Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt?
Performance and handling in good weather for the most part seems sufficient. Especially in cooler weather.
Love the heated seats! It's the little things, the creature comforts that help me somewhat look forward to my drive to work, or long car rides.
Two power outlets are great, one for the GPS and another for a computer (again, for long trips). The seats are a little stiff, but definitely tolerable.
Cons: How would you improve your 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt?
***NEED REAR SEAT LIGHTING!!!*** It's a pain loading our son into his car seat in the dark. It'll be even more fun next August when we have another to put in there as well. This also has safety implications, especially in inner-city neighborhoods - you can't see if anyone's hiding in the back seat. I hope I get a better job soon so we can upgrade to a bigger/safer car before #2 gets here!
A larger trunk opening, and larger opening between the trunk and rear seat would be nice. I don't think anything could be done about the amount of space in the car, it is what it is ... a small, somewhat fuel-efficient car. It's a little cramped for two adults and a small child to drive cross-country. I'd hoped my boy would be over 2 years old before he can kick the back of the seat, but GM can't do anything about kids growing too fast :)
The cruise control is a little jerky. I'd like to see the speed adjustments made a little smoother.
This is not a car for hilly terrain. Fuel economy suffers. We get mid-20s MPG. In flat terrain, it's consistently above 30 MPG on the highway. It'd be great (for fuel economy, at least) if we lived in the plains states.
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Review:
In 2-1/2 years and 55,000 miles, *some* of the more notable problems we've had:
-Oil cooling lines are leaking.
-Control arm bushing is getting replaced this weekend.
-Driver's side door handle pulled out of the door.
-Driver's side front hub assembly/wheel bearing needed changed at 48k miles. Got it at Advance for $170 and did it myself. Dealer wanted $370+ for part alone, not including labor. Asked him why so much ... he said "you get what you pay for." I guess it's asking too much for a $19,000 car to get you down the road without stupid problems? This is the *ONLY* car I have *EVER* owned that needed a wheel bearing changed. But at 48,000 miles?
-Weird ticking noise coming from the rear end sometimes after shutting the car off. Had same issue in our old 2005 Cobalt. Our dogs thought it was someone knocking and started howling at it :).
-The cup holders are annoying. Drinks reliably take a flight on mediocre bends. My wife naturally reaches over to hold them up when she sees a bend coming. The drinks also interfere with the environmental controls.
-*MY* Biggest gripe is GM's maintenance departments.
There's some ugly horror stories on the web of injuries and deaths involving Cobalts where airbags didn't deploy. After two years, I'm wishing I'd never got the car. There's just too many stupid things for a car that we try to take decent care of. I'm kind of not surprised GM is doing so bad. If they don't start putting out good quality vehicles like they used to, and following up with better customer service than I've been getting, I don't suspect they'll be with us much longer.
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