Yes, it is far more cheaper to buy online, or a salvage yard, here in nova Scotia, I went to my local chevy dealer, and for the part alone, (Complete Column) for a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS/SC 5 speed he quoted me a price of $569 and change. I then called Maritime Auto Salvage out of Truro Nova Scotia area, and they quoted me a price of $200 dollars plus tax for the exact same thing. No Brainer, but I am setting up an appointment anyways for the scan tool to find out why my power steering is triggering, whether it is complete faliure of the motor or something different.
Brother in law who is a licenced mechanic told me he would hate to see me drop all that money on something that may not need to be fixed. He continued to say that there are so many components tied into the power steering it's crazy, Like Gas sensor's. Steering sensors, brake sensors, and it goes on and on. He said if I had a bad sesor or a cheaper alternative other than my complete EPS/column, it could solve my problems. No Matter what, when this get's resolved I'll be sure to detail what was wrong, and all the synopsis, because as this makes so many balt owners mad, it makes me mad as well
"Why pay $30,000 for a car that is always F&$%ing up!"