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:
68 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
129 / 3
Average Mileage:
60,623 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 14 of 56)

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problem #857

Dec 232010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles

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

The power steering motor had a recall and when my car started having problems a short time later we took it in to have it replaced. A year and 2 days later, or 20,000 miles later, the power steering stopped working while driving again. We took the vehicle to the shop and was told by my mechanic that his supplier sells so many motors for the power steering that they had 64 on stock because they sold at least 10 a week. A week later the power steering went out again. We took the car back and was told that they investigated the problem and a site for mechanics where they can put in problems and try and get solutions from other mechanics that may have had the same problem had over 1,000 cases of the same problem and no resolution. We have since replaced the steering column because when they were putting the car back together they accidentally hit the steering column and everything went dead and they hit the steering column again and everything came back normal. We were told there is a short, there is a known problem (and yes, GM knows because they have had mechanics call them about the problem repeatedly) and still no resolution or recall to completely overhall the power steering system. There are 1,000's of Cobalts on the road from when we were told by the sales people that the car was safe that are not safe and no one is fixing it. There are known cases from where people have died due to the problem and still no resolution. getsatisfaction.com/GM/topics/cobalt_power_steering "Q=&page=67 www.wtae.com/R/24443172/detail.html www.pressandguide.com/articles/2011/12/27/news/doc4ef9cac3D6db6656927102.txt"viewmode=fullstory.

- Belle Plaine, KS, USA

problem #856

Apr 042011

Cobalt

  • miles
As I was coming to stop at a red light, I heard a ding and "power steering" flashed on my dashboard. My car then started to jerk, and continued when I sped up. This has happened several times after the first incident.

- Defuniak Springs , FL, USA

problem #855

Dec 192011

Cobalt

  • 97,300 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact crashed into a curb as a result. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 97,300.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #854

Dec 122011

Cobalt

  • 80,100 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 vehicle was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V073000 (steering:electric power assist system). Approximately one year later while driving 15 mph, the steering wheel began to jerk back and forth. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure and the current mileages were 80,100.

- Tullahoma, TN, USA

problem #853

Nov 282011

Cobalt

  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that she was unable to remove the key out from the ignition or turn off the vehicle. The contact mentioned that she was able to remove the key by engaging the release button located under the dashboard. In addition, the contact mentioned that the power steering lamp illuminated and the steering wheel seized. The power steering started to work again once she turned the vehicle completely off. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 117,000.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #852

Nov 012011

Cobalt

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the power steering would fail intermittently with the illumination of the power steering warning light. The contact would turn the vehicle off and back on for the vehicle to operate normally. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 79,000.

- Meno, OK, USA

problem #851

Oct 302011

Cobalt

  • 101,093 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving 10 mph when the power steering failed and the steering wheel became hard to steer in any direction when making a turn. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 101,093 and the current mileage was 101,094.

- Albany, OR, USA

problem #850

Aug 232010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Power steering message appeared within a few days of having it serviced due to the power steering recall. Power steering message appears all the time (almost every time I drive it). Sometimes power steering message appears and car starts jerking and is hard to steer). When that happens I have to pull over and shut the car off and restart it. Sometimes this works but occassionally it doesn't. a couple of times I have went to back out of my parking spot at work and have not been able to turn the wheel at all. I have contacted the dealer where it was serviced and Chevy and basically was told that they couldn't help me unless I took it to have the problem diganosed at my expense (70- 200 and something dollars), and "if" it is related to the power steering recall they may help me with the cost of the repair. I don't think I should have to pay to have the problem diagnosed when their solutiion to their recall didn't fix the problem. My key has gotten stuck in the ignition a couple of times.

- Seneca Falls, NY, USA

problem #849

Oct 012010

Cobalt

  • 60,000 miles
A gear somewhere within the steering column is cheaply made and wears out. There is slack between the teeth on the gear's. in result as you go over small bumps and big there is a clunk noise from the steering column. As well as the car does not track straight down the road because of the slack in the gear teeth the tires slightly wobble as driving because the steering wheel is not controlling the tires for the amount of slack between the gap in the gear teeth. I believe this needs to be a safety recall based on the severity of being a steering issue, and as a result, loss of steering could be possible if the gears completely strip out. It is not an uncommon problem, considering almost everyone who owns a Cobalt experiences this same exact problem. Please look into this. Chevy refuses to recognize!!!

