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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 282007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles


Vehicle will not start after it is turned off after a period of driving. This occurs at least 5-10 times a week. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership, bresee Chevy in liverpool, NY for this problem, and we were told nothing could be done because the problem could not be replicated. We were told that we had a bad battery cell and were charged for a battery replacement after owning the vehicle for 2 years. The vehicle now has a "engine low power" warning and the engine light is on. The vehicle runs erratically, and there is concern of stalling while driving. This vehicle was purchased brand new in November of 2005, and is only used for commuting to work on the highway. Also, the tires on this vehicle were completely bald at 38,000 miles and had to be replaced, and the bearings on the front end also had to be replaced. This vehicle has major problems-it is an overall nightmare!

- Baldwinsville, NY, USA

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