2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Consumer Review: And people wonder why GM is in

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt - Consumer Review

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LS Sedan (2.2L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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And people wonder why GM is in trouble
By John on


2005 Chevrolet Cobalt LS 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


This car is fun to drive, and gets great mileage. However, it is NOT reliable. I have had the rear seal replaced at 32K miles because of a sudden and massive oil leak. The interior components are of a quality that is below a Barbie toy corvette. I think it is the same plastic, minus the pink color. The latest thing is failure to start at 62k miles. No one has a clue what is wrong with it, because there are no engine codes stored in the computer! It is barely over the 60k limit, and I am now stuck with a 3200lb paper weight. Maybe GM should close up shop. This will be the last GM vehicle I own after many years of patronage.

Best Features

Good performance (when it runs), tight turn radius, clean exterior lines

Worst Features

Get rid of all of the computer BS. Get back to basics on engine operations. Electronics don't fare well in high heat and vibration. So, why in the hell do they put this stuff under the hood in the presence of high heat and vibration. Would you sit a plasma TV, or a PS3 in there? I rest my case.
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