2006 Chevrolet Cobalt LS 2.2L Ecotec from North America
Highly recommended to anyone looking for a reliable and fuel-friendly vehicle... A-
I have a 2006 LS sedan Cobalt. My key was stuck in the ignition after having it for no more than 2 days. I took it back to the dealer and they had told me that that was a problem they have had before. I have an automatic and they were saying that there was a shifter problem, and it would not recognize that it was in park, so the key would not come out. They changed the shifter and it works like new. No charge to me. Would have cost me around $200. Anyone at the dealerships that tell you different are full of it.
I have a bad rattle in the front of the car when I brake, which causes the steering wheel to shimmy and shake violently. It happens even more-so when decelerating from higher speeds. I got the car with around 25,000 miles on it, and now have around 74,000 miles. The shaking has happened a while back, and has just gotten worse.
After reading the reviews about all of the OE replacement rotors and pads doing the same thing after a period of time, I'm going to be purchasing some drilled and slotted rotors and matching pads soon. The drills and slots will help with gas dispersion, and keep the rotors cooler while you brake, so there's less chance of warping. I'm really hoping that this takes care of the issue. If it doesn't, than I'm hoping it's not a suspension issue. If it does not take care of it, I am going to check out the shimmy dampener and control arms. (God forbid).
Another problem that I had with it, goes along with the key problem I had when I first got the car. I noticed that after they had changed the shifter, my second lighter socket was not working. Just recently I had purchased a center console armrest to add to my interior appearance. Installing the armrest required me to install a bracket behind the e-brake, which required me to take apart my entire center console and covers. When I took it apart, I noticed a stray plug hanging there by itself. Came to find out when the dealership had changed my shifter, they forgot to plug my lighter socket back in. I laughed about it when I saw it because I really didn't use it much anyway, and I'm not a smoker, so it didn't really bother me not having it. So anybody that has that problem with the lighter socket not working, don't waste your money and time taking it to a dealership, only for them to find the same solution and possibly charge you for time of labor and troubleshooting everything for a solution. You're better off doing it yourself.
Setting aside the problems that have been stated, I love the car, and with it having 75K miles on it, it's treating me very well. Just be sure you maintain it well and change the oil when it should be changed. It's just like getting your haircut when you need it. If you wait too long, you end up not looking too hot.
The car has power that I really can't complain about. I added a cat-back exhaust to it, and a cold air intake, and I'm going to be adding headers to it soon as well. It didn't really need it when I got the car, but I always seek to get a little more out of what I have.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th February, 2010