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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:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,219 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt fuel system problems

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 3 of 8)

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problem #117

Nov 212011

Cobalt

  • 66,236 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 emitting a fuel odor and there was a leak coming from the fuel lines. The dealer diagnosed that the fuel line was leaking. The contact was also informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 66,236.

- Prescott, AZ, USA

problem #116

Sep 012011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
My Cobalt has a fuel leak which is clearly a safety issue, and being ignored by General Motors except in certain states and vehicles with certain VIN numbers. Clearly they are trying to minimize their responsibility and are being aloud to do so at the expense of their customers. Since when is a fuel leak not a safety hazard or maybe you are waiting for a fire or explosion and a loss of life before anything is done. Wonder why they stopped making Cobalts, maybe because they ran out of cheap defective parts. It is a real shame that those who purchased these vehicles are being treated like they are wanting something for free that they are not entitled to. I got the same old story from GM when I contacted them. They try to act concerned, but you can tell they are told what to say and aren't going to be of any help.

- Peekskill, NY, USA

problem #115

Nov 012011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
I pulled information on a recall #: 09V419000 on certain model year 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn ion and 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt... for the following states AZ, nv, ca, fl, tx. Md should have been included because I have the same problem. Developed a crack in the fuel line, fuel started leaking from that area.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #114

Aug 192011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles

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

I experiences first a gas odor in my vehicle that was extremely uncomfortable as I was not able to drive my vehicle. I then was able to see a visible gas leak coming from the fuel tank of my vehicle. After having a mechanic look at the vehicle, it has been concluded that the cap on the fuel tank has malfunctioned. I have investigated the vehicle and the problem and I know there is a recall for my vehicle and this issue however only in specific states. Therefore, it acknowledges that there was a factory issue involving this year of Chevy Cobalt. I will likely be paying around $600 out of pocket for the repairs in order to keep my vehicle in driving condition.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #113

Oct 292011

Cobalt

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the fuel tank was leaking. The dealer advised the contact that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump) however, since the VIN was not indicated in the global warning system they would not be able to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 116,300 and the approximate failure mileage was 116,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Shorewood, IL, USA

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problem #112

Oct 112011

Cobalt

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that it would take numerous attempts before successfully starting the vehicle. The contact also stated that the vehicle was emitting a strong odor of fuel. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop and the contact was informed that the vehicle was leaking fuel. A new fuel pump was installed to remedy the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The failure mileage was 78,000.

- Idaho Falls, ID, USA

problem #111

Jul 142011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles

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

My car is putting out fuel exhaust fumes in my vents. Took it to the dealership and they only fixed the fuel pump, but its the exhaust system letting out C02 gases. They are saying the fuel pump and exhaust system is all one module. When I drive behind the wheel I feel like I'm falling asleep. I have to roll my windows down in the freezing cold. They said they will call me when [xxx] returns at the walker Chevrolet dealership in franklin, tn. Also complained at the freeland Chevrolet and they did absolutely nothing. There were several accidents I had to avoid. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #110

Sep 152011

Cobalt

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the smell of fuel emitted inside and out of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where they confirmed that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The dealer was contacted and advised that the VIN did not qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number:09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 125,000 and the current mileage was 127,000.

- Hazelwood, MO, USA

problem #109

Sep 082011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
Was driving my car and when I got home I smelled gas when I got out. So I got up underneath and smelled it even stronger. I took my car in to get an oil change and had them look for a gas leak. There is a gas leak coming from somewhere around my gas tank. This smell has gotten worse. This is dangerous to be driving around my car with such a problem. There have been other people reporting the issue as well. This is a safety issue that GM needs to recall everywhere not just certain states. I am a single mother and my son doesn't need to be smelling that every day when he's in my car. I do not have the money for repairs but this is something that I did not do. The car has a clean title and I have never hit anything hard to cause a leak from the top of the gas tank.

