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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (25%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (21%)

Other (0%)

Chart based on 56 repairs.
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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (3%)

$100 - $499 (34%)

< $100 (61%)

Chart based on 38 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

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Chevrolet Cobalt in West Virginia, United States
Feb 2015 - Jun 2016
Oct 2015

116800 mi

US $1300
right front wheel bearing, struts and shocks, front rotors and pads, sway bar links. 

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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 5-speed manual FWD

Chevrolet Cobalt in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2012 - Dec 2013
Apr 2012

87700 mi

US $100
2nd time replacing front sway bars. Still under Firestone warranty, so only paid $100 labor. 
Sep 2012

96000 mi

US $175
Replaced serpentine belt. No biggie. Belt had cracks. I guess that's routine? 

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

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 British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2010 - Sep 2016
Mar 2016

62000 mi

C $300
Leaking oil filter housing o-ring replaced. 
Apr 2016

63000 mi

C $100
Replace broken shift knob. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2008 - Oct 2010
Feb 2009

13990 mi
Door Handle on Driver's Side was half popped out (interior) Excessive rattle on uneven pavement revealed to be too much play in steering gears. New Steering Column ordered from United Stated but not installed at that time. 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

23760 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 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

5275.0 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! 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Alberta, Canada
Oct 2009 - Mar 2010
Aug 2009

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. 
Nov 2009

11842 mi

C $400
Power assist motor for magnetic steering needed to be replaced under warranty. Cost of $205 for part and $175 labour. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Ohio, United States
Dec 2008 - Mar 2017
Sep 2016

90000 mi

US $400
Front passenger seat belt retractor needed replaced, was making the airbag light come on. 

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 260hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chevrolet Cobalt in Colorado, United States
Feb 2014 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

99000 mi

US $530
Control Arm Bushing bolt snapped in subframe. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Ohio, United States
Dec 2008 - Sep 2011
Oct 2008

8000.0 mi
Adjust sunroof. No leak but lots of wind noise. 

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

171-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

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

3500 mi
Bad Synchros on 3rd and 4th gear (manual trans). Gears and syncros repaired under warranty. 

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 2dr Coupe

171-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Cobalt in Michigan, United States
Sep 2013 - Jan 2014
Sep 2013

83000 mi

US $80
Camshaft Position Sensor 
Chevrolet Cobalt in New York, United States
Jan 2010 - Sep 2013
Jun 2012

69000 mi

US $65
Front stabilizer bar end-links were replaced. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Illinois, United States
Jun 2009 - Jan 2011
Sep 2009

27000.0 mi
replaced faulty wiring for steering wheel controls 
May 2010

31000.0 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 Oklahoma, United States
- Dec 2009
Feb 2009

5247.0 mi
Radio went bad and had to be replaced. 
Dec 2009

17507.0 mi
Replacement of door handles. Handles were peeling! 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Florida, United States
Jan 2011 - Dec 2016
Jan 2012

93000 mi
Throttle position sensor failed. Covered under drive-train warranty. 
Apr 2012

94200 mi
Wheel bearing replacement 
Feb 2013

132600 mi

US $130
Has a shimmy around 55mph. 3 mechanics failed to troubleshoot it so I fixed it myself. Turns out I had a bad wheel bearing and warped rotor. The mechanics around here are worthless, but the balt is doing fine. Thanks to Youtube and Google. 
Jun 2015

210000 mi

US $100
Electric radiator fans failed 
Oct 2015

219300 mi

US $10
Coolant leak discovered, cooling system compromised. Attempted repair with stop leak, which worked temporarily. Now I'm going to leave it until spring. 
Nov 2015

220300 mi

US $6
Replace collector gasket. 
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. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Florida, United States
Oct 2015 - May 2017
Jan 2016

173800 mi

US $50
Drivers inside door handle fractured. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Michigan, United States
Jan 2016 - Apr 2017
Nov 2016

118800 mi

US $180
Fuel line rusted and leaked. 
Chevrolet Cobalt in Michigan, United States
Dec 2008 - Feb 2015
Sep 2011

53000 mi

US $100
Ignition/key stuck in Run and Start position. Could not turn vehicle off. 

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