definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,906 miles

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problem #8

Jul 302017

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The consumer stated upon entering the vehicle the anti-theft indicator was illuminated. The contact pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road and restarted the vehicle; however, it failed to start. The dealer (jim taylor Chevrolet located at 139 grimshaw St, rayville, la 71269; (318) 728-6550) was contacted and confirmed that the contact had to pay for the repair since the VIN was not included in a recall. The vehicle was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted at 800-222-1020 and stated that the VIN was not included in a recall. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000. Updated 08/16/17 the consumer stated initially asked was there a recall on the ignition switch. The consumer also stated the diagnosis was the shift solenoid, which was replaced on 8/8/17 and 8/10/17 but this is still a recurring problem. The consumer stated the vehicle is back in the shop and the mechanic is saying its an electrical issue.

- Bastrop, LA, USA

problem #7

Jul 292014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled intermittently on several occasions. The contact was able to shift into neutral and restart the vehicle. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000 (electrical system:ignition:switch), but the failure soon recurred. The contact also received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering); however, the parts were not available for the repair. The dealer was unable to provide a specific date as to when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was not available.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #6

May 032014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000 (ignition switch) however, the part was not available to repair the vehicle under the recall. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Silva, NC, USA

problem #5

May 262014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
GM dealer was contacted with recall information on this vehicle in last week of May 2014. We were advised that the part would be ordered, we would be put on a waiting list, and then called when the repair was scheduled. Two months have now passed with no idea from the dealer when parts will arrive or when this safety issue will be corrected. I feel like I am sitting on a ticking time bomb every time I drive this car and that GM isn't really that concerned with this safety issue. What's more important to me is that this is my daughter's car and my safety with this vehicle is not near as important at that of one I love very dearly. It is really unacceptable that GM would drag their feet on this safety issue and not be responsive in the determination of when this ignition recall will be fixed.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #4

Feb 132014


  • miles
I have been waiting several months for parts to repair my 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt ignition switch. Meanwhile, I am driving an unsafe vehicle which has been unsafe for years unto my knowledge. I feel as though General Motors should compensate owners who have to continue to drive these unsafe vehicles and wait extremely long unsafe time periods for recall repairs to be made. Knowing for 10 years about the ignition switch problem and doing nothing is simply crazy and unjust.

- Farmington, MO, USA

problem #3

Feb 052014


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 3 mph and in reverse, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact stated that a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000 (electrical system: Ignition switch) was received in may of 2014. The contact stated that the dealer and the manufacturer were contacted on several occasions and informed that the part needed for the repair was not available. The failure mileage was 48,000.

- New Brighton, PA, USA

problem #2

May 302014


  • 70,250 miles
I was going up a hill to go to work to pick up my paycheck that day. I pushed on the gas pedal I was only going 10 or 15 mph when the car completely shut off. It lost all power and I freaked out; because it happened so fast that it scared me half to death. Thank god there was no one behind me. I put the car in park and put my foot on the brake and I had to restart the car. Then I put it back into drive and drove up the hill. I was so scared and frightened that it scared half to death. I am still scared and freaked out to drive the car. Everytime I drive it I am so nervous. I just want the ignition switch fixed. I just want it fixed. The car dealer in own told me they do not have the part to fix it yet. They told me I have to drive it and it won't be ready for another month or so. That does not help the situation at all. It only adds to the misery of it all.

- Ilion, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 042010


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated the key in the ignition could not be removed and it would not shut the vehicle off. The contact was only able to shut the vehicle off by disconnecting the battery. The contact had not taken the vehicle to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact stated that this was a safety issue because the battery could electrocute someone while the vehicle was turned on. The failure mileage was 39,000.

- Sardis, GA, USA