• Sep 3, 2006
It seems that the Chevy Cobalt has become quite the bright spot for GM. Through August, Cobalt sales are at 163,300 -- up 10% versus last year, when they sold 212,700 total. The rise in sales has reportedly prompted the General to consider bumping up its 2007 forecast for Cobalt by 24,000.

GM won't comment on the possible forecast adjustment, but it did confirm that additional overtime has been approved for the Lordstown, OH plant where the car is built. Sounds to us like more Cobalts are in the works.

Since we're talking about Cobalt sales being up, we'd like to take this opportunity to encourage GM to drop the blown 2.0L Ecotec into the engine bay of its Cobalt SS sedan (above). We have a feeling that there's a market for just such a car, seeing as Honda just unveiled their Civic Si sedan. This'd be a good time to answer with a supercharged Cobalt 4-door, don't you think?

[Source: Vindy.com]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with posters 20 and 1. I don't own one, but rented two, a LS and a LT, and my experience with both was great. If I had the cash I would buy one in a heartbeat.

      For those of you graduating from college, give this little car a look. In my opinion you get a great ride for the money.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If I want "lower price", I will buy a Spectra5,or upcoming 207 Hyundai Elantra,a nd get a 10/100K warranty, on top of"value prices".
      • 8 Years Ago
      My best friend has the coupe, and loves it. The only problem I have with his particular car is that the interior is far too plasticy (and grey) for my taste. It handled and accelerated well considering there were 5 people in it!

      This morning I pulled up next to a sedan, and took a look inside to see how it looked. I was very pleasantly surprised to see tan leather and a very nicely done dash! No doubt this was a different trim level from the one my friend drives.


      To those of you who have had bad experiences renting them... I got an Impala on vacation this spring, the POS was out of allignment and the transmission was jerky as could be. Rental cars are abused and aren't taken care of like they would be if they were in my garage. I don't think people should judge a car just based of a rental.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Plus, buy a Cobalt and you never have to change the timing belt, because it has a chain.

      The fact that you have to change a timing belt or run the risk of ruining you Honda engine has always seemed like a deal killer to me.

      • 8 Years Ago
      PS, come on out of the woodworks all you closet "Cobalt" lovers!!! I want to hear how much you Adore this raving POS!!! ;)
      • 8 Years Ago
      #35

      Oh, my name is Peppermint Patty but I am a coward so I impersonate other people. I sign as Patricia so people will think that the real Patricia wrote it. Hahahaha now, isn't it funny? Well, let me go back to study my Mickey Mouse degree, oh, and let me write another "I hate American cars" e-mail.
      Peppermint Patty the Coward with a Mickey Mouse degree
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Cobalt's interior is horrible...no way can it compare to the mazda3's or the civic's...

      and considering its so small you'd think it would have better mileage...only 24 city/32 hwy compared with the civic's 30 city/40 hwy. the extra thousand or two for a mazda3 or a civic is worth it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not a bad car over all. It is an older Opel design and there in gets good and bad marks. Like most older Opel small cars it lacks rear leg room. It needs about 3 more inches. A liftback or wagon model should have been added.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not surprised the Cobalt is selling well. It looks bigger than it is, rides comfortably, and has better-than-expected (by the standards set by the Cavalier) materials quality and fit-and-finish. For domestic loyalists with traditional tastes, it's a knockout.

      For those unimpeded by brand preferences, the Mazda 3, Civic, and, for the price-conscious, Spectra and Elantra still eat its lunch.

      Why is it that people can't seem to find a middle ground on GM products? I see commenters here either lambasting the car or licking its boots. I've driven everything in this class, and the fact is, the Cobalt is a solid B student, acceptable at everything, exceptional at little. Its designers benchmarked the prev-gen Civic and Jetta, and as such, you shouldn't be surprised that it doesn't lead its class. On the other hand, others really shouldn't dismiss it so quickly. For those with conservative tastes, it's not a bad car at all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yay, I'm going to get one of these very soon...just because its a GM product! even though it looks like a 90's era cavalier and drives like one too!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Cobalt coupe has a tiny trunklid and no access to load any medium sized item into the bay.Imagine getting rear ended while sitting in one of these things? GM cheapened Cavalier/Sunbird badly with the 1995 redesign and further cheapened it with the Cobalt.GM should have taken the winning style of the 1994 Cavalier coupe(with proper trunk and rear overhang) and blended it with the new Cobalt's solid underpinnings.But GM never does anything right do they?
      And whats with Impala styled (4 door styled) taillights on a coupe,while the sedan gets import inspired lights? Now that Impala has copied the imports,its high time GM cleans up the tiny hind end of Cobalt coupe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My experience with rental Cobalts is less rosy than that... On one trip it wasn't until the 3rd Cobalt before we got one with everything working, and I'm not talking about things broken by abuse, one constantly indicated an engine temperature of 230 (even right at start-up) and the AC didn't work. The next had transmission issues. The one that worked more or less right was soft and a bit noisy. I understand that this is a cheap car, and I grant that it's a great improvement over the awful Cavalier but it's not a great car.
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