Cons: "too many to list, perhaps just "it's a domestic""
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Never again. Get me back in a foreign sedan, such as a Nissan or Subaru. The design and quality of dang near EVERYTHING was a joke (and this was outside of the ignition switch recall/replacement). Turn signal replacements, truck hydraulic replacement, automatic tranny lever replacement. Water droplets stain the seat upholstery. The radio/stereo system is failing.
Lastly, what advantage is it to have my car battery in the trunk under everything? totally illogical and incovenient. Moreover, there is NO safety advantage to having the car lock up (wheels) if the battery is dead."
"I bought one of the very rare 2009 Cobalt SS Sedans (only 474 sold in the U.S.) because of it's performance for the dollar or bang for the buck. I have had all of the factory recalls done and GM seems to have done a good job fixing any issues. The only let downs would be the plastic interior is on the cheap side and the trunk opening is too small for large boxes. Crash tests are good, it features 10 air bags, big Brembo disc brakes, and stability control. The Pioneer Stereo sounds great with a USB and Aux input. The interior is comfortable with Recarro sport buckets up front, and 2 adults can easily fit for hours in the back seat.I also have the GM stage 1 performance upgrade that gives the car an increase horsepower and torque(287 hp, 300 tq vs 260 hp, 260 tq on the dyno). The car will go 0 to 60 in 4 seconds, run the 1/4 mile in 13 seconds, and tops out at 160 mph. With 25 MPG City, 30 HWY, and less than $20,00 new no other 4 door sedan can match the Cobalt SS's Bang for the buck and 1 car magazine ranked it higher than the 09 Corvette for the title of fast and frugal! It is now 2016, the car has less than 18,000 miles on it, and it brings just as big of a smile to my face as the first time that I drove it. Used car values are flat for the poor old Cobalt but with this low a mileage and so few being made I think that one day the 09 Cobalt SS sedan will be a collectors item, time will tell."
"Basically, it's a cavalier. Inside is cheaply made. Just very basic looking. Small car in general. Great on gas. Trunk is extremely tiny-cannot fit baby gear inside. Would be good vehicle for a high school/college student or a winter beater but that's the extent of it. Overall, just "junky"."
"I bought this car at 20000 miles need one fast and it was cheap. First couple years no issues except recalls then started to hear a grinding noise in front tires replaced both wheel bearings at about 50000 miles. Then drive down highway check engine light comes on bring to dealer the throttle body sensor went bad $300 to fix, now at 124000 the chain in the motor that drives oil pump broke no check engine light or limp mode just ran till started knocking and motor is toast $3000 to fix a $2000 car.Oil changes were done at 3000 miles and ran synthetic oil Dealer did all recalls before looking into what was wrong so they could charge GM I have driven GM almost 30 yrs no more new GM"
Pros: "Drivability, reliability, great price, fun todrive"
Cons: "Dull interior"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I have owned (2) cobalts in my lifetime, the first was the 2.4l SS and the second was the 2.0 turbocharged SS, Both of them where really good cars, and I never had any issues with them, the 08 SS cobalt that I currently own is a very fun car to drive, the interior is lacking just a bit, but overall these cars are the big bang for your buck. They are reliable and occasionally you can beat the average mustang out on the road. I love these cars and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a reliable go fast car."
"I bought this car new off the lot in 2005. In ten years of ownership it only required regular oil changes. I feel like I really lucked out on this car. It ran like a dream, and looked great inside and out. I never even replaced the battery until right before I sold it. In the end though, it had a problem with shutting off while driving, which is a pretty serious issue. There was an issue with a recall on the ignition switch which I think could have been the problem. I bought a new battery and that didn't solve anything. Overall I have never regretted buying the car. Definitely worth the $13,000 I spent on it. I sold it for $800 to a family friend that wanted to fix the ignition problem. As far as I'm aware it's still going with minimum maintenance."