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#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.
#1953 of 2240 Re: Trunk Leak fixed (I think) [grosloup]
Jun 11, 2008 (5:03 am)
Thanks for the support, grosloup.
By the way, I know that the word I should have used is "seam," not "seem." Guess I really ought to proof read, huh?
#1954 of 2240 Re: Trunk Leak fixed (I think) [tsjay]
Jun 11, 2008 (12:54 pm)
No problem Tom, I knew what you were trying to tell me. Seem or seam, what the heck, I got it anyways.
#1955 of 2240 Re: Trunk Leak fixed (I think) [grosloup]
Jun 13, 2008 (5:16 am)
They sell those suction cup dent pullers at a lot of places. I have even seen them on sale at Walgreen's though I am not sure how the cheap ones work.
If there is ever a big hail storm I will see these tents popping up usually a gas stations with dent puller services using these devices.
#1956 of 2240 Re: Trunk Leak fixed (I think) [poncho167]
Jun 13, 2008 (9:17 am)
Depending on the price, it's a tool that we should have. Lots of car doors damage, hail storm ect... could be repair at home. It's a tool that pays for itself. You're giving me a good idea, I guess I'll check around for one. Got a door dent and I "zoom" on it everytime I get in the truck.