In the Chevrolet Cobalt community, owning a base-model Cobalt is like being a peasant during the 14th century, while owning a Cobalt SS is more like being a knight. To those outside the community, though, the Cobalt is just a poor man’s ride. The consensus is that the Cobalt is a cheaply-built turd bucket; a compact, affordable, family car. This is an understandable perspective, as one could refer to the Cobalt as being a modern day Chevette.
The Cobalt you see in this video is a 2007 base-model Cobalt coupe with the 2.2 liter L61 Ecotec motor matted to the F23 5-speed transmission. Ryan, the owner, has gone ahead and swapped the exhaust manifold with one from the supercharged 2.0 liter LSJ Ecotec engine, which is found under the hood of 2005-2007 Cobalt SSes (and the Saturn Ion Redline as well). Ryan also swapped the intake manifold with one off of the 2.4 liter Ecotec, which came in the Cobalt Sport models (badged as an SS up until 2008).
The biggest changes for this Cobalt, though, would be the Koni yellow dampeners, lowering springs, and Hankook Ventus V12. We can attest to the ride quality of the Koni yellows and grip of the Ventus V12 summer tires, as our experiences with each of them have been nothing less than satisfactory.
The video also captures what it’s like to be behind the wheel of a Cobalt with a faulty ignition switch, though we can’t understand why the owner would continue driving it this way instead of taking it to the dealership for the recall.