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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt repairs by problem area

Chart based on 53 repairs.

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt repair cost distribution

Chart based on 12 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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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 4dr Sedan

171-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Cobalt in Arkansas, United States
Jul 2009 - May 2015
Jul 2010

44000 mi

US $248
arm in steering system loose causing noise at speed; replaced.  also leak from sunroof; unclogged drain. 

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Cobalt in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2008 - Oct 2010
Feb 2009

13990 mi
Rattle sound in steering column revealed too much play in steering gears- steering column replaced under warranty. 
Mar 2009

14880 mi
Steering Column replaced to remedy rattling noise. 
Sep 2009

19840 mi
Rear Drivers Power Window Still Intermittent Nonop. Not Fixed still. 
Feb 2010

23560 mi
Rattle in Steering Column caused by backlash in steering gears as per GM TSB. This is a common problem on the G5, Cobalt, Pursuit, HHR, and G6s. Second time the problem arose in this car and the second time the entire steering column was replaced Defective Wiring Harness for Driver's Side back door was going in and out. Part ordered from factory in Lordstown Ohio and not installed. Sound in blower motor indicated it was on the way out, dealership replaced motor. Passenger door panel making a bad squeak and rattle during normal use and driving conditions. Panel removed and re-attached with new fasteners. Turn signal wasn't going off when wheel returned to normal position; turn signal relay replaced. 
Apr 2010

24180 mi
Automatic Transmission shift knob button broke off. Dealer replaced assembly under warranty. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Texas, United States
Dec 2008 - Jul 2014
Jun 2009

20000 mi
Rear driver side power window inop. 
Dec 2009

25000 mi
Replaced power window switch on driver door. Replaced ignition switch. Hard to operate. 
Aug 2011

62000 mi
Alarm went off intermittently for no reason. Replaced key fob because of a short.  
Feb 2012

70000 mi

US $112
Battery was dead on a cold morning. Would not turn car engine over. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Nova Scotia, Canada
Mar 2009 - Sep 2011
Apr 2011

34720 mi
Both front artifacts were leaking and had to be replaced Steering shaft had to be replaced. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Colorado, United States
Feb 2008 - Jun 2011
Aug 2008

5275 mi
Tire pressure sensors lost programming. Reprogrammed under warranty in less than 2 hrs at no charge. 
Jun 2010

29000 mi
Ignition cylinder had to be replaced as the car would not turn off! 

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

171-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chevrolet Cobalt in Rhode Island, United States
Jul 2009 - Sep 2012
Jan 2010

4000 mi
Bad Synchros on 3rd and 4th gear (manual trans). Gears and syncros repaired under warranty. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Texas, United States
Dec 2008 - Nov 2012
Jun 2010

24000 mi
MAF sensor giving erratic readings; replaced, problem not solved. Took car back to dealer, discovered problem with MAF wiring/plug; new plug, problem fixed completely. 
Apr 2011

34000 mi
Parking brake ratheting mechanism broke; total replacement of parking brake assembley required under warranty. 
Apr 2012

44000 mi
Cracked flex-pipe in exhaust; rattle in forward catalytic converter. 

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

171-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Cobalt in Illinois, United States
Jun 2009 - Jan 2011
Sep 2009

27000 mi
replaced faulty wiring for steering wheel controls 
May 2010

31000 mi
replaced interior passenger door handle. chrome paint was peeling off. 
Jul 2010

33000 mi
sunroof controls came loose and had to be replaced door trim was coming off. trim was replaced the turn signal would stay on after turning. wiring replaced. works fine. 

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

148-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chevrolet Cobalt in Illinois, United States
Aug 2009 - Jan 2012
Sep 2009

25000 mi
One Tire pressure sensor stopped working. 

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

148-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Cobalt in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2008 - Jun 2009
Dec 2008

3000 mi
Replaced upper dash trim panel due to cosmetic defect. 

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Repair Histories

54 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. 23 of these members (42.6%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 53 repairs to 2008 Chevrolet Cobalts--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

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