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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
95,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 022014

Cobalt LS Sedan 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


The doors on this car sticks all the time!! I've broken the exterior door handle over 8 times trying to open the door on the driver's side. They continue to break and stick. I've tried every solution car repairmen have suggested or have done and the problem continues. Now the passenger door and the rear doors stick to the point I can't open the door. When I do get the backdoor on driver's side open it doesn't close so I have to tie it down. The second I can afford another car I'm jumping at it. Chevrolet sucked when they made the cobalt!!!

- kewats45, Racine, US

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