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

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problem #60

Jan 082017


  • miles
While stopped at a red light on a city street, the engine of my 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt stalled and despite several attempts, would not restart. There was no warning, no check engine light, and the car had been fully functioning the entire week leading up to the problem. It was towed to a mechanic, I was informed that not only had the fuel pump gone out, but it had also burned almost all the electrical wires surrounding the pump. The estimated costs for this repair are a real burden considering how much of the fuel system has to be replaced. I understand that at one point, prior to my ownership of the vehicle, this equipment was recalled and I am still researching whether or not the issue was addressed for this specific vehicle.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #59

Dec 012016


  • 100,000 miles
Both fuel lines is rusted and corroded, location of the rusted lines is directly in front of the divers side rear tire, right before the lines run up to the fuel pump.

- Richlands, VA, USA

problem #58

May 102016


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received an extended warranty letter from Chevrolet regarding a leakage in the fuel module. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for repairs according to the extended warranty notice. After the repairs, a strong fuel odor was noticed from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer were it was diagnosed that the leakage originated from the fuel line rather than the module. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the issues on the fuel module were related to the warranty repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 89,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #57

Sep 302016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received recall information regarding a potential crack in the fuel pump module. The contact wanted to schedule an appointment for the repair; however, the VIN was not included. The NHTSA campaign number was unknown. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Shawnee, KY, USA

problem #56

Sep 042015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving and accelerating, the vehicle would jerk. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice where it was diagnosed that sensors failed and would need to be replaced. The failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the fuel pump was changed, but the failure persisted. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Trezevant, TN, USA

problem #55

Sep 142016


  • 87,230 miles
Vehicle took longer than normal to start. Smelled fuel found fuel leak coming from fuel line near drivers side rear wheel. Saw fuel leaking out on to the floor of garage while pulling the car inside.

- Pontiac, IL, USA

problem #54

Sep 082016


  • 130,000 miles
After finding her car hard to start in the morning accompanied by the smell of gasoline (the longer it sits, the worse the smell) my daughter took her car to a local garage. He found gasoline on top of the tank. He advised her to take the car to a dealership because of a previous issue on the Cobalt for a fuel pump module (see NHTSA campaign 12V459000). They pulled the tank down and found the fuel lines rusted through allowing the fuel to come out in an enclosed, inaccessible area. This is a serious risk because of the chance of a spark from the pump contacting these fuel vapors. It is also a very expensive repair (over $1000 charged) that will cause people to delay in having it fixed.

- Okeana, OH, USA

problem #53

Jul 302016


  • miles
The car lights will flicker on and off while driving. Strong smell of gas after I put the car in park. Been going on for the flickering 2 months now. For the fuel 2 weeks now

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #52

Aug 082016


  • miles
I'm smelling a loud gas smell coming from the back of car and light smell coming hrough the vents occasionally. I can smell it will driving and it's louder when it's still

- Thomson, GA, USA

problem #51

Aug 012016


  • 120,000 miles
I smelled a faint gasoline smell and my six year old daughter and I would get headaches during car trips. The smell got worse over a few days and then I noticed a gas dripping from under the rear driver's side area. There is a current recall, however Pennsylvania state is not included under the recall / expansion 09V-419 (GM campaign number 12190). My daughter sits right above this leak and I had the fuel pump replaced years ago due to faulty wiring which caused a melted mess inside gas tank where pump is located GM has yet to respond about that issue). The leak is now constant and the car is not safe.

- Kittanning, PA, USA

problem #50

Aug 012016


  • 78,050 miles
Car starts hard, smells like gas inside and out. Wet with gas near gas tank when running. After sitting a long while, no gas is apparent on gas tank.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #49

Jul 312016


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the vehicle was stationary, fuel leaked from the fuel tank onto the ground. The fuel leak came from under the driver's seat of the vehicle. It was diagnosed that the fuel line disintegrated and the vehicle needed new fuel lines and a new fuel tank. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #48

Jul 202016


  • 0 miles
Fuel leakimg from the gas lines, leaving puddles of fuel underneith vehicle and a strong fuel odor while vehicle is running and turned off. Engine hesitant to start as well.

- Iowa City, IA, USA

problem #47

Jul 182016


  • 172,000 miles
I am experiencing a very strong gas smell and now it takes multiple times to start. I am seeing a puddle of gas just below the rear passenger seat on the ground when the car sits for a while. My mechanic says that he is also going to have to drop the fuel tank to fix this. I see that other states have this as a recall and am wondering why Ohio isn't included in the recall. It seems like the right thing to do since it is the same model and year as the recall in other states and it is obviously a related issue!

- West Milton, OH, USA

problem #46

Jun 232016


  • miles
Smell of fuel, wiring harness in tank at fuel pump burnt causing car to stall, and towed to steves auto repair, burlington Washington. Vehicle has been there for 5 days cannot find replacement oem parts.

- Bow, WA, USA

problem #45

Jun 152016


  • 121,000 miles
Rusted fuel line leeking gasoline

- Lake Wales, FL, USA

problem #44

Apr 192016


  • 95,000 miles
I have recently had my Cobalt to the Chevy dealership in redlands ca due to a horrible gas smell. The dealership looked if my car was under recall for the fuel pump however it was not. I indeed had a crack on the fuel pump having to replace it as the fuel smell was over the top. I paid for the part and labor out of pocket yet wonder why my VIN was not recalled when I have a 2009 Chevy Cobalt with the exact same fuel pump issue"?"

- Pacoima, CA, USA

problem #43

Apr 152016


  • 54,659 miles
I started to notice a gas smell when my car was parked in the garage. Looking all over the car I don't any indications of a fuel leak, no drips, nothing. The smell is most definitely coming from the rear of the car. Googling around I found bulletin no.: 12190A which talks about certain cars in particular states, of which my state is not included. I called GM to see if there was anything they could do to help me but they said that there were no recalls for my car and that I would have to cover the cost, point blank despite other cars having the very same problem.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #42

Mar 122016


  • 80,000 miles
My 2009 Cobalt began jerking when accelerating over the last few months and just 3 days ago, as I was driving down the road, my car stalls and won't turn back on. After looking at symptoms, it is very apparent that the fuel pump has gone out

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #41

Aug 152015


  • 85,000 miles
Fuel pump had to be replaced due to a leak of a plastic part on the pump, when I contacted G.M. the recall was only in certain states. With this being a fire hazard why was Ohio not part of recall

- Orient, OH, USA

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