General Motors introduced the Chevrolet Cobalt as the successor of the Cavalier and the Prizm compact cars. In its 6-year lifespan from 2004 to 2010, the Cobalt has sold over one million units worldwide, and the SS or Super Sport trim line was its most popular trim line. However, there had been some problems majority of the owners encountered with the Chevy model. Here's a list of some of the Cobalt issues:
One of the most common problems encountered with the Chevrolet Cobalt, the power steering of the vehicle has been an issue since the first units came out in 2005. Most owners complain about the stiffness of the steering wheel when driving under 15mph. There are also some instances that the steering wheel warning will light up, causing the steering wheel to suddenly fail and get stuck in its same position.
In 2010, GM recalled a total of 1.3 million vehicles, which included Chevrolet Cobalt models from 2005 to 2010. The recall was done because of the complaints with the power steering assist of the vehicles. In total, there had been 1,100 complaints filed which includes an injury and 14 crashes.
Another problem encountered by most Chevrolet Cobalt owners is the key that gets frequently stuck in the ignition. Although the problem is not as crucial as the first one, still, there were numerous complaints about it especially in the 2005 to 2006 models of the Cobalt. Most problems occurred on an automatic transmission vehicle, after shifting the lever to park mode. The key failed to detach from the ignition, thereby causing an increase in the consumption of the battery.
Although Chevrolet never released an official word about the issue, most owners resorted in replacing the shifter instead, or brought their vehicles to their car's dealership.
Aside from the mentioned common problems, there are other recalls issued by GM. In 2005, the Cobalt units were recalled due to the headlamp shields that loosen when the car vibrates. Both headlamp assemblies were replaced by the car dealers. In the same year, the Cobalt vehicles were also recalled because the optional roof-mounted side impact air bags were not equipped in the model.