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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
30 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
121 / 3
Average Mileage:
63,663 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt electrical problems

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 7 of 16)

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problem #198

Apr 212014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number 14V171000 (electrical system) and but was informed that the parts were not available. The contact had not experienced a failure. The manufacturer was contacted. Updated 06/10/14 MA the consumer has since traded the vehicle. Updated 07/01/14

- Bigtimber, MT, USA

problem #197

Aug 202013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevy Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle recall notice. The ignition coil, module and catalytic converter were replaced.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #196

Mar 032014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and stated that the repairs were not completed in a reasonable amount of time. The dealer indicated to the contact that the parts were not available. Contact had not experience a failure. The manufacturer had not been contacted.

- Baker City, OR, USA

problem #195

Apr 012014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle recall issues and is concerned.

- Hubbard, OH, USA

problem #194

Feb 012010

Cobalt

  • miles
You can not get the key out of the ignition. You can pull the gear out of park with the car off. The doors will unlock on its own.

- Elon, NC, USA

problem #193

Mar 032014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags and electrical system) ), 14V171000 (electrical system) and stated that the parts were not available. The manufacturer was also contacted and could not provide a reasonable timeframe for repairs. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Nicktown, PA, USA

problem #192

Jul 102012

Cobalt

  • 98,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and caused her to lose control of the vehicle, crashing off-road. The contact sustained injuries to the back but a police report was not filed. The contact mentioned that she received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system) and the vehicle was taken to the dealer but the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 98,000.

- Friendship, NY, USA

problem #191

Dec 212013

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V171000 (electrical system) but was advised by the dealer that the part needed to complete the repair was not available. The contact had contacted more than one dealer to have the recall repair but to no avail. The manufacturer was also contacted and could not provide a reasonable timeframe for when the vehicle would receive the recall repairs. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Mckees Rock, PA, USA

problem #190

Mar 122014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received two recall notifications for NHTSA campaign id numbers 14V171000 (electrical system) and 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) but the parts were unavailable. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for the parts to become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #189

Apr 192014

Cobalt

  • miles
Just got the car back from the ignition switch recall and was driving on a flat road. The car was driving normally at first, then without warning the car's speedometer and RPM gauges were moving up and down rapidly. The rpms went very close to zero and you couldn't tell how fast you were going. In addition, the info gauge displayed "power steering" and the car was very difficult to turn. Also, when trying to accelerate out of a stop, the car jerked violently as if it had trouble shifting. After turning the car off then on again, it drove normally again. Afraid that it could happen again without warning.

- Clarence, NY, USA

problem #188

Apr 192014

Cobalt

  • 126,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that after having the repairs performed for NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system), the power steering warning lamp illuminated as the vehicle stalled. The contact mentioned that she was able to restart the vehicle but once the failure recurred she was unable to remove the key from the ignition or shift out of gear. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 126,000.

- Biddeford, ME, USA

problem #187

Jul 012011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
About 3 years ago I started to get a thumping noise in the front end of the 2006 Cobalt. I asked a mechanic what it could be and they gave me a couple things it might be also gave me idea on cost. Being a single mom of two and the thumping was not to bad I did not have the money to repair. As time went on got louder and worse. So, I brought it in to have problem fixed it was the lower tie arms and something else went bad and cost me almost $1000 to fix. I looked online and found many 2006 Cobalt owners say they have the same issue but was told by GM was not a safety issue so they were not recalling car it was our problem. I have noticed the lights on the dash sometime dim so low you can not see them then they will brighten again even after replacing the battery. Over this winter I started to get a humming in the steering column and asked my mechanic to look he told me I have electric power steering they could not fix. I got the recall about the ignition switch and was doing as they said and only driving with key and nothing else. But now every time I stopped I was checking key to make sure it was in place and a few times it had moved slightly but did not kick it out of the on position. If I had not checked it, it probably would have with all the pot holes. Then on April 6th 2014 on my way home from work (which is 24 miles away from home). When I was turning to go on the highway the steering wheel was humming again(I had no clue that there was any problems with steering columns at this point) I got onto the highway and the dash light came on and a dinging sound started and I had to fight, the car to the side of the road. I turned the car off then turned it on to see if it stopped and was able to get home. Looked online to see if others where having this issue and found tons of 2006 Cobalt owners having issue. That is when I saw they are recalling 2010's for it not 2006.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #186

Nov 182013

Cobalt

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the key failed to turn while in the ignition. The failure recurred intermittently. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 14V171000 (electrical system) but the part was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The vehicle had not been repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #185

Jul 152013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice and requests reimbursement for repairs. The consumer stated the vehicle would shut off periodically, while driving. She was informed the issue was relay switch. She recently received a recall notice from GM, and is now seeking reimbursement.

- Lutz, FL, USA

problem #184

Feb 202014

Cobalt

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 a Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that when attempting to start the vehicle, the key failed to turn. The failure was recurring. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (electrical system) and the vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was awaiting recall repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Norwich, CT, USA

problem #183

Mar 102014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevy Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice. The consumer stated the power steering light illuminated on the dashboard. The dealer informed the consumer, rodents had made their way underneath the hood. The consumer stated the dealer never mentioned the ignition switch problem. The consumer received the recall notice, the following day. When the consumer called the dealer to inquire about the recall, she was informed the parts were not available.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #182

Mar 182014

Cobalt

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer seeks reimbursement for recall repairs. The oxygen sensor, throttle body spacer and ignition coil were all replaced.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #181

Mar 262014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that she attempted to have the vehicle repaired under NHTSA campaign number:14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) but was made aware that the parts were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The contact had not experienced the failure.

- West Dallas, WI, USA

problem #180

Mar 262012

Cobalt

  • 35,000 miles
This vehicle is not safe to drive and was not built right. The manufactures knew for many years that the Chevy Cobalt 2006 would have a leaking gasoline system, and they kept this faulty defect to themselves for many years before bring this issue to the customer. I was driving the vehicle leaking gas for a few years unit the crack was large enough for me to smell it, while not driving, the ignition switch; with the key in it while the car was in park has started the car engine without turning the key. The key wont come out of the ignition switch. The car has turned off on me on the freeway more than 9 times. The car turned off on me going in reverse, couldn't control the brake and steering power to move out of the pole. While driving in the freeway I have had to quickly react; putting my emergency lights on and praying to god a car doesn't hit me, while with the left had side is quickly waving at the vehicles coming from behind to stop. Please help me. I have two children and im tired of being exposed to the dangers of this M defected life threatening vehicle. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bell, CA, USA

problem #179

Feb 222014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Driving down hwy.knee bumped keys in ignition and the car shut off thank the lord she was able to turn car back on. My concern is we just purchased the car not long ago and will I be contact about recall for this very reason.

- Butler, OK, USA

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