2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged
The Cobalt SS/SC
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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
I've got some good news:
Holy crap that was frigid.
Is there an advantage to precision instruments like the Longacre Racing Products Pro Precision 4.5" Tire Gauge?
That's a valid question and in my personal experience I've formed the opinion that there definitely is.
In fact, I've wanted a quality tire gauge for years, but never gotten around to laying out the cash to buy one — there's a reason, they aren't cheap, and I'm poor.
That's a situation I've recently corrected and you can check out this review of the Longacre Pro Precision Tire Gauge to see if it really was worth it.
I have the same problem vacuuming out my car, that I do with pumping up my tires — the fuse blows on the only electrical plug-in I have access to.
To find out how well the cordless Ryobi 18V One+ Project Wet/Dry Vacuum did vacuuming out the Cobalt SS/SC, check out this review!
To remedy that issue, I picked up their handheld, trigger operated Power Inflator.
Check out this review to see how well the Ryobi 18V One+ Power Inflator performed on my most recent road trip into Glacier National Park.
The original factory tires on the Cobalt SS/SC were Pirelli P-Zero Rossos.
I've needed a convenient way to pump up the tires on my cars for years, but haven't ever gotten around to doing anything about it.
Read on to see how well it performed.
Tire pressure on the Cobalt SS/SC with the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ tires is finicky.
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:
I had a plan.
I grew up with the open road.
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.
Last summer, while the Cobalt SS/SC and I were vacationing in Glacier National Park, I was having breakfast and reading a magazine — something I don't normally have any time for due to my busy schedule.
As a kid I found myself enamored with the music from the late '50s, '60s, and early '70s — though, it wasn't contemporary for me.
It's been a long time since I've driven a car with a carb.
This was supposed to be the week I kicked Classics and Performance into a higher gear.
One of the more difficult aspects of building a structure is figuring out how much space is needed.
Many of us are stuck in our homes and it isn't looking good at the moment.
Around this time of year, the yearning to hit the open road gets intense for me.
I like car butts and I cannot lie.
With the weather outside being so frightful and the inside being much more delightful, I've turned my thoughts to the buildings in my Hobby Complex.
Like me, most of the cars I like don't do well in winter weather.
Man, I wish I had a shop to use my new Longacre Pro Precision 4.5" Tire Gauge in.
Are you a fan of the Cobalt SS/SC?
There's too much disappearing — good stuff.
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!