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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:
66 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
129 / 3
Average Mileage:
59,647 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 1 of 55)

problem #1097

Aug 272016

Cobalt

  • 100,000 miles

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

I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt and in the first year I've had it I had encountered numerous problems. The first problem was that the radio that was installed started flashing and was not working whatsoever, an electrical issue. The next problem was the suspension after just 3 months of having it the shocks were worn out completely and had to get that fixed. Then just 1 month later my struts, tire rods, alignment, oil pressure sensor went to complete "S*" so now I'm struggling with bills after having to fix most things on my car I haven't fixed all the problems since I'm low on money having to keep and keep fixing this car. Then to top it off just this morning going to work the "power steering"light pops up and I cant even turn my steering wheel, I turned it off and then it worked fine but I'm very scared it will keep happening especially when going down the highway. Please help

- Bismarck, ND, USA

problem #1096

Aug 262016

Cobalt

  • 144,000 miles
Power steering went completely out. Too hard to turn and too dangerous to drive.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #1095

Aug 252016

Cobalt

  • 133,724 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 30 mph, the check engine and power steering warning indicators illuminated. The contact coasted to the side of the road. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 133,724.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #1094

Aug 102016

Cobalt

  • 70,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 65 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the rpms revved intermittently. In addition, the vehicle failed to properly shift gears several times. The dealer was notified of the failure, but the vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Ventnor City, NJ, USA

problem #1093

Aug 032016

Cobalt

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle lunged forward and experienced violent shaking while driving 35 mph. The power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and dealer, but the failure could not be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 87,000.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #1092

Jul 052016

Cobalt

  • 181,000 miles
I was driving the car on the highway, going about 38 mph and the power steering warning beeped and displayed on my dash. The steering tightened up a bit, and the car slowed down, as I was driving (I don't know what the car slowed down to because the speedometer then dropped to zero, but the tachometer continued to rev (I want to say) between 2 & 3 RPM, while the car was still in motion. The locks were clicking up and down too while this was all happening. Then the car bucked and the speedometer began working. The power steering warning light remained lit during the whole time. I was able to pull into a parking lot for safety. This was clearly a driving safety issue due to the vehicle slowing down when the power steering warning light came on. There were other affected parts, but I was not able to select the boxes: Electrical; other (speedometer) this also happened today: 07/10/16, prompting another complaint to be filed.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #1091

Jul 012016

Cobalt

  • 102,230 miles

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

While driving my 06 Chevy Cobalt, the power steering light comes on and blinks continually and my steering wheel will begin to shake. The recall was called and my car was serviced so why is this issue happening again? it'll go off for a couple of days and come back on. Something needs to be done to fix this, Chevy needs to fix this, once again.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #1090

Jun 122016

Cobalt

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While pulling out of a parking spot, the power steering seized and caused the contact to use excessive force to turn the steering wheel. There were no lights illuminated. Since then, the vehicle was difficult to drive because the power steering failed intermittently without warning. The vehicle was experiencing the same issue as listed in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the electronic power steering motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #1089

Jun 222016

Cobalt

  • 182,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 40 mph, the power steering seized and the engine light illuminated without warning. Directly after, the vehicle jerked and accelerated without warning and the speedometer malfunctioned. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 182,000.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #1088

Jun 202016

Cobalt

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While starting the vehicle, the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column kit, steering motor kit, connector, and programming need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Seward, PA, USA

problem #1087

Jun 162016

Cobalt

  • 86,722 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 65 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 86,722.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #1086

May 062016

Cobalt

  • 1,780 miles
Steering locks up while in the middle of a turn intermittently. It almost caused a bad crash.

- Attica, NY, USA

problem #1085

May 072016

Cobalt

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 55 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering); however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Manakin-Sabot, VA, USA

problem #1084

Sep 142015

Cobalt

  • 43,652 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle's steering ability was diminishing steadily. The check power steering and check engine lights remained illuminated at all times. In addition, the speedometer failed to work. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the communication between the electronic control module and the power steering column was lost and needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 43,652.

- Jeannette, PA, USA

problem #1083

Apr 082016

Cobalt

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 45 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the speedometer gauge failed to indicate the actual speed when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the electronic power steering gear box failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 112,000.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #1082

Feb 102016

Cobalt

  • 139,764 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that upon turning the steering wheel left or right, it seized without warning. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel each time the failure occurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and indicated that the vehicle was not included in a manufacturer power steering recall. In addition, the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering) and NHTSA action number: PE10005 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 139,764.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #1081

Apr 012016

Cobalt

  • miles
Car suddenly became very difficult to steer. When moving, stationary, any speed, it's very difficult to steer the vehicle.

- Mason, OH, USA

problem #1080

Sep 102015

Cobalt

  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that there were multiple failures with the vehcle. The contact mentioned that the power steering failed, which caused the steering wheel to become tight and extremely difficult to turn. The engine made an abnormal noise, the vehicle hesitated several times, and stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14E021000 (electrical system), 14V171000 (electrical system), 14V047000 (air bags and electrical system), 10V073000 (steering), and NHTSA action number: PE10005 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 145,000. The manufacturer was notified of the failures.

- Calumet Park, IL, USA

problem #1079

Mar 092016

Cobalt

  • 164,789 miles
Takada recall. The led indicator on my steering column will show power steering, at which point if my rpms drop below 1000 the car will stutter, the power steering turns off, and it becomes very difficult to drive. Usually have to pull over and let car rest for 10 to 15 minutes before I can we engage the ignition and drive at a safe manner. This has happened multiple times during highway driving where it becomes extremely unsafe at highway speeds. Have checked VIN numbers and called Chevrolet only to be told my VIN number and car is too high for their recalls.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #1078

Feb 252016

Cobalt

  • 150,000 miles
The electronic power steering wheel is acting weird is unsafe to drive might cause an accident. Need it fix per code 10V073000

- Victorville, CA, USA

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