28
    Jee, my switch is about to fall out again too...haven't checked the board in quite awhile, but sounds like I'm not the only one with issues either...all I have to say is CALL GM - DON'T TELL THEM THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO CONTACT A LAWYER, HOWEVER - THEY WON'T TALK TO YOU - BUT DEMAND SOMETHING! I got free oil changes/tire rotation for a year.
  • gvsunursegvsunurse Member Posts: 28
    If you have issues in the future, the real problem is a sensor in the shifter - contact Annie Rae Chevrolet in DeWitt, MI - they figured it out. The solenoid replacement only took care of it for me a for a few days.
  • wallstfunwallstfun Member Posts: 12
    Let me say it not all the model of car it's also just getting a lemon. The other cobalt in my family has 16,000 miles on it and never exeprienced any problems at all. I had this with 2 Cavaliers I bought new a year apart, a 91 and a 92. The 92 never had any problems other than routine maintance while the 91 went throught 3 head gaskets, window motors, power steering pump etc etc. While the 92 had much more milage on it. I sold the 92 with 163,000 miles on it, running fine. The 91 was donated with a blown head gasket again at 120,000. Both had 2.2 engines.

    In my cobalt they changed the ignition and the selenoid and it fixed the problem. Other than that the car has been great, I love it. :)
  • poncho167poncho167 Member Posts: 1,178
    It is hard to say what the deal is with the solenoid and how wide spread it is. Was it an early production problem or is the supplier sending out defective parts?

    Your old 2.2 L engine wasn't a bad engine, but it is not the same engine as the 2.2 L Echotech which is one of the best ones out there.

    I know someone that has had four Cavaliers and he liked them all. He recently traded his 2003 Cav for a Saturn Ion that looks real sharp in red.
  • jduikerjduiker Member Posts: 1
    you said: Then it started stalling. Another trip to the dealer, This time it was some ignition coil.

    did this fix the stalling? is it somehow connected to the key sticking in the ignition? mine is at the dealer now and they dont know what to do.
  • poncho167poncho167 Member Posts: 1,178
    The ignition solenoid problem from what I have read on a couple of forums, and a couple of different manufactures cars, is related to the key problem.
  • bellabalt311bellabalt311 Member Posts: 5
    I own a 2005 Cobalt LS Coupe, it currently has 8,000 miles on it. I've been reading through EVERYONES comments... Lets see, The things I've already taken it back for...2 weeks after I bought the car I noticed the instrument panel (for the windows and door locks) on the doors were separating from the actual door. It took them 7 months to figure out how to fix that. I really don't know anyone who's had that problem but the dealer said it was common. My passenger side speaker stopped working, so I took it to the dealer, and they said the wiring was bad so they replaced that as well.
    Also a couple of things I have been seeing, but didn't think it was a big deal... might change my mind now that I know more people have the problem! I noticed theres problems with my CD player... mine just recently started saying crazy things like "No Disc" "Check Disc" "Error" when I was just LISTENING to a cd??? My e-brake light and my headlights (at night at that) like to randomly come on... and blind people. I'm sure people think i'm a major [non-permissible content removed], but It's not ME! I brushed that off like nothing, and maybe that's not such a good idea. I also have an appointment to take it to my dealer this Friday to get the brakes, rotors and all that checked. My father seems to think my rotors are warped.... Really! At 8,000 MILES!? When i'm traveling... which I do often, if I'm going downhill my steering wheel and whole car in general vibrate so bad that it scares me!! Yeah, it's that bad... The dealer said "a little" vibration is okay... but this isn't LITTLE so I want them to check it out! One of my friends who has an 06' LS told me tonight theres also something majorly wrong with the engines too, I haven't heard that... but he said he heard it somewhere they're recalling the WHOLE engine?... This is just wonderful!!! I love my car a lot... but i'm SERIOUSLY getting tired of running back and forth to the dealer...b/c it's in a different state 60 miles away from where I live/go to college.... so it's not like it's FUN! Not to mention the fact that GM is SUPPOSED to honor ALL cars at ALL dealers, psht, right... one dealer told me "I need to go back where I bought it"... Talk about asses! I'm still debating calling GM about that??

