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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,600 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.

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 242015


  • 106,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the driver side door would not open when the doors were unlocked. The contact stated the latch was stuck in the locked position. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 106,000.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 172012


  • miles
My 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt lt has started having problems with the driver door since 2 days ago. I had arrived at my destination and went to open my driver door to exit and I couldn't. the driver door would not open at all. I tried locking and unlocking the door to see if it would open and nothing changed. I was locked in my car for ten minuets trying to get out until I finally had to crawl out the passenger side of the car. When trying to get back into the car, the same thing was happening to where I couldn't get in and had to enter from the passenger side of the car. Right now my door is working normal but an hour ago I couldn't get in again. This is a huge safety risk because if someone needs to exit their car quickly and this is happening, there is nothing that they can do to get out. I am not the only Cobalt owner with this issue and have read many complaints of this issue online. This issue needs resolved before anyone gets hurt from being trapped inside the car without a way to escape.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 222010


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The vehicle was parked when the contact attempted to open the driver side door from the outside and noticed that it would not open. The contact tried to open it from the inside but it still would not open. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 52,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Apr 052008


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While entering the front driver's side of the vehicle, the exterior door handle disengaged without warning. The failure enabled the door to open due to broken support bolts. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they replaced the door handle under warranty. On a separate occasion, the failure recurred. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 25,000 and current mileage was 49,000.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #1

Mar 312008


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Driver side door intermittently will not close and remain closed (latch). Then would not open for door handle from outside as well as from inside. Door failure to work on 3/31/08 - 3X. Return car to dealer (webb Chevy in oak lawn, il) and called Chevy customer service 866-790-5600. Vehicle out of warranty by 1,804 miles. Sheri lane (X32034) from Chevy customer service and webb Chevy found this to be a safely problem but wouldn't paid for service or assist with the cost. The claim number with Chevy service service is #71-616076350. I will be picking up the vehicle and asked to for the part that was repaired and was told the part would be available for me to pick-up.

- Crestwood, IL, USA

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