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You are in the Chevrolet Cobalt
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Chevrolet Cobalt, Coupe, Sedan
Nov 15, 2007 (4:25 pm)
I'm presently driving a 2005 chevrolet Equinox LT FWD. (s.u.v.) and thinking of trading it in for a 2008 Cobalt LT sport coupe.
This is were I need help ... my friends are all telling me not to do it.
They tell me that I have more protection in a Equinox and that it is safer to drive than the Cobalt and that the Equinox is more reliable than the Cobalt. What do you Cobalt owners think about what they are telling me.
Is that possible?
Up here we have lots of snow in winter time. That could be a factor ?
#1928 of 2240 Re: Need help. [grosloup]
Nov 16, 2007 (4:25 am)
the cobalt isn't a suv so itnot a direct comparison. my cobalt has front and side airbags and seatbelts. also cobalts are pretty tough cars. sa far as reliable i have one and another person i work with has won and neither of us have had any problems.
#1929 of 2240 Re: Need help. [grosloup]
Nov 17, 2007 (4:28 am)
Cobalts have 5-star frontal rating and last I saw were rated good in side impact as well along with the Corolla. The side inpact test I saw over a-year-ago had no car better.
#1930 of 2240 Reliability experience
Nov 21, 2007 (2:36 am)
I have a 2005 Base model Cobalt with no options as well as a 2007 LS with no options. The 2005 has 40K miles and the 2007 is at 10K. Both cars have never been back for any repairs. Gas, oil, and tires only. MPG is great, around 35-37 on the highway consistantly. Great cars, low price, who can ask for more?
#1931 of 2240 Socket Wrench for Ecotec Engines
Dec 08, 2007 (7:21 pm)
For do-it-yourselfers, the GM Ecotec engine requires a low-profile 1 1/4 inch socket to remove the plastic cap on top of the built-in oil filter. This tool is not easy to find.
However, Amazon.com is presently selling the "Lisle 14700 Oil Filter Wrench for GM 2.2L" for $8.94 --- shipping is free if you buy something else that makes your order total over $25 (the something else can be anything you were probably going to buy anyway --- such as say a computer printer ink cartridge.)
#1932 of 2240 Re: Socket Wrench for Ecotec Engines [alternator]
Dec 08, 2007 (7:48 pm)
You can get an Ecotec oil filter housing socket on eBay for under $10. I got a Lisle brand socket mailed to my door for $9. Very easy find at most any auto parts store as well.
#1933 of 2240 Re: I love my Cobalt [bporter1]
Jan 02, 2008 (2:36 pm)
Hey, Guy from NJ here. I plan on purchasing a Cobalt soon. Noticed you are also from Jersey. Hope you'll write back when you have a chance to: ggarofanooptonline.net
#1934 of 2240 Re: Socket Wrench for Ecotec Engines [alternator]
Jan 03, 2008 (6:36 pm)
Walked into my local CarQuest and walked out 5 min. later with the correct tool. Cost less than 10 bucks.
Jan 05, 2008 (9:43 am)
It is good to hear from a from a person in NJ. What style of Cobalt are you considering, couple or sedan? What trim level? I honestly can say this, I have almost 13k miles on my car, and there is not a day that goes by that I can't say I regret buying a Cobalt. I absolutlely love the Onstar, and the XM is not bad either. Let us know what you are considering. Good luck in your search
#1936 of 2240 Re: Socket Wrench for Ecotec Engines [cmhj2000]
Jan 08, 2008 (1:46 pm)
Locally I could not find the low-profile socket at any of the auto parts stores.
I already had a normal 1 1/4" socket and it could be used to loosen the filter cap----- but then I had to re-tighten the cap somewhat to get space to remove the socket, and then I could unscrew the cap by hand. That worked but was inconvenient.
I'm glad to hear the low-profile socket is becoming more available. Many internet suppliers were asking more than $20 for them including shipping.