    Sorry about the book... :confuse:
  • joeweejoewee Member Posts: 3
    My dealer is worthless (West Herr) all they are is GM stool pigeons for GM mistakes. They have an excuse for everything. I have owned 12(now) GM cars and this is the last GM product I will buy. I have 8700 miles on the car (bought it new 05). I have had that CD player problem randomly, the brakes are pretty crappy, I have had replace the stock tires Conties suck, had two alignments (have never hit anything), the from fenders where they are joined to the inner fender wall are about 2mm out of spec (5.5mm) the front bumper cover never matched the rest of the car after complain to the point of a coronary they painted it, still doesn’t match must be the material they are made of. Now since i got the car back the top end of the engine clatters for about 5-10min on cold start (crappy oil pump) it takes forever to prime. What’s with that crappy little door where the truck pop is I am amazed that I haven’t completely broke it. I have to say I am pretty disappointed. I doubt it will last any kind of normal duration with out problems. Everyone should do themselves a favor and avoid GM unless you want a SUV or Truck. I really don’t know what to do with it except wait for it to break. GM really needs to be kicked in the groin, well Toyota is taking care of that not that I would ever own one of them either…
  • bellabalt311bellabalt311 Member Posts: 5
    My dealer hasn't been bad with the repairs but sometimes they do treat me like I'm crazy. Especially with the e-brake lights and high-beams coming on without me turning them on...I don't think they believe me, but one of my friends saw it!!

    So, yeah I too also had an alignment...about a MONTH after I bought the car?? It liked to swerve to the left a lot? I thought that was odd. I forgot all about that until you mentioned it! I've also been hit head on, but not major(during winter at my works parking lot apparently they slid into my car...and DIDNT TELL ME)...and my front bumper is also shifted, barely noticable but I see it! I'm also hearing a weird ticking sound I've never heard from my engine....although all these things I've just put off. So, I don't know...I'm seriously thinking of trading my car in for a Honda Civic SI...I really cannot take this. I'm not a patient person...and I really cannot sit and "wait" until my car is finally my warranty sucks...sorta, and my dealership is 1hr+ away...

    :cry: geez!!!
  • leannemarieleannemarie Member Posts: 9
    sorry to hear it seems you got all the quirks in one shot ~ however, I'm very interested in your problem with the Ebrake/High beams coming on, as well as the CD issue. I am having the same problems, however I did not think the lights or brakes were actually coming on, otherwise the dealership would have taken my car in already. Let me know if you just think they're coming on, or you can actually see them.
    ~I'm only finding a small amount of ppl with these issues and my dealership (Blake Chevy in N. Hampton, NH - an otherwise GREAT dealership) won't recognize it as an actual issue since i'm apparently the only one who's complained (and i'm a young woman, so i'm sure they view it as a 'user problem'. :mad: keep me posted on how your dealership handles this ~ if I can provide proof that i'm not the only one with this issue, *maybe* I can get them to take me seriously ~ which in turn will help all of you with similar issues by getting GM to recognize this as an issue and come up with a solution~ thanks (*I, too, apologize for the lenghty post*)
  • joeweejoewee Member Posts: 3
    When i first bought my car the break light kept comming on and it wasnt the switch under the pedal it was, per the dealer(GM known problem) was a computer software update that monitors brake line presure, not sure if this is the same as your problem. I hate to say it again but the CD play is just a piece of crap. Mine takes up to a two minutes to figure out where it left off before the car was shut off. I have also gotten security lock out mode where it wont do anything, supposed to prevent theft like anyone would steal a stock radio but ya never know. The security lock out is suppose to come up when the radios power has been disconnected even if you replace the cars battery. The dealer has to link up the the cars computer and input a code to unlock.
  • douglas8douglas8 Member Posts: 2
    There is no Engine Recall. That's just silly, you're friend probably over revved his engine and now he's trying to act like it's on all cars. this is NOT the case. the Ecotech series of engines are some of the best 4 cylinder engines around.

