Monday, June 27, 2016

Fast and Furious: 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt SS

The Cobalt was introduced in 2004 as the latest subcompact econobox from GM. Somehow the brass in Detroit have it in their head that changing the name from Corvair to Vega to Monza to Cavalier to Cobalt to Cruze...that prospective buyers might not realize it is the same horrible subcompact that fell apart after a few years.  Spoiler doesn't work.  Find this 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt SS offered for $5,500 in Litchfield, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

 This bright blue Cobalt comes from the Supercharged era of performance (most superchargers have been replaced with Turbochargers for various reasons, mostly fuel economy and emissions related) and the 2.0 liter Ecotec 4-banger is boosted to make 205 horsepower and 200 ft-lbs of torque. 

 A peek inside confirms the presence of a 5-speed manual gearbox, which, combined with the supercharged engine transforms the little GM econobox from mild to wild.  These really are fun cars to drive in the most basic sense -- torque steer, wild one-wheel burn outs, and a flickable chassis combine to make a great car to hate-thrash...or autocross.

 See a cheaper way to get into your local Fast and Furious tribute club?


  1. it is a pretty tone of blue for sure. For 5k it seems like a fun car. I bet it would give my 330i a run for it's money.

  2. I will note that the later LNF turbo Cobalt SSes are a substantial improvement over the supercharger cars, not just because of the extra 55HP but because they went through the chassis with a fine-toothed comb. It got a lot of later Cruze front suspension parts, it was available with a Quaife LSD, and in that configuration it held (may still hold, not sure) the FWD lap record at the Nordschleife.

    The material quality was Cobalt, but the control weighting and travel were German in their consistency and balance, and it was a far nicer thing to drive than anything else in its class that I had my hands on including Golfs and the Mazdaspeed3.

  3. Does it come with a ten pound brick on the key ring and the new ignition switch fixed by mister goodwrench steven cobalt corbert

    1. I would remark that 'well, this happened because most mechanical engineers are male, and no guy runs around with every key he's ever collected since fourth grade on his keyring' but that'd be sexist.

      I wish that whole thing had depressed prices a bit more on a four-door turbo SS, metallic red or blue, with the LSD.

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