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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 56 of 56)

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problem #3

Nov 172007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,363 miles


2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Shakes violently after driving about 30 minutes on the highway. Does not do this just around town 4 or 5 miles from home. Dealer cannot reproduce this shaking problem nor can they find the problem. It shakes so bad that I am afraid to drive into the city. I do alot of business in the city so I am at a loss as to how I am going to work. I am an independent sales person.

- Crosby, TX, USA

problem #2

May 172007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 14,210 miles
This is in documentation of my 2006 Chevy Cobalt. Replaced the steering column, replaced steering shaft, rubbing and grinding, knocking on steering column and floor pan area, when coming to a stop car RPM's will drop so low that the car will almost die, speakers have a rattle like they are going to quit working, lost power assist while in a turn once documented has now happened twice, when using turn signal with high beams on lights will shut off, passenger side bumper was pulled away from headlamp.

- Walker, WV, USA

problem #1

Mar 282007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,500 miles
- the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that there was a sound in the front end of the vehicle under the hood. She had been hearing that noise since she purchased the vehicle. She said that one could hear the sound 85% of the time, and that it was usual while driving at a slow rate of speed. The weather was not a factor. The dealership told the contact that this was normal for this type of vehicle. The current mileage was 20,600 and the failure mileage was 2,500. The consumer switch dealers due to the fact berglund stated noise is normal. Pinkerton(dealer) tries to assess what the problem is decided multiple cases of gear concerns and replaced steering gear but the consumer states they can't really pinpoint the problem. Consumer has provided various invoices. Update

- Roanoke, VA, USA

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