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Chevrolet Cobalt, Car Warranties, Coupe, Sedan
Mar 08, 2008 (5:51 pm)
This was my first new car pruchase and I had a couple requirements: It had to be inexpensive without looking like it, it had to be good on gas, and last but most important it had to be a GM. I bought one of the last 2007's in January. A Victory Red LS coupe. The only option was the auto tranny. After rebates, trade in, etc I got it for $10,300. I got $1,000 off because I was related to a former GM employee. My last car was a 2001 Chevy Cavalier Z24 which wasn't too reliable (rare for a Cavalier) but I decided to give Chevy another shot and so far so good. With a difference of 2hp and 3ft/lbs of tourque the car is just as quick as the Z24 although the handling is softer. I love the look of the coupe better than the sedan... the only thing I want to change is the wheels since the hubcaps look kinda dorky. The interior is alot better than the Cavalier although the door panels should be dual color like the dash. I love the DIC and auto headlights. The only thing that I miss from the Cavalier was the RDS and keyless entry (I have manual locks on the Cobalt). I don't miss power windows since the manual ones are more reliable. I would compare this car favorably against any other car in its class. In response to that comment about Consumer Reports saying this car is unreliable I will quote George Costanza (Seinfeld) "I am the consumer." If this car stays reliable I will be back in a Chevy showroom again.
#86 of 212 Re: Great Car [georgecavalier]
Mar 09, 2008 (5:11 am)
Consumer Reports is not a legitimate source for auto information based on their surveys only given to subscribing members and other contraversal practices they have employed including last years child safety seat apology.
#87 of 212 Re: Great Car [poncho167]
Mar 09, 2008 (6:43 am)
#88 of 212 Re: Great Car [poncho167]
Mar 09, 2008 (12:00 pm)
Really? I'm glad that I use my own judgement. I know some people to consider that publication as the Bible lol.
#89 of 212 Re: Great Car [georgecavalier]
Mar 09, 2008 (7:17 pm)
Consumer Reports is a Joke. Even though I just bought an 08 LT-2 Cobalt loaded after my 06 Cobalt was totaled I still own a 94 Cavalier which I've owned since new. Consumer reports gave my car a terrible write up in it's day needless to say the Car is still running as a second car to my family with 165,000 miles on it and it still has many original parts in it. The car has been trouble free since new and has never left me stranded. So much for consumer reports,lol.
As for my 08 Cobalt I love the car , better than my 06. Seems like the ride is better, I never liked the Michelins that came on my 06. The Hankooks on my 08 ride much better. I put a set of Goodyear Assurance tires on my 04 Impala and love them, probably would put them on my Cobalt when the time comes for new rubber.
#90 of 212 Wife took my Cobalt away
Mar 10, 2008 (5:49 am)
Well, I knew it would happen. I took her car one day to do some work in it at my buddies garage. When I got home my car was gone, with her in it!
I was informed this weekend she was taking it every day.
Can't really blame her, can I?
#91 of 212 Re: Great Car [gerald41]
Mar 15, 2008 (5:40 am)
It's interesting that a car that gets a red dot with CR for reliability can be as little as having a bad history of power window or driver seat motors being defective, or subpar. It does not reflect on the cars ability to start every day and be virtually maintenance free nor accumulate longterm high mileage. Most consumers think that reliability is based on the car being able to get them to work or start every day.
An Astro/Safari van not to long ago got a bad reliability rating based solely on a seatbelt buzzer being less than 1-second too short in going off. Other than that the van was rated very good.
#92 of 212 Cobalt Rental Car
Mar 17, 2008 (6:11 pm)
Rented a Cobalt for a week in Kauai in January and am sold on it. I never got less than 28 mpg and it had a comfortable ride. Has anybody done any long trips in it? I sold my 2006 Impala because the seats were uncomfortable and my back hurt after 6-8 hours in it on the road. I can drive my '03 Deville all day on a trip and actually walk upright when I finally get out. Not so the Impala. In any event despite CU the Cobalt seemed like it would be a good economy car that looked good. I had the silver LT coupe with the Alloy wheels and the neat white gauges. The only other thing I may order is the Pioneer stereo. Has anybody compared it to the regular stereo? I had the Bose on the Impala and it wasn't worth the extra money. The regular stereo was fine.
#93 of 212 Re: Cobalt Rental Car [dispencer2]
Mar 18, 2008 (3:01 am)
the pioneer is a good factory system. it has a sub and a couple more speakers. i also had a bose system in a gp. i like the monsoon in the wife's car best. i am just not much for after market systems for new cars.
#94 of 212 Re: Cobalt Rental Car [dispencer2]
Mar 22, 2008 (4:13 am)
I have only driven Cobalts for short rides. The Cobalt seats before the car was released were designed by a world famous auto seat builder for comfort. I read an article on the seats alone that said they may be slightly on the firm side but that is because they will give less fatigue on long highway miles. So yes, from what I read and heard you should be able to drive this car cross country and be wel rested afterwards.
Todays car stereo's are so good that I don't see a reason to swap radios. My last four vehicles had Alpine stereo's, but no more. The standard Delco may be just fine because Delco's have always been the best stock radio on the market.