Last post on Dec 23, 2012 at 7:37 PM
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Chevrolet Cobalt, Coupe, Sedan
#2012 of 2240 Re: Oil Change Interval [tsjay]
Aug 15, 2008 (10:11 am)
I change my oil, filter and lube between 5,000 or 6,000 milles. I drive a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox and like the Cobalt I have a "Oil Life Monitor" but I never wait for it to make my oil changes. If I'd go by the book, it's suppose to be every 12,000 milles or once a year. I don't care what they say in the book.... The oil is dumped every 5,000 milles.
#2013 of 2240 Re: That useless plastic engine cover? [tcalof]
Aug 15, 2008 (10:22 am)
I also own a '05 Equinox LT and plan on bying a 2009 Cobalt LT next year. Here in Quebec we get bad winter storms and pretty cold weather too. My only consern is the "less storage space" and "winter driving" (snow, sleet and ice). How will it handle?
I've always had S.U.V.'s or Vans, ex... (Blazer, Venture, Safari, Equinox) but with the price of gas these days and the kids gone, I might as well buy something smaller and more economical. But I'm still not certain that I'm making a good move.
#2014 of 2240 Re: 2009 Cobalt--spare tire and wheel optional! [uplanderguy]
Aug 17, 2008 (4:56 pm)
Manufacturers are shifting over to inflation kits in lieu of spare tires for several reasons:
1. Most people don't know how to change a wheel or are afraid to do it. So inflation kits are better for most people than a spare tire.
2. Most punctures can be fixed by the sealant (I carry a can I bought at a parts store).
3. The manufacturer's kit includes a battery operated air pump to get you back to operating pressure.
4. The kit weighs less than a spare tire, even a compact one, and therefore saves gas.
5. Too many people don't take the warning about only using a compact spare tire to get to a tire repair shop seriously. You've seen them driving on those tiny spare tires. They put us all at danger. The traction is too different on that one axle. As a result, you have impaired handling.
6. The compact spares are limited to 50 miles an hour, but people drive much faster on them.
7. Tires chemically degrade over time without regard to use. So old (more than 5 years old) compact spares are a hazard.
8. No one checks air pressure in compact tires.
In short, compact tires take up space and are a hazard when new and worse when old. MINI and BMW have been including inflators in lieu of spare tires.
Honda's Fit is going to have more storage space due to use of an inflation kit.
In modern America tires stores are everywhere and tires are cheap. Conversely flats are rare, and many can be repaired by plugs or patches and plugs. Compact tires are about as useful as a hand crank on an electric start car.
#2015 of 2240 Re: 2009 Cobalt--spare tire and wheel optional! [micweb]
Aug 24, 2008 (11:03 pm)
So the inflation kits are the same as a can of fix-o-flat and a air pump?
#2016 of 2240 Re: 2009 Cobalt--spare tire and wheel optional! [johnwny]
Aug 25, 2008 (3:29 pm)
So far as I know, yes. So those cans we sneered at all those years now have OEM blessings....
I'm more tempted to get that "string repair" kit since all my flats have been from screws and nails leading to slow leaks. Once that sealant is sprayed in, the wheel is an awful mess.
Aug 25, 2008 (7:34 pm)
I bought the Bose Stereo in my 2006 Impala and it didn't sound much different than the standard stereo in an Impala I rented a few months later.. I think that it was a waste of money. Has anyone compared the Pioneer stereo in the Cobalt to the standard stereo? Is it worth the difference in cost sound wise and the 2LT requirement in order to order one?
#2018 of 2240 Re: Pioneer Stereo [dispencer2]
Aug 27, 2008 (3:24 am)
i think it is. unless you are going to up grade with after market.
Aug 27, 2008 (6:27 pm)
I'm trying to find someone who has tried both systems and can answer the question. I'm sure that the Pioneer System is nice but I want to compare it to the standard system and I can't do it in this small dealership here.
#2020 of 2240 Brake Rotor Advice
Sep 08, 2008 (6:53 pm)
Thanks to all who posted on my brake rotor problem. When I go to the dealer to get it repaired, I will insist on new brake rotors. Hopefully I will not have to call the 800 number.
On another note, I may need a new radio head unit. On some occasions when I touch the volume control to either raise or lower the volume, the radio or the CD player will go to the next frequency or the next CD track. I will have the dealer look into it, but I am sure it will mean a whole new head unit. I have XM radio too, so that would mean a new ID number.
In spite of all of this I still like my car, and would still recommend it to anyone.
Sep 09, 2008 (5:13 pm)
Picked up my Victory Red Cobalt coupe this afternoon. Paint job is fantastic. Like glass..Better than my 2003 Cadillac. I like the way it rides and handles. The radio is disappointing. It doesn't feel like the sound wraps around inside the car. .If I had ordered it I would have gotten the Pioneer system with more speakers. The car was on the lot and with the present discount I felt that it was as cheap as it would ever be so I didn't order one. It would have arrived after the sale expires on 30 Sept. I figured that if gas goes up the last thing that GM will do is discount economy cars. The wheel -which resembles a Toyota one or the one in a Pontiac Vibe -my 2006 Impala wheel was much better - doesn't tilt down far enough but the seat controls are OK. The lumbar wheel when turned counter clockwise makes the seat feel like a rock. I keep it off. Driving position could be better. The seat bottom is tiled back. I'm spoiled and much prefer power seats. I don't like to recline when I drive. In any event this car drives and feels very familiar and the suspension is soft. I've driven Toyotas and other Japanese cars and they feel stiff. I don't like a "European" ride. GM is just fine. I'm glad I purchased it. If I had ordered it I would have gotten a 2LT and a bunch of packages that wouldn't bring 10 cents when I sell it. I rented a 2008 LT2 in Hawaii in January and I got about 28 MPG driving around Kauai which doesn't have heavy traffic. I'm looking forward to the gas mileage on the Cobalt. My Deville and my old classic '86 Silverado were killing me.