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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:
58,962 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 1 of 54)

problem #1080

Sep 102015

Cobalt

  • 145,000 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 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

problem #1077

Feb 292016

Cobalt

  • miles

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

Ever since I purchased car it'seems been nothing but problems. First it was both control arm bushing after 1 month of purchasing my 06 Chevy colbalt. I've since had to replace the entire front end all except for the steering column.which makes a loud unsettling rattling noise when I go over the slightest bump or when I turn my wheel left to right while in the park position. But now even more scary my car has been stalling out randomly and I've seen other complaint's about this issue. I've had oil changes and tunes up and a diagnostic test and I've been told the car is okay.it's not okay! today it stalled out while accelerating at a green turn arrow and I got hit from the back by the car behind me turning as well. No huge damage but I'm afraid and would like to know what is the real issue.

- Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #1076

Jan 152016

Cobalt

  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 40 mph and making a right turn, the vehicle became difficult to turn. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000.

- Rohrersville, MD, USA

problem #1075

Jan 312016

Cobalt

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 10 mph and making a left turn, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle. In addition, "power steering" was displayed across the message board. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #1074

Jan 232016

Cobalt

  • 158,979 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 35 mph, the check engine light, safety lock light, and power steering light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to be restarted; however, when the brakes were applied, the vehicle accelerated unexpectedly. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the bcn module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 158,979.

- West Demoines, IA, USA

problem #1073

Sep 152010

Cobalt

  • 75,478 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 30 mph, the contact heard a chime and "power steering" was displayed across the message board. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The failure mileage was 75,478.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #1072

Jan 072016

Cobalt

  • 128,324 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 128,324.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #1071

Jan 042016

Cobalt

  • 184,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 45 mph, the power steering failed. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was unaware if the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 184,000.

- Mrytle Beach, SC, USA

problem #1070

Dec 152015

Cobalt

  • 128,610 miles

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

I've been continually hearing a really loud noise as I turn the steering wheel to the left. Today as I turned left the steering became quite a bit tougher to turn almost like there was no power steering at all, but only when I turned left.

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #1069

Jul 202015

Cobalt

  • 138,287 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 30 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning. As a result, the contact crashed into a ditch and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed. The contact sustained facial injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 138,287.

- Dalton, GA, USA

problem #1068

Nov 012015

Cobalt

  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 40 mph, the power steering stalled without warning. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 106,000.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #1067

Nov 182015

Cobalt

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and the power steering warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle independently shifted into the neutral position as the vehicle revved without warning. The contact was able to switch back to the appropriate gear. The failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 81,000.

- Apollo, PA, USA

problem #1066

Oct 212015

Cobalt

  • 163,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at various speeds and attempting to turn the steering wheel, it seized without warning. The failure was persistent. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 163,000.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #1065

Nov 012015

Cobalt

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, an abnormal noise was heard and the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The power steering warning light illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Claremore, OK, USA

problem #1064

Oct 152015

Cobalt

  • 80,600 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle jerked and the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The failure recurred several times. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,600.

- Winnsboro, LA, USA

problem #1063

Nov 012015

Cobalt

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the steering became very difficult to use. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the air bag warning light remained illuminated after the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Wyomissing, PA, USA

problem #1062

Oct 312015

Cobalt

  • 85 miles
Traction control light and power steering light came on while driving straight at about 80. The car became jerky while taking a slight left (almost like a delay in the steering wheel). Came to a light and the idle starting flirting. Drove forward it lurched a bit went and pulled in. While stopped I shifted between drive, park rev, the transmission would slam into gear. Idle fluttered. Shut off vehicle for 20 seconds lights and issue went away. Car is at 117,000km

- Langley, WA, USA

problem #1061

Oct 282015

Cobalt

  • miles
The ignition switch was supposedly changed, still having trouble starting the car. Difficult to steer, sensors aren't working. Stationary when trying to start the vehicle, sensor lights comes on when driving, city highway.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

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