- Huber Heights, OH, USA

problem #108

Oct 112011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
The plastic line in the fuel assembly is cracked. My care smells of gas and is dripping gas. There is a recall for this very problem online: October 2009 -- General Motors is recalling certain model year 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn ion vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Arizona and Nevada; and model year 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5 and Saturn ion vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada and Texas. The plastic supply or return port on the modular reservoir assembly may crack. If either of these ports develops a crack, fuel will leak from the area. If the crack becomes large enough, fuel may be observed dripping onto the ground and vehicle performance may be affected. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel pump module free of charge. A special coverage will be implemented in the same time frame for model year 2006 vehicles registered in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas and model year 2007 vehicles registered in: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. 09V-419.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #107

Oct 102011

Cobalt

  • miles

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

Smelled gas, fuel pump was leaking, had to be replaced.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #106

Sep 302011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
I was on my way home, and noticed the smell of gasoline from the outside of my vehicle. I initially thought it was from putting a couple of gallons of gas in the vehicle earlier, but the smell persisted into the inside of the vehicle while driving. When I arrived home, the smell of gasoline was stronger outside. I looked under the vehicle and saw the path that the gasoline has been traveling. I let the vehicle sit in the driveway until I was able to bring it to the dealership, for the fear of it catching on fire, or exploding while driving with my two children. It is currently at the dealership being worked on, and was told it is the fuel pump system. It has come to my attention that I am not the only one experiencing this, and it is known issue GM has had. I don't understand why my vehicle is not a part of the recall, it is not just. I dread the bill that I am about to face, due to a known safety issue. And I am certain the fumes of gasoline isn't healthy for my two children, a 6 month and a 2 year old.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #105

Aug 032011

Cobalt

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact noticed that the vehicle was leaking fuel from the top of the fuel tank. The dealer advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 ( fuel system, gasoline: Delivery:fuel pump). The manufacturer confirmed the vehicle was not included in the recall and advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer. The current mileage was 90,000 and the approximate failure mileage was 89,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Petersburg, VA, USA

problem #104

Sep 222011

Cobalt

  • 33,197 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall moments after it was started every morning and the vehicle would emit a fuel odor. After restarting the vehicle it would operate normally. The contact also stated that the vehicle was using fuel at a very rapid rate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the vehicle was leaking fuel. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The failure mileage was 33,197.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #103

Sep 302011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 30,407 miles
Fuel leaking from rear of vehicle. A special coverage adjustment #09275A that addresses this problem needs to have the state of Virginia added to the list. We have several hundred of these cars and fear this may be the start of a major issue.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #102

Sep 132011

Cobalt

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine indicator illuminated. In addition, there was a strong odor of fuel inside the vehicle. Upon restarting, the vehicle operated normally. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline: Delivery: Fuel pump). The contact planned to notify the manufacturer to verify whether the vehicle was eligible for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure previously. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #101

Sep 232011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Very strong gasoline odor when vehicle is running or after stopping. Fuel dripping from gas tank onto ground underneath.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #100

Jul 152011

Cobalt

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when he smelled a strong odor of fuel. Upon examining the vehicle, the contact noticed that the fuel pump was cracked. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Bullhead City, AZ, USA

problem #99

Jul 182011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt ss 2.0L that just recently started to leak gas really bad about a month ago. There is already a recall for 69,139 Cobalts for this issue and the NHTSA campaign id number is 09V419000. My car is currently registered in Arizona and was previously registered in Nevada, the summary of the recall clearly states that "General Motors is recalling certain model year 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn ion vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Arizona and Nevada". my car is an 2006 model and was registered in both of those states, so I feel like there was a mistake that was made on GM's part while doing research on this recall and there are still vehicles out there like mine that have this issue. This has been a big inconvenience for me as I cannot even start my car without gasoline pouring out from the gas tank area and fear of my car igniting on fire. I just contacted General Motors today and they told me that there was nothing that they could do to help so I'm hoping someone will read this here and get word out so that no one is seriously injured or killed. I appreciate your time!!

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #98

Sep 192011

Cobalt

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated there was a leak in the fuel pump. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic to be repaired but they had to order the fuel pump at the owners expense for $749. The dealer was notified and stated his VIN was not included in the recall. The NHTSA recall campaign number: 09V419000, fuel system, gasoline: Delivery: Fuel pump. The manufacturer was notified and informed him that his vehicle was not included in the recall and offered no additional assistance. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

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