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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt repairs by problem area

Engine (32%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (12%)

Brakes and Traction Control (14%)

Suspension and Steering (20%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (14%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 59 repairs.
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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (14%)

$100 - $499 (57%)

< $100 (18%)

Chart based on 28 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 4dr Sedan

145-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chevrolet Cobalt in Ohio, United States
Sep 2007 - Jun 2012
Jan 2008

41000 mi

US $15
Engine light diagnosed as fuel system problem/lean. Added 64 oz. mineral spirits to full tank of gas. Presently waiting for light to go out(mineral spirits are same as injector cleaner). 
May 2008

45000 mi
Engine Light went out in April with no further repairs. 
Dec 2008

55000 mi
Air conditioner does not work, intermittantly. Could not find any problem, ocasionally fails to work, and then works. Recharged. 
Jun 2009

64000 mi

US $1
Air conditioning not getting cold, intermittently.  
Sep 2010

76000 mi

US $30
Door locks not working, lubed and repaired 
Apr 2011

83000 mi

US $121
Engine light on. code said O2 sensor. replaced and light stays off. 
Dec 2011

99000 mi

US $230
Front brakes making noise. Left front piston side pad worn resulting in metal to rotor contact. Replaced both rotors and pads with ceramic pads and middle-line rotors. 

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 4dr Sedan

145-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Cobalt in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
May 2010

51460 mi
Ball joints had to be replaced. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2010 - Mar 2012
Jul 2011

68000 mi

US $1000
AC repaired 
Oct 2011

68000 mi

US $500
serpentine belt needed replacing 
Mar 2012

75000 mi
we identified that the AC is not working properly. the ac would turn on even when the fan was just switched on. we didn't fix it yet so we don't have an estimate 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Ohio, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2015
Jan 2011

84000 mi

US $250
Steering wheel was unable to return to neutral position with assistance. Intermittent EPS axel was replaced. 
Apr 2011

84000 mi

US $240
Replace intermittent power steering axle  
Dec 2014

125000 mi

US $520
Fuel lines broke and had to be completely replaced. Gasoline leaked onto road while driving requiring a tow. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2008 - Jan 2013
Mar 2012

99200 mi

C $42
Clip broke on the brake pad causing them to wear excessively. 
Jan 2013

105400 mi

C $280
Ignition coil went bad Also replaced fuel filter and plugs at the same time. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Missouri, United States
Jan 2011 - Sep 2011
Apr 2011

98000 mi
Overdrive no longer works so i take city streets to commute, highway cannot drive over 55. 
Jun 2011

100000 mi
The drivers seat belt is missing a tab that keeps the buckle accessible, it always drops down so far I must open the door to reach it. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2007 - Dec 2010
Jun 2009

208000 mi

US $600
replace 1-2 shift solenoid in transmission 
Sep 2009

245000 mi

US $320
Driver side hub bearing 
Apr 2010

326000 mi

US $447
Replaced 1-2 shift solenoid 
Chevrolet Cobalt in California, United States
Apr 2008 - Mar 2011
Nov 2008

47000 mi

US $120
Throttle Body Actuator set check engine light off. Got code, then ordered part and fixed myself for 120. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2007 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

59000 mi

US $85
Check engine light was on they said it was due to the knock sensor needing to be reprogrammed and the "evap vent solenoid" needed to be replaced. I have not noticed any change in mileage or performance so I decided to not pay the $300+ they quoted me ... 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Alberta, Canada
Jan 2016 - Mar 2016
Feb 2016

128340 mi

C $226
Engine light was on, 3 codes. MAP and MAF were replaced. Oil Excessive oil consumption was identified (Caused piston rings and or head gasket). Inspected but no repair attempted. Car started misfiring at idle and the check engine light came on. Apparently low oil level lead to vaccum leak. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2011 - Jul 2014
Jan 2012

41940 mi

C $719
Control arm bushings failed and were replaced. Left front stabilizer link was loose and was replaced. Steering was more difficult and not smooth. Power steering seemed to only work partially. Diagnosed as intermediate steering shaft seizure. Shaft was replaced. 
Oct 2012

47720 mi

C $100
Replaced loose right front stabilizer link. 
Apr 2013

50200 mi

C $482
ABS light on. Right front speed sensor not working. Replaced RF wheel bearing speed sensor assembly. 
Dec 2013

55180 mi

C $408
Apr 2014

56820 mi

C $482
Chevrolet Cobalt in New York, United States
Sep 2009 - Sep 2012
Oct 2009

49000 mi
Took vehicle in for another leak in the trunk area. 
Apr 2011

65000 mi

US $800
HVAC fan noise and un-functioning selector switch. Replaced blower motor and control head. 
Apr 2012

81000 mi

US $250
The steering seemed odd. Took in and found needed to replace steering shaft. 

