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NHTSA — Steering Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 5
Average Mileage:
63,678 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Pontiac G5 steering problems

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2008 Pontiac G5 Owner Comments

problem #20

Mar 022016

G5

  • 89,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G5. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, the steering wheel seized and became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000.

- Channel View, TX, USA

problem #19

Feb 102016

G5

  • 97,000 miles
The steering seems to stall or stick after turning the wheel. I have to steer the car back to the front or it just stays turning position. The steering does not come back to the frontal position.

- Villa Park, IL, USA

problem #18

Jul 092015

G5

  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G5. While merging to the right at approximately 55 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 113,000.

- Ilion, NY, USA

problem #17

Nov 152014

G5 4WD 8-cyl

  • 89,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My daughter is a collage student, she was driving home, which is 180 miles from home, she was driving on the highway, powersteering gave out, almost had a wreck 3 times with same situation, had to muscle it to pull over......... I know there is a recall on this but I have not received a notice to have it fixed. This also has happened several times when she starts her car. Has left her sitting in a parking lot late at night, had to keep turning car on and off several times before it would act right!! she has only had this car almost 2-years!!! dealership can not fix this till I get the notice!!

- Anadarko, OK, USA

problem #16

Jul 132009

G5

  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G5. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. No repairs were perfomred. The manufacture was not contacted. The failure mileage was 17,000 and the current mileage was 42,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Gallup, NM, USA

problem #15

Feb 112014

G5 4-cyl

  • 75,069 miles
Dashboard lights went awry. Gauge needles floated about giving false readings on speed and gas tank gas level. Lost power steering. Dealer replaced ignition switch & reset the computer for $390.73. Same problem recurred weeks later. 03/18/2014, another GM dealer inspected for $158 & found we need to replace the steering module and column for $1055. I am expecting a recall letter in mid-April. I live in a small town and need to drive my only vehicle although the dealer warned me that the car is in dangerous condition. I hope the recall includes my needed repairs and reimburses me for documented related costs.

- Cameron Park, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 022013

G5

  • 90,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G5. The contact stated that the steering wheel locked, while making a left or right turn or driving in reverse. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The manufacturer advised the contact that the vehicle was not included the voluntary recall (electric power steering motor). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 90,000.

- Scottdale , PA, USA

problem #13

Jul 122013

G5

  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G5. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the brake failed to engage as the steering wheel seized. The contact proceeded to lose control of the vehicle and crashed into another vehicle. The contact was not injured and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure. The brake system was cleaned however, the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was contacted and denied any assistance with the brake failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 71,000. Kmj updated 10/17/13

- Philadelphia , PA, USA

problem #12

Jan 162013

G5 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G5. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph and making a left turn, the driver lost control of the steering and crashed into another vehicle. There were no injuries. The police reported to the scene and a report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a body shop for body repair. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated a was fuse from the electronic power steering control module had blown and would have to be replaced. The vehicle was a included and repaired prior to the failure under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #11

Sep 192012

G5

  • 189,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G5. The contact stated that while traveling 65 mph, an unknown warning light illuminated as the vehicle became difficult to steer. The contact was able to merge to the side of the road. The vehicle was restarted and began to function normally. The vehicle was able to be driven to the contact's home but was not taken to a mechanic or the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the issue and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 10V073000 (steering:electric power assist system). The failure and current mileages were 189,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #10

Jun 042012

G5

  • 85,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

There is something wrong with the steering in these cars. Steering will still lock up, at low vehicle speeds. The recall two years ago has not helped the situation. There is something wrong with the steering column and steering rack with these cars. Suspension/steering clunks and rattles like it is about to fall off! very unsafe!

- Lucas, TX, USA

problem #9

Feb 192010

G5 4-cyl

  • miles
No steering, crashed into a pole.

- Horn Lake, MS, USA

problem #8

Jun 152010

G5 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Vehicle starting making clunking and rattling sounds in front suspension. Had to have lower control arm bushings replaced, new tie rods, and sway bar links installed. Before the repairs, the steering had become extremely loose and was hard to handle on the highway.

- Lucas, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 152010

G5

  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns 2008 Pontiac G6. While traveling 15 mph the contact heard a hissing sound coming from the front end of the vehicle, seconds later the power steering had suddenly stop functioning. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that the failure could not be determined. The current and failure mileages were 69000.

- Moonachie, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jun 142009

G5

  • 20,000 miles
While trying to park my 2008 Pontiac G5, the steering will lock up. No warning light or warning messages come on. The steering literally locks for a second and then goes back to normal. This began happening at about 20,000 miles. It will do this occasionally without warning.

- Lucas, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 072009

G5

  • 15,000 miles
Intermediate shaft on a 2008 Pontiac G5 was replaced due to clunking when turning the steering wheel while vehicle is traveling at a low speed. The problem started around 15,000 miles and the part was replaced by the dealer at 29,000 miles.

- Lucas, TX, USA

problem #4

Apr 052010

G5

  • 34,000 miles
Control arm bushings in a 2008 Pontiac G5 (Chevy cobalt twin) needed replacing at 34,000 miles. Steering would make loud noises when hitting bumps and was told that the steering can fall apart if not repaired.

- Lucas, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 222008

G5

  • miles
Approaching a busy intersection, my Pontiac G5's brakes failed to work. I could tell the hydraulics systems was working as I could hear metal on metal but it did nothing to slow down the vehicle. The vehicle's cdr showed the vehicle accelerating at full throttle although I know my foot was on the brake pedal as evidenced by the metal on metal sound. Plus a witness saw smoke coming from my vehicle. I was able to turn prior to going through the intersection and aimed for a fire hydrant to try to slow down. It did nothing to slow the vehicle, I tried to turn right to join the traffic direction, but the steering did not work. I then hit another vehicle.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #2

Feb 012010

G5

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G5 coupe. While driving approximately 8 mph in a parking lot the contact tried to turn the steering wheel; however, it failed to turn causing him to crash into a concrete post. The dealer confirmed that the failure was caused by the steering column. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Hornlake, MS, USA

problem #1

Sep 282009

G5

  • 40,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) fall of 2009 in a 2008 Pontiac G5 [xxx]traveling North on rt 119 toward Indiana pa, slowing down to exit car steering failed car went directly into the guard causing my mother, sister and her friend to be brought to the hospital with injuries. No air bag deployment at all.

- Connellsville, PA, USA

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