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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System:Ignition:Switch

NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems

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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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Chevrolet Cobalt electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 172010

Cobalt

  • 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 the vehicle was parked with the key stuck in the ignition switch. The contact was unable to remove the key from the ignition switch after numerous attempts. The contact then engaged the emergency ignition key release and was able to remove the key from the ignition. In addition, the gear shift selector would not lock into any desired gear. The contact noticed a four inch pin lying across the bottom of the gear shift box. She was uncertain if the pin loosened and then completely detached from a device within the gear shift box area. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Dravosburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012007

Cobalt

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt shakes real bad when driving. Customer stated that he had the vehicle get a front end alignment twice and after a while the vehicle begins to start shaking again. The consumer stated the steering jammed and he was unable to remove the key from the ignition. Switch. The tumbler was replaced.

- Walls, MS, USA

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