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Chevrolet Cobalt, Coupe, Sedan
#1943 of 2240 Re: web sites [grosloup]
May 24, 2008 (4:23 am)
You know I used to have a list of the test drives by different magazine, newspapers, etc., and they were all average to even best in class. The car came out in 2004 as a 2005 and was a vast improvement over the Cavaliar. It's Ecotec engines are considered by many to be the best four cylinder engines built and racing has proven their durability time after time which they dominate most every catagory.
The Cobalt when introduced had a few glitches with the slow steering response with the industries new trend with the electric steering taking over the old mileage and power dropping belt driven steering. That issue has been resolved. Then there was the ignition solenoid problem with people getting the keys stuck in the ignition which was also tied with the shifter. That problem apparently has been resolved as well. The solenoid problem was not just a GM problem because there are a few brands that get parts from the same supplier. None of these lead to recalls because of safety. There was also an issue with the power sunroofs water drain hose not being connected on some models upon delivery.
The newest model is the XFE-xtra fuel economy is the highest rated compact to my knowledge right now with 36 highway post mpg. I am not to keen to the highway mileage figure because most of us drive the city.
You can use google.com to find Cobalt test drives but it seems most of the results are for that hot Cobalt SS turbo model.
Here are a few reviews in one link that I found which rank from mediocre to excellent.
I believe there is also a $1,000 rebate still going on the car right now.
#1944 of 2240 Re: web sites [poncho167]
May 24, 2008 (9:21 am)
Everything you say about the Cobalt is true, but there still is this perceived notion that Cobalts are junk and not worth the consumer/driver's dollar...eventhough this model is a good seller. It sells well because it's easy to purchase and repair with Chevy dealers coast to coast. It's a shame, though, that this model has a negative stigma attached to it by some. I don't consider the Cobalt bottom of the barrel, and I hope the Chevy suits improve upon it, in terms of offering ESC and more comfortable front seats across the line, for it's '09 version.
#1945 of 2240 Re: web sites [poncho167]
May 25, 2008 (4:35 am)
I bought a Cobalt XFE last Saturday and I told my wife yesterday, I couldn't remember a new car purchase where I was happier a week later with the quality of the car and everything else.
I wanted a 5-speed 4-door (kids are 11 and 14 now) but had to have ABS. This made the car hard-to-find. I wasn't hell-bent on an XFE (all LS and 1LT 5-speeds built 3/17/08 or later are the XFE), but that's what my dealer located for me, at a dealer five hours away! Still, the deal began at invoice, I got $3,000 in rebates, also had my $1,500 in GM Card Earnings bumped up to $2,000 until 6/2/08, and got $600 more trade for my '02 Cavalier 5-speed than I anticipated from looking online. I drove the Cobalt home, everything included like tax, etc., for $8,638.50. I'm pleased. It's a silver LS. We all love the XM radio and will probably opt to renew after the three months' free trial expires.
May 26, 2008 (11:44 pm)
I bought a 2007 Cobalt LS coupe on Dec. 31st. for $10,300 and I couldn't be happier. It gets great mileage, it doesn't look cheap, and it has enough power to hold its own. I now have almost 7k miles on it and so far no problems... the DIC didn't even tell me to change the oil yet. I had to take it to the shop once but it was my fault because I hit a pothole and bent the rim. Coming from a family that has had 5 Cavaliers (90, 92, 01, 02, 03) I knew that I would be getting a car that had the same mission but did so with more moderness and style. You can see a little Cavalier in the Cobalt and they're both a compact but I think the Cobalt is much more refined especially in the interior. The dash is layed out nicer. I love the DIC and the handy MP3 jack. I have one big gripe: there being no standard ABS, even though my 92 Cavalier had it. Also I wish Chevy would have given the LS model the 2-tone door panels. I do kind of miss power windows and keyless entry but I could've bought the LT to fix that. I think that whether you like domestics or imports you won't go wrong with giving the Cobalt a chance because you can have a basic commuter (LS) to a barn burner (SS).
#1947 of 2240 My Cobalt Purchase
Jun 05, 2008 (4:38 pm)
Hello, my fellow Cobalt owners. I just joined the Cobalt family Tuesday, June 3, 2008.
I was driving an 89 S-10 pickup with 219,6XX miles on it to work every day, and the A/C was not working. It was while I was having the A/C fixed in the dealer's service department that I checked out the Cobalt.
I asked the service manager, a guy who has always taken very good care of me, to hook me up with a sales person who would not put the high pressure sales pitch on me. He recommended a pretty blonde gal, and I decided she would do very nicely.
They were down to ONE Cobalt in their inventory, and they said that those puppies were selling like hot cakes. They had a white four door LS with the 2.2 L engine and an automatic transmission. The car was very basic; it had only the automatic tranny and the rear spoiler as options. No power windows, no power locks, and no cruise control. It stickered for $15,530 with destination charges included.
