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#36 of 337 2005 base COBALT electrical and keys
Dec 28, 2007 (10:57 pm)
I have experienced fractures in keys followed by broken keys. The car also randomly displays ''LOCK'' on the radio but the action of turning off the car and starting it again makes the condition vanish without any code entry or anything else. The 2005 COBALT recently stranded me when the one good key I had broke off in the ignition. The dealer laughs and says he cannot fix what is not broken as the radio issue will not replicate in front of him. The key problem is explained by the dealer as " the only time this ever happened in the history of all COBALTS and therefore I must somehow be at fault''. GM/ CHEVROLET apologizes heavily and frequently '' that I am not satisfied" but follows with a nice two step of bewilderment and a promise to call the dealer. I was told today that the dealer told GM that he was too busy to talk to the GM representative yet but a conversation was promised. I could be stuck with a non running, broken ignition key car in a blizzard but GM is not able to arrive at a point of communication with a dealer they have a legal agreement with. The problems with building small cars persist at GM and it is interesting that the competition taking market share from them in various U.S. product segments today was founded on building mostly notable small cars.
#37 of 337 06 Cobalt battery woes
Jan 21, 2008 (5:11 am)
My 06 Cobalt is going thru the "shifter ordeal " in that I cant get the key out due to the shifter being broke . My problem now is , while I wait for the dealer to get the parts my battery drains cuz the clock on the radio wont shut off . I jump started it twice(once with dealer mechanic ) , the second time by my self (11 o'clock at night wouldnt you know it). This somehow created a whole new problem ! Now the dash says "Engine Power Reduced" and the throttle does not work . I looked this up in the book . It says this is happening to avoid engine damage . How do I fix this and why did this happen ? ">
#38 of 337 2006 Cobalt turning off
Feb 04, 2008 (8:21 pm)
I have a 2006 cobalt which i bought in Jan 2006. Since April 2007 my car has turned off 6 times. Once when i was on a highway going a 100km. Dealership says nothing is wrong. I told them i did not want to drive it because it was unsafe. He told me it was "my perogitive". I have been in contact with GM and they told me there was nothing they can do until the dealership recognizes the problem.
#39 of 337 Re: 2006 Cobalt turning off [ameliat]
Feb 05, 2008 (5:09 am)
I've seen and heard of a similar issue with several 05 & 06 Cobalts doing this. In almost every case it was the ignition switch not making contact.
Have found the condition is more likely to happen with those that have a lot of junk hanging on the key chain. Not saying you have a lot of junk on your key but that has been an issue with several cars besides the Cobalt.
#40 of 337 Re: 2006 Cobalt turning off [cmhj2000]
Feb 08, 2008 (3:34 pm)
Hi thank you for responding to me. When i first had this problem they told me that it was due to my keys and how many i had. so i removed all my keys except to turn the car on. Since than it happened 6 more times. It happened again last night at 11pm so i took it to the dealership this morning after contacting gm again. They put a black box in my car in june. this black box is like the ones they have on airplanes to record data if a plane has engine problems or crashes. this box however when you hit it records what happens before hand. I had the box plugged in last night so when the dealership read the data this morning they decided that for the past 10 months my car has been turning off because of a faulty throttle switch. i don't know if this makes sense. they are replacing the parts and guess i will have to wait and see. If anyone else is still having this problem i advise you to go to your dealership and demand a black box or call GM until they listen. Personally i'm not going to stop until I know they are going to do something to fix all the cobalts.
#41 of 337 Re: 06 Cobalt battery woes [mongokg]
Feb 09, 2008 (10:30 pm)
so, your cobalt was still partially on and it was okay to jump it?
i've got the same problem and ive been afraid to try it since i can't get the key out.
#42 of 337 My 2005 was 2 years old on May 31, 2007
Feb 10, 2008 (2:00 pm)
It now has 92,000 miles on it. I drive for a living, and this little car was wonderful for the first year that I had it. With new snow tires on it, it out climbed my husband's Suburban in the ice and snow. I did notice that, at night, when turning on the brights, all the lights went out. The next summer, I had a constant pool of water in the passenger side front floor, whenever the ac was ran everyday. It started dying on me at intersections, and slow uphills. In the fall, the shifter pin broke, and I was going out every 3-4 hours during the night to start it to keep the battery up for the next morning. I took out the console and manipulate it with the little lever thing. Then, the power steering stopped working when it died. I now have days when the locks click constantly, or just when I think I can hop out with it running for a delivery. Then, I am locked out. Now the power steering goes out when I am driving around a curve. It died on me today seven or eight times, in dangerous intersections, backing out of driveways into traffic, going up subdivision hills. I have called out of work indefinitely, to try and get another vehicle going somehow. I paid cash for this car, not enough stash built back up yet to replace it. I am just wondering if changing the throttle switch will remedy the dying problem. I have taken as good of care of this car as possible, I am feeling such disappointment. You would think a car you pay cash for would at least last 100,000 before falling apart. If anyone has had the throttle switch changed, could you let me know your results? Thanks!
#43 of 337 check engine light
Feb 21, 2008 (8:59 pm)
I own a 2007 chevrolet cobalt coupe, i recently installed 2 10" subwoofer with a 250 watt amp, however the check engine light came on the car, sometimes it goes away, and sometimes i get the messages service airbags and power steering. why is this happening and how can i fix it?
#44 of 337 2008 Chevy Cobalt
Feb 22, 2008 (8:23 pm)
Has anyone had any problems with the headlights on the 2008 Cobalt where they sometimes don't light up at night?
#45 of 337 Re: 2008 Chevy Cobalt [charly2]
Feb 22, 2008 (3:55 pm)
I have a 2005 cobalt, and this same issue was only the beginning of sorrows. When turning the brights on, all of the lights go out. You have to jiggle the switch to get anything back on. The stereo locks up from time to time for no reason at all. Then, you might notice the shifter not wanting to go all the way into Park. Next, the engine stops getting a constant flow of gas, power steering fluid and engine oil. Mine is sitting in the driveway, with a $250 trade in value as we speak. Supposedly, they resolved some of these issues that they still haven't owned up to, for the newer models. My advice: trade it now!