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:
24,602 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 112010


  • 18,807 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the dealer was repairing NHTSA recall campaign id number 10V073000, steering electric power assist system, she informed them that she heard a noise whenever she drove over a bump. The dealer stated that the lower control arm bushings needed caused the noise and needed to be repaired and that it was a common issue among her year, make and model vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 18,807.

- Palma, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 022009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 30 mph on wet road conditions, the contact heard a loud noise underneath the vehicle. Immediately, the vehicle spun out of control several times before skidding off the road surface into a wooded area. The failure occurred without warning. The police department and roadside assistance were called to the scene and a police report was filed. The driver sustained minor facial injuries. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for inspection, but the cause of the failure has not yet been determined. The manufacturer engineers are investigating the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were unknown. Updated 05/11/09. The lower control arm was replaced. Updated 05/11/09.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 202008

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact took the vehicle to a repair shop to have the tires rotated and the mechanic noticed that the rear lower control bushing arm needed to be replaced. The repair would cost $243.40. The manufacturer stated that the lower control bushing arm was not covered under the warranty and advised her to take the vehicle to a GMC dealer for a diagnosis. The vehicle will be repaired. The failure and current mileages were 55,000. Updated 02/10/09. Updated 02/11/09.

- Trevor City, MI, USA

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