In the 2000s, American automakers introduced several performance compacts. The SVT Focus, Cobalt SS, Neon SRT-4, and Caliber SRT-4 all came equipped with some pretty respectable powertrains and decent driving dynamics. Then they were cancelled. Presumably, the Big Three killed their performance compacts because demand was weak and funds were tight. A minor event compared to what happened in the 2010s. But there was a time when every American automaker attempted to compete with the Civic Si and Volkswagen GTI, even if it was relatively short lived.
The Cobalt SS lineup represented Chevy’s effort to woo young performances enthusiasts to their side. And in typical GM fashion, the small SS models arrived undercooked and contained the wrong ingredients. But they really didn’t leave a bad taste in people’s mouths.
One of the most glaring issues with Chevy’s SS Cobalt lineup was its inconsistency. Throughout the model’s run, there were multiple engines boasting significantly different horsepower ratings. And some of those engines shared similar displacements but were fundamentally different. There’s nothing wrong with offering different performance variants of the same car. But lumping all of them underneath one umbrella will inevitably lead to confusion. Chevy didn’t get the memo about that relatively simple concept and introduced distinctly different SS models early into the Cobalt’s tenure. The less expensive (and less powerful) models came equipped with a naturally aspirated 2.4 liter Ecotec four good for 173 horsepower. Power aside, they also offered a sport tuned suspension, SS badging inside and out, and an optional four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.
Our featured Cobalt is actually a different SS altogether. This 2007 is an SS Supercharged Coupe. Unlike the naturally aspirated SS models, these only came with two doors and did not offer an optional automatic transmission. Instead, they contained a spicier engine: the supercharged 2.0 liter Ecotec. Even the 173 horsepower SS models were pretty quick for the day, but the supercharged variant was even faster. GM estimated a 0-60 mph time of 6.4 seconds. This model only lasted three model years before being discontinued because it didn’t meet emissions standards and because GM’s contract with supercharger supplier Eaton had expired.
Unsurprisingly, the naturally aspirated SS models are considered inferior to the supercharged model, while that variant isn’t as widely praised as its successor, the SS Turbocharged Coupe. Our featured Cobalt may not have been the best performance compact from Chevy, but it’s still a solid performer. And it seems like it’s held up pretty well. GM’s interiors aren’t known for their quality, but this one seems to have beaten the odds. I don’t see any broken bits or worn buttons. The seats look good too.
The only immediate red flag is the ill-fitting trunk liner. Probably not a big issue, as it seems the owner may have installed a subwoofer at some point, judging by that exposed wire.
Here’s the seller’s blurb:
2007 Chevy Cobalt SS supercharged one owner. Selling for a friend who recently was married and wants a four door car. Currently in a garage in Newburgh with 84,500 miles. Very well maintained. Pretty much every option that was available. Heated leather seats, premium sound system, sun roof, cruise control, and 5 speed manual. Car is totally stock.
With 84,000 miles and a $4400 asking price, this Cobalt seems like a decent deal for anyone looking for a relatively unique performance compact. There are two potential downsides. The first is the probability that a limited run model might leave something to be desired in terms of reliability. Second, the ignition switch recall might have to be performed if it hasn’t already. But if the seller is speaking the truth that this Cobalt has been well maintained, those issues might not be relevant.
Source: Hudson Valley craigslist