    If you're going down a hill and don't have your brakes on and the car is vibrating, then you're car is probably out of alignment. If it only happens when you use the brakes, it's probably the rotors. (they are cheap)

    A little vibration is never ok. It is always indicative of a problem.

    Do you have your headlights set to AUTO or MANUAL? if they're on MANUAL and they are coming on, then take it in, I believe there is a TSB about this.

    visit All Data and buy the TSB report for your year of car. IT sounds like you need it. Knowledge is power.

    Yes, call GM Cust. Service about the dealer that told you to take it back where you bought it, that is total B.S.
  • douglas8douglas8 Member Posts: 2
    I have a list of about 6-7 things I'm taking my 2006 LS back for probably in august when I get my oil changed.

    Any of you have these problems? Some of them are more common than others it seems but I know at least 1 other person has had each of these problems. :(

    #1: Bumper is out of alignment (does not line up under passenger side headlight)
    #2: (Shhh Shhh Shhh sound coming from CV Axles, Axles not properly lubed or CV joint going bad?)
    #3: Passenger side fabric coming loose from the door-rest cup. (There is a TSB on this, The proper plastic rings set need to be ordered and installed to stop this from happening.
    #4: The Lip around the A/C fan speed knob has had it's black plastif rub off and is showing grey plastic. This is abnormal wear and needs to be replaced.
    #5: Antenna needs to be secured (it comes loose and rattles, needs locktight or something.)
    #6: Door hinges are rusting and need to be lubed. (shouldn't they have been lubed at the factory?)
    #7: Glove compartment rattles going over bumps. Needs to be secured properly. (Stuffing a rag in between the glove box and the dashboard makes the rattle stop.)
  • gerald41gerald41 Member Posts: 37
    I have 6,000 miles on my cobalt LT. I agree with a few of these issues. As for the front bumper look at any cobalt none of them are even, There's always a bigger gap under one of the headlamps. The antenna is loose but then when I go to car wash they just twist it on hand tight. Glove box does rattle over hard bumps, there is no fix for it I was told. I also have asked the dealer about my rear spoiler holding water. For days after a car wash or rain the spoiler leaks water when the trunk is opened. I was told they all do that nothing to worry about. Other than those I don't have any of the other problems you have mentioned.
  • joeweejoewee Member Posts: 3
    Just one note on that over reving. Per GM and any service department. You can not over rev these cars unless you have rechipped the ignition. The rev limiter will not allow it. I can go to mine right now in drive or sitting still and put the pedal to the floor and it will not over rev. If you dont believe me ask your service department or email GM they will tell you the same. They say drive it as you will you wont hurt it!! ;)
  • bellabalt311bellabalt311 Member Posts: 5
    Yes, I did.... enough to last a lifetime if you ask me! The brake is not actually in place, as I would have to pull it for it to do that... so, the e-brake INDICATOR light is only coming on. On the other hand, I have actually BEEN driving at night by myself (thank god no one was coming THIS time) and saw the high beams coming on by themselves and go right back off, then one time I was with a friend driving her home and she goes "Why did you just high beam them... was there a deer"... and I go "I didn't, but you saw that right??" She goes..."Of course I did" and I go "Look at my hands!" She saw that I was NOWHERE near the column to do that!! Therefore I wasn't crazy, but thats the only time it's happened, other than that the lights just randomly come on.
    I have been looking around, I didn't think they were significant problems until I saw other people (on here and on myspace forums) that had the same problems with the lights and the CD player not working, then I took it in. My dealership ALSO told me they hadn't heard anyone else have any problems like the ones I'm describing. How come they have to be known problems before they fix them??? And once more, if they don't acknowledge OUR problems how are they supposed to MAKE them known!??!??! I am also a young woman, and I face problems every time I go, they don't think I know what i'm talking about (Like, yesterday they made a "joke" that they were trying to see my high beams come on...psht..that made me angry) I also called them and they said they wasn't going to fix my CD player because they couldn't see the problem, well that's not the problem... the problem is it's doing it RANDOMLY! and Of course it wouldn't do it when it needed to be fixed!! I know this is going to be a massive post... but i'm thinking all of this information may help you some if not a lot. I'm also taking your post and showing my dealership so they know that it isn't a known GM problem because the dealerships will not ACKNOWLEDGE us for the SAME reason!!! So, that's about all I got, I hope this is proof enough for you that your not the only one.. and I hope that your post is proof enough for me too!!! Good luck on that and keep me posted and I'll keep you posted on my car!!
  • gvsunursegvsunurse Member Posts: 28
    As for your break light, there is a bulletin or whatever they call it out for that. I would suggest going to a different dealership. I drive an hour to get to mine and it is well worth it - they do whatever I ask of them including giving me loaners so I can get back to work or class an hour away. You should NOT have to go to the same dealership you bought the vehicle from. I too am a college age female and while I have had bad experiences with some dealerships, there are good ones out there. I would suggest calling GM customer service and starting a file with them - that is the only way they will ever do anything for you and complain about the dealership as one will do anything for you unless you demand it and stay on them about it...good luck.
  • bellabalt311bellabalt311 Member Posts: 5
    Yeah they found the bulletin for that. So, they upgraded that. The CD Player they apparently re-programmed per GM still isn't working. I'm taking it back AGAIN and having MY dealership look at it. Ugh!!!

