Print this page 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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,449 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 102009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 42,734 miles


Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) the sun roof on my 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt which I purchased new failed and had to be replaced. I live in new england and because of the weather we have it does not get opened very often in fact if I have opened it two dozen times in the 37 months that I have owned it I feel I am over stating the fact. The car only had 42,732 miles on it when it failed and I feel it never should have needed to be replaced it cost me $685.15 to replace it and even though that I contacted the Chevrolet customer care center they did not offer to give me any relief in the price. The only reason that I replaced it was because it would not close. If it failed in the closed position I would not have cared because I did not order the car with a sun roof it came as an option with the car that was available on the lot. In the time that I owned the car (which I still own) I had to bring it back to the dealer for adjustment. The reason I am contacting you is to see if there is anything you could do to help me out. [xxx]

- Rowley, MA, USA

problem #2

Mar 032007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My husband and I have used the sun roof a total of 7 times include yesterday. We bought the 2006 Chevy Cobalt in 1/2006. Yesterday I opened the sun roof and then when I went to close it, the back rt side will not close all the way. I found two small plastic pieces in the track. I will be taking it to the dealership tomorrow (Monday) for them to fix it. I am assuming that this will be covered under warranty. I checked your web site to see if there was a recall on this but did not find one. The sunroof is electrical.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 152006

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,612 miles
Today, after a hard rain, the sunroof leaked again... soaking the headliner from the sunroof forward, again.

- Oakwood, GA, USA

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