I bought a 2008 Cobalt at 77,000 miles in the summer of 2011. Just rolled over 100,000 miles. Had a few common problems. Transmission had to be rebuilt under GM Powertrain, both front speakers failed, lower control arms. This is all things I would expect with a disposable GM vehicle. I noticed in the snow that maintaining a proper alignment was key to driving straight, and adjusting the rear brakes was key to stopping. The paint still looks brand new even after $4,000 of paintless dent removal. The car has always been dependable and I don't plan to trade mine in.
The Higher ratio 5-speed transmission helps me get about 36mpg if I try, and 32mpg if I beat on the car for a week. I like that Chevy still offered this car without options to keep cost down. I was ably to find one without power windows, locks, or an automatic, but could still get the SS spoiler, and Wheels. I praise the balance shafts in the engine. I never had a car i couldn't tell was running.
The transmission needsto be a higher quality. The engine need stronger crank/pistons/rods/and rings. You can't modify the car too much without burning up the motor. I would delete the solid rear axle.
Bought an '08 Lt Sedan (4a) in Sept 2011 with 58000 km's on it, like brand new, and fully equipped! Almost two years and 40000 km later I'm still impressed with my Cobalt.
The 2.2l engine is very quiet, yet performs flawlessly. I avg around 600km per tank, barely any road noise, sound system is good.
Reliable on the highway and good performance during Canadian Winters. The interior is plain, nothing fancy. The ''info'' center is great as you can scroll though Oil Life, Gas Mileage, Outdoor temp. etc... all in all, a great car if your looking for something non-fancy but will get you from A-B.
The spoiler is invaluable when it come's to parking and giving the car a sportier look. Radio controls on the steering wheel are very handy.
In exchange for a sunroof I have no interior lights for the passengers behind. The back seats have very limited space, even with the front seats brought forward. The brake pedal has a spongy feel to it, but still gets the job done. The front suspension is very stiff. Have a few concerns with the Cruise control, such as quick and sudden jerks when accelerating up hills, causing slight loss of traction. Upgrade the headlight stock bulbs after buying, as they are quite weak for night time driving.
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Sport 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
I can without a doubt say this is the worst car I've ever owned. I'm trading it in after a year of having it and couldn't be happier. It has been on a hoist more times than I can count. My boyfriend is a mechanic and is just disgusted working on it once a month. Before I met him I spent $1000+ just in 2 months of having it. The quality is so bad and the car shifts rough. Endless transmission problems that chevy won't fix. Front suspension falling apart at 60,000 miles, bad multi function switch, steering column issues, engine randomly revs in cruise control, and too many more to list. I got stuck trading a grand prix in for this HUGE mistake. Stay away from these "throw away" cars.
I bought my cobalt used about nine months ago. So far, two of the tires have blown up while driving, the brakes are already bad, two speakers have blown out, the whole computer system is shot, all the tire moniters have gone bad, my flex pipe coming from the manifold is bad(costing $925.53 just for the replacement part), all the locks in the car have stopped working, one headlight has cracked and water is all inside of it, and last but not least, the exaust system has gone bad and needs to be replaced. Half of the time my car locks up when you try to cut it on, and the key gets stuck in the ignition. There was already a recall for the power steering, but that is currently not even a problem.
I like the MPG, and the car is fun to drive, When you can actually drive it....
Everything. This car has had WAY too many problems to be worht the 12,000 I paid for it. My suggestion, do not even consider a chevy cobalt.
But my heated seats went out at 63,000 miles?
When i brake hard going down the mountain it feels like its going to fall apart in the front.
my Passenger side door lock doesn't work.
The chrome is peeling of the interior door latch. Should of got a Kia. If u r going to buy this car keep looking. And if you got to have it test drive the hell out of it. Cause it sounds like some are good and some are not so good. oh and my cruise control works when it wants and my RF tire sensor goes in and out. and other weird problems with my electrical.
Make the wiring better. And whats up with the front suspension. Needs to be stronger. Could be dangerous