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I love/hate my Cobalt



  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    The majority of people who come to the forums come here for advise or to voice their displeasure of something or another. Looking at any auto forum will always have someone complaining of one thing or another, but it is nice when people have something nice to say. Most people don't have problems with their Cobalts. That city mileage is pretty impressive. If you haven't already done so try checking the mileage manually after filling up the tank and zeroing the odometer and tell us if it made a difference. The onboard display is pretty nice when its accurate, and I am sure they are pretty close overall.
  • justus3justus3 Posts: 21
    Oh poop on those who say a 2-door is for young people, lol. I'm 35 and just bought my 2-door LT two weeks ago. The color of mine is called sport red tintcoat which basically looks kinda dark red/burgundy and I am getting my windows tinted next weekend. I think window tint really accessorizes a vehicle, makes it look good. There is no law saying you have to be in a certain age bracket to drive something sporty and nice. And as much as I hate to say, I find it rather humorous to be driving something that attracts the attention of a younger crowd and when they pull up next to you they get one hell of a surprise, haha. Heck with it I say! Go for the coupe and enjoy!!!
  • hey thanks for replying to my post. im 23 yrs old, but, my uncle whom is 49 is going in tommorrow to sign papers for the cobalt lt thats yellow. he drove my car for a day and absolutely loved it. the tint is great for any car, especially if it is a red color. i had mine proffesionaly done and it really makes a difference. when i got to sit in my car, the car is actually cooler because their isnt so much sunlight coming in. in iowa we can have as dark as we want on the back 3 windows, so i did .02% visibility. makes it kinda harder driving at night but besides backing out of my driveway, im good to go! :) ive also filled the tank up 5 times and thats how i got that city number. im not sure, but i think since the car already had some miles on it, it must have gotten the bugs out or something. the most amazing thing about this car is the fact that when you want it to go, it goes! ive had a lot of vehicles pull up(mustangs, camaros, etc.) and when i put the pedal down, they definately pay attention! its an affordable car for all ages and when i went on a trip to minneapolis this weekend, i saw a cobalt coming up on my left. and if i were to guess how old he was i would say probably 56 yrs. old with a big ol'e smile on his face! thanks for your time reading this!
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    i am 52 years old and i am not going through a middle age faze. my cobalt has put the fun back in driving. i don't care if it's the fastest or the most luxurious. the reason i don't care is because thats not why i bought it. it looks slick and it's a blast to drive also not to be underestimated. it is not fast from the dig but from 35mph to 100mph it is as fast as i want and will go around a corner. and as for room there is plenty for me so thats enough.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Se, Pa.Posts: 372
    56 going on 18, had to take the plunge.

    Getting an 07 LT on Mon. Hope it doesn't fall apart.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Like anything else, it shouldn't unless you don't maintain it.
  • wr_guywr_guy Posts: 13
    I'm 47 and just bought one for my daughter. I love driving a small car again and while it is a little noisy, it handles and rides very smooth. The motor has some real power too.

    Best $11k I ever spent on a car.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Glad you like it. It should be a good dependable car for your daughter. Most four cylinder cars are noisy, but I think the Cobalt is one of the quieter ones especially with that the insulated steel body panels that they use.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Se, Pa.Posts: 372
    07 LT 1 W/Auto & cruise but it only has 50 miles soooooooo

    Bottom line is I've test drove 6 of them and waited until, hopefully, most of the bugs have been worked out.

