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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 02-06-2009, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question Interested in Buying a Cobalt in a year

I didnt know where to put this, so i figured i'd ask here.

I'm interested in about 1 year's time on purchasing a cobalt, and i like to plan ahead. I'm new to the car scene altogether-ive actually never owned a car. I traded off and on between a few Silverados, a few S10's, an F-250 in there some where. Now im looking at finishing school and getting a nice economical car to do so. After some research, i think i really like the Cobalt, but i have a few questions...

-What kind of MPG are people getting real world stock? I'm looking at the base model cobalt-i only really want an auto with cruise.

-What kind of room is in the front? I could care less about the back seat. I'm 6'4" and i actually had the opportunity to sit in a coupe cobalt with an auto, and it wasnt TOO bad...but i just cant remember what it was like-lol

-Longevity..What kind of mileage can i expect out of this car? My Silverado right now has 115,000 and my S10 has 120,000. I want to easily get that. I'm just curious who has the most miles on there car with the auto.

-Snow tires...i live in Buffalo NY and every year i purchase a set of studded snows. Anybody have problems finding snows? (if you use them)

-Highway driving...comfortable? I drive ALOT of highway driving. My girlfriend now lives 35 miles one way from my house, my school is a good 3 miles one way, work is half way there. Are these cars comfortable? Or do they really hurt your ass?

I really appreciate any info you may have. I may be a year away from buying one, but your info defenitely helps.
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well as for front room, I'm only 5'10" but my father's 6'2" and he fit comfortably, and I have plenty of extra room. my MPG is somewhere around 25 mix about 50-50, but i have the worst MPG I've seen, IDK. That's all I can answer personally, but Cobalts are great, just as with any car I'd expect a good life as long a standard maintenance is done and things are replaced when they need to be. "Take car of your car, and it'll take care of you." oh and as for highway driving, some people say it has an amazingly quiet cabin but I notice some road/wind noise, but nothing too outrageous. Cobalts = win!



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You wouldnt believe the wind noise a stripped Silverado has. I can barely talk over a windy day sometimes. This is good to know!!!!

I am maticulous about maintenance too...although i now change the oil with the "Change Engine Oil" message now, instead of my old 3000. Whenever i buy a vehicle i give it a full tune up, no matter what (plugs, cap, rotor)

btw...are these engines similar to the "Distributorless Ignition" on the 2.2L S10's? Easy as hell to tune up, but once you got the coils wet, you were done.
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I purposely rent Cobalts when I go places just because It is nicer to drive a car you already know where all the controls are...LoL! I've driven Cobalts as much as 900 miles in one day (including mine) and never had a complaint (6'2") about comfort and neither has my wife...who has to drive with me...LoL!

I've always gotten more than 30 MPG (the 08 XFEs did get a LOT more -- 34+ average) on the open highways and in town average around 25-26 MPG. I hope to be getting an 09 next month on my next trip.

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They are nice cars, Room is not a problem. Im 6'2 and fit fine. Gas mileage is great as long as you dont punch it all the time, i see about 25 in the city and 30+ highway. You wouldn't have a problem finding snow tires for it, between this site and ************* youcan find them all the time. Snow tires are a must, i to live in buffalo and they help alot.
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I'm the type of person that would buy a car without options, so i could do it myself and make sure its done the way i want (fog lights, remote start, power locks) Easy to do on these vehicles? I would probably pay to have the remote start installed, but at least i can install things like fog likes, etc.

I also do, like the idea of a touch screen LCD (that is, if i dont find a cobalt with CD/MP3 capability.

Oh, another question...stock radio swaps...dont you have to have it reprogrammed at a dealer? I heard about this on the newer silverados (03-up) because of the DIC
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i'm 6'2" and its comfortable. The seat can still go back a little bit

i did the electric locks and its not too complicated, just takes awhile.

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yeah im 6-3 and i love the leg room in my cobalt. its the only car ive had where i dont have the seat pushed all the way back. on long drives like 800 miles or so, i get back pain. but i think that is due more to the fact that i beat the shit out of it when i was younger.. but the driver seat has an elevation lever. and by playing with that it goes away. gas economy is great. i get about 28 mpg in town. and 31+ on the highway. at 55 mph the mpg goes even higher. as far as longevity goes. im not sure. the most ive heard someone having is 70,000+. but the ecotec is a good motor. with regular maintenance, it should last a long time.

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Well good news is, my credit is on its way up. I just pulled a credit score to see, and im at a 732. Last year it was in the 630 range, but thats because i JUST got my first credit card in Jan.2007

So i'll be looking forward to a lower interest rate this time. I'm still VERY interested in the Cobalt.

Of course ive asked around too, and you got the people who swear the Cobalt is a glued together piece of garbage, but then you look at what they drive. One guy told me the Coablt is the worst car ever made, then he drove off it a 95 Ford Taurus with a "Type R" decal glued on the side. Give me a break.

Here's a couple things people brought up, idk if they're true, just checking with the REAL owners....

1.) Steering Knuckles...are they really prone to breakage? I dont beat on cars EVER, so i assumed that people who did snap them really beat the piss out of their cars.

2.) Wind Noise/Drag...i guess on the thruway when you pass trucks, it feels like its going to flip over/explode? This could all be morons who dont know how to drive anyway.

I could care less about back seat room really. I drive a truck now, and it only seats 3 people anyway
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Here's a couple things people brought up, idk if they're true, just checking with the REAL owners....

1.) Steering Knuckles...are they really prone to breakage? I dont beat on cars EVER, so i assumed that people who did snap them really beat the piss out of their cars.

2.) Wind Noise/Drag...i guess on the thruway when you pass trucks, it feels like its going to flip over/explode? This could all be morons who dont know how to drive anyway.
1. I've been on several Cobalts sites regularly for 2.5 years and never saw a post about someone breaking a steering knuckle. I have read in technical reviews of a Cobalt breaking a steering knuckle on a road course in serious racing -- that is why Chevy provides a performance upgrade for those that race them.

2. It is a small car -- and like ALL small cars you can feel a crosswind, but, having been on the interstate in blizzards and sunshine I haven't felt "Out-of-Control" once.

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