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:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,611 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 092011


  • 28,000 miles


Front end ball joints are faulty and cause the car to sound like the front end is going to fall off! I had to have them replaced. The rotors have been nothing but trouble as well...third set!! the mechanic said the ball joint would break and you could wreck as your driving! have had this trouble since the day I bought the car..even had it at the dealership for front end problems the first three months that I had the car! the front end is not good on this car and can be very dangerous!

- Nemacolin, PA, USA

problem #8

Feb 232009


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that both front lower control arm bushings were extremely worn. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. A private mechanic inspected the vehicle and informed the contact that he would need to replace the lower control arm. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 70,000 and the failure mileage was 32,000.

- Braceville, IL, USA

problem #7

Nov 182008


  • 55,000 miles
I first owned a Chevy cavalier. I loved this car!!!! so when I bought my Chevy Cobalt I thought I was getting the same dependable car. Boy was I wrong. I have already had to two sets of tires on my car, replaced the bushings and wheel bearings. I have never been so disappointed over a vehicle in all my life. As far as I am concerned I will never purchase a Chevrolet again. At least Toyota stood by their mistakes.

- Ranger, WV, USA

problem #6

Aug 132010


  • 76,000 miles


Experienced issues with stopping distance and steering in 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt lt. Had brakes, shocks, and struts replaced...continued to experience issue with stopping distance and steering...took in to dealer and was advised the control arms were "dry rotted' seems to me that this was the most likely contributing issue to the problem with brakes shocks and struts. In addition due to issue with the control rods the U-joint in the steering column has been bent causing problems with steering.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #5

Jul 012009


  • 35,000 miles
2006 Chevy Cobalt 2.2 ecotech FE1 suspension control arm bushings bad at 42000 miles. Bushing are now available under a different part #.

- Brainerd, MN, USA

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problem #4

Mar 202009


  • 63,000 miles
I have noticed looking on line to consumer complaints, there are alot of people complaining about the lower control arms going out on the cars. I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt. My niece has a 2007 Chevy Cobalt and had the same problem. I think this needs to be a recall on these cars. I'm a single mother just back at work after daughter had a transplant. I didn't work for 4 years taking care of my daughter.

- Romeoville, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 182008


  • 60,000 miles


We purchased two 2006 Chevy Cobalt cars. One in Oct of 07 and one in may or June of 08. One month after we purchased the 2nd vehicle, my son was involved in an accident in it. While on the road (not speeding) the passenger side tie-rod broke (he heard a sudden snap), the C-V joint came loose (or shattered?) and his entire wheel on that side broke loose throwing him into a ditch. His car was totaled. He came very close to rolling the car and could have been killed. Fortunately he remained calm and was not injured. Upon examination of the vehicle, it was discovered that the tie rod end and cv joints especially on that side were never lubricated from the factory. The stress of the parts without this lubrication caused them to snap. This has been confirmed by the auto body shop that did the inspection of the vehicle. Concerned about the 1st Cobalt that we purchased, we inspected it also. It too, was in the same condition. The tie rods and cv joints on the passenger side were bone dry and the drivers side had next to no grease in them. Naturally, we had them lubricated. But it seems very strange and outrageous that two vehicles would have the very same defect and a very dangerous one at that. I felt that someone should know about this so that other Cobalt owners can have their vehicles inspected.

- Medora, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 012008


  • 50,000 miles
Knocking noise on front suspension when going over rough roads, or entering and exiting driveways, roadways, etc.

- Neillsville, WI, USA

problem #1

Mar 282007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,500 miles
- the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that there was a sound in the front end of the vehicle under the hood. She had been hearing that noise since she purchased the vehicle. She said that one could hear the sound 85% of the time, and that it was usual while driving at a slow rate of speed. The weather was not a factor. The dealership told the contact that this was normal for this type of vehicle. The current mileage was 20,600 and the failure mileage was 2,500. The consumer switch dealers due to the fact berglund stated noise is normal. Pinkerton(dealer) tries to assess what the problem is decided multiple cases of gear concerns and replaced steering gear but the consumer states they can't really pinpoint the problem. Consumer has provided various invoices. Update

- Roanoke, VA, USA

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