Chevrolet Cobalt under investigation ...

Chevrolet Cobalt under investigation for power-steering problems

There are 60 comments on the AutoSpies story from Feb 6, 2010, titled Chevrolet Cobalt under investigation for power-steering problems. In it, AutoSpies reports that:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that it has received 1,132 consumer complaints.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at AutoSpies.

First Prev
of 3
Next Last
Kris Andrews-NC

Indian Trail, NC

#1 Feb 18, 2010
I bouhgt the 2005 model chevy cobalt and had the car for about a year and one day while driving home from work in was mid-turn with one had on the steering wheel and the power steering went out on and me and i jumped the curb and almost hit a telephone pole. My cobalt's power steering stays out all the time. I would put the car in neutral while driving down the highway and turn it off turn it back on and the power steering goes back to normal for about 15 secs and then it goes out again. I am very scared that i am going to wreck because of this. I am a small woman and not that strong so steering this car while at low speeds is a chore in it's self. Chevy should be ashamed of themselves for selling a car that is dangerous. All these car makers care about is MONEY.. MONEY i dont have to get it fixed or even trade in. Chevy you are dealing with people lives here. FIX IT MAKE IT RIGHT!!!!!
Damage Control

Kernersville, NC

#2 Feb 18, 2010
GM is on the hook for about 1 million defective Cobalts on the road. The fix is about $1000, so GM has a liability of over $1 Billion not to mention the lawsuits.
Dave in Bonifay

Freeport, FL

#3 Feb 18, 2010
Beware if you buy a Chevy Cobalt,too many problems for a new car...Older cars are more reliable and easier to fix.!!!They make the new cars so the car owner cant repair it...I guess they make their money on parts and repairs,too much in my opinion...repairmans dream car???
Dave in Bonifay

Freeport, FL

#4 Feb 18, 2010
Ohh by the way I'm gonna try Cleaning the electric motor of dust and crap on the steering column and see if it helps seems to make sense to repair...its better than paying Gm 1000s' of dollars...I've given them enough of my money..

“Most Honored Senior Member ”

Since: Jun 09

Dallas, TX.

#5 Feb 18, 2010
Bad japanese suppliers.
Damage Control

Kernersville, NC

#6 Feb 18, 2010
I'm sure there is plenty of information on record that a DRE ignored this problem during VnV.
ETT

Cincinnati, OH

#7 Feb 19, 2010
Toyota Corolla is being investigated for steering problems. If I'm not mistaken, Toyota manufactures the steering motor in the Cobalt. This needs to be brought to the Media's attention.
Samantha

Ridgeland, MS

#8 Feb 19, 2010
I too have problems with my 2009 chevy cobalt steering. My vehicle was still under waranty and has gone back to the dealer 2 times. The first to have the steering column replaced and the 2nd to have the steering motor replaced.. About one thousand dollars in repairs that they had to pay for not to mention labor. I hope that fixed my problem for good. I'm worried that it hasn't though.. Something needs to be done!!!
Consumers Choice

Chambersburg, PA

#10 Feb 20, 2010
Samantha wrote:
I too have problems with my 2009 chevy cobalt steering. My vehicle was still under waranty and has gone back to the dealer 2 times. The first to have the steering column replaced and the 2nd to have the steering motor replaced.. About one thousand dollars in repairs that they had to pay for not to mention labor. I hope that fixed my problem for good. I'm worried that it hasn't though.. Something needs to be done!!!
Looks like GM is really eating it on that car. They didn't make money on the initial sale, offer 0% financing, and now are choking down over $1000 in warranty repairs they'll have to compensate the dealer for. Ouch.
07cobaltowner

United States

#11 Feb 24, 2010
I have an 07 cobalt lt coupe. Love how quiet it drives, how smoothly it handles the road, & the great fuel economy, but I have been noticing that at low speeds of less than 5 miles an hour, i.e, making tight tight turns, or even just parking my power steering sticks. I am call Chevy because my car only has 31,000 miles on it, & other than this everything else is wonderful. I couldn't have asked for a better car performance & appearance wise, but power steering issues when you are driving not cool & if there is an issue Chevy should pay up or face an onslaught of lawsuits for endangering peoples welfare. Really it is unacceptable to manufacture a car with inadequate or defective parts...people's lives are more important than saving a couple $'s on inferior grade parts
More complaints to come

Overland Park, KS

#12 Feb 25, 2010
My 05 cobalt's steering went out today less than 50k miles. I filed a complaint and hope everyone else effected will also. www.safecar.gov
More complaints to come

Overland Park, KS

#13 Feb 25, 2010
sorry make that www.safercar.gov
cristy

United States

#14 Feb 25, 2010
i bought a 2006 Cobalt and it has turned off on me twice while on the highway! the engine also shakes violently, i know it has nothing to do with power-steering but still its dangerous!
brandy

United States

#15 Feb 26, 2010
I have the shaking problem in my 2005 cobalt. It never seems to do it when the dealer looks at it. I have also been driving it for a year and a half with no power steering because I can't afford the repair. I'm concerned for the safety of my kids.
Ulf

Chambersburg, PA

#16 Feb 26, 2010
Very scary situation with these Cobalts.
Consumers Choice

Chambersburg, PA

#18 Feb 27, 2010
Saw one in the snow bank today. Pulled the vehicle out with the Tundra, owner proclaimed "the steering just went out".
Theresa

East Syracuse, NY

#19 Feb 28, 2010
I have a 2005 Cobalt and have experienced this also. Does anyone have a link where I can report this problem. It's not reported as a recall, that I can find. Please help if you can. Thanks.

My power steering randomly goes out, the light comes on, and I am flashed back to the 70's with no power steering. This has happened mostly when I first start it up, but I have also had it happen when I am turning a corner. I am usually ready for it, because I know of the problem, but I don't do a lot of driving. i wanna know what Chevy is going to do about this!
Consumers Choice

Chambersburg, PA

#20 Feb 28, 2010
Sorry, but now that the government owns General Motors, there will be no recall as that would damage the automaker and the government's image.
Stevensville

Stevensville, MD

#21 Mar 1, 2010
I have a 2005 Cobalt SS with all the problems that everyone else is having with the steering and gauges, and told that is would be $1200 to fix. Like others I do not have the $$$ to fix it. Last week I sent an email to main office of GM out of frustration and received a reply email the other day with a number to call and speak with someone about the problems. I called today he told me to take the car into the dealer for them to "diagnose" the problem (as if they don’t already know that the problem exists) and they would see what they can do to fix the problem (or if they were going to do anything at all). I feel like he was blaming me because I KNEW of the problem and did not have it fixed. I told him again why I did not have it fixed, because I do NOT have the $1200! I feel that because this is not an isolated incident with only MY Cobalt that Chevy should be responsible for the repairs!
Ulf

Kernersville, NC

#22 Mar 2, 2010
It's official - the recall has been launched. Take them cars into the dealers and get them fixed.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 3
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Autos Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News U.S. says North Korean submarine missing Thu operation gladio 2
Original Xhorse Mini VCI techstream FW 2.0.4 vs... Thu Ambrosio 1
AUTOPHIX OM123 OBDII EOBD CAN code reader read ... Aug 24 car-diagnostic-tool 1
OBDSTAR F102 Nissan Pin Code Reader Key Program... Aug 23 Spencer5 5
Foxwell NT510 has good success with BMW multisy... Aug 23 lalaura 1
VAG CAN PRO VCP V5.5.1 Clone less than 50$ Aug 23 lalaura 3
The Newest Version V4.3 SuperOBD SKP-900 car ke... Aug 22 auto engineer 2
More from around the web