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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan

The 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt is well equipped and aggressively priced at just below $14,000. It is one of the few cars in its segment to offer two engine sizes, and its two body styles, three trim levels, and bevy of packages and options offer maximum flexibility for consumers.

What's new for 2008?

For 2008, the Chevy Cobalt has dropped the SS Supercharged coupe and LTZ sedan, and the SS models from 2007 are now called Sport models. In addition head curtain side air bags, XM satellite radio, and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard on all 2008 Chevy Cobalts, and the Sports models get StabiliTrak and OnStar standard. The LT offers a Bright Chrome Appearance Package that includes chrome door handles, chrome grille, body-color front and rear fascias, and fog lights. The Revolution Edition Package is also new on the LT, and adds four-wheel ABS, a rear spoiler, aluminum wheels, and a chrome exhaust tip. Imperial Blue Metallic, Blue Flash Metallic and Slate Metallic are 3 new exterior colors that join the 2008 palette.

Model Strengths

  • Solid driving dynamics
  • good comfort for the money.

Model Review

Introduced in 2005 as a replacement for the Chevrolet Cavalier, the 2008 Cobalt is in every way a more rewarding car to drive. Based on GM's Delta platform, which also underpins the Saturn Ion, the Cobalt adds a lot of refinements over its Saturn counterpart in both powertrain and chassis tuning. With two engine choices and three trim levels for each of two body styles, the Cobalt also offers buyers a lot of room for personalization.

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt XFE Coupe

Source: Carlist.com

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Pointing west on Speedway Boulevard in Tucson as a traffic signal switches to green, we slot the shifter stick of a manual five-speed stick by Germany's Getrag into first gear and tap the go-pedal on a new XFE edition of the Cobalt coupe from Chevrolet.

The XFE -- signifying "Xtra Fuel Economy" -- is the latest trim variation for Chevy's compact-class two-door coupe and four-door sedan, and it earns tall fuel economy mileage scores of 25 mpg for city driving and as much as 36 mpg on the highway.

All XFE Cobalts carry GM's Ecotec four-pack engine in a dual-cam design displacing 2.2 liters. But the plant has a new 3.74:1 final drive ratio and revised engine calibrations plus other fine-tune measures designed to achieve high fuel economy mileage figures. The Ecotec engine produces 148 hp at 5600 rpm plus 152 lb-ft of torque at 4200 rpm and it links strictly to the five-speed Getrag F23 manual shifter.

With that green light flashing in the signal on Speedway Boulevard, we launch the XFE and it leaps immediately off the line for a run up the gear ladder until we bump against the posted speed limit.

It's by no means a powerful speed machine, but the XFE certainly feels lively in lower gear ranges, even frisky. And, despite the slant toward economizing on fuel, this Cobalt looks slick and sporty yet still stocks a lot of standard equipment -- from curtain-style air bags to air conditioning, an audio kit with AM/FM/CD/MP3 and the subscription-based XM satellite radio service.

The XFE Cobalt offers trims of LS and 1LT for coupe or sedan packing the manual transmission exclusively. Pricing is affordably low, beginning at $14,225 for LS trim.

Yet Chevy lists a number of other versions for Cobalt, and two additional powertrains. Cobalt conformed as a four-door sedan shows up in four editions from the price-leading Cobalt plus LS plus Cobalt 1LT to the upgraded 2LT and Cobalt Sport packing a 2.4-liter Ecotech engine.

The twin-cam 2.4-liter in-line-four with variable valve timing (VVT) musters 171 hp at 5800 rpm and the torque climbs to 167 lb-ft at 4500 rpm. Optional in place of the Getrag five-speed manual is a four-speed automatic transaxle with electronic controls, the Hydra-Matic 4T65-E by GM. Cobalt the two-door coupe also brings a price-leading base trim with the LS, along with the 1LT and upgraded 2LT.

However, the coupe Cobalt SS is a different animal -- more like a cheetah.

Engineers at GM's Performance Division developed the Cobalt SS by adding aero-curvy body add-ons, then installing a performance-tuned sport suspension system, 18-inch forged aluminum wheels and Y-rated Continental summer performance tires, plus a turbo-charged four-cylinder engine tied to a quick five-speed manual gearbox produced by GM Powertrain Sweden.

Engine for Cobalt SS is a 2.0-liter Ecotec DI (direct injection) four-pack fitted with the turbo-charger and air-to-air inter-cooling system. When tied to the "no-lift shift" five-speed manual transmission, the turbo plant delivers 260 hp at 5300 rpm with torque of 260 lb-ft at 2000 rpm.

All of the dynamic mechanical systems -- suspension, steering, brakes -- were revised to complement the SS's turbo-charged muscle.

For instance, the suspension -- consisting of independent front elements via MacPherson struts and a semi-independent torsion beam in back -- employs SS-specific stabilizer bars, spring rates and damper tuning to deliver a tight, road-hugging ride quality with minimal body pitch when cornering. In front, there are gas-charged twin-tube struts, coil springs with damper tuning, stiffer bushings and a direct-acting 24-mm solid stabilizer bar.

In back, the change list includes monotube gas-charged shocks, multi-rate coil springs, taut axle bushings and a 24-mm solid stabilizer bar. An electric power steering (EPS) system for the rack and pinion mechanism scores special tight tuning with a faster (14.8:1 ratio) rack and pinion gear.

Cobalt SS upgrades brakes to a big disc at each wheel with front vented rotors and 38-mm four-piston Brembo calipers plus 11.5-inch discs at the rear with 40-mm single-piston Brembo calipers.

Brakes tie via electronic links to an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with a standard traction control system (TCS) and GM's electronic skid controller, StabiliTrak. Styling for Cobalt's exterior shell appears smooth and tailored on the sedan but it's more sharply drawn with edgy lines on the coupe. Both sedan and coupe versions feature a distinctive prow with the body-color single-bar grille supporting Chevy's bow-tie badge.

Oversize composite headlamp clusters sparkle on front corners of the face, while a thick plastic fascia underscores the grille. Flanks are relatively flat but interrupted by subtle flares on wheelwell arches, with counterbalance above coming from smooth rails which stretch over an arched cab.

The blunt tail treatment consists of a brief notchback deck on the sedan but a tapered and rolled back window on the coupe. And pairs of articulated round lamps in red on the flat back panel evoke a signature design for Chevrolet.

Cobalt SS coupe also carries a high-flying wing spoiler on the tail. For Cobalt 2LT the optional Performance Appearance Package attaches a tail spoiler, 16-inch aluminum wheels, foglamps, white-face instruments and leather on the steering wheel.

New gear for every 2008 Cobalt includes a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and the curtain-style air bags. Layout of Cobalt's cabin amounts to a pair of bucket seats in front of a bench for three with split/folding seatback. The MSRP for Cobalt 1LT tallies to $14,935, with Cobalt Sport listing for $19,510 and the coupe Cobalt SS beginning at $22,335.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt
Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/100,000 Miles

Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-Year/24,000-Mile1 CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile2 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile3 Powertrain Limited Warranty.

1Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

2Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

3Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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