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    Question Chevy Cobalt reliability

    Hi,
    I'm looking into getting a Chevy Cobalt for college. This would be my first time buying a Chevy (or any GM product actually). I am looking at the 2007 Cobalt and wondering how reliable it is. I seem to be hearing/seeing good things, but I'd like to hear from people who have Cobalts. Can anyone comment on how reliable the Cobalts (2007-present) are?
    For anyone who owns one...what are the things you like most about the car? Least? How many miles does your cobalt have and has it had any problems?
    I'm planning on test driving one tomorrow.
    Thanks for any help you guys can give me!

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    Re: Chevy Cobalt reliability

    Head on over to the forums at edmunds.com and look under the cobalt forum.

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    Re: Chevy Cobalt reliability

    I have had 2 Cobalts.....anyways they were both dead reliable and they are well built.
    Had one about 1.5 years and one 3.5 years.
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    Re: Chevy Cobalt reliability

    I've got a 2007 Pontiac G5 which is pretty much the same thing. It's got 58,600 miles on it and is used primarily for commuter duty.
    I'm 6'4" and 240 and it's plenty comfortable for me. It gets around 30 mpg (usually more) for my commute. It gets decent mileage, will enter a freeway without making a fuss and has a comfortable ride. Came with XM and an audio jack which were a big deal when it was new. The last time I had a car this small, it got traded at 60,000 because it was so d*** anemic and uncomfortable. This one will go at least 100K.
    It's got an outstanding recall for the power steering motor replacement. It had a valve job under warranty at about 44,000 miles. Other than that, it's been oil changes and tire rotations.
    The G5 has the spoiler on the trunk which hurts rear visibility and is the subject of complaints from the other two drivers in my family. You can get the Cobalt without it.
    I'd buy another one without regret.
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    Re: Chevy Cobalt reliability

    There's a pretty helpful thread over at Cobaltss.net as well that focuses on the most common problems owners have had and from my experience it's been pretty accurate. It's not just SS owners as well.

    The only non-SS specific problems/complaints I have about the Cobalt are:

    1. Mediocre interior build quality. Rattles & squeaks started pretty early and have slowly increased. Some of the painted plastic on the door is chipping/flaking from wear. Overall not horrible, but not excellent either.

    2. Front suspension components make lots of noise when driving on uneven roads at low speeds and it only gets worse in cold weather.

    The car's been great other than those minor issues.

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    Re: Chevy Cobalt reliability

    If you look at my signature, you can see I've pretty much cornered the market on them. All 09s.

    What I don't have in the stable are the earlier 05 and 06 versions. Doing some internet sluething , it looks like the earlier cars had the reliability issues. Not all of them, but the ones that had problems were doozies.

    The steering column recall involved the whole run. The source of the part was a junior company of a Japanese car maker. Guess which one?

    I am considering yet another 2010 Base XFE to change out the last of the Cavalier/Sunfires in the fleet.

    Its an older design. The nameplate had its problems. The interiors are cheap. But gas miliage and longevity are its strong suits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2doorpost View Post
    If you look at my signature, you can see I've pretty much cornered the market on them. All 09s.

    What I don't have in the stable are the earlier 05 and 06 versions. Doing some internet sluething , it looks like the earlier cars had the reliability issues. Not all of them, but the ones that had problems were doozies.

    The steering column recall involved the whole run. The source of the part was a junior company of a Japanese car maker. Guess which one?

    I am considering yet another 2010 Base XFE to change out the last of the Cavalier/Sunfires in the fleet.

    Its an older design. The nameplate had its problems. The interiors are cheap. But gas miliage and longevity are its strong suits.
    Thanks for the info! What years did you see that had the reliability issues? I'm looking at 2007 and 2008s right now... I want to be sure I get something reliable.

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    Re: Chevy Cobalt reliability

    My mother has an 06 LS, it is a low mileage one (probably under 25K still), and she has had no issues with it. Once she had the infamous stuck key issue, but only once about 3 years ago. She did get the recall notice for the powersteering and one other, can't remember what that was for. I've got to ask here if she ever got those taken care of.

    Her's is the 2.2 auto, and the way she drives, she gets 40 mpg with it. I've figured it out on the calcualtor (granted she is an old woman....).
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    Re: Chevy Cobalt reliability

    Well, since I mentioned the early years, 05 and 06, those would be naturals to avoid.

    07s and 08s used are right up there in price with the 09s, so my thinking would be go for the biggest bang for the buck.

