2005 Chevrolet Cobalt LS 2.2 from North America
Perfect example of why GM is bankrupt
On rainy, foggy, and/or overcast days, the headlights are on, the instrument panel lights are not. The body control module is the problem. Chevrolet Customer Service states the "condition" is normal and refuses warranty service (service bulletin Document ID# 1530511).
The shifter has been replaced because you could not remove the ignition key.
Clunk in right rear was traced to a defective rear shock (dealer tightened antenna & said nothing was wrong).
Popping noise in front end required replacing stabilizer bar end links (dealer said nothing was wrong).
Vibration in front end traced to Continental tires (dealer said nothing was wrong) out of round (we replaced with Michelin, a vast improvement in ride and handling).
The brake warning light came on while driving, problem traced to fluid level sensor in master cylinder (dealer said nothing was wrong).
The cruise control would not engage on numerous times, problem traced to leather steering wheel wiring (not switches), replacement cured problem (dealer said nothing was wrong).
Numerous paint issues, pathetic repair work by the dealer. $250 to replace the thermostat, because it's on the back side of the engine between the firewall.
No automatic dipstick; to check the automatic transmission fluid level, the car has to be raised on a level rack and a plug on the backside of the transmission removed. Terrible build quality.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th July, 2009
27th Jul 2009, 13:01
Sounds like horrible dealership experience (s) than a bad car.
27th Jul 2009, 17:44
That's what you get when you buy a Chevy. Or any GM vehicle. GM's quality is awful. It really isn't a surprise they're bankrupt. For your next car, buy a Honda or a Toyota. Or at least a Ford. Even I'll agree that even Ford is better than Chevy. But I'd recommend a Toyota or Honda. You can't go wrong with either.
21st Feb 2010, 15:32
Thanks for the info. It helped out a lot. My wiring was shorted too. Dealer said there was no problem.