Very reliable, but interior flimsiness is unfortunate
The best thing I can say about my Chevy Cobalt is that it has been reliable. In the 10 years we've owned it, we have never had to make major repairs that were not normal wear and tear. EVen when we did have to make repairs, the parts in question had far exceeded their expected life. As an example, we recently replaced the front struts. These had an expected life of 50,000 miles; ours lasted nearly 150,000 miles. Considering that our vehicle spends 100% of its time driving over permafrost and pothole-ridden roads, this says a lot for the original equipment of the car. That being said, I do wish that some of the interior amenities had proved as long-lasting as the mechanical features. Despite taking a great deal of care of our vehicle, the foil has been peeling off of the handles for several years. The covers on the vanity mirrors broke off long ago, and the floor mats proved to be anything but sturdy (there is a three-inch-wide hole worn into the one of the driver's side).