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#135 of 361 2006 Stall - Safety Hazard
Jun 27, 2010 (5:18 pm)
My 2006 just stalled for the first time at a redlight. It was frightening, because I had my small child in the car, and I realized that we could have had an accident. The cars behind honking was bad enough, but the idea that this car stalled at a redlight was pure frightening. The radio was still working and it seemed as if the car was fine but it just wouldn't go. I took the key out, put the key back in, and it started. I have noticed that since that happened yesterday, the car is not completely the same. It seems to be a little jumpy when I stop and it doesn't have the same "get up and go" upon take off from a light or stop sign. Until this happened, I hadn't complained about my Cobalt even with the ignition switch sticking once or twice a month. That was minor. This stalling issue is a safety hazard and after reading all these other people with this problem, I don't understand how come GM doesn't have an answer for this issue. I was thinking about getting another Chevy this fall, but as of yesterday, I'm thinking about going back to Japanese vehicles.
FYI, this happened exactly one day after I picked my car up from the dealership regarding the power steering recall issue.
#136 of 361 Re: 2006 Stall - Safety Hazard [stall_cobaltls]
Jun 28, 2010 (4:23 am)
Sound just like my '05 Cobalt. It did this little trick at red lights, while driving down the highway, 5-10 times before it finally misbehaved at the dealership (last trip before the extended warranty ran out.) It was the Body Control Module. I'm not sure what the other users found out about theirs. I don't think it's widespread (yes, it's mentioned here a lot but there are very few posts in these groups about how great a car is!) I have several friends with Cobalts and HHR's (same chassis) who have not had this problem or any of the others posted here. It IS upsetting, though, that my car's problem was correctly analyzed by a dealership mechanic in Arkansas who did not have immediate access to the part. Since we were on vacation and could not wait for 2-days for the part to arrive we continued on our journey expecting that with a diagnosis in the computer we could get the part replaced at another dealer. WRONG...even when I offered to show them a video of the things that went wrong.
Jul 13, 2010 (6:00 pm)
i have a 2007 cobalt LT with standard transmission for a while now all display lights in the car will randomly brighten/dim and the volume on the radio will spike and the go back to normal. i took it to the dealership and the said it was a feature to compensate for the noise of the engine, but i found later that that feature was turned off. it still does it but now also the speakers in my doors have stopped working. and yes i have checked the fade. and since now it's passed the warranty I'm hoping someone can give me some suggestions!?!
#138 of 361 Car won't Start
Jul 25, 2010 (7:48 pm)
My car refused to start yesterday, I checked the fuse box and the starter fuse was blown, I replaced it and started it three times before the fuse blew again. Can anyone advise me on how to permanently fix this problem?
#139 of 361 Problems with my 2005 Chevy Coblat.....
Oct 04, 2010 (9:44 am)
I had purchased my 2005 cobalt used in November of 2007. Seven months later it began!!! Nothing that wasn't a big deal, at first. My air conditioner was leaking on the passenger side and soaked my carpet almost to the backseat and my power locks would go up and down, up and down. I took it to the Chevy dealer because it was still under warranty and they fixed those problems, temporarily. Last year, I had to replace my battery 3 times and every other month I have to change my driver side turn signal bulb.When I have my air on, its barely cold and my vents sweat and there is some dripping onto the passenger side every once in a while. Now, here I am in the middle of almost being done paying it off, and I am afraid I am going to be car-less. I hit a hole in the rode and my tire fell off, it freaking just fell off! Got it fixed and insurance covered the majority of it. Now, it shakes, my whole car just shakes. There is a lot of rattling and banging around. I can barely hold my steering while driving, it sounds like and feels like the tires are going to fall off. It also seems like it is having problems with RPMs and it not getting the "up and go" when I try to accelerate. My car now also almost stalls every time I stop or go to slow down and the headlights will dim like its just going to die. When I made a trip New Jersey to Georgia, I was in sit and go traffic for like 20 minutes and it was doing the whole going to stall thing and it started bouncing, like someone was jumping on the back end of it. Not to mention my locks having a mind of their own again and jumping up and down. I recently had to take the fuse out for my horn because every time I opened my door to get in it, my alarm would go off. So now when I open my door my lights just blink. I had two different remotes and they both stopped working. My power lock buttons also don't work, the ones on the inside, both sides . Lets see also recently I couldn't get my trunk to pop open and had to replace the fuse as well as my radio fuse because that went out also. My car warnings will randomly come on all the time saying stuff like "POWER STEERING" "ENGINE" and "BATTERY POWER (something)" . I have had my alternator checked, tires balanced, I change my oil on time, I have bought so many tires,I think 2 of my rims are messed up, random dinging noise( the sound it makes when you run low on gas)even when I had gas and no messages showed up on the dash. I also had condensation in my front drivers headlight but I was following my friend going 10 miles an hour approaching a stop sign and i bumped into her bumper and my headlight plastic cover busted. I was thinking maybe my car was in an accident or a flood before or I just have bad luck. I have a 2 year old and my husband is deployed and I now can't drive my car. I can't afford all these repairs all at once. I just don't know what is going on. I called Chevy in my town for the recall on the power steering, I have an appointment next week. They are going to look at it and tell me what is wrong. So, I guess I will owe them another arm and leg, since I am already paying $17,000 for it. I hope no one else is having all the same problems as me, with their cars. Sorry this was long, but this crazy!
