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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,291 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt clutch problems

clutch problem

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 022006

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles


I was driving along at 50 mph in 5th gear. The shifter came out of gear. I pulled over shut off the engine restarted it and tried to get the transmission in 1st gear with no success. Had the vehicle towed to the dealership. Dealership is advising that the clutch is completely worn out and they want $2,000 to fix it. The vehicle is just one years old and only 12,000 miles. I do not down shift, ride the clutch or dump the clutch. We have spoken to many transmission specialist and they have informed us that it is impossible to destroy and clutch in only 12,000 miles and one year of driving. They advise that the pressure plate was faulty from the factory.

- Waterdown, 00, USA

problem #3

Mar 222006

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 464 miles
I was downshifting from third to second gear after slowing down dramatically on a turn and my car made a clunk sound. Come to find out my clutch burnt up and my starter then was fried and that it bust a ring of some sort. My car only had 464 miles on it. It has been sent to a dealer and GM denied it it has been there for a month and they have just told me about a week ago now they have to re/evaluate it and the aren't doing crap is say it is going to cost about 1600 hundred dollars for stuff that should be covered under warranty or recalled or something.

- Laurel, DE, USA

problem #2

Apr 022006

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,300 miles
Got out from tim hortons after driving on the highway, tried to shift second gear and it did not with 3800 kms on it cannot drive my car, nothing has been done as of yet.

- Lloydminster, 00, USA

problem #1

Dec 272005

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,400 miles
11/24/05 clutch burning odor, was told it was normal exhaust coating burning off 12/27/05 clutch slipping while on highway, proceeded to the dealership, where it took almost 3 weeks and cost me 1600 dollars to replace a failing clutch. Later confirmed for a private mechanic that the clutch was too weak for the cars hp rating. I am not the only Cobalt ss/SC to have this failure.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

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