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

supercharged 205hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chevrolet Cobalt in New York, United States
Nov 2009 - Jan 2013
Apr 2010

82700 mi

US $2800
Synchros wore out in transmission, couldn't shift into 2nd Gear w/o grinding. It is a common problem for this tranny with miles. Cost to repair nearly the same as cost to replace. Replaced with new tranny. Also replaced clutch for normal maintainence. 
Aug 2010

91000 mi

US $252
Rear Brake Caliper developed a fluid leak. Brake Caliper was replaced. IAT/MAP Sensor plastic was cracked, sensor and vehicle operated normally, replaced sensor anyways. 
Mar 2011

111000 mi

US $180
ABS warning light came on. Front passenger side wheel bearing wore out and was replaced. Replaced in 15-20 mins. Driver door latch sticking and working intermittenly. Shut door and it would bounce back and wouldn't close. Also, couldn't open with either handle. Removed door trim and latch assembly, cleaned and lubricated. Problem solved. 
Apr 2011

112000 mi

US $1300
Transmission blew up again! 12 months and just under 30k later brand new tranny tore itself apart. Output shaft possibly broke and destroyed gears. Removed tranny, opened case and metal chunks fell out. On to tranny #3, replacing with FORD! 
Jun 2011

112000 mi

US $100
Passenger rear brake caliper developed fluid leak causing very long brake pedal and not much braking power. Seal had deteriorated. Replaced brake caliper. 
Jul 2011

112000 mi

US $100
Slide pin in driver rear brake caliper seized and wouldn't allow brake to release. Burned up brake pad and did a number on the rotor. Couldn't extract slide pin from bracket, replaced rear driver caliper again. 
Sep 2011

116000 mi
Some paint peeling and surface rust forming on rear decklid by left reverse light. I pulled the light out and found seal insufficient to keep water out of joint bt inner structure and outer body. Sanded area down, primed, re-painted. Also added new seal. Intercooler pump has stopped working. Replacement pump ordered, yet to be installed. 
Jan 2012

124000 mi

US $1
Driver door sagged and began rubbing front fender during opening and closing. Occurred during extreme cold temps 4-20 degreesĀ°F 
Apr 2012

129700 mi

US $250
Left front wheel bearing wore out, needed to be replaced. 
Sep 2012

140000 mi
Another transmission bites the dust. On to number 4. All kinds of issues on this one. A gear actually came loose on a shaft and was being pushed up against the casing. intercooler pump failed 
Chevrolet Cobalt in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2007 - Jun 2011
Jul 2007

17000 mi
Broken cv joint - Fixed under Warrenty. The car was abused while someone test drove it before I bought it. 

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

145-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chevrolet Cobalt in Texas, United States
Oct 2007 - Aug 2014
Mar 2009

103000 mi

US $247
Car wouldnt start one morning. Took off the coils and removed the boots and saw that cylinders 2 and 3 werent firing. Replaced the coil packs and the ignition control module and its been riding smooth since. 
Jul 2013

207000 mi

US $700
Rocker disintegrated, shoved intake valve open, crashed into piston, rod fell apart, bent oil pickup in oil pan. Replaced rocker and entire bottom end. 
Aug 2014

210000 mi
Spun a rod in the rebuilt motor after 4k miles. car is down and wont be repaired again, not worth putting any more money into. gonna sell it to pick n pull 

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

145-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Cobalt in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2006 - Mar 2010
Dec 2006

18000 mi
Heater made weird noises. Blower motor was replaced under warranty. 
Jan 2007

19000 mi
Key got stuck in ignition and would not come out. Replaced shifter. 
Feb 2007

20000 mi
Doors are supposed to lock automatically when the car is put in gear. They stopped doing this. Computer was reprogrammed to fix the problem. 
Oct 2007

29000 mi
Brakes made a funny noise, shop could not replicate the problem, so nothing was fixed - brakes still make a funny noise. 

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