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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:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,883 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt fuel system problems

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 8 of 10)

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problem #51

Aug 302012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While parked, the contact noticed an abnormal gasoline smell. The contact later discovered gasoline fuel leaking from under the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing where the mechanic advised that the fuel pump was leaking fuel. There the contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000. Updated 10/16/12 the consumer stated the vehicle has recall. The VIN matches the recall but, the consumer's state does not fall under the recall. Updated 10/18/2012

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #50

Jul 272012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that fuel fumes emitted in the vehicle. The dealer was contacted who stated that the vehicle was not under any recall or warranty and offered no assistance. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who confirmed that the vehicle was included on the NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 and referred the contact to the nearest dealer for the repaired at no charge. The dealer was notified again of the failure and was told what the manufacturer confirmed but they refused to do any repairs on the vehicle. The failure mileage was 48,000 and the current mileage was 49,250...updated 10/17/12 updated 10/19/2012

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #49

Jul 302012

Cobalt

  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while parked fuel fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump) that may be related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 39,000.

- Cooper City, FL, USA

problem #48

Aug 312012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 144,000 miles

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

Fuel pump crack at the plastic supply or return port causing fuel to leak. This is a serious fire and saftey issue.

- San Miguel, CA, USA

problem #47

Jul 212011

Cobalt

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving, he smelled gasoline. The contact pulled the vehicle over and noticed that there was a gasoline fuel leak. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the fuel lines needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Oberlin, OH, USA

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problem #46

Aug 162012

Cobalt

  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The vehicle was parked when the contact smelled a strong odor of gasoline fuel outside of the vehicle. There was no visible fuel leak. The vehicle was taken to an auto shop where the fuel module was replaced. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump); however the VIN was ineligible under the recall. In addition, the vehicle was not registered in the states mentioned in the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 43,000.

- Heath, OH, USA

problem #45

Aug 192012

Cobalt

  • 10,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact smelled an extremely strong odor of fuel inside and outside of the vehicle. There was no fuel visible on the ground at any given time. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who noticed internal fuel leakage. The technician recommended the vehicle not be driven due to safety issues. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump); however the vehicle was not currently registered or purchased in the states mentioned in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.

- Wheatridge, CO, USA

problem #44

Aug 262012

Cobalt

  • 67,676 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, fuel fumes started to emit into the vehicle. The contact mentioned that after inspecting the vehicle he noticed a steady drip of fuel. The contact was informed about a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 67,676.

- Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #43

Jul 272012

Cobalt

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that fuel fumes were emitted into the vehicle and in the garage where the vehicle was parked. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Benwood, WV, USA

problem #42

Aug 132012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 40,881 miles
We noticed a strong fuel odor coming from the car. Upon further investigation we discovered a puddle of fuel under the car. We researched recalls and of course we were told they were for certain states. We contacted GM and was able to get them to pay to have the vehicle looked at to see what the problem was due to it being a safety issue! dealer found the metal lines part of the fuel pump module are leaking fuel. It was necessary to replace the fuel pump module. Our dealer offered to pay 50% of the cost. We still have an open investigation with GM to see if they will be covering the cost of the repair and refund us our money. This is a safety issue. It is a defective part! no way should a car with less than 41,000 miles should have a fuel leak. Just hope you decide to recall before someone gets hurt or dies!!

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #41

Aug 082012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles

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

I noticed that my car, inside and out, had a strong odor of fuel. Since my daughter drives the car I immediately took it to my mechanic. I was told there is a recall on 2006 Cobalts for this issue. However since I'm not in a southern state, with high temperatures, my car is not covered. This makes absolutely no sense to me since Maryland has been extremely hot all summer. The VIN number for my car matches the recall notice just not the state. I have no choice but to find the money for repair since my child's safety is at risk. I just think that GM should pay for all 2006 Cobalts since they are clearly aware of the problem.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #40

Jul 122012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 37,684 miles
Fuel leaking from the fuel pump.

- Walpole, MA, USA

problem #39

Aug 082012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Strong gas smell after turning off car that lasts several hours. Also, the car has difficulties starting.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #38

Aug 072012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 111,076 miles
Strong odor of gasoline. Noticed gasoline on bottom of fuel tank and tank shield. Looked for recalls and found recalls for the fuel module on vehicles registered in states that have a hot summer climate but no recall issued for the state of Missouri. With the record settings temperatures this summer in St. Louis recall should be extended to the state of Missouri.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #37

Aug 132012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Driving down the highway at approximately 65 mph my fuel gauge crashed. Dropping to empty from half full and stopping my vehicle in rush hour traffic. I immediately pulled to the side of the road to check the engine for fuel. Nothing found. Got on my hands and knees and checked under the car to find fuel showering out of the bottom of my fuel tank. I called my local Chevrolet and gave them my VIN number only to find out that yes there is a recall in effect for this problem but its only available to be fixed for free in 2 states. Arizona and Nevada.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #36

Aug 072012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that fuel fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or a mechanic for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,000. Updated 10/10/12 updated 10/15/2012

- Millsboro, DE, USA

problem #35

Aug 102012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Exact same issue as with Cobalts that were recalled-- fuel pump assembly malfunctioned/cracked and began leaking gas.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #34

Jul 282012

Cobalt

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that there were strong gasoline fumes inside vehicle. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who stated that there was a fuel leak entering the engine. The vehicle was repaired by replacing the fuel pump module. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline: Delivery: Fuel pump) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The current and failure mileage was 60,000.

- St. Charles, MO, USA

problem #33

Jul 092012

Cobalt

  • 52,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving fuel fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the fuel pump module needed to be replaced. The contact was made aware that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 (fuel system: Gasoline: Delivery: Fuel pump). The failure mileage was 52,800 and the current mileage was 53,100.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #32

Jul 272012

Cobalt

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact confirmed that after exiting the vehicle the smell of fuel emitted from the tank. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic. The mechanic confirmed the fuel pump module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and they confirmed the VIN failed to qualify for a recall under : 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 55,000.

- Pottstown, PA, USA

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