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
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
59,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #2

May 052016

Cobalt SS 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


Don't know if its the Sunroof drain or a/c. I think its Sunroof. I had floor completely dry until it rained then 3inches of water in passenger floorboard. We tried blowing out ac drain. No luck. Had people say it's the heater core. No. It does it when it rains.

- Sheryl H., Yukon, OK, US

problem #1

Nov 182008

Cobalt 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles

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water leaks onto interior water leaks onto interior water leaks onto interior

Most problems (AC broke after 20,000; recall for regulation non-compliance; premature fading of the interior panels and armrests) associated with this vehicle were fixed by the very friendly Chevy dealership; however, the water (rain) leak was another matter. The dealership cannot seem to find the leak and are very indifferent about the problem. The assistant maintenance service manager even told me the reason for the leak was that the car was damaged in a collision and that was the reason for the leak and showed me an "irregular"seam on the leak side and said that the car would have never left the factory with a seam weld as bad as mine. It is odd that the irregular seam that he was talking about is also on the non-leaking side of the vehicle and other new Cobalts. No, the vehicle has not been in a wreck. I was also told that the car was not purchased at his dealership (he was making excuses). I told him fiddle sticks (so what) and to fix the vehicle. Two days after bringing the vehicle home, a heavy rain occurred and more leaks.

I like to support American companies because I am an American and I also understand that things happen. It amazes me that the greatest nation and probably one of the greatest automobile manufacturer on the planet cannot build reliable vehicles; however, we are only human. I only ask that problems should be fixed when they occur.

Very Respectfully,

An American

- hoa, Lake Charles, LA, US

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