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2008+Cobalt SS Reliability ?

I was wondering how reliable they are and if they have any known problems I'm thinking about selling my redline to get one I still owe 8800 on my redline with 44k miles so I will be lucky to get what I owe but I keep having problems with it and was thinking about getting a newer car.
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2008+Cobalt SS Reliability ?

What problems??


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so??? you owe 8800 and have 44k on the and want to trade for a cobalt tc. First off you will have a much larger car payment and insurance. You will lose big time on the trade in and any problems your having with the RL have mostly been answered on these forums. If you have a problem ask for help but use the search option before you do. The cobalt tc (LNF) has some problems the most major is oil coking and a serious problem with carbon build up on the valves. Check out the cobalt forums see what they say over there. in the end its your choice.
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I dont know whats wrong cause of no engine light but I got on it hard didnt redline it just shifted about 5k in 2nd gear than when I went to a stop light went to take off it had no power it would just shake like it was struggling only way I got it to stop was pull over and restart.Plus no one works on the SC cobalt/redlines within 100 miles so its pain to get anything done tune wise.Theres every other tuner around here which is bs.
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Is your redline stock?


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LNF's are very reliable. ive ran as much as 30psi on the stock turbo for about 30k miles, and 29 psi on a gt2871 turbo since 44k. im at 64k miles now on my 2010 and it runs and drives just fine.

tune is the most important part, followed by doing proper maintenance. Only thing that has failed on my car is i blew my stock trans (they tend to go around 400tq)


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Yes my redline is stock.I cant find a place around here to do anything I thought about doing the gms2 but even the dealers around here wont deal with it but they will deal with the turbo balts i dont know why but its become a pain in the arse.If I got a turbo balt I wouldnt try to go over 300 that feels like a good range to be at.When your tranny shot what did you replace it with to deal with all the tq.
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you can go over 300hp/tq with only a tune on a ss/tc. most typically make between 315-330whp and 350-390wtq with bolt ons and tune. you wont hurt your trans on the stock turbo unless youre really power shifting the crap out of it. I replaced my trans with an LSJ trans. holds up better due to lower fd ratio. the LNF ration is 3.82 while the LSJ one (same as in your ion) is 4.05. car pulls harder with the lower gearing it seems as well.


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Wish there was more turbo balts around here for sale closest one on autotrader is 128 miles away 2010 with 32k miles 15,000
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2008+Cobalt SS Reliability ?

Where you located? I got a buddy that's trying to sell his for 16,000. Over 400 hp.


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