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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 4 of 8)

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problem #97

Sep 122011

Cobalt

  • 107,000 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 the top of the fuel tank was covered with leaking fuel. The contact also stated that while driving 25 mph, an abnormal gasoline fuel odor emitted into the vehicle. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign I.D. number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump) but was advised by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The contact was concerned that the fuel leak could result in a fire. The failure mileage was 107,000.

- Otway, OH, USA

problem #96

Sep 012011

Cobalt

  • miles
Vehicle has various problems which started with the fuel gauge going to empty not matter how much fuel there was, this issue was never fixed properly. Front suspension rattles and lower control arm bushings are cracked, diagnosed, but not repaired by Chevrolet. Interior dome light has a short as does the radio, intermittent. Also paint is peeling off of the door handles, radio and dashboard control buttons. And just recently there is an odor of gasoline coming from somewhere on the vehicle. The vehicle has a little over 21,000 miles on it.

- Peekskill, NY, USA

problem #95

Aug 072011

Cobalt

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the vehicle was parked, the contact smelled a strong odor of fuel outside of the vehicle. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated the fuel pump module would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Huber Heights, OH, USA

problem #94

Sep 022011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 24,363 miles

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

Fuel leak at rear of vehicle.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #93

Sep 012011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 60,035 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

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problem #92

Aug 262011

Cobalt

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 20 mph, the contact noticed an overpowering fuel odor. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic. The mechanic stated there was a fuel leak and would have to inspect the vehicle further to indicate where the failure was located. 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 and stated the VIN was not included in the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #91

Sep 012011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 92,101 miles

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

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 #90

Aug 252011

Cobalt

  • 100,855 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while at a local mechanic, the mechanic noticed a fuel leak. The mechanic stated that the fuel pump malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The mechanic replaced the fuel pump. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that there were no recalls addressing the issue. The failure mileage was 100,855.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #89

Aug 272011

Cobalt

  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the vehicle was parked, the contact smelled a strong odor of fuel outside of the vehicle and also noticed fuel leakage on the ground. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who detected a crack within the fuel pump and the vehicle was repaired. The contact discovered a recall related to the defect under NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery: Fuel pump). The manufacturer was notified and they stated the VIN was not included in the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000. Updated 10/31/11

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #88

Aug 152011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while driving various speeds, he smelled a strong odor of fuel. Upon examining the vehicle, the contact discovered a leak in the fuel pump. The failure was not diagnosed nor was the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 50,000.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #87

Aug 112011

Cobalt

  • 61,253 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the vehicle was parked the contact smelled a fuel odor inside the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed a leak from the fuel pump. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. NHTSA recall campaign id number: 09V419000(fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump) may be related to the failure. The manufacturer stated the VIN was not included in the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 61,253.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #86

Aug 192011

Cobalt

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while parked, she smelled a fuel odor. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed a fuel leak. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostics, where the mechanic stated that there was a crack in the fuel pump. The manufacturer was notified and stated that there was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump), but the VIN was not included. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Jacksonville, TX, USA

problem #85

Aug 192011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 48,782 miles
1. noticed fumes coming from vehicle after driving around the vehicle that was so strong it was hard to stay next to the vehicle 2. caused fumes in the car and around the car after the vehicle stop. 3. had the fuel pump replaced by local mechanic, where he found cracks in the fuel pump where the hoses enter the housing.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #84

Jul 202011

Cobalt

  • miles
I received a safety recall letter for my vehicle stating that the fuel pump can fail. It started to fail so I took my car to the dealer but they said they could not fix it because the car had a salvaged title.

- Glendora, CA, USA

problem #83

Aug 022011

Cobalt

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the smell of fuel was emitting from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, where the failure diagnostic testing indicated that the fuel pump was cracked and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified, but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 100,300.

- Lothian, MD, USA

problem #82

Jul 212011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 126,111 miles
This is the 2nd complaint I have filed for my 2006 Chevy Cobalt. The first involved the steering problem, which was eventually recalled, but not until I spent several hundred dollars, for which I still have not been reimbursed. On July 21, 2011, which hit over 100 degrees inn central Pennsylvania, I began smelling gasoline after driving the vehicle. I thought it might be related to the fact that we were under an ozone action alert, but when the problem did not resolve and became worse I contacted the dealer. Like many other Chevy Cobalt, Saturn ion, and Pontiac gs owners, I was told that the odor was coming from a leaky fuel pump. Despite my attempts to get the problem resolved, I was told that my vehicle was not among the limited VIN numbers that qualified under a voluntary recall campaign #09V419000 nor did I live in one of the states that qualified. My dealer told me that I might have a case to file for special coverage adjustment #09275A. Which did include my VIN, , but my mileage was too high. As a result, I had to spend another $496.27 to take care of the problem myself, and that was with a courtesy discount from the dealer. While I fully understand the concept that even good parts will eventually wear out, it is still not unreasonable to expect that a known failure of a particular part should be taken care of. If other drivers receive the benefits of having a faulty part replaced, all drivers who experience the problem should regardless of where they live and what the vehicle's mileage is when the failure occurs. This is especially true when that problem can result in injury or death such as a fire that might occur from leaking fuel or having steering go out while driving. My dealer would have been perfectly fine with allowing me to drive off the service lot without the fix if I wasn't able to come up with the money. I have been a Chevy owner for over twenty years, but this may be my last Chevy purchase.

- Shermans Dale, PA, USA

problem #81

Aug 012011

Cobalt

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that a fuel odor was present on the interior while driving 20 mph. Upon examining the vehicle, the contact noticed that fuel was leaking on top of the fuel tank. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where the contact was made aware of the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The manufacturer was then notified and informed the contact that the vehicle was not registered in a state affected by the recall. The failure mileage was 74,000.

- Parkville, MO, USA

problem #80

Jul 012011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt ss. The contact stated that when the ignition was started, fuel escaped from the fuel pump. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, but repairs were made by a private mechanic. The private mechanic replaced the fuel pump. The manufacturer was not notified about the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 73,000. Updated 09/27/2011

- Circleville, OH, USA

problem #79

Aug 012011

Cobalt

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle was leaking fuel from the fuel tank. The dealer was contacted who advised 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 contacted and confirmed that the recall did not include vehicles in her particular state. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Darlington, MD, USA

problem #78

Aug 052011

Cobalt

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that gasoline fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop who diagnosed that the fuel pump was cracked and caused a fuel leakage. As a result, the fuel pump needed to be replaced. 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 63,000.

- Columbia , MO, USA

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