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NHTSA — Power Train Problems

2005 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 of 2)

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2005 Pontiac G6 has major problems with two areas fairly critical to the act of driving... steering & safety.

The 2005 G6 has a major defect trend with electronic power-assisted steering failure. The power steering cuts out while driving, making it extremely difficult to steer. G6 owners typically report spending $600 - $1,200+ to fix the problem, replacing either the entire steering column or the power assist motor.

In March 2010, GM recalled 1.3 million vehicles for this exact problem "...after receiving 1,100 complaints of power steering failures." However the 2005 G6 wasn't included in that recall.

In July 2010, GM issued a "Special Coverage Adjustment" — TSB #10183 — covering "certain" (not all) 2005, 2006 & 2008 Pontiac G6's for power steering problems, up to 10 years/100k miles.

As of early 2013 the NHTSA had 300+ steering complaints on file for the 2005 G6, with 12 crashes & 4 injuries. The NHTSA closed their initial investigation in 2007, having determined that losing your power steering going over 15-20 mph isn't a big deal & that most crashes occurred at slow speeds, so not a safety risk. Ridiculous? Yep, we think so too.

The 2005 G6 also has an expensive problem with "popping" or "clunking" noises when turning, & that issue extends to newer model years as well.

Factor in the 2005 Pontiac G6's poor side impact protection & you end up with a vehicle you should steer clear of.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,280 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Pontiac G6 drivetrain problems

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Sep 182016

G6

  • 130,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle began to roll away in reverse with the gear shifter in the drive position. The contact attempted to engage the emergency brake lever, but the vehicle continued to roll away. The contact had to turn the vehicle off to stop the vehicle. After stopping the vehicle, it failed to restart. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train), but the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- New London, CT, USA

problem #28

Apr 012016

G6

  • miles
I took this car in for a recall I notice that the gear still in not in lock position. My brake went out no brake light appeared. They were to fix this problems it has not been done proberly.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #27

Jun 032016

G6

  • 233,436 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving 45 mph, the transmission shift cable fractured. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train); however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 233,436.

- Lwinterville, NC, USA

problem #26

May 092016

G6 6-cyl

  • 202,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while in park, the vehicle began to roll backwards without warning. In addition, the contact stated she was able to remove her keys but the vehicle continued to roll away. The brake pedal required to be depressed in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 202,000. Updated 07/27/16 the consumer referenced a shifter cable recall. Updated 07/28/1996.

- Lake Zurich, IL, USA

problem #25

Apr 112016

G6

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the gear lever failed to move into the park position and shifted into reverse. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #24

Jul 142015

G6

  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving at 25 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to respond. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission shift cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 128,000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #23

Feb 022015

G6 6-cyl

  • miles

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

2005 Pontiac G6 GT. Consumer states that been having a problem removing the ignition key from the ignition and transmission issue.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #22

Oct 162014

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Pontiac G6. While vehicle in motion, vehicle lost power and lost power steering. The consumer experienced problems with the brake lamp, the ignition switch and the transmission cable fractured.

- Sault Sainte Marie, MI, USA

problem #21

Jul 012014

G6

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train) was received in July of 2014. The dealer and manufacturer was contact on multiple occasions, who informed that the part was not available for the recall repair. The contact received a second notification in Oct of 2014, informing that the part was available but the dealer informed that the part continued to be unavailable. The contact did not experience a failure.

- Deer Park, TX, USA

problem #20

Sep 082014

G6

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V224000 (power train). The parts needed for the repairs were unavailable. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Lampasas, TX, USA

problem #19

Aug 262014

G6 6-cyl

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). However, the parts to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 09/30/14 updated 02/27/2015

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #18

Aug 252014

G6

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V224000 (power train); however, the parts needed for the repairs were unavailable. The dealer was uncertain about when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #17

Aug 122014

G6 6-cyl

  • 119,050 miles
GM has sent multiple letters regarding the power steering recall. They say they do not have parts and they actually encourage owners to continue driving even at a risk of power steering loss and accident. I was backing out of my driveway when my G6 lost power steering causing me to hit an obstruction. GM is a terrible company and the us government is allowing this joke of a recall. Hold GM accountable and make them either fix the recall in 5 business days or buy these cars from us at market value. I will be sending my congressman and senator the same letter telling them of my poor treatment.

- Fairfield, OH, USA

problem #16

Aug 012008

G6

  • 85,000 miles
Bought car used from individual. Lots of issues with it. Steering locks up when driving, take key out and car still runs, lights shut down when driving, traction control kicks in and messes with car. Steering caused me to almost wreck 2X and has had me have to shift to neutral and shut car down on interstate and restart to try to be able to steer.

- Ruffs Dale , PA, USA

problem #15

Dec 072013

G6

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph, the transmission emitted a loud clunking noise with extreme hesitation. The engine warning indicator illuminated continuously. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Vista, CA, USA

problem #14

Feb 052014

G6

  • 125,000 miles
My granddaughters car was having problems where it would not start at times, even though it was in park. I drove the car home and parked it in my driveway to try to troubleshoot the problem and when I put the car in park and shut it off, the car started rolling down hill in my driveway. I stopped the car from rolling and when I tried to start it, I found that it would not start. I then shifted the car into neutral and it was able to start. I was able to duplicate this problem by putting the car back in park. Sometimes it would go into park and then start and other times it only appeared to be going into park and then would not start and also would roll backwards on an incline. I took the car to a repair shop for further investigation and they told me that the transmission shift cable was defective and that the good news was the there was a GM recall for this problem for this model vehicle. I called GM to inquire about this and they said that although this model and year car had a safety recall for this defective transmission shift cable, the VIN number for my granddaughters car was not included. It is obvious to me that this car has the same defective part as the recall along with all the same symptoms, including a starting issue in park and the ability to roll down hill after exiting the vehicle. Is there anything that can be done about getting help with this repair?

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #13

Jan 172014

G6 6-cyl

  • 159,000 miles
Power steering suddenly went out today on vehicle while turning crossing intersection. Could of been hit. Very scary. I have never received a recall notice on this issue. Ever!!!!

- Stantonville, TN, USA

problem #12

Jul 232013

G6 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Gear shift will not shift from park to drive without excessive force on the brakes, brake lamps stuck on/off when brake is not depressed, and/or on when it is depressed.

- Oxford, MI, USA

problem #11

Jun 112012

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the gear shift became stuck in the park position. She had to turn the vehicle on and off several time and shake the gear shift in order to get it out of position. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 112,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #10

Dec 072012

G6

  • 72,000 miles
My steering completely shut off and it was near impossible to turn the wheels. I was able to control the car still but did not know how to help the power steering turn back on. While in the garage, the transmission made a few very harsh shifts in and out of gear when I was trying to accelerate into the garage. Very dangerous.

- Lisle, IL, USA

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