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      07-29-2012 12:36 AM #1
      It is on my list of cars, will be buying in a few months. I looked at one today, only drove it around the dealer lot. The interior is better then I thought but not awesome, decent steering wheel, easy clutch and shifter(could use shorter throws).

      Tell me your experience if you own or owned one. The car will be my daily driver, including New England winter.

      I want a fun daily driver that I can autocross in.

      Other cars on my list are:
      350Z, I used to own a rwd G35 so no need to scare me with snow
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      07-29-2012 12:39 AM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by Calcvictim View Post
      It is on my list of cars, will be buying in a few months. I looked at one today, only drove it around the dealer lot. The interior is better then I thought but not awesome, decent steering wheel, easy clutch and shifter(could use shorter throws).

      Tell me your experience if you own or owned one. The car will be my daily driver, including New England winter.

      I want a fun daily driver that I can autocross in.

      Other cars on my list are:
      350Z, I used to own a rwd G35 so no need to scare me with snow
      Solstice
      S2000(If I can find a second gen in my price range)
      Miata
      Decent little cars. Torsion bar rear end rather than IRS, so keep that in mind, and you already know about the interior.

      Cheap OEM-backed tuning available, too.
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      07-29-2012 12:55 AM #3
      I remember something about the rear brakes being junk and having to constantly replace pads, but they were back-ordered across the country... or something. Maybe that was the base Cobalt with that problem.

      I typically don't know what I'm talking about.

    4. 07-29-2012 12:55 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by PassSedanGLX View Post
      Decent little cars. Torsion bar rear end rather than IRS, so keep that in mind, and you already know about the interior.

      Cheap OEM-backed tuning available, too.
      Torsion beam.....Unless you are worried about missing ride quality of an IRS system, for a car like this, it does not matter. The Cobalt will eat cars at the track.
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      07-29-2012 01:03 AM #5
      If you want to autocross, there are better FWD options. The torsion rear beam really hinders the car when it's being thrown around tight spaces.

      However, on a longer, more open road course, nothing can touch it for the price.

    6. 07-29-2012 01:11 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by CSFiend View Post
      I remember something about the rear brakes being junk and having to constantly replace pads, but they were back-ordered across the country... or something. Maybe that was the base Cobalt with that problem.

      I typically don't know what I'm talking about.
      The 2008 SS/TC which they only made for a few months had an issue where it ate the back brake pads and they didnt stock replacements yet as the car has just begun production. They fixed the issue but it was a 2008 only. I haven't been around them for years but I remember aftermarket tuners like trifecta cound not find a way to really push the direct injection so you would be limited at ONLYYY about 400fwhp max. If your goal is to be below that its incredibly easy with these cars.
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      07-29-2012 01:31 AM #7
      If I remember the SS/tc has or had one of the fastest car and driver lightning laps at VIR for a FWD ever? Beating many "better" sport cars. Also posted a damn good "ring time" also?
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      07-29-2012 01:47 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by PassSedanGLX View Post
      Torsion bar rear end rather than IRS
      Did not know this.

      If a solid rear axle is like tying your shoelaces together, than torsion bar/FWD must be like tying your shoelaces together and running with your hands.
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      07-29-2012 01:58 AM #9
      For autocross fun?

      Mini Cooper S is an autocross champ straight out of the box. It needs nothing other than sticky tires.
      Honda Civic Si is pretty tossable as well, believe it or not.
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      07-29-2012 09:25 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by bigbumpmike View Post
      If I remember the SS/tc has or had one of the fastest car and driver lightning laps at VIR for a FWD ever? Beating many "better" sport cars. Also posted a damn good "ring time" also?
      Very fast little car

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      07-29-2012 09:37 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by johnny_p View Post
      For autocross fun?

      Mini Cooper S is an autocross champ straight out of the box. It needs nothing other than sticky tires.
      Honda Civic Si is pretty tossable as well, believe it or not.
      My gf just bought a GTI and in the process we drove a Mini Cooper S, I absolutely hated the interior in that car.
      The Civic I simply don't like, the looks do nothing for me.

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      07-29-2012 09:51 AM #12
      My best friend drives one. The motor is a beast with the GM stage one tune, he tracks it all the time and it never misses a beat. As others have mentioned this car right out of the box will make more expensive cars look pretty bad. Oh and no lift shift is super addictive, and the factory brembos stop the car really well.

      To be dead honest I don't think there is a better performance oriented compact car for the money.

    13. 07-29-2012 09:52 AM #13
      Not to hijack the thread... and I'm from the US so this probably won't help OP... but I keep seeing a cobalt "x-ray" in the parking lot of my local grocery. I think the owner works there maybe.

      What is a cobalt X-Ray? Did they sell in large numbers?

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      07-29-2012 10:00 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by x1000rpms View Post
      Not to hijack the thread... and I'm from the US so this probably won't help OP... but I keep seeing a cobalt "x-ray" in the parking lot of my local grocery. I think the owner works there maybe.

