2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2006 Cobalt continued to carry the torch first lit by the 2005 model year. To be clear, that torch is burning bright with widespread power steering issues, electrical curiosities and a dangerous ignition switch defect which led to a massive recall by GM. This isn’t a great torch to carry.
The 2006 added it’s own special flare with gas leaks due to cracks in the “return portion of the modular reservoir assembly.” A recall of 2006 Cobalts was issued to fix the problem, but only to vehicles sold in or current registered in Arizona and Nevada, leaving other owners to pay for repairs themselves.
Between this car stalling while driving, giving owners fits with power steering failure and having it be a potential tinderbox because of gas leaks, we felt we had no other option than to award it our “Avoid Like the Plague” badge.
Worst 2006 Cobalt Problems by Category
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- interior accessories problems81NHTSA complaints: 20
- steering problems54NHTSA complaints: 1074
- engine problems47NHTSA complaints: 117
- fuel system problems13NHTSA complaints: 344
- AC / heater problems10NHTSA complaints: 4
- body / paint problems10NHTSA complaints: 42
- brakes problems7NHTSA complaints: 75
- suspension problems6NHTSA complaints: 41
- windows / windshield problems6NHTSA complaints: 10
- seat belts / air bags problems5NHTSA complaints: 121
- exterior accessories problems4NHTSA complaints: 38
- lights problems4NHTSA complaints: 12
- transmission problems4NHTSA complaints: 53
- wheels / hubs problems3NHTSA complaints: 12
- cooling system problems1
- exhaust system problems1NHTSA complaints: 5
- electrical problemsNHTSA: 309
- drivetrain problemsNHTSA: 59
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 25
- clutch problemsNHTSA: 4
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