Oct 07, 2010 (12:02 pm)
my cobalt keep blowing fuses. its the one that control the a/c,defrost ,heater,and control center.i replace the fuse and it work for a few hours and blows out again can any one help .diagnostic didnt show anything wrong
#141 of 361 Re: They don't all dick you around. [sarah_duh]
Oct 07, 2010 (3:47 pm)
there was a recall on the steering motor if you paid out of pocket for repairs GMwill refund you
#142 of 361 Power lock on 2005 Cobalt
Oct 19, 2010 (5:43 pm)
My power locks have been acting up lately on my 2005 Cobalt and I can't figure out why. They will unlock themselves and re-lock and my keyless remote does not work nearly as well as it used to. I checked the fuses that I thought would be associated with the problem but everything seemed fine on that end. Can anyone help me?
#143 of 361 Re: 2006 Stall - Safety Hazard [stall_cobaltls]
Oct 22, 2010 (12:02 am)
I had the same problem with my car. After diagnostic it said bad TPS (Throttle Position Sensor). It turns out that on this vehicle the sensor cannot be purchased alone but the whole throttle body. A friend suggested cleaning the throttle manually because there is build up of gunk and dirt in the area. I did it myself and the problem went away instanly. I have suggested this to other owners and has also worked on their vehicles. Hope this helps.
#144 of 361 Re: Problems with my 2005 Chevy Coblat..... [armywifey12]
Oct 25, 2010 (7:47 am)
I am having a lot of problems with my chevy cobalt 2005.
First of all, I have to say that I bought this car as a "rebuilt" and in the dealer, they said that it doesn't have warranty, even though it has only 50,xxx miles, only they could provide me the steering power recall. But getting in this recall was the start of the end, because one week after the recall was done by the dealer, the air conditioner was leaking gallons of water that flooded all the floor in the right side of the car and I had to pay to get fixed. Then the air conditioner just stops blowing whenever it wants, it doesn't matter if is sunny or raining, it just stops, and the only way to recover it, is turning off the car, opening the fuse box and get out and get in the A/C fuse. Also, sometimes my car didn't recognize the key and I have to wait 20 or 30 minutes to its recognizing the key and start... can you imagine this situation in the middle of nowhere or in a bad neighborhood... Now... oh my God, the doors lock and unlock like craziest and the alarm put itself when the doors are still opened. I close the car but then it unlocks the doors and my car remains open until I lock them again, but 10 minutes later they are open again... also the trunk is locked... I can't open it unless I use the key and the alarm goes on... what is happening to my car?... some people say that this is the beginning of the end and I am so worried, because I got this car in an auction because I don't have much money and I am so young that any insurance for a lease is impossible for me.
I though that I was the only one with this bad luck... but in this and other forums I can see that I am not the only one and GM is not doing anything to recall this issues.
I am so afraid... I read a girl that had to get out of her car by the window... I can't imagine me getting out by the window... for sure I will get trapped by the window too...
This is unbelievable... in our better times, my father has a Colorado and it has been the better car in the world for us... but now I hardly start my Cobalt and when I am driving it, is like entering in the twilight zone where my car is alive and hates human beings like me.