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Chevrolet Cobalt repairs by problem area

Engine (25%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (25%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (15%)

Other (4%)

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Chevrolet Cobalt transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (10%)

$100 - $499 (50%)

< $100 (20%)

Chart based on 30 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 260hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

30700 mi

US $100
CV boot on right axle failed, leading to ultimately require the axle to also be replaced. 

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 4dr Sedan

155-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

72700 mi

US $1000
Transmission shift solenoids replaced/ 

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 260hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

22000 mi Clutch pedal started groaning/squeaking when letting it out. They lubed the pedal pivot point but squeak/groan was back the next day. Just living with it now. 
19220 mi Car would not shift into reverse. Shifter cable ordered and replaced.  Minor leakage from right front axle seal. Seal replaced. 

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

155-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

48000 mi

US $1600
Failed clutch, something mechanical. 

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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 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

8370 mi

C $200
Automatic shift indicator wouldn't move, had to replace shifter under warranty. Approxiamate cost was $109 cdn for part and $105 labour. 

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 260hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

81000 mi

US $250
Replaced passenger side CV axle. 

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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

51000 mi

US $175
Transmission started hard shifting after Keys were changed and Coolant Flush. Only after driving many miles. not short trips. Like overheating of Transmission. Every time I take my car for any problem it comes back with another problem 
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

supercharged 205hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

247000 mi

US $280
Replaced broken axle due to abuse. Occasional wheel hop in 1st gear with aggressive throttle. The issue should be prevented with revised OEM engine and transmission mounts. 
96000 mi 5th gear synchro failure. Transmission replaced under warranty. No complaints! 

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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

63000 mi

US $100
transmission oil leak from coolant line and axle. 
106000 mi

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. 
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. 

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

supercharged 205hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

58900 mi

C $80
Passenger-side axle seal leaking, ordered part and replace by self; Replaced transmission fluid. 

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

171-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

186 mi Adjusted clutch linkage for less vibration. Lubricated rear strut mounts for remove squeek. 

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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. 
60760 mi

C $80
Shifter assembly was stiff, needed to be lubricated 

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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 mi

US $447
Replaced 1-2 shift solenoid 
98000 mi Overdrive no longer works so i take city streets to commute, highway cannot drive over 55. 

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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 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! 
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. 
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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Chevrolet Cobalt Transmission Problems

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