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

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 18 of 56)

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problem #763

Apr 032010


  • 9,000 miles


Me and my kids ages 7 and 5 were headed home when my car locked up around a curve and then power steering light come on, thank god I was able to stop!! this car could have cost our lives.... I looked up my car on the internet and the 2006 Chevy Cobalt has been recalled!! how bout that..... what can be done about this? I don't know about these vehicles they have become dangerous I'm kind of scared to own a newer model car, that makes Toyota and Chevy that has been recalled. And they are not little problems!!!! are they using cheaper parts or not testing them right... they need to figure out something or it could cost my kids and my life... and no car is worth that!!! the company needs to be alot more concerned about there products... I haven't called the company yet but I read all the reports and some people had to pay for Chevy screw up and that is not fair to me or my kids!!!

- Briggsville, AR, USA

problem #762

Mar 312010


  • 47,500 miles
Power steering stops working while driving car

- Alden, NY, USA

problem #761

Apr 012010


  • 0 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 15 mph, the power steering failed while the contact was making a turn. The contact was unable to control the vehicle when it crashed into a concrete base. One passenger was injured and a police report was filed. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop; the contact had not called the manufacturer when the complaint was filed. The VIN was unavailable when the complaint was filed. The current and failure mileages were unknown.

- Cape Carl, FL, USA

problem #760

Mar 222010


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt ls. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the power steering failed and it began to malfunction on a daily basis. The contact called the dealer and was informed that the power steering failure was electrical. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing when the complaint was filed. The current and failure mileages were approximately 88,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #759

Mar 302010


  • 74,951 miles
Electric power steering went out today on my 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. It was working fine this morning, and I got off of work, went to start my car, once I started moving, I noticed that my power steering didn't work anymore. Does GM have a recall for this yet? I am not paying money to fix this problem, it is a manufacturer defect and they need to recall it so I can get it fixed.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #758

Feb 012010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the power steering failed and the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The failure occurred intermittently. The manufacturer advised the contact that there were no related recalls for her VIN and would not provide any assistance. The failure mileage was 48,000 and the current mileage was 58,000. Updated 6/1/10 updated 06/04/10.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #757

Feb 272010


  • 67,000 miles


My 2006 Chevy Cobalt at time is hard to turn a low speed. I talked to the dealer about the problem. He said he could not tell me if my car was part of the recall or not. He also told me I should be be getting a waring lighton my dash

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

problem #756

Mar 292010


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the vehicle lost power steering which made it extremely difficult to turn the steering wheel. The same failure occurred about 300 times. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealership at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 67,000.

- Sandusky, OH, USA

problem #755

Feb 282010


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 25mph to 35mph the power steering goes out. As the power steering goes out the vehicle is being pull to the side of the road turned off and on and then the steering would reset itself. The GM manufacture was call and inform contact his VIN is not included in the recall and there is nothing they can do in regards to the failure. The vehicle was never taken to the dealer for a diagnostic check. The failure mileage was 26,

- Beaver, PA, USA

problem #754

Mar 262010


  • 61,000 miles
My 2006 Chevrolet colbalt's power steering stopped working, causing loss of control

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #753

Jan 012009


  • miles


My son owns a 2006 Chevy Cobalt. GM has elected not to recall his car at this time even though he has experienced loss of power steering while driving. His car has around 60000+ miles. If he shuts the car off and waits a few minutes he regains power steering. I am not sure how often this occurs be cause he is at school. GM gave him a case number and said he could have a diagnostic preformed. Why should he have to pay for this and why are they being selective on cars. Do not have specific date on failures.

- Vicksburg, MS, USA

problem #752

Mar 262010


  • 86,500 miles
I own a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Well to begin, I initially had an issue with my shift column, which I researched and found out it was a common issue with this vehicle. It would cause my key to get stuck in the ignition. I took it to the delearship and they replace the whole column. Then a a couple of week later, my vehicle was accelerating really fun, I just blew it off for a moment, until I then tried to put my car in reverse one day, and it would not go anywhere. I took it to the delearship and they told me my transmission is slipping, at 86,000 miles. The dealearship has my car, and is trying to figure out if it's even worth fixing. Im also wondering if this problem could have been caught the intial time they fixed the vehicle, and figured it was my shifting column, because even with my transmission slipping, it also affected the shifting column. One other problem I have had with the vehicle is the air bag sensor, I have not got this fixed yet, because the dealearship wants to charge $99 just to see exactly what's causing my airbag sensor to not come on, when I have passengers with me.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #751

Mar 262010


  • 92,150 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). I was driving home this evening from work when I got the "power steering" warning on my dash. Soon after, I noticed my car would buck and jerk quite violently. It got to the point that I did not feel safe driving on the interstate so I pulled over. I called my local dealership, george weber, remembering there was a recall on 2006 Chevy Cobalts, to my dismay, my car was not included in this so called recall that was announced in March. However, the service department employee, marsha, did acknowledge that the symptoms I had experienced coincided with the symptoms of two vehicles that were fixed at her shop. The only difference was those two vehicles were under the recall, but my car is not. It is imperative that this recall extend to all Cobalts that stand a chance of having the same issues. I was very scared for my safety and the other on the road as I felt I had no control over my vehicle. The scariest feeling is that it came out of no where. [xxx]

- Waterloo, IL, USA

problem #750

Mar 242010


  • 54,000 miles
The power steering goes out at random times. I get a warning signal on the instrument panel, and the steer becomes very difficult. If I stop the car and shut it off, the steering is restored for awhile. This happened to me on the highway, at highway speed. This is very concerning.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #749

Feb 122010


  • 45,000 miles
I was just pulling out of a parking space and the power steering failed this has only happened once and it became very difficult to steer the car and the power steering light came on. I turned the car off and then turned the car back on and I have not had the problem since

- Somerset, NJ, USA

problem #748

Mar 162010


  • 62,506 miles
Inability to steer, car was taking to dealer, they was not able to get the car to duplicate

- Opelika, AL, USA

problem #747

Mar 202010


  • 42,100 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt ltz. About 3 months ago, I was driving and "power steering" appeared on my dashboard along with a chime noise and a few other warning signs. I took it to a shop and they found nothing wrong with it. Just this past Tuesday 3/16/10 it did the same thing so I pulled over, turned it off and let it sit. After about an hour I drove home and it was fine. Then today 3/20/10 it happened again as I was driving so I pulled over and turned it off for 10 minutes, started again, and the warning lights were still there. I turned it off and on a few more times but the problem was still present. I continued to drive then, and the whole time the power steering warning came on and off along with the chime. The traction control and engine lights stayed on also. A few hours later, I started my car and the engine light stayed on the whole time until I got to my house.

- York, PA, USA

problem #746

Jan 152010


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 25 mph at night the vehicles power steering suddenly stopped working. A digital check power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that were not sure which vehicles would be on the recall list. They also stated that they are uncertain if they would assume liability for the repairs. The failure mileage was 49,000 and the current mileage was 53,506.

- Pimebrook Pines, FL, USA

problem #745

Mar 172010


  • 73,000 miles
Power steering defaults.....

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #744

Mar 172010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
2006 Chevy Cobalt suddenly lost power steering and became extremely difficult to control, almost causing an accident on more than one occasion.

- Seaside Park, NJ, USA

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