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#286 of 361 The Lemon *I* bought - 2005 cobalt
Jan 04, 2012 (9:06 am)
I've been reading everyones posts, and feel for you all. I've had the same problems with mine and just don't know what to do. I'm not sure where you guys are all from, I'm in British Columbia Canada.
I bought my 2005 cobalt in 2006. It had 30,000km on it and was a previous rental car. I paid THROUGH the nose for it ($37K CAD) but that was my fault, high interest with new loans etc. Just really hurts with all the problems I've had with it - AND I'm not done paying for it yet!
A few of the problems are:
1/ stereo locking all the time and not allowing me to play music. After replacement of the stereo by the dealer under warranty it was ok for a bit. THEN it started again and eventually ate and CD and refuses to play any cd's at all. It doesn't recognize the CD that is in it (store bought cd i might add).
2/ electrical problems: door locks continually locking and unlocking by themselves, bulbs needing replacement on a regular basis, weird knocking sound at the rear of the car (usually after I've stopped the vehicle), Power Steering Column replaced (chevy covered before the recall went out), Ignition Control Module replaced (and another part just as expensive but I forget what it was - and it wasn't what was wrong with it), New catalytic converter, my windows don't open, i have to repeatedly 'play' with a wire under the hood to get my keyless remote to work and let my windows open (aftermarket locks and power windows dammit!)
3/ Check engine light has been stuck on since i had the ignition control module and new cat put in. I cannot get it to go off. I've seen mechanics and people with code resetters and it doesn't work. (No I refuse to go back to Chevy - they suck so much money out of you trying to diagnose and come up with NOTHING!).
4/ Recently, the Check Charge Sys light came on the dash. Today is the day it is getting looked at (my first resource when something happens to my car are these kinds of forums, so we are checking out the main cause people have posted about), and before my boyfriend can look at it, I started my car to take the kids to school and all of a sudden the Check Charge Sys is flashing with another new light - Battery Saver On.
I don't think that was everything -- there have been so many issues over the last 6 years!!!
I'm really getting tired of this stuff. I'm so frustrated - and I still have a year to pay for this car I owe more still than what it's worth!!! Please everyone remember to research the car issues before you purchase -- AND NEVER BUY A FIRST YEAR MODEL! I sure learned my lesson. I don't think I would ever look at another chevrolet again which is sad because that is all I've ever owned!!!
#287 of 361 Re: Throttle issues, and gas petal [lousmmr]
Jan 08, 2012 (5:25 pm)
I had that problem just the other day with my '08 Chevy Cobalt. It would for no reason just make my car lung forward quickly without me even hitting the gas. Now that's what I call unsafe! Luckily, it stopped once I turned the car off and let it sit there for a little.
#288 of 361 Re: The Lemon *I* bought - 2005 cobalt [jdbruce]
Jan 09, 2012 (6:37 am)
Have them check the fuse box under the hood, mine did the same thing and it was the fuse box, it had a bad gound connection, piece of crap!!
#289 of 361 Re: helppp! [psimissu2009]
Jan 10, 2012 (4:02 pm)
you do know all you have to do is put the car in neutral and start the car you dont have to stop, but, as for the car shutting off have you tried changing air filter and cleaning the mass airflow system as well as the throttle body. hat did the trick for my 06 cobalt lt.
#290 of 361 Re: Throttle issues, and gas petal [lousmmr]
Jan 10, 2012 (4:11 pm)
i can maybe help with the key issue my cobalt does that on occasion because my shifter is cruddy i have to knock the shifter foward a little and the key will come out i think the car just doesnt register it is in park and if it doesnt it wont let you take the key out so give that a try next time it happens as for a permanent fix im guessing id have to replace the whole shifter system. as for the car revving on its own wow never had that happen before is your cruise control off? i would def. let a good mechanic take a look at it. ive only done one semester of school for gm lol im debating if i want to go back
#291 of 361 liquid leaking passenger side
Jan 10, 2012 (4:16 pm)
my car is leaking on the passenger side as well i crawled under and it seems to be coming from above the scuff shield or whatever im worried i may have majorly bottomed out or someone i foolishly let take my car to baltimore (worst rds ever)did something cause that shield guard seems a little loose. does anyone know what may be the problem or if its the ac and its normal? its mid winter and i havent used the ac in a while thats why im worried i checked my fluids brakes are fine (i just changed my pads and shoes scared i mighta screwed with the brake line or something) . My coolant seems to be fine but the leak is slow and i just noticed it today so idk. its not thick enough to be oil i know theres more fluids like tranny but im sure thats pinkish reddish and this seems not to have color. i apologize in advance for my grammar i dont use it often
#293 of 361 A Huge hunk of Garbage.
Jan 13, 2012 (9:12 am)
I bought this car used due to lack of funds for a Brand new car little did I know the headache it would cause me. First it was the locks that locked and unlocked by themselves, then it moved on to the locks not working at all. The radio just shuts off and gives me errors all the time. Its very picky about when it actually starts without having to try a million times. It revs itself up when its idling. And the icing on my cake is it just shuts off! Literally everytime I stop it just stops running. This is a huge issue! I am a single mom with 2 children I cant just drive a car that turns off several times and doesnt want to start again several times just on the way to school. The best part is every shop I have takin it to says they cant find anything wrong with it. I have never been more upset over a junk car in my life. Any suggestions on what to do with it?
#294 of 361 2006 Cobalt
Jan 25, 2012 (5:30 pm)
As we speak my Cobalt is sitting at the dealership. They have no clue how to fix all the multiple issues. Headlights on and off, Door locks go up and down, key not coming out, fuel gauge doesn't work correctly, then a 7 mile ride to the dealership the odometer adds 300 miles, car won't go more than 40 miles per hour, then it stops dead in traffic. Car dies and doesn't want to start back up. After a week they order a BCM (body control module) put it in and weren't getting any communication to it. Now they are trying to find the electrical issue that isn't communicating with the BCM??
My thoughts run from "how do we file a class action suit?" "to putting our problems on the prayer list at church. " I truly believe at this point only God can get GM to do the right thing and recall all of these vehicles.
So if anyone knows how or what it cost to get a class action suit started please share with this forum. If not then please join me in asking God to intervene on our behalf to get this problem resolved. Thanks for listening.
#295 of 361 Re: 2006 Cobalt [tbird01]
Jan 26, 2012 (7:24 am)
Good morning tbird01,
We're available to assist if you're interested in getting a Service Request set up. Please send us an email with more information (including but certainly not limited to your name, phone and address, the last 8 of your VIN and current mileage, and the name of your dealership). We'd be able to then work with your dealership and follow through with you on the process.
GM Customer Service