To the commenter above. 108000 miles is nothing, a car should run for far longer than that, there are vehicles that exceed to over 480000 miles before they die.
The point that I think he is trying to bring up is that the car was just really polished up for him, when you see a shiny rock beside a rusty rock, you seem to forget that when you drop the shiny rock it's gonna crack and look real bad. So what happened here was the cracked shiny rock just got polished up and sold to him/her, he/she just wants an old school vehicle because that's what he/she felt comfortable driving in. It's really hard to see the crack when the rock is polished up, there's no way that they could have predicted the check engine light, airbag light, plastic mud flaps, heated seat, poor battery and puddle stalling. It would take one special mechanic to figure that out, because he did state in the article that he got a mechanic to look at the vehicle before they threw their money the seller's direction.
If you feel the need to simply try and prove people wrong, don't even try. I've owned my 2006 Pontiac G6 since it was new, don't try and tell me that I'm wrong when I say that it's an alright car, but I don't like it because I've put 1200 bucks into repairs for it already. Don't try and prove me wrong, you don't own every vehicle out there. Some vehicles are lemons, some are known for being lemons and then one person LOVES the car. It's all the car, and the make-up that the car gets coated in.
Alright, now, to the author of this. You wrote out exactly what went wrong with the car, and how you felt inside of it. That's what I wanted to hear, and I will take your advice along with these many other reviews before buying the 2005 Cobalt I'm getting, thanks!
So you had a G6 and put $1,200 bucks into it for repairs, and I am trying to prove what wrong? GM cars are junk, so to buy one with high mileage is like playing Russian roulette. Good luck! You only further my point by admitting the poor quality of yet another GM product. I'm sorry but "it's an alright car" and "but I don't like it" in the same sentence about the same car just doesn't make sense to me.
The Cobalt is in no way a long range car that is meant to be driven for hundreds of thousands of miles. These are pretty low end cars with cheaply made drivetrains, kind of like the Cavalier. Did some Cavaliers make it to 300 or 400K miles? Sure, but very few compared to the amount that were in the junkyard before 100K miles. They are both disposable transportation that GM engineered for repeat business, and based on your reaction to the G6, it is working.
Seriously, if a car that sets you back $1,200 in repairs is an alright car to you, more power to ya. I prefer better brands that don't need more than routine maintenance to get me through the time I own them. The original poster is just one of many I have seen on here that falls for a car without thoroughly checking it out, and now they are paying dearly for it. Nothing really to prove is there?
You say, "The point that I think he is trying to bring up is that the car was just really polished up for him, when you see a shiny rock beside a rusty rock, you seem to forget that when you drop the shiny rock it's gonna crack and look real bad."
If the Cobalt was abused for over 100,000 miles and the buyer deceived, how does that reflect on the quality of the Cobalt?