    I also called GM yesterday and spoke to a CSR about everything, It was frustrating b/c all he could do was say sorry and give me a file number. I asked him when "enough is enough for them" I've been having the worst 10 months of my life with this car!!! He didn't know what to Oh, well I guess this is all I can do at this point...with the... :lemon:
  • ivaraiivarai Member Posts: 2
    Okay so tonight I was driving with my brights on and I turned my turn signal on to turn right and my headlights went out? I drive an 05 cobalt. Any ideas?
  • grosloupgrosloup Member Posts: 239
    My niece bought a 2003 cavalier sedan. She gave me a ride yesterday because I told her I might buy a 2006 cobalt coupe. She says it rides as nice as the Cobalt. The road was a little bumpy (city) and I was sitting on the back seat. Now I know what a popcorn feels like when it's being tossed around in a popcorn machine. It seemed like we were rolling on rocks not tires. Now I don't know what to do. I though the ride was pretty rough. Is the suspension on the Cobalts the same as Cavaliers? Tire pressure were at their normal psi.
    I hope the Cobalt has a smoother ride.
    Any comments?
  • ivaraiivarai Member Posts: 2
    I have an 05 cobalt and to me it rides nicely. :)
  • grosloupgrosloup Member Posts: 239
    And how about winter driving? Do you have snow in your part of the country? If you do, did it handled well?
  • vanacevanace Member Posts: 8
    I would not buy a cobalt if you want decent ride. If reading these forums isn't enough I don't know how to talk you out of this 1970's technoligy car. Do yourself a big favor and drive a focus. Even being a 6 going on 7 year old design, it is worlds better in quality and modern technology in cars. Think of why the cobalt has a solid rear axle. It is because it is cheaper to make. Not because it is a better set up. Anyone should be very insulted with this. It is no wonder gm lost 10.5 billion last year. They can't make a decent car that compeats in quality.
  • rudyrustyrudyrusty Member Posts: 1
    On June, 19 we leased a 2006 Cobalt for our 16 year old daughter because we figured she would be safer and have less problems with a new car.She called from work 3 nights ago and said car wouldnt start and she couldnt get the key husband went and tried to start it and there was NOTHING.he eventually got the key out.had the car towed at midnight to dealer and was told next day the computer says low voltage but since they dont know whats causing the problem they cant fix it.said this was the 5th cobalt returned to them in 3 weeks.we refused to take the car and took a loaner which of course was another cobalt.they said 1 car returned pulled out at a sheetz and stalled in traffic.another at a redlight.we will not put our daughter in this compromising position.called GM rep said get a second opinon???this is biggest chevy dealer in southwestern PA??where does she want me to go? she said there is nothing they can do.there is obviously problem that gm refuses to recognize because ive seen similiar postings all over the internet.what a shame because we are chevy people and want to support the american workers.what a nice way to repay loyal customers.she said she would contact dealer and find out what they were doing to correct problem but wow,big surprise,she never called me back so i will be calling everyday and my husband will go to the dealer everyday until we can get some resolution.
  • viper12236viper12236 Member Posts: 1
    I have had my cobalt since it was brand new it only had four miles on it and in turns it clunks sometime usually when i hit a driveway with a little bit of a lip on it. My blower motor control switches position number three does not work. The paint on my interior trim rubs off easy and the black on the buttons of my radio is starting to rub off so that at night you can see the light shine trough the bottons.And last thing is on my dash the break light does flash on and off and sometimes a light will flash so quick i dont know if its just the break light or something else oh and I broke the seat fold down lever in the trunk i hate where it is not only is the trunk opening to small but they make it worse by putting the levers in your way. but over all it has a lot of neat things about it and looks good so i still like it.
  • nortsr1nortsr1 Member Posts: 1,060
    You might "still" like it...but....why in the world don't you take it back and get it "FIXED" under your 3 year 36,000 mile warranty???????
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Member Posts: 1,134
    "You can deride Nissan all you want, but my Altima is an early 2003 model (2nd year) and I haven't had to deal with any dumb stuff like the air conditioning leaking all over the interior, the car going haywire because I spilled coffee in the cupholder or the headlights acting like a fishbowl."

