Chevrolet Cobalt owners have reported 28 problems related to car will not start (under the electrical system category).
I've paid over $400 dollars into this car for batteries in the last 18 months because of the manufacturer default. When I got the car, the ignition switch was a problem the first night, and we had to take it back to the dealership the next day, where all they did was spray some wd-40 in the hole. That was before the recall was made news. On sept, 11, 2015 I was leaving a store, and tried turning on the car and it didn't start. I've had battery problems before (with this vehicle too) and just had the battery replaced 18 m ago, but there was no check battery warning light earlier or anything wrong with the vehicle performance. At the time, I didn't think it was the battery because the radio, a/c, etc had no problem turning on but the engine itself wouldn't start. And usually batteries have no problem in summer weather. After a tow getting to the auto shop, they hooked up a charger to the battery, and started it up, and said I needed a new battery! I said no, that's not possible, I got a new battery just 18 months ago. Its probably the ignition recall that is the overall problem because until this year (when the dealership finally got me in) the ignition was slipping out of the off position randomly over-night. Or it might be the fact that the manufacturer put the battery in the trunk where there's no air circulation! what was chevy thinking. In a responsible government, I should be entitled compensation for this, I mean $400 for the same part in a 18 month span because they put a dangerous part in their cars knowingly! ps. I'm looking into chevy issuing me compensation, because I know the auto repariman won't reimburse me on the labor costs, but they say the last day to file a grievance was in Jan '15 so if you would like to contact me on ways over/through it I'.
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Driving on the highway at 60 mph when all electrical dashboard went down. First light to come on the the vehicle was the security system light which was explained to me that your car is suppose to shut down if stolen then it went off after a few minutes. Once that light went off then the vehicle abs, traction control lights came on and the vehicle could not pick up speed nor drove properly or safely. The vehicle cruise control also went off. Power steering light came on too. The vehicle lost power for abs, traction control, cruise control and power steering. Once pulled over on side of the road the check engine light came on too. Tried to start driving the vehicle again to get it off the highway vehicle was difficult to drive couldn't reach speed very slow - did not drive properly. Safely pulled over again and shut vehicle off. Check engine light and other lights on dash stayed on. Could not get key out of ignition it stayed in the 2nd switch stuck (not running). Tow truck driver had to come and tow because vehicle wouldn't start nor would the key come out. Finally tow truck driver was able to get the key out of the ignition and towed it to a shop. Next day shop turned on the vehicle and could not find anything wrong. Dealer could not find anything wrong with electrical panel. Ran numerous test on vehicle including dealer driving vehicle and still nothing could be found. They say they can't fix anything because nothing is wrong with my car. Obviously there is something wrong with Chevrolet vehicles and the electrical panels going down in which I lost all cruise control, traction control, abs, electronic stability control and panic braking assist operation. Thankfully I was not in an accident and was able to pull off the highway safely.
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Vehicle would not start, took it to dealership for service, and was told it was the fuel pump. 2 hours later, got a call that the module harness had to be replaced also because the connection it made to the fuel pump had burned out and fused itself to the fuel pump. The service tech stated this was a very unsafe situation, due to the fact that the exposed electrical connection inside the fuel tank had melted, and if we had been low on fuel, there could have been a fire.
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Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v171000 (electrical system) and believed the failure was related to the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35,876. Pam.
2006 Cobalt that had the 2 recalls "fixed" by a dealership. At the suggestion of the dealership, also had wiring fixed and a new shifter assembly installed at $380+ extreme and dangerous electrical problems: #1 - when driving down the road all gauges go to zero, all lights on the dash turn on and the mileage reads ----------------- (all dashes) #2 - the car does not start consistently. Turn the key and it has power, the lights come on on the dash, the headlights come on, but the car will not start. Multiple visits to dealerships and repair facilities and each ones says: they say it is not a bad part, they say there is nothing wrong. They say there is no codes. They say they cannot duplicate it. They say it started every time for them. They say the gauges never drop. They cannot fix it. This car has a major/serious electrical issue that needs to be figured our and repairs paid for my the manufacturer.
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The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start after numerous attempts. In addition, the vehicle stalled on three occasions. The vehicle was able to restart on several occasions. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 14v171000 (electrical system). The failure occurred after the vehicle was repaired under the recall. The vehicle was not repaired for the initial failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to defective ignition and start switch recall notice. The consumer stated the vehicle would not start.
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The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated the engine failed to start after numerous attempts. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. After awaiting four consecutive weeks the vehicle was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 14v047000 (air bag, electrical system) however, the failure persisted. The remedy failed to correct the problem. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000. D.
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition key problems. The consumer stated last year, she couldn't get the key out of the ignition. The dealer removed the key from the ignition and replaced a part. In April 2014, she experienced the same failure and the vehicle wouldn't start.
