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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:
68 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
129 / 3
Average Mileage:
60,279 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 19 of 56)

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problem #751

Mar 262010

Cobalt

  • 92,150 miles

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

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

Cobalt

  • 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

Cobalt

  • 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

Cobalt

  • 62,506 miles

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

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

Cobalt

  • 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

Cobalt

  • 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

Cobalt

  • 73,000 miles

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

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

problem #743

Jul 232009

Cobalt

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While traveling at speeds of 30 mph, the power steering failed causing the steering wheel to become extremely difficult to maneuver. The contact stated that the failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 88,000.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #742

Mar 162010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 59,117 miles
The electronic power steering when out on my car several times almost getting me and my friend in to a accident. I was able to get my car home safely but had to drive with extreme caution. Turning was more then difficult. The power steering would come back when I turned the car back on but shortly after would turn off again. I tried to fix it but it was to no avail it just kept turning off. This of cores makes it to where I cant even get to work safely with out worrying about my steering going completely out.

- Medford, OR, USA

problem #741

Mar 122010

Cobalt

  • 89,000 miles

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

I was driving and I was turning on a curb. I lost my power steering. I was going 50 mph. I went to take the car to the dealer and turned the car and once I restarted my car the power steering was back as if nothing happened. I was told by 2 dealer that my car is not on a recall list. And, that I needed to get the power steer motor replaced most likely.

- Landover Hills, MD, USA

problem #740

Mar 092010

Cobalt

  • 70,000 miles
My 2006 Chevy Cobalt's power steering is not working. A few days ago the steering felt as if it were sticking. Going into a turn there would be no power steering and I would have to really torque the wheel, then, in the same turn it would suddenly come back on causing me to oversteer and swerve. Now it usually isn't working but occasionally does.

- Kingston, NH, USA

problem #739

Mar 112010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
I was driving on the highway in denver Colorado when my power steering went complete out I had no control on the steering of the can I pumped my brakes to come to a complete stop. Should I have been driving the car during rush hour I could have been killed or killed someone else.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #738

Mar 122010

(reported on)

Cobalt

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer states steering and front end problems. The consumer stated the vehicle has been to the repair shop 3 times for front end problems. The coil pack and module had to be replaced. The shift lever failed and would not release the key when the engine was turned off.

- Greenville, PA, USA

problem #737

Jun 172009

Cobalt

  • 91,422 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph. The power steering warning light illuminated on the dashboard with a loss of power steering. The vehicle was able to continue in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The failure was contributed to the steering column. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 91,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #736

Mar 022010

Cobalt

  • 54,000 miles
2006 Chevy Cobalt. The car started to rattle when driving couple days latter the steering wheel started to wobble from side to side. I took it to a automotive repair garage and had the look at the problem and was told by the garage that the rack & pinion steering assembly needed to be replaced. There was a lot of play in the steering assembly. The garage had me speak to the local Chevy dealer. The service department informed me that there has been major problems with the Cobalts steering and there is 1.3 million Chevy & Pontiac cars that have a steering issues but there is nothing they could do for me but buy a new assembly at $367 plus labor to correct the problem. GM might recall the problem. The steering has locked up on me today after the GM dealer said it was ok to drive. Thank god I was no going at a low speed. I hope that nobody gets killed. I have parked the car until I can have a new assembly installed by the repair garage. The assembly is a special order from a GM dealer. This also takes a toll on the tires and front end.

- Garden Grove , CA, USA

problem #735

Nov 122008

Cobalt

  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 50 mph the vechile lost power and the engine shut off. When the vehicle shut off the steering wheel was very difficult to control. The power steering warning light illuminated when the failure occurred. After the vehicle lost power the contact was only able to drive to the dealer at 5 mph. The dealer was performing a diagnostic test and will let her know the results. The failure mileage was 34,000.

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #734

Mar 072010

Cobalt

  • 10,789 miles
I'm driving the car and randomly the power steering flashes on the screen and my power steering stops working. Turn the car off and back on and the issue goes away.

- Brownsville, TX, USA

problem #733

Mar 072010

Cobalt

  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the contact was driving 60mph she noticed that the power steering light had appeared on the dashboard, moments later the vehicle no longer had any power steering. The vehicle has been taken to the dealership on several different occasions where the contact was informed that the failure could not be reproduced or serviced. There were no prior warnings and the current and failure mileages were 33000.

- Clarendon Hills, IL, USA

problem #732

Mar 132009

Cobalt

  • 72,842 miles
I own a Chevy Cobalt lt and the power steering goes off and its hard to control.

- Springdale , AR, USA

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