pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
95,350 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. fuel pump replacement (1 reports)
  3. replace tank (1 reports)
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problem #5

Sep 032018

Cobalt LS

  • Manual transmission
  • 107,000 miles

Ever since I've gotten this car in 2012 I've had to put 2 Purge valves in it, a fuel pump and they had to fix a lose wire under the fuse box that would pop my ignition fuse constantly and leave me stranded. Now I leak fuel if I fill the gas tank and when it rains somehow my back seat gets wet. I will never buy a Chevy car again

- DeeDee W., Statesville, NC, US

problem #4

Aug 112014

Cobalt SE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles

I noticed a bad Fuel odor inside my car and investigated immediately. I found two small plastic fuel lines lying on top of the fuel tank to be the problem. These two plastic lines are leaking raw fuel all over the top of the tank and down the sides. I am concerned due to the fact that there are electrical connectors in the immediate vicinity. I am taking the vehicle to the dealer, but have found that there was a recall (NHTSA #09V419000) that describes precisely my condition. The question is am I included in this recall in Michigan? This recall seems to be written for a specific region. Like my car has any clue where it resides. The fact is that my car is unsafe and there is an established recall for exactly this problem. It is very clear that this has to be corrected.

- h4wk, Ortonville, MI, US

problem #3

Jan 222013

Cobalt 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

A short time after my purchase of the 2007 Chevy Cobalt, I could swear I was smelling fuel from inside the car. I would look under the car and not see any leakage but I was sure I was smelling gasoline. Upon a visit to my local auto center for an oil change, the mechanic tells me I'm driving a potential FIRE BOMB. Apparently the fuel was leaking from the fuel pump and down over my exhaust causing what could have become a potentially dangerous situation. So I did what any reasonable person would do, I took it to a shop to be repaired right away.

Unknown to me was this is a major defect and recall that many Cobalts will inevitably experience. Of course the next step was to take it up with Chevy. They Chevy reps informed me that though this is the exact problem that is detailed in the recall, I was not eligible to receive compensation for the repairs. Why? because I do not live in the southern states of America...

But why would this be? Could the recall be exclusive to certain manufacturing plants I wondered? No, as it turns out, Chevy makes the claim that the vehicle is not eligible because it is not likely to be hot enough in New Jersey (where I purchased the car) for the design flaw to activate...

So then why was I experiencing the exact same issue? Could it be Chevy trying to save millions on lemons they mass produced by only addressing the problem in areas they know it will most commonly arise, or maybe all these other instances of fuel pump malfunctions across the country are just some bizarre coincidence. You decide.

Either way, this along with the power steering, power locks, and key release problems me and many others have had with this vehicle has seriously soured my view on Chevy as a company. At least if they would have owned up to these design flaws, especially due to the potential danger of the fuel leakage, I might have given them another chance.

Stay away from this vehicle...

- Andrew S., Norristown, PA, US

problem #2

Aug 152012

Cobalt SS 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

GM has recently announced a recall for a gas leak in certain models, including my year. But the kicker is its only for certain states. West and south. I'm guessing because of the hotter weather. But Not the mid-west which is where I'm located. HEY GM WE HAD RECORD HEAT ALL SUMMER. And my Cobalt has that leak. Right on top of the tank where the fuel pump is. How do I get my car fixed?

- boommaker, Carmi, IL, US

problem #1

May 112011

Cobalt LT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,623 miles

Well for two weeks i smelled gasoline in my car pretty heavy! No leakage of gas at all!! Finally took to Chevorlet said i hit something really hard and busted top of fuel tank!! First off i would have to hit a center block and i would have remembered that!!! paid for repair and just few wks ago found a recall on my car that i was never notified about at all!!! I bet that was the problem and Chevorelt is such a rip off and liares they didnt say a word about it!!! That is awefull.....

- Jessica C., Elgin, SC, US