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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 5 of 8)

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problem #77

Dec 042007

Cobalt

  • 40,000 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 there was an overpowering gasoline odor within the vehicle. The contact referenced NHTSA recall campaign id number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline: Delivery: Fuel pump) but was advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 123,575.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #76

Jul 052011

Cobalt

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that a strong odor of fuel was present on the interior. As a result, driving was very difficult. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who noticed the fuel line was detached from the fuel pump, causing a leak. The mechanic also stated that the leak was a fire hazard due to its location. The fuel line was repaired. 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 60,000.

- Salina, KS, USA

problem #75

Aug 012011

Cobalt

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet cobolt. While parked, the contact noticed a fuel smell around the exterior of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where the mechanic stated the fuel pump module assembly needed to be replaced due to a leak in the fuel pump. The vehicle was not repaired. 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.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #74

Jul 162011

Cobalt

  • 86,000 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 fuel fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the fuel pump was leaking and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 86,000.

- North Bend , OH, USA

problem #73

Aug 022011

Cobalt

  • 69,000 miles
I took my 2006 Cobalt to a mechanic today to investigate a strong fuel odor that has persisted for about one week. I was also experiencing ignition delays. The mechanic confirmed a crack and in the fuel delivery system of my car. The mechanic instructed me to contact local Chevrolet dealers about a recall, referencing NHTSA recall bulletin 09V419000. Despite this information, no dealers confirmed the recall. The only recall available according to the dealers has to do with a power steering issue. I found information online in Chevrolet forums about another potential recall coded 06090 or 06090A that describes the same issue as the aforementioned NHTSA bulletin. My VIN number falls in the range listed with 06090. No dealers could confirm this either. I just want to know if my vehicle is eligible for recall related repairs. It seems as if it should be, judging by all the information I have gathered. Note: The mileage listed above is an estimate. The fuel odor has persisted since just before 69000 miles and still persists, as my current mileage is around 69,100.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

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problem #72

Jul 012011

Cobalt

  • miles
My car smells like gas fumes all the time when I drive it and it makes my head hurt and it was recently inspected and it passed. Now two weeks later, it smells like gas, especially in one hundred degree weather and I was not informed about a recall on the fuel injection.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #71

Jul 252011

Cobalt

  • 93,200 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 a strong odor of fuel was coming from the vehicle and there was also a fuel leak. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where the contact was informed that a plastic part, positioned on top of the fuel tank, was cracked. As a result, the fuel pump and lines needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance because the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (component: Fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 93,200.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #70

Jul 102011

Cobalt

  • 97,000 miles
Re: NHTSA action number: PE10005, recently informed by our mechanic that we have a fuel leak somewhere above the gas tank near the fuel pump. Reviewed web and discovered this safety recall and fail to understand how it can be limited to the states described within the recall. I live in Kansas with summer time temperatures in the 90-100 degrees routinely. I also understand the repair cost can be substantial, how can it be fair for my neighbor in Oklahoma to have this repaired by GM yet I may have to endure a 300 - $600 expense, after all safety is safety.

- Leavenworth , KS, USA

problem #69

Jun 292011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 74,600 miles
Besides prior problems with my 2006 Chevy Cobalt including replacing the motor and manual transmission, I recently noticed a strong fuel odor when I was driving my car or after I had parked. I noticed the smell on June 29, 2011. I called my mechanic on July 1, 2011 and he scheduled me for service on July 5, 2011 following the independence day holiday weekend. He looked at the car and noticed there was a crack in the mra or modular reservoir assembly which had caused the fuel pump to leak. He stressed the danger I had been in while driving my car due to the highly flammable nature of the fuel leaking from my car. He needs to replace the fuel pump which will cost several hundred dollars. After doing some research on the problem, I found that GM had recalled many 2006 Chevy Cobalts for this specific reason. I called the customer assistance line and spoke to [xxx] at extension 12783 who told me my car was not included in the recall nor is the problem covered under any warranty or special coverage. It is not a coincidence that my car is suffering the same problem that many 2006 Chevy Cobalts were recalled for. Chevrolet should cover the costs for the repair of the vehicle they sold me. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lincoln Park, NJ, USA

problem #68

Jun 152011

Cobalt

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when he could smell an odor of fuel and noticed a fuel leak. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 68,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Gaffney, SC, USA

problem #67

Jan 032011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles

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

I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt that has a gas leak resulting from a defective fule pump module. There is a special coverage adjustment (#09275A), however the dealer and GM say that my car does not qualify for this coverage. I have the bulletin in hand and it identifies the bracketed VIN numbers, and my VIN number falls within the bracket. I had my vehicle into the dealer who identified my gas leak resulting from the fuel pump module, which needed to be replaced but they will not allow me coverage under this special coverage adjustment.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #66

Jun 152011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 40,150 miles
My 2006 Chevy Cobalt has developed the same fuel system crack/leak issues as described in the recall. However I do not live in any of the states listed so my dealer says its not covered. How can it be recalled in certain states and not others? seems to me a defect is a defect regardless of where the car is registered! now I have to pay for a repair or risk a fire.

- Pasadena , MD, USA

problem #65

Jun 282011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 668,445 miles
I purchased pre-owned vehicle that has been releasing toxic fumes, that strongly resemble the smell of gasoline. The smell was less odorless and not noticeable when I bought the car, but now the car smell gets me dizzy and my new born child at the time was diagnosed with bronchiatious. Every person from strangers to people I know who get next to the car now express there concern about the car smell.

- Bell, CA, USA

problem #64

Aug 012010

Cobalt

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated the vehicle was parked when she could smell a strong odor of gasoline. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the fuel tank 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 vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 78,000 and the current mileage was 97,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #63

Jun 092011

Cobalt

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated a strong odor of fuel was coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was informed the fuel pump failed, causing the fuel tank sensor to fail. The mechanic also informed the contact of NHTSA recall campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline: Delivery: Fuel pump). The manufacturer was notified but the contact was informed the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 36,000.

- Philidelphia, PA, USA

problem #62

May 312011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While stopped, the contact could smell a strong odor of fuel coming from the exterior. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated there was a crack on the fuel pump assembly, causing a fuel leak from the rear. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000. Updated 07/20/11 the consumer stated fuel was leaking around the exhaust. Updated 08/01/11

- Saint Louis , MO, USA

problem #61

May 122011

Cobalt

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while driving approximately 30 mph she began to smell a strong gasoline odor. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed the fuel pump module needed to be replaced. The contact was also informed the vehicle was not included in NHTSA recall campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 85,000. The VIN was unknown.

- Mission, KS, USA

problem #60

Apr 232011

Cobalt

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle was leaking fuel abnormally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who confirmed that there was a leak in the fuel pump. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 130,000.

- Eminence, KY, USA

problem #59

Nov 162010

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving 35 mph when an overpowering gasoline fuel odor filled the interior cabin. The contact was unable to locate a fuel leak and the vehicle was taken to a local mechanic. The mechanic advised that the fuel module was fractured in half. The mechanic placed an order for the fuel module and advised that the vehicle could have started a fire while driving. The contact had not called the manufacturer. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Festus, MO, USA

problem #58

Apr 012011

Cobalt

  • 57,725 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated there was a strong gasoline fuel odor from the exterior of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where the contact was told there was a hole in the fuel tank. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was told 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 repaired by the independent repair shop. The failure and current mileage was 57,725.

- Yardley, PA, USA

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