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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,450 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt body / paint problems

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 282007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,450 miles


I was at a red light, the light turned green I started to go and the person in front of me in a PT CRUISER stopped short and I hit him in the rear causing so much damage to my front end. How on earth can they give this car even 1 star for front end collisions, if I was going any faster I would have been killed! the entire bumper, hood, the structure that holds the bumper is ruined and my compressor to the air conditioning as well, this was all at the speed of approx 2 to 4 miles per hour! the airbags never deployed either, showing that this was not a heavy impact, however this car just crumpled and I am worried for my saftey driving in my car. I go to college and then to work and I am scared that if someone were to hit me I don't even have a chance in this car that claims to have good impact results. There was no damage to the other car and I was the one that was injured, my back and both knees. I would like more information on this car and the results from minor fender benders as they call it to see if maybe there is something wrong with the structure of just my car, or all the 2006 Cobalt 4 door sedans.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

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