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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:
62 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
127 / 3
Average Mileage:
56,453 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 1 of 52)

problem #1022

Sep 052014

Cobalt

  • miles

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

TL- the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the power steering warning lamp illuminated several times as the failure progressed. The contact was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V073000 (steering), received the recall repair and indicated that months later the failure recurred. The contact stated that the power steering warning lamp illuminated, the steering wheel was making a clicking noise and upon changing gears there was a rattling sound. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle stalled several times upon changing gears with the automatic transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was not available. Dyd

- East Canton, OH, USA

problem #1021

Sep 032014

Cobalt

  • 180,000 miles
I was turning at a green light and my steering locked up and caused me to go over a median causing damage to my transmission pan, front engine mount

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #1020

Feb 042015

Cobalt

  • 94,846 miles
The ignition switch locks up after I have put my vehicle in park. I then have to start my car again, foot on brake, move my shifter to neutral, back to park and hopefully im able to turn the key to off. The steering is a pain at times to deal with. Especially at slow speeds it jerks sporadically. Also im not sure if this issue has been recalled but I've read many forums of the ac leaking on the passengers floor leaving puddles of water. My car does this, through car washes and when it rains. I've also noticed that you can hear the remaining water flow left behind in the dashboard. I only had this car since November 2014 and have so many problems. If possible, can all recall repairs be performed on my car to prevent any issue in the future?

- Bakersfield , CA, USA

problem #1019

Feb 022012

Cobalt

  • 85,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the power steering sensor light illuminated and the power steering malfunctioned causing the steering wheel to become very difficult to turn. The contact indicated that after turning the engine off and back on the vehicle operated as normal. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #1018

Jan 282015

Cobalt

  • miles
This is an intermitent problem, the steering locks for no know reason. This is going to really hurt someone eventually!

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #1017

Jan 252015

Cobalt

  • 137,000 miles
Was driving on highway at 65mph and car shut off with no warning and reading engine disabled. Pulled over turned it off and back on the same thing happend 5 minutes later.

- Dolgeville , NY, USA

problem #1016

Oct 032014

Cobalt

  • 141,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the power steering warning lamp illuminated and the power steering was extremely difficult to turn. The contact indicated that the steering wheel locked forcing the contact to merge over to the side of the road. The contact restarted the vehicle which reset the computer but the failure persisted. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V073000 (steering). The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who indicated that the power steering motor circuit failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 141,000.

- Edgerton, OH, USA

problem #1015

Jan 162015

Cobalt

  • miles
The power steering has gone out again. Even though it was recalled in 2011.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #1014

Jan 162015

Cobalt

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 20 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000. The VIN was not available.

- Northwood, AR, USA

problem #1013

Jan 122015

Cobalt

  • 140,115 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 60 mph and making a turn, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. In addition, the windshield wipers, defroster, and the cruise control failed to operate. Also, the contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,115.

- Springfield , MO, USA

problem #1012

Jan 152015

Cobalt

  • 147,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the power steering seized without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 147,000. The VIN was not available.

- Brimingham, DE, USA

problem #1011

Jan 122015

Cobalt

  • 344,254 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the steering wheel seized and became difficult to turn. In addition, the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 344,254.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #1010

Jan 032015

Cobalt

  • 111,400 miles
2006 Chevy Cobalt ltz New Jersey - ignition recall performed Sept 2014 - Jan 3, 2015 @ 1100- started the car pulled out of parking spot, vehicle began to jerk forward, heard chime; message board displayed power steering. The traction control warning lamp was, the vehicle was stalling, steering wheel bound up tight, clicking noise coming from ignition area, and gauge returned to default off position while on. Shut vehicle off, got out looked around, got back in, started vehicle up, drove for 3-4 miles, vehicle performed as if nothing occurred. Called GM, appt set for Monday am, found some additional recall info contacted GM dealership, was advised no steering recall avail. Printed out recall notices from NHTSA pertaining to steering and will present to service personnel on Monday.