    Mine is a later build, 7/07 so maybe from here on out things will be pretty good. Can only hope! ;)
  • I like it alot, some of the other Cobalt Message Boards don't have a soul who is over 25 yrs old. I'm 44. Plan to purchase a Cobalt next year. My wife isn't crazy about the idea, is loyal to her Hondas. But I want a small, affordable, American car and that's it. I'm from NJ - anybody else?
  • I bought my Cobult back in 2005 and I find my silver car losing the paint fading on both sides of my car with the trim. I can't believe what I am reading on here abnout my car the key sticking it has happened twice to me so far and now the fan isn't working for the air and heat when you turn it to the highest setting 4. And of course the paint fading. I am calling the dealer and taking it over next week. I hope the trim is under warranty as I still only have 25,000 miles on it. Any one else having this problem with there cobalt.
  • I bought my Cobalt back in 2005 and I find my silver car losing the paint fading on both sides of my car with the trim. I can't believe what I am reading on here abnout my car the key sticking it has happened twice to me so far and now the fan isn't working for the air and heat when you turn it to the highest setting 4. And of course the paint fading. I am calling the dealer and taking it over next week. I hope the trim is under warranty as I still only have 25,000 miles on it. Any one else having this problem with there cobalt.
  • times2times2 Posts: 45
    I bought my 2006 Cobalt LS (Sedan) last August. Between the end of the year rebates and my GM cashback, I got it for less than 10K. It's pretty basic with the only extra option being Cruise Control. It's a 5-speed, manual windows, locks, etc. I'm 42 - very happy with the car as a commuter car. I usually get around 34mph with it back and forth to work, and have no work done so far other than oil changes. I'm at 15,000 miles so far. I say, if you can get a good price, go for it.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Se, Pa.Posts: 372
    07 LT 1 sedan W/Auto & cruise.

    Only has 200 miles on it but am having a blast with it. Makes me feel 20 years younger, don't know if that's a good thing yet. Might not be if the cops watch me too close.

    One minor problem that I'm not going to worry about. The detent spring for the left side dash door, that hides the trunk release, fell out. Door still works OK so no biggie, probably will fix it myself when I feel like it.

    Otherwise, glad I bought it. Had put it off for year and maybe that's a good thing since the first year or 2 of a new car & more so with the economy class usually has several bugs.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    The 1986 Nova was actually a Toyota Corolla. I'm not surprised at the reliability there. I had an '87 Nova for 11 years!

    I hope you get to report back in a couple years to tell us how the Cobalt's been running for you! It's the longevitiy I'm mainly interested in reading about.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Se, Pa.Posts: 372
    From an old fart that drove pickups, vans and SUVs for years with the last being a 05 Pontiac Vibe, this car is a blast. It's nothing like my old camaro, chevelle and Nova from the 60s/early 70s but it's just plain fun to drive.

    Maybe my next car will be a convertable!
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    i think us old guys just haven't had any fun driving for a long time. my wife says i am having an affair with mine haha :shades:
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Se, Pa.Posts: 372
    LOL okko,

    My wife decided to try mine out for a few days. Right now it's parked in her stall. Hmmmmmmm should I be worried? Naw, Chevy makes em' every day.
  • ha ha, read and dream on. No one should be that loyal. These cars have problems which are well documented.
  • I'm really happy that you have had no problems with your '05 so far. I have to say when I bought mine I was really nervous because of all the problems people were having. So far I have had to replace the transistor pack and the blower moter (I just got it used about two weeks ago). Thankfully the dealership I bought it from took care of it (because of how soon I started having these problems) but it has no remaining warrenty on it (I bought it with 40k miles on it).

    Before I bought my Cobalt I had a '97 Ford Escort and while it wasn't the best car I had no major issues with it...dealing with an almost brand new car and having to replace things on it makes me really upset.

