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Cory Wolfe

Cobalt Cometh to Cory

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Well, what to say besides, it's officially mine. I'm not terribly exciting, but still somewhat am for the sake of finally having a car again. Anyways, here's the story.

This car was originally purchased by my grandpa for my grandma back in '05. After three years, she passed away last June. She had only put 8000 miles on it. For the last year, my grandpa has been driving it since selling his Silverado. He hasn't really liked it too much. It's too small for him and always complains about hitting his head when gets in and hitting his stomach once he is in. Recently, he's been looking into trading it in. Most dealerships have only offered him around $5500 for it, despite the super-low mileage. With my car-less-ness, he offered to sell it to me for the amount he was offered. He gave a bit of a break from that as well, and decided upon $5k even.

Currently having 10k miles, its in pretty good condition, as one would expect. The only issue it really has is the amount of filth in the interior from my grandpa never bothering to clean it. That and this mysterious squeak. I'm not certain where exactly it is coming from. It occurs while in motion, at all speeds. Almost sounds like its coming from something inside, but I can't pinpoint it. Otherwise, not much to fret over in this car it seems. I just have to get the filthy interior clean (hence the lack of interior pictures).

A few comments about it... I forgot how light the steering is. My god, I could probably turn it by blowing on it. You can't tell that it's even connected to the wheels. I must also mention the mushy brakes. It stops well, but stepping on the pedal is a deceiving feeling. Besides those, it drives and rides rather well. Not great, but it's certainly not bad. I just wish it were better equipped. Manual locks are a bitch to have when you frequently carry an expensive camera and electronics in your car.

The few pics I were able to snap before darkness set in.

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I don't plan on keeping it forever, however. After I'm done with it, my Mom wants to buy it off of me to keep the car in the family. The Sunfire has been running especially $h!ty lately, two years after being told it was bound to blow up by a mechanic. Maybe it'll last another year.

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Nice car welcome back to GM! Wishing you the best of luck with it and also the Cobalt coupe is pretty sharp BV!

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For some reason, I was expecting a refridgerator white sedan with the original dirt of the last 4 years still on it.

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Mod it a bit...and enjoy.

The Eco is a pretty solid engine.

Pay it off as quick as you can.

My Balt coupe is the "beater" right now....but I'm planning to drive it into the ground....

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For some reason, I was expecting a refridgerator white sedan with the original dirt of the last 4 years still on it.

My grandma had some taste, atleast. :P

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Not bad atall, Vipes! Happy Motoring!
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I have an odd question... are the front struts naturally clunky? Or should I look into having those checked out? Something big is clunking up front when I travel over bumps and whatnot. It rides fine, but that clunking isn't something I'm terribly fond of.

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I have an odd question... are the front struts naturally clunky? Or should I look into having those checked out? Something big is clunking up front when I travel over bumps and whatnot. It rides fine, but that clunking isn't something I'm terribly fond of.

That's not normal, the one I spent 2 months with was quiet over all bumps.

Congrats in the car, it sure is clean outside and in the engine bay! You can probably look into getting remote keyless entry installed on it. Here's to hoping it serves you well. :cheers:

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Remote keyless entry can only be installed on cars with power door locks. And Vipes, is there any sort of warranty left on the car, did your grandmother purchase an extended warranty that may be transferrable, do you know? I would be moderately concerned about noises myself, and would want them checked out. Maybe someone on a Cobalt forum can help.
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I have an odd question... are the front struts naturally clunky? Or should I look into having those checked out? Something big is clunking up front when I travel over bumps and whatnot. It rides fine, but that clunking isn't something I'm terribly fond of.

I have some disconcerting noises from time to time too. I was told that they are normal. I've had a couple of mechanics listen to mine and tell me that that's what FWD compacts do. I also had an RSX owner tell me that his car made the exact same noise when he heard it.

BTW, I was expecting a grey sedan. Red coupe, it's nice, what are you complaining about?

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I have an odd question... are the front struts naturally clunky? Or should I look into having those checked out? Something big is clunking up front when I travel over bumps and whatnot. It rides fine, but that clunking isn't something I'm terribly fond of.

