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.

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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 40 of 56)

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problem #331

Nov 162009

Cobalt

  • miles

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

I have a 2006 Cobalt ltz, and the power steering keeps going out when, I drive down the road, also I have shaking and noise, and I had my grandchild in the car, and the power steering went out which could have had a wreck...this is a very bad problem, also I have shaking and noise, when I drive down the road...........please help!!

- Marietta, OH, USA

problem #330

Sep 012009

Cobalt

  • 70,000 miles
I bought a 2006 Chevy Cobalt about six months ago. Three months after I bought it the power steering began to go out. It does not take power steering fluid there is a ps motor in the steering column. Everyt time I drive my car it goes out, it is not just every once and a while. When I restart my car the power steering will come back on. But within 100 yards it will go out again. The first time it went out I was going around a sharp curve and I nearly lost control of the car. The car behind me had to slam on there breaks because I started to fishtail. This is a major safety issue for me and other drivers and something really needs to be done about it. There is page after page of people who have the same problem. It seems to me that with so many people having this problem that there would be a recall on it. Obviously something was done wrong. It is dangerous and basically every time I get into my car I am risking my life. Its not worth it and you guys being a safety administration should really look into it.

- Bloomfield, KY, USA

problem #329

Nov 252009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,230 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 45 mph he noticed that the power steering light was illuminated on the dashboard. Within a few minutes, the contact lost complete power steering. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 105,230. Updated 03/12/10. The consumer believed the problem was with the PCM. Updated 09/21/10

- Bonifay, FL, USA

problem #328

Dec 012009

Cobalt

  • 88,000 miles

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

Yesterday I was driving with my wife in our 2006 Chevy Cobalt and without any warning the power steering failed in the middle of a turn. I had to pull with everything I had to keep from hitting a car in the other lane on the road I was turning onto. Luckily I was driving, I don't think the ending would have been as pleasant if my wife was behind the wheel. Keep in mind that the power steering fails all of the sudden, we have had nothing but problems with this car, and my wife just reminded me that we had the steering column replaced once because of a vibration. Please push for a recall on this vehicle, we cannot afford to fix GM's poor engineering mistake. Thank you

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #327

Nov 292009

Cobalt

  • 40,016 miles
My 2006 Chevy Cobalt car has just 40K miles. The dash board began to show "power steering" warning. And then the steering power is lost. I searched online and found many complains on such problem for Chevy Cobalt.

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

problem #326

Aug 052009

Cobalt

  • 65,001 miles
I was making a U turn the first time my power steering went out, I thought I was out of gas or something so I turned the key to off and restarted the car, it was fine for a while maybe 20 min. And then it went out on me again going around a corner then I realized it was my power steering that's when I found out it was completely electronic.it comes and goes as it pleases now!!!!! (this is a 2006 Chevy Cobalt !!!!!!!!!!!! )

- Cottonwood, CA, USA

problem #325

Oct 312009

Cobalt

  • miles

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

I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt and the power steering has completely gone. Its 1000 dollars to fix it and I am having constant problems with this car.

- Charlton , MA, USA

problem #324

Nov 052009

Cobalt

  • 65,000 miles
On more than one occasion the steering has stopped working. Its intermittent and unpredictable and can happen at any speed.

- Calhoun, GA, USA

problem #323

Nov 212009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 70 mph the power steering failed without prior warning. She was able to pull to the side of the road, and turn the engine off. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The technician stated that they could make the repair, but the failure would resurfaced because the component was defective. The failure mileage was 35,000. Updated 12/22/09 updated 12/22/09

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #322

May 082009

Cobalt

  • 49,000 miles
At 49,000 miles my 2006 Chevy Cobalt steering goes out intermittently. The dealer could not get it do anything wrong. Now that the warranty is out, it does it about once a week now. If you turn the car off and wait a few minutes, then turn it back on it will work again. This is very dangerous in that you try to turn, expecting it to work and the car keeps straight! close calls but no crash yet. Please help us! this thing is too dangerous to drive like this. After seeing all of the complaints on the internet, I want to know why it has not been recalled?

