2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Overview

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Overview

The 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt saw few changes to the fun little car first introduced in 2005. As the replacement for the late, great Chevy Cavalier, the '06 Cobalt is an entry-level compact that makes a great first car.

Offered in a range of trims (LS, LT, LTZ, and SS) the 2006 Cobalt is available in both sedan and coupe bodystyles. The Cobalt was designed to compete with relatively low-priced imports like the Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Spectra, leaving the Chevrolet Aveo to compete with the very low-priced, very bare-bones offerings.

One aspect of the '06 Chevy Cobalt that may disappoint Cavalier loyalists is its relatively sparse assortment of standard features. If you're buying the base LS trim and want ABS, front-side and side-curtain airbags, or OnStar service, you're going to have to pay for the options. Standard features are more plentiful on the LT, LTZ, and SS trims, but there are some surprising omissions.

The baseline engine for the '06 Chevrolet Cobalt is a 2.2-liter inline-4 that puts out 145 horsepower; the SS models have a 171-horsepower, 2.4-liter dual-overhead-cam inline-four, and the SS Supercharged boasts a 2.0-liter, 205-horsepower supercharged four-cylinder that delivers 200 lb.-ft. of torque. All of these mills offer plenty of power to get the lightweight (under 2,800 pounds curb weight) Cobalt around with ease.

And when it comes to fuel efficiency, the 2006 Chevy Cobalt delivers, with EPA estimates ranging from 25 mpg city, 34 mpg highway to 23 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, depending on engine.

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    What Is The Cause Of A Rough Idle When Accelerating After Recent Car Repair...

    Last week I had to have a thermostat and cracked coolant tank replaced on my 06 Cobalt. A few days later and coolant system works fine, but there's a new "hitch" in my idle when accelerating with a ...

    36 views with 6 answers (last answer 11 hours ago)

    I Keep Having Issues With Stalling With My 2006 Cobalt Lt

    My Cobalt Lt runs great while in drive but when you come to a stop sign or red light & then the fun happens, it drops the rpm's down to next to nothing and almost die, bad shudder in the car when th...

    2 views with no answers yet

    I'm Repairing A 2006 Chevy Colbolt That Hit A Light Pole On The Driver's Fr...

    Need to find the part that protects the engine and secures to the bumper and the wheel well liner on the driver side. Can't fine it on any diagrams on line. Just want to fine the name of the 1 or ...

    3 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 days ago)
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    My Fan Doesn't Come On Even When My Coolant Temperature Reaches 220 Degrees...

    THE COOLANT TEMPERATURE HAS BEEN GETTING AS HIGH AS 228 DEGREES, AFTER THE CAR HAS BEEN RUNNING FOR AT LEAST 15 MINUTES. IT DOESN'T START OUT HIGH, BUT I DON'T KNOW THE NORMAL RANGE FOR THE COOLANT T...

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    Oil Leak???

    I have a 2006 chevy cobalt ls. I just noticed my car is leaking oil at the bottom of the car when i looke under it. The passenger side is full of it. I checked the oil and it was really low. Where ...

    6 views with 3 answers (last answer about a week ago)