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Chevrolet Cobalt SS Ignition Key Stuck Due to Failed Shifter

Chevrolet Cobalt SS Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 77,000 mi (12,000 mi - 125,000 mi)


The automatic transmission shifter in floor console may fail causing the key to become stuck in the ignition lock cylinder.

  • Visitor, , 125,000 mi

    Key will not come out of ignition. Car still running...uggghhh!!! This is ridiculous. Never agin will we buy a chevy.

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  • Visitor, , 70,000 mi

    I went to start my car and put the key in the ignition and tried to turn it over. But the key would not turn.I already had an idea what was wrong with the car.Because when I first purchased the car I had major problems with every thing.I was having it fixed and was put in a rental car another colbalt lucky me but anyhow this same thing happend in the rental car the tow truck driver that I had to pay for said this was a common problem with these cars.This was in June of 2008 so Chevy has known about this problem for some time and kept making more with the same problem but it is easier and cheaper to cover the problem up and put the blame on others.After all its the american way I mean Chevrolet way to make a cheap product get rich and bend your customer over. Thanks Chevy.I will be buying ford from now on.

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  • Visitor, , 56,000 mi

    Key won't come out of ignition. Ran battery down.

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  • Visitor, , 85,000 mi

    Key is stuck in the ignition. I have taken it to 3 different mechanics and none of them were able to get it out.

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  • Visitor, , 12,000 mi

    Was at 12000 miles when problem manifested. Temp fix - I popped the cover off the access bottom side steering to press white button and release key. gear selector had to be replaced.

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