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I love/hate my Cobalt



  • yooper53yooper53 Posts: 286
    I live in Michigan's upper peninsula, lots of snow. I use 4 snow tires on my fwd sedan. Never a problem. Try it. You won't regret it.
  • grosloup. Me too.

    Have a 2005 `Nox LT & looking to downsize after my WWII VFW dad no longer has any needs in this world.

    My expectations are a little further down the road...say about in 2012 with a Chevy Cruze LT...Ion/Cobalt's successor.

    O. K....returning to my traditional "lurker" status now. :)

  • Never noticed the temp. gauge. Do you have to turn it on? All I seem to have is a speedometer, huge worthless tach and tiny gas gauge. I have an 09 LT1
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I wouldn't go that far. GM has some excellent cars in every division to brag about.
  • tcaloftcalof Posts: 29
    You should read your manual regarding the information available from "INFO" on your steering wheel.
    Didn't your salesman go over all that on delivery of your car? He/she should have.
  • Thanks - I'm not far from the dealership so we didn't do a detailed briefing. I'll check the owner's manual. I didn't see a digital display so I thought I'd ask. I wonder who decided to put a huge worthless tachometer in the car in lieu of a visible temperature gauge. I can see no reason for a tachometer -nobody ever had one before "muscle cars" came out and I don't need one on a Cobalt.
  • By the way, I certainly agree with your comment about the tinny speakers. I have a friend with a Fusion and the standard stereo sounds like Constitution Hall. I'll probably replace these speakers eventually with something decent. If I had ordered the car I would have gotten the Pioneer system but with the "Employee" discount I found one on the lot that I could live with. Unfortunately it wasn't an LT2 .I'm not concerned with ABS. I had the system on a Malibu and the sensors cost quite a bit to replace . I lived with non-ABS brakes for 40 years. I have them on the Cadillac and that is my road car where they are more necessary.
  • tcaloftcalof Posts: 29
    Let me know with what you replace the "tin can" speakers with on your soon to be new Cobalt. I am also glad my '08 doesn't have ABS. I'm not a big fan of them on ice. My mother's Saturn Ion3 has them and on ice you can steer straight while braking, but you certainly can't stop. Also having driven for over 40 years without ABS I have never needed them and don't intend to get into a predicament where I would need them.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    If it didn't have a tach then people would be complaining about that. Magazine write-ups would have more negative comments.
  • Magazine writeups already are negative - especially CR that loves everything Japanese. I've had problems with every Toyota I had the stupidity to buy. My Camry Solara convertible rode like a truck and flexed all over the place. I sold it at 350 miles. Generally all the Toyotas I've ever driven except for the Avalon ride stiffly and the road and wind noise on the Avalon shouldn't be there on a $35,000 car. In any event, I'll trade this useless tach any day for a temperature and oil pressure gauge and ammeter. Wish they were options. They should put the tach in the obscure little place that the fuel gauge is. Fuel level is fairly important and to place it in a very small gauge is pretty poor planning.
  • The driver's seat belt goes through a plastic ring. There is a slot on the side of the ring and ofentimes the seat belt comes through the slot and snaps back into the back seat area - a long reach and uncomfortable for someone with arthritis in the shoulder.. Chevrolet should have put the slot on the top of the ring. I jammed a small piece of plastic in the slot and the seat belt stays in the ring.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    After almost five months and 6700 miles of ownership, I am TOTALLY satisfied with my Cobalt. It still amazes me that you get so much car for such a low sticker price.

    That car is all I hoped it would be and MORE. I figured it would get good gas mileage, but I didn't count on its having such great acceleration and good handling. I didn't know that I would be getting a car that is just as much fun to drive as it is "practical." It was just supposed to be a boring, but economical, means of transportation for my commute to work.

    Good job, Chevrolet! You "got it right" when you built the Cobalt.

