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Chevrolet Cobalt, Car Warranties, Coupe, Sedan
#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.
#29 of 212 Re: 06 Cobalt Trouble free [gerald41]
Nov 12, 2006 (6:54 pm)
I'm looking forward to buying a Cobalt Coupe SS (not supercharged) because it seems to be a great car. I agree there are some lemons in every brand of cars.
I can see you live in the north-east. How was the winter driving (ice and snow) last year. I live just north of you (Canada) where there is plenty of snow and that's my biggest concern. To face the winter season with a Cobalt. Do you ride on snow tires? By your name I figure you're 41. Right?
If not how old are you and your co-workers? Cause people tell me that the Cobalt Coupe is for young people only. I'm going on 50 and I love the Cobalt. My wife had a 1998 Cavalier and she never had any problems and they say that the Cobalt is much better than the Cavalier. So it must be a fantastic car.
#30 of 212 Re: 06 Cobalt Trouble free [grosloup]
Nov 13, 2006 (5:37 am)
I'm not gerald41, but I am 61 and 5'11". My better half currently owns a '00 Cavalier she just paid off. (She had to learn the hard way not to ever be upside down again with a 60 month loan.) As soon as she gets the "pink slip" (clear title in California), off she'll go to a Chevrolet store for a new Cobalt LTZ (silver with neutral leather - she's been drooling over the '06 brochure for months... ). She rented an '06 coupe for us to take an extended drive to Phoenix to visit the grandkids. I had no problems with headroom in the car. My only objection to coupes (not just Cobalts, either) is the difficulty for anyone but kids to ingress and egress the rear seat. I also appreciate the four-doors for loading "stuff" into the rear seat. I have only VERY limited experience with driving in snow, so I can't offer an opinion on the need for snow tires for a Cobalt other than I'd tend to err on the side of caution. (You're as young as you feel. Tell the know-it-alls who say Cobalts are for young people only to mind their own business and enjoy their thrashed old Ladas and Yugos.)
#31 of 212 Trouble Free, '06 9,700 miles
Nov 13, 2006 (11:03 am)
2006 Coupe, stick shift, 9,700 miles
No problems whatsoever; very quick with the stick shift. Saved $6,000 vs. getting a Honda Civic Coupe (the regular, not the Si!). 35 mpg on my commute (calculated by hand over many gas tanks; the onboard computer is 1 mpg optimistic).
#32 of 212 Winter Driving
Nov 14, 2006 (5:35 am)
As for my experience in driving the cobalt through winter weather, I would rate it average. I'm in my 50's and have drove small and large cars and front wheel drive and rear drive cars. The Cobalt is your typical front wheel drive car. It has no pro's or cons over my previous car (2001 Malibu). It plows through deep snow and drives as good as can be expected on slippery roads. The michelins on my LT aren't as good as the perellis my cousin got on his, other than that I'll repeat I'm very satisfied with the car and highly recommend it. It's a solid well built car. This is the first new car I can remember that I didn't have any issues with that called for a return to the dealer. This car is my workhorse and has yet to let me down. By the way it's an LT with leather interior with every option except the sunroof, out the door it was 18,400.
#33 of 212 Re: Winter Driving [gerald41]
Nov 14, 2006 (10:47 am)
Thanks for your responses (gerald41) and (Ray h1)
I guess my next car will be a Cobalt Coupe SS. Now I'm more confidant about the winter season. I agree with Ray h1 about the hassle the coupe could be versus a sedan but my wife seems to like more the coupe (sportier look)she says. And yes Cobalts are made for the old guys like us that feel young as we are.
Thanks again for your help.
#34 of 212 Re: i hate my cobalt [cobalt_bc_]
Nov 15, 2006 (6:41 pm)
My cobalt has also turned off three times and all the dealership said was there was nothing wrong wit hit. So I told them that I needed a better answer than that, now they are contacting GM engineers to see if this problem has occurred with anyone else and we'll see where it goes from there.
#35 of 212 Re: Love/Hate my cobalt too... [bellabalt311]
Nov 17, 2006 (10:00 pm)
I have had my fair share of problems with my own cobalt. As of now I have 13,000 miles on my car,and have had to take it in to the dealership a couple of times. The first time was to have the windsheild replaced because there was moisture under the window. Then there was a slight vibration which turned out to be the mud flap was loose. And most recently the keys kept getting stuck in ignition. The whole shifting unit had to be replaced. So be sure to get your car in as soon as possible.