Why is my 2006 Chevy cobalt standard doesn't want to pick up speed at all..it switches gears fine but just doesn't pick up speed 20mph is the fastest it goes..

Roger Dominguez

Asked by Dec 09, 2014 at 10:51 AM about the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Yesterday it smelled like something was
burning underneath the hood...idk much
bout cars so can someone help me
out...why doesn't my car pick up speed
...if I'm on a hill I'm even lucky to get over
it.that's how bad it is...

2 Answers


Did you just buy gas?. Seems like a lot of people are complaining about similar problems which I guess to be because of bad gas. There are products like Drygas which contain ethanol which might help your car run better.


Does the engine rev up but the car still goes slowly? Is it slightly better when the car is cold than it is when things warm up a bit. Could the bad smell be a burning clutch? I suspect your clutch, either worn out or failing to engage properly for some reason. Any good repair shop will be able to handle it. No need to go to the dealer if that's what it is.

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