I liked it and was able to work out a deal for it. They sold it to me for $300.00 over invoice, knocking approximately $400 off the sticker price. I was pretty much expecting them to tell me they would not come off the sticker price, since they were selling so well. I took advantage of the $2000 GM rebate, plus my $1800 in GM Card earnings, so I ended up getting the car for $11,330 with no trade-in.
I decided that I might as well go ahead and let them take my S-10 in trade, so that I would not have the hassle of trying to sell it myself, and so that I would not have to pay the repair bill on it for the A/C.
The clutch was about shot, and the pedal had to be almost all the way out before the truck would pull. The tranny was hard to get into gear when the truck had been sitting overnight, so it could be that I would be facing a transmission rebuild or a new transmission soon.
I let them have it for $500.00, and I didn't have to pay for the A/C repair, which would have been at least $200, I would guess. (They were still finding things that needed replacing, so I don't know what the bill would have been.)
I am very happy with the car so far. I can't believe how well the car handles and rides and how quiet it is for such a low priced vehicle! The power of that little gas-sipping 2.2 L engine is also a pleasant surprise. The trunk space is unbelievable for such a small car, and the front seat leg room is great. Now, the back seat leg room is another subject. Hey, it is VERY rare for anyone to be in the back seat of my daily driver, anyway, so I won't lose sleep over the back seat leg room.
I'm anxious to see what kind of MPG I will be able to count on. My commute is 24 miles one way, and it is about 90% highway driving. I do some city driving during lunch hour each day, though, so I won't get the highway MPG overall, I'm sure.
In October of 1971 I made my first ever new car purchase, a four cylinder Chevy that had been assembled in Lordstown, OH. Almost 37 years later, I bought another four cylinder Chevy that came from Lordstown, OH. That first one was a 72 Vega GT Kammback, a gorgeous silver gray one.
#1948 of 2240 Water leak in trunk
Jun 07, 2008 (10:28 am)
I washed my Cobalt for the first time since taking delivery this past Tuesday, and I found that I have a water leak in the trunk. The rear corner on the passenger side is where the drip is coming from, but the water could be running down from somewhere else before dripping down from there.
I assume that this is a rare problem, since I did not find any recent posts on the subject when I searched on "leak" in this forum. I found an old post where one person reported a leak associated with a pylon for the rear spoiler. The drip in my car was coming from inside the rear quarter panel, not from the trunk lid, so I doubt if my leak is spoiler related.
I also found a dent at the bottom of the driver's side rear door where the door panel flares out. I know that could not have happened in the short time that I have owned the car, so I hope the dealer will fix it for me. It's a strange dent, since the paint is not disturbed one bit. Something soft must have hit that spot, and it makes me wonder if some strap might have put too much pressure on the door during transport?
I really like the little car, and these are minor problems. If I can get these corrected, and if they are the only problems I ever have with this car, then I will be a happy camper.
#1949 of 2240 Re: Water leak in trunk [tsjay]
Jun 07, 2008 (1:40 pm)
About the water leak in the trunk I never heard nothing like than anywhere, must be a isolated case. No problem, they'll find where the water comes in and repair it. It's a matter of a trunk lid adjustment.
For the dent on your car.... that's where you're going to find out what kind of dealer/salesman you're dealing with. When my 2005 Equinox was delivered everything seamed o.k. but the first time I washed it (2 weeks later) I notice a dent on my passenger's door, exactly like you are describing your's, no paint missing and it couldn't have been from another car's door because the dent was horizontal. The dealer said no problem bring it in, looked at it and fixed it right there in the parking lot, didn't even go in the body shop department. Once repaired, couldn't see a thing... its magic... gone. They used a tool that they install over the dent and with a process of suction POP! no more dent.
Must be a dent from the transport that's why they repaired it without a word.
Keep us posted.
#1950 of 2240 Re: Water leak in trunk [grosloup]
Jun 07, 2008 (1:56 pm)
Hey, thanks for the reply, grosloup. That was a neat trick on the dent repair. Hopefully, my outcome will be the same as yours.
#1951 of 2240 Trunk Leak fixed (I think)
Jun 10, 2008 (4:59 pm)
They easily found the source of my trunk's water leak. There was a sheet metal to sheet metal seem that did not get caulked at the factory.
They were able to make the leak happen, identify the source, and fix it. Have not tested it yet myself, but I'm sure they must have checked it at the service department.
They will call me when the "dent man" comes around next time. They have some guy who stops by from time to time to fix dents for them.
#1952 of 2240 Re: Trunk Leak fixed (I think) [tsjay]
Jun 11, 2008 (3:52 am)
Exactly like they did for me. This guy has a route and stops at dealers when needed with his magical tool, it's kind of a little plunger with 4 legs that they install over the dent and in the middle of this tool is the suction cup that pulls the dent out.
I tell you... it's magic.
Glad that they fixed your trunk leak. So far, so good.