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 22 of 56)

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problem #683

Feb 252010


  • 31,558 miles


Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt - 31558 miles on car. While driving car yesterday I heard a warning beep..and power steering lamp light was on dash, I lost power assist and had hard time steering. I had to pull car over. Turn off ignition, restarted car and light went off. Got home and looked on line and saw this is an issue that many Cobalt owners have had. I have filed a complaint with Chevrolet [xxx]. am bringing it to dealer for eval today. Have read over 1100 Cobalt owners have experienced same issue.

- Greenville , SC, USA

problem #682

Jan 042010


  • 45,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) I own a 2006 Chevy Cobalt ss manual model the power steering continuously shuts down and fails leading to the column locking up when I am driving. It has lead to a couple of very close mishaps when I am driving. It will work and then with out notice lock up and shut down. I took it to the dealer and they told me the sensor in the column can go bad which leads to it not relaying data to the motor that controls the power steering. I believe its a problem with Chevy. If the sensor constantly is going bad they should be responsible. Not to mention its a $1,500 job to fix which is out rages. This problem is very dangerous because I cannot turn the vehicle and make evasive maneuvers which could lead to me hurting not only myself but other drivers. Please help!!!!!!!!!!!! [xxx]

- Brooklyn , NY, USA

problem #681

Sep 022009


  • 17,250 miles
While my son was driving on a limited access highway at approximately 70 mph, the power steering suddenly gave out. He slowed down and was able to safely pull the car over to the side of the highway. He later drove the car carefully about 5 miles to the automobile dealership where the steering column assembly was replaced.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #680

Nov 302009


  • 75,000 miles


During the course of normal driving, the power steering indicator on the dash lights and the car's power steering system fails immediately. This causes great difficulty in being able to control the vehicle. I have been experiencing this problem every day for approximately 3 months. The car has not yet been repaired because it is no longer under warranty.

- Long Branch, NJ, USA

problem #679

Dec 262009


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The power steering failed three times. The contact was backing into a driveway 5 mph when the steering failed. The contact also lost control of the steering wheel. The failure mileage was 32,000 miles. The current mileage was 36,000.

- Dublin, VA, USA

problem #678

Jun 122009


  • 74,000 miles
Power steering on my 2006 Cobalt is failing constantly. It works long enough to back out of the drive way and then the "4 dings of death".

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #677

Feb 242010


  • 50,000 miles


Power steering stops working intermittently while driving. The vehicle is difficult to steer and maneuver. This is a ongoing problem since may of 2009.

- Manhattan, IL, USA

problem #676

Oct 012006


  • 30,000 miles
My vehicle is a Chevy Cobalt, 2006. The power steering has been going out randomly since I first bought the car. This is very dangerous, especially if I am in the middle of a turn and it goes out, takes me by surprise and have to use more strength to go into the turns. This happens every time I drive it. Daily. I was told it would cost me over $2000 to have the power steering replaced, and I don't have the funds to pay for that and pay for my car, so nothing has been fixed on it. This seems to me to be a very serious problem that needs to be taken care of in a recall. I have seen thousands of posts by other owners on the internet relating to this same issue I am having. I also am having problems with the locks, they lock and unlock at will. I can be in or out of the car, and it can be running or not. No rhyme or reason.

- Fredericktown, MO, USA

problem #675

Feb 162010


  • 60,000 miles
Power steering went out on 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt at 60,000 miles.

- Farmville, VA, USA

problem #674

Nov 242009


  • 56,000 miles
N/a. the failure is every time I turn my vehicle on my power steering seems to go out. The consequences are my power steering gets hard so I have to struggle to turn the wheel. I am also afraid to go on highways I just don't want no one to get hurt. I have to take it to the dealership so I can get a quote. I also know other people with Cobalts that have the same problem.

- Robstown, TX, USA

problem #673

Feb 232010


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph on normal road conditions; proceeding to make a turn. The power steering warning light indicator illuminated in the instrument panel. There was a sudden loss of power steering. The driver pulled over to the side of the road. The engine was turned off. The vehicle restarted and resumed normal operation. However, the failures re-occurred during the travel. The failure occurrences were intermittent whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle is in the process of being taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The failure mileage and VIN were unavailable.

- College Park , GA, USA

problem #672

Feb 242010


  • miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt and I am having problem with the steering. I haven't had a accident but the steering tightens up and becomes very hard to control.

- Christiansburg, VA, USA

problem #671

May 012008


  • miles
I've owned a 2006 Chevy Cobalt for about 3yrs now and the power steering has been going out whenever it pleases for the last 2yrs! the only way to fix it temporarily is to turn the car off then back pn and hope the power steering doesn't go out again. Driving this car is a life and death hazard for all of its owners and the public.

- Katy , TX, USA

problem #670

Feb 232010


  • 84,723 miles
I recently bought a 2006 Chevy Cobalt ls. It had 83000 miles on it or close there to. Yesterday I was driving when all of a sudden to power steering word came across the screen. At that time my car lost all power steering. This is a serious problem with the vehicle. It is an electric power steering system and should be considered as a recall. I checked and there are hundreds of other complaints.

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #669

Feb 012010


  • 49,900 miles
My car lost total power steering 3 weeks ago while I was driving. It was very difficult to make a turn or park if it had been my wife or an elderly person driving it can be extremely dangerous.the lost of power steering has happen 2X the first time was 3 weeks ago, but after I stop and turn the car off the power steering worked again. Then it happen again 3 days ago this time I was on the highway, and I was driving 70mph again very dangerous situation.

- Bonita Springs, FL, USA

problem #668

Nov 192009


  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the contact was driving he noticed that the power steering light appeared on the dashboard, moments later the vehicle no longer had power steering. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that the power steering column needed to be replaced. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 79000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #667

Feb 012010


  • miles
Upon the start of vehicle the power steering indicator comes on. The vehicle at that point is very hard to steer and control. I am having to have the part replaced with an out of pocket cost.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #666

Jan 192010


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the power steering failed at random while driving approximately 5 mph. The failure made it extremely difficult to make right and left turns. Sometime the power steering would fail for 5, 10 or 15 minutes; when he would turn off the vehicle and re-start the vehicle, it seemed to correct itself for a short time. He called the manufacturer and was instructed to take the vehicle to the dealership. He took the vehicle to the dealership and was told that the struts were faulty and possibly caused more stress on the power steering. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current mileage was 86,504. The failure mileage was approximately 85,500.

- Stillwater, PA, USA

problem #665

Feb 192010


  • 51,650 miles
On 2/19/10 while my daughter was driving her 2006 Chevy Cobalt, her steering wheel locked up on her while she was making a turn in town.. she had to slow down and turn off the vehicle and turn it back on to free up the steering wheel. The same thing happened on 2/22/10, luckily both times she was driving a at slow rate of speed while making a turn and she able to slow down the vehicle and it stop with out incident.

- Manhattan, KS, USA

problem #664

Feb 042010


  • miles
Power steering locking up.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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