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The failure occurred intermittently. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14v171000 (electrical system), NHTSA campaign number: 14v153000 (steering), and NHTSA campaign number: 14v047000 (air bags , electrical system) exceeded a reasonable amount of time for repairs. The dealer stated that the parts were not available. The manufacturer was not made aware of the delay. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000.
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start intermittently. The contact also mentioned that the key was loose in the ignition. The contact mentioned that he received notices for NHTSA campaign number: 14v171000 (electrical system) and NHTSA campaign number: 14v047000 (air bags, electrical system). The dealer stated the parts were not available in order to perform repairs. The manufacturer was contacted who stated that they were making only a limited amount of parts available and could not provide an estimated amount of time of when the parts would be available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 41,500. Updated 8/11/cn the consumer stated the vehicle experiences a failure with the ignition key to turn on at almost every start up. Parts were not available. Updated 08/20/2014.
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The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start until after numerous attempts were made. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number 14v047000 (air bags, electrical system) however, the vehicle was not taken to the dealer for repairs. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 66,586.
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and the key became stuck in the ignition. The vehicle was towed to the contacts residence where the battery was replaced. The contact later attempted to start the vehicle and the key because fractured in the ignition switch. The contact was able to remove the fractured key and resumed by utilizing the spare key. The contact stated that the vehicle would exhibit an abnormal noise when attempting to start, which required numerous attempts. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14v047000 (air bags and electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000.
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while driving at no particular speed the vehicle lost all power; however, the engine did not shut off. When the vehicle was totally shut off the vehicle did not restart. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.
Originally, the key got stuck in the ignition of my 2008 Cobalt and the car wouldn't shut off. Mechanic disconnected battery and attempted to bypass tumbler mechanism. With a paper clip. He triggered the key release. Car started after that. However, on about the fifth or sixth try after that, the car failed to start and the key wouldn't turn the ignition switch. Car is stuck at work 50 miles from home and I will have to pay a small fortune to tow it to the shop near me. . . One that won't rob me blind, that is. Furthermore, I have great need of my wheels as I transport musical equipment to and from my concerts with this car, so I'm losing revenue here. As this has been a recurrent problem and gm already knows it is an issue, I request a recall and reimbursement for this problem, including the towing fee. Thanks in advance, gm. Regards, an avid, but currently downhearted, non-running chevy owner.
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and water was leaking from the air bags. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician advised that the vehicle was included in both NHTSA campaign numbers: 14v047000 (air bags, electrical system) and 14v171000 (electrical system). The contact was informed that the parts were not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 41,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.
Car will not start the computer states that "power steering" I took this to the dealer and they said that the problem was the fuse box I replaced it and there is still a problem I will take to dealer to check next problem.
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start upon turning the key in the ignition more than once. The contact had to wait and within a few minutes the vehicle would restart after more than one attempt. The vehicle had also stalled without warning. The air bag sensor light illuminated and continued to illuminate at random. The vehicle was not taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The drivers seat had deteriorated to the point that the frame was loose and the padding was exposed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who diagnosed that the fronts drivers seat needed to be replaced. The front drivers seat was replaced. The air bag sensor, vehicle stalling and failure with the key not turning in the ignition continued to recur. The contact was included in NHTSA campaign id number:14v047000 (air bags and electrical system) and the authorized dealer stated that the part would not be available until mid April. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30000.
The first occurrence was on 9/9/2011 at 7:30 am in the morning. The vehicle would not start. The second occurrence was on 9/9/10 at 5:00 p. M. The vehicle started and when arriving at designated location the vehicle would not stop in park. The engine continued to run, unable to take key out of ignition, the vehicle when put into other gears was able to drive. We attempted to get the engine to stop and get the key out of the ignition but we failed to do so for a lenghty period of time. The battery had to be disconnected with the engine running. This decision was made after no other alternatives could be made to shut off the vehicle. This was a dangerous situation and could have cause electrical burns or other issues while doing this.
My 2008 chevy Cobalt just started giving me problems April 2, 2011. I purchased it on March 15, 2011. I went to leave work and my car wouldn't start. All my elecrical components shut down on me and my key wouldn't come out the ignition. When I turned the switch it just made a clicking noice. So I just sat there trying to figure out what was wrong. So I walked away trying to get help. When I returned the radio was on and the car just started right up. Also it doesn't pick up speed on the highway. At 65mph it seems as if I'm just barely moving. I feel as though this is an inconvience to me because I have to sit and wonder if my car is gonna start everytime I turn the swich. It has occurred several times in one day and I haven't even had my car for a month. I am highly upset.
