really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,636 miles

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problem #80

Aug 232017


  • 61,000 miles
Chevy Cobalt is leaking bad in rear driver side in front of my tire. I have seen this issue in many Cobalt. Chevy did a recall but for southern state. They need to add it for all the cars. Other northern state have had extreme heat too. Smell like gas in car. When stop driving sees it leaking.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #79

Oct 162017


  • 64,000 miles
Takata recall got into my 2009 Cobalt and when I turned the key, it didn't start. When I tried to start it again, it chugged a bit before it started and instantly had a strong gas smell. I looked underneath on the driver's side in front of the back wheel and there was a gas puddle about 8" in diameter and gas was still leaking from a rupture in the gas line. I looked online and this seems to be a very common problem with the Chevy Cobalt with no existing recalls.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #78

Sep 302017


  • 123,000 miles
While driving the car shutdown. I pulled over and smelt gas. I looked underneath and I noticed the fuel lines leaking gas onto the exhaust. After looking the closely the fuel sending line has a hole inside the clip, behind the gas tank, holding the brake lines.

- New Egypt, NJ, USA

problem #77

Sep 192017


  • 125,000 miles
I started smelling gasoline while driving. I parked the car. I came out of my office hours later and there was a puddle of gasoline under the driver's side rear tire. I drove home and watched as the fuel gauge went down from a half tank to empty in the time it took me to drive 4 miles from work to home (1 mile in the city and 3 on the highway). This seems to be a problem but my car is not under the recall service because it is in the wrong state. There is a recall on the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalts for this issue but mine is not a part of it and should be obviously.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #76

Aug 172017


  • miles
The fuel and vapor lines are rusted completely out. I took it to the dealership and they explained to me that this is a safety hazard. The cost to repair is well over $1200 and it is not recommended that the car is driven until the repairs are fixed for the safety of myself, other drivers and the environment.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #75

Jul 152017


  • 92,500 miles
Both my my car and my daughters 2009 Cobalts have gas leaks. I saw a recall but my car is not on the list. How can both cars have gas leaks.

- South Burlington, VT, USA

problem #74

Jul 272017


  • 115,000 miles
On 7/27/17 my daughters car would not start. Upon diagnosis found there was no fuel pressure. Fuses and fuel pump relay tested ok. Diagnosed problem to be the fuel pump. Removed fuel tank and pump assembly and found arcing on the outside of the pump. When trying to disconnect fuel pump from wiring harness it had fused together. I replaced the fuel pump, wiring harness, and hose assembly. This arcing inside the fuel tank could have cause a catastrophic failure, fire, and even death from explosion. I am attaching pictures and have retained the components for further examination.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #73

Jul 292017


  • 85,000 miles
Metal gas lines running from tank to engine rusted & rotted away at every clamp literally dumping fuel on the ground

- Pottsville, PA, USA

problem #72

Jul 162017


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 35 mph, there was an abnormal odor of fuel inside the vehicle. Additionally, while the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed fuel leaking. The local dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #71

Jun 072017

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while in reverse. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the fuel pump wiring harness melted, which caused the fuel pump to become inoperable. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000. Updated 08/04/17

- Molalla, OR, USA

problem #70

May 222017


  • 139,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While standing outside the vehicle, the contact noticed a fuel odor. The contact, who was once an independent mechanic, checked the vehicle but did not find a leak. The failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to jim trenary Chevrolet in union, Missouri where it was diagnosed that the fuel pump gasket was cracked and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and contacted the dealer. The dealer stated that there was no recall available. The contact stated that the repair cost was not affordable, so the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 139,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Leadwood, MO, USA

problem #69

Apr 212017


  • 62,000 miles
There is a fuel leak around the fuel pump. Possibly from faulty manufacturing of the fuel pump. This occurs when the motor is running.

- Farmington, AR, USA

problem #68

Apr 152017


  • 85,000 miles
Overheat back in 2014 took in to dealer in richmond ca. Again car overheating told fine by dealer. Summer had to run heater for car to cool down when driving. Even after I put antifreeze in& fluids fine. Would not pass smog for 2016 tags, has 85,000 miles.P03000 random multiple cylinders misfired detected. Was then told need a new engine for 2009 car! just about paid off! replaced gear shift 2years ago! car died while driving all fluids good and battery good! also when driving car seat belt passenger light would lite up w/no one in the seat! called Chevy told my VIN does not match to any of the recalls on Chevy vehicles deal with it!

- Riverbank, CA, USA

problem #67

Apr 292017


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled and the low fuel sensor indicator illuminated. The contact stated that she had 50 miles to go until the fuel tank was empty. The contact had someone come to her location to replace the ECM/trans fuse, which allowed the vehicle to restart; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in any open recalls per case number: 8-2926645326. The failure mileage was approximately 119,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #66

Feb 172016


  • miles
Fuel lines are rusted and could be a fire hazard. Common in these vehicles. Should be a recall on these parts.

- Monroe, OH, USA

problem #65

Mar 222017


  • 100,000 miles
Fuel pump cracked and fried. I saw this was a recall on 2009 Cobalt's in several states but Chevy said that my car didn't fall under this recall even though it was the same problem.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #64

Feb 232017


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While stationary, the fuel tank leaked fuel onto the ground. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 127,000.

- Vacherie, LA, USA

problem #63

Feb 012017


  • 100,000 miles
Began to smell strong fuel smell outside car. Can sometimes smell it inside car. Car is a little slow to start. This is apparently a problem with this model, and although there is a recall for some vins, my car is not included.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #62

Feb 242017


  • 125,000 miles
When the vehicle sat for a period of time a strong smell of gas was smelt near the driver side back door. A small puddle of gasoline is visible while the car is running and after it is shut off. After doing some research and contacting multiple Chevrolet dealership it's was evident that the vehicle was not under the fuel recall administered by Chevrolet. However the leak is consistent with that of the vehicles under the recall.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #61

Feb 142017

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the vehicle was parked, there was a strong fuel odor coming from the vehicle. In addition, there was fuel leaking from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed with a fractured fuel line that needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

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