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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.

2.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,099 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt fuel system problems

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #11

Jun 032010

Cobalt

  • 119,000 miles

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

The contact owns 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the fuel lines on the vehicle were cracked and caused fuel to leak from the fuel pump. The vehicle was inspected by a mechanic who stated that there was a recall for the fuel system related to the fuel pump, but the contact was told that his vehicle was not included in NHTSA recall campaign number 09V419000, fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump. The failure mileage was 119000. The current mileage was 122000.

- Danville, IN, USA

problem #10

Jun 162010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated there was an overpowering gasoline odor in the interior cabin. When starting the vehicle, there was an abnormal squeak from the vehicle rear. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the contact was informed that there was a crack in the fuel line. The vehicle was not repaired and there were no prior warnings of the failure. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage is 52,756. Updated 11/03/10. The fuel pump module was replaced. Updated 11.04/10

- Tooele, UT, USA

problem #9

Jul 232010

Cobalt

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While exiting the vehicle the contact noticed a strong gasoline odor. When he returned to the vehicle, the odor had become overpowering. The contact was able to locate NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline: Delivery: Fuel pump) yet when inquiring with the manufacturer, he was told his VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure persisted. The failure and current mileages were 150,000.

- Waterloo, IL, USA

problem #8

Jul 092010

Cobalt

  • 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 in the garage, the contact smelled a strong odor of fuel. Immediately the vehicle was removed from the garage to a safe location. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the technician stated that the failure was contributed to a fuel pump module leakage. NHTSA recall campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline: Delivery: Fuel pump) was related to the failure; however, the VIN was excluded from the recall. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #7

May 102010

Cobalt

  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the vehicle was parked, the contact smelled a strong odor of fuel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. There was a recall related to the failure under the NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline: Delivery: Fuel pump). However, the VIN was excluded from the recall defect. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 103,000.

- Stanford, CT, USA

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problem #6

Jan 242010

Cobalt

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact smelled a strong odor of fuel outside the vehicle. In addition, an excessive amount of fuel leakage was on the ground. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline delivery, fuel pump). The contact experienced the identical failures as mention in the recall; however, the VIN was excluded from the recall defect. The vehicle is in the process of being repaired. The failure mileage was 116,000.

- Monticello, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 202009

Cobalt

  • 35,000 miles

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

My 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt has been diagnosed with a fuel pump modular failure recently and I got quoted 1100 for the repair and now my vehicle is inoperable. I noticed your campaign number 09V419000 in reference to the recall and our vehicle was bought and registered in Arizona (I am military) in 2006. We contacted Chevy and they now tell us that our VIN does not fit the description and that they will only pay for the part and part of the labor with our total being between $400-$500 even though it is the exact same thing as the recall states. I do not have that kind of money to be paying for a part I should not have to pay for.

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #4

Nov 262009

Cobalt

  • 52,300 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 55 mph she smelled a strong odor of fuel inside of the vehicle. She then noticed a puddle of gasoline on the ground. The authorized dealer was notified of the malfunction. His vehicle identification number was excluded from recall campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). No repairs were made. The failure and current mileages were 52,300.

- Derby, KS, USA

problem #3

Nov 182009

Cobalt

  • 64,000 miles
2006 Chevy Cobalt, 64, 000 miles. The car leaks fuel from the fuel pump hose on top of the gas tank near the exhaust pipe location which could be a source of ignition. It happens every time you start the car. I took it to the local Chevy dealer, they repaired the car for about $600. I was told there was no recall on this model. I found from the GM web site and the NHTSA site that in fact GM has recalled 53000 of these cars for this exact same problem. I was assigned a specialist and a case number and GM was investigating if I qualify for financial assistance. After 3 days of GM investigating, they decided my VIN number doesn't match with this recall. They said the car is out of warranty, and I argues that this is a safety recall for 53000 other Cobalts and similar models, not a warranty issue at all, its a safety recall. They said their decision was final, and I will receive no financial help. The GM recall number is 090226. The NHTSA campaign number id number is 09V419000. The mechanic described my cars problem exactly how the recall reads, and the recall says at no cost to the customer this part will be replaced by the dealer. GM only said no to free replacement because of a VIN number that has not been input into their recall system.

- Coalinga, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 092009

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. She smelled a strong odor of fuel inside and outside of the vehicle. Then she noticed a puddle of gasoline outside of the fuel tank. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The authorized dealer has taken the responsibility to tow the vehicle for inspection due to the potential safety hazard. Her vehicle identification number was excluded from recall campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline;delivery;fuel pump). The failure and current mileages were unknown.

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 312009

Cobalt

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While parked, she noticed a puddle of gasoline underneath of the vehicle. A certified mechanic stated that the fuel pump was fractured. The vehicle was being towed to the dealer for inspection. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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