29th Jan 2007, 11:03
<<This is when we test drive a car, not when it's warm and sunny out. We do have six months of winter.>>
Hate to break this to you, but it is the WORST way to test drive a car. At the VERY least the tires are cold and are NOT operating normally, so you are NOT able to effectively judge how the car operates under normal conditions.
I lived in horrible weather for decades and still never test drove a car under such conditions because it was NOT indicative of how the car normally operates.
29th Jan 2007, 11:06
Sorry, but the Fit is a wildly fun car to drive and has amazing handling. It is also smaller and nimbler than any Ferrari so it is not surprising it would beat one in a slalom test.
31st Jan 2007, 02:58
I was cross shopping new and used subcompact and compact cars including the Honda Fit and Cobalt.
Having previously owned Honda cars with great success, I was very interested in the Fit. Ultimately, however, I purchased a very slightly used Cobalt under GM's Optimum program.
The Cobalt lacks the refinement and efficiency of the Honda, but represents outstanding value. The Fit would have cost approximately $9,500 CDN more than the Cobalt with the same equipment level. (Of course, the Fit was a new car.)
The Cobalt is not without its virtues. Its automatic transmission is seamlessly smooth. Its interior is quiet. Its engine has considerable torque for a small car. Its traditional layout provides better forward visibility for me than many of its newly designed competitors.
After a little more time to evaluate my Cobalt, I will follow up with a full review.
31st Jan 2007, 08:32
The two cars don't even compare. The Fit is a vastly superior vehicle, and a loaded Fit is about the same price as the base Cobalt. Of course, Cobalts aren't selling because they are garbage so Chevy is incenting dealers to get rid of them. Honda Fits are in short supply because of the huge demand, so dealers aren't dealing. This will change when Honda ramps up production.
31st Jan 2007, 17:39
Finally, someone with some sense. Congratulations, I hope the Cobalt serves you well. You're right, $9,500 is a lot of Loonies, better than a Fit any-day!
1st Feb 2007, 08:30
Hope the poster has a frequent renter car scheme at the rental agency. He's going to need it.
1st Feb 2007, 08:59
Let's set the record straight! The Fit is a joke (Kiddies car) and is not, in any way shape or form, about the same price as a Cobalt. If you want value, buy a Cobalt. If you want to be fleeced, buy a Fit. Try about five grand more for what, a Honda. Sorry, but your comments lack substance and so does a Fit.
1st Feb 2007, 12:48
What are you talking about?
Here in the United States the Cobalt STARTS at $14K, and by the time you add the SAME options as the Honda Fit (which come standard, by the way), you're looking at $18K or more.
Don't know why Canadian pricing is so radically different, but it obviously is.
That said, GM is the king of fleecing, and if you actually drove the Fit you would find it has more interior room AND is vastly superior in quality. Funny how the only innovative thing GM can do is come up with more gas guzzling SUVs.
1st Feb 2007, 20:43
The Fit is such a joke car that it is outselling the Cobalt and has an edge over the Cobalt in almost every category. But other than that I guess it is a "joke".
2nd Feb 2007, 09:36
Friends of mine went to several Chevy dealers looking for an Aveo. At EVERY dealer the salesperson kept trying to talk them into a Cobalt because the Cobalts are not selling well at all.
Funny if the Cobalt is such an advanced and superior vehicle no one wants them.
2nd Feb 2007, 12:34
What an imagination! If you can find somebody other than yourself who actually believes this then let me know who they are. I've got some prime swamp land for-sale in Saskatoon, maybe they'd be interested in buying some.
3rd Feb 2007, 15:46
Did all your friends go to the same Chevy dealer all at the same time? You're sure it wasn't a Honduh dealer. Wow, must have been a sight. Wish I was there!
Strange, you keep telling us that all your friends would only buy a "Honduh Fix IT". Why the sudden change of heart, did they see the light and suddenly get smart or, is this just a story you want us to believe? Come on, you can tell us.
4th Feb 2007, 09:57
When did I say my friends were looking at Honda Fits? Guess that's just your imagination.
And I notice that among your insults you still haven't explained to us all why the "highly desirable" Chevy Cobalt is sitting on dealer lots unsold even with heavy discounts.
6th Feb 2007, 14:29
Let me ask you some honest questions, hopefully we'll get honest answers. Why do you and the like come to this site to berate GM, Ford and Chrysler products? Haven't you got anything else to do or do you think your unsubstantiated insults and comments are taken seriously? You've made comments that are untrue and misleading and when challenged, you become offensive. Why do you make stuff up?
Personally. I'm tired of reading bias comments from people who could care less about anyone else's point of view other than their own.
It's a pity you've chosen to chastise those of us who purchase products made by the Big 3.
10th Feb 2007, 16:10
I'm currently renting a Cobalt for a week while another car we have is in the shop for repairs. So far, the Cobalt LS seems tight, sound, responsive, and very smooth. The odometer has just turned 10,000 miles. I'm seriously considering the Cobalt as my next commuter car. The price seems right and mileage is great. The interior is somewhat cheap looking, but, hey, the price dictates that.
11th Feb 2007, 09:43
Tell me, why do you come on these boards and refuse to answer a straightforward question? The poster asked you why the Cobalt is sitting on dealer lots if it is such a great car and you respond with attacks.
If you can't defend your position, don't post. Pretty simple. You're free to buy any car you want, but to come on a site bragging about how great it is and how superior it is to competition you have to expect to be challenged.
12th Feb 2007, 08:12
Obviously, you haven't been following the loop. The poster has been making false and misleading comments and was taken to task for it.
Where in the site did I brag about how great and superior the Cobalt is? I said the vehicle is an excellent value, nothing more. If you want to challenge my position be prepared to substantiate your comments with true fact and forget about making blind off the cuff remarks prior to doing a thorough analysis of the events.
4th Mar 2007, 03:25
The import lovers have to justify their "smart" purchase, so they bash GM and the other domestic manufacturers to try to make themselves look better. Maybe it's that they are embarrassed because they paid thousands more for their import, sent American jobs overseas, pay 2-5X more for parts, etc. There is nothing wrong with the Cobalt. I have owned one for over 6 months w/o any problems. Car gets 32 mpg combined city/highway mileage.