    Perfect world- privately owned 09 automatic car with lower miles where the owner wants out of it. No accidents. No issues. Some 3/36 bumper to bumper and lots of 100k drivetrain warranty left.
    Rental(fleet) cars can be ok, if they are priced accordingly and represented as such. Look for Onstar, and all airbags to be in place- if they are not there- its an ex rental.

    Many cars that are out there have changed hands as the result of accidents. Some have clean reports, some not- depends on who did the work and who laundered the title.

    No Cobalts were built with pinstriping down the side. If you find one, its probably been run through an auction.
    Or detailed by someone stuck in the 1980s.
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    Re: Chevy Cobalt reliability

    From what I could gather from truedelta.com the biggest problems you will face with this car seems to be the build quality itself. Most of the reports i read had to do with faulty seals in the doors and sunroof and various things coming loosein the interior. Actually most of the complaints seemed to be with the sunroof. So maybe it would be best to get a model without one.
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    Re: Chevy Cobalt reliability

    My wife was given a new 2006 LS coupe by her parents when she was sent on an internship in DC during her junior year in college. We kept that car through the Spring of 2008 when the lease was up. It had been through all four seasons, through the rolling hills of Happy Valley, through 6 lanes of bumper to bumper beltway traffic, etc. It took everything in stride, abeit, quite blandly, but it served its purpose as a reliable appliance. It was never in service for build quality issues, nor any mechanical problems.

    Her parents later purchased a new 2009 for her younger sister in the summer of 2009 for her senior year in college. She's obviously still driving it and has no plans to part with it.

    I really do not think one can go wrong purchasing a Cobalt for just getting from point A to B, especially that of a college student's daily grind. It's not sporty, it's not fast or quick, nor is it striking, filled with upscale materials, or cutting-edge technology. It is an appliance. It is affordable. It is mechanically sound. It gets great mileage. My biggest suggestion: if you get a LS -- get the GM accessory armrest installed (or do it yourself -- it's very easy).

    Quote Originally Posted by solman98 View Post
    My mother has an 06 LS, it is a low mileage one (probably under 25K still), and she has had no issues with it. Once she had the infamous stuck key issue, but only once about 3 years ago.
    Plan on this happening no matter which year you purchase. If it doesn't, that's great. But, just plan on it. Both the 06 and 09 had this happen. Quick fix, but annoying that it was not permanently remedied on later models.

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    No Cobalts were built with pinstriping down the side. If you find one, its probably been run through an auction.
    Or detailed by someone stuck in the 1980s.
    This is a bad picture to paint because it's completely untrue. While it is true that there were no pinstripes on the cars from the factory, many dealers, especially those "stuck in the 80's," continue the practice of pinstriping EVERY car that comes in for stock. It's an easy way to tack on some extra profit by adjusting the price for a mandantory "upgrade." To join 2doorpost in a false blanket statement, one could say that Chevrolet buyers historically lack taste, hence why dealers still partake in these cheeseball tactics.
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    Re: Chevy Cobalt reliability

    Thanks for the replies everyone! I'm planning on test driving the cobalt tomorrow... if I like it I'll probably be purchasing one in the LT trim soon!

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    Re: Chevy Cobalt reliability

    My mom's '07 LTZ has about 65k miles. She bought it nearly new (GM exec car) and it hasn't had any significant problems. Dealer replaced a power lock actuator the day after she got it (fluke) and recently replaced some lower control arm bushings but otherwise its been great. Mileage with the 2.2L/auto is excellent, always above 34 mpg highway. DIC usually reads over 32 mpg with mixed driving.

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    Re: Chevy Cobalt reliability

    The only problem I have ever had with my '07 LS is the little plastic button thingy on the shifter you press down with your right hand to move the lever to shift to park to drive, for example, came off one day. A dab of Krazy glue to reattach it fixed that. Its had 68,000 miles of no trouble. When I got the recall notice for the power steering I took care of it when maintenance time came up but never experienced it myself. Honestly I don't know why GM themselves trashed this car. For no-frills transportation it rocks, and at least it's a coupe...
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    Quote Originally Posted by demonspeed View Post

    This is a bad picture to paint because it's completely untrue. While it is true that there were no pinstripes on the cars from the factory, many dealers, especially those "stuck in the 80's," continue the practice of pinstriping EVERY car that comes in for stock. It's an easy way to tack on some extra profit by adjusting the price for a mandantory "upgrade." To join 2doorpost in a false blanket statement, one could say that Chevrolet buyers historically lack taste, hence why dealers still partake in these cheeseball tactics.


    You're right- many dealers do bring new and used stock in and slap on stripes. New, I can see- its a money maker.


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