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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:
44 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
37 / 4
Average Mileage:
48,200 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #91

Jan 312014

Cobalt

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and stated that the parts needed for the repairs were unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Hayesville, NC, USA

problem #90

Aug 072014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 144,200 miles
At approximately 7:47am cst on August 7th 2014, I was making a right hand turn when the engine and all electrical components died. I was able to restart the car and safely drive, with no check engine lights/other dash warnings, approximately half a mile back home. There was no warning on the dash (ie check engine light) before the massive failure occurred; it was instantly dead. This fits the characterization of the ignition switch failure in the affected GM models. I was one turn from merging on the freeway. Had this incident occurred a minute later, the potential for severe injury/loss of life was great. I have been waiting on a list since April to get the defected ignition switch repaired. I have called several times for updates, and have been told up to 800 people were ahead of me for repairs. When I reported this incident to GM via the ignition switch recall hotline, they suddenly found the parts needed to repair my car. This is suspect to me. They are also claiming that this incident was not ignition switch related, but the fact remains that this was a near-miss incident with potential catastrophic implications that fits all descriptions of ignition switch failures. I have followed the instructions by GM to drive with only the key in the ignition and to avoid bumpy roads, but this incidents has made me feel extremely unsafe to drive this car. GM is not treating this defect in the ignition switch as seriously as it needs to, as the possibility for severe injury/loss of light is great. There is no warning that power will be lost. I do not feel safe driving this car knowing that GM knew about this defect for over a decade and is insisting that cars with the defect are safe to drive.

- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

problem #89

Jul 192014

Cobalt

  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the driver crashed into a deer and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact stated that after the crash, the air bags in processing light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 118,000.

- Birnamwood, WI, USA

problem #88

Jul 102014

Cobalt

  • 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 power steering warning light illuminated as the steering wheel seized. The contact also mentioned that the passenger side air bag light illuminated and there was an abnormal noise coming from under the instrument panel. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where it was informed that the vehicle did not have the original wiring installed. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) but the failure recurred. The failure and current mileage was unknown.

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #87

Apr 262014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
Letter from senator nelson on behalf of constituent concerning the Chevy recall on Cobalts for ignition key recalls; he handling for his daughter, the owner of the car; send respond directly to senator office, please ref: Constituent. The consumer stated while driving, he lost power momentary. There was no steering ability, and when he applied the brake, all the warning lights illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle the continued as normal. However, the traction control light and the brake light remained on. The dealer informed the consumer, the brake warning light and ABS were not related to the recall, he then went to a local repair shop, where the found the ABS fuse was blown and a wire was traced to a short in the ignition switch. However, the parts were not available.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

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problem #86

May 262014

Cobalt

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated the engine failed to start after numerous attempts. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. After awaiting four consecutive weeks the vehicle was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bag, electrical system) however, the failure persisted. The remedy failed to correct the problem. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000. D

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #85

Apr 092014

Cobalt

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received a recall notification under NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). However, the part was not available to do the repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Wagonor, OK, USA

problem #84

Jun 252014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The contact mentioned that after the recall repairs were performed the key would work in the ignition switch but failed to unlock the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Mapleton, GA, USA

problem #83

Apr 092014

Cobalt

  • miles
TL the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical); however, the part was unavailable for the repair. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure. Jcc

- Plato, MO, USA

problem #82

Nov 092006

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall repairs. The consumer stated the key would not release, from the ignition.

- Anthem, AZ, USA

problem #81

May 282014

Cobalt

  • 141,000 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 power stering assist failed and the steering wheel became hard to turn. The contact stated that the failure occurred as a result of the vehicle being recently repaired under recall NHTSA campaign number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact to have the dealer perform a diagnostic on the steering wheel. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 141,000.

- Saint Helens , OR, USA

problem #80

Dec 292013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
I was hit on the left side of my car, a malfunctioned car was sitting in the passing lane of a main highway. A car behind me pushed the car into the drivers side car hitting initially the door and behind the front tire wheel well and then dragged it along the length of the car and around the rear end. The air bags did not go off on my car, this was on a main highway where the speed limit is 65mph. My car has also issues with the theft deterrent system, I have to unplug the battery for 10 minutes to reset it. Also have now the ECM computer has issues and needs replaced. My car mileage is not quite 170,000 mileages, I bought this car brand new in Pennsylvania. This vehicle had the motor replaced for the steering recall, and that lasted approximately 5,000 miles and the steering does the same thing, sounds like something is being cranking when turning the car. This car has always made a lot of noise in the front end, especially the passenger front end, since it was bought with no miles.

- Grayson, KY, USA

problem #79

Mar 012013

Cobalt

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and NHTSA campaign id number: 14E021000 (ignition switch). The contact stated that the key failed to start the ignition. The dealer informed the contact that parts were not available. The manufacturer had been notified of the problem. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- County Club, MO, USA

problem #78

Jan 292014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
My daughter was involved in a vehicle accident in the 2006 Chevy Cobalt that we purchased. The accident was severe enough to render the vehicle totaled. She was pulling out into a lane of traffic and a car hit her car in the front driver side corner doing about 50mph, since she was just pulling out her speed wasn't more then 15-20mph. The airbags never deployed even though the collision was on the front corner and was strong enough to shift the engine block and break the motor mount. We recently received the recall information pertaining to the engine switch and having bulky key chains and how jarring could cause the car to shut off and not deploy the airbags. Neither of the airbags, the drivers or the passengers, deployed and the car shut off.

- Macedon, NY, USA

problem #77

Mar 102014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received the recall notification related to NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The contact stated that the repair was not taken care of in a reasonable amount of time. The dealer indicated parts are not available. Contact had not experienced a failure. The manufacturer has been contacted.

- Dowagiac, MI, USA

problem #76

May 282014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received a recall notification of NHTSA campaign id numbers 14V171000 (electrical system) and 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and stated that the parts needed were unavailable to perform the repair. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for the remedy part to become available. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #75

Jan 062014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received the recall notification for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The contact stated that the repair has exceeded a reasonable amount of time. The dealer stated parts were not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the delay. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Dayton, TX, USA

problem #74

Mar 202014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received the recall notification related to NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The contact stated that the repair was not taken care of in a reasonable amount of time. The dealer indicated parts were not available. Contact had not experienced a failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle current mileage was unknown...updated 08/11/14 updated 08/20/2014

- Weirton , WV, USA

problem #73

Mar 012014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received a recall notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and stated that the part was unavailable for the remedy. The dealer informed the contact that the remedy part would not be available until August of 2014. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The a contact had not experienced a failure.

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #72

Apr 022014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice and states that vehicle was totaled. The consumer stated the vehicle was totaled on April 2, 2014.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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