Print this page 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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,000 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 152007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles


- while driving on a rainy day on a main road, the contact lost control of a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt at a speed of 40 mph, causing the vehicle to crash into a hillside that had a big rock sticking out. The entire front of the vehicle sustained damage, the radiator, transmission and engine were crushed. The contact stated that the frontal air bags never deployed. Prior to the incident there was no warning that the air bags weren't working. The consumer hit a ditch before hitting the hillside. The seat belt didn't restrain the consumer. Updated 02/27/07.

- Falmouth, KY, USA

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