Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
66 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
129 / 3
Average Mileage:
59,850 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

steering problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 15 of 56)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #823

Dec 012009


  • 93,245 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving 60 mph when the steering wheel exhibited a beeping sound and became extremely stiff and hard to turn. She then turned the vehicle on and off repeatedly as the steering wheel reset temporarily before recurring within a few minutes. The power steering warning light was then illuminated and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was contacted who advised the contact that they would research the failure and contact her with a decision. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 93,245.

- Castro Valley , CA, USA

problem #822

Jan 272011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Steering: Electric power assist system - I have a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Four months ago, I took the vehicle to the dealership to have NHTSA recall campaign number: PE10005 10V073000 completed. For the last four months the vehicle performed as it had prior to experience the power steering issue that prompted me to have the recall performed. For the last week, I have experienced intermittent power steering loss. Each time, while driving the power steering loss warning message appears and I have a overall loss of power steering, the braking system is compromised as it is slow to respond and the vehicle (an automatic transmission) shakes violently as if it was trying to shift gears. This loss typically subsides at higher speeds. I believe that the replacement part is also defective. The power steering returns if the vehicle is stopped and the engine is turned off then back on, however after less than 1/2 a mile the power steering loss warning message appears again and the issues return.

- Wellsville, NY, USA

problem #821

Jan 032011


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 10V073000 (steering: Electric power assist system) and took the vehicle to the dealer for repairs. After having the repairs performed, the vehicle began to shake violently when driving at various speeds. In addition, the engine would exhibit and unusually loud grinding noise. The check engine light was illuminated after the vehicle began the failure. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer yet he was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000.

- Willis, TX, USA

problem #820

Nov 252010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 64,400 miles


Problems with the power steering..had the[xxx] moto replaced and now they telling me I need 2000 worth of work to fix the issue.. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hampton, NH, USA

problem #819

Dec 022010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 93,057 miles
In April I received a recall for the Chevy Cobalt 2006, it was for the power steering assist motor, I waited nearly 7 months even though I placed order in April. I finally got it done after the power steering light went off in Dec. And called the dealership with my frustration because I never received a call that the part was in. A week later the power steering light went off again, come to find out I need a new power steering column (this is a 4 year old car!!!), so the recall should not just be the motor but the steering column as well, this is very dangerous, the steering completely goes and you can barely turn the steering wheel. This needs to be looked into asap before someone gets hurt or killed.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #818

Dec 032010


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 30 mph, the power steering failed and the wheel was difficult to maneuver. The contact turned the vehicle off and restarted it to reset the power steering. The manufacturer had not been notified. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 44,000.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #817

Dec 052010


  • 86,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 60 mph, the contact stated that the power steering failed and the contact had minimal control over the vehicle steering. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was informed of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileage was approximately 86,000.

- Forthworth, TX, USA

problem #816

Nov 202010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt that is having power steering issues. I thought that the recall repair would fix the issue as I had it repaired a week ago. After the repair the power steering light came on and the car became hard to steer. The car was taken back to an authorized dealer and they charged me $43 to diagnose the problem and came up with several codes in the computer but could not duplicate the issue. They reset the computer and it happened again today. No power steering and the car started shuttering the power steering light came on and the traction control light comes on. When I turned the car off and restarted it I then had power steering but the check engine light was still on. This is a very dangerous situation and I do not believe GM is fixing the right problem.

- Elsmere, KY, USA

problem #815

Nov 152010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 64,325 miles
Vehicle power steering failed again two weeks after dealer performed mandated recall work to fix power steering failures with this model of vehicle. With most recent steering failure, dealer claims they can't duplicate the problem and that they do not have to perform any more warranty work to fix the power steering since they say they already did the required recall work. What leaves us with a vehicle that potentially still suffers from intermittent lose of power assist to the steering.

- Woodland, CA, USA

problem #814

Nov 032010


  • 89,887 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the contact was driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle began to shake and a loss of power steering occurred with the illumination of the power steering warning indicator. The speed odometer also became inoperable. In addition, the engine and traction control warning indicators illuminated on the previous day. The contact continued to drive with excessive force applied to the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they recommended that the vehicle be taken to a dealer. The contact was in the process of taking the vehicle to the dealer. The failure mileage was approximately 89,887.

- Medford, MA, USA

problem #813

Oct 192010


  • miles


Chevy 2006 Cobalt power steering failed four times since August 13th power steering motor replaced.

