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Chevrolet Cobalt, Coupe, Sedan
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#7 of 80 Re: Rear Door Problems [dft56]
Jun 17, 2009 (11:25 am)
just wanted to let you know that i have a 2007 chevy cobalt with rear passenger side door issues. before the year was up from me having the car, the door lock just popped out. i could not lock the door, but opening it was no problem. i ended up removing the door interior panel and it turned out the inside piece which connects the door lock to the door handle is not very sturdy. i put the piece back together and everything worked fine. i figured i had solved the problem and nothing would happen again. yesterday i had a bigger issue arise. now the same door is locked and will not open. when i pulled the lock switch (mine is automatic- simple to use but apparently the cobalt has some problems to address with it) the lock switch actually pops out like before. i am very upset because it not locking was better because it's easier to access the door and remove the inside panel to fix the issue. i now have to see if i can remove the door panel some other way since it won't unlock or will have to take it into the dealership to have fixed. it's a great inconvenience since i have two kids and they have to use the driver's side passenger door for everything now until i get it fixed. i love my cobalt. my family and friends all have the cobalts or cavs. it runs great. no problems except this cursed door.
#8 of 80 Re: Rear Door Problems [taniagoody]
Jun 17, 2009 (8:55 pm)
I guess i'll have to take it to a dealer as i'm not mechanically inclined for this kind of work..others yes..this no. I like my cobalt too..only have had this problem and another with the bushings in the front end..for which i'll have to take in again for.
#9 of 80 Re: Chevrolet Cobalt - Door Issues [anya1229]
Aug 20, 2009 (12:46 pm)
I have a 2007 Cobalt LS, 4-door (man lock). My issue is that first, my door handle on my drivers door snapped off. I had to open the door by pulling the left over piece of plastic out. Then, if that wasn't enough... the door will not stay closed. After awhile, I could get the door to finally stay shut, but then most days it will not. I had to bungee-cord the door in order to stay shut. My friend and I were able to take out the part, clean it up, lube it up, and reinstall... It seemed to work for awhile but now it will not stay closed at all. Worst part of all, my rear door on the same driver's side is doing the same. My children ride in car seats and it was lucky that I was just pulling out of my driveway when their door flew open. I tried to close it but again it did the same as my front door.
Clearly there is an issue with these door locks and a major recall should be done. If it were somebody else, they could have lost a child flying out of the back seat because the door wouldn't stay closed.
If anyone has a solution to this.. please add me to your list!
#10 of 80 Re: Chevrolet Cobalt - Door Issues [anya1229]
Sep 14, 2009 (12:11 pm)
ok so kinda the same thing with my car... i have and 06 cobalt ss... just happened to me today. my key wouldnt come out of my so i slamed it into park and the key came out but my door wont open now... from outside or inside... anyone have a problem like that
Jan 23, 2010 (4:10 pm)
I have an '06 Coablt LT and the same thing happened to me today. I went to the dealer to see if I could ask them what it might be (I'm out of warranty). The service guy said that he had another vehicle (not sure if it was a Cobalt) that had the same issue yesterday. The inside and outside door handles wouldn't work. They ended up replacing the latch on that vehicle. I guess it's the latch assembly or something.
#12 of 80 Re: Door issues [fender81]
Mar 04, 2010 (11:24 am)
I have a 2006 Cobalt and the driver door won't open. The lock goes up and down but the door stays shut. I was told it was going to cost appro $1200 to fix it so I've just been climbing over the passenger seat to get in and out. I'm wondering if so many people are having this issue why hasn't there been a recall?
#13 of 80 Re: Door issues [sarahcmg]
Mar 04, 2010 (11:28 am)
Unless there's some kind of body damage from an accident, it couldn't cost that much to replace the door lock itself.
Were you at a dealer?
I'd check at a body shop. They're used to taking doors apart to repair metal damage.
And check at another dealership. And at an independent shop.
#14 of 80 Re: Door issues [imidazol97]
Mar 04, 2010 (1:02 pm)
Thanks for the reply. It was at a dealership and they said the reason it would cost so much was that they would have to destroy the door panel because they can't remove it because they can't open the door. I will take your advice and get quotes from other repair shops.
#15 of 80 Re: Door issues [sarahcmg]
Mar 04, 2010 (7:42 pm)
Find a reputable body shop and they can open the door and repair it without destroying the door. Consider finding a differerent dealer or private repair shop for future repairs and maintenance for your car, the answer the dealership provided you indicates incompetence or dishonesty.
Reporting the problem to NHTSA is free and if this is a widespread problem and a recall is necessary in the future you could possibly be reimbursed for repair costs.
Apr 07, 2010 (4:42 am)
I have 2006 Cobalt. The door locks and unlocks but the door won't open. I can tell that the door latch is either stuck or in a weird position by the way the handles on inside and outside have no resistance. It has happened several times over the past year. Just last night it happened, it starts with the door not closing (appears latch is in a closed position), I fiddle with the lock and get the door shut, but it won't open back up. Tonight, I unlocked my driver's side door with my key (cause my remote battery is dead, go figure), then unlocked the passenger door, crawled over the seat, locked and unlocked the door from the passenger side (cause the lock button on my door keypad is not working either, go figure)LOL, then left my doors unlocked, started the car, started driving forward and wala! I heard the door latch catch or unstick it's self. When this happens to me I just keep finding different ways to try to get it unstuck. I have discovered that it is the door latch, and if I catch it before I get the door shut I can move the latch in the door into an open position for it to be able to catch and maybe avoid the problem for the time being. I have sprayed the latch with WD40, but I don't think that's it's only issue. Good Luck!! I will eventually figure it out.