Car Will Not Start Problems of Chevrolet Cobalt - part 1

Chevrolet Cobalt owners have reported 35 problems related to car will not start (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chevrolet Cobalt based on all problems reported for the Cobalt.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 1
Failure Date: 09/18/2017

The key is stuck in the ignition and the car will not start. In addition, I can't get the gear to shift to park to move to neutral, I've lost all power to the car from the lights to being unable to open the trunk. I had to put the emergency break on for fear that the car would roll away because I couldn't move the gear shift. The car has been parked in my driveway for the last three months.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 2
Failure Date: 09/25/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the vehicle was stationary, the ignition key became stuck in the vehicle. On another occasion, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to shift into the reverse gear. In addition, the vehicle would not start when prompted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 158,000. The VIN was unavailable.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 3
Failure Date: 01/03/2016

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that after several attempts, the vehicle failed to start and the key failed to release from the ignition switch. The plastic cover panel located below the steering column was removed to access the key release button. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the battery was replaced but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,000.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 4
Failure Date: 11/16/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle would not start. The contact stated that when the key was placed in the ignition, the vehicle would not start and the security light became illuminated. The contact tried to remove the key and it was locked in the ignition. The vehicle was not towed and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000. Ed.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 5
Failure Date: 10/29/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was taken to independent mechanic where it was diagnosed wires melted near the electrical fuel pump and the fuel tank had a crack. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. A recall was issued for the failure NHTSA campaign number 12v459000(fuel system, gasoline ) however this vehicles VIN was not included. The vehicle failure mileage was approximately 93,000. Kh.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 6
Failure Date: 10/18/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that when the ignition was turned to the on position, the vehicle did not start and the key did not eject from the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000. The VIN was unavailable. Sg.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 7
Failure Date: 09/11/2015

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'.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 8
Failure Date: 12/04/2014

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.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 9
Failure Date: 09/22/2014

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.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 10
Failure Date: 09/04/2014

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.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 11
Failure Date: 07/30/2014

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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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 12
Failure Date: 06/18/2014

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.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 13
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to defective ignition and start switch recall notice. The consumer stated the vehicle would not start.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 14
Failure Date: 05/26/2014

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.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 15
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

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.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 16
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

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.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 17
Failure Date: 03/31/2014

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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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 18
Failure Date: 02/14/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the key was difficult to remove from the ignition. The failure recurred multiple times. The contact also stated that the vehicle failed to start. After several attempts, the vehicle was able to start. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 14v047000 (air bags, electrical system) however, the failure recurred. The contact stated while driving approximately 20 mph and making a right turn, the power shut off, the steering wheel seized, the brakes failed to stop the vehicle, and the contact crashed into a curb. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000. Mf.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 19
Failure Date: 01/13/2014

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.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 20
Failure Date: 10/01/2013

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.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 21
Failure Date: 09/23/2013

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.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 22
Failure Date: 07/19/2013

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.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 23
Failure Date: 11/19/2012

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 image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 24
Failure Date: 04/16/2012

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.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 25
Failure Date: 10/03/2011

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.


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