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #812

Oct 152010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
My daughter owns a 2006 Chevy Cobalt, (which I provided much of the $$ for) it has approx 32K miles. It recently developed an issue with a knocking sound from under the dashboard that continues for 10-15 seconds almost every time the car is started. She took the car to a local trusted repair shop, and it was determined to be a power steering problem that the mechanic felt should /could be a recall item and suggested that she take it to the dealership; charged $48. Dealership checked out car free of charge (that is suspicious) for 2 hours, and determined that it was a problem with the intermediate steering shaft part # 15800140. They referred to bulletin # 04-03-08-006D.the approx cost to repair it would be $1100, but it was deemed safe to drive although the knocking sound would be a nuisance. Soon after I researched the internet and easily found numerous complaints, injuries, and accidents from Cobalt steering problems for 2005-2009 vehicles, yet it was not a recall item. I know that my daughter's current issue will only get much worse and the value of the car is very diminished. The odds of selling it are slim. Please! make Chevrolet recall Cobalt for their steering defects a.S.a.P. we work hard and can't afford to repair this vehicle. But, I will pay to have it repaired to save my daughter's life, what choice do we have?

- Fairview Park, OH, USA

problem #811

Oct 142010


  • 8,200 miles
I have a 06 Chevy Cobalt. Since October 2007, the power steering has been going out and the transmission has been acting up. At the beginning, the problem would occur only once in a while. Now it is happening everyday. I'm currently a nursing student and rely on my car. There have been many times when my car would start acting up and during dangerous conditions such as thunderstorms or just in an unsafe part of town. I was happy when a power steering recall was issued, but after having the recalled fixed, the problem is still occurring! I'm a Michigan native and know first hand the impact on the economy on the american auto industry. I wanted to support the local economy by choosing this car. Now I don't think I would ever buy a GM car again. Something more needs to be done! this car is not safe!!!

- White Lake, MI, USA

problem #810

Oct 092010


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 65 mph, the power steering failed when the contact attempted to turn left to exit the highway. She had to use additional force to complete the turn and avoid a crash. The failure occurred several times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who would not offer assistance. The contact called the manufacturer. The failure mileage was approximately 82,000 and the current mileage was approximately 86,000.

- Calexico, CA, USA

problem #809

Sep 202010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
I have a problem power steering my Chevrolet Cobalt 2006.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #808

May 282010


  • 70,000 miles
All of my electrical components go crazy including the gauges, radio, headlights, power breaks/ steering. The car also stalls upon stopping and in traffic(usually going over 40mph). It has stalled several times in traffic causing other cars to swerve or slam on their brakes. Im shocked I haven't been hit yet. Then the car will also overaccelarate. On one occasion I barely touched the gas to pull away from a stop sign and the car accelerated very quickly through the intersection and into the park across the street. After all this happens the battery will die and the key will get stuck in the ignition. The same basic cycle occurs every few months. I have had it to the dealership four times this week alone and each time it acts up again within hours. They do not seem to have any idea how to fix it either.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #807

May 162010


  • 69,000 miles
Lost control of the car going around 50, rolled across the road and then into a ditch where I hit a tree. Car was totaled.

- Snow Camp, NC, USA

problem #806

Aug 292010


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 40 to 45 mph the dashboard light illuminated within seconds the steering failed. The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an embankment. She received bruises to the body. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and the current mileages were 68,000.

- Mount Airy , NC, USA

problem #805

Jul 172010


  • 75,000 miles
Power assist steering fails to operate during normal operation of vehicle. Stopping and turning the engine off and on remedies the failure. This occurrence is random and without a noticeable pattern. However, the problem seems to occur more often during hot weather conditions.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #804

Aug 032010


  • 62,873 miles
My daughter has (had) a 2006 Cobalt. We were co-owners of this car but she was the primary driver. We did receive the recall notice and took it to a GM dealer on 6/21/10 for the repair. On Tuesday, August 3, 2010, she was driving home on a two lane country road and was less than 1/4 mile from home when she wrecked. The car suddenly pulled to the right side of the road and couldn't be steered back, she side swiped a telephone pole, the car pulled hard the other way, she fought for control of the car but lost. She kept hitting the brakes and the car spun around and was stopped when it got stuck on steps and a railing on a downhill slope into someone's yard. Thankfully she was not seriously hurt but is suffering from back and neck pain and had abrasions and bruises. She had to crawl out a window because neither door would open. We have pictures of the car and parts that went everywhere. Can you help us and direct us what to do?

- Natrona Heights, PA, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?