  • I should have mentioned that I have the coupe. The sedan has a totally different seat belt assembly on the column between the doors. I rented an 09 LT1 sedan for 3 days in Philadelphia (drove to Harrisburg) and had no problem with the seat belt. Disappointing gas mileage on the road - around 32.. I get that in my Cadillac. No cruise which was annoying but it least had keyless entry and power windows and locks.. The Caliber I rented in Baltimore had neither and it was a pain to lock and unlock it. No power windows or mirrors either. No information system. Nothing at all except automatic and power steering. Rented it from Thrifty. The Cobalt came from Enterprise. They can't "guarantee" keyless entry, cruise, etc. unless you get a Malibu or larger. This didn't use to be the case. All rental cars seemed to be upgraded models. Ask for Cobalts.. They at least have the basics.
  • My 09 LT1 coupe makes a funny cracking noise from the right (passenger side) rear when going over a speed bump . It doesn't make the noise on a street dip at normal speeds.. I'll get the dealer to check it when I go in for an oil change. The car only has about 400 miles on it. The sedan I rented with 5500 miles on it didn't make this noise. Perhaps it needs to be broken in. It is not significant but shouldn't be there.
  • I have an 08 coupe and have absolutely no problems with the seatbelt staying in the ring. In fact I had a hard time getting it out the other day when I wanted to.
  • Perhaps I'm pulling it straight out instead of down. In any event I fixed the problem for me. You obviously don't need to for you.
  • i have read that the chip keys for the 06 and newer cobalt cost tons of money. on ebay the go for 8-12.00 plus shipping. well i found some for the 05 cobalt that fit the 06 cobalt and other Chevy models. i had them cut and they fit the ign. but failed the doors. after removing the door lock on the passenger side.(just in case i broke it) i discovered the key was a bit to long. i removed just a bit on the end and it fit good and now works the doors trunk and ign.

    now before you say these keys will not make the car start i trick the car by placing 1 chip key under the ign switch. and before i get tons of replay saying where do i live so i can steal your car i cut off the key and left the chip. besides it doesn't take a key to steal a car tow truck can get them all day long.

    so if you don't want to pay a ton for a programed key you may try this and save a ton of money. i did this to a pt cruiser and it worked for years. i sold the car and the new owner loves it. you can get the 05 keys at a good locksmith. he will tell you it won't work just tell him you want it for the doors in case you lock your keys in the car and have him try it in the doors first. if it fails have him remove a bit from the end and try it again. good luck on saving tons of key making money.

    my cars get 28-35 mpg and i love it. runs great drives great i couldn't wait to sell the pt cruise. low mpg 19 but love the cobalt. bp.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Se, Pa.Posts: 372
    Just picked up an 09 LT2 for a song to go along with my 07 LT1.

    Not much to add other than my 07 with 34K miles has been a real trooper.
  • Cobalt is cited as a car that nearly half of the respondents say they won't buy again. I can't figure out what is so bad about the car. CR was talking about the sedan, not the coupe. I prefer the big doors on the coupe and the styling. That's why I bought one. The sedan feels cramped but really there isn't much difference -it is mostly psychological because of the smaller doors. I've rented sedans and they were perfectly fine. I don't know what CR readers expect. The car gets good mileage, has a great engine for a 4 with very good pickup and passing power, and costs little to maintain as compared to a Japanese car. The old Cavalier was OK too.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Who are these people responding to CR? I know they are paid subscribers but what are their demographics, why are they responding or not responding?

    I don't care for CR ratings what so ever.
  • I get the car questionnaire every year. It is pages long and covers not only cars but appliances as well and usually other things. I would assume that many people toss it out -I've done so a few times but I would also assume that people who have a serious gripe would definately fill it out thus skewing the results. There is no car that does everything for everybody. I guess the closest would be a new Malibu. People who buy Cobalts do so mainly because it is a fairly cheap NEW car, well equipped as compared to a base line competitor, especially a Japanese car, has decent pickup and gets decent gas mileage. It can be maintained cheaply as compared to a Toyota, Honda, etc. and if you need warranty repairs in the middle of nowhere you can usually find a Chevy dealer within 100 miles. Good luck with a Toyota. My guess -since I have never seen a demographic report on subscribers -age, income, employment, education etc. (one obviously exists) - is that readers are consumer oriented and price and reliability -for a car for example - means more than features, styling, or performance/handling although the road tests spend a lot of time on a track steering around cones. The readers are also green and environmentally conscious and I'd consider the magazine liberal. CR expends lots of space on health and finance issues and always has a strong opinion one way or the other. You don't get unbiased information from CR. Road tests from CR, Motor Trend or anyplace else are meaningless until YOU drive the car, I had a $31,000 new 06 Solara convertible for 300 miles until I could find some idiot to buy it. I had to order it and couldn't find one to drive before I did so. I did drive a coupe which was totally different as I found out when the convertible arrived. The convertible rode stiffly, shook all over the place, and was just flat uncomfortable. My old 01 Malibu rode like a Cadillac compared to it. CR loved it because it was a Toyota. CR is interesting to read and provides good information on many items -paint, wax, tires, etc. but not on cars.
  • I am new to the forum, and first want to thank all the contributors for their posts. It has helped me already to answer a few questions as I await delivery of my 2009 1LT Automatic with the MyLink package. It was ordered and delivered sooner than my bank account was ready for payment, so I must wait for a few days.