- Forney, TX, USA

problem #321

Nov 232009

Cobalt

  • 38,000 miles

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

I am the owner of a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. It has 38,000 miles on it. I was driving and with no warning my dashboard flashed "power steering" and at the exact same time my power steering went out. Needless to say I was on a busy well traveled 4 lane road and almost didn't make the turn to get off. I couldn't even park the car. Not exactly a safe situation. Took the car to the dealership & I'm told it's not covered because I have 38,000 miles so I'm barely over my warranty period. They then tell you it is probably the power steering motor but you don't know until you replace that for $460 and if the message still comes on for power steering you will need a new steering column for an additional $700-$800. After doing some research and calling local Chevy dealers and speaking to people who don't want to give their names for fear of losing their jobs it has been become clear that the steering in a Cobalt is a huge issue and is happening to a lot of people. My dealership has even admitted that my car is in great shape and not been driven badly or beat up on. Please do something to help the people that can't afford to replace something that is defective to begin with. Also, the part is on back order for obvious reasons with so many people having problems so I am without a car for a minimum of a week and there's not a guarantee it won't be longer.

- Warminster, PA, USA

problem #320

Nov 232009

Cobalt

  • 48,526 miles
Power steering signal comes on while driving and it shuts off completely thus making it hard to turn at any time.

- Brownsville, TX, USA

problem #319

Sep 052009

Cobalt

  • 38,000 miles
1. my wife and I purchased a 2006 vehicle for my 20 year old daughter roughly a year ago. Everything was fine for the first 9 months. After that one day when my daughter was driving the vehicle it began to shake and the power steering light began to flash and she had no control over the vehicle, she had to pull over, turn off the vehicle and restart it and the car was fine until she got home. Everytime you drive the car literally every 2 miles you have to pull over and turn the car off and start it again, it is extremely dangerous and a hassle. We took the car to the dealership and they said because we didn't purchase a warranty it would cost 2,000 dollars to fix. Due to the poor economy we cannot afford to fix the car, but yet we put down 3,000 on the vehicle and we continue to be stuck with 350 car payments every month for a vehicle we cannot even drive. Something needs to be done about this car, we are extremely worried about anyone that has one of these cars. The car is not worth the money we are spending on it. We have no idea what to do about the situation and we are in a horrible position.

- Phoenix , AZ, USA

problem #318

Oct 202009

Cobalt

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 45 mph the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument panel, and then there was a loss of power steering. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, and the vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000. The current mileage was 81,000.

- Ward, AR, USA

problem #317

Oct 232009

Cobalt

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 15 mph the traction and the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel, and then there was a loss of power steering. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, and a technician stated that the power steering kit needed to be replaced. The current mileage was 85,000. The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Columbia, TN, USA

problem #316

Nov 212009

Cobalt

  • 66,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt, I was driving down the road and the power steering in the car went out. The area I live in has alot of windy road which I happened to be driving on when it went out. I pulled over and turned the car off and it seemed to help momentarily. With out the power steering it makes the car almost impossible to drive. I had to drive the rest of the way home with the flashers on and 30 miles an hour on a highway, very dangerous. I have looked online and there has many complaints about this vehicle doing this.

- Allison Park , PA, USA

problem #315

Oct 202009

Cobalt

  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Intermittently while driving the power steering warning light illuminates on the instrument control panel, and the the power steering fails. A mechanic speculated that the steering column needed to be replaced. No repairs were made. The failure and current mileages were 41,000.

- Treeport, LA, USA

problem #314

Aug 132009

Cobalt

  • 51,000 miles
Failure of power steering while driving.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #313

Nov 172009

Cobalt

  • 51,781 miles
While driving a beeping sound came on and the words power steering appeared below the speedometer and the power steering gave out immediately. I was initially caught off guard but luckily I was only traveling at about 25 mph and there was no other traffic or kids on the street. I turn the car off and the power steering goes back to normal. Again while driving without warning three beeps and the words power steering appear and the power steering gives out immediately. If this a recurring problem with the Chevy Cobalt hopefully it can get resolved before there is loss of life or serious injuries.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #312

Nov 132009

Cobalt

  • 52,009 miles
As I was driving the "power steering" light came on. Caused me to loose my steering while I was in the middle of turning, I almost hit another car and I would have if they did not swerve to miss me. The fact that the power steering is now electric is complete !@#$% in my opinion. I went out, bought power steering liquid to add to it like a normal car and instead I found out I have to take it back to the dealer to have it serviced? this is very inconvenient for my busy schedule and I expected more out of a GM car.

- Erie, PA, USA

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