    While the Cobalt has some great features that my old car didn't have I find myself almost dreading to drive it because of all the safety problems people have had and the issues I have already had to deal with. Should I trade it in or should I give it some time?
  • This was my first new car pruchase and I had a couple requirements: It had to be inexpensive without looking like it, it had to be good on gas, and last but most important it had to be a GM. I bought one of the last 2007's in January. A Victory Red LS coupe. The only option was the auto tranny. After rebates, trade in, etc I got it for $10,300. I got $1,000 off because I was related to a former GM employee. My last car was a 2001 Chevy Cavalier Z24 which wasn't too reliable (rare for a Cavalier) but I decided to give Chevy another shot and so far so good. With a difference of 2hp and 3ft/lbs of tourque the car is just as quick as the Z24 although the handling is softer. I love the look of the coupe better than the sedan... the only thing I want to change is the wheels since the hubcaps look kinda dorky. The interior is alot better than the Cavalier although the door panels should be dual color like the dash. I love the DIC and auto headlights. The only thing that I miss from the Cavalier was the RDS and keyless entry (I have manual locks on the Cobalt). I don't miss power windows since the manual ones are more reliable. I would compare this car favorably against any other car in its class. In response to that comment about Consumer Reports saying this car is unreliable I will quote George Costanza (Seinfeld) "I am the consumer." If this car stays reliable I will be back in a Chevy showroom again.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Consumer Reports is not a legitimate source for auto information based on their surveys only given to subscribing members and other contraversal practices they have employed including last years child safety seat apology.
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    amen poncho!!
  • Really? I'm glad that I use my own judgement. I know some people to consider that publication as the Bible lol.
  • gerald41gerald41 Posts: 37
    Consumer Reports is a Joke. Even though I just bought an 08 LT-2 Cobalt loaded after my 06 Cobalt was totaled I still own a 94 Cavalier which I've owned since new. Consumer reports gave my car a terrible write up in it's day needless to say the Car is still running as a second car to my family with 165,000 miles on it and it still has many original parts in it. The car has been trouble free since new and has never left me stranded. So much for consumer reports,lol.

    As for my 08 Cobalt I love the car , better than my 06. Seems like the ride is better, I never liked the Michelins that came on my 06. The Hankooks on my 08 ride much better. I put a set of Goodyear Assurance tires on my 04 Impala and love them, probably would put them on my Cobalt when the time comes for new rubber.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Se, Pa.Posts: 372
    Well, I knew it would happen. I took her car one day to do some work in it at my buddies garage. When I got home my car was gone, with her in it!

    I was informed this weekend she was taking it every day.

    Can't really blame her, can I?
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    It's interesting that a car that gets a red dot with CR for reliability can be as little as having a bad history of power window or driver seat motors being defective, or subpar. It does not reflect on the cars ability to start every day and be virtually maintenance free nor accumulate longterm high mileage. Most consumers think that reliability is based on the car being able to get them to work or start every day.

    An Astro/Safari van not to long ago got a bad reliability rating based solely on a seatbelt buzzer being less than 1-second too short in going off. Other than that the van was rated very good.
  • dispencer2dispencer2 Posts: 299
    Rented a Cobalt for a week in Kauai in January and am sold on it. I never got less than 28 mpg and it had a comfortable ride. Has anybody done any long trips in it? I sold my 2006 Impala because the seats were uncomfortable and my back hurt after 6-8 hours in it on the road. I can drive my '03 Deville all day on a trip and actually walk upright when I finally get out. Not so the Impala. In any event despite CU the Cobalt seemed like it would be a good economy car that looked good. I had the silver LT coupe with the Alloy wheels and the neat white gauges. The only other thing I may order is the Pioneer stereo. Has anybody compared it to the regular stereo? I had the Bose on the Impala and it wasn't worth the extra money. The regular stereo was fine.
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    the pioneer is a good factory system. it has a sub and a couple more speakers. i also had a bose system in a gp. i like the monsoon in the wife's car best. i am just not much for after market systems for new cars. :shades:
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I have only driven Cobalts for short rides. The Cobalt seats before the car was released were designed by a world famous auto seat builder for comfort. I read an article on the seats alone that said they may be slightly on the firm side but that is because they will give less fatigue on long highway miles. So yes, from what I read and heard you should be able to drive this car cross country and be wel rested afterwards.

    Todays car stereo's are so good that I don't see a reason to swap radios. My last four vehicles had Alpine stereo's, but no more. The standard Delco may be just fine because Delco's have always been the best stock radio on the market.
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