I agree with Coby7, these cars are fine if maintained. I was skeptical at first after reading all the internet horror stories, but they are just that. Take it with a grain of salt, and I'd assume 90% of everyone on the internet is not too smart or scientifically capable of diagnosing anything while they whine and complain after buying a brand new car with a couple of quirks. GM quality control is not going to be like Japanese.
The cost of a Toyota or Nissan equivalent in my area is going to be significantly more money, and the south Florida general public wants these really bad. So I opted for a 5 speed (no one wants manuals anymore), and sure enough I found a great deal on a Chevy much newer than the same priced import with 5 different owners that abused it.
Again, Coby7 is right, these cars are easy to work on. Also parts are really cheap and readily available - compare a O2 sensor price on a Chevy and a import. 250-500% price difference probably.
My vehicle has 166K on it, 2006. I'm the 3 or 4th owner. Only thing outside of normal wear and tear items I've replaced is in the past 4 months I've been driving it is:
Ignition control module
(Coils, probably didn't need it but the car has a lot miles on it).
The CKP sensor pretty much killed the car until it was replaced. Diagnosis took me a little while because there was no CEL light, but this forum shed enough knowledge on me to make a educated decision that fixed all my stalling/misfire/shutdown after engine warmup problems I experienced with a bad CKP sensor. I found out without a good signal from the CKP the computer can't run the engine at all because it has no idea how to time fuel/spark.
Oddly my crankshaft sensor on my 1995 Camaro is original and is over 20 years old with 225K miles on it. CKP sensor on the Cobalt is a piece of cake to replace though - remove starter (2 bolts), remover sensor. Front wheel drive is a lot more cramped for space than a rear wheel drive car though, so it helps if you have smaller hands (I have big hands). It'd be a pain in the ARSE on a Camaro cuz the front timing cover would need to come off, meaning all the front engine accessories needs to come off.
Last edited by jmatrix; 11-17-2015 at 11:03 PM.