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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 38 of 56)

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problem #371

Dec 222009

Cobalt

  • 48,000 miles

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

My Chevy Cobalt 2006 model shows "power steering" on the little display and power steering stops working. This is really scary when I drive on the free ways in los angeles which can give serious traffic accidents..this power steering message pop ups once in a while.

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #370

Dec 212009

Cobalt

  • 33,800 miles
My 2006 Cobalt's power steering went out while I was driving down the road. The light came on and I immediately stopped the vehicle, restarted it and power steering came back on. Unfortunately, I have heard of many people having the same problem so I am hoping to get a recall.

- Derby, KS, USA

problem #369

Dec 102009

Cobalt

  • miles
The car only has 38,000 miles and we were driving home when all of a sudden the power steering message came up and the steering wheel got really hard, it takes all your energy to make a turn. When we turned off and then turned on the car everything was okay and a couple of blocks it happened again. It will normally happen in the afternoons, not so much in the morning. Its very hard to drive once the power steering message comes up. We have taken it to the dealership but we have yet to hear from them.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #368

Dec 202009

Cobalt

  • 39,083 miles

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

I have a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt lt. I have 39,000 miles on it and have had numerous issues with the car! the main issue seems to be the power steering. I was 4 hours from home and my power steering light came on. My wheel locked up and was hard to steer. I cut the car off and back on and it seemed to correct it for about a minute and then locked up completely. This has been an issue in numerous Cobalts that I have seen. I talked with other people who own them and they have the same issues mine has. That goes to show there is an issue with the Chevy Cobalt. Most people have had the key stick in the ignition (I have had to have that replaced) and now power steering! please do something!

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #367

Dec 162009

Cobalt

  • 21,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt with 21,000 miles on it, the warranty just ran out a few months ago and the power steering has now gone out on it. It randomly goes on and off as I am driving the car and almost caused me to wreck the other day when it went out while I was turning in front of traffic. I do not have the $1,000 to fix this problem and am scared to drive my car anymore. I am most likely going to sell my car and get something else.

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #366

Nov 042009

Cobalt

  • 80,000 miles
My power steering light came on only every now and then and now it is a constant thing. The steering wheel locks up very hard to turn. I am scared that the steering will completely fail one day while I have my 6mnth old baby in the car and we will get in an accident...pls help me.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #365

Aug 012009

Cobalt

  • 48,000 miles

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

Sometime my power steering just goes out and the indicator says power steering. This occurs severaltimes a week. Sometimes shutting the car off and starting it again cures the problem but not all the time.

- Wheeling , WV, USA

problem #364

Dec 042008

Cobalt

  • 42,000 miles
Power steering goes out in my 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt.

- Batavia, OH, USA

problem #363

Dec 132009

Cobalt

  • 71,400 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 60 mph the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel, and then he lost power steering. After restarting the vehicle the power came back on. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer. The failure mileage was 71,400.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #362

Dec 162009

Cobalt

  • 42,000 miles
Problem with the 2006 Cobalt regarding the power steering, I got one and first 2 scnd was all ok, then I see the steering failure come up and could not turn the steering much, I was about to crash into another car and in last minute void big collision, I pray to god all end good but car in dealer for fixing, I cant believe this cars on the street with young teen, old woman, children and family driving this car, I do not think there a recall on this failure and find hundred of complain on the internet, this was last american car I will have, please look into this before too many big lost happened. Thanks

- Kapolei, HI, USA

problem #361

Dec 122009

Cobalt

  • 22,839 miles

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

I own a 2006 Chevy Cobalt ss with only 23,000 miles on it and the power steering went out when my 19-year-old son was driving it. Having reviewed forum sites on this matter, it seems this is a common problem with the Cobalt and it should be the responsibility of GM to fix this obvious safety problem. If they fail to make good on this matter, they only have themselves to blame for their spiraling downfall.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #360

Dec 102009

Cobalt

  • 35,800 miles
While driving down the interstate in my 2006 Cobalt ss, my powersteering warning light appears on the instrument panel. I thought it was short power steering fluid but it has no reservoir because it is electric and not hydraulic. The problem goes away after you restart the car but it randomly occurs while driving on all types of highways.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #359

Nov 172008

Cobalt

  • 22,000 miles
Key sticks in switch and you cant get it out. Steering column locks wile driving. Steering happened twice. Key sticking happens all the time. Had switch replaced but still dose it. This is a 2006 Chevy Cobalt.

- Dundee, NY, USA

problem #358

Dec 162009

Cobalt

  • 31,000 miles
As I was making a left turn on a busy intersection, my power steering went out and the message board read "power steering." The wheel got really hard and I had to pull over. This is the second time in only 2 days. I barely have 31,000 miles on my 06 Chevrolet Cobalt ls. I don't have much money right now and haven't done anything about it yet.

- Melrose Park, IL, USA

problem #357

Dec 122009

Cobalt

  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 60 mph the "power steering" warning light illuminated on the instrument panel, and then there was a loss of power steering. The driver exerted great effort to turn the steering wheel. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle has not been repaired at this time. The failure and current mileages were 25,000.

- Lebanon, OR, USA

problem #356

Dec 122009

Cobalt

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Intermittently while driving, she loses power steering. Prior to the failure she notices the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel. Usually she has to restart her vehicle to resume normal vehicle operation. She contacted the dealer, but no assistance was provided. No repairs were made. The failure and current mileages 70000.

- Linden, PA, USA

problem #355

Dec 112009

Cobalt

  • 43,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. It has 43,000 miles. It is in excellent condition otherwise. The power steering light suddenly comes on and the power steering capability is lost. It has been to the mechanic two times and he has found no failed components. The failure occurs while driving and when started after being parked in our driveway. Power steering eventually abruptly return to normal. The car also shudders and occasionally stalls during the power steering failure episode. My wife is fearful to drive this auto. It should be recalled and repaired.

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #354

Dec 112009

Cobalt

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 45 mph the power steering light illuminated on the instrument control panel, and then there was a loss of power steering. The failure mileage was 68,000. The current mileage was 68,100. The VIN number was unavailable.

- Dudley, MA, USA

problem #353

Dec 112009

Cobalt

  • 33,500 miles
While driving on a straight stretch of I 40 in North Carolina, the power steering message flashed, and then we lost power steering. There were several cars around us at the time. After pulling over to check under the hood (it was after dark and we couldn't see under the hood), we restarted the car and had power steering again, but lost it within 2 miles. We drove it again the next day and the day after, and the situation did not repeat itself. We took the car to a Chevy dealership on 12/14/09, where they informed us the problem was with the power steering motor, and it was replaced out of warranty (2006 Chevy Cobalt with approximately 33.5K miles at time of incident) for approximately $500. They also told us the motor replacement might not fix the whole problem, and if it happened again they would have to replace the column for an additional $700. We opted to have the part replaced because the car is often driven on winding mountain roads and losing power steering on these roads presents a major safety risk.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #352

Dec 132009

Cobalt

  • miles
2006 Chevy Cobalt - key frequently gets stuck in ignition and power steering has begun to fail.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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