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CHEVROLET COBALT - 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT Problems & Complaints

 
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by General Motors LLC

There are 555 complaints filed for the 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

5/16/2016 - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
I HAVE A VERY BAD GAS ODOR INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF MY CAR. I TOOK THE VEHICLE TO A MECHANIC. HE TOLD ME THAT MY FUEL LINE HAD ERODED. I HAVE RESEARCHED THIS TO BE A COMMON ISSUE AND THE 2008 MODEL SHOULD HAVE BEEN RECALLED AS WELL.

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STEERING

5/5/2016 - WESTLAND, MI
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE STEERING WHEEL SEIZED WHEN DRIVING AT VARIOUS SPEEDS. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC AND A DEALER. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED LESS THAN YEAR AGO UNDER NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 10V073000 (STEERING) BUT THE FAILURE RECURRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 138,000.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

4/28/2016 - LITTLE ROCK, AR
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE DASHBOARD LEAKED WATER AND THE VEHICLE HAD AN ABNORMAL FUEL ODOR. THE FAILURE OCCURRED WHEN THE A/C AND HEATER WAS ACTIVATED. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE CHECK ENGINE WARNING INDICATOR ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT THE VEHICLE HAD A CRACK FUEL CANISTER. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE VEHICLE WAS ALSO TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT THE VEHICLE HAD A CRACKED FUEL PUMP. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE CONTACT REFERENCED NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 12V459000 (FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE) HOWEVER, THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 90,140.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: WIRING: INTERIOR/UNDER DASH

4/28/2016 - LITTLE ROCK, AR
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE DASHBOARD LEAKED WATER AND THE VEHICLE HAD AN ABNORMAL FUEL ODOR. THE FAILURE OCCURRED WHEN THE A/C AND HEATER WAS ACTIVATED. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE CHECK ENGINE WARNING INDICATOR ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT THE VEHICLE HAD A CRACK FUEL CANISTER. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE VEHICLE WAS ALSO TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT THE VEHICLE HAD A CRACKED FUEL PUMP. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE CONTACT REFERENCED NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 12V459000 (FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE) HOWEVER, THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 90,140.

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ENGINE

4/27/2016 - CHICAGO, IL
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ILLUMINATED CONSTANTLY. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHERE THE FAILURE COULD NOT BE DETERMINED. THE CONTACT ALSO MENTIONED THAT THE OXYGEN SENSOR MAY HAVE BEEN DEFECTIVE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS UNKNOWN.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

4/19/2016 - BLOOMINGTON, IL
STRONG SMELL OF GASOLINE AFTER DRIVING VEHICLE AND A VISIBLE FUEL LEAK COMING FROM UNDERNEATH THE VEHICLE IN THE AREA BEHIND THE DRIVER'S SIDE DOOR AFTER IT HAS BEEN PARKED, REQUESTED A REPAIR FROM LOCAL GM DEALERSHIP UNDER GM SPECIAL SERVICE BULLETIN #12191. WAS ADVISED BY THE SERVICE PERSONNEL THAT THIS VEHICLE'S VIN# WAS NOT INCLUDED UNDER THIS BULLETIN.

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STEERING

4/11/2016 - CORYDON, IN
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE STEERING WHEEL BECAME TIGHT WHEN DRIVING AT VARIOUS SPEEDS. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC AND A DEALER BUT WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE AND INFORMED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS NOT INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 10V073000 (STEERING). THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 87,000.

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STEERING

4/5/2016 - BISMARCK, ND
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT. WHILE MAKING A LEFT TURN AT APPROXIMATELY 25 MPH, THE STEERING WHEEL BECAME DIFFICULT TO MANEUVER AND THE POWER STEERING WARNING LIGHT ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED NOR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE AND STATED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS PREVIOUSLY SERVICED UNDER NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 10V073000 (STEERING). THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 86,000. UPDATED 05/18/16

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

4/4/2016 - SNELLVILLE, GA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT. WHILE DRIVING AT 35 MPH, THE ENGINE STALLED, THE STEERING WHEEL SEIZED, AND ALL THE WARNING LIGHTS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO A DEALER WHERE THE FAILURE COULD NOT BE DETERMINED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE VIN WAS PREVIOUSLY REPAIRED UNDER NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 14V171000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM). THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 20,000.

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ENGINE

3/29/2016 - BURTON, MI
I STARTED MY CAR IN MY DRIVEWAY, IT STARTED AND THEN STALLED IMMEDIATELY AND WOULD NOT START AT ALL. I DIAGNOSED IT ALONG WITH MY FRIEND WHO IS A CERTIFIED MECHANIC. THE CAM CHAIN GUIDES BROKE AT LESS THAN 79000 MILES, CAUSING SLACK IN THE CAM CHAIN WHICH CAUSED IT TO JUMP TEETH ON THE INTAKE CAM, THROWING IT OUT OF SYNCHRONIZATION. THIS CAUSED THE INTAKE VALVES TO BE OPEN WHEN THE PISTON REACHED THE TOP OF ITS TRAVEL, WHICH BENT THE VALVES. THIS IS A VERY COMMON ISSUE ON THE 2.2 ENGINES, BUT VERY UNUSUAL FOR SUCH A LOW MILEAGE VEHICLE. THE ENGINE HAS A 100,000 MILE WARRANTY BUT ONLY FOR 5 YEARS. I ONLY DRIVE ON AVERAGE 10,000 MILES A YEAR. THE ENGINE IS WELL BELOW 100,000 MILES AND GM WILL NOT ADMIT THAT THEY HAVE A DESIGN FLAW ON THESE ENGINES AND WILL NOT MAKE THIS REPAIR FOR ME UNDER WARRANTY.

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