2008 Chevrolet Cobalt LS 2.2 Gasoline from North America
A good economy car for a bad economic time
Nothing has gone wrong with this car. However, I have only owned it four days.
Well, high gas prices and zero percent financing lured me into the Chevrolet showroom to trade my 06 Impala in on a more economical car. My new Cobalt is a rare 4 door with a five speed. It is Victory Red with Gray Interior. I have only owned it four days, but so far I am very satisfied with it.
Overall, the car seems to be assembled well. The Continental tires are very quiet and the car has a very smooth ride. Wind noise is the only complaint and this seems to be a Chevy trait. The seats are fairly comfortable, the A/C works very well in the hot South Florida summer heat and the standard XM radio is a nice bonus. The electric power steering is very precise. It is light at low speeds and firms up as speed increases. All of the instruments are legible and the controls are easily reached. The trip computer is a nice bonus for a basic car. It gives you actual tire pressure for each of your tires, instant mpg, average mpg, coolant temp, average speed, two trip odometers and odometer. The automatic headlights are another nice feature. The clutch engages easily with no chatter. The shifter could be a little less notchy, but it works fine for me.
While this is no luxury car, it does everything it was designed to well. As I have done on my other cars, I will update after each servicing and let everyone know how my new Cobalt is doing.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th June, 2008
An excellent review!
Thank you for a good review, and please, do keep us updated on how the car performs.
I've driven both the 4-door and coupe versions of the Cobalt, and though I preferred the styling of the coupe, the sedan seemed quieter and more comfortable. Overall, I found it a very solid and good driving car.
We currently own 2 GM vehicles, one an 8-year-old 4-cylinder Grand Am and one a 6-year-old GMC Envoy I-6. Both have performed flawlessly. The Grand Am had the front brake pads replaced at 70,000 miles for a whopping $18 (the rear are still original). The Envoy has had only one battery, and even still has the original Michelin tires. I hope you have as good luck with your GM. GM is currently building some of the best cars on the planet.
Update #1: 1,900 miles. As you can see, I don't drive much LOL. This car is more of a pleasure car as I have an older one to knock around in. I have had no problems with this car to date and get around 30mpg in mixed driving. The only complaint are the seats. You sit on them instead of in them. It would not be as noticeable if I drove this car exclusively, but after getting out of my 98 Escort and into this car, it becomes apparent. The cupholders are fairly useless as well. But, reliability counts for a lot and this car delivers.
Update 2: The car now has just 4,800 miles, as I haven't been driving too much except back and forth to work. No mechanical issues to report, however, the driver's seat back is showing significant wear on the outer side. Had same problem with 06 Impala.
You can't say this is a reliable car if it only has 4,900 miles. It's basically still new at that point. Wait until you get about 50,000 miles. You'll start getting the usual problems that plague all Chevy's at that point.
Agreed with the above. Be proactive, cut your losses, and trade it for a Civic or Corolla before the problems start. You'll be glad you did.
I did take a proactive step... I traded for a 2010 Cobalt LT. Having had my previous one for two years with NO issues, I am confident enough to purchase a new one.