      What is a cobalt X-Ray? Did they sell in large numbers?
      http://www.cobaltss.net/forums/appea...alt-xray-2620/

    15. 07-29-2012 10:37 AM #15
      OMG that is amazing. How did you find that information?!?!?!

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      07-29-2012 12:20 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by dyetrixy07 View Post
      The 2008 SS/TC which they only made for a few months had an issue where it ate the back brake pads and they didnt stock replacements yet as the car has just begun production. They fixed the issue but it was a 2008 only. I haven't been around them for years but I remember aftermarket tuners like trifecta cound not find a way to really push the direct injection so you would be limited at ONLYYY about 400fwhp max. If your goal is to be below that its incredibly easy with these cars.
      Yeah I was the first guy on the Forums here with a TC and posted the entire rear brake drama that I had as my car decided to chew through rear brakes in 7k miles. Then the car sat for over a month as the parts were unavailable. Even when the problem was fixed, the car just blew through brakes again in another couple thousand after that. And so it went for 47k miles, me replacing I think four sets of rear pads for no other reason than the design sucked.

      And the issue was not 2008 only. The problem persisted during the entire production run of Cobalt Turbos. I wager because it would have been too costly for GM to go back and re-engineer the entire rear braking set up for a very small volume model that was only produced for around two years.

      So OP, be advised...you WILL go through rear brakes. Other than that, I loved my TC and found it to be a complete riot to drive.

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      07-29-2012 12:37 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by RollingInDubs View Post
      Yeah I was the first guy on the Forums here with a TC and posted the entire rear brake drama that I had as my car decided to chew through rear brakes in 7k miles. Then the car sat for over a month as the parts were unavailable. Even when the problem was fixed, the car just blew through brakes again in another couple thousand after that. And so it went for 47k miles, me replacing I think four sets of rear pads for no other reason than the design sucked.

      And the issue was not 2008 only. The problem persisted during the entire production run of Cobalt Turbos. I wager because it would have been too costly for GM to go back and re-engineer the entire rear braking set up for a very small volume model that was only produced for around two years.

      So OP, be advised...you WILL go through rear brakes. Other than that, I loved my TC and found it to be a complete riot to drive.
      what is the explanation for rear brakes getting worn out so fast?

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      07-29-2012 12:38 PM #18
      Cobalt SS is the popped collar of the car world...

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      07-29-2012 12:55 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Zyoid View Post
      Cobalt SS is the popped collar of the car world...
      Your vehicle and sig speak volumes on the quality of your opinion

      Friend had one. Very rental car interior but it sufficed. The factory backed tuning was great. They also offered an a-pillar electronic gauge that showed all sorts of fun things. He really enjoyed it and only got rid of it because the Camaro came out and that was really what he wanted.
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      07-29-2012 01:28 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Calcvictim View Post
      what is the explanation for rear brakes getting worn out so fast?
      That's the thing, I don't recall anyone ever actually figuring out what the cause truly was. I've fallen out of the CSS community since I sold my car two years ago, but last I heard it was because the rear brakes never fully released and in essence, were always dragging and thus eating into the rotors.

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      07-29-2012 02:03 PM #21
      Really fast and fun car fro the factory, cheap oem tunning stages and also huge after market to make it even faster.

      I'll just leave this here.

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      One of the best examples of cheap tuner speed.

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      07-29-2012 02:44 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by nopal 6.0 View Post
      Really fast and fun car fro the factory, cheap oem tunning stages and also huge after market to make it even faster.

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    24. 07-29-2012 02:50 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by RollingInDubs View Post
      Yeah I was the first guy on the Forums here with a TC and posted the entire rear brake drama that I had as my car decided to chew through rear brakes in 7k miles. Then the car sat for over a month as the parts were unavailable. Even when the problem was fixed, the car just blew through brakes again in another couple thousand after that. And so it went for 47k miles, me replacing I think four sets of rear pads for no other reason than the design sucked.

      And the issue was not 2008 only. The problem persisted during the entire production run of Cobalt Turbos. I wager because it would have been too costly for GM to go back and re-engineer the entire rear braking set up for a very small volume model that was only produced for around two years.

      So OP, be advised...you WILL go through rear brakes. Other than that, I loved my TC and found it to be a complete riot to drive.

      hmmmm interesting. I used to be involved with the community too but drifted off around 2010. I didn't know they continued to be an issue. good to know thank you
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      07-29-2012 03:12 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by dyetrixy07 View Post
      hmmmm interesting. I used to be involved with the community too but drifted off around 2010. I didn't know they continued to be an issue. good to know thank you
      No problem, happy to help!!! Keep in mind that if you can deal with that ONE area of concern, the rest of the car really is a stout, well built package. All the weaknesses of the SC Coupes were addressed with the TC (The handling, the weak axles, clutch...etc) which in turn made that car great fun to drive in the twisties. If they would have just left the brakes alone, I would view the 08-10 CSS's as one of the most well built Sport Compacts ever made.

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