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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

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 25 of 56)

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problem #631

Aug 272008

Cobalt

  • 59,000 miles

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

I have a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt and unexpectedly the power steering fails. It makes it very hard to turn into a parking space or any kind of movement for that part at slow speeds. Unfortunately I hear the fix cost over 1000 dollars, money that I don't have on a fixed income. I bought the car used in the summer of 2007 and by the summer of 2008 the problem started to happen sporadically and then more often. It seems to happen more quickly and often when it is hot outside and I live in Texas which is normally hot most of the year. It is very annoying to have to turn my car off to get the power steering to work.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #630

Feb 042010

Cobalt

  • miles
2006 Chevy Cobalt power steering failure, no certain time or situation approx. Once a week.

- Huntland, TN, USA

problem #629

Nov 152009

Cobalt

  • 7,000 miles
Power steering system failure while driving. Restarting engine will restore power steering for a short time. The car alerts with warning chime sound and a dashboard message "power steering". this problem can happen every few minutes or, rarely, it may not happen at all during a short trip. This problem first happened in late 2009 on a very low mileage vehicle ( less than 9,300 miles to date).

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #628

Mar 102009

Cobalt

  • 24,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt which was purchased used with 10,000 miles. She stated that in temperatures over 50 degrees, the power steering would fail approximately every 30 to 40 seconds while driving at various speeds as low as 5 mph and up. When it failed, she had to maneuver the vehicle onto the emergency lane, shut off the engine momentarily and allow the power steering to reset itself. The manufacturer was contacted and advised taking the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test; however, the closest dealer was over 100 miles away. She did not feel safe driving that distance since the failure began to occur frequently. The manufacturer advised the contact that they were closing her case until she took the vehicle into a dealer. No repairs were made to the vehicle. There were no recalls for the failure; however, there was an open investigation ( NHTSA action number PE10005; component :steering:electric power assist system). The failure mileage was 24,000 and the current mileage was 27,000.

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #627

Sep 222009

Cobalt

  • 60,000 miles
I hadn't had any problems with my car and then one day I was turning in a parking lot and the power steering went out. I got it into a parking stall and shut the car off, then proceeded to wait 10-15 minutes and started the car again, there were no problems until I started to dive again, it happened about 3 more times that day. It happened as I was driving the freeway coming into a curve in the road, in the parking lot as mentioned and pulling into my driveway. If I hadn't driven a car in the past with no power steering I would not have know or been able to steer the car safely. It could have been bad if I hadn't been able to control the car on the freeway. This has happened several more times since this first occurrence and every time it does happen it's not just once, it's several times that day then it will be weeks or longer without any problems. It is completely random and unsafe, you never know when it's going to happen and there is no warning. The "power steering" indicator comes up as it's going out.

- Santa Maria , CA, USA

problem #626

Nov 282009

Cobalt

  • 40,000 miles
2006 Chevy Cobalt ls power steering seizing, not working. Only 40K miles on car, brought to GM dealer & was told that there was no warranty on power steering, had to have replacement steering column & motor at a cost of over 1000 dollars.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #625

Feb 072010

Cobalt

  • 49,000 miles

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

2006 Chevy Cobalt power steering assist comes on every day after 5 min od driving U stop and shut the car off and start it up it comes back on 5min later...seems to happen at low and high speeds.

- Norwich, NY, USA

problem #624

Dec 282009

Cobalt

  • 27,000 miles
Power steering failure on 2006 Cobalt power steering just quits.

- Mercer, PA, USA

problem #623

Jan 202009

Cobalt

  • 52,300 miles
When driving the 06 Chevy Cobalt, the power steering fails while driving at moderate speeds. This happens nearly ever time the car is in use now and happens several times during the course of a 15 mile trip. The only recourse is to turn the key off and back on to get the steering to respond again.

- Lawrenceburg, KY, USA

problem #622

Sep 302009

Cobalt

  • 57,877 miles
I own a 2006 Cobalt. The power steering went out when my 29 year old son was turning onto a traffic circle in fort worth, Texas. The car hit the curb causing damage to the right tire and wheel. My insurance company (usaa) paid $4269.69 for repairs, $420 for car rental; I paid $500 deductible. Classic Chevrolet fixed the power steering without charge; however, if there had been a timely recall the accident would never have happened.

- Justin, TX, USA

problem #621

Feb 092010

Cobalt

  • 54,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Whenever the contact drives the vehicle at any speed she noticed that the power steering will suddenly stop functioning. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that the power steering mechanism needed to be replaced. There were no prior warnings.the current and failure mileages were 54000.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #620

Aug 132009

Cobalt

  • miles
Steering wheel is very hard to turn. This happens frequently. If the engine is turned off the problem goes away for a while, but soon returns. So far this problem has not caused an accident, but I am almost afraid to drive the car for fear of one.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #619

Jan 202010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving approximately 15 mph on normal road conditions. A chime sounded inside of the vehicle. Immediately, there was a loss of power steering. The driver pulled over to the side of the road with caution. The engine was turned off. The vehicle restarted and resumed normal operation. Whenever the vehicle was in operation the failure occurred intermittent. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle has not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 61,000. Updated 07/12/10

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #618

Feb 122010

Cobalt

  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph on normal road conditions. A chime sounded inside of the vehicle. The "power steering" warning light indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. Immediately, there was a loss of power steering. The driver exerted extreme difficulty turning the steering wheel. The vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road. The engine was turned off. The vehicle restarted and resumed normal operation. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. Currently, the vehicle is at an authorized dealer for inspection. The failure mileage was 122,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Tupelo, MS, USA

problem #617

Oct 172009

Cobalt

  • 48,600 miles
There were no events leading up to the failure. I have a 2006, Chevy Cobalt, and am one of the people that have had to have a motor replaced in my power steering. It just stopped working while I has driving down the road. No power steering!!!! I did talk to Chevy, because I thought it odd, having less the 50,000 on my car. I was a few miles from home, and was blessed enough to be near a church parking lot, to pull over. I am also young enough, and strong enough that I did get it back home, so my husband could check it. I did check with Chevy, to see if there was a recall, or if they were aware of a problem. They did not have a recall, and were not aware of a problem. This is what they said. Again, because I thought it odd. I had to take it to my local Chevy dealership, and it cost $418. I would have hated to have been in traffic, or in the middle of a turn, or a bad curve. If it had of happened in any of those 3, I may not have been able to control the car. I do believe it is a great safety problem. People that do not have a lot of arm strength, would have no control..as stayed above I had to have it fixed.

- Killen, AL, USA

problem #616

Jan 012010

Cobalt

  • 34,000 miles
Power steering goes out after about two minutes of driving or less. It is very hard to turn the wheel and control the vehicle when driving. It goes away when the car is shut off but then the power steering goes back out. Very annoying and dangerous because you never know when it will feel like going out on you like going around a sharp turn which could cause an accident. It progressively gets worse. Needs to be addressed!

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #615

Feb 112010

Cobalt

  • 41,662 miles
Power steering failure there are 1000's of people with the same problem please help us.

- Heiskell, TN, USA

problem #614

Jan 262010

Cobalt

  • 65,120 miles
Power steering failed.

- Jasper, TN, USA

problem #613

Dec 022009

Cobalt

  • 62,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt lt and my power steering keeps cutting off when I go down the road the forces the steering wheel to lock up. I am terrified that I may have a wreck at any moment and I have a 3 yr old and 7 months pregnant! please please get this recalled asap!

- Hartsfield, GA, USA

problem #612

Feb 152010

Cobalt

  • 70,000 miles
Power steering stops working, making car hard to steer.

- Oak Island, NC, USA

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