2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged
The Cobalt SS/SC
The Cobalt SS/SC is a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged and it is my daily driver.
Why a Cobalt and not something with more pep like a Mustang or Camaro?
That's a lesson I learned a while ago.
While Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers, etc are awesome performance cars, they have their drawbacks as daily drivers. To start, while the gas mileage in modern Muscle Cars is decent, it isn't adequate for me as a daily bump-and-grinder. Second, the cost of ownership is just too high. Third, maintenance is a nightmare on a car I both drive every day and race regularly. Fourth, not racing a Muscle Car is just a huge waste to me. Finally, rear wheel drive isn't a great arrangement for inclement weather.
What is a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged? It's a really beefed up economy car with a 205-horsepower, GM Ecotec 2.0L 4-cylinder topped with a twin-screw roots blower that's nearly as big as the engine itself. In fact, the Eaton blower was designed for a larger displacement V6 engine and GM's engineers decided to plunk it onto the tiny 2.0. It's also a low-volume factory track car that was the personal pet project of the head of GM Performance Engineering. It was built to dominate the sport compact market and in its heyday was used to thrash everything in its class in road racing.
While I love the car, I wasn't looking for a high performance daily driver when I bought it. Even though it isn't as expensive as a Muscle Car, it's still not even close to as cheap as the 2002 Saturn SL2 it replaced.
Health issues and an accident that totaled my Saturn SL2 forced my hand and I fell into this car. It is hands down the best daily driver I've ever had — even if it was a little worse for the wear when I bought it.
Maintenance & Repairs
There's really only one thing I'm a pro at, and it's crastinating.
After I got the Cobalt SS/SC back from the dealership, I took her to get her fourth windshield replacement of the year.
For years I avoided cars that require a scan tool for diagnostic work.
Once I was forced to buy them (I've owned three, so far), I avoided working on them.
Only recently have I run into a problem with the Cobalt SS/SC that I actually benefitted from having a scan tool, so I broke down and bought one.
After extensive research, the tool I chose to purchase was an OTC OBD I & II Scan Tool (P/N 3211). It straddles the line between cost and professional capabilities.
Follow along with this review to see how I was able to use it and how well it worked for me.
Ah, the challenges of dealing with a finicky performance car as a daily driver, touring car, and for one single night five years ago, a race car.
I know body shops hate re-work, but here's the thing, the Cobalt needed some help after its recent stint in the body shop.
Badges ain't like they used to be.
I got the Cobalt SS back from the body shop in record time — but the body work isn't done.
As I write this, it's still summer, but fall is letting me know it's coming.
Phase 2 of the After Vacation Cobalt Thrash-Fest is complete.
Dealing with the repairs to the Cobalt has been a bit of a whirlwind since I got back from vacation.
I've discovered that being the owner of a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged and using it like a normal car — to transport my ass from point A to point B — means revisiting front end repair over and over and over again.
It's finally over — I mean, I finished the project!
Cleaning the Cobalt: Day 11.
Boy, that title is misleading.
The Cobalt's headlights are finally complete.
On day seven of Cleaning the Cobalt SS I put in another four hours for a total of 29...so far.
Day six and six more hours of cleaning.
In my stupor the last two nights, I forgot an important step: clay barring the paint.
I had big plans for day four, primary of which was to finish cleaning the engine compartment in the Cobalt.
Day three: I've almost finished cleaning the engine.
I spent another three hours on the Cobalt today.
I have a confession to make:
There's a first time for everything.
In whatever comes my way.
Aaaaand, I'm back.
It took all of 30 or so miles to ruin the 61 hours of detailed work I did on the Cobalt.
I recently got the Cobalt back from the dealership after getting some much-needed repairs taken care of and when I got home, I found My Speed Demon randomly popping up in unusual places.
All Hallows Eve is nearly upon us and unless you live in an awesome part of the country that remains perpetually warm, fall is officially here.
I happen to love a good chocolate malt.
Today I test drove a 2009 Shelby Mustang GT-500.
Today My Speed Demon and I made a big step forward: I introduced it to the Cobalt for the first time.
Since it first rolled off of assembly lines in the mid-1960s, the Mustang has been an icon.
Here's an interesting fact: In one small way, a doctor and an auto mechanic are the same.
I'm a fan of multiple styles of powerplants:
Today, things change at a fast pace.
Happy New Year!