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Chevrolet Cobalt, Car Warranties, Coupe, Sedan
#19 of 212 Re: i hate my cobalt [cobalt_bc_]
Oct 03, 2006 (11:22 am)
I feel your pain. I have a 2005 Base Cobalt that just turned over 40K. I am on my way back to the dealer fro the sixth time for the same problem. The last time I was out of warranty and they good willed it for me that was 3 weeks ago and now it is going back in today for the same thing. It starts out as a problem with what i think would be the transmission the care takes for ever to get up to speed (have to fan the accelerator) to get there and then when is shifts, it shifts so hard that it throws me back into the seat. the last 2 time the said that they were on the phone with the tech guys in detroit and they told them to replace the ignition switch. Also let me point out that from day one I have had a problem getting my key out of the ignition, I have to play with the shifter to get the key out. Well yesterday the key stuck and I can not get it out, the shifter will not lock. I have contacted my state about the lemon law and have been told that since it is an 05 I am out of luck.
Just brings back bad memories that I have had with Chevrolets. Looks like I will be buying Fords from now on.
#20 of 212 Re: i hate my cobalt [bill_sully]
Oct 04, 2006 (6:58 am)
right out of the frying pan and into the fire...
#21 of 212 Love/Hate my cobalt too...
Oct 07, 2006 (3:25 pm)
I'm still suprised how many people are STILL having problems with their Balt. I assume it's because they're just NOW getting to the "real" problems. I have a 2005 Cobalt LS Coupe fully loaded, btw. Heres a list of the problems I've ALREADY had....
1) 2 weeks after I got the car the pieces in my doors started coming apart (I finally got that fixed after 7mos)
2) Took it in for an alignment 3 weeks after I got the car (It was pulling)
3) I've taken my car in 3 times for this...e-brake and highbeams coming on randomly and blinding people...(upgraded to 06' software...hasn't done it since)
4) Also taken it back 3 times...CD Player saying "error" and "no disc" when there was one...and wouldn't eject the CD. (on the 4th trip they finally replaced the CD player)
5) Passenger side speaker went out, it was bad...they fixed it.
6) There was a vibration that eventually got really bad when I would go on long trips...found out my rotors we're irregularly warped or worn. (Please...this car wasn't even a yr old!)
7) My little cruise control button feels like it wasn't detached right (no big deal yet, but ...it will eventually fall off!)
this was all in less than 8,000 miles!
and now....with 12,000 miles...the newest edition to my long list of PROBLEMS would be MY KEY GETTING STUCK IN THE IGNITION! Yeah, I haven't gotten ahold of my dealership b/c i've been so damn busy...but, it's happened 8 times in the past week. So, we're going to get that fixed!!! I still LOVE my car tho....even after all that, I just hate her sometimes! hahaha
#22 of 212 Key Stuck In Ignition
Oct 11, 2006 (4:31 pm)
I experienced getting the key stuck in the ignition on a 2006 Cobalt that I rented. It was very frustrating, until I learned how to get it out. When parking, apply the brakes to stop, and put the shift (auto trans) in "P", but keep your foot on the brake. Then turn the ignition off and remove the key. Finally, remove your foot from the brake. If the key gets stuck, start the car again, put it in drive or reverse and move the car a few inches, apply the brakes to stop, and put the shift (auto trans) in "P", but keep your foot on the brake. Then turn the ignition off and remove the key. Finally, remove your foot from the brake.
Oct 22, 2006 (2:58 pm)
The more I look at the Cobalts, the more I like them. Especially the Coupe SS.
Here is where I need some help. I got my first car a 1973 Dodge Swinger (the only one bought used) at 18 yrs. old then a 1977 Chev. Chevelle Malibu Classic at 20, a 1984 Chev. Blazer S-10 at 27, a 1992 GMC Safari at 35, a 1994 Chev. Blazer S-10 at 37, a 1999 Chev. Venture at 42 and now I drive a 2005 Chev. Equinox 48 when I bought it. I'm going on 50 and I'm interested on buying a Cobalt SS Coupe. Since 1984 I've been a truck owner and now going back to a car? As you can see I've been a loyal G.M. lover for a long time. Is my decision a normal one or I'm I going crazy? What kind of car is realy the Cobalt? Good or Bad?
#24 of 212 Re: i hate my cobalt [bill_sully]
Oct 26, 2006 (8:19 pm)
Looks like youll be spending more time at the dealer from now on.
Oct 26, 2006 (8:21 pm)
i have an 06 Cobalt LT2 5 speed. No problems with the car at all. Just do the normal 3k oil change. Nothing better than a Chevy!
#26 of 212 What kind of car is the Cobalt Re: Need help! [grosloup]
Nov 10, 2006 (2:12 pm)
All cars have much better reliability than they did 20 years ago.
That said....In the small car category, the most reliable vehicles are the new Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris, the Honda Civic Hybrid, and the Toyota Corolla. The Chevrolet Cobalt, with 37 percent more problems than the average, scored the lowest among small cars, followed by the Nissan Sentra (2006), the Volkswagen Jetta (5-cyl.) and the Chevrolet Aveo.
Consumer reports rates the reliability of the Cobalt as the worst among small cars. I'm not a CR subscriber and I'm not fond of the fact that CR only surveys it's subscribers.
How can I say this without offending Cobalt owners.....OK, IMO every small car currently made and sold in the US would be preferred over the Cobalt.
#27 of 212 Re: What kind of car is the Cobalt Re: Need help! [moparbad]
Nov 11, 2006 (10:16 am)
)) "Consumer reports rates the reliability of the Cobalt as the worst among small cars. I'm not a CR subscriber and I'm not fond of the fact that CR only surveys it's subscribers.
How can I say this without offending Cobalt owners.....OK, IMO every small car currently made and sold in the US would be preferred over the Cobalt." ((
How can I say what I'm about to say without offending, hmmm... oh, yeah, you.....OK, IMO you've repeatedly gone out of your way to denigrate Consumer Reports over several months with allegations of the publisher's bias towards subscribers, (funny, CR does report the bad along with the good in their subscriber-based surveys - which does represent a rather broad portion of the socio-economic spectrum...) but then use the publication's (allegedly suspect) ratings to excoriate the Cobalt. If both CR and the Cobalt's deficiencies are so unnerving for you, why do you persist in mentally flagellating yourself by dwelling on them?
#28 of 212 06 Cobalt Trouble free
Nov 11, 2006 (8:00 pm)
I've posted before on here. I drive over 150 miles a day from white plains, N.Y to JFK Airport. My Cobalt now has 25,300 miles on it and the car has not been to the dealer with any problems at all only oil changes. I have to repeat I have not had 1 problem with the car. The cobalt is a superior car, some might have gotten lemons but in general the car is the best. I also have co-worker that bought a cobalt last january and at 11,000 miles his has also had zero problems.