It might be the lower control arm bushings. There's a TSB for it. Mine had that issue and I got them fixed under warranty.

As for the interior squeak, that might be the rear seat. As a test, go in the trunk and pull the levers that releases the seat backs and allows them to fold down. Drive the car around like this and see if the squeak goes away. If it does, that's another TSB, though if you're interested it's a fix you can probably do yourself, and I can dig up the article on how to fix it.

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It might be the lower control arm bushings. There's a TSB for it. Mine had that issue and I got them fixed under warranty.

As for the interior squeak, that might be the rear seat. As a test, go in the trunk and pull the levers that releases the seat backs and allows them to fold down. Drive the car around like this and see if the squeak goes away. If it does, that's another TSB, though if you're interested it's a fix you can probably do yourself, and I can dig up the article on how to fix it.

+1 I had mine replaced too...

Granted, no squeak....

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Wow, that looks almost exactly like my little sister's car, only the split in the grille goes the wrong way... You little bitch.

haha jk, Glad you got a car!

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Great choice. You seem to be having an affinity to red. It has been kept in a good condition.

For some reason, I was expecting a refridgerator white sedan with the original dirt of the last 4 years still on it.

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Not sure if this was even an issue for the 'balts, but on my ION sedan, the swaybar endlinks would wear out and clunk after 20K kilometres (16Kish miles). I believe there was a new design released towards the end of production on the IONs but I'm not sure, and I don't even know if the balts had that issue. Might want to check on that as an option.

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Not sure if this was even an issue for the 'balts, but on my ION sedan, the swaybar endlinks would wear out and clunk after 20K kilometres (16Kish miles). I believe there was a new design released towards the end of production on the IONs but I'm not sure, and I don't even know if the balts had that issue. Might want to check on that as an option.

Yeah, but they are a different animal...and the IONs were (and still are) JUNK....

It's too bad because I like the coupe..

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I have an odd question... are the front struts naturally clunky? Or should I look into having those checked out? Something big is clunking up front when I travel over bumps and whatnot. It rides fine, but that clunking isn't something I'm terribly fond of.

Maybe it's haunted by your Grandma, in any event Congrats Cory ...

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I know I suggested you should part out your Jetta, but this is going too damn far. I mean REALLY, parting out the PAINT and putting it on your Cobalt?:huh:
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I have an odd question... are the front struts naturally clunky? Or should I look into having those checked out? Something big is clunking up front when I travel over bumps and whatnot. It rides fine, but that clunking isn't something I'm terribly fond of.

I told you on AIM last night that this isn't normal ya clunk head :lol:

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I have an odd question... are the front struts naturally clunky? Or should I look into having those checked out? Something big is clunking up front when I travel over bumps and whatnot. It rides fine, but that clunking isn't something I'm terribly fond of.

Intermediate Steering Shaft. Happened on our Maxx, the earlier couple of years of the Electric Steering System had kinks that were mostly worked out by 2007/8.

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And Vipes, is there any sort of warranty left on the car, did your grandmother purchase an extended warranty that may be transferrable, do you know? I would be moderately concerned about noises myself, and would want them checked out. Maybe someone on a Cobalt forum can help.

No remaining warranty.

BTW, I was expecting a grey sedan. Red coupe, it's nice, what are you complaining about?

I'm not really complaining... More or less wishing it weren't so basic. With the exception of the Cutlass, my last two cars were well equipped.

As for the interior squeak, that might be the rear seat. As a test, go in the trunk and pull the levers that releases the seat backs and allows them to fold down. Drive the car around like this and see if the squeak goes away. If it does, that's another TSB, though if you're interested it's a fix you can probably do yourself, and I can dig up the article on how to fix it.

I thought about the rear seat, the right side was unlatched when I got it, so I latched it (which was rather difficult, I had to 'beat' it into latching).

Intermediate Steering Shaft. Happened on our Maxx, the earlier couple of years of the Electric Steering System had kinks that were mostly worked out by 2007/8.

I don't know where to start. Control arm bushings, sway bay end links, intermediate steering shaft. I thought these cars were supposed to be solid. :P

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