Junkyard Find: 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 2006 chevrolet cobalt ss

One thing about visiting wrecking yards in the Upper Midwest is that I know I’ll see interesting late-model General Motors cars.

I couldn’t find the elusive junkyard Saturn Ion Redline during my trip to Wisconsin in August, but I did find its Chevrolet cousin: a Chevrolet Cobalt SS, spotted in a Green Bay self-service yard.

The supercharged and turbocharged examples of the Cobalt SS got all the attention, but you could get a naturally-aspirated one in 2006. This car has a 2.5-liter Ecotec, rated at 173 horsepower. The 2006 Cobalt SS Supercharged had 205 horses, plus 18-inch wheels and a stiffer suspension; this car got 17-inch wheels and suspension goodies of a quality between the rental-car base models and the factory-hot-rod blown ones.

Disappointingly, though not surprisingly, this car has the four-speed automatic transmission instead of the five-speed manual.

Some junkyard shopper bought the Cobalt SS-only front bodywork, but left the rear stuff behind.

This car must have been a lot more fun than the 145-horse base Cobalt, but I suspect the original buyer was more interested in image than in driving enjoyment.

What with all the bad press surrounding this “Kevorkianesque rolling sarcophagus,” resale values for used Cobalts might be down to low enough levels that this completely unrusty one wasn’t worth fixing when something mechanical broke.

The new commotion in the Chevy family.

Pretty much the Corvette’s little brother.

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  • Akiva Shapero Akiva Shapero on Oct 30, 2017

    Had a 2010 Cobalt SS. Man oh Man could that piece of crap get up and go.

  • Arvai Arvai on Dec 06, 2017

    Man I wonder what yard this is at. I own a Turbocharged one and would love to snag that bumper. I live decently close.

  • RHD Any truth to the unconfirmed rumor that the new, larger model will be called the bZ6X? We could surmise that with a generous back seat it certainly should be!
  • Damon Thomas Adding to the POSITIVES... It's a pretty fun car to mod
  • GregLocock Two adjacent states in Australia have different attitudes to roadworthy inspections. In NSW they are annual. In Victoria they only occur at change of ownership. As you'd expect this leads to many people in Vic keeping their old car.So if the worrywarts are correct Victoria's roads would be full of beaten up cars and so have a high accident rate compared with NSW. Oh well, the stats don't agree.https://www.lhd.com.au/lhd-insights/australian-road-death-statistics/
  • Lorenzo In Massachusetts, they used to require an inspection every 6 months, checking your brake lights, turn signals, horn, and headlight alignment, for two bucks.Now I get an "inspection" every two years in California, and all they check is the smog. MAYBE they notice the tire tread, squeaky brakes, or steering when they drive it into the bay, but all they check is the smog equipment and tailpipe emissions.For all they would know, the headlights, horn, and turn signals might not work, and the car has a "speed wobble" at 45 mph. AFAIK, they don't even check EVs.
  • Not Tire shop mechanic tugging on my wheel after I complained of grinding noise didn’t catch that the ball joint was failing. Subsequently failed to prevent the catastrophic failure of the ball joint and separation of the steering knuckle from the car! I’ve never lived in a state that required annual inspection, but can’t say that having the requirement has any bearing on improving safety given my experience with mechanics…