The Cobalt SS/SC
After the death of the Saturn SL2 in August, 2013 at the hands of a hit-and-run driver, I was left without transportation.
The local market for compact, fuel-efficient cars hadn't cooled in the least, and I was having a heck of a time finding something to replace it with. That is, until I came across this car: a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged.
It was rough around the edges, but, that was the only thing that brought it down into my price range.
This was another one that someone at a dealership had gotten overzealous with and posted before it passed inspection. It was sitting in the inventory of a local Toyota dealership when I called on it, but they hadn't even had a chance to look at it and I was told they would call once they had. Days passed and I hadn't heard about it again. I figured it was gone – and I was right, except for the reason: The Toyota dealership wasn't willing to sell it and had pawned it off to another local lot, which I also was on the ball about getting a hold of.
I can understand why: the head had been replaced and there had been a number of major repairs on its service record: a glaring issue since it was a low-mileage, 55,000-mile car – and it needed more. It was also originally a Canadian car. Again, finding myself in a terrible situation from which to buy a car, I counted my lucky stars and brought it home.
Since then it has needed everything from an entire front suspension (a known Cobalt issue I was already aware of prior to purchasing it), to a second cylinder head – and a whole slew full of little odds and ends – but otherwise, it's been a fantastic daily driver.
The Cobalt SS/SCs and the Saturn Ion Redlines are limited-production models with EcoTec 2.0L I4s with twin-screw roots blowers on them – along with being outfitted with track-oriented suspensions and brakes. They were developed with the specific purpose of dominating the sport compact market both on the street and the track, and they drive a lot like old Muscle Cars – the engines respond similar to '60s V8s, but with comparatively more top-end and RPM capability.
Basically they get good gas mileage and are a hoot to drive – even on road trips.
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