- Hamburg, NJ, USA

problem #1009

Jan 032015

Cobalt

  • 111,400 miles
2006 Chevy Cobalt ltz New Jersey - ignition recall performed Sept 2014 - Jan 2015 started the car pulled out of spot, vehicle began to jerk forward, heard chime; message board displayed power steering. The traction control warning lamp was, the vehicle was stalling, steering wheel bound up tight, clicking noise coming from ignition area. Shut vehicle off, got out looked around, got back; vehicle started up as if nothing occurred. Called GM, appt set for Monday am, found some additional recall info contacted GM dealership, was advised no steering recall avail. Printed out recall notices from NHTSA pertaining to steering and will present to service personnel on Monday.

- Hamburg, NJ, USA

problem #1008

Jan 032015

Cobalt

  • 111,400 miles
2006 Chevy Cobalt ltz New Jersey - ignition recall performed Sept 2014 - Jan 2015 started the car pulled out of spot, vehicle began to jerk forward, heard chime; message board displayed power steering. The traction control warning lamp was, the vehicle was stalling, steering wheel bound up tight, clicking noise coming from ignition area. Shut vehicle off, got out looked around, got back; vehicle started up as if nothing occurred. Called GM, appt set for Monday am, found some additional recall info contacted GM dealership, was advised no steering recall avail. Printed out recall notices from NHTSA pertaining to steering and will present to service personnel on Monday.

- Hamburg, NJ, USA

problem #1007

Dec 152014

Cobalt

  • miles
While driving, my a power steering message displayed on my display center. The car became very difficult to turn. I wasn't able to drive at the normal accuracy and would liek to Chevrolet to open the previous recall to solve this issue.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #1006

Dec 072014

Cobalt

  • miles
I was backing out of my driveway and and the car immediately lost power steering. I heard a chiming sound and saw the power steering flashing on the dash.the steering wheel was almost impossible to turn and was very difficult to get the car back in the driveway.

- Stanley , NC, USA

problem #1005

Oct 252014

Cobalt

  • 99,000 miles
We were driving down the road in Oct when all of sudden dash lights up flashing dinging going crazy the car keeps jerking forward like its trying to shift into a gear for the whole 40 min drive it drove fine on the way home. It has done this maybe three times since the other day I was driving my grand children to school when the car started to jerk forward then just stopped running and lost power steering, in a three way intersection, my car finally started up after about 10 mins. In Oct when the car started having problems I called our dealer they said the car had all the recalls done that it would cost 90 to check it out and that they wouldn't be able to find anything unless it was having the issues at the time they had the vehicle I ended up calling GM about the problem only to be told I am sorry that you had a stressful morning we can give you a case number and will get back to you within 24 to 48 hours may car now sets at my daughters house I will not be driving this car for fear I may injury or kill my grandchildren or others this vehicle id a death trap GM needs to own up and buy out these vehicles so upset right now shame on them how many lives need to be lost before they do something this time?

- Queensbury, NY, USA

problem #1004

Dec 062014

Cobalt

  • 35,251 miles
My wife was driving her car a 2006 Chevy Cobalt ls all of the sudden the dash board lights turned on as if it was being turned on from a cold start. The car started to buckle in the message board started to say power steering. She lost power steering and had to make an emergency stop. I checked the car that afternoon and nothing seemed fine then on a Saturday afternoon it did the same thing to me. I took it to a mechanic to be scanned and the code U0073 poped up which is the control module bus ( communication buss was off). The transmission has not been shifting right, hard, rough shifts are being done. The idle drops and raises automatically. My door lock for he driver side does not open as well. This is really unsafe.

- Springfield, OR, USA

problem #1003

Dec 032014

Cobalt

  • 66,450 miles
When driving the vehicle and going over bumps, there is a clunking noise from the steering column. Overall, the steering column appears loose, the steering wheel is hard to turn left or right and clunks as well. Took it to two different ase certified mechanics and was told that the steering is loose inside the column itself. Steering is not responsive to turns as it should be.

- Aurora, CO, USA

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