Saturday, March 9, 2013

Garrett Turbo Cobalt is Now Live on ebay

The little sport compact sleeper we featured yesterday is now up for bidding and is live on ebay. The Garrett Turbo Chevy Cobalt should make a great daily turismo for someone, with its cool history as an engineering development mule, understated looks, low miles, and of course that lag-free turbo punch. This is one car we at DT have driven personally and we can say we wouldn't mind having it in our stable and driving it every day...the smiles-per-dollar factor on this thing is high! Find it here on ebay in Torrance, CA with bidding starting low and no reserve price.

We hope the Garrett Turbo Cobalt finds a good home, perhaps with a DT reader. Another possibility the new owner could consider is turning this into a dedicated track day machine. Strip the interior, install a roll cage, racing seat and harness...and you'd have a fun, reliable and low-stress way to enjoy your local road course. The instant midrange torque will pull you out of the corners and the top end power is high enough to hang with a lot of the pretentious Euro cars.

Lots of power, any time you put your foot down, in a mild-mannered sleeper wrapper is a great recipe for the types of cars we like to drive and feature here at Daily Turismo. We'll even forgive the fact that this one is FWD. Just imagine the surprise on the next guy's face when you blow the doors off of his rally striped 396 Chevelle in your silver Cobalt coupe. These are just the kind of antics we heartily encourage!

Find a better turbo sleeper? Email us here:


  1. Temptingly stealthy little thing once you peel the stickers and swap on some less-obvious wheels. It's at $3k with 2 days left. Any thoughts on what would be a good deal? KBB says around $8k for the unmolested base model, $12k if it had been the SS. So what's that kit worth? Installed? Installed, presumably perfectly by the manufacturer, possibly with additional tweaks, plus the corner upgrades?

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  3. ATP Turbo sold the Alpha kit for $3329.99 when it was available. That is the version of the kit that this car has...all the hard parts plus the re-flash engine tune to make it a true bolt-on / plug & play ordeal.

    ATP Turbo Cobalt Kit Link

    Factoring in the springs, clutch, wheels, and tires I'd say you'd need to spend over $6k to get a similar Cobalt up to this same spec, but then you'd probably start with a higher-mileage example.

    It's hard to put a value on this car based on the back story and low miles, but also the fact that it started life as a base model (non-SS).

    I am going to defer to Hunsbloger, resident DT ebay value expert for a price prediction!

  4. I should add that I would consider somewhere around $7500 a great deal for this...


Commenting Commandments:
I. Thou Shalt Not write anything your mother would not appreciate reading.
II. Thou Shalt Not post as anonymous unless you are posting from mobile and have technical issues. Use name/url when posting and pick something Urazmus B Jokin, Ben Dover. Sir Edmund Hillary Clint don't matter. Just pick a nom de plume and stick with it.
III. Honor thy own links by using <a href ="http://www.linkgoeshere"> description of your link </a>
IV. Remember the formatting tricks <i>italics</i> and <b> bold </b>
V. Thou Shalt Not commit spam.
VI. To embed images: use [image src="" width="400px"/]. Limit images to no wider than 400 pixels in width. No more than one image per comment please.