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
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
198,350 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 102018

Cobalt LS 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 198,345 miles


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multiple electrical issues

I just payed $1300 to repair my ignition housing and cylinder and also my. Theft deterrent module at my local dealer! Then after my fifth day if having it home my locks start locking and unlocking themselves, my power steering light on where my mileage is shown at and my transmission sometimes will shift and other times don't. My motor gives power to itself. Please help me with some ideas or even maybe the problem.

- shaffergirl24, Cross Lanes, US

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