I'm willing to agree with the 80's Benz being more reliable. My 07' Cobalt has been a big pain in the a... The only thing electric on this car I swear, is the starter, and sometimes it doesn't work either.
I am glad GM is going under, cars like the Cobalt should not deserve to be driven.
I must beg to differ:
My daily driver is a 31 year old Mercedes and it gives me exactly zero trouble. It's not very fast, but I know it will always (ALWAYS) start and get me where I'm going. It's not necessarily the age of the car that counts.
Let's see what a Cobalt looks like in 2039...
I have a 1990 Chevy Cavalier, and it is still running strong. I would take it anywhere. It is not a Mercedes. However, it gets me 31 mpg. with mixed driving. The air and heat work great. It has a great radio too.
My dog likes it much better than my brother's 80's Mercedes, because it is a diesel and it stinks. Actually I think that the ride and comfort is better in the Cavalier.
I have a 2008 Cobalt Coupe that I use for my daily commuter. The car gets 27mpg in the city and 38mpg on the highway with no effort on my part. The ride is fun and very comfortable; I would not hesitate to take my Cobalt on long drives.
My Cobalt has turned out to be very reliable, and is one of the best cars I have had in years.
If you're looking for a luxury car or something to impress your friends, this is not your car. If you want economical and reliable transportation, that looks good and is fun to drive, then the Cobalt is for you.
It's also not a good car for you if you like your cars to have working power steering.
BTW, it's not POWER steering, it's electronic. And like the person said above, there's a recall out...