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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 3 of 6)

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problem #71

Apr 282014

Cobalt

  • 115,000 miles

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

After recall switch replacement, airbags light warning system is coming on in my 2006 Chevy Cobalt. Spoke to GM local dealer customer service representative and he said it had nothing to do with the recall. Then what was the point in replacing switch? my airbags are still not working while I drive my car. My car is still not safe to drive but they gave it back to me anyways without fixing the airbag problem. Now they want me to pay to fix my airbags problem. Please help.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #70

Apr 112014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall issues. The dealer informed the consumer, the part was not available.

- Falmouth, KY, USA

problem #69

Dec 032013

Cobalt

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle failed to respond to deceleration attempts and the contact crashed into the preceding vehicle. Upon impact, the air bags failed to deploy. The driver was thrown forward and hit their face on the dashboard and sustained injuries to the face and back. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure and current mileage was 90,000.

- Howland , ME, USA

problem #68

Apr 212014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 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 notice for NHTSA campaign number 14V171000 (electrical system) and but was informed that the parts were not available. The contact had not experienced a failure. The manufacturer was contacted. Updated 06/10/14 MA the consumer has since traded the vehicle. Updated 07/01/14

- Bigtimber, MT, USA

problem #67

Mar 032014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and stated that the repairs were not completed in a reasonable amount of time. The dealer indicated to the contact that the parts were not available. Contact had not experience a failure. The manufacturer had not been contacted.

- Baker City, OR, USA

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problem #66

Apr 012014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle recall issues and is concerned.

- Hubbard, OH, USA

problem #65

Mar 032014

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 notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags and electrical system) ), 14V171000 (electrical system) and stated that the parts were not available. The manufacturer was also contacted and could not provide a reasonable timeframe for repairs. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Nicktown, PA, USA

problem #64

Apr 222014

Cobalt

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the air bag light would intermittently illuminate. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #63

Mar 122014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received two recall notifications for NHTSA campaign id numbers 14V171000 (electrical system) and 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) but the parts were unavailable. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for the parts to become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #62

Dec 022010

Cobalt

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree embankment. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver was sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) but did not confirm if the vehicle was included in the recall campaign. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Wolcott, NY, USA

problem #61

Jul 012011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles

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

About 3 years ago I started to get a thumping noise in the front end of the 2006 Cobalt. I asked a mechanic what it could be and they gave me a couple things it might be also gave me idea on cost. Being a single mom of two and the thumping was not to bad I did not have the money to repair. As time went on got louder and worse. So, I brought it in to have problem fixed it was the lower tie arms and something else went bad and cost me almost $1000 to fix. I looked online and found many 2006 Cobalt owners say they have the same issue but was told by GM was not a safety issue so they were not recalling car it was our problem. I have noticed the lights on the dash sometime dim so low you can not see them then they will brighten again even after replacing the battery. Over this winter I started to get a humming in the steering column and asked my mechanic to look he told me I have electric power steering they could not fix. I got the recall about the ignition switch and was doing as they said and only driving with key and nothing else. But now every time I stopped I was checking key to make sure it was in place and a few times it had moved slightly but did not kick it out of the on position. If I had not checked it, it probably would have with all the pot holes. Then on April 6th 2014 on my way home from work (which is 24 miles away from home). When I was turning to go on the highway the steering wheel was humming again(I had no clue that there was any problems with steering columns at this point) I got onto the highway and the dash light came on and a dinging sound started and I had to fight, the car to the side of the road. I turned the car off then turned it on to see if it stopped and was able to get home. Looked online to see if others where having this issue and found tons of 2006 Cobalt owners having issue. That is when I saw they are recalling 2010's for it not 2006.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #60

Jul 152013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice and requests reimbursement for repairs. The consumer stated the vehicle would shut off periodically, while driving. She was informed the issue was relay switch. She recently received a recall notice from GM, and is now seeking reimbursement.

- Lutz, FL, USA

problem #59

Mar 102014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevy Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice. The consumer stated the power steering light illuminated on the dashboard. The dealer informed the consumer, rodents had made their way underneath the hood. The consumer stated the dealer never mentioned the ignition switch problem. The consumer received the recall notice, the following day. When the consumer called the dealer to inquire about the recall, she was informed the parts were not available.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #58

Mar 262014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that she attempted to have the vehicle repaired under NHTSA campaign number:14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) but was made aware that the parts were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The contact had not experienced the failure.

- West Dallas, WI, USA

problem #57

Apr 012014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated there was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 ( air bags, electrical system) and the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was not notified. There are no failures at this time. The VIN was unavailable.

- Granbury, TX, USA

problem #56

Feb 212014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice and unsatisfactory customer service at dealership. The consumer stated the vehicle shut off many times while driving, on a major highway. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, prior the announcement of the recall, only to be told there was nothing wrong. The consumer stated since the announcement, she felt as though she was lied to and advised to keep driving the vehicle.

- Roselle Park, NJ, USA

problem #55

Mar 062014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that she attempted to have the vehicle repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 but was made aware that the parts were not available. The repairs were unable to be performed for the recall. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for satisfying the recall repairs. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #54

Dec 112007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled without any warnings. The contact mentioned that when the failure occurred the driver engaged the brakes but the vehicle failed to stop and crashed into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician stated that the head gasket needed to be rebuilt. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 69,000. Updated 05/27/14

- Riverside , CA, USA

problem #53

Feb 242014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received NHTSA recall campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and stated that the parts were not available. The dealer did not give a specific date when the parts would be available. The manufacturer was also notified and could not provide an estimated date for when the contacts vehicle would be repaired. There are no failures at this time.

- Elizabethton, TN, USA

problem #52

Mar 302014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 103,163 miles
The power steering went out. Airbag light and power steering light came on.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

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