2008 Chevrolet Cobalt LS from North America - Comments

20th Dec 2008, 09:31

I agree with both of you. I have a 5spd LS 4door, Red with grey interior and a spoiler. I wish cruise had been an option in the LS, but I wasn't going to pay for the LT just to get it.

22nd Dec 2008, 12:32

To the poster of 20th Dec 2008, 09:31 -

I've found an aftermarket cruise control for my LS Cobalt, according to the advertisement it's an easy install. You then just have to get the Chevrolet dealer to access the Cobalt's computer and tell it that it has cruise control now. I'm going to try putting it in before my summer car trip. Just do a search for "Cobalt cruise control".

23rd Mar 2009, 16:00

I bought my very first brand new car in January of 2008. I had actually gone into the dealership trying to get a new Chevy Malibu, but decided upon the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt LT with the royal blue paint job and all the cool bells and whistles I could ask for.

I traded in my 2005 Cavalier, which I bought used, and it did me pretty well, but I decided that I needed something a bit more reliable.

I'm very happy with my car. I love the gas mileage it gets on the open road. It's way more spacious than a Cavalier, and although you can't get too comfortable in it, there is still a good amount of space to be manageable.

I have the standard transmission, power everything, spoiler, 16" alloy wheels, satellite radio/On-Star, tint, and cruise control.

I love driving this little car, and plan to keep it and drive it until the wheels fall off!!! :)

11th Aug 2009, 18:30

I would've kept the '92 Accord with 240,000 miles on it before I ever even considered buying a Cobalt...

12th Aug 2009, 17:28

To the user who posted on 11th Aug 2009, 18:30 - You only say that because you're not the one who had to fix the Honda's transmission NUMEROUS times.

The Accord has left me on side of the road (in front of a red light once too) way too many times. My new car is reliable. My old one is crap.

12th Aug 2009, 18:21

These cars are garbage. I never owned one, but than again I know to stay away from them. The honeymoon with all your Cobalts will be over with soon enough.

13th Aug 2009, 07:08

I dumped our last Honda at 42000 miles, and bought a new GM SUV as well.

13th Aug 2009, 14:31

Give it time. Obviously a new car will seem great at first. Just wait for the initial quality to wear off. It won't take long.

13th Aug 2009, 16:59

Plain and simple fact of the matter, Hondas are reliable, & last. Chevrolets do not. You may not like it, but that's the facts.

13th Aug 2009, 18:38

What was so reliable about the Honda with the blown transmission? The radio worked great while waiting for the tow truck? Classic Honda apologist.

13th Aug 2009, 22:28

A few years ago, I drove a basic Cobalt rental around for a few weeks. It was a nice transportation appliance. Totally underpowered and blandly styled. If you want basic transportation, it will work but I would die of boredom driving it. Of course, modern Hondas and Toyotas are almost as boring to look at and drive. My current vehicle is a Mini Cooper, which is never boring.

14th Aug 2009, 16:08

To answer questions of what car is better, a Civic or a Cobalt.

The 2009 Civic DX Coupe manual transmission comes with anti-lock brakes, traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt LS Coupe manual transmission does not have these as standard features, except the tire pressure monitoring system.

The Civic also comes with driver and front passenger airbags and side impact airbags, as well as rear passenger side impact airbags and a side curtain airbag.

The Cobalt, driver and front passenger airbags only.

The Civic comes with a 140 HP 1.8L SOHC inline four, the Cobalt, a 155 HP 2.2L inline four.

The Civic comes with cruise control and power windows, neither of which is available on the Cobalt.

This isn't all of it. You don't have to take my word for it though, head on over to honda.com and then chevrolet.com and look at the standard features on the base model Civic and the base model Cobalt. You'll see Chevrolet's classic cut-corners engineering in the Cobalt. The Cobalt doesn't even come with a spare tire!!

Base Price for the 2009 Honda Civic DX Coupe manual trans: $15,305

Base Price for the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt LS Coupe manual trans: $14,990

The price difference is very little, and you're getting so much more when you buy the Civic. I took all of this directly from honda.com and chevrolet.com. Don't believe me? See for yourself.

7th Sep 2009, 16:02

Someone compared a Cobalt to a MINI & to a Civic. In addition to the Cobalt having 155 HP, it also has more TORQUE than a Mini & a Civic. The only way to increase torque is to add a SC/turbo or use a bigger displacement engine (2.2L VS 1.5~1.8L Honda). TORQUE is what pulls the car up hills with less downshifting and engine revving. I drive my 5 speed Cobalt up 7 & 8% grades in Pennsylvania all the time without downshifting.

Once a Mini Cooper ROASTED me pulling away from a stop light, but then I passed him going up hill in 5th gear without downshifting! Never saw the guy again. So horsepower can give a false since of security if you don't have the torque to back it up. GM's OVERSIZED gas guzzling motors actually are producing something other than pollution (torque). My XFE Cobalt also gets 37MPG at highway speeds (62~70MPH) and about 32 mpg at 70~80 Mph. Try that with a Hondayota!

9th Sep 2009, 13:13

Regarding the above commenter's comments. It's amazing how these cars can attain such fuel economy. Makes me wonder why people buy hybrids, especially with added costs of getting rid of the lead acid batteries every 5 years.

20th Sep 2009, 15:25

I get mid 40's on my 08 5speed between 45-55. I have gotten as high as 39 around 70ish.

17th Mar 2010, 02:17

To the guy that said that the Cobalt does not have a spare tire, obviously you haven't researched, read the manual, or even looked for it. It's under the trunk floor mat.

23rd Apr 2010, 22:57

The Echo is not 'crappy.' Maybe the Aveo, but I have a Toyota Echo and it's incredibly reliable, and fuel efficient. It also has good resale value. The Cobalt is boring and mediocre, and like most Chevrolets, it has poor resale value.

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