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#80 of 99 Afraid to drive 2008 Chevy Cobalt !!!!!
Mar 19, 2012 (12:39 pm)
I own a 2008 Cobal 4dr sedan and have experienced many of the same issues posted in this forum... and I've only owned it for 3 months! Now I know why the previous owners got rid of it!!!
My car experiences hestitation and stalling with jumping RPMs several times daily. The power steering (which was recalled two years ago), just got replaced but the Chevy dealership clearly did not pick up on the engine/transmition/??????? problem.
I was concerned before, but after reading hundreds of the same complaints by other Cobalt owners, I am literally terrified to get back behind the wheel of my 2008 Chevy.
The fact that there ARE SO MANY complaints - serious, safety complaints - about this vehicle, and it is still allowed on the road is appalling. What is MORE SHOCKING is that General Motors and Chevrolet are fully aware of this issue and are failing to do anything about it.
I am disgusted, fearful, angry, and utterly beside myself.
Has ANYONE been able to CLEARLY define what the problem is with the stalling/jumping engine and RPM issue?! It seems like there are dozens of theories in this forum, but I have not found a success story...
Looks like I'll be getting rid of this car ASAP and will hope that it goes straight to the JUNK YARD!!!!!!!!
#81 of 99 Re: Afraid to drive 2008 Chevy Cobalt !!!!! [erikalynne]
Mar 25, 2012 (9:53 am)
I have found resolution to my problem. I took my 2008 to the Dealership and told them that I had a TCC flutter issue and I needed them to fix it. The Tech looked at me and by expression knew what I was talking about. This fix is also covered under the 100k mile powertrain warranty. Since it was covered under warranty they even opted for me a rental car since it was a covered issue. The fix takes a few days for they have to pull transmission to get to the TCC Valve. This was done back in December and I have not had the same issue so I am taking it is now fixed. There are GM bullentins also about this issue but Chevrolet has not did a recall. Hope this helps.
#82 of 99 COLBALT 2008 PROBLEMS
Apr 09, 2012 (7:31 am)
My step father Lawrence who lives in Manitoba, was driving down the road outside Winnipeg. When he went to apply his brakes he said there was nothing there... no brakes nothing.. total failure. Thankfully, Lawrence had the place of mind to use his AT to brake the vehicle. He geared down until the Colbalt 2008 vehicle came to a stop. Realizing he had missed his turn, he backed down the road approximately 150 feet or so. To his surprise the brakes started working again, as if nothing had happened before. When he got to his destination he later returned to the car only to find he could NOT get his key out of the steering column. He tried for two hours. As well he fopund that the COLBALT 2008 electrical system was stone dead ... nothing...not a bit of juice. Two hours later his nephew offered to try to get the key out. He worked at it and discovered he needed to push a button located under the steering column to remove the key. Meanwhile, the electricity returned to the car. Lawrence took the car into be checked. They removed the wheels to check the brake pads and found they were in mint condition. As well, the battery was fully charged and their was nothing wrong with the car's mechanical side anywhere. Two mechanics worked on the car for three hours. Is anyone else having these kinds if experiences with their 2008 Colbalt or 2008 Cavalier because Lawrence is now "scared to death" to drive the car anywhere. GM is telling his dealer they've never heard of these problems. We need to find an answer before someone is killed in a COLBALT 2008 or CAVALIER 2008.
#83 of 99 Re: COLBALT 2008 PROBLEMS [nrichter]
Apr 10, 2012 (5:53 am)
Good morning nrichter,
Has your stepfather had the chance to contact GM of Canada? They provide customer service for our Canadian owners and can be reached at 800-263-3777 (Hours: M-F 7:30am - 11:30pm, Sat 7:30am - 6:00 EST).
Hopefully everything will be sorted out soon!
GM Customer Service
#84 of 99 Re: cluster f*** [paperboy_1]
Apr 18, 2012 (1:14 pm)
OK - First off a Cobalt or any GM vehicle except for a truck in my opinion can't go 155,000 miles without a number of things going wrong. As a paper delivery guy you also drive in town making MANY stops and starts and excessive brake wear would be a natural. If I were delivering papers I'd buy a year or two used base model economy car - Accent, Cobalt, Civic, Yaris, Corolla, etc with about 20k miles on it to avoid immediate depreciation and drive it to about 100k miles then turn it in for another used car with low mileage. You need something that is dependable if you deliver papers. I'm not crazy about Consumers Union and their bias toward Japanese cars but their reliability is better than most domestic cars. Dump your Cobalt before you waste any more money and frustration on a car that isn't worth much of anything. Most cars will go 100k miles without a lot of repairs. Dump them after that.
#85 of 99 08 cobalt trans
Apr 30, 2012 (4:14 pm)
I Read all the trans shutter comments and my car is under warranty, so I took it in to the dealer last week and explained the scenario, they changed torque converter and valve body, turbine shaft and support, I just picked it up an hour ago and made it 15 miles, Its still doing it and maybe worse. Now what? Ill be making the call in a few. We'll see what happens.
#86 of 99 Tranny Issues Again at 92,000 miles
Aug 10, 2012 (3:58 pm)
My 2008 Cobalt is in the shop again. The previous TCC valve fix only lasted for 15,000 miles. The tranny is fluttering between 3rd and 4th gear AGAIN for the last 15,000 or so miles. Again, I had difficulty with the service advisor repeating the issue. I had to grab the previous service advisor and ride shot gun to explain how and when the tranny acts up. Between 30 - 45 mph under no acceleration, the fluttering happens. The tachometer will jump up and down bucking the car as the engine shifts repeatedly from 3rd to 4th gear. Irritating! The dealership is ordering a new valve body and torque converter while I drive a new Impala loaner car. I'm on day 5 and the car is not expected to be fixed until Tuesday or Wednesday next week so another 4 days. This will be the second torque converter but first valve body. The valve body is the key. I had to get it into the shop before the 100k warranty expired. This problem is hard to duplicate if the mechanic has never experienced this problem. Don't be shy demanding to ride shot gun with the service advisor. My dealer is pretty good with me. They know I can be a a**hole if pushed too far. I had the ignition cylinder replaced too. I've had problems either taking the key out or putting the key in and attempting to turn on the car. The recall came in the mail and I took care of it while the tranny was being worked on. Good Luck
#87 of 99 07 Chevy Cobalt Transmission Issues
Aug 17, 2012 (7:04 am)
#88 of 99 07 Chevy Cobalt Transmission Issues
Aug 17, 2012 (7:04 am)
My Cobalt has 140,000 miles and I recently experienced a horrible shuddering sound. It seems as if it isn't shifting gears. I see others have experienced some similar issues. Is there a solution? How much do the repairs run?
Thanks in advance for your input
#89 of 99 Re: Similar issue [fixmycobalt]
May 23, 2013 (9:17 am)
I have the same problem with flutter at low speed and it lurches forward. Service guys act like this is not a Cobalt problem oh but it is because several people have stated the same issue. My car is under warranty until some time in June I hope they figure it out or I will be there every other day. I also have noticed there is a electrical issue with this car. Blinkers and clickers don't work any more nor do the front speakers. I was told to replace the front driver side speaker and all problems will be resolved. Now if they can just figure out what is up with the transmission fluttering and lurching also recently not shifting into the last gear so my rpms are real high.