    That's super, gsemike, really. Apparently, though, you're blissfully unaware of Nissan's current headaches with the 2.5L I4 Engines in the Altima and Sentra? Nothing serious, mind you, just a little matter of sucking oil to the tune of a quart every 700 miles or less, an occasional fire, and sudden engine seize-ups. Nissan's replacing these engines as fast as they can make them under a recall campaign. But, what the heck - at least the affected cars' A/C systems, cupholders, and headlights work fine, huh? ;)

    (Like cousins who marry, it's never a good thing when a once proud Japanese automaker gets scarfed up by a French automaker, itself, partially owned by the French government...)
  • mtnbikerjimmtnbikerjim Member Posts: 2
    I have had minor issues with my Cobalt but overall pleased. Regarding the key not coming out of the ignition. I have had my 05 Cobalt for a year now and I am starting to have the same problem. I do get the key out with working at it but it is starting to annoy me. If I have the part replaced like you did with no fixes or recalls, what makes the problem go away it might start up again maybe not 8 months down the road but it could start anytime.

    I hope it works out for you I will consult with my dealer and see what they say.
  • mtnbikerjimmtnbikerjim Member Posts: 2
    I have had the same issues with the ebrake coming out it would pop on one or twice a month then maybe 3 months at time it hasn't come on in a while same with the high beam blue light coming on but never saw the high beams go on when that light went on. annoying electrical stuff but my dealer wont doing anything or track unless it does it all the time. Your not the lone ranger annoying stuff but come on GM get it right or I will buy a Camry.
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Member Posts: 1,134
    "...but come on GM get it right or I will buy a Camry."

    Might wanna check out the Camry discussions regarding the new V6 6-sp automatic transmission problems and engine hesitation with the 4-cyl engines in the 2007 models... Not quite ready for prime time according to disgruntled Camry owners.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    As we move towards more specific discussions, this generic topic will be closed. If you have a specific issue and there is not a discussion for it at the top group level, please create a new discussion.

    My apologies for any confusion or frustration.
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