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:
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Average Mileage:
45,350 miles
Total Complaints:
3 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 #3

Jan 012013

Cobalt LT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles


I take pride in my vehicle, however, the fading paint spots on top of the roof are very embarrassing. I've checked several places to get estimates to replace the paint and it will cost between $500 to $700.

I feel that this is a defect in the paint initially used by Chevrolet and that the factory should be responsible for re-painting my car.

- greenwell, Bardstown, KY, US

problem #2

Jan 112011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

The color of my car is suppose to be purple.. But the roof is turning white in large splotches. There are other small spots here and there on the car that are now starting too fade. Going to have it painted because it looks like crap!

- Michelle M., Holmes Beach, FL, US

problem #1

Mar 032010

Cobalt LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,007 miles

Defective paint is only covered under warranty for the first 12,000 miles. My car just rolled over 35,000 miles and looks like a clunker thanks to the paint. I owe 8 more payments and after that, I guess I will save to get it repainted. I was so proud of this car! The color is Gun Metal Gray and the roof is almost white.

- Dana D., Corinth, MS, US

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