Chevrolet Cobalt: Tell Chevrolet What You Want!
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1) Make the supercharged engine available on the 4 door SS. Why does GM not "get" that hot 4 door Q cars are a good idea.
2) Introduce a "spoiler delete" option on the SS sedan. The idea of a spoiler on a 4 door sedan is absurd -- it looks ridiculous and is a deal breaker for me.
What really amuses me is when you see one on an otherwise non-sporty car. Picture a maroon Toyota Camry, plastic wheel covers on 15-inch wheels and that rear wing spoiler tacked onto the back. Even worse, something like a Kia Rio or Hyundai Accent econobox with one.
I also agree on the supercharged 4-door option. Great idea, hopefully they'll offer it. I think the SS 4-door is a sharp car, although I look forward to a mild refresh front and rear on the Cobalt line. They're just too plain at both ends, though the side view is quite nice.
We all know for a fact that there's simply no way that any of these mid-sized, FWD sedan drivers will ever gain any sort of aerodynamic advantage by having a rear spoiler attached to their cars. Nor will they ever find themselves in a driving situation where it could possibly be a factor.
This is by no means just a Chevrolet phenomenon. When I went to a Honda dealer to test drive a Civic, a bunch of the Civic Sedans (basic DX and LX models, again with plastic wheel covers) had big rear wing spoilers and they had the audacity to charge $599 for them!!! WTF?
I can't blame the dealers or manufacturers for this, though. Obviously if they can make money off of it, it only makes sense for them to do it even if it is gaudy looking. It's the 00's version of vinyl roofs and wire wheel covers.
A lot of people are convinced that spoilers are important on a car to make it sporty, for what ever reason that's needed. If I ever got a vehicle with the name sport, off- road, or maybe even 4X4 on the side, I probably would want it removed.
- Offer the LT sedan with body color-matched door handles instead of chrome. In other words, offer an LT upgrade package that omits all of the chrome exterior accents.
- Offer the LT sedan with an option package that includes the SS-like dash trim instead of wood grain. Maybe the LT can already be ordered this way. Not 100% sure about this one.
- Add a nice interior trim piece to the rear edge of the headliner near the top of the rear window glass. The coupe that I recently rode in had an exposed, jagged headliner edge that looked pretty ratty. It should be covered up better.
- Seat bottom cushions could be a bit more comfortable. Thicker padding perhaps?
- Offer customers a better cloth seat fabric material.
- Address the problem pertaining to owners' keys getting stuck.
- Determine the root cause for so many owners' CD players issuing the 'Disc Error' message--and correct the problem with the stereo head units.
These are all minor changes in my opinion. However, I do feel as though they are all needed.
1. Put a center armrest with storage under it *standard* in all models. I know the LS is the low end model, but leaving out an armrest just seems *SO* petty and cheap on the part of Chevy.
2. My own personal opinion is that the speedometer and tach should have their positions reversed. Depending on your size and tilt-wheel setting, the left half of the speedometer can be obscured by the steering wheel as it currently is. Swapping positions would allow better visibility for all wheel settings and driver heights on the speedometer.
3. Why is there a mirror on the passenger sun visor, but not the driver side? I don't get that.
4. Rethink the steering wheel. It's "acceptable" as is, but would be much more comfortable without a bar in the center bottom area (just my opinion, since I like to hold the wheel along the bottom area). Just two thicker side supports would be better.
5. On the one hand I love having the cd player be a standard piece of equipment. But the radio reception on my car is pretty poor. Don't know if that's just a problem with mine, or typical overall. But there's more static/break-up in this radio than in any other car I've ever owned.
Otherwise the Cobalt is a pretty decent little car for the price. With a few tweaks, it could be a great little car.
Have the fit and finish, design, and quality of the Saturn Astra. Opal Astra = Europes best selling car,
per Car&Driver, the interior is better executed than cars costing twice as much as $16K.
and the warranty of a Hyundai.
Then all your problems will be solved... Now get busy...
GM should hire me for $56 million a quarter to get them on the right path to beat Honda and Toyota. It's a no brainer to me...IMHO
As far as the stage two and performance exhaust I really counldn't answer it. It would make a difference as with any four cylinder car like the Cobalt, but the question is do you have the extra money to spend. I would go on google and do a search. There is a couple Cobalt sites that I have been to in the past that have information and a forum with people who have done modifications.
Two or three colors for interiors are what you will see with most auto companies. If you start making more it get real expensive and doesn't justify the cost.
1). ABS should be standard on ALL Cobalts. My 1992 Cavalier came standard with ABS.
2). Power locks and keyless entry should also be standard.
3). Sedans should get the rear of the coupe because it looks sportier and less generic.
4). Redesign the center console with an armrest (that doesn't block the E-brake).
5). Make the door panels 2-tone to match the dash.
6). Put the latches that fold the rear seat inside the cabin and not in the trunk.
7). I love GM but they need to stop badge-engineering their small cars. I really don't see the need for the Pontiac G5.