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:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,675 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 262014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles


Letter from senator nelson on behalf of constituent concerning the Chevy recall on Cobalts for ignition key recalls; he handling for his daughter, the owner of the car; send respond directly to senator office, please ref: Constituent. The consumer stated while driving, he lost power momentary. There was no steering ability, and when he applied the brake, all the warning lights illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle the continued as normal. However, the traction control light and the brake light remained on. The dealer informed the consumer, the brake warning light and ABS were not related to the recall, he then went to a local repair shop, where the found the ABS fuse was blown and a wire was traced to a short in the ignition switch. However, the parts were not available.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 162011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that when applying the brakes during rainy weather, the vehicle would be slow to respond. The dealer was contacted but denied any assistance with repairs to the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 52,000.....updated 12/03/12 the consumer stated the vehicle was designed without a dipstick for the automatic transmission, so there was no way for him to check the fluid. The consumer stated the transmission pan was flimsy and he was having problems with the transmission. Updated evoq 12/13/12

- Helena, MT, USA

problem #2

Aug 172007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS light continues to come on first couple times dealer could not duplicate the problem. Finally light came on as I was leaving I called the dealer and told them I was coming right then before I shut my car off again for them to put it on the computer. Put car on comp, and got to codes both were something about a pump relay motor. Was fixed and then about 3 weeks later scheduled 3 rd appt for shaking problem and oh the ABS light came on again. 1 St appt for shaking said rotors needed turned with 17000 miles told them I was not paying for it called GM 800 number told me I lived in a hilly area round flat area. Took it to another dealer and they turned them under warranty. 4000 miles later took it back for steering wheel shaking on Tuesday. Wednesday they called to tell me I needed 4 new tires, new pads, oh and new rotors, not under my warranty wrong again I will not pay for all of these new at 21000 miles crazy. Today Friday I called to check on my car and was informed that there 30 year technician and service manager have been on the phone with tech support for two days and they told them they were on their own. If these mechanics have to use a phone to get information about a car they are either not a very good mechanic or maybe we are relying to much on computers to run our cars.

- North East, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 272006

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,700 miles
Brakes failed. Hit another car at stop light. Car slowed but would not stop. Felt ABS kick in but brakes only slowed car down. Less than 5 mph. No aib bag inflation. Car was a loaner from dealer, while my car was being worked on. Had car towed back to dealer and they said they found no problem with brakes. I know how to drive and I find it hard to believe that brakes don't work when you use them.

- Akron, OH, USA

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