On the morning of February 20th, I was driving back to my boyfriends house from work. I got off around 7:30 am so it was around 8 am when I reached the exit for his house. I slowed the car to take the exit ramp to 40 mph with my foot still on the brake. The car then veered hard to the right and I tried to straighten out the wheel as I let off the brakes. Instead the car veered to the left and I started to hydroplane. I lost complete control of the car and began to spin. My steering wheel then locked up. As I was spinning, the right side of my car struck a light reflector pole and shattered my back passenger window in the pain and dented the car and removed paint. It also messed up my back alignment. For the first few minutes my car would not even start back up and the brakes were locked in place. I then had the car towed to my home dealership to be inspected. After inspecting the car, they said that no codes for power steering had popped up, yet they did not actually drive the car to see how it drove. Therefore, I had to pay out of pocket at a different dealership to have my car fixed.
When the vehicle is turned off, the steering column locks as does the ignition and the car cannot be restarted. The car has been stranded several times due to this defect.
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle would hesitate to start intermittently. The contact would have to attempt to start the vehicle several times, toying with the key until the vehicle would start. The failure progressed to the point where the vehicle would not start at all. The contact stated that the failure did not appear until after the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 10v073000 (steering:electric power assist system). The vehicle was not inspected for the failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 44,113.
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. While pulling into a parking spot the contact took the key out the ignition. The vehicle remained on until the contact depressed the brake pedal and put the vehicle in first gear. The vehicle was still engaged after putting the key back into the ignition. Several times the vehicle would not start instead it stalled. The contact did inform an authorized dealer and they installed a new ignition switch at the contacts expense. The contact was concerned since she has only owned the vehicle for one month. The failure mileage was 79200 and the current mileage was 80129.
Chev 2005 Cobalt 63000 mile on the clock , I purchased the car in December 2008 . In Jan 2010 I was driving on a highway at 50 miles an hour when a chime sounded and the console flashed power steering . I did not feel much difference in the car at that time . This next happened 2 days later. It seemed that turning the car off would rectify the problem. With in the month, the car was experiencing the problem on each drive I took with in the first 15 min. I had a problem while in the school car park that it failed and I lost all control I was able to stop the car with the brakes. Almost hitting a small child and the car mounting the curb as I was unable to turn the wheels. I contacted gm in late February when the incident happened and was told the problem is not something they are aware of and that maybe a patch on ice caused the loss of control. It was the following day that while driving on the highway at 50 miles an hour the chime sounded and the console flashed power steering . The car lost all power. It did not stall or run out of gas it quick working . I was unable to get the car to restart. I was lucky that I was in the right hand lane of traffic and was able to pull over to the hard shoulder. The car would not start for over an hour . When the car started I returned home . I had a mechanic look over the vehicle while it was working and no problem other than the failure of the power steering could be found . The car has lost all power and shut down with in 5 mins of the car running . The car will not start . It will be days before the start. It now when it starts,the chime sounds and flash power steering flashes and the car shuts down . This is an unsafe car . The problem is serious and life threatening . To think I could have taken the life of a child if the car had not stopped when it did . The car is sat in the garage I am not able to drive .
Friday night at a gas station. Started the car. Engine shut off when placed in reverse. Would stay running in park, neutral, and drive. Drove the car home. Called langs Chevrolet in beavercreek, ohio Saturday morning. Was going to drive car in to dealership. Car would not start intermittently. When the car did start, it would run for 2-10 seconds then "power steering" would come on. Air bag lights would come on. Various intermittent codes would come on. Most of the time the all gauges would go off and the car would not start. Lang had car towed to dealership Saturday. . Feels like the steering column is loose. Also, front suspension/steering makes rattling noise over rough surfaces. Will make a rattling noise while sitting still and moving steering wheel back and forth will repost with the results. Others. . . Please do not repost the same complaint! this bogs down our search capabilities. Thank you, paulj.
Vehicle will not start after it is turned off after a period of driving. This occurs at least 5-10 times a week. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership, bresee chevy in liverpool, NY for this problem, and we were told nothing could be done because the problem could not be replicated. We were told that we had a bad battery cell and were charged for a battery replacement after owning the vehicle for 2 years. The vehicle now has a "engine low power" warning and the engine light is on. The vehicle runs erratically, and there is concern of stalling while driving. This vehicle was purchased brand new in November of 2005, and is only used for commuting to work on the highway. Also, the tires on this vehicle were completely bald at 38,000 miles and had to be replaced, and the bearings on the front end also had to be replaced. This vehicle has major problems-it is an overall nightmare!.
My 2005 chevy Cobalt was towed in for the 3rd time in 3 months. It is not even a year old yet. All three times have been exactly the same - I go out to start the car in the morning & the car's electrical system goes haywire and the car will not start. This first 2 times, the dealer said it was an electrical problem & they replaced everything. This last time they said it's just a dead battery. If that is the case, wouldn't they have figured that out the first 2 times? something clearly is awry in the electrical system and it is draining the battery. I don't want this car - I can't trust it to start & the dealer clearly doesn't know what's wrong. I intend to take legal action.
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|Electrical System problems||
|Ignition Switch problems||
|Instrument Panel problems||
|Car Will Not Start problems||
|Ignition Module problems||
|Anti-theft Controller problems||
|Battery Dead problems||