    I had my choice of a Cobalt, Focus or Elantra. My brother-in-law owns a Ford dealership in Colorado, and could have gotten a Focus through him at a good price. We own a Sonata, and like it a great deal, and seriously considered the Elantra. But I chose the Cobalt after spending 10 days and 2000 miles in a rental in North Carolina and Tennessee this summer. As well, I wanted to support my local economy here in Missouri (although I love my brother-in-law) and ordered it through a Chevy dealership owned by a former student of mine.

    It isn't fancy, or fast (except the SS coupe) but it seems to be solid, comfortable and reliable. The price is reasonable and the warranty and options are very good.
    The MyLink package adds most of the 2LT options at a lower price; radio upgrade with USB port, Bluetooth capability, 12 months OnStar with Directions and Connections, 12 months XM radio, 16" Machine Face Aluminum wheels and touring tires, ABS, Traction Control, Cruise Control, Leather Wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, all for $995 MSRP additional.

    I am anxiously awaiting the purchase of my Cobalt. Looks like the middle of the month is an early Christmas present for me!
  • Well I do feel sorry for anyone that has bought one of these cars. They are not safe and getting reid of one is not so easy. I own a 2007 and its well let say its a pc. I do have a attonery and he is pushing a law suit and I do hope to win. I have heard it all from the dealership from bad sensor to well we dont hear anythig. I can turn my car off and the gauges still jump up and down. my cd player pushes the cd in and out and its freakes me out. the gauges sensor are always going off and they blink alot. i would like to tell anyone that if they are thinking about buying one of these cars to rethink again. i did somthing that i think everyone who been screwed by the dealships will find amusing. I printed 8x10 lemons of the internet and i pasted them all over my car front to back and put a big sign that i bout this car a hertiage and if you want to know my experince call me lol. if you guys have any ???? you can email me at I would love to chat. :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    thats to bad i got a 06 and it is the best car i have ever owned. it has 30,000 miles on it and has operated flawlessly. the dealership that i use has serviced and done a number of modifications for me. i am more than pleased with my cobalt. what model did you purchase? i have heard of some problems with the ignition switches and battery cables that might cause some problems. have you had the car evalueated by anyone else? :confuse:
  • steve333steve333 Posts: 201
    The only problem I have with mine is the front end and steering. Nothing unsafe, but the car doesn't ride smoothly at all and handles poor around turns.
  • Not knowing what year and model you have, the reports on the XFE models have been that they do ride harsh and tend to slip in turns, due to the tires used to boost MPG.
  • steve333steve333 Posts: 201
    I have an '06 LT Sedan with brand new Michelins.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    What pressure are you running in your tires? These symptoms could be simply due to overinflation. Not saying they are, just that they COULD be.

  • :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: Well I was explaining on the last post my expernice has been really bad. I would let anyone know that if they are buying a colbart they are buying a calvier. We all know that Chev has to out out one crapy are well I guess it was the cobalt. I started having trouble with my car they day I pulled it off lot. A sensor for the airbag went out and it been out twice the dealership tell me that I have unpluged it twice but if that was the case and it was unpluged then why was it replaced. I also have a knocking in my frontend that never been fixed and they claim they cant find it. my car been in the shop thirteen times and I now have a attonery. I am suing them under the va lemon law ast and I hope to win. I have been told everything from the dealership that my car just has not broke it self in to we cant fix what we cant find. I also get really bad fuel milages.
    I guess i can best end this by saying I and everyone else has been screwd they sold us a pc of ****.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Luckily your situation seems to secluded.
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