Driving on I-10 on a clear morning, going at 70 mph, not sleepy, not distracted... the 2009 Chevy Cobalt I was driving started to swerve uncontrollably, then went off to the grassy embankment & rolled on its side at least twice. It finally landed on its passenger side against some small trees. The front wheel broke off along with its axle. The airbags did not deplore. Miraculously no one was seriously hurt! I was lucky, but no telling how the next accident of this sort will end up. GM is totally unresponsive & denies any responsibility. Something had to be wrong with the vehicle! There was just no other explanation. This is not about law suits. It is about consumer safety! BEWARE
I got this car to replace my 02 VW Passat because it was starting to cost me anywhere from $1000 to $2000 every other month in repairs. The Cobalt reminds me of a cross between Toyota Corolla and a Toyota Yaris without the dorky exterior of a Yaris. It drives fairly well and has zero blind spots.
This car was my first brand-new car purchase. The first weekend I had it, I had to take it back to the dealer because it had rained where I live and my entire trunk was soaking wet. The rear windshield had not been sealed and they had to replace the carpeting in my trunk and rear dash board. Since then, my now three year old car has been recalled 4 times. In my opinion, that is excessive. I wish I could get every penny back I spent on this car, and to top it off, customer service with GM has been terrible. This car has convinced me I will never buy any GM product ever again.
We have a 2009 Cobalt Sedan W- Auto Trans. Purchased brand new. It currently has 38k miles on it. This is the worst GM car I have ever owned out of the gate. Within the warranty frame it's had numerous failures related to cheap parts: Power steering motor recall. Steering column replaced because of a rattle. Ignition replaced because the key could not be turned off. The most recent is a issue yet to be diagnosed for certain but we are experiencing an erratic slapping noise coming from the drive train. I suspect it's a noise that originates inside the transmission. This car has long term durabilty questionability. Be prepared to spend $$$$ after the warranty expires. It's very cheaply built.
I just purchased this amazing car and from the very beginning have enjoyed everything from the color to the handling of the car. The acceleration is outstanding! Would highly recommend this car to any car enthusiast who is looking for outstanding value matched with performance.
Antilock Brakes ($400); Protection Package ($180 -- includes floor mats and body-side moldings); Spare Tire and Wheel ($75).
2,198cc (134 cu-in)
DOHC 4 valves per cylinder, variable valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
155 @ 6,100
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
150 @ 4,900
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.58, II = 2.02, III = 1.35, IV = 0.98, IV = 0.69, FD = 3.63, R= 3.31
Even with the low-grip high-mileage tires, it takes some doing to keep the tires spinning for a good launch. The shifter is surprisingly good with short, positive throws and well-defined gates. Nissan could learn something here. Low-end torque usually means power wanes in upper revs, but somehow this Cobalt still pulls hard in the upper revs as well.
We weren't expecting excellent brakes, but we weren't expecting poor brakes either. Front-disc combined with rear-drum brakes mean the ABS cycling has to be slow, but the hard, skinny, 33-psi tires really exacerbate the liability. Long (150-plus feet) stops were common with one 146-foot best and there was some directional instability, too. I'd hate to think what this car would do without the $400 ABS option.
Skid pad: Screeching tires all the way around, yet there's decent balance despite it -- just a very low-grip threshold. Steering is really, really light and obviously electric assist. Slalom: Because the steering is so light and doesn't build enough resistence at speed, it's pretty easy to get the car out of shape in a hurry (like in a video game). You can even provoke lurid oversteer with a Scandinavian flick. Because stability control is not even an option, the best run was the cleanest/gentlest technique. Control is quite good even if the limits are low.