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #848

Oct 152006

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
In the fall of 2006, my 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, with 24,000 miles on it, was clunking when turning left or right. I took it to the dealership, where it was diagnosed as having a flawed intermediate steering shaft. The shaft was replaced under the General Motors factory 3year 36,000-mile warranty. Today is October 5th 2011 and my Cobalt has roughly 40,000 miles on it, and once again, I am hearing that same noise all over again.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #847

Sep 282011

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 while driving at highway speeds, the steering wheel would seize and become difficult to turn. A beeping noise would sound during the failure and the steering warning light would illuminate on the instrument panel. An appointment was scheduled with an authorized dealer to attempt to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were unavailable. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

problem #846

Mar 212011

Cobalt

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the steering wheel would lock intermittently. The dealer and manufacturer were notified and referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 10V073000 (steering:electric power assist system) but advised that the recall did not associate the contacts VIN. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 50,000.

- Southfield, MA, USA

problem #845

Sep 012011

Cobalt

  • 81,300 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while making a turn at various speeds, the steering wheel made a popping noise. The contact also stated that the steering wheel seized. After experiencing the failures, the contact received the recall notice associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V073000 (steering:electric power assist system). The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that aside from the recall repairs, the vehicle needed a new sts coil. The recall repairs were performed, but the new sts coil was not installed. The steering failures continued to occur. The vehicle was not taken back for further repair. The failure mileage was 81,300.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #844

Sep 062011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
The power steering failed on yesterday September 6th, 2011. The mph needle does not move at all on the RPM needle. In order to get the vehicle to move what it seems to be 30 miles per hour I must press hard on the accelerator. There was a recall on the vehicle and I received a letter to have the car looked at by darcars dealership. I took the car to the dealership May 2011 and the representative stated that the steering column was replaced and everything is fine. Now 4 months later the vehicle is in worse condition then it was prior to me taking it to the dealership. Not sure what to do at this point.

- Riverdale , MD, USA

problem #843

Aug 242011

Cobalt

  • 162,000 miles
2006 Chevy Cobalt- had original recall on electric steering done. Now 2 dealers can't figure out what is wring with the car, but suspect the steering module is out. Driving you lose power steering, just as before. Scan shows 19 codes all associated with the steering. My car and a friend with the same vehicle have experienced this.

- Buckner, MO, USA

problem #842

Jul 282011

Cobalt

  • 43,000 miles
The power steering in my '06 Chevy Cobalt suddenly died, and continues to die every time I turn on the car. The car was working perfectly fine beforehand. This is a recent problem for me but after a few minutes of research I see that many, many people are having a similar issue with their '05-'07 Cobalts.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #841

Aug 042011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 58,240 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt when I was driving to my parents house I had no control of the power steering I slightly hit the fence. I did take my car to the dealer because of the recall and had the power steering motor replaced however the problem persist and it turns out its the power steering column. Isn't it suppose to be a recall for the entire power steering.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #840

Jul 282010

Cobalt

  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the power steering feature would malfunction. The vehicle would down shift and the steering would become difficult. The contact also stated that he received the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V073000 (steering:electric power assist system). The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, where the electronic power steering motor was replaced, but the failure continued. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer on three occasions where they were unable to remedy the failure. The dealer stated that they could not identify the failure because they could not duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 32,000.

- Dalpariso, IN, USA

problem #839

Jul 292011

Cobalt

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 30 mph the electronic door locks began to open and close erratically. The steering wheel became stiff making it difficult to control the vehicle. The contact stated the power steering failed and the steering wheel needed excessive effort to turn the steering wheel while driving. The contact was able to drive the vehicle to her residence. There were warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel but the contact was unaware of which ones illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V073000 (steering:electric power assist system) that may be related to the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted to verify if the VIN was included in the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Laplace, LA, USA

problem #838

Jul 142011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
The power steering went out in my 2006 Chevy Cobalt ltz while driving down the highway on the way home from work.

- Livonia, MI, USA

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