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Chevrolet Cobalt, Coupe, Sedan
#1201 of 2240 Re: 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt/Pontiac Pursuit [frustrated8]
Jul 03, 2005 (7:48 pm)
I really do not understand what the problem was with starting a forum that explicitly pertains to Cobalt-related issues--since many other vehicle forums on Edmunds have these.
At any rate, I can identify with what you're going through with your Cobalt. I purchased a new Chevy TrailBlazer LTZ back in June of 2001 as a 2002 model. That SUV turned out to be the biggest lemon that I had ever witnessed. A/C problems, stereo head unit getting dangerously hot on trips, transmission failure at 9,000 miles of operation, water flooding the driver's side floorboard during heavy rainstorms, noisy relays, noise from the instrument panel, squeaking suspension components, excessive wind noise at highway speeds, rear door weather stripping wouldn't stay attached, bad piston slap at startup, really loud roar from the fan clutch resulting in temporary horsepower loss, flimsy front bumper fascia, etc., etc.
Dealing with a problematic vehicle such as yours can be unbelievably frustrating. Especially if your dealer is either incompotent, dishonest, or both!
I wish you the best of luck in getting your problems resolved. And thanks for letting us know about your problems. Posts such as yours will help the rest of us decide on whether or not we should even remotely consider buying one of these vehicles.
#1202 of 2240 Re: 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt/Pontiac Pursuit [ron_m]
Jul 04, 2005 (2:53 am)
Regarding your not understanding the reason a topic was closed, the issues the person wanted to discuss are being discussed here in this topic, so there was no need for the duplicate conversation. Additionally, it was created on the News & Views board, which is not where we talk about individual vehicle problems.
If you have other questions or comments about discussion management, please feel free to email me, or the host who closed the discussion that you are questioning.
#1203 of 2240 Re: 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt/Pontiac Pursuit [pat]
Jul 04, 2005 (8:58 am)
Understood. Thanks for the clarification Pat--and keep up the good work!
#1204 of 2240 Re: 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt/Pontiac Pursuit [ron_m]
Jul 04, 2005 (12:19 pm)
Did you Lemon Law it? How did you resolve the problems? In Florida, you have to have it in the shop three times for the same problem then contact the manufacturer and if the problem happens for a fourth time GM steps in and tries to fix it. Or it has to be in the shop for 15 days then you can start the process. I have already reported the problems to GM and they have been very good about staying in touch to find out what is going on.
My car now has some warning ligths flashing but nothing that is consistant. A huge variety of piddly things that I think will eventually drive me insane! Did GM take care of you? I asked the dealer where I purchased the car what I can do to get rid of it and he said the best thing that I could do is wait it out and Lemon Law it. Not very comforting.
I paid cash for my car so I only have the minimum insurance on it so every time I take it to the dealer they give me a "loaner" which cost me 10.00 a day for the additional insurance.
What did you do? Thank you for your feed back. Its very reassuring.
#1205 of 2240 Snow tires for SS coupe???
Jul 05, 2005 (6:36 am)
I was talking to my local Chevy dealer about purchasing a SS Cobalt. I expressed my concern about winter driving. They told me it wouldn't be a problem to put 17" snow tires on the factory 18" rims. I questioned this and they told me it would work.
Is this right??????? If they are full of it, can I get snow tires for this car??? Many thanks for any responses
#1206 of 2240 That most definately will not work...
Jul 05, 2005 (9:39 am)
To even suggest such a thing is plain stupid on their part. No way will 17" tires fit 18" rims. That dealer must have Forrest Gump for a service manager. I'd advise you to avoid this dealer in the future unless you have no other choice. You should be able to get 18" snow tires for your stock rims. Or maybe a tire/wheel combo in 17" size. Try www.tirerack.com for possibilites. Great site with good research. Or find a local tire shop to do the work.
#1207 of 2240 Re: That most definately will not work... [tazereli]
Jul 05, 2005 (12:06 pm)
I tried telling them it wouldn't work but they "assured" me it would!!!
I checked tirerack. Would you recommend the 17" or 16" rim and snow tire??? They have both combinations and I was wondering what would work better.
#1209 of 2240 Re: That most definately will not work... [tazereli]
Jul 05, 2005 (3:04 pm)
Bridgestone Blizzak are supposed to be the best. I saw on their website that they have 17 and 18" tires available for cars. I read in a tire test once that they have an expected life of about 10,000 miles, which for the average driver is about two seasons. Continental also has winter tires.
#1210 of 2240 Re: That most definately will not work... [sleukem]
Jul 05, 2005 (6:34 pm)
I wasn't telling anything that you already didn't know. I dont have much experience with GM FWD products in the snow other than my brother in law's '96 Sunfire. I dont recall him having many problems.
If I had my druthers, I'd seek out a 16" wheel combo. Narrower tires usually do better in the snow since they cut through rather than ride on top of the with a wider tire. Barring that, follow Pat's advice and post in the other forum that was mentioned. I have some experience after 4 years of installing/selling tires for Sears Auto back in my college days but haven't been up to speed much since 1998 when it comes to tires. Other than what I've ordered from the tire rack over the past 6 years. Good Luck!