The battery in my G5 (now traded out) was in great shape after 9+ years of use. The HHR (still own) battery after 5 years is still working great. Your Cobalt battery lasted longer.
What is common thread here? All those cars had batteries located in the trunk, away from the engine heat! The engine gets lot hotter than heat in Arizona or Florida or Texas.
First determine source of most of the noise. Is it the tires, or the engine compartment, or rear trunk area, or mainly wind noise due to open windows. The 2017 Spark engine has a hood which should help with noise. Additional insulation layer attached to the hood will reduce noise coming into passenger compartment. Try adding insulation to the firewall. The pictures in this thread for applying insulation layer in the trunk and trunk lid could help cut noise. I understand this one of the cheapest car on the market comes with cheap tires. Why is that not expected? Replace with expensive tires known to run quieter.
If everything fails, and car noise is still obnoxious, do not wear headphones! Those are illegal in most states. However cotton balls in ears could be the last resort. Just take them out before talking to the officer who pulls you over
Ya Bobby, I know how you feel..I'm not that old at 65yrs and retired at 50yrs old, but my warranty expired way back in the 80's some time as well. I pretty well think the CVT issues were all ironed out in the 2017's..Good long torque curve 1.4L aluminum engine helped that issue quite a bit. I also don't like manuals..specially in a small engine due to constant shifting in traffic..younger members like that the way we did back in the day of the V8..sporty. I have test driven the 2017 CVT and found it much improved and very smooth at all speeds..just had one rolling stop where it never dropped to first and kinda chugged off until it revved up and dropped to first then a higher ratio like second..very low rpm's on the highway..something like 2Krpm at 60mph where my 2013 is at 2,700-3,000. The 4speed auto tranny is very solid and responsive with very little slip compared to others I have owned. At 65mph a quick boot down will quickly drop down one or two gears and run at 4-5Krpm's++ and solidly accelerates to 100mph and will come back up to fourth gear (overdrive) at about 85mph. Solid body and suspension on all years and at 130Kmi mine still has fairly clean oil at 7,500mi on synthetic without burning more than 1/4 qt or less..still the same compression and smooth idle and same power as it was when new..totally surprised me with the small high rpm engine that i really drive hard with constant boot downs to accelerate..No real issues and the brake pads lasted longer than any car I have ever had..maybe due to the light weight..got about 60-65K mi out of the factory pads and rotors..OK..'Nuff said on that..gotta work on the boat today..lotsa dirty work with fixtures, aux electrical and some furniture replacement and fixing the A/C and fridge cleanup at the dirty back..hot in there until I get the A/C going properly...
WELL IT SEEMS THAT I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM AS SO MANY OTHERS ON THIS FORUM. OIL CONSUMPTION OIL LIGHT NEVER CAME ON EVEN AFTER BEING 3 QUARTS LOW, LEAKING OIL OUT ALL OVER, CAR HAS BEEN AT DEALERSHIP OVER 10 DAYS THEY DID PROVIDE LOANER VEHICLE THANKS SO MUCH, BUT THEY NEED TO REPLACE SEVERAL GASKETS, ASKED WHY WARNING LIGHT NEVER CAME ON THEY COULD NOT EXPLAIN IT, I SAID MY PROBLEM SEEMS TO BE COMMON WITH THIS YEAR AND MODEL AND THEY REALLY DIDNT HAVE MUCH TO SAY. I ASKED ALOT OF QUESTIONS: ASKED IF ENGINE HAD A PROBLEM WITH #4 CYLINDER SAID THEY DIDNT KNOW IASKED IF THEY COULD CHECK THEY SAID YES. ASKED ABOUT NOISES ENGINE MAKING NO ANSWERS. I ASKED IS THIS COMMON TO REPLACE GASKETS ON A VEHICLE THIS SOON ANSWER NO! ANY SUGGESTIONS ANYONE HAS LET ME KNOW I WOULD APPRECIATE IT.
Buy the cheapest price between 2016 & 2017. I agree with Jonboy, nothing much seems to have changed. Dealer will be anxious to unload the 2016 and you can get a much better deal.
But here is the caveat...if you plan to trade in after a short time, such as 2 or 3 years, then you will get less for the older model, thus negating much of the price advantage. If you plan to keep the car for 7+ years, then 2016 is a better value for the money.