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Chevrolet Cobalt Transmission Problems

380 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Chevrolet Cobalt. 21 of these members (5.5%) have reported transmission repairs for their car. A total of 26 transmission repairs to Chevrolet Cobalts--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Chevrolet Cobalt problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Percentage of Chevrolet Cobalt repairs by problem area

Chart based on 367 repairs.

Chevrolet Cobalt transmission repair cost distribution

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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2008.5 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 260hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

28000 mi   On cold mornings, gear shift won't shift out of first or second gear until car warms up (won't shift to right). Shop could not replicate. Seems an issue similar to cold mornings where the window won't roll down - condensation freezing. 

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

171-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

4000 mi   Bad Synchros on 3rd and 4th gear (manual trans). Gears and syncros repaired under warranty. 

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

1000 mi   Vehicle was jumping when downshifting from 2nd to 1st gear and slipping going from 1st to 2nd gear. vehicle was drifting while parked and engine off. 

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

173-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

16120 mi   Mechanic at oil change shop noticed vibration in clutch pedal during routine maintenance. Dealership agreed and replaced overly worn bearings in transmission.  

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 4dr Sedan

145-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

209000 mi US $791 Transmission 1-2 shift solenoid replaced. Extensive labor costs due to solenoid being inside transmission and side panel having to be removed. Cost of part was $25 labor including diagnostics approx. 8 hours. 
106000 US $498 Transmission hard clunk going from park to reverse on level surface. Only happens randomly might happen one week might happen again three weeks later. 

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

145-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

57000 mi US $1903 Clutch completely lost pressure while driving. Could not be driven at all. Had to pull over and have car towed. Entire clutch assembly and master cylinder had to be replaced. $900 in parts and $1000 in labor to repair car and have it be drivable again. 

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 4dr Sedan

145-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

208000 mi US $600 replace 1-2 shift solenoid in transmission 
326000   Replaced 1-2 shift solenoid 

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

supercharged 205hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

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. 
112000   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! 
140000   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. 
17000   Broken cv joint - Fixed under Warrenty. The car was abused while someone test drove it before I bought it. 

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