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Chevrolet Cobalt, Car Safety, Electrical, Coupe, Sedan
#1 of 27 Stopping Short Problem
Oct 12, 2006 (9:26 am)
I have a 2006 Cobalt and I used to love it. Now I am somewhat afraid of it. Twice now my car has completely shut off while I was driving it. Everything except the radio and headlights went dead. It is in the shop again being fixed. Has anyone else had this problem?
#2 of 27 Re: Stopping Short Problem [ladyme]
Nov 15, 2006 (6:48 pm)
The same thing has happened to me three times. So I took it to the dealership and they told me that my car is in great condition; I didn't accept that. Now they are contacting GM engineers to see if they've heard of others with this same problem. What did they do for you?
#3 of 27 Re: Stopping Short Problem [t_l_mack]
Nov 16, 2006 (10:42 am)
Well, first...if GM tells you they haven't heard of anyone else with this problem, don't believe them. They looked at my car last month. All they did was run the codes to see if the computer picked up anything. It didn't. They then drove it for a mile or so. Nothing. They then said my car was fine, had no problems and it was "...safe to give back to the consumer." Now, though, I have a good lead on what the problem is, but it is hard to find and even harder to prove. But Chevy knows about it...whether they do anything is a different issue.
#4 of 27 Re: Stopping Short Problem [t_l_mack]
Dec 15, 2006 (9:36 am)
Hey, has GM looked at your car yet?
Feb 15, 2007 (4:57 pm)
I bought my car 6 months ago. I recently experienced the stop n go. I would be at a red light and the car would just shut off. The radio continues to play. I don't know what else to do. I took my car to the dealer on Tuesday. They gave it back to me on Wednesday. I'm taking it back on Friday. They don't have any error codes and frankly I don't even want the car anymore. This is the first car I bought with Chevy and it will be the last!!!!!!
#6 of 27 Re: Stop n Go [chugarchezy]
Feb 16, 2007 (3:43 pm)
Sounds to me like a fuel pump problem. Maybe there is no error codes for that. Could you restart your car after it when dead? or it had to be towed to the dealer?
You know today it's all electronic sensors and sometimes it's hard to pinpoint a problem. Bring it back to the dealer until they fix it. They have to take this seriously.
#7 of 27 Re: Stop n Go [grosloup]
Feb 20, 2007 (1:02 pm)
I hear that Chevy knows about the problem, but since it is ntraceable they are bing very hush-hush about it. I actually had them check the fuel pum because one serviceman told me the maybe the car was out of gas and my gas gauge was broken. I knew that wasn't the problem, but he checked it anyway and found nothing.
Feb 27, 2007 (8:14 am)
The dealer replaced the ECM and the car is doing fine. I haven't had the problem since.
#9 of 27 Re: Stop n Go [chugarchezy]
Feb 28, 2007 (8:49 am)
My father works at the plant in Lordstown that makes the Cobalt (he doesn't work the line, he is a safety engineer). I bought a 2006 Cobalt in Dec 2005 and immediately it began stopping and shutting down while I drive it. They gave me the same run around as did all of the above, the no traceability on the computer, they couldn't recreate the problem, etc. My father started talking to some friends out there and they suggested I remove some of the things I had on my keychain. I am a 30 year old woman and God knows we have tons of crap on them. Wouldn't you know I haven't had the car do it since? Apparently somehow the way the key fits into the chip that makes it start has something wrong with it and all it takes is for the pressure to pull on the key in the ignition just hard enough so the chip doesn't recognize a matching key and BOOM, you are in shutdown. It is actually an anti-theft feature. Obviously an anti driving feature as well. NICE. Right now the car is in the shop since it has now stopped shifting. Basically the car stays in 1st gear no matter how fast I am going. I have been reading up and finding alot of complaints for this too. My Cobalt sounds like a jetliner landing and shutting down any time I slow down. On top of this now my gear shift is screwed up and won't let me remove the key from the ignition even when it is in park. On lighter note my father said that the transmissions are outsourced and built by non-union workers which includes are so well put together ignition. Hope this helps and maybe we should all check your keychain weight, just for safety sake. Good luck.
#10 of 27 Re: Stop n Go [wendaloopa]
Oct 15, 2007 (10:07 am)
I purchased a 2006 Chevy Cobalt for my 18 years old daughter and God knows all the craps she has on her key chain. I had to jump start her car over the weekend and drive it to the dealer 15 miles away on a highway unable to drive faster than 40 mph and once again, technician spent untold hours trying to diagnose the problem and nada. Reading this, I think I found an answer to the problem and we will see.
Thanks for the info.